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    • Saturday, March 05, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, March 05, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
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    Presented by Maxwell Muir
    CEUS PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1




    Mental stimulation and environmental enrichment is one of your dog’s primary needs. Daily nourishment assists brain growth and is a necessary part of a dog’s development in helping them become well balanced and socially confident. This webinar will explore many different ways to keep our dog’s mind stimulated in and around the home and when out on walk.  We will explore our dog’s capabilities to learn, along with their problem solving abilities. We will also look at ideas on enriching day care, kennel and welfare environments for dogs.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Explore different ways to keep dogs' minds stimulated
    • Explore dogs' learning capabilities
    • Learn how to use dogs' problem solving abilities to provide enrichment.
    • Learn new ways to enrich day care, kennel and welfare environments


    About The Presenter


    'Dogs have always fascinated me. From the domestic dogs we share our lives with to their wild and feral counterparts. And then there are wolves, the very beasts that captivated my imagination as a young boy and have instilled a passion in me that has been strengthened with every passing year of my life.

    My training methods and interactions with dogs are completely humane and motivated by a deep love and respect for the animal. I am in a continuous search for further knowledge and learning experiences to deepen my appreciation for dogs and the lives they lead. I share this knowledge with the aim to help owners and their dogs live fuller lives together. I am a keen writer and have published several articles related to dog training & behaviour. My personal interests with dogs are in observation skills, studying canine natural responses and movement, dog–dog & dog–human communication, stress & associated behaviour and teaching appropriate communication and handling for owners towards their dogs.'

    Maxwell Muir is a Full Member of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles; Full Member & Country Representative of PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe); ABTC Registered Dog Trainer (Animal Behaviour & Training Council); Affiliate Member of ISCP.

    • Friday, April 29, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sunday, April 29, 2018
    • 7:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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     Presented by Alasdair Bunyan

    CEUs PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1


    We take it for granted that all organisms can learn and we understand that learning is a change of behaviour as a result of an individual's experience. When an organism perceives and changes its behaviour, it is said to have undergone learning. 

    Over the last 20 years of working in animal welfare Alasdair has put together a training package that is now part of the 'Back to Basic' protocols implemented in Dogs Trust. Alasdair will share his thoughts with regards to the “Learn to Train” Protocol.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn how to build a partnership with our canine companion
    • Learn how to help your learner understand the concept of training
    • Understand the "Learn To Train" protocol

    About The Presenter


    Alasdair is a fully qualified animal trainer with a BSc in Applied Canine Behaviour and Training. He also has higher national certificates in Animal Psychology (Dist), Companion Animal Welfare & Behavioural Rehabilitation and Advanced Instructing Techniques for the Companion Dog.

    Alasdair has been involved in the training of dogs since the late 80's after gaining an interest in training while supporting dog handlers in Northern Ireland from both the British Army and the Royal Ulster Constabulary.  Alasdair was involved in the setting up of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers in 1995, being the first assessor in Scotland. 

    He is the Senior Training and Behaviour Adviser for Dogs Trust. His job entails him travelling all over the UK supporting Dogs Trust staff and providing seminars and courses to the general public.
    Alasdair has recently returned from Portugal, Bosnia and Romania where he provided canine behaviour courses to local welfare organisations and was instrumental in training local dog catching teams in humane capture techniques.  Alasdair has spoken at several international conferences on dog behaviour and training, including the 2015 International Conference of Animal Welfare in Portugal.

    He has competed at the highest levels in Working Trials and currently shares his life with 3 adopted dogs, 2 collies and a terrier.

    • Friday, May 27, 2016
    • 6:30 PM
    • Sunday, May 27, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded
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    Presented by Claudia Estanislau


    CEUs PPAB 1.5 IAABC 1.5 CCPDT 1.5

    Respondent Conditioning, also known as Classical Conditioning or Pavlovian Conditioning, consists of the pairing of stimuli. Neutral stimuli can be paired and offered a meaning and emulate emotional responses (positive or negative ones). Techniques based on this type of conditioning are very effective in producing conditioned responses and are often used in conjunction with operant conditioning (actually the two seem somewhat intertwined).  They are used in techniques which are extremely successful for behavioural modification.

    In this in depth webinar, we will go over the meaning of  classical conditioning and how it can be used.  We will be taking a look at the basics but we will also learn about higher order classical conditioning and the ways in which it can be used. By the end of the webinar, you will not only be talking like a pro but more importantly, acting like one!  You will understand when Repondent Conditioning is taking place as well as how, when and why you should implement responding conditioning in your training.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Clarify the meaning of the technical term Classical/Respondent Conditioning
    • Give and demonstrate practical examples of the use of Classical Conditioning
    • Talk about the magnitude of what we can achieve using Classical Conditioning
    • Understand why Classical Conditioning is so effective when properly used


    About The Presenter


    Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant from CASI.  She is currently the manager of the 'It's All About Dogs' training centre in Portugal, operating from six locations.

    Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Claudia is a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behaviour and training.

    Claudia’s  formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman, she is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a proud PPG Member.

    • Friday, June 17, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, June 17, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Karen Wild CCAB

    CEUs PPAB, 1. CCPDT, 1. IAABC, 1.



    When investigating and treating a behaviour issue, it is essential that good, factual records are obtained and maintained. These 'case history' records are used for accurate diagnosis, supporting clients in their aims, as well as forming a plan of treatment for the dog or cat.
    In this webinar we explore methods of history taking, alongside case studies illustrating how client perception influences the information. The 'Whys & Wherefores of Behavioural Data' is an intermediate level presentation. 


    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand what a 'case history' is and why it is important
    • 'Live interview' skills - Learn how to ask the right questions at the right time.
    • Understand a behaviour case questionnaire - the timeline and detailed screening
    • Understand how to carry out detailed observation of client and animal - the facts and recording data
    • Understand risk assessment as part of case history.
    • Develop your skills in data recording and observation, helping accurate diagnosis and treatment/training plans.


    About The Presenter


    Karen Wild, Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist and dog trainer, runs a full time behaviour practice ‘Pawprint’ near Peterborough, UK working with family pets on behaviour referral from Vets. Karen is a Full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and Associate Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Training.

    She is author of three books; ‘What your Dog Wants’, '21 Days to the perfect Dog', and 'Being a Dog' (Hamlyn) and writes monthly training features for Dogs Today magazine. Karen is a strong advocate of positive reinforcement-based training methods for both pets and their people.

