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    • Wednesday, July 06, 2022
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    When bonding with or training your pet, what keeps them motivated?

    Learning Objectives:

      • Understand why currency is not a “one-size-fits-all”
      • Learn what an emotional bank account is and how it is helpful
      • Why “currency” can help when working with your pet

      About Your Presenter


      Shannon Riley-Coyner

      An internationally sought-after speaker, Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She spoke at Pet Professional Guilds Geek Week Australia in 2021, has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

      Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

      Shannon created Truly Force Free Animal Training in 2015 so that anyone, anywhere could have access to force free, positive reinforcement animal training. In 2018, Shannon published “The Evolution of Dog Training” available in audio, print and Ebook.

      Shannon’s dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement; however, her goal is for healthy happy relationships between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment, and training all play a significant role in achieving this goal.

      Shannon spent many years as the head dog trainer for PAWS for Healing, a pet assisted therapy organization. She performed temperament testing and assisted in the training of therapy dogs who visited hospitals, veteran groups, special educational facilities, and convalescent homes. She believes strongly in the benefits of developing the human animal bond and can assist in coaching for pets and their human companions to develop that connection.

      Shannon is a past President for the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

      • Wednesday, July 13, 2022
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

      Join me for a discussion on The Power of Referrals. Recognized as the best source for new customers, Word-of-mouth referrals are critical for small business success yet few business owners have a plan for just how to make them happen.

      We’ll discuss how to set yourself up for success, the ongoing investments you’ll make to keep referrals flowing, and how you can use Alignable to amplify all your efforts.


          About The Presenter


          Tracey Lee Davis

          Tracey Lee Davis, founder of ZingPop Social Media, turns busy small business owners into online marketing rockstars! A social media expert and Certified Partner for Constant Contact, she coaches entrepreneurs in how to grow their business using social media and provides total management for their email marketing campaigns. Tracey Lee is also a featured speaker for associations and business groups. She is Alignable's 2022 Local Businessperson of the Year for San Jose as well as a Top 25 U.S. Business Mentor of 2021, a Certified Content Marketing Strategist, and the Co-Owner and Vice President of the Women’s Networking Alliance. She also really, really loves cheese.

          • Thursday, July 14, 2022
          • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
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          CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

          The more details we have the easier it is to list and market the event*: In this webinar trainers can learn how to maintain long-term clients and build trust with them using the trainers techniques. This webinar will cover teaching trainers how to listen without an agenda, and create plans that fit the client and their dogs needs.

          It will also cover understanding how an emotional bank account can help retain clients and help teach clients to “crossover” to positive reinforcement training methods while being compassionate and empathetic.

          Learning Objectives:

              • How to get clients to buy in and stay for the long haul using personalized plans and understanding people and their perspective can help them trust you and your techniques more.
              • Teach trainers how to let go of their agenda long enough to listen
              • How to adjust your training plan to fit your clients’ needs/ capabilities
              • Using the emotional bank account for the dogs as well as your human client
              • Understanding some basic human physiology that may be affecting your clients compliance
              • Learn ways to teach clients to “crossover” while being compassionate and empathetic.

              About Your Presenter


              Shannon Riley-Coyner

              An internationally sought-after speaker, Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She spoke at Pet Professional Guilds Geek Week Australia in 2021, has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

              Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

              Shannon created Truly Force Free Animal Training in 2015 so that anyone, anywhere could have access to force free, positive reinforcement animal training. In 2018, Shannon published “The Evolution of Dog Training” available in audio, print and Ebook.

              Shannon’s dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement; however, her goal is for healthy happy relationships between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment, and training all play a significant role in achieving this goal.

              Shannon spent many years as the head dog trainer for PAWS for Healing, a pet assisted therapy organization. She performed temperament testing and assisted in the training of therapy dogs who visited hospitals, veteran groups, special educational facilities, and convalescent homes. She believes strongly in the benefits of developing the human animal bond and can assist in coaching for pets and their human companions to develop that connection.

              Shannon is a past President for the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

              • Monday, July 18, 2022
              • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
              • Zoom and PPG Member Facebook Group
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              PPG Members - Come and learn About Each Other and From Each Other!


