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The Pet Training Science Alliance

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Webinars for this initiative will run from September 2023 to May 2024. You can use the Calendar below to see what is scheduled.

Upcoming events

    • Sunday, October 01, 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • PTSA

    Talk Training to Me 

    Presented by ANAMARIE JOHNSON


    A Webinar Sponsoring The Pet Training Science Alliance 

    Dog trainers’ word choice may provide information about how a trainer understands and relates to the dogs they work with. To date, there has been little analysis of the words trainers use or whether specific words or phrases can readily differentiate the type of training methodology practiced.

    We gathered demographic and educational information and the stated training philosophy from the websites of 100 dog trainers from ten US cities identified by a popular consumer review site to determine whether there was a difference in word use between training methodologies, if women practiced non-aversive techniques more than men and if non-aversive trainers were more often certified than aversive trainers.

    Trainers were identified as using either non-aversive methods (utilizing positive reinforcement and no use of aversive leash tools) or aversive methods (may use positive reinforcement but will also utilize aversive methods to punish) by trainer self-identification or training tool use.

    We then qualitatively analyzed the website texts outlining training philosophy using the text analysis software MAXQDA. Specific words or phrases that were selected based on their importance within training were turned into 20 codes which were examined for their context and frequency of use across the 100 philosophies. Some codes differentiated between training methodologies, particularly those related to training tool use. For example, aversive trainers referred to corrective collars as “electronic collars” and explained their use; non-aversive trainers called the same tool a “shock collar” and stated that it was never used in their training. We found women practiced positive reinforcement training significantly more often than men. Positive reinforcement trainers were also significantly more likely to be certified than balanced trainers.

    This shows that there is a wide variability in word use by dog trainers leading to inconsistencies in information provided to the public. The low rate of certification also raises concerns about the scarcity of licensing and lax oversight of dog trainers in the USA leading to potential safety risks for both owners and dogs.

    Learning Objectives

    • Help trainers understand how other trainers communicate and describe their dog training 
    • Get an understanding of how trainers using other methods understand and describe their work 
    • How trainers can do better in their communication with the general public

      About Your Presenter

      Anamarie Johnson comes to the Canine Science Collaboratory after working for a number of years in the animal shelter and dog training world. She graduated in 2011 from University of California with a double major in Science and Technology Studies and Evolutionary Anthropology.

      She then received her MA from Hunter College in Applied Animal Behavior and Conservation investigating attachment behavior in shelter dogs. For her graduate research, she is interested in human-dog interactions particularly investigating choice in dog training methods.

      • Friday, November 10, 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      • GoToWebinar

      Terrible Teens 

      Presented by Lorna Winter 

      CEUs: 1 PPAB , 1 CCPDT , 1 KPA , 1 IAABC & 1 PMCT 

      A Webinar Sponsoring The Pet Training Science Alliance 

      Join us for this webinar all  about adolescence and puppies turning into adults. We will talk a little about the science behind what is happening physically, as well as what is happening emotionally.

      The webinar will provide practical advice on how to guide and coach pups and their owners through this time, with the key things to watch out for to ensure a smooth transition during this critical stage of development that MOST dog owners, aren't even aware exists.

      Learning Objectives

      • Puberty and Teenage emotions
      • Family interactions and handling
      • Single event learning
      • Secure attachments
      • Reactivity
      • Concentration & Frustration
      • When to ask for help

        About Your Presenter

        Head of Programme and Co-Founder zigZag Puppy App

        • Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour
        • Chair of CAPBT (COAPE Association of Applied Pet Behaviourists and Trainers)
        • A Director of the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter

        Lorna has over 25 years of experience in Marketing and Innovation, 17 of which have been in the petcare space. Lorna is also a fully qualified Dog trainer and Behaviourist (Dip CABT), is currently chair of CAPBT and is a Director of the UK Dog Behaviour and Training Charter.

        In the team, Lorna is known as the ‘Dog Guru’ and her speciality is the incredible drive that she has to improve the welfare of all animals, but she focuses this on dogs for us at Zigzag (she’s also a crazy hedgehog lady but don’t tell anyone!).

        Lorna lives with her utterly adorable rescue dog ‘Alvin’ – oh and her husband John.

        Preseners Business 

        Why Zigzag?

        We are puppyhood specialists and don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Puppies comes in all shapes, sizes and temperaments and this is why we create tailored plans by breed, and age, which also align to the unique development windows puppies have where they easily learn vital skills for life. This is what makes our approach seem so intuitive!

        • Saturday, December 02, 2023
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
        • GoToWebinar

        If Behaviour’s The Answer, What’s The Question? 

        Presented by Shay Kelly

        CEUs:  PPAB ,  CCPDT ,  KPA ,  IAABC &  PMCT  - Pending

        A Webinar Sponsoring The Pet Training Science Alliance 

        This webinar explores Tinbergen's four questions relating to the mechanism, survival value, development, and evolution of behaviour. During the webinar, we will ask whether these questions are still relevant and what other questions we should ask about behaviour.

        About Tinbergen according to The University of Oxford.

        In 1963 Niko Tinbergen published a seminal paper entitled ‘On the aims and methods of ethology’, which laid the foundation for how to conduct research in the fledging field of animal behaviour.

