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    • Friday, May 26, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, May 26, 2019
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    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

    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

    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

    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.

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

    • Friday, November 10, 2017
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 10, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    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.

    • Tuesday, December 05, 2017
    • 8:00 AM
    • Wednesday, May 01, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Audio & DVD

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    Sessions Included in Your Downloads

    Friday November 16, 2017

    1. Opening Address (Niki Tudge)

    2. Why balanced training can unbalance dogs (Dr. Karen Overall)

    3. Craft to technology- the evolution of science-based training from 1938 to 2010 (Bob Bailey)

    4. Research on the Behavioral Differences between Puppies Obtained from Pet Stores and those Obtained from Non-commercial (non-puppy mill) Breeders (Dr. Frank McMillan)

    5. Canine Stereotypic Behavior: Research on Causes and Treatment (Dr. Nathaniel Hall)

    6. A Team of Experts Discuss the Topic of the Day (Panel Discussion)

    Saturday November 17, 2017

    1. Ethical Dilemmas Working Session (Pat Miller)

    2. Behavior Principles: What They Are and How to Apply Them (Bob Bailey)

    3. "How Should I Say This?" Handle Sticky Situations with Clients in Writing - with Confidence! (Nancy Tucker)

    4. Dog Bites and Children. A Behavioral Perspective (Dr. Ilana Reisner)

    5. A Canine Cognition Working Lab (Pat Miller)

    6. Trick Dogging - With a Focus on an Equal Partnership (Emily Larlham)

    7. Being on Target: Finding your target market and catering to their needs (Dr. Robert King)

    8. Bridging the Gap – What Makes Training “Click” (Ken McCort)

    9. Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress in Dogs (Dr. Frank McMillan)

    10. Collaborating with Veterinary Behaviorists (Irith Bloom)

    11. Finding, Assessing and Recruiting Canines for Careers (Sherry Woodard)

    12. BSL - Community Safety through Breed Bans? (Deirdre Franklin)

    13. Going for a Bumble (Helen Phillips)

    14. Profitable Puppy Programs (Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas)

    15. The Nitty Gritty of Cat Training (Jacqueline Munera)

    Sunday November 19, 2017

    1. Canine Sense and Scent Ability: An Overview of Research on Canine Odor Detection and Future Directions (Dr. Nathaniel Hall)

    2. The Business of Getting Behavior: The Business of Teaching Training to Others (Bob Bailey)

    3. Dog Bites and Children. A Behavioral Perspective (Dr. Ilana Reisner)

    4. A Canine Cognition Working Lab (Pat Miller)

    5. Trick Dogging - With a Focus on an Equal Partnership (Emily Larlham)

    6. The Top Five Low Stress Handling Techniques for Canines (Dr. Sally Foote)

    7. Keep'em Happy! Animal Welfare for Dog Trainers. (Jennifer Gailis)

    8. Horse of a Different Color -Case Study on Equine Behavior (Dr. Soraya Juarbe Diaz)

    9. Positive Psychology for Behavior Change (Angelica Steinker)

    10. Do Alternative Therapies, Supplements, Pheromones, Diets, Essential Oils, Really Work? (Dr. Sally Foote)

    11. Going for a Bumble (Helen Phillips)

    12. Help! The Dogs Aren’t Getting Along! (Ken McCort)

    13. Un-cat-fur-able Surroundings (Dr. Lynn Bahr)

    14. The Art and Science of Non-Auditory Communication (Terrie Hayward)

    15. A Team of Experts Discuss the Topic of the Day (Panel Discussion)

    Monday November 20, 2017

    1. In Defense of Anthropomorphism: When is a Dog Like a Person (Janis Bradley)

    2. Threshold Learning (Dr. Sally Foote)

    3. Simple Things You Can Do to Make More Money and Help More Dogs (Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas)

    If you missed the Orlando Summit then here is your chance to catch up on the fabulous 3.5 days of riveting lectures, hands on labs and panel discussions.  66 Hours of recorded sessions with the best in our industry. 

