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    • Tuesday, October 03, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by

    Dr Tiffani Howell

    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1. CCPDT pending.

    In Australia, the greyhound racing industry has recently been rocked by scandals, including mass greyhound graves, the use of live animals as bait in training, and socially unacceptable euthanasia rates after the racing career ends. The industry is in the process of reforming, and Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV), the industry body in the Australian state of Victoria, aims to rehome as many retired racing greyhounds as pets as possible, once the career ends. In some cases, an obstacle in achieving this goal is the expression of predatory behaviour in the greyhound. Therefore, GRV contracted researchers at La Trobe University to review the existing scientific literature about predatory behaviour in dogs, to determine what drives the behaviour and whether it can be stopped.

    As part of the review, we surveyed experts around the world with experience in dog behaviour, and we conducted follow-up interviews with 12 of these experts to establish a deeper understanding of some of the issues surrounding predatory behaviour in dogs. This presentation will discuss the findings, including an explanation of the behavioural sequence and how it differs between breeds. In particular, greyhounds have been bred such that there are few behavioural indicators of the intention to give chase, thus making it difficult to prevent the chase behaviour. The neurological underpinnings of predatory behaviour will also be described, as well as the current scientific research aimed at understanding whether it can be effectively stopped long-term. Finally, the opinions of experts, based on the results of the survey and the interviews, will be compared with the existing scientific and neurological evidence. Recommendations for best practice in stopping predatory behaviour in dogs will be provided.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Description of predatory behaviour in dogs, including the behaviour sequence itself, breed differences in its expression, and possible factors underlying its expression
    • Neurological underpinnings of predatory behaviour, based on research with rodents
    • Most effective ways to stop expression of predatory behaviour according to scientific research
    • Most effective ways to stop expression of predatory behaviour according to expert practitioners

    About The Presenter

    Dr Tiffani Howell is a research fellow in the School of Psychology and Public Health at La Trobe University in Australia. She is part of the Anthrozoology Research Group and the DogLab at La Trobe University. She has extensive experience in research on animal welfare, dog-owner relationships, and dog behaviour, including surveys, focus groups, and behavioural studies. Since she completed her PhD at Monash University in 2013. She has published 19 peer-reviewed journal articles, and has written six commissioned government reports and two industry reports.


    Recent projects include a review of assistance dog effectiveness for the Australian government, and pet management practices by owners of various animal types (dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, reptiles, amphibians, rodents, and ferrets). She has also participated in a review of greyhounds socialisation and training practices for Greyhound Racing New South Wales as part of the Working Dog Alliance. The project she will present in this webinar was funded by Greyhound Racing Victoria.

    • Friday, October 06, 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell PCBC-A

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5.

    Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell for this in depth presentation in which she delves into the complexities of linear behaviour chains.

    In this webinar we will examine the best methods to build compound linear chains and we will take a look at different strategies that will help you improve your chains. You'll learn how to perform a task analysis and collect data that will facilitate errorless learning. We will look at the interplay between operant and respondent conditioning and you will learn about fun techniques such as the ‘Quick Cue’ game, which can be used to proof both the discreet and the complex behaviours that you teach

    The presentation will focus on a fun trick that is also a skill needed by many assistance dogs – How to fetch their guardian a drink - but in learning how to teach this 'trick', you will also learn some different strategies that focus on how to teach an amazing retrieve to hand!

    You don't want to miss out on this informative, thought-provoking, fun-filled session.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand why and how to perform a task analysis
    • Understand how to write a training plan and the importance of data collection
    • Deepen your understanding of behaviour chains
    • Gain a deep understanding of how to forwards chain
    • Understand how and why to backwards chain compound behaviours that are linear chains.
    • Understand how to maintain a consistent high standard of 'tricks' (behaviours)
    • Learn different strategies for teaching and proofing an amazing retrieve to hand
    • Learn how to teach your dog to open a door
    • Learn how to teach your dog to close a door
    • Learn how to teach your training partner to fetch you a drink from the fridge

    About the Presenter

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell



    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Behaviour Consultant - Accredited. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board). Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor. Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition. Certified Pet Care Technician.  Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor.

    Louise is a passionate advocate of force-free training. She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.

    Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild. Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe, Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and Co-Presenter of PPG World Service Radio.

    Louise is the owner of The DogSmith of Estepona. She is a Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College. and the author and instructor of the DogNostics Dog Training Certificate Programme and TrickMeister Titles.

    • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Kay Attwood

    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1.  

    In this webinar, we will take a look at the art of platform training and how, by magnetising the dog to the platform, we can teach precision for position, as well as expand on focus, impulse control and so much more. Platform training is an exciting new way of learning for the dog because the dog easily understands exactly where it should be standing. Platforms are a great tool to add to all your classes and this presentation is sure to provide any trainer with lots of ideas about how to use platforms in their training programme.

    Once you’ve started this training, you won’t look back!

