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    • Tuesday, March 31, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Webinar
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    A FREE PPG Member Resource

    CEUs PPAB 1, CCPDT & IAABC & KPA pending

    Taking Your Business Virtual

     A FREE PPG member resource. PPG is committed to supporting its membership during this difficult period.

    Join Niki Tudge and Kate LaSala for this 90-minute webinar on how to take your Pet Training Services Virtual, now and long-term!

    Everyone seems to be doing it now but going virtual is not new to some pet training professionals. In this webinar we will be benefiting from Kate LaSala’s experience and knowledge having offered virtual consultations for her clients, prior to the Pandemic.

    Yes, that’s right, you too can offer full training services, including group classes.  Now more than ever, these services are providing a crucial lifeline to pet trainers and their clients. Learn how to help and support your clients from the comfort and safety of your own home.

    In this presentation we will discuss

    1. Can you just move current services virtually or do they need to be rebranded and redesigned?
    2.  How are remote sessions different than in-person sessions? What challenges do you face?
    3. How should you price your virtual services?
    4. What technology is required and at what cost to your business?
    5. How do you provide post session support and keep clients in the loop and motivated?




    Kate LaSala, CTC, CBCC-KA 


    Kate LaSala, CTC, CBCC-KA is a certified, professional dog & cat trainer and behavior consultant who owns Rescued By Training, which services clients in-person in metro NYC and worldwide via remote sessions.  She is an honors graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers, a Certified Behavior Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed (CBCC-KA), an AKC CGC Evaluator, a Bright and Beautiful therapy dog evaluator and a full member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and is part of the PPG Shelter and Rescue Committee.  More information can be found at www.rescuedbytraining.com

    Niki Tudge M.B.A, PCBC-A, CABC, CDBC

    Along with Niki’s business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University she is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer and a certified Facilitator and Project Manager. Niki has more than 20 years of  experience in fortune 500 organizations reaching Director positions. Niki is passionate about supporting small business owners on their individual journeys, navigating marketing, business finance, human resources and business planning activities. 

    Niki’s professional credentials include; AABP-Professional Dog Trainer, AABP-Professional Dog Behavior Consultant, PCBC-A and PCT-A through the Pet Professional Accrediting Board and she has earned diplomas in Animal Behavior Technology and Canine Behavior Science & Technology through the Companion Animal Science Institute

    As the founder and President of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center and The DogSmith, Niki has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. She is also the President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit educational organization that focuses on education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased safety around dogs. Niki has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many publications including The New York Times.

    Niki is a published author and has released the following titles People Training Skills for Pet Professionals, Get Coaching Now! Big Training in a Small Business, A Kids’ Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! , A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and most recently Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People



    • Thursday, April 02, 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Friday, April 03, 2020
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Virtual. Watch Live, Watch Recorded - Do Both!
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    Help Celebrate the Launch of PPG’s

    Pet Rescue Resource with us!

    PPG & PPGBI are co-hosting a special two-day Virtual Summit on Thursday, April 2 & Friday, April 3, 2020

    Want to make payments? - Ask Sharon! We can spread this over the next three months for you. Register and then email Sharon who can set it up for you. 

    Register for the Virtual Summit and Participate Live or Listen to the Recordings Later. Even better You Can Do Both. Your Choice! 


    Approved CEUs PPAB 16, CCPDT 12,  IAABC 12 & KPA 12

    Soon to be hosted on it's very own website!

    What is the Pet Rescue Resource?

    The Pet Rescue Resource’s primary aim is to help improve the prospects of pets in a shelter or rescue environment by shortening the length of stay for each pet while increasing adoption and retention rates. As a secondary mission, it will also help and support adopters, foster home networks, and professional pet trainers and care providers. Recognizing that many hard working volunteers and others who support pet rescue on a daily basis may have minimal experience in animal training, the Pet Rescue Resource Toolkit has been designed specifically so it can be implemented by a cross section of pet professionals, volunteers, pet parents and pet hobbyists. This Behavior and Welfare Toolkit will consist of a number of comprehensive programs comprising a collection of articles, training plans, and videos across a broad range of topics. It will also include modules that focus on topics of a smaller scope. Each of the resources provided in the Toolkit are designed to guide and support programs for the management, behavior modification, training, and enrichment of animals in shelters and foster homes. As a PPG developed concept, the Pet Rescue Resource reflects our organization’s mission to provide the greatest value, highest quality, state-of-the-art, force-free, science-based education on the training, behavior consulting, and care of companion animals.