        Tinbergen formulated four different, albeit somewhat interlinked, approaches to the study of animal behaviour, or four different types of questions we can ask about an observed behaviour

        The four questions are:

        1. Function (or adaption): Why is the animal performing the behaviour? How does the behaviour increase the animal’s fitness (i.e. its survival and reproduction)?

        2. Evolution (or phylogeny): How did the behaviour evolve? How has natural selection modified the behaviour over evolutionary time?

        3. Causation (or mechanism): What causes the behaviour to be performed? Which stimuli elicit or what physiological mechanisms cause the behaviour?

        4. Development (or ontogeny): How has the behaviour developed during the individual's lifetime?

        Learning Objectives 

        • The learner will be able to identify and evaluate distinct causes of behaviour, based on Tinbergen's four questions.
        • The learner will be able to consider further questions of behaviour.
        • The learner will be able to consider the relevance of Tinbergen's questions, in relation to modern-day canine behaviour assessment.

          About Your Presenter

          Shay Kelly is a behaviour consultant and author of three books. Canine Enrichment: the book your dog needs you to read, Dog Training & Behaviour: a guide for everyone, and Puppy Nurture: raising your puppy with love.

          Shay holds a Foundation degree in Applied Canine Behaviour & Training, Bachelor's degree in Canine Behaviour Management, and a Master's degree in Applied Animal Behaviour & Training. Shay has specific interests in enrichment and olfaction.

          Preseners Business 

          • Wednesday, December 06, 2023
          • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
          • Zoom

          Triage for Dog Training Professionals: An interactive webinar

          Presented by Kristi Benson and  Jean Donaldson 

          CEUs: PPAB , CCPDT , KPA , & IAABC 

          A Webinar Sponsoring The Pet Training Science Alliance 

          Triage—that is, identifying and prioritizing issues in order of urgency for treatment—is an important skill for dog training professionals, who are often presented with dogs that have a veritable laundry list of issues and dog guardians who have limited bandwidth together with a tenuous understanding of animal welfare and public safety. During this webinar, the Academy for Dog Trainers staffers Jean Donaldson and Kristi Benson will operationalize triage with plenty of useful examples, and then, using a case-study format, have an interactive segment with audience participation to practice making triage decisions in sample cases.

          Learning Objectives

          • When triage is unimportant/when the client can choose
          • Important considerations for triage: Public safety, animal welfare, and others
          • Scripts for clients to assist with getting buy-in to treatment plans
          • How triage can guide you to refer cases as needed

            About Your Presenters

            Jean Donaldson is one of the top dog trainers in the world and has lectured extensively in the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers’ Association of America’s Maxwell Award, and her seminal book The Culture Clash was named number one training and behavior book by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

            Kristi Benson is an honours graduate of the Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling (CTC). She has an online school helping dog guardians with a variety of behaviour issues, such as barking and house soiling. Kristi is also on staff at the Academy for Dog Trainers, helping to shape the next generation of canine professionals. She handles special projects such as the Academy's Husbandry Project, books webinars, and is a student mentor and coach.

            Preseners Business 

            The Academy for Dog Trainers is a two-year comprehensive professional program in evidence-based pet dog training, behavior, class teaching and behavior counseling.  The Academy will celebrate its 25-year anniversary in 2024, and has certified over one thousand behavior counselors and trainers.  After running it for 10 years out of The San Francisco SPCA as an in-person full-time program, Jean re-invented the program as a self-paced part-time online course in 2011.

            • Monday, March 11, 2024
            • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
            • GoToWebinar

            Creating Behaviour Modification Plans in

            Challenging Environments (shelter) 

            Presented by Tom Candy 

            CEUs: 1 PPAB , 1 CCPDT , 1 KPA , 1 PMCT, & 1 IAABC 

            A Webinar Sponsoring The Pet Training Science Alliance 

            This webinar looks at how we can create successful behaviour modification plans in challenging environments. from shelters to busy households learn how to work around challenges

            • Understand the importance of BMPs in shelters 
            • Learn how to introduce HAPPIER Bmps for challenging enviroments 
            • Learn about setting appropriate goals for BMPS

              About Your Presenter

              Tom Candy

              A passion for animal welfare and training led Tom (he/him) to undertake a BSc (Hons) in Bio-veterinary science and a MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln (UK). Having started volunteering in rescue at the age of 15, Tom has been involved in a variety of aspects of rescue including fundraising, home checking, transporting and general day to day operations.

              Currently Tom works as a Senior Training and Behaviour advisor with the UK’s largest canine welfare organisation, where he supports the training and behaviour teams across the southwest. Tom is responsible for supporting and advising managers and Training and Behaviour Advisors on matters relating to behavioural concerns and helping to promote higher levels of welfare for dogs.

              Tom is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (UK) and a Certified Canine Behaviour Consultant and Certified Shelter Behaviour Specialist with the International association of Animal Behaviour Consultants. He has been luckily enough to speak on several Shelter behaviour related topics across webinars, pods casts, workshops and Conferences both in the UK and internationally including America, Canada, Spain and most recently at the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference in Bulgaria where he presented on meeting dogs needs in a kennel environment and ran workshops on topics such as enrichment and training as part of everyday life in kennels.

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