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    • Friday, June 05, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
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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.



    • Monday, June 08, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending)


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    Many of our clients unknowingly drift between training and management as they try to work with their dogs and handle behavior or training challenges. Because they are not clear on the difference between changing behavior and preventing behavior, they may believe their dog has learned X, Y or Z. In reality, examined a bit more closely, it may turn out that they have simply managed the dog’s behavior, not taught actual skills. This frustrates the handler and leads to misunderstandings.

    Both management and training have their place in humane, effective training. Knowing the difference between the two modes of interacting with the dog is key to helping your clients set clear expectations in any training program.

    This webinar focuses on:

    ·      What is management?

    ·      Benefits & drawbacks of management

    ·      Does management always fail?

    ·      What is training?

    ·      Training vs prevention

    ·      The Think & Learn zone

    ·      Decision points: when to train, when to manage

    Daily lives with our dogs are an ever changing blend of management and training, depending on the individual dog, our lifestyle, our skill level, expectations, and so many other factors. When a handler knows which mode they using at any given time, they can set realistic expectations for their dog’s behavior.


    About The Presenter

    Suzanne Clothier


    Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977. Currently based in St. Johnsville, New York, she is well respected internationally for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them. Her background includes training, instruction, behavior modification, kennel management, temperament assessment, physical assessment and conditioning, early puppy development, class curriculum development, obedience, agility, Search and Rescue, conformation, breeding and more. Since 1991, she has taught workshops and seminars on a broad range of topics throughout the United States and internationally for a wide variety of groups from training clubs to international conferences in 11 countries.

    An award-winning author of multiple books and DVDs, her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (2002) has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books. She has served on the American Humane Association’s Task Force for Humane Training, the AKC Agility Advisory board, and is currently a consultant for Frankie & Andy’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary in Georgia. She has also developed multiple assessment tools - CARAT™, an assessment tool, RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool), as well as puppy and adult dog tests. These tools have been used by guide and service dog organizations, therapy dog groups, AAIA organizations, shelters and rescue groups, and trainers. In her work as a consultant to guide dog schools, her Enriched Puppy Protocol™ served as the structure for the updating of their puppy raising programs. Since 2007, more than 10,000 puppies have been raised in programs built around The Enriched Puppy Protocol™. Meanwhile, with fellow trainer Cindy Knowlton, she developed CCC: Connection, Cooperation & Control™, a puzzle-based program that builds joyful relationships between handlers and dogs. Her newest program, FAT - Functional Assessment Tracking™, helps caretakers assess a dog’s well-being day-to-day as reflected in physiological, cognitive and social aspects.


    • Wednesday, June 17, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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    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.

    • Thursday, June 18, 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 6:20 PM (EDT)
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    Let’s Talk Business Revenue – Where It Comes From & How to Maximize It

    We received lots of positive comments about our presentation  on Revenue Management from our “Your Ten Point Game Plan to Rolling Out A New Successful Service Product” Webinar that we felt compelled to drill down further on this topic. 

    A FREE PPG Member Webinar - Limited Availability 


    CEUs PPAB 1, CCPDT & IAABC & KPA pending

    Join Niki Tudge for a topic she just LOVES, maximizing business profitability.

    Don’t fear your business numbers! Sit down with them and have a face-to-face. They tell a story. They explain to you what is coming in, what is going out, what you need to focus on, where you need to set goals and how you can improve. Start today and become the master of your financial storytelling, control the conversation, take back the chit-chat and begin experiencing financial freedom. Live in a business world where month-end is a pleasure, not a financial nightmare!

    In this webinar we will delve into:

    1. Different revenue categories and revenue streams. We will also speak about cost of sales and how to analyze service product profitability.
    2. We will look at Revenue Management and how, by implementing yield management practices, you can increase your top line income by 10% while doing the same, if not fewer number of hours at work.
    3. We will delve into the middle of our Profit and Loss Statements to consider how management of expenses can significantly impact, both negatively and positively, your profitability on a monthly basis
    4. We will explore some tips on keeping accurate books or helping your bookkeeper maintain meaningful records  thus reducing monthly accounting expenses. 