    CEUS. PPAB 28, IAABC 24.5, CCPDT 24.5 

    • 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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    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

    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 25, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, January 25, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    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
    • Recorded Webinar

    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

    • Saturday, March 17, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, March 17, 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1. CCPDT Pending 

    Webinar Description

    For most dog owners, going for a walk with their dog is one of the key components of their relationship. It can also be one of the most fraught with frustration, irritation, physical struggles, and can lead to owners, and dogs, dreading the daily exercise. In this webinar I will be exploring what we actually mean by Loose Lead Walking - what we're trying to achieve, what are the essential pre-requisites for a dog to be able to learn how to walk with their owner in a way that suits them both, how to teach this skill and what to do when training isn't working. A fresh look at walking together, the emotions and behaviours involved, and how to set everyone up for success. 

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Identify emotions of dog and owner while going for a walk, and the impact on learning / ability
    • Practical suggestions add to the toolkit for teaching Loose Lead Walking

    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, March 23, 2018
    • 5:30 PM
    • Monday, March 23, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Robert Hewings BSc MA PGDip

    CEUs PPAB 1.5. CCPDT 1.5

    Webinar Description

    Canine-scent work is becoming more popular by the day.

    “How do we start? Where can we get the equipment from? What scent should we use? How do we introduce a new scent? What are the progressive steps?  How do we problem solve?”

    These are just a few questions that are asked time and time again, encouraging Rob to share his knowledge and bring in coaching techniques that can help you and your clients.

    Learning Objectives:

    •  A few mnemonics for scent-work 
    • How we can start with Classical or Operant Conditioning
    • How we can apply conceptual learning to our training for development and problem-solving
    • How we can ‘think outside the box’ to help with student development
    • How adult learning can be developed by coaching techniques

    The Presenter

    Robert Hewings BSc MA PGDip

    Rob Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer, who retired from the Metropolitan Police after his 30 years’ service, 25 of which was as a Police Dog Handler.  The final ten years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour) MA (Professional Practice Police Dog Training) and is presently engaged Doctorate of Professional Practice (PhD) Canine Scent Detection. Rob has instructed all police canine disciplines from puppy training through to specialist search (explosives and narcotics), from training the General-Purpose Police Dog onto firearms support (SWAT support dogs).   

    Rob is the head trainer at the newly established UK College of Scent Detection, and has lectured at Bishop Burton College, (Canine Training and Behaviour). Rob is also involved in research programmes for ‘ambient scent’, enhancing canine learning, and continuing research into scent alert for nightmares and night terrors, particularly within PTSD. He is a board member for Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programmes and course design are being used for Diabetic Alert Assistance Dogs.

    As a qualified Canine Behaviourist Rob knows the importance of a positive training schedule with the dogs he trains and the people he coaches. He wishes to share his love and experience of search training with people and their dogs. Witnessing the enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement the dogs get from being engaged in the natural process of ‘nose-work’ has been his guilty pleasure for the last 25 years. Long may this continue!

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 12:00 AM
    • Sunday, April 12, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    (Equine Clicker Training is a 3 part webinar series)

    Part 1/3

    Presented by Jessica Gonzalez

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending)

    This is the first part of a three part webinar focused on building a strong foundation of clicker training with your horse. Michelle Martiya and Alize Muckensturm will be presenting the other two parts. We aim to give you the tools to get started actively working with your horses with positive reinforcement.

    Part one will be focused on teaching your horse to stand calmly facing forward. For horses who are comfortable around humans who know how to take treats from your hand, this is a valuable first skill to start with. It teaches the horse how to relax and be comfortable around food while you condition your bridge signal. This becomes a safe default behavior you can use to teach stimulus control on all future behaviors you teach. From here Alize will help you teach your horse how to touch a target which can be used to shape future behaviors. Michelle will go over helping horses who are not yet ready for this step to become comfortable and ready to work with humans.


    ·         How to safely and effectively get started using positive reinforcement with your equine. Focusing on teaching the horse how to stand calmly facing forward. Building a clicker training foundation with your horse

    About Your Presenter

    Jessica runs a non-profit horse rescue and education program. She is extremely dedicated to teaching and promoting a positive reinforcement lifestyle, working with horses and humans alike. The rescue has a growing program of volunteers and students eager to learn to work with equines with clicker training. Jessica also travels to teach students locally and at events.