              Your Member Community "Learn & Grow Together" Meetup

              The Topic For This Session is "The Best Way To Approach Veterinarians"


              One of the key goals for the Inclusivity Division here at PPG is to help create a cohesive feeling of community amongst PPG members, so all members feel welcome and valued across the organization. To do this we are rolling out this new initiative.

              About Your Member Community Learn & Grow Together Meetup

              These events are open to all members and will be hosted via Zoom and live streamed into the PPG member group. Members can participate just via Zoom or they can watch and participate via the member Facebook group.

              Each session will focus on a particular topic, the kick off session will discuss the concept of pricing, a topic important to us all. 

              Agenda

              1.  Introduction by session host, a member of the PPG inclusivity Division. (5 minutes)
              2.  Five Member Focus – The first five people to register  for the event will be featured in the introduction session at the live event so members can learn about them. As reinforcement for kicking off the session each of the 5 Member Focus group will receive a PPG webinar credit. See  more details below (20 minutes).
              3.  Topic of the Month  – During the Topic of the Month discussion we will also open up breakout rooms for those who want to move across the rooms and chat and network with other members rather than partcipate in the chosen topic. (30 minutes)

              4. Closing session (5 minutes)


              If selected and interested in participating in the Member Focus Session then you will be asked to share information regarding :  

              • Your name and business location
              • Information about your business
              • Fun facts about you

              Please indicate at registration if you are interested in doing this. You will need to login via Zoom and have access to a microphone and camera.


              • Tuesday, July 19, 2022
              • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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              CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

              If you're struggling to get visitors to come to your website to learn about your services, or they're coming but not booking, learning more about SEO is definitely for you! Search Engine Optimization (SEO) is the art and science of getting your website and Google Business Profile to be better found by search engines such as Google, Bing and more. This webinar will go over what SEO is, common misconceptions about how it works, and how you can implement SEO on your own to your site, as well as how to find and hire a professional for more advanced services.

              Learning objectives:

              • Learn what SEO is and how it's implemented on a website.
              • Learn about importance of fixing technical issues on a website.
              • Learn about importance of keyword research and implementation on a website.
              • Learn about importance and use of a Google Business Profile for local search.
              • Learn how to do some SEO on your own as well as how to find a professional to work with for more advanced strategies.


                About Your Presenter    


                Mychelle Garrigan

                Mychelle Garrigan runs Firelink Digital Marketing, which serves small- to medium-size businesses and nonprofits, with a special niche for pet care professionals, which she serves through Pet Pro Marketing, a division of her company. She provides a full range of online business services include website design, SEO, Google My Business setup and management, website audits, copywriting and strategy development for content marketing and social media marketing. She also has specialties in helping individuals develop online courses and events and web accessibility, and runs an online course platform for pet care professionals at Hippocampus Online. She studied web design, internet technology and programming at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and the Iron Yard Front End Engineering program.

                Mychelle's professional background includes over 20 years working in administration, development, and marketing/communications positions in the nonprofit world. She has a master’s (social work with a concentration on community administration, planning and programs) from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition to her digital marketing and web design experience, she has worked as both a professional editor and writer, and has written for several websites on dog and cat behavior and training, and small animal, bird, and reptile care. She has worked as both a volunteer and staff person in shelters and rescues across the US and previously worked in administration for the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and the United States Dog Agility Association. She is also certified dog behavior consultant via IAABC.

                She currently serves on the board of directors of SiouxperCon. Mychelle lives with her dogs Kaylee and Jack, two bearded dragons, a ball python, chickens, and several fish in Sioux Falls, South Dakota

                • Monday, July 25, 2022
                • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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                Discover How You Can Harness the Power of Public Relations and Press/News Releases to Grow Your Business

                With Niki Tudge

                CEUs: PPAB , CCPDT , IAABC , KPA  Pending

                FREE Press/News Release Templates Provided for Each Attendee


                Public Relations and Press/News Releases, when written and distributed effectively, can be a leading force for growing your business. HubSpot (a leading developer and marketer of software products for inbound marketing, sales, and customer service) states that 71% of Journalists consider Press/News Releases to be their favorite content they receive from businesses. Cision's 2021 Global State of the Media Report puts that number at 78%.