    Please note. A FREE  recording for this event will only be available to those who register  and only for a limited period. 

    Your Presenter

    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.

    • Wednesday, June 24, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending), IAABC (pending)


    Dr. Christine Calder will be discussing the importance of puppy socialization and how to "think outside the box" during this time of social distancing and shelter in place orders.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Alternatives to traditional puppy socialization 
    • opportunities and challenges during COVID "shelter in place" and "social distancing" times.

    About The Presenter


    Dr. Christine Calder


    Dr. Christine Calder is currently the Director of Behavior Services at Midcoast Humane in Brunswick, Maine, Dr. Calder is a board certified veterinary behaviorist with many years of experience as both a general practitioner and Assistant Clinical Professor in Academia. Dr. Calder has a special interest in the education of veterinary and veterinary technology students in clinical veterinary behavior, prevention of behavior problems, and behavior problems in the shelter environment.
    • Tuesday, June 30, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending), IAABC (pending)

    How much does breed really matter? Are there more differences within breeds or between breeds? Environment and learning are important, but biology matters too. How do the brains of different dogs differ? What might this tell us about their behavior? We know what traits are commonly associated with various breeds, but what does the research actually support?

    This webinar will look at two different studies – one on genetic variation between breeds (with over 14,000 dogs and 101 breeds) and one on variations in brain anatomy between breeds.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain what is known about the heritability of behavior as it results to breed
    • Summarize what we know about brain differences between breeds
    • Define gene by environment interactions and explain how they apply to dog behavior
    • Apply the information from today's webinar to working with 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. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

    • 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)


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    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


    • Monday, July 06, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)


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    Separation anxiety is actually more common than many realize. For people who come home to destruction, soiling, or a confined dog with fractured teeth it’s pretty clear what has happened. But surveillance video of home-alone dogs, whose people suspected nothing, showed that 30% of them had clear indicators of distress. Pacing, panting, scanning, freezing, checking windows, failure to eat or drink are just some of the indicators.

    Since we cannot teach a dog not to be anxious we must provide a response substitution. Canine-specific management changes and behavior modifications such as desensitization and counterconditioning will remain essential to improvement. But we have treatments, including one that is new and revolutionary, that can set the brains of these highly agitated dogs up for success. Dr. Nichol will share fresh perspectives and helpful strategies.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understanding the less understood/easily overlooked signs of separation anxiety, often only noticeable on surveillance video.

    • Coexisting behavior disorders. How and why their management will be necessary for optimal results.

    • Update on behavior modification and home management

    • Species-specific behavioral opportunities that dogs can anticipate in place of dread of being left home alone

    • At-home monitoring of improvements

    • New perspectives on old medications, newer meds and pulsed electromagnetic field device (PEMF)

    • Ignoring unwanted behaviors; reinforcing and motivating a calm emotional state.

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Jeff Nichol DVM


    Jeff Nichol, DVM is a residency trained veterinary behaviorist. After many years of general medicine and surgery his practice is now limited to the diagnosis and treatment of neurologic disorders of the brain that are manifest as behavioral symptoms. He is published in scientific journals and text books.

    Dr. Nichol’s speaking experience includes multiple presentations to veterinarians and pet owners. He is the weekly Pet Care columnist for the Albuquerque Journal and the author of three books, “A Lifetime Guide to Practical Pet Care”, “Is My Dog OK?”, and “Is my Cat OK”, published in English and Russian.

    • Wednesday, July 22, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending)


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    The period from 8 to 16 weeks is often considered “early puppyhood.” In fact, the majority of the foundation for a dog’s life is set in the first 63 days. Fuller & Scott noted that the transformation from neonate to 9 weeks old was so profound and complex that it was even more amazing that the changes from tadpole to frog.