    • Saturday, July 02, 2016
    • Sunday, July 01, 2018
    • Online Course via Recorded Webinar.
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    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB,15. CPDT,12.5. IAABC,10. KPA ,10.


    Training Meister Apprentice Course

    A five session programme to work through over 5 months. 

    Checkout the course content here

    Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge & Skills is a unique programme aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. The aim of the Training Meister courses is to teach the science behind the training as well as all the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment.  We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based.  We also believe in setting the learner up for success.  This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies! Watch this short video on how the programme works.

    Training Meister Apprentice is a comprehensive dog training course.


    Apprentice Course Overview

    Training Meister Apprentice is suitable for anyone starting out in rewards based, science based, force-free training, as well as those of you who may already be established trainers but wish to improve your training mechanics and build on your knowledge! 

    This course will teach you all the skills you need to begin your journey on the road to becoming a Master in the art and craft of force-free training! You will learn about the science behind the training and how to effectively and skillfully teach new behaviours while having lots of fun!  You will learn how to clearly communicate with your student in order to set them up for success. You will also learn how to eliminate as many 'errors' as possible from your training, thus enabling you to teach your dog or other companion animal in the most enjoyable, stress fee way.

    The knowledge and skills you learn in Training Meister Apprentice will set you up for all your future training.  As you practice the behaviours that you learn, your learner will acquire new skills and gain confidence.  Your relationship will blossom and you will see that your training partner not only understands the process, they love it!

    Your training partner can be any dog (or other companion animal) of any age and skill-set.

    Program Inclusion

    • Five recorded webinar e-learning sessions per level.  The recorded webinar links will be sent to all applicants to watch at their own pace
    • PDF of all webinars sent to all applicants
    • Additional learning:  Additional reading material and supplementary videos will be made available to all applicants via email.
    • Training Meister Course Facebook group.
    • Homework tasks 
    • Open book/multiple choice exams.  
    • Video submission assessment.  
    • Video submission assessment to earn the TrickMeister Apprentice Trick Team Title.  

    The course aims to encourage both guardians and trainers to develop new skills and increase their knowledge while having the best time possible.  You’ll never have more fun learning than when taking this exciting course! 


    Checkout the course content here


    The Apprentice course is not a prerequisite for the Journeyman or Master courses.

    Watch this short webinar on the Training Meister Programme & the TrickMeister Titles

    Are you ready to learn the art, craft and science of teaching and training?

    Three Levels - Multiple Titles


     Apprentice  Journeyman  Master
       

     DN-TMA  DN-TMJ  DN-TMM






    Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning


    About The Programme Instructor

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board).  Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Programme Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Animal Behaviour and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.  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 Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.


    • Tuesday, July 12, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Maxwell Muir
    CEUs PPAB, 1.5.  IAABC, 1.5. CCPDT, 1.5.


    This presentation will explore the life of puppies and how they view the world they live in. We will look at the different stages of mental and physical development, focusing on socialisation, what it really means and what is best for each individual puppy. We will discuss how to increase a puppy's self-confidence; appropriate exercise for their stage of life and strategies for relieving boredom.  We will also take a look at coping with separation distress; toilet training; strategies for dealing with 'problem' behaviour and above all, raising your puppy to be all it can be.

    It is so easy to get it wrong in the early days of puppyhood, only to find yourself having to cope with problems as your puppy develops into adolescence. This talk will provide you with all you need to know to lay the best possible foundation and give your puppy the best start in life.

    This presentation will be of benefit to anyone interested or currently working in a professional capacity with dogs. This presentation will also be beneficial to anyone who professionally cares for a puppy, is considering getting a puppy or for those who have already committed to bringing a puppy into their lives. 


    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand the different developmental stages
    • Understand the term 'socialisation'
    • Learn how to optimally socialise your puppy
    • Learn strategies to increase a puppy's self-confidence
    • Learn appropriate exercises for a puppy
    • Understand the best ways to deal with 'problem' behaviours           



    About The Presenter




    'Dogs have always fascinated me. From the domestic dogs we share our lives with to their wild and feral counterparts. My training methods and interactions with dogs are completely humane and motivated by a deep love and respect for the animal. I am in a continuous search for further knowledge and learning experiences to deepen my appreciation for dogs and the lives they lead. I share this knowledge with the aim of helping both owners and their dogs live fuller lives together.'

    Maxwell Muir is a keen writer and has published several articles related to dog training & behaviour. His personal interests with dogs are in observation skills; studying canine natural responses and movement; dog–dog & dog–human communication; stress & associated behaviour, and teaching appropriate communication and handling skills

    Maxwell Muir is a Full Member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Full Member & Country Representative of PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe) ABTC Registered Dog Trainer (Animal Behaviour & Training Council) Affiliate Member of ISCP

    • Tuesday, August 16, 2016
    • 2:00 PM
    • Thursday, August 16, 2018
    • 11:00 PM
    • Virtual
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    The Pet Professional Guild 

    2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit 

    Recorded Package

    CEUs

    IAABC 26. PPAB. 25. CPDT 13

    Over 24 Hours of Pet Care Education, delivered by 21 Pet Industry Professionals. Register and receive the list of recorded webinars for you to listen to in your own time