                Local media, blogs, newspapers, radio shows and yes, even local television, are all searching for local, interesting and relevant news content. You can make it easy for them to feature and help promote your business through providing them with credible, pertinent, honest and professional Press/News Releases.

                Gaining press coverage helps to get your business or brand name into the public forum. Distributing Press/News Releases can also help your business in 3 ways according to HubSpot. A good Press/News Release can boost your SEO, drive local traffic to your facility and generate more sales. Furthermore, a well composed Press/News Release will help you establish relationships with the media, increase your credibility, help you control the conversation around your brand and can increase your customer engagement.

                All of this adds up to potentially more customers and increased business growth. All accomplished with very little monetary investment on your part.

                Join me on this webinar where we will explore the role of Public Relations and a key tool, the News/Press Release, and how you can leverage these into growing your business.

                We will review

                1. The Role of Public Relations

                2. The Public Relations Activities

                3. Where Public Relations falls in the Marketing Mix

                4. Public Relations Tactics

                5. The Anatomy of a News Release

                6. Tips for Writing a News Release

                7. How Best to Get Started using News Releases in Your Business



                About Your Presenter



                Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC


                Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC is the founder and president of  the Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Education and The DogSmith. She has substantial leadership experience in business management and administration, particularly in the nonprofit sector, which encompasses her role as the president of Doggone Safe, a nonprofit educational organization. She has published numerous articles, which have been featured in publications such as the New York Times. She has also authored five books; her most recent project, Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People, which she co-authored, was published in 2019.

                Before following her passion into small business and nonprofit management, she enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry, holding executive positions all over the world. Her real passion in her corporate role was the identification and development of female talent in the workplace. She enjoyed managing and coaching her team through both their personal and professional development and loved watching the process of female empowerment and growth at a high level of management.

                Along with her business degrees from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K., her professional credentials include ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and she is Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, specializing in data analysis and process improvement. She is also an International Training Board (HCITB) certified people trainer at levels TS1, TS2 & TS3 and a certified facilitator and project manager. In addition, she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the business community and honored with a Fortune 500 Company Leadership Award for her accomplishments. 


                • Tuesday, July 26, 2022
                • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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                CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

                This webinar will review the Pet Rescue Resource’s toolkit for working with jumpy and mouthy shelter dogs, discuss management and training options, review recommended training plans and mechanics.

                Learning objectives:

                • Define what jumpy/mouthy behavior is and why dogs do it
                • How to implement management
                • How to safely interact with jumpy/mouthy dogs in and out of the kennel
                • Emergency troubleshooting protocols for working with jumpy/mouthy dogs
                • Training plan suggestions and implementation
                • Review of training plan mechanics


                About Your Presenter    


                Kate LaSala 

                Kate LaSala, CTC, PCBC-A, CBCC-KA, CSAT is a certified, professional behavior consultant who specializes in fear, aggression, reactivity and separation anxiety. Kate owns Rescued By Training and helps dogs & their people live better lives through 1:1 online positive training worldwide. She is a rescue advocate, an honors graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers as well as a Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer, Professional Canine Behavior Consultant, licensed Family Paws Parent Educator, Family Dog Private Trainer and is a member of the PPG Shelter and Rescue Committee. More information can be found at www.rescuedbytraining.com. Follow on social @RescuedByTraining

                • Thursday, July 28, 2022
                • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
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                CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC (pending), KPA 1.5

                Feeding a dog in the presence of an eliciting stimulus is often masked as counter conditioning him. When it doesn´t work we label the process as ineffective or assume it’s not the best choice for that particular dog or situation. But the only times counter conditioning doesn’t work is if it’s not counter conditioning, if it’s not performed correctly, or if there is some physiological or neurological process inhibiting learning.

                There are pillars that support a counter conditioning procedure. Novelty, salience, contingency, contiguity and timing are the main ones. Similarly, there are factors – mainly human error – that hinder the process. In this webinar we will explore those pillars and discuss human errors that make counter conditioning “ineffective”.

                Learning Objectives

                - Understand the importance and impact of novelty.

