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2017 Summit

    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • Thursday, November 07, 2019
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    Going for a Bumble Presented by Helen Philips

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2

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    Helen Phillips comes from a working dog background where, for many years, people have been discouraged from taking their gundogs for walks where they can free run. It was believed this would be detrimental to their working abilities and contaminate important behaviors, with the dogs self-reinforcing in scenting, hunting and chasing. This notion, however, fails to address the importance of expressing natural behavior and how fundamental scenting is for a dog’s long-term health and mental state. Many working dogs today live double lives. They have to be a part of the family and engage in family activities, but also compete and/or work in field sports. Many breeders are allowing their gundog puppies to go into homes where they know they will never go hunting or shooting, yet still advocate the idea that the dogs should not free run, and should not engage in play. This makes it very difficult for new and often novice owners to build a strong lifelong relationship with their dog, understand his needs, and be able to safely enjoy the outside together. It also fails to address that scenting, hunting and chasing behaviors and needs are innate, and will always be a part of the dog’s make-up. Dogs are highly intelligent and extremely good at learning patterns, contexts and situations by taking their behavior cues from overall external triggers. Because of this they can learn to go for a walk and distinguish it from going for a hunt, playing with a toy, and retrieving a pheasant.


    This presentation will discuss the nature of going for a walk with your dog, how to develop the skills needed to achieve this, and great games that can be enjoyed together that allow the expression of natural behavior whilst remaining connected. These benefits can, of course, be applied to all dogs.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How to develop strategies, cues and techniques to help manage the environment and build a connection when out and about.
    • Discuss how to distinguish between pro-active work and social pleasure
    • How to develop 'the invisible piece of string.'
    • Games to strengthen behavior.
    •  to engage in hunting and or scenting games with your dog and work as a team.
    • The importance of play when training using positive reinforcement.
    • Encourage choice-based discussion making in stimulating environments.
    • -How to apply different reinforcement strategies when outside and build incentives.

    Presenter: Helen Philips



    Helen Phillips is the owner of the ‘Clicker Gundog’ Training Centre. She is a qualified teacher and has also been a business partner with Learning About Dogs Ltd for almost ten years. During the last ten years she has also taught a Canine Training and Behaviour Course at Warwickshire College. She also manages a small shoot and runs a team of beaters on another small syndicate shoot in Worcestershire. 

    Helen  has obtained the Learning About Dogs Clicker Trainers Competency Assessment Programme levels 1, 2 and 3 with Distinction and is an active assessor for the scheme. She also teaches a variety of Clicker Training and Gundog courses around the world as well as in the UK.

    Helen is also the Author of the popular ‘Clicker Gundog’ Training Book. . Through Clicker Gundog she has developed a range of workshops and seminars to help teach these skills to both the handler and the dog. The seminars and workshops are held at a training facility that has been developed especially for the purpose and incorporates a working shoot so that both dogs and handlers new to the sport can experience what a shoot is all about, and those with experience can then practice their skill in the working environment.





    • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
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    A short three part program covering the knowledge and skills required to effectively use sensory techniques such as body wraps.

    Learn all about the "What, "How" & Why" of Body Wraps


    Instructor - Kathy Cascade

    Three Short Lessons Delivered via Recorded Webinar - Available Now

    As trainers we are always looking for effective and creative ways to help the dogs we work with learn appropriate behavior and live successfully in our human world. We are also modeling to our clients how to communicate and interact with their dogs in a humane, respectful, and caring manner. Typically, positive reward-based training techniques are very successful in shaping new behaviors. Unfortunately, not all dogs are receptive to training in the moment due to states of anxiety, fear, or over-arousal, which interfere with optimal learning. The goal of this course is help you learn about “sensory techniques,” which simply means the use of specific sensory input (tactile, proprioceptive) to give dogs new experiences. These types of sensory experiences can influence both emotional and physical states, resulting in a lowering of arousal and improved focus. We will start with a very simple, but often profound tool called the Body Wrap.