    The Summit Focus is Rescue and Shelter Focused, Collaborative Care and Enrichment Creating Partnerships for Positive Results!

    2 Days, each featuring 4 live webinars.  8 exceptional educational experiences!

    Your Virtual Summit Presenters

    1. Dr. Karolina Westlund - Preventing and Reducing Fear in The Shelter Environment
    2. Dr. Nick Thompson - Seven Top Tips to Promote Calm in Rescue and Shelter Dogs
    3. Dr. Morag Heirs - Scent Work Solutions for Dogs in Rescues & Shelters
    4. Malena DeMartini & Casey McGee - Rethinking Separation Anxiety in the Homeless Dog
    5. Dr. Robert Hewings – The Importance of Positively &  Emotionally Linking Scent to Your Training
    6. Dr. Juliane Kaminski - Code Breaker: How dogs understand us (and we them)
    7. Dr. Zazie Todd - Implementing Science-Based Training in Shelter and Rescue
    8. Dr. Hannah  Capon  – The Neglected Pieces of the Arthritis Puzzle - Important interventions for shelter dogs suffering with arthritis

    Your  Virtual Summit Schedule

    Thursday, April 2

    Dr. Robert Hewings 9:00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. ET

    Dr. Nick Thompson 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

    Malena DeMartini 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

    & Casey McGee

    Dr. Zazie Todd 4: 30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET

    Friday, April 3, 2020

    Dr. Karolina Westlund 9:00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. ET

    Dr. Morag Heirs 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. ET

    Dr. Hannah Capon 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET

    Dr. Juliane Kaminski. 4: 30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. ET


    To view the presenter session information and their bios please click here. Your webinar link will remain the same for each presentation.


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    • Friday, April 03, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC (pending), KPA 1

    Welcome to the age of genetic testing! Suddenly panels of genetic tests for dogs are relatively affordable for the average pet owner. These tests claim to tell you what your dog’s breed ancestry is (for those of us with mystery mixes) and to give you a heads-up about possible health issues. However, although similar direct-to-consumer testing is carefully regulated for humans, there is no regulation in place for them in veterinary medicine. Additionally, while trained genetic counselors are available to help interpret these results for your human family, no such speciality exists among veterinarians, and general practice veterinarians are not typically trained in this area. How much can we trust the results of these tests? Are some tests or companies more reliable than others? Dr. Hekman is a veterinarian and a genomics researcher who studies canine genetics. She will explain how these tests work, and will build on that explanation to explain the differences between various products, and which products are helpful in which situations.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Be able to read canine ancestry results ("what breeds are in your mix?") with an understanding of which results are more or less reliable, and why.
    • Evaluate different genetic testing companies with an understanding of which products are better for your needs.
    • Understand and explain differences between health test results with traditional at risk/carrier/clear status versus those with more complex interpretation.
    • Describe the basics of how genetic testing works.

    About The Presenter


    Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


    Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



    • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC (pending), KPA 1

    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it!

    No worries you will automatically receive a recording!

    Starting and continuing a successful pet loss support group is exciting, and tedious, all at the same time. In this session, attendees will hear the finer points of how to market a pet loss support group, how to create a continuum of mourning activities throughout the events to seamlessly walk with families from session to session, as well as how to maintain a safe group and assist with the emotions of the group. Furthermore, are physical group meetings the only type of pet loss sessions that can be successful? If is in your initiatives as a pet care professional, this course is FOR YOU as you will get all of those answers and more!

    Checkout the Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course  Presented by Coleen Ellis February 22, 2020 - February 23, 2020.  Click here. If you attend the workshop then you receive a FREE webinar ticket for this event and the other event called The Finer Points of Marketing Pet Loss Services. Presented by Coleen Ellis

      About The Presenter


      Coleen Ellis 

      In 2009, Coleen founded Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, to guide people who wish to provide meaningful pet death care services in their communities, as well to be an educational resource in the pet grief discipline. In 2009, she received the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by Dr. Alan Wolfelt as well as releasing her first book, Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief. She is also Certified in Thanatology and is a Certified Pet Loss Professional.