    This webinar focuses on the needs of developing pup, and using appropriate stimulation to build resilience, confidence and normal behavior. Puppies who lack the necessary input can – and often do – develop behavior issues that will not be “fixed” through socialization and training.

    Drawn from Suzanne Clothier’s Enriched Puppy Protocol, a program that has been used to help raise more than 10,000 guide and service dog puppies as well as her 10 generations of German Shepherds, this webinar includes:

    ·      Development stages

    ·      Sensitive vs Critical periods

    ·      Sensory development

    ·      Fear period

    ·      Physical, mental and social changes

    Sadly, not all puppies receive the ideal upbringing. Recognizing how a poor start can create lifelong deficits, we can also help offset and fill in the gaps to help each puppy become their best.

    This webinar is for trainers interested in knowing how to build a healthy, happy puppy, for those who work with litters through rescues and shelters, and anyone who wants to understand more completely how 63 days set the foundation for life.


    About The Presenter

    Suzanne Clothier


    Suzanne Clothier has been working with animals professionally since 1977. Currently based in St. Johnsville, New York, she is well respected internationally for her holistic Relationship Centered Training™ approach to dogs and the people that love them. Her background includes training, instruction, behavior modification, kennel management, temperament assessment, physical assessment and conditioning, early puppy development, class curriculum development, obedience, agility, Search and Rescue, conformation, breeding and more. Since 1991, she has taught workshops and seminars on a broad range of topics throughout the United States and internationally for a wide variety of groups from training clubs to international conferences in 11 countries.

    An award-winning author of multiple books and DVDs, her book, Bones Would Rain from the Sky: Deepening Our Relationships With Dogs (2002) has received wide spread praise from every corner of the dog world, including twice being included in the Wall Street Journal's list of Top 5 Dog Books. She has served on the American Humane Association’s Task Force for Humane Training, the AKC Agility Advisory board, and is currently a consultant for Frankie & Andy’s Place, a senior dog sanctuary in Georgia. She has also developed multiple assessment tools - CARAT™, an assessment tool, RAT™ (Relationship Assessment Tool), as well as puppy and adult dog tests. These tools have been used by guide and service dog organizations, therapy dog groups, AAIA organizations, shelters and rescue groups, and trainers. In her work as a consultant to guide dog schools, her Enriched Puppy Protocol™ served as the structure for the updating of their puppy raising programs. Since 2007, more than 10,000 puppies have been raised in programs built around The Enriched Puppy Protocol™. Meanwhile, with fellow trainer Cindy Knowlton, she developed CCC: Connection, Cooperation & Control™, a puzzle-based program that builds joyful relationships between handlers and dogs. Her newest program, FAT - Functional Assessment Tracking™, helps caretakers assess a dog’s well-being day-to-day as reflected in physiological, cognitive and social aspects.


    • Monday, July 27, 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, 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.



    • Tuesday, August 18, 2020
    • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), KPA (pending), IAABC (pending)

    As professionals, we often attribute hyperactive and impulsive behavior to age and lack of exercise, training, and/or enrichment. But is it possible that something else is going on in some dogs? Owners often joke that their dogs have ADHD. Could this be true? What do we actually know about inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity in dogs? How can you use this information to more effectively address these behaviors in dogs?

    This webinar will look at this issue by focusing on a recent research paper on this topic, but we will also discuss the findings of other, similar studies.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain what ADHD-like behaviors are and why that term is used
    • Define impulsivity and describe how it's measured
    • Summarize the research on ADHD-like behavior in dogs
    • Explain how we can use this research when working with 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. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

    • 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.



    • Monday, October 12, 2020
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    Free Webinar for PPG Members

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

    What is habit, really? How does it impact behavior and how can we use it to improve outcomes? This webinar will cover the basics of habit and how it influences the behavior of the animals we work with (including people). We'll also discuss how you can use it to train more effectively and to help you communicate important concepts to pet parents.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define habit
    • Explain how habits influence behavior
    • Explain how habits are formed and changed
    • Describe how habits are influenced by stress


    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/)

    • 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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