                - What is more important? Contiguity, contingency, or both?

                - Learn how pre-exposure to the US can make it less effective.

                - Increase US salience while decreasing trigger salience.

                - Learn about trace conditioning, simultaneous conditioning, short and long-delay conditioning and when to use them.

                - The role of backward conditioning.

                - Avoid common errors during a counter conditioning procedure.

                - Some practical examples.


                About Your Presenter    


                Alexandra Santos

                Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

                She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems”, “Puppy Training: How to housetrain your puppy effectively”, “How to leash train your dog and enjoy walking him”, “O meu cão e eu”, “Cão educado, dono feliz” (published in Portugal), and has also authored and co-authored several scientific articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.

                Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, as a guest professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people. She has been a presenter at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on positive reinforcement-based training and regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild in the USA and Edogtorial in Spain.

                • Wednesday, August 03, 2022
                • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
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                CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

                Creating a super-engaged community on social media–a “space” of your own that’s brimming with ideal clients who like, share, comment and click like crazy–all starts and ends with attracting and interacting with the right people. But how do you find your right people? And once you do, how do you engage them in ways that make them excited to engage with you, too?

                Let me teach you exactly how to use the best free advertising tool on the planet to build a solid community of potential clients who clamor for your attention–without shelling out a penny (unless you want to!).


                About The Presenter


                Tracey Lee Davis

                Tracey Lee Davis, founder of ZingPop Social Media, turns busy small business owners into online marketing rockstars! A social media expert and Certified Partner for Constant Contact, she coaches entrepreneurs in how to grow their business using social media and provides total management for their email marketing campaigns. Tracey Lee is also a featured speaker for associations and business groups. She is Alignable's 2022 Local Businessperson of the Year for San Jose as well as a Top 25 U.S. Business Mentor of 2021, a Certified Content Marketing Strategist, and the Co-Owner and Vice President of the Women’s Networking Alliance. She also really, really loves cheese.
                • Monday, August 08, 2022
                • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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                CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

                Dogs bark for many reasons! This interactive seminar will explain why dogs bark and give you strategies to stop it.

                Learning Objectives:

                • Learn why dogs bark and what may be triggering it.
                • Understanding canine body language
                • Creating a behavior modification plan

                About Your Presenter


                Shannon Riley-Coyner

                An internationally sought-after speaker, Shannon has been a pet lover all her life and a dog trainer for over 20 years. She has spent her life observing, caring for and training animals of all kinds. She spoke at Pet Professional Guilds Geek Week Australia in 2021, has worked in the Bird Department at Marine World Africa USA, and worked as a handler and trainer for an African Serval Cat at Safari West, a private zoo in Santa Rosa, California. She has participated in behavior studies including observations of bald eagles and addax antelope through the San Francisco Zoo and Safari West.

                Her education includes a Biology Degree, specializing in Zoology from Sonoma State. She is a Registered Veterinary Technician, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner, a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and a member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.

                Shannon created Truly Force Free Animal Training in 2015 so that anyone, anywhere could have access to force free, positive reinforcement animal training. In 2018, Shannon published “The Evolution of Dog Training” available in audio, print and Ebook.

                Shannon’s dog training philosophy revolves around force free, positive reinforcement; however, her goal is for healthy happy relationships between pets and their people. Diet, exercise, environment, and training all play a significant role in achieving this goal.

                Shannon spent many years as the head dog trainer for PAWS for Healing, a pet assisted therapy organization. She performed temperament testing and assisted in the training of therapy dogs who visited hospitals, veteran groups, special educational facilities, and convalescent homes. She believes strongly in the benefits of developing the human animal bond and can assist in coaching for pets and their human companions to develop that connection.

                Shannon is a past President for the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians.

                • Monday, August 15, 2022
                • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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                CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

                Handlers of reactive dogs struggle to find ways to help their dogs feel less worried, overwhelmed or pushed past their thresholds. But progress can be slow, particularly if the dog continues to be triggered despite the trainer and the handler’s best efforts.