      By 2014, Coleen was ready to take her vision to a new level. Joining Nick Padlo as managing partner and Chief Marketing Officer, they formed an acquisition company whose mission is to standardize and raise the service levels of the pet loss industry. The Pet Loss Center strives to be the nation’s premier pet loss service, elevating the experiential component of pet loss and grief care across the country. In 2019, she shifted her position with The Pet Loss Center to an Advisory/Consultant role.

      Coleen is an internationally sought-after speaker on the topics of pet loss and grief. Through her delivery style, pet care professionals learn a variety of techniques immediately applicable to implement on how to companion families in their grief journey. Furthermore, her talks to pet parents give them the permission they need to not only grieve but mourn the loss of their beloved pet.

      Coleen is the founder and past co-chair of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance and past president of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, where she currently serves as an advisor. She is a native of Kansas where she graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Fort Hays State University, and is a recipient of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award, the college’s highest recognition for graduates.

      Dallas, TX, is where Coleen and her husband, Chris Burke, reside. They share their home with their four-legged kids, Crisco, Rudy & Albert.

      • Wednesday, April 08, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

      This presentation is geared to introduce Mantrailing as a dog sport. It will talk about our methods to teach it, the hypothetical science behind it and how the sport can influence a dog´s behaviour even off the trail.

      As with other dog sports, the reward system plays an important role to get a more driven canine partner for the task.

      But what is it that makes Mantrailing such a popular dog sport around the world? Can any dog participate?

      Lisa will be answering any questions, that you might have about Mantrailing, after the presentation.

      Learning objectives:

      • What is Mantrailing?
      • Tasks of a Mantrailer
      • How do we teach Mantrailing?
      • What is the dog looking for on the trail?
      • Introduction to the science of scent
      • Can any dog do Mantrailing?
      • How can Mantrailing influence a dog´s behaviour?
      • The reward system
      • The scent article

      About The Presenter


      Lisa Gorenflo


      Lisa Gorenflo is an active operational Mantrailing dog handler who will be assisting the Search & Rescue and Police in the UK with her young German Wirehaired Pointer, Rufus.

      She gained her certification as a Mantrailing Instructor for Mantrailing International over the past 4 years and is the only instructor to hold this qualification in the UK. She qualified her own dog under the British Mantrailing Academy and was also awarded the Skills for Justice certificate.

      Mantrailing UK is the only Mantrailing training centre in the UK certified by Mantrailing International.

      Lisa has a background in the IGP and THS sport. She has worked with dogs all over the world, including rescue centres in Germany and the US, rehabilitating and training dogs for a better life.

      Her training is based on the Kocher Method, but she tailors all of her training to work for each individual dog handler team. Her goal is for each team to find their way together.

      Lisa has brought the Mantrailing sport over to the UK 5 years ago.

      Mantrailing UK has 32 instructors in the UK as well as Guernsey and Spain. Lisa strives to work together with international organisations such as the FEGMA, the Spanish Federation of Mantrailing Groups, to make this sport accessible to more people around the globe.



      • Thursday, April 09, 2020
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Online Webinar
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      A FREE Member Resource

      Your Business Marketing In Times of Difficulty!

      A PPG member resource to support our community through this difficult time. Join Niki Tudge and Dr. Robert King as they talk through some key aspects of business marketing and finance. 

      In this free flowing webinar we will be discussing:

      1. How to use social media to market in these difficult times
      2. How to add value to your existing services to retain your clients loyalty
      3. Don’t just throw about discounts, be strategic in your support of your clients
      4. Understand that Cash Flow is King, what it is and how to monitor and manage it
      5. How to find and broaden your reach to new clients and up sell, market to existing clients

      The webinar will also allow a minimum of  20 minutes for questions and answers. 

      Dr. Robert King 

      Dr. King received his B.B.A. in Marketing, an M.B.A. in marketing, and a M.S. in Finance & Economics from West Texas A&M University before earning a Ph.D. in Marketing from the University of Mississippi. Dr. King teaches principles of marketing and advertising to undergraduates as well as marketing strategy and social networking to graduate students.  He serves on several boards of directors as well as enjoying his own small business ventures and uses this knowledge to aid in the teaching of his classes. Dr. King’s research includes a wide variety of topics, but most fall under the scope of marketing strategy, electronic word-of-mouth, technology use in business, and business ethics. Dr. King enjoys spending time with his wife and dog.  When not at work he enjoys reading, the outdoors, travelling, and cooking.