    Your Presenter Guide


    Session List 

    1. The Essential Pet Care Policies and Procedures - Part One.  Presented by Niki Tudge
    2. Tools, Toys & Equipment for the Pet Care Professional.  Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
    3. Canine Communication for the Pet Care Provider.  Presented by Angelica Steinker
    4. Feline Communication and Social Behaviour. Presented by Paula Garber
    5. Need Help Reinforcing Behaviors When You Are Gone? – Crate Strategies . Presented by Wes Anderson of Smart Animal Training Systems
    6. Humane and Effective Approaches to Calming via Touch.  Presented by Lori Stevens
    7. Battling Burnout: How to Love Your Business as Much As You Love Dogs You Take Care of.  Presented by Britt Altered
    8. Don’t Get in a Tangle – Learn How to Positively Walk Dogs.  Presented by Claire Staines
    9. Fetch More Dollars for Your Pet Care Business. Presented by John Visconti
    10. Risk Management and Insurance.  Presented by Laura Bridges from Business Insurers of the Carolinas
    11. Are Your Canine Clients Playing Appropriately? Presented byMaxwell Muir
    12. Keeping You and Your Clients Safe – Understand Dog Bite Safety.  Presented by Maxwell Muir
    13. The Essential Pet Care Policies and Procedures - Part Two.  Presented by Niki Tudge
    14. How to Enrich the Lives of Those You Care for. Presented by Liz Geisen
    15. The Myths that Just Need to Be Busted.  Presented by Mary Jean Alsina
    16. Small Business Branding for Pet Care Professionals. Presented by Robert King
    17. How Pets Learn - Reinforcing The Good Stuff! – Part One.  Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
    18. How Pets Learn - Reinforcing The Good Stuff! – Part Two.  Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
    19. Putting Your Virtual Summit Experience to Action. Presented by Niki Tudge
    20. Managing a Safe and Successful Dog Day Care. Presented byTristan Flynn
    21. The Do’s and Do Nots of Grooming a Client’s Dog.  Presented by Michelle Martiya
    22. The Art & Science of Understanding Canine Emotions.  Presented by Angelica Steinker
    23. Managing Multiple Dogs.  Presented by Kathy Sdao
    24. Thinking Outside the Box: Marketing for Pet Care Pros. Presented by Kimberly Burgan
    25. How to Care for Pocket Pets in the Home.  Presented by Emily Cassell
    26. Ethics and Boundaries for the Pet Care Provider. Presented by Yvette Van Veen



    • Friday, August 26, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    FREE Member Webinar

    Presented by Debra Millikan


    This webinar announces the new PPG Pet Dog Ambassador Programme to its members and gives a brief outline of the Programme, its aims, for whom it would be suitable and by way of video demonstrates some of the tasks the dogs and their people will need to undertake. This Programme was presented to attendees at the PPG Summit in Tampa in November and now will be presented to the membership.  

    You can apply to take part in the Pet Dog Ambassador Programme here


    Webinar Objectives

    • To introduce this new PPG product to its members
    • A full review of the product and its levels
    • How the programme works and the role of the assessors


    About The Presenter


    Debra Millikan

    Professional Canine Behaviour Consultant-Accredited

    Dip Animal Behaviour Science & Technology

    Dip Dog Training and Behaviour Consulting

    Cert IV Dog Behavioural Training

    Cert IV Training & Assessment

    CAP 2

    Deb is a member of the PPG Board of Directors. Deb's dog training experience spans almost 40 years. She has successfully competed with her dogs in obedience trials and conformation shows gaining Australian Championships and various obedience and endurance titles with them. In the late 1970s she established her own dog training school (sadly aversive) and became an obedience judge in the early 1990s. However, there was something missing in what she was doing. Whilst living in the UK and Europe in the late 1990s Deb read widely about force free training and was privileged to see it working in the UK. The thought of training without coercion was what she had been seeking to re-ignite her interest in dog training.

    Many years and much study later, Deb serves on the Board of the Pet Professional Guild and is also a member of the Steering Committee. She is also on the Advisory Board of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and the Companion Animal Sciences Institute and plays an integral part on the Lead by Example Campaign for the South Australian Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. This project seeks to promote force free training (as described by the PPG) and to help pet guardians, dog clubs and the general population see the value of using force free methods when training their pets.

    Deb has spoken at both the Australian and New Zealand meetings of the APDT and was the recipient of the 2013 Australian APDT Trainer of the Year and Susan Wilkins Achievement Award. Her passion for helping ‘’cross-over” trainers sees her presenting workshops invarious parts of Australia and she also serves in a volunteer capacity as Head Instructor ofCanine Behavioural School Inc (CBS).

    • Friday, August 26, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    A Free PPG Member Webinar

    Presented by Kat Albrecht.


    This webinar covers the basics of lost dog behaviour and discusses proven strategies for recovering lost dogs and skittish, hard-to-catch dogs. If you own a dog or have clients who own a dog, this vital information can help you know exactly what to do within the first hours after a dog has become lost.

    Learning Objectives:

    • The first critical steps to take when a dog has vanished
    • How and when to hire a “pet detective” with a trained tracking dog
    • How to “tag” a car with lost dog information
    • How to conduct an “Intersection Alert” to mass market a lost dog
    • How to avoid “Inattention Blindness” when creating lost dog posters

    About The Presenter


    Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership. Since 1997, Kat has worked search dogs trained to find lost pets. She pioneered the cross application of law enforcement investigative techniques and technologies to solve lost pet investigations and is widely known as the leading authority on K9 pet detective training. Through her business K9 Pet Trackers, Kat recently launched the first-ever pet detective academy where she trains humans and search dogs to find lost pets. Kat has appeared on Animal Planet and articles about her work have appeared in People, Reader’s Digest, Woman’s World, and Parade. She is the author of two books: The Lost Pet Chronicles and Dog Detectives. Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband, her two dogs, and her “target” cat Cheeto.

    • Friday, August 26, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, August 25, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    A Free PPG Member Webinar

    Presented by Patience Fisher

    CEUs

    PPAB - 1 CEU


    This cursory course on the house cat will touch on all things a cat owner should know in order to prevent unwanted behaviours in their house cat. A brief overview of ethology, domestication, socialisation, and communication will lay the foundation for how to set up your house and interact with your cat.

    The unique needs of a house cat will be detailed including placement and use of the litter box and scratching posts/pads, play time, feeding, vertical space, privacy, consistency, establishing a good relationship, and desensitising the cat to carriers, claw trimming, and pills. The importance of observing behaviour to catch medical problems will be explained, as well as the importance of not letting bad habits continue without seeking professional help.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand ethology and domestication of the house cat
    • Learn about cat's communication and socialisation
    • Understand the importance of providing a secure, stress-free territory for an indoor cat
    • Learn the correct use and placement of litter boxes and scratching posts/pads
    • Understand how to promote a good relationship with your cat and how to monitor health
    • Learn about playing with your cat to promote good behaviour
    • Learn how to make a good behaviour become a habit
    • Learn how to desensitise your cat to the carrier, claw trims, and pills
    • Listen to a brief overview of what a cat behaviour consultant does

    About The Presenter


    Patience Fisher owns Walk, Play, Learn!, a Pittsburgh, U.S.A. based pet service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service, she is now offering cat behaviour consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specialising in fostering cats with behavioural problems.

    Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute. 

    Patience is also a freelance editor, specialising in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.