                As a trainer, I work with many handlers who are discouraged or frustrated. In many cases, there are holes in the training plan, invisible holes that are not always readily apparent. Inevitably, the training falls apart, the dog is triggered, the handler is embarrassed or upset, and the trainer is disappointed. Why does this happen so often?

                This webinar dives into what you need to know to help reactive dogs through carefully controlled set-ups. Attendees will learn:

                • The pitfalls of "training in the wild"
                • How to recognize pause button vs uncontrolled variables
                • Assessing individual dog's triggers (visual, auditory, kinesthetic, olfactory, social, chase)
                • Applying the Trainers' Mixing Board: Distance, Intensity & Duration
                • Understanding and using Line of View and Field of View

                If you’ve ever wished for a PAUSE button on life to help a reactive dog, this webinar is for you. The practical information provided will help anyone create successful training moments in many situations. Find out why so many clients and their dogs have benefitted from this sensible approach to controlled setups for success.

                About Your Presenter    


                Suzanne Clothier

                Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977, with a deep, broadly varied background of experience. She is well respected for her humane, practical and sensible Relationship Centered Training (RCT™) approach to dogs and the people that love them.

                She has taught throughout the US and internationally on a variety of topics. Her thoughtful, effective tools and materials have been put to use by everyday pet owners, and by trainers, breeders, veterinarians, academics, in guide and service dog organizations, and in animal assisted therapy. She also serves as a consultant to guide and service dog schools.

                Regarded as an innovative trainer with exceptional observation skills and a broad range of knowledge, Suzanne is always in demand as an exciting, informative and entertaining speaker capable of making complex topics easily grasped and practical. Her works includes:

                • CARAT™ - a novel temperament assessment and scoring system.
                • The Enriched Puppy Protocol™ – a program for early puppyhood development, from birth to 9 weeks.
                • RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool) – a dog/human relationship dynamics assessment.
                • FAT™ (Functional Assessment Tracking) – a 15-dimension functional assessment of an individual dog.
                • CCC™ (Connection, Cooperation & Control, with Cindy Knowlton) – a puzzle-based training program.
                • Your Athletic Dog: A Functional Approach – a gait and movement assessment.

                An award-winning author of videos, books, and numerous articles, Suzanne’s writings have appeared around the world in countless languages from Danish to Japanese. Her book Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (Warner, 2002) has received widespread praise from every corner of the dog world, including being included twice in The Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books.

                Suzanne is a member of PPG and IAABC. A long time German shepherd breeder, she lives on an upstate New York farm with husband John Rice, and their considerable animal family.

                • Monday, August 29, 2022
                • 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
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                CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

                Emily came across a desperate post in a local rabbit rescue Facebook group, begging someone to take a beautiful rabbit who was scheduled to be euthanized the next day for aggression. She instantly responded to take the case pro bono and would work with anyone who took on this bunny. Shortly after, Emily received a friend request from the person who was dropping everything to pick up Luna, and they immediately got to work. As Emily watched Luna throw herself, growling and snarling, at the fence separating them, she wondered if she had bitten off more than she could chew!

                Luna's aggression is more severe than any case Emily had experienced in her career working with rabbits. Luna's triggers ranged from everything to the sound of a person approaching to the appearance of food falling into her pen. Anything associated with human interaction was met with a flying leap, a growl, and a fierce bite. While Luna's clear stress and discomfort were a main focus of their efforts, Emily was equally concerned with giving Luna's humans the tools to manage her safely, without (any more) bloodshed! Carefully managing Luna's triggers, mindful counterconditioning, and enrichment were the tools we used to gradually build trust. Luna began to relax, and so could everyone around her!

                Luna's story is not just her own, but the story of many rabbits who are euthanized in shelters for behavior issues. Rabbits whose issues are often created by the environment. This presentation will be useful to anyone who cares for rabbits in any capacity.