      Niki Tudge

      Along with Niki’s business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University she is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer and a certified Facilitator and Project Manager. Niki has more than 20 years of  experience in fortune 500 organizations reaching Director positions. Niki is passionate about supporting small business owners on their individual journeys, navigating marketing, business finance, human resources and business planning activities. 

      Niki’s professional credentials include; AABP-Professional Dog Trainer, AABP-Professional Dog Behavior Consultant, PCBC-A and PCT-A through the Pet Professional Accrediting Board and she has earned diplomas in Animal Behavior Technology and Canine Behavior Science & Technology through the Companion Animal Science Institute

      As the founder and President of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center and The DogSmith, Niki has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. She is also the President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit educational organization that focuses on education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased safety around dogs. Niki has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many publications including The New York Times.

      Niki is a published author and has released the following titles People Training Skills for Pet Professionals, Get Coaching Now! Big Training in a Small Business, A Kids’ Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! , A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and most recently Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People



      • Wednesday, April 15, 2020
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online Webinar
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      A FREE PPG Member Resource

      CEUs PPAB 1, CCPDT & IAABC & KPA pending

      Time is of the Essence: Puppy Socialization During a Pandemic

      A FREE PPG member resource. PPG is committed to supporting its membership during this difficult period.


       


      Join Niki Tudge and Jessica Ring for this 60-minute webinar on how coach your clients through Puppy Socialization during a pandemic

      “What about the puppies!?!?”

      Dog trainers everywhere are very concerned about puppies right now. We constantly stress the critical nature of puppy socialization and recommend a wealth of activities that involve close contact with a whole range of people and places, including group puppy class. And time is of the essence. The window for puppy socialization starts to close around 12–16 weeks of age. We simply cannot wait.

      Come and join us and learn some great ways you can How can puppies receive proper socialization during this time of almost complete social isolation?

      Jessica Ring reached out to some of her dog training colleagues for their ideas and suggestions. While it might currently be impossible to provide the ideal regimen of positive experiences with lots of new people, places, other puppies/dogs and situations, there are some great suggestions for what we can do.

      Learn how you can coach your clients through Puppy Socialization during this difficult time.



      Jessica CPDT-KA, CTC, PMCT


      Jessica Ring is the owner of My Fantastic Friend, LLC based in Ellicott City, Maryland. She’s a PPG Member, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (CPDT-KA), an honors graduate of Jean Donaldson’s Academy for Dog Trainers, a Pat Miller Trainer Certified Trainer (PMCT) and a Fear Free Certified Professional. Prior to becoming a dog trainer, Jessica was a graphic designer and university professor. More information can be found at https://www.myfantasticfriend.com




      • Friday, April 24, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

      It is likely that social isolation contributes to reduced welfare for dogs living in animal shelters. One type of intervention that addresses this concern, human interaction out of the kennel, has been demonstrated to improve behavior and reduce physiological measures of stress for shelter-living dogs.

      In this presentation, I will discuss research from the Canine Science Collaboratory & the Applied Animal Welfare & Behavior Lab that was conducted across the United States in which we’ve investigated the impact of two-nights away (sleepovers) from the shelter; and more recently, two-hour outings (field trips) on dogs’ stress, rest, and activity levels. We’ll examine their particular effects to better understand how these programs are impacting the lives of dogs awaiting adoption in animal shelters.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Gain a better understanding of the impact of human interaction on the welfare of dogs living in animal shelters
      • Reference the different physiological and activity measures used to measure canine welfare
      • Differentiate the effects of these interventions and their overall impact on welfare
      • Utilize this information to develop enrichment strategies for dogs in your shelter

      About The Presenter


      Dr. Lisa Gunter


      Lisa Gunter, PhD, CBCC-KA is the Maddie's Fund Research Fellow at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology and conducts her research in the Canine Science Collaboratory. She currently leads the Maddie’s Fund Nationwide Fostering Study. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked for nearly a decade with dogs in animal shelters and with pet dogs and their owners. The goal of Lisa's research is to better the lives of dogs. To this aim, she has investigated the breed labeling of shelter dogs, their breed heritage, housing and dog-to-dog interaction in the shelter, temporary fostering and short-term outings, behavioral indicators of welfare, and post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention. Under the mentorship of Clive Wynne, Lisa earned her Masters in 2015, and her PhD in 2018 as a graduate student in the behavioral neuroscience program at Arizona State University. She has published her research in scientific journals, presented her findings at numerous conferences, and received national and international media attention for her work.