    • Friday, August 26, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, August 26, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Free Member Webinar


    Presented by Kate Mallatratt
    CEUs PPAB,1. IAABC,1. CCPDT, 1.



    Owners often assume that their dog will sleep when they are out, yet many dogs suffer from anxiety and stress when left alone and some owners only discover this when their dog becomes destructive, or a neighbour complains about barking. The trainer or behaviourist is usually called in when the dog's anxiety is deep seated.

    This presentation encourages trainers to think ahead and work with owners to teach them the skills their dog or puppy needs to enjoy their own company before separation problems develop. It considers what separation anxiety is and how it affects our dogs as emotional beings. It explains how to teach our dogs to be independent in the home while we are around in order to build foundation skills for being left, and looks at how the home environment can be managed to encourage relaxation. A number of tools are explored that support our dogs when alone and help them to relax, giving owners the freedom to leave the house knowing their dog is happy. 

    This is an intermediate level webinar based on Learning Theory.


    Webinar Objectives

    • To explain about a number of tools to enrich a dog's home-alone environment, whether or not they have separation issues
    • To consider the merits of problem prevention, successful first learning and the advantages of early home-alone training in puppies - not leaving it to chance!
    • To encourage clients to empathise with loneliness and fear by putting themselves in their dog's 'paws', and to motivate clients to put training strategies in place even without problem behaviour to 'fix'
    • To help improve the overall well-being of dogs and puppies by teaching them to enjoy their own company
    • To ultimately reduce the number of severe separation anxiety cases we see as trainers and behaviourists           


    About The Presenter




    Kate Mallatratt is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and Pet Professional Guild for force-free training. She is degree-level qualified in Canine Behaviour Management, and runs her behaviour and training business, Contemplating Canines, in East Devon, UK. Kate is a highly experienced trainer and assessor, specialising in errorless learning, a concept she incorporates into problem prevention and enriching the family dog's home environment.

    Kate has owned and trained dogs for over 20 years, and is passionate about optimal canine nutrition, having fed a raw diet for many years. She takes an holistic approach to her own dogs' care, using homeopathy and chiropractic to maintain their health and wellbeing.


    • Saturday, October 15, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, October 15, 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Living with High Drive Dogs in Domestic Situations

    Presented by Kamal Fernandez

    CEUs PPAB, 1.5. IAABC, 1.5.




    As a professional dog trainer and behaviour consultant, I have seen a dramatic increase in the  number of dogs bred from specific ‘working lines’ being homed to pet owners, and as a result an increase in behaviour problems linked to the dog not having sufficient stimulation. 

    This online webinar will give professionals, dog owners and instructors a greater level of understanding when dealing with dogs that can be described as ‘high drive’. These dogs are canine athletes, centurions and often prone to OCD behaviour….This can result in a ‘culture clash’ between the dogs needs and the knowledge of the owner. 

    No owner wants to feel over whelmed by their dog's behaviour, or feel they aren’t meeting their needs. 

    This webinar aims to give the participant the skills and knowledge to fulfil the needs of these animals, and there owners. To enhance their own knowledge and result in a better relationship between dog and owner.

    This webinar is a must for anyone dealing with this ‘Type A’ personality dog in rescue, with clients, as an owner, potential owner or a dog behaviour enthusiast.


    Webinar Objectives

    • This webinar will allow you to identify a “high drive’ dog, both physically and by behaviour.
    • Identify common behaviour problems linked with this type of dog
    • Understand why they have these traits
    • Coping strategies for these dogs
    • Learning to teach them to function in domestic settings
    • Techniques to manage and train their behaviour
    • Problem solving
    • Preventing issues at puppyhood
    • Skills to identify this type of dog when buying/rescuing/rehoming


    About The Presenter


    Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez has over 20 years' experience training dogs from all walks of life. He started training in 1991 after adopting Scrunch, an independent free-willed chow-chow mix who prompted a trip to Newham Dog Training Club at Eastlea School in London, England. Thus began an epic journey into the world of dog training which started with a dog that would not come back when called, to competing in the Obedience Championship at renowned UK dog show, Crufts. 

    Fernandez has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the 'leading lights' in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. Now an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Fernandez has been invited to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

    Kamal is a Special Council Member of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles.

    A Few Highlights of Kamal's Career

    1. Guest speaker at the Victoria Stilwell national bite conference 2016
    2. Trainer on sky TV production 'Dogs Might Fly'
    3. TV appearances on BBC 1, 2, channel 4 and 5.
    4. Faculty member of the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy
    5. Owner/Trainer of the following:
    • Ob Ch suenijon Touch of Magic CDx UDx (Border Collie)
    • Currahee Touch of magic Ch C (Border collie)
    • Jotunheim Excalibar Ch C (Malinois)
    • Vombrittania Anza Ch C, World Cup Team member Crufts 2015 (Malinois)

    Some of his students accomplishments:

    • Val Venables ob Ch iatka Tip for the Top
    • Sue bishop Nedlo what's it all about Crufts 2017 Obedience Championship qualifier
    • Jane Webb Wt Ch Flyntastic Winventure Crufts Obedience Championship competitor
    • Katy Girdler Just Jenna Flat Coat Retriever Cross Crufts Obedience Championship Competitor
    • Teresa Wright WUSV World IPO Championship Team GB Member
    • Mari Yvlinkka Giant Schanuzer IPO World Championship GB Team Competitor
    • Patricia Murphy Saredon as time goes by Mini Schauzner Crufts 2016 Inter regional Team member, and winner
    • Saturday, December 03, 2016
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, December 03, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    'The Human Factor'. 

    Understanding and Influencing Owner Behaviour Towards Pets.

    Presented by Karen Wild CCAB

    CEUs PPAB 1. CCPDT 1. IAABC 1.



    Do you find yourself getting frustrated with owners not following advice? Can you see the answer for a pet, but the owner won't change their behaviour? Why might they listen to the neighbour next door, or follow internet advice, rather than your professional help? We join our profession to help animals, but as pets, they belong to people. How do we approach the issue of ownership, human behaviour towards their pets and significantly, how does this affect the animals themselves? This session aims to help practitioners understand and influence owner behaviour to improve their pet's welfare. If the owners don't change their behaviour, nothing changes for the pet. Here's a way to work with this people problem.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Compliance, Conformity or Co-dependency? 
    • Anthropomorphism and the impact on pets 
    • Practitioner approaches to owner behaviour
    • 'It takes a community to raise a dog'

    About The Presenter


    Karen Wild, Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist and dog trainer, runs a full time behaviour practice ‘Pawprint’ near Peterborough, UK working with family pets on behaviour referral from vets. Karen is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC), Associate Member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and a Special Council Member of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles.