    The Body Wrap for animals originated with the Tellington TTouch Method over 30 years ago and was the inspiration for the development of the Anxiety Wrap and the Thundershirt. As a Physical Therapist, I was also introduced to the concept of sensory techniques applied to children suffering from a variety of sensory processing disorders in the form of weighted vests and other light pressure garments.

    This course is divided into three short lessons consisting of a Power Point presentation in a recorded webinar format. A 5 question self-assessment quiz will be available at the end of each lesson to enhance your learning and allow you to confirm your understanding and knowledge.

    Lesson One will provide an overview of sensory concepts, particularly how tactile and proprioceptive input can influence the nervous system, often resulting in changes in posture, movement, and behavior. This section will also describe the purpose of using Body Wraps for dogs, proper fit and duration of wear, and the common situations where Body Wraps may be helpful in a home or other environment.

    Lesson Two will provide a step by step process for introducing and applying three variations of TTouch Body Wraps, and how to address any concerns the dog may demonstrate. Several pictures and video clips are included to assist you in developing your skills.

    Lesson Three will describe the use and application of Face and Head Wraps, and tips on the use of Thundershirts. There are several pictures and video clips to assist you in developing your skills.

    When you register:

    • You will receive a welcome document with detailed information about the program
    • You receive immediate access to all three lessons as webinars and the PDF copies of each lessons presentations.
    • You also receive links to each of the open-book online short self-check tests at the end of each module
    • Upon completion of the program you also receive a link to the open-book online final program short test. The test can be taken more than once and requires a pass of 85%
    • You will receive a video homework instruction document
    • You will be required to complete and submit three short videos demonstrating your skills in applying a Half Body Wrap, a Full Body Wrap, and a Face Wrap on a dog
    • Upon successful completion you will receive a completion certificate to proudly display as both a PDF and a graphic.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the basic concept of using sensory input to influence posture, body awareness, and behavioral responses.
    • Identify multiple environmental contexts in which a Body Wrap or Thundershirt may be helpful.
    • Identify multiple behavioral issues in which the use of a Body Wrap or Thundershirt typically has been used.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Half Body Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Full Body Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Face Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate appropriate body positioning while applying a Body Wrap or Face Wrap to avoid leaning over a dog and remaining safe.
    • Understand and demonstrate the correct fit of a Body Wrap and Face Wrap.
    • Learn how to work through initial concerns and how to help a dog overcome a freeze response.
    • Understand the difference between containment and restraint.

    Course Requirement:

    • Each of the three lessons is completed with a short online open-book self check test.
    • You will be required to complete and submit three short videos demonstrating your skills in applying a Half Body Wrap, a Full Body Wrap, and a Face Wrap on a dog.
    • A separate document will provide all the details of how to complete this homework assignment and the criteria for passing.
    • There is also a short open-book online self check test at the completion of the three lessons which requires a pass grade of 85%
    • Tests can be taken more than once, they are part of the learning process
    • You receive support from your faculty member and from your fellow students in our Facebook Student Common Room Group

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    • Friday, July 20, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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    If you missed the 2018 PPG Kanab Workshop then you are in for a treat. Dr. Frank McMillan is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Workshop attendees!



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    What is Social Pain?

    Social pain is a specific type of emotional pain that may be defined as the unpleasant feelings arising from the perception that social relationships are threatened, damaged, or lost. Different emotional states are included in social pain, but the most prominent is loneliness The array of experiences known to elicit social pain is broad, as it includes every condition that involves a weakening or loss of any form of valued social connection, including being excluded, rejected, ostracized, isolated, betrayed, an unwanted physical or psychological separation from a social partner, and death of a social partner.

    Research in humans and nonhuman animals has provided compelling evidence that social pain and physical pain rely on some of the same processing centers in the brain, suggesting that the unpleasant feeling of physical and social pain are similar. Accordingly, they both have great potential to cause suffering. And in fact, some evidence has indicated that that in humans and animals social pain can actually be more distressing than physical pain.