      • Friday, May 01, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending)


      Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

      Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


      The use of Behavior Analysis within the animal training and welfare community has become commonplace. While the core principles of Behavior Analysis (i.e., a focus on reinforcement contingencies and functional understandings of behavior) are now frequently used for applied animal behavior purposes, it’s not always clear how this is directly applied. For instance, what is behavior and how is it defined? What is the relationship of behavior to the environment, and what does it mean to analyze these environment-behavior interactions?

      This webinar focuses directly on some of the core principles of Behavior Analysis, namely that of understanding how behavior relates to the environment. Specifically, this talk will focus on (1) how we define behavior, with attention to what it is and is not, and (2) what it means to define a behavioral contingency in terms of the events that precede and follow it, (3) how we use data to analyze behavior and its function. The goal will be to provide a general, empirical framework for any applied animal behaviorist that looks to understand how Behavior Analysis analyzes behavior.

      Learning Objectives

      • Understand how we operationally define behavior in terms of what it is and is not.
      • Identify what an environment-behavior contingency is in terms of antecedents and consequences of behavior.
      • Discover the usefulness of data in both analyzing behavior (the purpose of Behavior Analysis) as well as evaluating the success of any applied procedure.


      About The Presenter


      Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD


      Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).

      Most of his past and current work involves behavioral research applied to the welfare and training of zoo and companion animals. He has worked with over 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates.

      He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His past positions include a Visiting Professorship in the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at the University of Washington, a Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with many of the species and exhibits located throughout the zoo.

      Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective. Many of his past publications, research projects, and presentations can be found on his ResearchGate profile



      • Wednesday, May 13, 2020
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      This webinar will focus on the dogs who develop aggressive behaviours toward their owners. We will talk a little about what aggressive behaviours are, and how they are perceived by the owners, how they influence the dynamic and relationships in the house, how to address it, manage it and help a dog develop new behaviours.


      Learning Objectives

      • What does aggressive behaviour looks like
      • Why do dogs use aggressive behaviour
      • Safety in dealing with dogs who show aggressive behaviours
      • Strategies to change aggressive behaviours
      • Defensive aggressive behaviour what does it mean?
      • How to change the owners and thus change the behaviour?
      • Is it management or is it behaviour modification techniques?
      • Expectations about other species behaviours and what we want from dogs


      About The Presenter


      Claudia Estanislau


      Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant. She is currently the manager of It's All About Dogs training center in Portugal operating from four locations. Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Paula is also a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behavior and training.

      Claudia’s formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman and Claudia is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a PPG Member.


      • Thursday, May 14, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)


      Donkeys have worked side by side with man, helping to build our societies, going to war, even guarding our fields, for over 5000 years. With over 40 million donkeys worldwide and the domesticated population continuing to grow, donkeys continue to be one of the most misunderstood animals that humans work with.

      The goal of this webinar is to educate donkey owners, donkey enthusiasts, horse trainers, etc on why donkeys are not just horses with longer ears. They are evolutionarily, physiologically, and behaviorally very different from horses, deserving of training, management, and enrichment which in many cases is different their horse cousins.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Identify the roles donkeys currently play in our society and the unique challenges this highly intelligent equine faces because of our changing world.
      • Identify the evolutionary environmental conditions of both donkeys and horses to highlight why they are vastly different animals.
      • Identify the physiological differences between donkeys and horses as they may relate to behavior.
      • Identify best practices for management of daily living of donkeys which may be unique to donkeys.
      • Identify best practices for training donkeys--why use positive reinforcement to train tasks instead of traditional methods or natural horsemanship.
      • Provide resources for donkey owners, trainers, and horse trainers who may be asked to work with donkeys.

      About The Presenter


      Monique Williams CPDT-KA


      Monique Williams is an animal behavior and training professional, certified nationally through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT), the National Association of Dog Obedience Instructors (NADOI), and through Fear Free Trainer Certification as well. Through her Stonebriar Animal Behavior & Training Services, Monique provides the Atlanta, Georgia metro area with in-home training, group training, and behavior counseling services.