    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 12:00 AM
    • Sunday, April 12, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    (Equine Clicker Training is a 3 Part Webinar Series)

    Part 2/3

    Presented by Alizé Veillard--Muckensturm

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

    This is the second part of a three part webinar series focused on building a strong foundation of clicker training with your horse.

    We will start by giving an overview of targeting as a positive reinforcement training technique and then move to real life examples of how it can be used for husbandry behaviours, encourage desired movements, and solve problematic situations. This part of the series includes short videos and photos to inspire everyone to give it a trial.

    We will then discuss the tools needed to get started with their own horse by outlining the training steps to teach basic nose targeting.


    - Introduce the use of target training in horse training

    - Learn how targeting is used 

    - Learn how to introduce targeting to a horse.

    About Your Presenter

    Alizé Veillard--Muckensturm has been a force-free horse trainer since 2014 and is a qualified equine behaviourist from the Natural Animal Centre.

    She is the author of the book "Humane, science-based horse training: introduction to learning theory and exercises for everyday handling and fitness".

    • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Tuesday, April 14, 2020
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1.5. CCPDT Pending 

    Webinar Description

    Do you dream of a reliable recall? Have you tried everything but nothing is working? 

    During this webinar Gosia will show you how to train a quick recall. 

    Get prepared for tips, guidelines, and instructional videos.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How a dog learns recall
    • Emotions
    • Common mistakes
    • Rewards/Punishment
    • Following
    • Resignation
    • Word or whistle
    • How to teach a total recall

    Your Presenter

    Gosia Wozniak

    Gosia is a polish dog trainer and behaviourist. She trains dogs for man-trailing and scent detection but also works with fearful and aggressive dogs. She thinks it is very important to take care of their emotions and uses force-free training methods.

    Gosia has also taught her two guinea pigs many tricks but her love will always be for her three Bavarian Mountain Hounds. She uses her hounds to search for missing people. All of her hounds are from the working line so training recall and obedience is extremely important for the safety of her and her dogs.

    • Friday, May 11, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 09, 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Lori Nanan

    CEUs PPAB 1. CCPDT and IAABC Pending 

    Webinar Description

    By building a positive conditioned response to a particular implement and following a good desensitisation plan, trainers can even help dogs who are fearful about nail care. Moreover, trainers can coach owners through the process effectively, giving them the opportunity to create a lifetime of cooperative care.
    We'll cover why DS is often necessary and how to walk through the process effectively, by being mindful of body language and working at the dog's pace.
    We'll also cover nail and paw anatomy, so that even those most shy about nail care can become comfortable with it!

     Learning Objectives

    • Gain an understanding of why nail care can be so difficult for some dogs
    • Learn why the +CER building process is so important to the process
    • Walk through a desensitization process, and be able to teach clients how to do the same
    • Gain an understanding of paw and nail anatomy and why nail maintenance is so important to dogs' health

    Lori Nanan

    Lori Nanan CTC, CPDT-KA is the co-founder of LoriNanan.com, a company which provides education and digital solutions to dog owners, force-free dog pros and organisations. She is a graduate of The Academy for Dog Trainers, where she is also a staff member and is the founder of Your Pit Bull and You, a nonprofit organisation dedicated to promoting pit bulls in a positive light.

    • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, May 18, 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1. CCPDT Pending 

    Webinar Description

    This presentation will take a brief look at some of the games, strategies and techniques used when teaching gundogs with force-free methods and clicker training but is also relevant to anyone who would like to teach their dog or their clients' dogs how to develop good focus and concentration while building a better relationship through play.

     Learning Objectives

    • Learn the foundations that enable a dog to develop good focus and concentration, memory skills and techniques to encourage decision making
    • Learn how to establish some of the basic foundation behaviours and build a lifelong partnership
    • Learn about some of the myths of the gundog world and enable teachers, coaches and instructors to encourage pet owners of gundogs to engage in a variety of activities involving play.