    Webinar Objectives

    • Capture Focus
    • Impulse Control
    • Perfect Positioning around your whole body
    • Distance skills & Tricks
    • Cues to positions
    • Use of Multi Platforms
    • Developing movement fluidity
    • Have Lots of Fun! 

    About The Presenter

    Kay Attwood is the owner and head trainer at Kay9® Services, one of the largest dog training schools in Surrey, UK.

    Kay is a Gold Instructor with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour, as well as being a Kennel Club Assessor for the Good Citizens Dog Scheme and member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors student scheme. She is a founder member of D.O.G Local and a member of The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners. With a particular interest in cognitive learning, Kay specialises in dog aggression, behaviour problems and rescue dog rehabilitation.

    "Dogs have always been a major factor in my life from early childhood.  I am fascinated by behaviour in all living things.
    I have 2 rescue dogs of my own, Gibson, a Jack Russell cross Basenji, and Flynn a Jack Russell cross Collie. They both have lots of character and I adore them for it!
    I love working with dogs and studying their behaviour. I try to attend as many seminars, workshops and conferences as possible and have attended many given by the world’s leading trainers.
    I travel far and wide presenting workshops on Platforms and Cognition.
    I use only force-free methods to train, involving no pressure, pain or intimidation and I adhere to a strict Code of Conduct at all times."

    • Thursday, November 09, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sian Ryan
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC pending. 
    CCPDT 1. 

    "He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers." These words, that can strike fear and dread into owners’ hearts, often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery or requiring long term medical care. Vets can usually only give limited advice regarding keeping dogs appropriately mentally and emotionally supported whilst their walks are restricted and owners are left to manage as best they can. This may be stressful for both the guardian and their dog, and can lead to behaviour change and other problems. 

    This webinar, and the associated book, gives ideas to help owners in this situation to identify the individual needs of their dog. In addition it aims to support owners in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support, as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills are included.
    The webinar includes case studies, review of associated research on the topic and photos and videos to illustrate the points made.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand why a period of restricted activity might be needed 
    • Understand why it's important to make adjustments.
    • Learn how to assess emotional, physical and mental needs of the dog.
    • Learn what to do in an emergency.
    • Learn how to prepare for a planned period of restricted activity.
    • Ideas to meet the above needs
    • Understand how to support clients facing such a period.
    • Understand how to reintroduce the dog back to normal levels of activity, or how to adjust longer term

    About The Presenter

    Sian Ryan gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behaviour counsellor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behaviour Clinic and went on to work as a researcher looking at novel ways of measuring emotions in dogs in 2012. With several years of dog training experience, Sian was the first course tutor for Life Skills for Puppies training classes and helped create and develop the course, as well as tutoring on the Life Skills for Puppies Trainers Courses offered by the University of Lincoln.

    Sian writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian is also the Training and Behaviour expert for the BBC2 series Me and My Dog. 

    Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.

Past events

Friday, September 15, 2017 Behaviour Chain Fundamentals. Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
Thursday, July 27, 2017 Risk Assessment & Safely Handling Multiple Dogs. Presented by Claire Staines.
Tuesday, June 27, 2017 A One Day Educational "Round-Up" Hosted by PPGBI
Friday, June 16, 2017 Platform Training. Presented by Kay Attwood
Thursday, May 25, 2017 Deaf Dog Activities. Presented by Morag Heirs.
Saturday, April 01, 2017 Training Meister Master- The Comprehensive Dog Training Course. Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Scent & The Assistance Dog - the development within PTSD. Presented by Robert Hewings
Friday, February 03, 2017 Errorless Learning: Setting Up For Success. Presented by Kate Mallatratt
Thursday, January 12, 2017 The Effective Use of Toys as Rewards. Presented by Kamal Fernandez
Friday, December 02, 2016 The Human Factor in Pet Behaviour. Presented by Karen Wild CCAB
Friday, October 14, 2016 Living with High Drive Dogs in Domestic Situations. Presented by Kamal Fernandez
Saturday, September 10, 2016 A Two Day Force-Free Educational "Get Together" Hosted by PPGBI
Friday, August 26, 2016 Free Member Webinar - Home-Alone Training: Necessity, Not Luxury. Presented by Kate Mallatratt
Thursday, August 11, 2016 2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit
Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Getting Your Puppy Off to the Right Start in Life with Maxwell Muir
Thursday, June 16, 2016 The Whys & Wherefores of Behavioural Data with Karen Wild
Friday, May 27, 2016 Understand How To Use Respondent Conditioning As A Practical View to Behaviour Modification. with Claudia Estanislau
Thursday, April 28, 2016 Understand the "Learn to Train" Protocol: Building and Reinforcing the Canine Bond. with Alasdair Bunyan
Friday, March 04, 2016 Learn the Benefits of Daily Enrichment & Stimulation for Your Dog. with Maxwell Muir
Friday, February 05, 2016 Dog Cognition - Learn How Dogs' Cognitive Skills May Have Evolved. with Dr. Juliane Kaminski

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