    The concept of social pain has important implications for the welfare of all social animals, but due to the emotional changes accompanying domestication, social pain has particular relevance in the domestic dog. It is now generally assumed that domestication in dogs enhanced the dependency on and attachment to humans, which would imply a strengthening of the social bonding emotions. This would suggest the likelihood that social pain may be more intense in socially deprived dogs than in other species.

    This information will play an important role in our interactions with dogs, including such factors as housing; what constitutes abuse, neglect, and cruelty; methods of training and discipline; dog breeding; and canine obesity.

    Learning objectives

    • To gain a better understanding what social pain is and how it operates in animals.
    • To learn about the research elucidating the unique nature of sociality in dogs and why social pain is likely more important to this species than other social species.
    • To learn about the implications for social pain in a wide array of aspects of canine welfare.

    Your Presenter


    Frank McMillan, DVM is a board-certified specialist in animal welfare and veterinary internal medicine and currently the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society. Before coming to Best Friends in 2007, Dr. Frank was in private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years and was a clinical professor of medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Frank’s research concerns animal quality of life and the mental health and emotional well-being of animals who have endured hardship, adversity, and psychological trauma. Dr. Frank lectures worldwide and has published dozens of scientific journal articles and is the author of the textbook Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals, and a book for the general public titled Unlocking the Animal Mind.

    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, July 24, 2021
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    Title:Top 5 low Stress Handling Techniques to use in Practice

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)

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    If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Dr. Sally Foote is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!

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    This presentation will feature the top five Low Stress Handling™ techniques to reduce fear, force, and pain when handling dogs in a care setting. These are techniques the presenter has used in practice, and has shared with many other veterinary professionals. The techniques are from the text book "Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats" by Dr. Sophia Yin. Actual handling videos from clinical examinations, with an emphasis on technique, will be provided.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Know the top five low stress handling techniques and how they will help you manage the majority of your cases.
    • Learn through actual exam videos the importance of timing, hand and body placement to reduce fear and pain and avoid the use of force.
    • Understand how to recognize underlying fear before reaching a dog’s threshold for aggression.
    • Be able to start using these techniques immediately.

    Presenter: Dr. Sally J. Foote

    Dr. Sally J. Foote is owner and head veterinarian of Okaw Veterinary Clinic in Tuscola, Illinois where she practices general and behavior veterinary care of small animals. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1984, she pursued a career in general medicine while pursuing further education in small animal behavior. Her current certifications include low stress handling silver certified, Fear Free professional, and animal behavior consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Foote has also completed course work in veterinary behavior at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as over 100 hours of veterinary behavior continuing education. One of her passions is writing, speaking and developing products to promote positive veterinary experience, and she also serves as the executive director of Cattledog Publishing, the legacy of Dr. Sophia Yin.

    • Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, July 31, 2021
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    Title: Finding, Assessing, and Recruiting Canines for Careers

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)

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    If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Sherry Woodard is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!

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    Each year thousands of dogs wait for homes, while each year thousands of people are waiting to acquire dogs that can work with them in some career capacity. As some people are looking for their next detection dog, other people are having a difficult time facing their day to day challenges. Since 2009, Canines with Careers has been demonstrating that shelter and rescue dogs can be successful candidates for careers when carefully screened, selected, placed and supported. 

    The placement and support may go beyond the transition period to the home and be a long term commitment, and the program focuses on building solid relationships between the human and the dog so that they can learn and grow together. In order to screen and select potential candidates, you must first build relationships with shelters and rescues within your community and develop a keen understanding of canine body language. Sharing your skills will enable you to build a healthy team of individuals with varying talents and contributions to assist in the entire process. 