    She is author of three books; ‘What your Dog Wants’, '21 Days to the perfect Dog', and 'Being a Dog' (Hamlyn) and writes monthly training features for Dogs Today magazine. Karen is a strong advocate of positive reinforcement-based training methods for both pets and their people.

    • Friday, January 13, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, January 13, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Kamal Fernandez

    CEUs PPAB,1. IAABC,1.




    The use of toys as reinforcement within training has become a lost art, however one that can be both effective and appropriate for the dog. Being able to effectively reinforce your dog, allows you to create behaviour in a timely manner. Understanding the importance of creating skills with toys prior to using them as reinforcement will ensure that problems encountered within training don't arise, create a solid foundation to build on. Effective use of toys as rewards, creates and consolidates relationships, develops focus and arousal for work/training.


    Webinar Objectives

    • 5 Key games to develop with toys 
    • Where and how they can be utilized
    • Demonstrations of each skill
    • Balancing control vs drive
    • Arousal and its affect on behavior
    • Understanding ‘drives’
    • Handler mechanics
    • Benefits of effective toys as reinforcement 
    • Trouble shooting

    About The Presenter

    Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez has over 20 years' experience training dogs from all walks of life. He started training in 1991 after adopting Scrunch, an independent free-willed chow-chow mix who prompted a trip to Newham Dog Training Club at Eastlea School in London, England. Thus began an epic journey into the world of dog training which started with a dog that would not come back when called, to competing in the Obedience Championship at renowned UK dog show, Crufts. 

    Fernandez has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the 'leading lights' in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. Now an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Fernandez has been invited to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

    Kamal is a Special Council Member of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles.

    A Few Highlights of Kamal's Career

    1. Guest speaker at the Victoria Stilwell national bite conference 2016
    2. Trainer on sky TV production 'Dogs Might Fly'
    3. TV appearances on BBC 1, 2, channel 4 and 5.
    4. Faculty member of the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy
    5. Owner/Trainer of the following:
    • Ob Ch suenijon Touch of Magic CDx UDx (Border Collie)
    • Currahee Touch of magic Ch C (Border collie)
    • Jotunheim Excalibar Ch C (Malinois)
    • Vombrittania Anza Ch C, World Cup Team member Crufts 2015 (Malinois)

    Some of his students accomplishments:

    • Val Venables ob Ch iatka Tip for the Top
    • Sue bishop Nedlo what's it all about Crufts 2017 Obedience Championship qualifier
    • Jane Webb Wt Ch Flyntastic Winventure Crufts Obedience Championship competitor
    • Katy Girdler Just Jenna Flat Coat Retriever Cross Crufts Obedience Championship Competitor
    • Teresa Wright WUSV World IPO Championship Team GB Member
    • Mari Yvlinkka Giant Schanuzer IPO World Championship GB Team Competitor
    • Patricia Murphy Saredon as time goes by Mini Schauzner Crufts 2016 Inter regional Team member, and winner
    • Saturday, February 11, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, February 11, 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Kate Mallatratt
    CEUs PPAB,1.5. IAABC, 1.5 & CCPDT,1.5. 



    This presentation will consider the benefits of teaching your dog using the principles of errorless learning.  By setting up the classroom environment to limit our dogs' choices, we can explain more easily what we are asking of them rather than letting them guess.  This reduces learner frustration, increases the success rate and leaves your dog begging for more!

    The first part of the presentation considers the difference between errorless learning and trial and error learning.  It then looks at how to apply the principles to clicker training when free shaping and teaching more complex behaviours.  Finally, some applications for behaviour modification are considered and a puppy errorless learning case study is discussed.


    Webinar Objectives

    • To understand the difference between errorless learning and constructivism (trial and error learning)
    • To appreciate the benefits of errorless learning, the fallout of trial and error learning and the negative impact of frustration on behaviour
    • To understand how to apply the principles of errorless learning to communicate with your dog more effectively
    • To be able to plan and set up the learning environment for minimal errors when clicker training and free shaping
    • To consider the applications of errorless learning for behaviour modification

        

    About The Presenter




    Kate Mallatratt is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and The Pet Professional Guild British Isles. She is degree-level qualified in Canine Behaviour Management, and runs her behaviour and training business, Contemplating Canines, in East Devon, UK. Kate is a highly experienced trainer and assessor, specialising in errorless learning, a concept she incorporates into problem prevention and enriching the family dog's home environment.

    Kate has owned and trained dogs for over 20 years, and is passionate about optimal canine nutrition, having fed a raw diet for many years. She takes an holistic approach to her own dogs' care, using homeopathy and chiropractic to maintain their health and wellbeing.


    • Monday, February 13, 2017
    • Tuesday, February 12, 2019
    • Online Course via Recorded Webinar.
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    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB,15. IAABC,15. CCPDT, 10.


    Training Meister Journeyman Course

    A five session programme

    to work through over 5 months

    Checkout the course content here

    Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge & Skills is a unique programme aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. The aim of the Training Meister courses is to teach the science behind the training as well as all the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment.  We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based.  We also believe in setting the learner up for success.  This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies! Watch this short video on how the programme works.

    Training Meister Journeyman is a comprehensive dog training course.


    Journeyman Course Overview

    Training Meister Journeyman is the Level Two course.  This course builds on all the skills and knowledge gained in the Apprentice course. The Journeyman course sees you continue your journey on the road to becoming a Master in the art and craft of force-free training and tricks! 

    You will continue to learn about the science behind the training and build on your teaching skills, while having lots of fun!  You will refine your ability to communicate with your learner in order to set them up for success and as you continue to increase your knowledge and add to your skill-set, you will be amazed at the progression made by both you and your dog or other companion animal.

    The knowledge and skills you learn in Training Meister Journeyman will set you up for all your future training.  As you practice the behaviors that you learn, your student will acquire new skills, continue to thrive and gain confidence.  Your relationship will further blossom and your bond will strengthen.

