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    • Tuesday, February 25, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5


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    Re-think Trigger Stacking - Shedding some (candle) light on triggers for behaviors we wish to modify or change


    Edie-Jane Eaton has shared her ‘candle’ concept for many years.  We may all be aware of the term ‘trigger stacking’ but Edie-Jane’s brilliant analogy helps canine guardians look more closely at the multiple ‘candles’ that may be burning for a dog that is struggling to learn or cope with his environment and human led activities.

    Several candles may be alight due to internal problems such as pain, patterns of tension through the body, the environment at home including slippery floors, noise sensitivity, the games that are played and the way a dog is touched long before more candles are lit once out in the big wide world. 

    Whilst it may not be possible to blow out every candle, there is a lot that we can do to help our clients snuff out the flames, reducing ‘ heat’ and enabling a dog to settle and learn. 

    This webinar presentation will also include the following learning objectives

    1. The link between posture and behavior
    2. Introduction to ACE Free Work
    3. Simple leash handling techniques to reduce body tension



    About The Presenter


    Sarah Fisher

    Tilley Farm, Farmborough,


    Sarah Fisher is a canine and equine behavior advisor. She has worked with animals for over twenty years and incorporates some of the elements of the Tellington TTouch method in her work. She is experienced with a wide range of breed types and teaches staff workshops for many of the UK’s animal welfare organizations including Battersea. She has also worked in Europe teaching staff workshops for shelters including SPCA Malta and GIA (Romania) and has taught workshops and clinics for dog trainers and behaviorists in Holland, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Ireland, Romania and Poland.

    Sarah gives presentations on a variety of topics at dog training and behavior seminars in the UK and abroad, and is a regular speaker at the annual Dog Behaviour Conference (UK). She also conducts behavior assessments for private clients, animal welfare organizations and court cases.

    Sarah is a published author and has participated in numerous television and radio programs over the years including the recent Nightmare Pets SOS for BBC1. She runs courses under the name Animal Centred Education (ACE) for trainers, groomers, veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and animal behavior counsellors who wish to broaden their expertize by learning detailed observations combined with Free Work, and techniques inspired by other professionals working in the world of animal welfare and behavior.

    • Wednesday, March 11, 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC (pending), KPA 1

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    "Build it and they will come” worked in the classic movie Field of Dreams. However, that same “build it” concept does not work in creating a successful business! In today’s world of clutter, it’s imperative to have marketing and advertising messages that get directly to those needing our services. In this fast-paced, entertaining and exciting webinar, over 50 marketing and advertising ideas will be presented, giving every attendee the sure-fire opportunity to walk away with immediately applicable ways to grow a business!

    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 How to Conduct a Successful Pet Loss Support Group. 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.

      • Monday, March 16, 2020
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

      The vast majority of existing dog training strategies which relate to canine fear and anxiety are designed to help ‘fearful’ dogs, but all dogs encounter a crisis of confidence at some point in their lives or face situations that test their resilience. How a dog copes with these life challenges and how their families interact with them, will determine everyone’s future success.

      Victoria Stilwell will introduce BRAVE - a set of new essential dog training protocols which can be specifically adapted for all dogs regardless of their level of anxiety or fear.  (This will be an introduction only webinar with some examples, as BRAVE protocols are extensive. They will be available and accessed in future online courses designed for all dog lovers.)

      Learning Objectives:

      • How a dog can be helped to face life challenges
      • Some tips on how families should interact with a nervous dog
      • An introduction to BRAVE dog training protocols 
      • Some examples of BRAVE dog training protocols and how and when they should be implemented.

      About The Presenter


      Victoria Stilwell

      Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog as well as Greatest American Dog on CBS, Dogs Might Fly on Sky TV, Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs for the Smithsonian Channel, Help My Dog is Out of Control for the BBC, and various featured web series including Guardians of the Night. Having filmed over 110 episodes of It’s Me or the Dog since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 120 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods.  A best-selling author of 5 books including her latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Raising A Puppy, Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognized as a leader in the field of animal behavior.    