                Learning Objectives

                • The importance of stress management in aggression cases

                • Minimizing triggers in an environment where everything seems to be a trigger

                • Developing safe ways to interact with and care for an extremely over-threshold animal

                • Direct juxtaposition of force-free strategies and force-based common methods in handling rabbit aggression

                • Managing learned aggression in bunnies

                About Your Presenter    


                Emily Cassell

                Emily earned her BS in Animal Science, with a specialization in Equine Science, from the University of Florida. Since 2010, she has been providing professional behavior assistance to pets and their people. She completed two internships, one at ZooTampa working primarily with Florida Manatees, and one at Clearwater Marine Aquarium, working with dolphins, otters, and pelicans. While in school, she worked with Class Act for Dogs, in Gainesville, Florida, under Dee Zurberg, an accomplished trainer who emphasized not only kindness to dogs, but kindness to their people as well. Since then, she has continued her career in the zoo field working with a variety of species including tigers, otters, Flying foxes, gibbons, and as well as various avian, aquatic, and reptile species. Her main focus, however, is caring for orangutans. While not working at the zoo, she has spent years working with dogs as a group class instructor and behavior consultant at Courteous Canine, Inc. This led her to create Small Animal Resources, a place for guardians of small pets to find accurate, reliable information and to highlight the behavioral needs of small mammals. She has published articles for the Pet Professional Guild and the International Association for Animal Behavior Consultants on various topics related to rabbit care and behavior. She has presented at various conferences, workshops, and webinars, for both the Pet Professional Guild, the Animal Behavior Management Alliance, and the Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums.
                • Tuesday, September 06, 2022
                • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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                Improve the Accuracy and Efficiency of Your Pet Behavior Consulting Process

                Adopt the DMAIC Process to Eliminate Errors and Improve Client Satisfaction!

                With Niki Tudge

                CEUs: PPAB , CCPDT , IAABC , KPA  Pending




                Working through a pet behavior change program can be heavy lifting! As Behavior Specialists we find ourselves in counseling roles, working as change agents and improvement specialists. We also set and negotiate the change landscape and individual behavior goals and, of course, oversee the entire project from start to finish. 

                Being successful in business is very challenging in today’s market and it requires that we not only meet the needs of our client but that we are efficient and effective in how we engineer and deliver our services. Ensuring high quality and consistency are key to our long-term business success.

                Building behavior change programs is a process with several inputs and outputs and this requires good process and project management. When our services lack quality management then they are vulnerable to error and costly mistakes. Mistakes impact results of the program, which in turn effects the client’s perception of you and your business.

                Learn a systematic way to approach your behavior and training programs where they are data driven and free from process errors and defects. Free up time, limit the cost of mistakes and improve your client satisfaction by implementing the DMAIC Six Sigma philosophy.  

                Six Sigma is a results-oriented project focused approach to improving quality. It’s a way of measuring and setting goals for services directly connected to your clients’ goals.

                In this webinar you will:

                1.      Learn what Six Sigma is and how it’s ingredients can be used by professionals in behavior change programs as an entire concept and for individual aspects of your business.

                2.      Learn about a simple and easily implementable process that:

                a.       Places a genuine focus on the client – the end user, pet and owner.

                b.      Is data and fact driven.

                c.       Looks at continual process improvement.

                d.      Promotes sustainable results for you and your clients.

                3.      Learn how to identify and eliminate the defects and errors in your approach and process of managing client programs.

                4.      Understand how to set up data dashboards to monitor and control the results of your programs.

                5.      Get access to a couple of free tools that can be used in your business immediately to help you improve on the quality and effectiveness of your work.



                About Your Presenter



                Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC. Six Sigma Certified Black Belt


                Niki Tudge MBA PCBC-A CABC CDBC is the founder and president of  the Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Education and The DogSmith. She has substantial leadership experience in business management and administration, particularly in the nonprofit sector, which encompasses her role as the president of Doggone Safe, a nonprofit educational organization. She has published numerous articles, which have been featured in publications such as the New York Times. She has also authored five books; her most recent project, Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People, which she co-authored, was published in 2019.

                Before following her passion into small business and nonprofit management, she enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry, holding executive positions all over the world. Her real passion in her corporate role was the identification and development of female talent in the workplace. She enjoyed managing and coaching her team through both their personal and professional development and loved watching the process of female empowerment and growth at a high level of management.

