Research in the past two decades has shown that dogs (Canis lupus familiaris) as a result of selection pressures during domestication, have evolved an understanding of human forms of communication not to be found in other species (including chimpanzees and wolves). Selection pressures during domestication not only shape animals’ morphology but also animals’ behaviour and cognitive processes. The so-called domestication hypothesis claims that one domain in which domestic dogs have especially adapted to the human environment is in their ability to flexibly follow human forms of communication (gestural and vocal).
This webinar will summarise research, which seems to support the hypothesis that dogs have specifically adapted to the human in this domain.
Dr. Juliane Kaminski is a Senior lecturer in the psychology department of the University of Portsmouth. Before that she was the group leader of the research group “Evolutionary Roots of Human Social Interaction” at the Max Planck Institute for evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/ Germany where she also completed her PhD in 2005. She was also a Junior Research Fellow at Churchill College and a member of the Experimental Psychology lab of Cambridge University.
Presented by Maxwell MuirCEUS 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.
'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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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
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.
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.
'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
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
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
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
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).
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.
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.
Presented by Patience Fisher
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.
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.
Free Member Webinar
Presented by Kate MallatrattCEUs 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.
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.
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.
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.
Some of his students accomplishments:
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.
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.
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.
Presented by Kate MallatrattCEUs 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.
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.
CEUs PPAB,15. IAABC,15. CCPDT, 10.
Training Meister Journeyman Course
A five session programme
to work through over 5 months
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.
Five recorded webinar e-learning sessions per level.
PDF of all webinars
Additional learning: Additional reading material and supplementary videos
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
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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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.