      A passionate advocate for positive dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com, the founder of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, and the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training – the world’s premier global network of positive dog trainers.

      The recipient of multiple awards, Stilwell is committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved with organizations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation, dog bite prevention and other animal-related causes, but she is best known as a champion for fear-free positive reinforcement dog training methods.  She is an Ambassador for the RSPCA, International Ambassador for the Soi Dog Foundation and serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, The Georgia Pet Coalition, The Grey Muzzle Foundation, DogTV, Dognition, W-Underdogs and Canine Assistants.



      • Friday, March 20, 2020
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)


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      Essential Training Lessons learned from 8 Years of Living with a frantic dog, and what you can do to bring zen into your life.

      Learning Objectives

        • “Gentle Punishment” and why it leads to chaos.
        • The importance of predictability and control.
        • Creating skills, why variable is usually (but not always) bad.
        • You cannot reinforce calm. It’s not a behaviour. You can however create calm.
        • Splitting matters.
        • Bad behaviour chains and the case against redirecting away from “bad” behaviour.
        • Extinction of behaviours on maintained by continuous reinforcement and variable. How the response differs - and recognizing that extinction, on its own can be very frantic.
        • Build duration. The passage of time can be a cue.
        • Associations. Your dog is usually right. Door bells do mean people are at the door. Bowls tend to mean food. Hands reaching means cookies are coming. They ARE exciting.
        • How to decrease the arousal that comes from associations. Think cats and can openers.
        • Higher order conditioning. Why do dogs get so excited in the car? What you can do about it.
        • Bad behaviour chains can create frantic looking behaviour
        • Bodily functions
        • Social pressure is the death of good training
        • Saboteurs are even worse.
        • What to do when you mess up.
        • While it’s a hard sell, “50 tiny steps to success” is a faster, less stressful route than “3 easy steps.” The case against falling for popular online marketing.



        About The Presenter


        Yvette Van Veen


        Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


        • Tuesday, March 24, 2020
        • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
        • Live Webinar
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        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

        It’s hard to get a good grasp on the big picture of behavior problems when we are working with a small proportion of the population. This interactive webinar takes an in-depth look at behavior problems in dogs. Populations change over time – we'll cover the most up-to-date information we have on this topic!

        We will cover a lot of ground in this talk. Including: Which behavior issues are most prevalent? What role does the dog’s sex, spay/neuter status, age, and origin play? What factors might be driving behavior issues in dogs? Which behavior issues tend to co-occur?

        Use this information to serve your client’s better by focusing on what’s most important for them and their dogs. These research findings will allow you to design training and behavior programs that are proactive about prevention and early intervention and as effective as possible!

        Learning Objectives:

        • List the most recent information we have on the demographics of behavior problems in dogs (for example, what impact does spay/neuter have on the prevalence of behavior issues?)
        • Identify which behavior problems tend to co-occur
        • Explain which behavior issues are most prevalent
        • Apply this information to prevention, early intervention and modification of behavior issues in dogs


        About The Presenter


        Dr. Kristina Spaulding


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

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

        • 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

        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,  IAABC & KPA pending

        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 – T.B.D.
        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. Kathy Murphy – What is Arousal and When is Too Little or Too Much Harmful, & What Can We Do to optimize It In Shelter Dogs

        Your  Virtual Summit Schedule

        Thursday, April 2

        Dr. Kathy Murphy 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. Robert Hewings 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.


        Thank You To Our Event Sponsors! 

         

         

         

         


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

        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

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        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, CCPDT (pending), 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.



          • Saturday, April 18, 2020
          • 9:00 AM (EDT)
          • Sunday, April 19, 2020
          • 4:30 PM (EDT)
          • Tampa,FL
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          A 2-Day Workshop with Leslie McDevitt

          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

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



          • 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.


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

          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.



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


          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)
          • Live Webinar
          Register


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


          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.



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