    You do not need to have taken the Training Meister Apprentice Course, to enroll in the Training Meister Journeyman Course, however, it is advisable to check the learning objectives and assessment criteria from the Apprentice Level to ensure that you have the foundation knowledge for this course.

    Programme Inclusion

    • Five recorded webinar e-learning sessions per level.

    • PDF of all webinars

    • Additional learning:  Additional reading material and supplementary videos

    • Homework tasks

    • Open book/multiple choice exams. 

    • Video submission assessment.  .

    • Training Meister Course Facebook group .

    • Video submission assessment to earn the TrickMeister Journeyman Trick Team Title! Please note, you must have earned the Apprentice Title in order to submit your application for the Journeyman Title


    • The course aims to encourage both guardians and trainers to develop new skills and increase their knowledge while having the best time possible.  You’ll never have more fun learning than when taking this exciting course! 


      Checkout the course content here


    Watch this short webinar on the Training Meister Programme & the TrickMeister Titles

    Are you ready to learn the art, craft and science of teaching and training?

    Three Levels - Multiple Titles


     Apprentice  Journeyman  Master
       

     DN-TMA  DN-TMJ  DN-TMM






    Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning


    About The Programme Instructor



    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    B.A. Hons. PCT-A,. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG.

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. 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.  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 Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.

    • Thursday, March 30, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Robert Hewings
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1. CCPDT 1.


    It has been long established that the dog can provide many health benefits to mankind, in guide work, assistance and therapy work, even education. With our world becoming ever-more stressful and mental health more understandable and common place, we are now beginning to talk about and discuss those things that only a generation ago were seen as ‘best kept quiet’

    How can we now train and allow our canine partner to help us assist those who suffer mental health issues?  As a retired police dog trainer of over twenty five years, and now an assistance dog trainer, I wish to take you on a personal journey that highlights the amalgamation of two very different training disciplines - A brief description of how scent work can be used to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify the advantages of the human/dog dyad as an aid to wellbeing
    • Understand the methodology of anxiety alert
    • Apply the value of scent dog training within the assistance dog world
    • Realise the importance of ‘multi-agency’ methods of training
    • Know the ‘golden-thread’ of therapy/assistance dog training dog training

    About The Presenter


    Robert Hewings is a highly experienced, qualified Canine Trainer and Management Consultant with a solid background in the design, development and delivery of bespoke programs for pet and service dog training institutions. He is also a qualified pet dog behavioral consultant. Rob is a part-time lecturer at Bishop Burton College (Hull University) U.K., where he specializes in Canine Training and Behavior, and Bergin University California USA, where his subjects include scent training for the Assistance Dog.

    Following on from an exemplary career as a dog handler and dog trainer with the Metropolitan Police spanning a 30-year period, he has now taken the decision to follow his passion, and channel his experience into ‘Training and coaching dogs, to help their people!’

    To realize this ambition, alongside his varied experience as a Police Dog Instructor, Rob began a learning journey that was to become life changing, not only for himself but for others. His academic career started with a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training, then an MA in Professional Practice Police Dog Training, and he is now engaged in a Doctorate of Professional Practice Service Dog Training, where two leading projects within the doctorate have been:

    • Ambient scent can affect the emotional learning and memory of the dog,  how  this be used to benefit the successful placement of the assistance dog?
    • Human anxiety attacks, nightmares and night terrors. Is there a scent cue for the assistance dog?
    Rob has designed and developed a training program where the scent cue is a unique step forward in the training of the Assistance Dog for Anxiety attacks, and in providing comfort and support when the handler is suffering nightmare or night terrors.

    Rob is the education consultant with the International Working Dog Association, a board member of Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programs and course design are being used in diabetic alert. He is currently engaged in the design, development and instruction of an epileptic seizure alert training program working in partnership with a local authority. The methodology for this canine training is based upon his knowledge and experience within search and assistance dog training.


    • Friday, May 26, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, May 26, 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Morag Heirs
    CEUs PPAB 1.5. IAABC 1.5. CCPDT 1.5.


    Deaf Dog Activities - adapting agility, scentwork, canicross and rally obedience for deaf dogs

    This webinar will provide an overview of working with deaf (and visually impaired) dogs in class and 1-2-1 situations and answer common questions about choosing signs, reward markers and vibration collars.

    We’ll then move on to consider some of the more popular dog sports (Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more) and explore how to adapt foundation skills training to suit the needs of deaf dogs. Where possible we’ll use video examples, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Appreciate how deaf dogs’ learning needs may differ from hearing dogs, and where visual impairment fits into the picture
    • Consider adaptations to class layout which will benefit deaf dogs (and hearing dogs)
    • Understand how to teach the core skills for the following disciplines to a deaf dog: TD Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more

    About The Presenter


    Morag K Heirs PhD, MSc, MA(hons)(SocSci), PGCAP


    Director of Well Connected Canine Ltd (York, UK), Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across the North of England. Morag has an extensive academic background in psychology (including how animals, and humans, learn) and evidence-based practice and further qualifications in teaching.

    Adopting her first deaf collie in 2006 led her to explore the world of deaf dogs, and she is now the behaviour advisor for the Deaf Dog Network (UK). Alongside her regular behaviour work, Morag provides deaf dog specific advice to behaviourists and trainers via articles, videos and private mentoring. In her spare time, Morag competes in TD Rally with her deaf/part blind collie Bronte and enjoys challenging trail races with her dogs – she hopes to complete her second Ultra (55miles) in 2017.

    • Saturday, July 29, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, July 29, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Claire Staines


    CEUs PPAB 1, IAABC 1, 

    Initial risk assessments on each dog and the environment you intend to have them in is essential for a stress free life for both you and the dogs in your care.

    Whether you are a dog walker, run a dog day care centre, dog training classes or own multiple dogs, handling multiple dogs isn’t about a group, it is about catering for every individual within that unit.  This needs to be done safely and with compassion, ensuring the physical & emotional well-being of all. With the dog care profession booming at this present time, I would like to share how I tackle this.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn how to carry out a risk assessment
    • Understand if a dog is suitable for group settings
    • Learn the best ways to introduce new dogs to each other
    • Learn an effective way to handle multiple dogs

    About The Presenter


    Claire Staines – PCT-A, VSPDT


    Claire Staines has owned and successfully managed a dog walking business for 10 years. She now has multiple walkers within her business, Lothlorien, which caters for puppies to veterans and social dogs to reactive dogs.