    Helen Phillips

    Helen Phillips is the owner of the Clicker Gundog Training Centre in Evesham, Worcestershire, UK. She is also a qualified teacher, has been working dogs in the field for over 30 years, and has been breeding Hungarian vizslas since 1998. As a result, she has extensive understanding of living with and working with hunting dogs. She holds a distinction in Certificate in Canine Training and Behaviour from Warwickshire College, UK, and has taught the same course at two levels for six years. She has also obtained the Learning about Dogs clicker trainers’ competency assessment program (CAP) levels 1, 2 and 3 with distinction and is an active assessor for the scheme. Alongside this she trained with renowned trainer Kay Laurence for many years and has taught a variety of clicker training workshops. Her focus is on promoting the use of positive reinforcement training techniques and strategies within gundog training and field sports in general. 

    Helen is the author of the popular Clicker Gundog training book, which focuses on learning how to develop a partnership using in-depth reinforcement strategies. Over the last 10 years she has developed, through Clicker Gundog, a range of workshops and seminars to help teach these skills to both the handler and the dog

    • Saturday, June 16, 2018
    • 1:00 PM
    • Tuesday, June 16, 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded programme, start as soon as you register

    On Demand Listening!

    Listen Whenever You Want, From Wherever You Are!

    A short three part programme covering the knowledge and skills required to effectively use sensory techniques such as body wraps.

    Learn all about the "What, "How" & Why" of Body Wraps

    Instructor - Kathy Cascade

    Three Short Lessons Delivered via Recorded Webinar - Available Now

    As trainers we are always looking for effective and creative ways to help the dogs we work with learn appropriate behaviour and live successfully in our human world. We are also modeling to our clients how to communicate and interact with their dogs in a humane, respectful, and caring manner. Typically, positive reward-based training techniques are very successful in shaping new behaviours. Unfortunately, not all dogs are receptive to training in the moment due to states of anxiety, fear, or over-arousal, which interfere with optimal learning. The goal of this course is help you learn about “sensory techniques,” which simply means the use of specific sensory input (tactile, proprioceptive) to give dogs new experiences. These types of sensory experiences can influence both emotional and physical states, resulting in a lowering of arousal and improved focus. We will start with a very simple, but often profound tool called the Body Wrap.

    The Body Wrap for animals originated with the Tellington TTouch Method over 30 years ago and was the inspiration for the development of the Anxiety Wrap and the Thundershirt. As a Physical Therapist, I was also introduced to the concept of sensory techniques applied to children suffering from a variety of sensory processing disorders in the form of weighted vests and other light pressure garments.

    This course is divided into three short lessons consisting of a Power Point presentation in a recorded webinar format. A 5 question self-assessment quiz will be available at the end of each lesson to enhance your learning and allow you to confirm your understanding and knowledge.

    Lesson One will provide an overview of sensory concepts, particularly how tactile and proprioceptive input can influence the nervous system, often resulting in changes in posture, movement, and behaviour. This section will also describe the purpose of using Body Wraps for dogs, proper fit and duration of wear, and the common situations where Body Wraps may be helpful in a home or other environment.

    Lesson Two will provide a step by step process for introducing and applying three variations of TTouch Body Wraps, and how to address any concerns the dog may demonstrate. Several pictures and video clips are included to assist you in developing your skills.

    Lesson Three will describe the use and application of Face and Head Wraps, and tips on the use of Thundershirts. There are several pictures and video clips to assist you in developing your skills.