      Monique has over 30 years of experience in training and behavior, beginning with AKC conformation competition in 1981. Monique has trained or titled dogs in a variety of training disciplines, including conformation, obedience, Rally-O, tracking, and herding. She is a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild, Association of Professional Dog Trainers, a Fear-Free Certified Trainer, AKC Farm Dog judge, and an AKC Star Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

      Monique shares her Carrollton, Georgia farm with her husband of 28 years, a Belgian Malinois, 2 Smooth Collies, cats, friendly horses and ponies, two donkeys, and several goats.


      • Friday, June 05, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC (pending), KPA 1

      So you have a shy dog - one who's easily frightened of strange people or places, or maybe even one who sits at home IMAGINING what horrible thing might happen next. Is this because of genetics? Or did you mess up somehow? In this webinar, Jessica will talk about the biology behind anxiety: the roles of genetics, early environment (as early as in mom's uterus!), and socialization.

      Spoiler alert: you didn't mess up. But this webinar will help you understand better where your dog is coming from and help you think through the many different puzzle pieces that made her who she is. Jessica will also provide concrete suggestions for breeders, puppy buyers, and working dog trainers to help minimize the chances of producing or buying anxious dogs.

      Learning Objectives:

      • List the different methods by which parents pass information on to their offspring, which might make offspring more or less anxious

      • Discuss the importance of mild stress, but not trauma, in early life

      • Explain how genetics and early life experiences can interact to result in adult anxiety

      • Describe the pre-fear period in puppies and explain its relevance to adult anxiety

      • List some negative effects of stress in terms of health and well-being

      About The Presenter


      Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


      Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



      • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

      Post traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety-related mental health condition, triggered by a terrifying or traumatic event that has been experienced, witnessed, or both. Neolithic people suffered from it, just like people in all epochs ever since. But it was only after the Vietnam war that it gained attention. Later, it was discovered that dogs can also be afflicted by this condition. In fact, it is more common in dogs than it was believed, at first.

      Not to be mistaken for separation distress, or a phobia, post traumatic stress disorder is characterized, among other things, by repeated memories of the traumatic experience. Due to its long term nature, and to being a major contributor to negative neuroplasticity, this condition is very resistant to treatment.

      In this webinar, I will discuss some biological mechanisms behind post traumatic stress disorder, its typical signs, and what we can do to help dogs suffering from it.

      Learning Objectives

      • Become acquainted with the mechanisms involved in a stress response.
      • Learn to distinguish the difference between a phobia, separation distress, and post traumatic stress disorder.
      • Become aware of the three different types of post traumatic stress disorder.
      • Learn some biological mechanisms behind it.
      • Become acquainted with the typical signs.
      • Understand the main reasons why it is so resistant to treatment.
      • Understand the role and importance of play in treating dogs suffering from it.
      • Develop skills for helping them.

      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” and “Puppy Training: How to housetrain your puppy effectively”, and has also authored and co-authored several articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior.

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

      • Wednesday, July 01, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending)


      Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

      Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


      The use of Behavior Analysis within the animal training and welfare community has become commonplace. While the core principles of Behavior Analysis (i.e., a focus on reinforcement contingencies and functional understandings of behavior) are now frequently used for applied animal behavior purposes, it’s not always clear how this is directly applied. For instance, what is behavior and how is it defined? What is the relationship of behavior to the environment, and what does it mean to analyze these environment-behavior interactions?

      This webinar focuses directly on some of the core principles of Behavior Analysis, namely that of understanding how behavior relates to the environment. Specifically, this talk will focus on (1) how we define behavior, with attention to what it is and is not, and (2) what it means to define a behavioral contingency in terms of the events that precede and follow it, (3) how we use data to analyze behavior and its function. The goal will be to provide a general, empirical framework for any applied animal behaviorist that looks to understand how Behavior Analysis analyzes behavior.

      Learning Objectives

      • Understand how we operationally define a schedule of reinforcement.
      • Identify the four basic types of schedules, as well as the difference between continuous, intermittent, and “variable” reinforcement.
      • Recognize applied instances of schedules of reinforcement, including how different schedules might be effective for our applied animal behavior purposes.

      About The Presenter


      Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD


      Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).