    Claire is also a dog trainer in Linlithgow, West Lothian, where she runs classes and workshops and recently opened her first training centre to further the scope for offering classes that are inclusive to all. Claire is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Trainer and a PPGBI steering committee member.

    • Wednesday, October 04, 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • Sunday, October 04, 2020
    • 6:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by

    Dr Tiffani Howell

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT 1

    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 behavior, including surveys, focus groups, and behavioral 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 socialization 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.

    • Tuesday, October 10, 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, October 10, 2020
    • 9:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    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

    B.A. Hons. PCBC-A. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG. DN-CPCT2

    DN-CPCT2
    DN-CPCT2

    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.


    • Thursday, October 12, 2017
    • 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    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."


    • Friday, November 10, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 10, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Sian Ryan
    CEUs PPAB 1. 
    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.


    • Friday, December 08, 2017
    • 12:30 PM
    • Sunday, December 08, 2019
    • 12:30 PM
    • On Demand Webinar. Virtual Audio and Presenter Files.
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    Why “Balanced Training” Can Lead to Mental Imbalance for Dogs

    Presented by Dr. Karen Overall 

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    Description:

    What we call something actually matters a lot, because it is our first exposure to how we are going to think about any issue. Being aware of the influence of labels is essential, because we are then far more likely to investigate the meaning behind the label. However, most people who want help for their dogs are busy, worried, scared and bothered by what they cannot do, do not know or may not understand. For them, an in-depth analysis of a label is a luxury. And, if they do not know that they really need to ask what the label means, their dog may be at risk.

    This is the history of the labels that have been attached to dog training, especially that involving aversive practices and punishment. And this is the current situation with the latest trendy label: “balanced training,” a label that is the response from the community committed to aversive interventions to change behavior to “positive training.” It is a clever label because not only does it distract from the methods, it contains a value judgment implying that those who disagree or use other methods are “unbalanced.”

    Only by measuring the effects of the intervention at the behavioral, physiological and neurochemical levels can we honestly compare methods, limitations and concerns. There are now data on pain, anxiety and effects for mental health for a number of species. This presentation will focus on how we use these data and approaches to develop a culture that uses only techniques that support – and not imbalance – a dog’s mental health.


    Learning Objectives:

    • A review of the types of outcome data that have been collected for different training techniques.
    • A review of the regions of the brain involved in different types of learning.

    • A review of how we learn at the molecular level.

    • A comparison of regional brain activity, systemic physiology and effects on molecular learning of uncertainty, fear, anxiety and pain compared to that which occurs when these are absent and information is provided that allows goals to be accomplished. 


    Presenter: Dr. Karen Overall 


    Dr. Karen Overall received her BA, MA, and DVM degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and her Ph.D from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She completed her residency in behavioral medicine at Penn, and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behavior. Dr. Overall has spent most of her teaching and research career at Penn, running the behavior clinic at Penn Vet for more than a dozen years before moving to the Medical School to concentrate on research. Her ongoing research focuses on neurobehavioral genetics of dogs and the development of normal and abnormal behaviors.

    Dr. Overall has given hundreds of national and international presentations and short courses and is the author of over 100 scholarly publications, dozens of textbook chapters, of Clinical Behavioral Medicine for Small Animals (1997) and Manual of Small Animal Clinical Behavioral Medicine (2012). She is also the editor-in- chief for Journal of Veterinary Behavior: Clinical Applications and Research (Elsevier). In 2004, Dr. Overall was awarded the Cat Writer’s Association, Inc., Certificate of Excellence for The Social Cat column, Cat Fancy Magazine. In 2005 she was the North American Veterinary Conference (NAVC) Small Animal Speaker of the Year and in 2010 was named one of theThe Bark’s 100 Best and Brightest.

    In 2008, Dr. Overall was appointed by Pennsylvania Governor Rendell to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Canine Health Board. She also serves on the US Department of Defense’s Blue Ribbon panel on canine post-traumatic stress disorder.



    • Wednesday, December 20, 2017
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 20, 2020
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Kathy Cascade, PT, PCT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC 1

    Webinar Description


    Are you a dog trainer, rescue/animal welfare professional, or other pet care professional who works with shy, fearful, or anxious dogs? Join this webinar presented by Kathy Cascade to learn effective and creative techniques to help dogs overcome these difficult behavior issues. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is a collection of tools designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or when confronted with other triggers which previously elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.

    Webinar Learning Objectives
    • Understand the significant link between posture, physical balance, and behavior.
    • Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
    • Learn how to apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises.
    • Learn how to use unique leading exercises designed to introduce new people to fearful dogs.
    • Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
    • Learn to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of “giving choice.”

    Your Presenter


    Kathy Cascade, PT, PCT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor

    Kathy's introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit's partnership lead them to competition obedience trials, participation in fly ball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy completed the two-year Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in the program in 2003.

    With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.

    Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, "Helping dogs learn to cope with the demands of living in our often chaotic human world is a passion of mine. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive and fearful behavior. We can do this with humane, effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world."

    • Thursday, January 04, 2018
    • 7:00 AM
    • Friday, January 04, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
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    Title: Canine Sense and Scent Ability. An Overview of Research on  Canine Odor Detection

    Presented by Dr. Nathan Hall

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

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    Presentation Description:

    The canine’s sense of smell is 100,000 times better than a human’s. Or is it 1,000, or perhaps just 100 times better? A dog can detect the addition of a single drop of an odor to an Olympic size swimming pool; but, so could you. Discussions in the popular media surrounding dogs’ olfactory abilities are often more myth than science. This presentation will focus on the last 100 years of empirical research concerning canine olfactory abilities, and discuss what the scientific literature has determined to be the dog’s capabilities, and how dogs use their nose. The presenter will also provide a high-level overview of the mechanisms of olfaction, discuss what smells are, and how our sensory system generally detects them. He will also show how the dog’s sensory system differs for ours, and will attempt to address the harder question: What do the differences mean? The presentation will touch on the effects of training on olfactory perception, detection abilities, and how it can even change the way dogs perceive complex odor mixtures. As with any consideration of a research topic, be prepared to leave with as many questions as were answered.