    When you register:

    • You will receive a welcome document with detailed information about the programme
    • You receive immediate access to all three lessons as webinars and the PDF copies of each lessons presentations.
    • You also receive links to each of the open-book online short self-check tests at the end of each module
    • Upon completion of the programme, you also receive a link to the open-book online final programme short test. The test can be taken more than once and requires a pass of 85%
    • You will receive a video homework instruction document
    • You will be required to complete and submit three short videos demonstrating your skills in applying a Half Body Wrap, a Full Body Wrap, and a Face Wrap on a dog
    • Upon successful completion you will receive a completion certificate to proudly display as both a PDF and a graphic.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the basic concept of using sensory input to influence posture, body awareness, and behavioural responses.
    • Identify multiple environmental contexts in which a Body Wrap or Thundershirt may be helpful.
    • Identify multiple behavioural issues in which the use of a Body Wrap or Thundershirt typically has been used.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Half Body Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Full Body Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Face Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate appropriate body positioning while applying a Body Wrap or Face Wrap to avoid leaning over a dog and remaining safe.
    • Understand and demonstrate the correct fit of a Body Wrap and Face Wrap.
    • Learn how to work through initial concerns and how to help a dog overcome a freeze response.
    • Understand the difference between containment and restraint.

    Course Requirement:

    • Each of the three lessons is completed with a short online open-book self check test.
    • You will be required to complete and submit three short videos demonstrating your skills in applying a Half Body Wrap, a Full Body Wrap, and a Face Wrap on a dog.
    • A separate document will provide all the details of how to complete this homework assignment and the criteria for passing.
    • There is also a short open-book online self check test at the completion of the three lessons which requires a pass grade of 85%
    • Tests can be taken more than once, they are part of the learning process
    • You receive support from your faculty member and from your fellow students in our Facebook Student Common Room Group

    Get Started Today! You Can Start & Finish in One Sitting!

    • Thursday, July 19, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sunday, July 19, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by
    Hannah Capon MA Vet MB, MRCVS

    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC and CCPDT pending


    Managing an arthritic dog doesn’t revolve around medications, supplements and trips to the vet. It requires great observational skills, good monitoring and actioning lifestyle changes.

    This webinar will help pet dog owners understand changes to routines and habits that can make a world of difference to their dog’s pain and disease progression.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify signs of chronic pain of arthritis
    • Learn how to monitor these observations
    • Understand lifestyle and routine adaptions that influence the disease
    • Learn about home and environment changes that can slow the progression and reduce the pain

    About The Presenter

    Hannah Capon MA Vet MB, MRCVS, CAM Founder.


    Hannah Capon has been a qualified first opinion small animal vet for 15 years. She is the founder of CAM (Canine Arthritis Management), which started off as a small, one-on-one vet with owner, external service in 2013. Hannah had noted that there was a disproportion of dogs being euthanised because of poorly managed arthritis and felt that this chronic disease needed to be managed differently. After a succession of euthanasias of dogs that had gone off their back legs and noting the lack of consistent, reliable, no commitment to buy, resources for owners of dogs with arthritis, Hannah felt compelled to initiate CAM, as a means of providing help for owners through an online platform.

    Hannah continues to work as a vet, as well as expand her one-on-one service. Her other full-time job is looking after the star of the show Holly, her 14-year old Collie, who suffers from lumbosacral disease.

    • Thursday, August 09, 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, August 09, 2020
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1.5. CCPDT Pending, IAABC 1.5

    Webinar Description

    An Introduction to the power of Interactive play. This webinar is based on the hugely popular Interactive Play Guide book by Craig Ogilvie. Craig talks through a 11 step system that details the process to follow to create a tailored Interactive Play experience to suit each individual dog's preference.

    There is a focus on Q&A, to ensure that everyone can take the absolute most away from the webinar.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Improve your existing play
    • Improve working motivation
    • Understand and solve toy possession problems
    • Increase interest in toys 
    • Build a better relationships with your dog 
    • Learn how to build confidence
    • Learn how to use as a high value reward experience for training 
    • Increase communication with your dog whilst they are stimulated
    • Learn how to create an interactive experience that you can share  with your dog, stimulating their body and mind
    • Most of all, learn how to have lots of fun

    The Presenter

    Craig Ogilvie makes you the centre of your dog’s world. Having spent a great deal of time training and testing working dogs in locations all of Europe, he very quickly went on to achieve unique accreditation. Craig is the first and only person from the U.K to be licensed to test and train dogs internationally in the working dog sport called Mondioring: which consists of Obedience, Agility and Criminal Apprehension.

