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    • Friday, August 07, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, 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)
    • Live Webinar
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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)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, 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, October 24, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    Pain in dogs affects more than their physical side. It affects their well-being, quality of life, interactions with people and other animals, and may lead to behavior problems. For all these reasons it is paramount to identify signs of pain.

    This webinar focuses both on obvious signs of pain and the very subtle ones that can easily go unnoticed or may be masked as a behavior problem. Highly motivated dogs, for example, are "masters of disguise". Vulnerable dogs in multi-dog households may hide pain as a means of self-protection. Reactivity and aggression are easily exacerbated by pain.

    By becoming aware of the many ways pain can be manifested and recognized, dog professionals who strive to improve canine well-being will be better prepared to bring the same awareness to dog owners.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the importance of recognizing signs of pain.
    • Become acquainted with factors that hinder pain assessment (communication barrier; adaptation and masking of pain; chronic pain can be insidious).
    • Understand how dogs manifest pain through: Behavior changesPhysical signs; Vocalizations; Changes in activity level and mobility (for example, adopting different urination postures); Neurological signs; Physiological signs.


    About Your Presenter

          

    Catarina Santos

    Catarina Santos is a physical therapist licensed by Escola Superior de Saúde Egas Moniz, Portugal. She is also a canine rehabilitation therapist certified by Formaterapia and mentored by Canadian animal physical therapist Laurie Edge-Hughes, and Dutch animal physical therapist May Römer-Bartels.

    She has contributed with a chapter on special care for the book "How to Leash Train Your Dog and Enjoy Walking Him".

    Catarina works from her private practice in Lisbon, Portugal, where she lives. She also presents seminars and webinars related to canine exercise and sports, rehabilitation, well-being and health in Portugal and Brazil.

    • Tuesday, November 03, 2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    When working towards solving behavior problems our focus tends to be on the behavior. This happens for a couple of reasons: firstly, behaviors are much more noticeable than the emotions that drive them; secondly, from the human perspective the behavior is the problem, not the emotion. From the dog’s perspective, however, the emotion is the problem, not the behavior!

    It is true that respondent conditioning and operant conditioning occur almost simultaneously, which results in an interplay between emotions and what the dog learns from punishers and reinforcers. Because of this interplay, we prioritize the “get the behavior” approach. But how much faster could a behavior problem be solved if we prioritized the “change the emotion” approach? Let’s remember that emotional states are antecedent stimuli, that motivation is an emotional process, and that emotional responses are more immediate than thought-out ones.

    This webinar will revisit respondent techniques such as classical extinction, systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning, as well as explain how to apply them effectively taking different variables into account.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the impact of emotions on behavior.
    • Become aware of emotional states as antecedent stimuli.
    • Learn how motivation contributes towards reinforced behaviors not being displayed and punished behaviors being displayed.
    • Learn why emotional responses are more immediate than though-out ones.
    • Understand classical extinction and how to apply it, reinstatement of an extinguished response, renewal and spontaneous recovery.
    • Learn the various types of counter conditioning and how to apply them effectively.
    • Develop skills to ensure a smooth desensitization process.
    • Avoid the pitfalls of flooding.


    About Your Presenter

          

    Alexandra Santos

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

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

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

    • Wednesday, November 11, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • 10:00 PM (EST)
    • GeekLand
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    November 11-15, 2020

    Early Bird Registration Prior to September 30, 2020

    Get Your “Geek On” & Save Your Spot!

    With globally respected presenters delivering education at less than $1.55 per hour it’s a Geek Brainer. So many great sessions around the clock and you can watch from your lounge in your very own geek apparel. Join us on our "Virtual Platform" where you can cruise the exhibitor hall, chat to vendors, win prizes, network with peers and really geek out!

    CEUs

    PPAB 36, PPGA 24, CPDs INTODogs 30, KPA, CCPDT, IAABC pending

    Your Geek Week Presenters

    Click here for the complete list of 77



    Dr.  Karolina Westlund
    Dr.  Lisa Radosta
    Dr.  Conor Brady
    Dr.  Naomi Harvey
    Dr.  Kristina Spaulding
    Dr.  Lynn Honeckman
    Dr.  Adam Honeckman
    Dr.  Sasha Protopopova
    Dr.  Zazie Todd
    Dr.  Jennifer Summerfield
    Dr.  Eduardo Fernandez
    Dr.  Nathan Hall
    Dr.  Robert Hewings
    Dr.  Hannah Capon
    Dr.  Kathy Murphy
    Dr.  Chris Pachel
    Dr.  Robert Falconer-Taylor
    Dr.  Liz Bales
    Dr.  Lisa Gunter
    Dr.  Lisa Ackerman
    Dr.  Laura Ryder
    Dr.  Mikel Delgado
    Dr.  Katrina Gregory
    Dr.  Ian Billinghurst
    Dr.  Morag   Heirs
    Dr.  Robert King
    Dr.  Deborah Jones
    Dr.  Amy Cook


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    Early Bird – Before September 30, 2020 Member $200.00 Public $380.00

    Post September 30, 2020 Member $220.00 Public $440.00

    • 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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