                Along with her business degrees from Oxford Brookes University in the U.K., her professional credentials include ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer and she is Six Sigma Black Belt Certified, specializing in data analysis and process improvement. She is also an International Training Board (HCITB) certified people trainer at levels TS1, TS2 & TS3 and a certified facilitator and project manager. In addition, she was recognized for her outstanding contribution to the business community and honored with a Fortune 500 Company Leadership Award for her accomplishments. 


                • Wednesday, September 07, 2022
                • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                • Live Webinar
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                Free Webinar for PPG Members

                CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending), IAABC (pending)

                Are you interested in developing better self-control in dogs? Then this talk is for you! Executive function refers to the mental processes that are involved in the self-regulation of behavior. For example, maintaining focus and avoiding distraction, inhibiting behavior, adjusting behavior for different environments, and working toward a goal.

                Obviously, these behaviors are critical for pet, performance, and working dogs alike. This webinar is a review of everything we know about the development of executive function in dogs. You don't want to miss this talk!

                Learning Objectives:

                • Define executive function
                • Explain the relationship between executive function attention, emotional regulation, impulse control, stress resilience and behavior issues
                • List the factors that influence executive function in dogs
                • Discuss ways of improving executive function in dogs


                About the Presenter


                Dr. Kristina Spaulding


                Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behavior - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specializes in stress and behavior, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behavior profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behavior work and teaching other dog trainers and behavior consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

                In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorized Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. Use this link to find out more about her on her website: http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/

                • Wednesday, October 05, 2022
                • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
                • GoToWebinar
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                CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

                The function of emotion is to motivate behavior. That means it's very closely tied to learning. In fact, certain theories of emotion view emotions as reinforcements or punishments for behavior. In this webinar, learn what emotion is, the different viewpoints on how emotion influences behavior and how to harness this information to your benefit.

                Learning Objectives:

                • Define emotion
                • Distinguish between emotion and mood
                • Discuss the impact of arousal on emotion
                • Explain what science tells us about emotion in non-human animals
                • Apply the information from the webinar to improve your training and behavior outcomes


                About The Presenter


                Dr. Kristina Spaulding


                Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behavior - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specializes in stress and behavior, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behavior problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behavior profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behavior work and teaching other dog trainers and behavior consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

                In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorized Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

                • Wednesday, November 02, 2022
                • 9:00 AM
                • Friday, November 04, 2022
                • 5:00 PM
                • Crystal River, Nature Coast of Florida
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                Your Scent & Scentability 3 Day Workshop Event

                Presented by Dr. Robert Hewings & karen Hewings

                SCENT WORK FOR PRACTICAL TRAINING

                & BEHAVIOR SOLUTIONS 

                Have you always wanted to learn about Canine Scent Work but couldn't justify the time or resources for another sport? 

                Well Now You Have the Perfect Excuse!

                Early Bird Rates & Payment Plans Available 

                Who is This Scent Program For?

                1. Dog Trainers, Behavior Consultants, shelter/rescue organizations and others who work in the field of Training & Behavior.

                2. Professionals looking to add new services, new enhancements and new ways to help manage and resolve training and behavior challenges.
                3. Scent Geeks wanting to learn more about scent work and hang around other Scent Geeks for a few days.
                4. For even more Advanced Handling Skills, stay the weekend and enjoy the two-day workshop on November 5, 6, 2022. Enjoy a 25% discount for enrolling in both events. 

                Day One: November 2, 2022

                4 General Sessions to get everyone up to scent speed that include practical activities!

                1. Session One: Introduction to The Canine Olfactory System
                2. Session Two: Introduction to Scent & Its many disciplines
                3. Session Three: Teaching Scent Skills, Equipment and Environment
                4. Session Four: Scent Searches, Patterns, Duration, Handling


                Day Two & Day Three: November 3 & 4, 2022

                8 topics covering how you can incorporate Scent Work into your Training and Behavior business. You will have the opportunity to attend all of these sessions over the two days. 