    Craig is one of the very few experienced and qualified Civilian Police Dog Training Instructors in the U.K, as well as a dog behaviour practitioner, seminar leader, author, and public speaker. His passion and study of training, interacting and communicating with dogs led to his discovery of the ‘Interactive Play Experience’ and ‘How to Become the Centre of Your Dog’s World’. Craig has been delivering his systems worldwide via sell out workshops, seminars and online training, helping dog lovers all over the world to achieve their goals.
    • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, September 26, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    On Demand Listening!

    Listen Whenever You Want, From Wherever You Are!

    Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson MRCVS

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT pending

    Register and get immediate access to your recording and files

    During this intermediate level webinar, U.K. based veterinarian, Dr. Nick Thompson, will discuss some of the hot topics surrounding raw food nutrition and what is driving people to change to a raw/fresh diet for the pets in their care. He will also take a look at some of the reasons why others are not changing to a raw diet and whether there are in fact, any reasons for concern.

    Dr. Thompson will then delve into the link between diet and behaviour in humans and whether what we know about humans can be applied to dogs. He will discuss proteins, fats, carbs. and ketogenic diets before drawingthe presentation to a close, with a look at supplements and the foods we should choose to engender optimal behaviour in our canine companions, as well as those we should avoid.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Gain an overview of raw feeding in 2018
    • Understand how diet affects behaviour and the evidence 
    • Understand nutritional options for optimal behaviour

    Your Presenter

    Veterinarian, Dr. Nick Thompson has been advocating passionately for responsible, species-appropriate raw pet food feeding for over 20 years. He is Founder and President of the international Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (www.rfvs.info) and has co-authored a pioneering worldwide survey of 79 vets and their experiences feeding raw food. He has organised international raw food conferences for the RFVS for the last four years.

    Since 1999, Nick has headed a busy specialist practice near Bath (Holisticvet Ltd, www.holisticvet.co.uk) offering homeopathy, acupuncture, natural nutrition and herbal medicine for dogs and horses. Nick has shared his passion for raw with nutritional consultancy advice to most of the premier raw pet food companies in the UK and consults in raw throughout the UK, Finland, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

    Nick is married with two children, two chickens and a Snowshoe cat, a hunter, called Ziggy and lives in Wiltshire, UK.

    • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
    • 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, October 17, 2020
    • 9:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1. CCPDT and IAABC Pending

    Webinar Description

    Everyone—dog owners and dog professionals—are invited to join in for an hour-long session about jumping and pestering dogs presented by dog trainer Kristi Benson. In her hallmark inviting and funny tone, Kristi will discuss some easy-to-implement techniques to reduce jumping up, begging, mouthing and biting clothes, and mooching. If your dog is like a pogo stick at the door, jumping and mouthing, or begs at the table, there’s help!  Kristi will explore both the underlying “why” questions and then outline ways to prevent the worst offenses by setting your dog up for success, identifying and avoiding problem contexts, and even some easy training techniques you can use to start to change your dog’s behaviour. There will be links to free hand-outs for you to download as well.

     Learning Objectives

    • Why dogs jump up.
    • Easy techniques to keep dogs off of guests at the door.
    • The role of exercise and enrichment to reduce pestering.
    • How to fit exercise and enrichment into your already-busy schedule.
    • Accidental reinforcement and begging, and what to do if that has been happening around your dinner table. This will include why starting to ignore the dog now (i.e. “extinction”) isn’t the best choice to use.
    • Training techniques with proven history (training an alternate behaviour).
    • Why and how to avoid corrections when working with energetic and jumping dogs.

    Kristi Benson

    Kristi is an honors graduate of, and now on staff at, the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling. She leads special projects at the Academy and is in charge of the weekly webinars, along with student coaching. Kristi enjoys working with dogs who need help with obedience, fearfulness, aggression, unruliness, or any number of other issues. She also loves helping the humans in the equation, and brings her trademark combination of humour and compassion to the kitchen table when working with her clients.