    The presenter has found that a multi-faceted form of assessing includes information gathered from the rescue or shelter, medical teams, any outings/sleepovers, fosters and volunteers, life care plans, and personal assessments with documentation. Sometimes there is a waiting list of clients before the appropriate career dog is available, and sometimes career dogs are available before the appropriate match is there for them. Effective interviewing techniques for potential clients will be discussed to start building comfortable relationships that will potentially last beyond the lifetime of this placement. 

    The presenter will also discuss why creating and maintaining a strategic plan that includes both your capacities and limitations enables you to set achievable goals, realistic expectations, and experience positive results for both the humans and their canines with careers

    Learning Objectives:

    - Understanding the importance of building relationships with shelters and rescues as well as within your community (donors, foster homes, trainers, vets, and your clients).

    - Learn various models for maintaining canines for careers and understand your personal limitations.

    - Understand why and how working with rescue and shelter dogs can be more time efficient while building solid relationships that rely on both human and dog learning and growing together.

    - How to see every animal as an individual and to look at the animals that are already showing potential for when we need them.

    - The importance of building a team to support your recruiting efforts. Your team might include shelter staff and volunteers, rescue staff and volunteers, inmate program staff and volunteers, and foster families.

    - Understand canine body language for the assessment and selection as well as for teaching your entire team to help identify potential canines for careers.

    - How to interview people in need of career dogs and use that information to set them up for long term success.

    - Help your clients to understand that every animal needs a safety network; however, understand that you might be a part of that plan for ongoing support and emergency arrangements. • Learn how to market your services

      Your Presenter

      Sherry Woodard, CCPDT-KA

      Sherry Woodard is Best Friends Animal Society’s resident animal behavior consultant. As an expert in animal training, behavior and care, she develops resources, provides consulting services, leads workshops and speaks nationwide to promote animal welfare.

      Sherry has developed a canine behavior assessment method to help people learn what dogs need so that they can be placed safely in new homes. In 2009, she started Canines with Careers, a revolutionary program that trains shelter and rescue dogs to become working dogs for families across the country. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) as a certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA).

      • Friday, August 17, 2018
      • 12:00 PM
      • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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      Title: Supplements, Pheromones and Non Pharmaceutical Therapies – Do they work?

      CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)

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      If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Dr. Sally Foote is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!

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      For animals suffering with chronic anxiety or panic disorders, chemical therapies can help improve the altered brain chemistry and aid in learning ability. Often, pharmaceutical medications are used, yet they can present concerns about side effects, cost and stigma. Alternative therapies can also be used successfully in behavioral medicine. This presentation will discuss the most commonly used pheromones, nutritional supplements, commercially prepared diets, and essential oil therapies. Comparisons of products will be made for effectiveness and quality control.

      The studies, science and medicine of each class of therapies with specific examples of products

      will be discussed, with an emphasis on quality control of non-pharmaceuticals. The presenter will also discuss the safe use of alternative therapies with pharmaceutical therapy. Lastly, the safety, efficacy and availability of products will be presented with indications according to species differences.

      Learning Objectives:

      • The need for chemical intervention in chronic anxiety.
      • How common pharmaceuticals and alternative therapies work on body chemistry.
      • Specific product categories - where, when and how they work in the dog and cat.
      • Scientific study support to the effectiveness of alternative therapies.
      • Use of alternative therapies with pharmaceutical therapy.
      • Safety, efficacy, availability according to species.
      • Know what you are buying and using for effectiveness and safety.

      Presenter: Dr. Sally J. Foote

      Dr. Sally J. Foote is owner and head veterinarian of Okaw Veterinary Clinic in Tuscola, Illinois where she practices general and behavior veterinary care of small animals. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1984, she pursued a career in general medicine while pursuing further education in small animal behavior. Her current certifications include low stress handling silver certified, Fear Free professional, and animal behavior consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Foote has also completed course work in veterinary behavior at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as over 100 hours of veterinary behavior continuing education. One of her passions is writing, speaking and developing products to promote positive veterinary experience, and she also serves as the executive director of Cattledog Publishing, the legacy of Dr. Sophia Yin.


         
         
     
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