                Your 8 Sessions:

                1. From Reactive to Noseactive: Scent Work for canine reactivity in private consultations
                2. The Nosey Puppy: Scent Work to help promote puppy confidence in puppy classes
                3. The Nose Leads the Way: Scent Work to help promote enriched walks and nice leash skills
                4. Nosing Around: Scent Work to help promote confidence in canines in private consultations
                5. Take Me Out to the Nose Game: Scent Work to help Shelter & Rescue Dogs thrive in their environments
                6. The Old Nose's Still Got It: Scent Work to help build enrichment for Grey Muzzle Dogs
                7. Ring Around the Noseys: Scent Work to build fun group classes
                8. Smell Something, Do Something: Scent Work to help with Service Dogs such as PTSD night tremor detection

                This is One of Two Fabulous Scent Events with Dr. Robert Hewings & Karen Hewings

                Scent & Scentability November 2, 3 & 4, 2022 & Advanced Instructor Handling Skills November 5 & 6, 2022

                Register for Both Events and Receive Your 25% Discount and choose a 0% Interest Monthly Payment Plan

                ***Please use this form for registering if you choose both events***

                • Saturday, November 05, 2022
                • 9:00 AM
                • Sunday, November 06, 2022
                • 5:00 PM
                • Crystal River, Nature Coast of Florida
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                CANINE SCENT ADVANCED HANDLING SKILLS 

                presented by Dr. Robert Hewings and Karen Hewings.

                Beyond The Basics of Canine Scent -Introducing Advanced Detection & Handling Skills 

                This program takes you beyond the basics of canine scent and introduces you to advanced detection and handling skills with more intricate search challenges.

                Early Bird Rates & Payment Plans Available 

                Who is This Scent Program For?

                1. Scent Geeks who have completed some scent work and their dog is already trained on one scent and has a reliable passive indication. 

                2. Attendees of the 3 Day program on November 2, 3 & 4, 2022. You are set to stay for the two-day weekend workshop. Enjoy a 25% discount for enrolling in both events. 


                2 Days of Advanced Handling Work 

                This 2-day program covers:

                1. How to hone your active search skills
                2. More complex techniques and search systems
                3. Strategic searching of difficult hides
                4. Searching with more distractions and increased distance from your dog
                5. How to manage and navigate complex search patterns 
                6. Becoming more competent with a variety of hide locations, heights, distance and ease of access
                7. Advanced leash handling skills around large objects, locations and equipment


                Two Types of Registration for This Event

                Auditor Option One: Register and attend all the events and learn from lectures, networking and watching Pets and Their People working.

                Working Spot Option Two: 20 places available.  Bring your dog and enjoy this pet friendly resort. Attend all sessions with your dog. 


                This is One of Two Fabulous Scent Events with Dr. Robert Hewings & Karen Hewings

                Scent & Scentability November 2, 3 & 4, 2022 & Advanced Instructor Handling Skills November 5 & 6, 2022

                Register for Both Events and Receive Your 25% Discount and choose a 0% Interest Monthly Payment Plan

                ***Please use this form for registering if you choose both events***

                • Thursday, December 15, 2022
                • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
                • GoToWebinar
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                CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

                Learning can be defined as the processing and retention of new information which results in an enduring change in behavior. However, learning takes place within constraints such as preparedness, fixed action pattern behaviors, adaptation and motivation. The learning process may entail associations between neutral and meaningful stimuli, associations between cues and behaviors, and associations between behaviors and their consequences.

                In this webinar, which has been designed at a novice level, we will explore 10 different types of learning – what they are, their characteristics, and some examples of each – and the constraints within which learning takes place

                Learning Objectives

                - Understand the concepts of preparedness, fixed action pattern behaviors, adaptation and motivation.


                Become acquainted with the following types of learning:

                - Superstitious learning

                - Imprinting

                - Learned helplessness

                - Latent learning

                - One-trial learning

                - Social facilitation learning

                - Errorless learning

                - Respondent conditioning

                - Operant conditioning

                - Emotional learning


                About Your Presenter    


                Alexandra Santos

                Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

                She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems”, “Puppy Training: How to housetrain your puppy effectively”, “How to leash train your dog and enjoy walking him”, “O meu cão e eu”, “Cão educado, dono feliz” (published in Portugal), and has also authored and co-authored several scientific articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.

                Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, as a guest professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people. She has been a presenter at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on positive reinforcement-based training and regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild in the USA and Edogtorial in Spain.

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