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A New Approach to Harnessing Commitment & Compliance from Clients - Introducing Motivational Interviewing with Niki Tudge

  • Thursday, September 28, 2023
  • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • Recorded


  • A Discounted Rate for Pet Owner Members
  • Public Registration

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A New Approach to Harnessing Commitment & Compliance from Clients - Learn How To Use Motivational Interviewing & Commitment Devices - The Need For Change is Real!

CEUs: PPAB 1.5, KPA 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, PMCT 1.5, & IAABC 1.5

Presented by Niki Tudge

One of the most stated reasons by professional trainers for a failure to perform successful services in pet training is two-fold.  I often hear that " the client was not committed or compliant." 

Let's stop this behavior-changing game we find ourselves in and begin to work with clients in a more collaborative model yielding success for all parties!

It’s not about control or win-loose, or compliance. These words make us cringe when discussing behavior change in animals; let’s not apply these old concepts to our clients. 


Do you often feel like you?

  • Are constantly nagging clients.
  • Having suggestions and ideas pushed back.
  • Hear "yeah but" all the time.
  • Feel your client relationship is confrontational.
  • Return to a client’s home and find no progress has been made in your absence
  • Find yourself constantly "splaining" everything

Well, Did you know that?

  • Clients, like all humans, make choices that do not always align with their goals.
  • Clients may, at times, lack self-control. 
  • Clients have no commitment vehicle to help them stay on track. 
  • Clients don't see or recognize the ambivalence between their stated goal and behavior.

In this webinar, Niki will introduce the concept of Motivational Interviewing and Commitment Strategies.

Learn how these can be used to harness a client’s ambivalence and then use this ambivalence to motivate effective behavior change. She will also discuss various types of commitment strategies that can be used to hold clients accountable for their own words and goals.

Learn About

  1. Interviewing techniques to bring about change
  2. What to avoid in developing a collaborative professional-client relationship
  3. How to guide clients through their own behavior change
  4. How to stop "splaining" and empower autonomy in your clients

 Your Presenter

Niki Tudge – M.B.A, PCBC-A, PCT-A, Six Sigma Black Belt, HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3


Niki is a certified Dog Behavior Consultant and holds reputable health and fitness certifications.

As the founder and President of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Education, and The DogSmith, Niki has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. Niki has published numerous articles on dog training and behavior, and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many publications, including The New York Times.

Niki's professional credentials include; AABP-Professional Dog Trainer, AABP-Professional Dog Behavior Consultant, PCBC-A, and PCT-A through the Pet Professional Accrediting Board. Niki also earned diplomas in Animal Behavior Technology and Canine Behavior Science & Technology through the Companion Animal Science Institute.

Along with Niki's business degree and M.B.A. from Oxford Brookes University, she is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer, and Team Facilitator and Project Manager.

To compliment Nikis' dog behavior skills and experience, she is also a certified Fitness Instructor, Walking & Running Coach and carries several certifications in the health and fitness industry. Additionally, Niki offers coaching and programs through her Running with Your Dog business.

Her professional credentials include; International Sports Science Association (ISSA) certified fitness trainer, ISSA certified transformation specialist, nutritional coach, ISSA certified running coach and ISSA elite trainer. Niki is also a certified ChiWalking and ChiRunning coach. In addition, she has completed the well-known M.A.F. Foundations certificate course developed by Dr. Phil Maffatone and is a supporter of the M.A.F. system.

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