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    • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    • 2:00 PM
    • Monday, July 17, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, KPA 1, IAABC 1

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    For dog lovers – and dog trainers in particular – communicating about reward-based dog training, the importance of enrichment, and management strategies for behavior problems is an essential part of promoting good animal welfare. But sometimes it feels like we are mired in a sea of misinformation (and not just about dogs!). Drawing on research in psychology and science communication, this webinar will look at evidence-based ways to communicate more effectively. We will use the example of reward-based dog training in particular, but the strategies and techniques apply to any time we want to get an important message across.

    Psychological science gives us several reasons why debunking false information can backfire, including the fact that repetition can make false ideas seem true, and correcting wrong information can be a threat to people’s identity, serving instead to reinforce those ideas. But while arguing may not be beneficial, just a few dissenting voices can make a big difference to perceptions of consensus. Luckily, there are plenty of tips from science communication that apply to talking about dog training, and this webinar will look at what we can do to make a positive difference.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand why debunking misinformation can backfire
    • Know the best approach to take when debunking ideas
    • Develop ways to teach people how to evaluate information about dog training
    • Create messages that will engage, inspire and inform.

    About The Presenter


    Zazie Todd PhD


    Zazie Todd is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, a blog about how to have happier cats and dogs (according to science). She has a PhD in Psychology, an MFA Creative Writing, and is an honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers. She takes dogs and cats as clients through her business Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour. She has a Psychology Today blog called Fellow Creatures, and has also written about pets for Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. Her book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, will be published by Greystone Books in February 2020.


    • Monday, February 10, 2020
    • 2:00 PM
    • Thursday, February 10, 2022
    • 3:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    As dogs are increasingly seen as part of the family, we also want to make them happy. In this exciting webinar, animal behaviour expert Zazie Todd will share insights from her forthcoming book Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, which features a foreword from none other than Dr. Marty Becker. The webinar will begin by looking at the role of emotions in a dog’s welfare, before sharing fascinating scientific research on dogs – and practical tips you can use with your own or clients’ dogs.

    The webinar will cover topics important for dog trainers and dog owners, including reasons to use reward-based training methods, why some enrichment should involve the nose, and why dogs play. As well, we will look at the important role of the owner in providing a secure base for their pet, and why this shows you should comfort a fearful dog (if they want it).

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand the role of positive emotions (happiness) in dogs’ welfare
    • Know why it is better to use reward-based training methods
    • Identify ways to apply recent scientific knowledge in puppy socialization and dog training
    • Develop tips for having happier dogs


    About The Presenter

    Dr. Zazie Todd


    Zazie Todd is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, a blog about how to have happier cats and dogs (according to science). She has a PhD in Psychology, an MFA Creative Writing, and is an honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers. She takes dogs and cats as clients through her business Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour. She has a Psychology Today blog called Fellow Creatures, and has also written about pets for Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. Her book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, will be published by Greystone Books in February 2020.



    • Monday, May 04, 2020
    • Saturday, May 04, 2024
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    Implementing Science-Based Training in Shelter and Rescue

    With Dr. Zazie Todd

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    Science has a lot to tell us about dog training (and a little about cat training too), but how can we use these ideas effectively in shelter and rescue? This webinar will begin with a user-friendly overview of the scientific research on dog training methods and what it says about the use of reward-based methods to train pet dogs. We will look at how this fits into the Five Freedoms and the Five Domains models of animal welfare, and how positive reinforcement training can be an enrichment activity as well as a solution to behaviour issues. We will also consider ways to deal with difficulties getting buy-in from stakeholders (including volunteers).

    There is also some fascinating research on the importance of the timing of rewards, the quality of rewards, and on resource guarding issues. And for time-strapped shelters, we will look at the research on the effects of simply giving dogs a treat as you pass their kennel. For each of these topics we will look at practical tips and strategies that can help with the dogs in your care.  Finally, we will consider the research on the potential benefits of training shelter cats, and some tips on incorporating this into staff or volunteer practice.

    Learning objectives

    • Understand important points from the research on dog (and cat) training methods
    • Consider how this fits in with models of animal welfare
    • Appraise reward quality, timing, and how they relate to behaviour for dogs and cats in shelters
    • Apply practical tips in shelter and rescue


    Your Presenter

    Dr. Zazie Todd

    Zazie Todd is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, a blog about how to have happier cats and dogs (according to science). She has a PhD in Psychology, an MFA Creative Writing, and is an honours graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, and is the owner of Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour. She has a Psychology Today blog called Fellow Creatures, and has also written about pets for Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. Her book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, with a foreword by Dr. Marty Becker, has been called “a clear and compassionate guide to bringing out the best in your dog” by NYT-bestselling author Gregory Berns.

    Website link: https://www.companionanimalpsychology.com/


    • Thursday, January 27, 2022
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    A blog can be a great way to share your expertise in dog training and improve search engine optimization for your website. Whether you simply want to improve your Google rankings or ultimately want to write books or feature articles for magazines, a blog gives you the opportunity to share your writing with the world.

    This session will cover the basics of blogging, including reasons to include a blog on your business website, where to get topic ideas, and what a blog post should look like. Unfortunately, blog posts typically don’t arrive easily or neatly, and so rewriting is an essential part of the writing process. We’ll look at how to edit your writing, how to find photographs to accompany posts, and how to understand copyrights (and avoid problems). Sharing your content is important, and repurposing blog content into social media posts or other content can save you time and increase your reach. These methods can also help you to build a community around your blog.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand how a blog can help your business, and how to get started with writing one.
    • Apply a system for thinking of, writing, and editing blog posts.
    • Understand copyright issues related to blogging and how to find appropriate images for your blog.
    • Develop a strategy for social sharing and building community with your blog.


      About Your Presenter


      Zazie Todd Ph.D


      Zazie Todd Ph.D is an animal behavior expert and award-winning author. Her book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, with a foreword by Dr. Marty Becker, won a Maxwell Medallion from the Dog Writer’s Association of America. Her premium newsletter, The Pawsitive Post, brings readers bimonthly tips on dog and cat behavior and the latest in canine and feline science.

      Zazie is the creator of the Companion Animal Psychology blog and also has a blog, Fellow Creatures, at Psychology Today. Her writing has appeared in Modern Dog, Modern Cat, Inside Your Cat’s Mind, Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. She is the owner-operator of Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour in Maple Ridge, British Columbia, and is an affiliate member of the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior.

      She has a Ph.D in psychology, is an honors graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, and has an advanced certificate of feline behaviour (with distinction) from International Cat Care. Originally from the UK, she lives in Maple Ridge with her husband, dog, and two cats.

      This was previously aired at Geek Week 2021.




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