    Kristi also enjoys reaching out to dog owners through writing. Her blog was named one of the top fifty dog blogs in 2016 by Thoroughly Reviewed. She also regularly writes for the Academy for Dog Trainers’ blog and for Dog International. Besides offering professional training services in the Parkland region of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada; Kristi also works with clients across Canada via video chat. For ten years, she ran a sled dog micro-rescue with her partner, and fostered, house-trained, obedience-trained, and re-homed numerous racing sled dogs. Kristi still enjoys skijoring (cross-country skiing attached to a dog), dog scootering, and other pulling sports with her Alaskan husky sled dogs. She lives on a small mixed farm in west central Manitoba. Kristi is a Full Member Dog Training Professional of the Pet Professional Guild. She has a BA and MA in Archaeology, and enjoys working as an applied anthropologist with northern communities in Canada’s western Arctic.

    • Wednesday, November 07, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 07, 2021
    • 7:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    This presentation is aimed mainly at dog owners, people working in shelters, novice trainers, and other professionals interested in learning how to housetrain a young puppy or dog rescued from a shelter or situation of confinement.

    The following topics will be explored in detail: physical causes of inappropriate elimination, behavioural causes of inappropriate elimination, times when your puppy is likely to need to urinate or defecate, dogs rescued from shelters or other situations of confinement, eliminating is intrinsically reinforcing, management at home, training program, fading out reinforcers.

    In this webinar attendees will learn to speed up the house training process by:

    1 - Using appropriate cleaning products while avoiding the ones that actually attract the puppy.

    2 - Correct placing and use of puppy training pads.

    3 - Using a hierarchy of reinforcers

    4 - When, where and how to reinforce.

    Attendees will also learn about the most common physical and behavioural causes of inappropriate elimination. They will gain awareness of the fact that elimination is intrinsically reinforcing and why. They will learn about management at home, what to do with puppies who "don't seem to get it!", and when and how to stop delivering reinforcement.

    Your Presenter

    Alexandra Santos

    Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

    She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems” and “Puppy and Dog Care” and has also authored and co-authored several articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, has been a lecturer at several seminars on positive reinforcement-based training, regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people..

    • Thursday, November 15, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sunday, November 15, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC and
    CCPDT pending

    Walking on a loose lead remains one of the key goals for many dog owners, and there are multiple methods for teaching and achieving that goal, along with lots of options for equipment to manage or improve walking in the meantime. Some dogs struggle with loose lead walking, while others appear to be born with the skill already learned. Is loose lead walking as simple as it sounds, or is there more to teaching this behaviour than meets the eye. 

    With a brief overview of the science of self control, and discussion of stimulus control, this webinar will contain video presentations of games and lessons to build self control around the context of loose lead walking.

    Webinar Objectives

    Increased understanding of what we mean by Self Control, Stimulus Control, Habitual Behaviours

    Ideas for different exercises to teach foundation skills for Loose Lead Walking

    Management ideas for when Loose Lead Walking isn't possible

    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.

    • Monday, December 10, 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Thursday, December 10, 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!

    “How" refers to the teaching method you select.  “What" refers to the behaviour you are going to teach.  “Why" refers to the function of the behaviour.  You need to consider all three.  Positive reinforcement training is wonderfully powerful.  That’s part of its appeal.  But you need to be careful how you use it. It’s easy to think you are looking out for an animal’s best interest because you are training with clicks and treats.  But what are you asking your animal to do and why?   

    “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”  This presentation helps to line those three elements up so they satisfy the trainer's needs as well as the animal's welfare.  It looks beyond the layer of methods to explore why we are drawn to certain training choices.

    As pet owners and animal trainers, we live in a world that divides.  There are people who make similar training choices to ours and then there are “the others”.  Seeing how “others” treat animals can be hard.  We want to defend animals, to protect them, to teach others “better ways”, but the more we push against what “others” are doing, the greater the divide becomes.

    This presentation is intended to help us understand better how these different training belief systems emerge. Alexandra will be introducing you to the work of the cognitive linguist, George Lakoff.  Through an understanding of primary metaphors and cognitive frames, we gain tools for understanding one another. Instead of creating a deeper divide, we gain better ways to communicate with one another.  In the process we become better trainers.