     

    Learning Objectives:

    • Define an odor as a physical stimulus.
    • Describe how an odor is detected and transcribed as a signal to the brain.
    • Describe morphological features that distinguish the canine olfactory pathway from a human’s.
    • Identify how dogs can be tested to probe their sensitivity and describe some of the complexities associated with it.
    • Describe where a dog’s olfactory sensitivity lies in comparison to other mammals.
    • Describe how experience and learning influence olfactory perception.
    • Implement classical conditioning procedures associated with faster acquisition and olfactory sensitivity.
    • Describe how dogs perceive odor mixtures and articulate the implications for training dogs to find variable odor mixtures.


    Presenter: Dr. Nathan Hall 

    Dr. Nathaniel Hall is an assistant professor of companion animal science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and the director of the canine olfaction research and education laboratory in the department of animal science. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, specializing in the study of behavior analysis and canine olfaction. As a postdoctoral researcher, he continued his studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of homemade explosives. Now at Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. 



    • Thursday, January 25, 2018
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    • Friday, January 25, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
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    Title: Canine Stereotypic Behavior: Research on Causes and Treatment

    Presented by Dr. Nathan Hall

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

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    Presentation Description:

    Stereotypic behavior is repetitive and invariant behavior which is many times described as having no apparent function. Examples might be rocking, pacing, or swaying. Dogs are known to show stereotypic behavior in a variety of topographies such as licking, blanket sucking, and tail chasing. The etiology of these behaviors appears quite complex with likely multiple genetic and environmental factors contributing. Identifying these factors for the prevention and treatment of problematic stereotypic behavior is challenging. This presentation will focus on new findings from Dr. Alexandra Protopopova, assistant professor in companion animal science at Texas Tech University, and Dr. Hall’s labs on the association between behavioral persistence and stereotypic behavior. The presenter will discuss what behavioral persistence is, how it can be measured, and current hypotheses on how it is related to stereotypic behavior. He will also discuss his current research on adapting the use of functional analysis (a method used in human populations for decades) to evaluate the potential contribution of environmental factors to canine stereotypic behavior, and how it can be used to develop targeted treatments specific to the environmental factors maintaining the behavior.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Define stereotypic behavior and provide examples of stereotypic behavior in dogs.
    • Describe at least one hypothesis on how behavioral persistence relates to stereotypic behavior.
    • Describe evidence that suggests genetic and environmental factors contribute to stereotypic behavior.
    • Describe at least one functional analysis procedure that can be used to identify whether an environmental factor contributes to stereotypic behavior.
    •  Describe at least one way an environmental variable that maintains stereotypic behavior can be manipulated to reduce the behavior.


    Presenter: Dr. Nathan Hall 

    Dr. Nathaniel Hall is an assistant professor of companion animal science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and the director of the canine olfaction research and education laboratory in the department of animal science. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, specializing in the study of behavior analysis and canine olfaction. As a postdoctoral researcher, he continued his studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of homemade explosives. Now at Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters.



    • Thursday, January 25, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, January 25, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
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    Presented by Beth Adelman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1

    Webinar Description

    Cats evolved to eliminate out of doors, and they are very particular about doing it indoors. A host of new litter box studies has given us a lot of information on what cats prefer from their box. We'll go over the box, the litter, the location and the ambiance that cats prefer.

    We also have a new understanding of the role stress and boredom play in litter box use and misuse. We'll discuss how play and enrichment affect litter box use.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Understand what cats require from a litter box and why.
    • Recognise common reasons why cats do not use the litter box, both physical and behavioral.
    • Troubleshoot litter box problems.
    • Understand how to resolve common litter box problems.
    • Understand new research into stress and its link to litter box problems.

    Your Presenter



    Beth Adelman, MS, is a Cat Behaviour Consultant and a publishing professional in Brooklyn, New York. Beth was a founding member of the Cat Division of the IAABC, and is the former editor in chief of Cats magazine and DogWorld and former cat columnist for the New York Post. Beth has worked as a writer and a speaker for the Winn Feline Foundation. She has also been a speaker for the Cat Writers Association, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Kutztown University, Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club and the Cat Fanciers Association, and a guest on a variety of radio shows. She currently is a regular speaker on cat behavior at New York’s Meow Parlour.

    • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Thursday, February 06, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
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    Presented by Tabitha Davies

    CEUs: PPAB 1

    Are you looking at starting a training programme inside a daycare or maybe you already have one? 

    There are many challenges that can face a trainer that trains inside a facility. From renting the space to agreeing on boundaries for what your role is while you are there, to keeping your students and the daycare safe while you are using their space.

    For trainers who are looking at working for a daycare facility or already work for one that is not quite functioning, this webinar is designed to teach you how to implement your programmes while designing a successful daycare programme that lessens stress on the dogs. If you're responsible for staff development, learn how to help train staff to keep dogs safe and properly dispense advice to owners or direct them to the trainer.

    When dealing with owners of a facility who are not trainers or pet professionals how to keep yourself professional and avoid potential issues with daycare or training programmes.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • An overview of the liabilities of training in a daycare facility vs being an employed trainer of the daycare facility.
    • How to ensure your clients are safe in the facility.
    • How to temperament test dogs easily and make it a system for all, so you know dogs can be in training and/or daycare.
    • How to structure SAFE and least stressful daycare programmes.
    • How to educate non-trainer daycare working staff to be safe and keep dogs safe.
    • What liability lines are there for "staff training" when you are not an employee.
    • How to integrate mental and physical stimulation into daycare to avoid behavioural issues.
    • Dealing with facility owners who do not understand dog behaviour and avoid positions of professional liability without looking unprofessional.

    Your Presenter


    Tabitha Davies is a certified dog trainer (C.D.T.), Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC), Certified Veterinary Assistant, a Certified Pet Nutritional Specialist, and she also holds certificates in Animal Psychology, Canine Etiology, and Animal Behavior/Welfare.

    Tabitha was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. During high school Tabitha she started rescuing dogs and cats, obtaining veterinary care, and finding homes for them. She quickly learned that people did not want to adopt untrained dogs. This encouraged Tabitha to study clicker training and Karen Pryor's training methods. 

    in August of 2008 she started the CVDC to provide an affordable fully force free option that is scientifically proven to be more successful than any other methods with less owner output and more consistency to the dogs and their humans of our valley.

    Tabitha now owns the CVDC as well as the daycare, indoor dog park, dog training, pet retail, and staff development of the Dog Park Services at Venus De Fido in Palm Desert


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