      Most of his past and current work involves behavioral research applied to the welfare and training of zoo and companion animals. He has worked with over 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates.

      He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His past positions include a Visiting Professorship in the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at the University of Washington, a Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with many of the species and exhibits located throughout the zoo.

      Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective. Many of his past publications, research projects, and presentations can be found on his ResearchGate profile


      • Friday, August 07, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC (pending), KPA 1


      Veterinarians used to routinely recommend that your dog be neutered (spayed or castrated) at 6 months of age.  That recommendation has been questioned in the past decade as information about the possible health consequences of early age neuter (or neuter at any age) comes to light.

      Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will discuss what we know about the relationship of spay/neuter timing and changes in the risk of development of cancer and/or of orthopedic injuries such as cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCL tear).  She will also talk about how spay/neuter can affect behavior, for better or worse.  She will specifically discuss some recent studies and will detail problems designing effective studies to ask these questions. She will also cover alternative approaches to the traditional spay/neuter surgery. If you are wondering when, or if, you should neuter your dog, make your decision based on facts, not emotions.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Interpret recent findings about spay/neuter outcomes in light of what those studies can actually tell us
      • Make reasoned decisions about the risk of cancer/orthopedic disease and early spay/neuter
      • List alternatives to traditional spay/neuter and compare their pros and cons to traditional spay/neuter
      • RELAX about this decision!

      About The Presenter


      Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


      Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



      • Friday, October 02, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC (pending), KPA 1

      Anxiety is a major problem for many pet dogs. What happens in your dog's brain and body when something scares her? How long can you expect her stress response to last?

      In this webinar, Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will talk about the stress response in dogs. She will explain the original evolutionary purpose of the stress response; what the hormones involved in it (like cortisol) do in the body; the difference between acute and chronic stress and the different effects they have on dogs' health; and what we know about how long it takes the body to clear those hormones. You will definitely learn some cool stuff about how the brain works and what that means for your stressed-out dog!

      Learning Objectives:

      • Describe how the stress response functions and what its purpose is.
      • Describe health effects (both positive and negative!) for acute versus chronic stress.
      • Explain how the stress response affects the dog's brain and their ability to think clearly and behave normally.
      • Describe how long it takes the stress response to clear from the body, and list possible alternative explanations for dogs who display signs of stress longer than it takes for stress hormones to be cleared.

      About The Presenter


      Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


      Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



      • Saturday, February 13, 2021
      • 9:00 AM (EST)
      • Sunday, February 14, 2021
      • 4:30 PM (EST)
      • Tampa,FL
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      A 2-Day Workshop with Leslie McDevitt

      New Dates - Moved From April 2020. Registrants notified 3/12/2020

      Reactive to Relaxed: Next Steps in Control Unleashed 

      CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT 13, IAABC Working: 15 Auditor: 12

      Both Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available

      Want Monthly Payments?

      If you would like to spread your payments over a few months, then go ahead and register. Do not pay the initial invoice you receive. Email Sharon Nettles within 24 hours of registration and she can help get you all set up.


      Daily Schedule

      9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, with breaks at 10:30 AM-10:45 AM (refreshments), 12 Noon-1 PM (lunch) and 2:30 PM-2:45 PM (refreshments).



      Come learn what's new in Leslie McDevitt's groundbreaking Control Unleashed training program!

      In this workshop, Leslie will teach material from her newest book Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed.

      Working dogs will enjoy discovering they can make choices and control outcomes with counter conditioning games such as Pattern Games, Voluntary Sharing, and Requested Approach Training. Using these games and other foundational training from the Control Unleashed program, we will explore how to use voluntary or 'start-button' behavior to empower anxious or reactive dogs to direct their own learning experience.


      Leslie McDevitt MLA CDBC CPDT-KA

      Leslie is a dog behavior consultant, author, and speaker who specializes in creating operant counter conditioning procedures to empower working, performance, and pet dogs to feel safe and comfortable so they can function confidently in stressful environments. She has taught the material from her groundbreaking book Control Unleashed: Creating a Focused and Confident Dog to students all over the world, and her books have been translated into multiple languages. She has also presented at various conferences including Clicker Expo, Penn Vet Working Dog Conference, The UK Puppy Conference, and is looking forward to her debut at PPG.


      Workshop Location

      This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. See pictures here . Event location is 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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