    George Lakoff is not an animal trainer, but his work certainly relates directly to training. Alexandra will be introducing you to his work and making the direct connections to horse training but the presentation will also be invaluable for all pet professionals!

    Learning Objectives:

    • The three layers every training system has
    • Identifying core belief systems 
    • Primary metaphors defined
    • Source and target domains and the connection to training
    • Treats - why do some reject them, others use them?
    • The strict father versus the nurturing parent model of training
    • Words matter - respect versus respect - same word, different meaning.  Why?
    • Why do people attack your training choices - and what can you do about it?
    • Frames - defined and connected to training
    • What frame are you in? How does that influence your training choices?
    • Why focusing on what you WANT matters so much
    • Command versus cue-based training
    • The hierarchy of behaviour change procedures - revisited
    • Convincing others without creating conflict - biconceptuals and frames
    • How, what, and why matter - lining up your training methods with your core values
    • Homework - techniques for maintaining the training frame that best serves you and your learners

    About The Presenter

    Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialised in animal behaviour. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

    In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

    Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

    Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

    In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

    Her web sites are:
    theclickercentercourse.com and


    • Thursday, December 13, 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Sunday, December 13, 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar


    This webinar will present three case studies of resource guarders.  Two were resolved using desensitisation and counterconditioning and one using differential reinforcement.

    The webinar will present summaries of both cases, including troubleshooting co-presentation with other issues, adding splits to training plans and execution points.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand that both operant and respondent conditioning can be employed for resource guarding, provided the practitioner is competent at planning, execution and client-coaching
    • Triage of multi-issue cases to protect public safety, preserve owner priorities and maximise compliance
    • Formulate prognoses
    • Work safely and efficiently and coach clients in DIY application
    • Grasp trainer pre-requisites for handling resource guarding cases
    • Generate and execute training plan splits in object guarding cases


    Your Presenter

    Jean Donaldson

    Jean is the founder and principal instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers.  The Academy has trained and certified over 800 trainers in evidence-based dog behaviour, training, teaching and behaviour counselling since 1999.  She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.  In 2017, Jean was recruited to create Dog Training 101 for The Great Courses.

    Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counselling service in the province.  Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in a variety of dog sports, including OTCh, TDX, HIT and FDCh.  While a student, she worked as an adoption counsellor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors.  Before founding The Academy, Jean exclusively did referral aggression cases for six years.  She lives in Oakland, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

    • Friday, January 04, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tuesday, January 04, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1

    Can deaf dogs play like hearing dogs? What kind of toys work best for blind dogs? How can we help deaf and/or blind dogs play more safely with other dogs? All these questions and more will be discussed as we explore the world of play for dogs with hearing and/or visual impairments.

    Whether blind or deaf from birth, due to an accident or old age, trainers and behaviourists are increasingly likely to be working with these dogs and helping them to enjoy a better quality of life.

    Drawing on the available research plus personal experience of living with deaf, and deaf-blind dogs, and knowledge collected while supporting the Deaf Dog Network (UK) for over five years, Morag will help you see the world of play from a different perspective.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand whether deaf dogs can play like hearing dogs
    • Understand the impact of canine deafness and visual impairment on dog to dog play
    • Understand how canine deafness and visual impairment affect human directed play
    • Learn what kind of toys work best for deaf dogs
    • Understand how to help deaf and/or blind dogs play safely with other dogs
    • Help improve the quality of life of deaf and/or blind dogs

    Your Presenter

    Morag Heirs PhD, Clinical Animal Behaviourist (ABTC)

    Morag Heirs runs Well Connected Canine Ltd (York, UK) where they concentrate on building better relationships between people and their dogs through personal coaching sessions, behaviour rehabilitation, activity classes and more.

    Morag's deaf dog experience started in 2005 with her first deaf Border Collie, and since then she has lived with, fostered and trained many dogs with deafness and/or visual impairments.

    Morag has competed in a range of sports (Rally, Scentwork and Canicross) and provides behaviour & training support to the Deaf Dog Network (UK).