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    • Thursday, April 12, 2018
    • 12:00 AM
    • Tuesday, April 12, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
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    Free Member Webinar

    (Equine Clicker Training is a 3 part webinar series)

    Part 1/3

    Presented by Jessica Gonzalez

    CEUs: PPAB 1


    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.

    Objective

    ·         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.


    • Friday, February 08, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Tuesday, February 08, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


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    All training methods are comprised of three layers.  It doesn’t matter if we are talking about positive reinforcement training or an opposite force-based system, all training methods are based on an underlying belief system.  Out of this belief system evolve a set of guiding principles.  And from these emerge the actual training methods you will use.

    With horses whenever I encounter a training puzzle, I have learned to refer back to basic principles.  They help me to identify the problem and to set a course for solving it.  I have two key principles that guide all the rest: 

    * Safety always comes first - for you and your learner. 

    * You can’t ask for something and expect to get it on a consistent basis unless you have gone through a teaching process to teach it to your horse.  

    A third principle that I refer to often is:

    * For every behavior you teach there is an opposite behavior you must teach to keep things in balance.  

    This is one that hums about the background of everything I teach.  It’s a simple idea.  If you teach your horse to go, you had better also teach him to whoa.  If you teach your dog to wave his paw in the air, it’s a good idea to also teach him that four on the floor earns reinforcement.  Keeping your training in balance leads to physical, emotional and mental balance.  It creates great performance, great relationships, and - in horses - long-term soundness.

    In this program we’ll be exploring in depth where this simple training mantra takes us.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Basic shaping and how teaching in pairs works to balance behavior
    • Multi-dimensional training - tap root and base behaviors
    • The role of cues in teaching behavior
    • Movement cycles
    • Loopy training
    • Poisoned cues defined and their effect on training loops
    • Macro and micro extinction
    • Using micro extinction in shaping - priming the pump
    • New cue/old cue - a priming process
    • What is the function of the behavior - creating balance through broad repertoires
    • The result - great performance, great relationships, sound for life

    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:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com

     

    • Monday, March 11, 2019
    • 8:00 PM
    • Friday, March 11, 2022
    • 9:30 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5


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    This session will be presented as a case study based on the presenter’s personal experience of the emotional roller coaster caused by raising a puppy that pushed her own skills and experience to the limit. The presentation outlines all the issues experienced and, importantly, how each one was resolved. The presenter has since encountered many other owners/clients with challenging dogs that are struggling to bond with their puppy/dog due to behavioural challenges. This presentation provides real life solutions and provides the audience with a road map for working with and training more “challenging” dogs.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Gain an understanding of puppy selection criteria.
    • Recognise and resolve puppy bonding issues.
    • Learn how to introduce a challenging puppy into the household and keep resident dogs safe.
    • Learn management and training techniques for dog to dog possession aggression.
    • Develop skills in working and living with dogs with touch/body sensitivity.
    • Gain skills to develop and manage your home alone enrichment programme in a multi-dog household with your challenging puppy.
    • Enable you to revitalize, draw on and expand your network of fellow professional trainers while working through your training or behavioral challenges.


    About The Presenter


    Louise Ginman PCT-A is a Delta Accredited and Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited dog behavioural trainer who runs a dog training business, Positive Dogs, in Sydney, New South Wales. She has served on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia committee since 2008 and been president since 2012. She also serves on the PPG Australia committee.

    Ginman has several qualifications including a BSc and Certificate IV in companion animal services, as well as over 27 years’ experience with both domestic and exotic species in both a training and husbandry/management capacity. She worked as a veterinary nurse, dog and cat groomer and animal attendant in a busy and large practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for several years before moving to Taronga Zoo in 1994 to work on the Carnivore Unit where she is the unit supervisor. Her role is varied and covers duties such as carnivore husbandry and management, animal training and enrichment, diets and nutrition, staff training and supervision, media work, conference presentations and other forms of public speaking, research, education and conservation work.

    Ginman is guardian of a Shetland sheepdog and a Siberian husky and competes at agility, Rally O and obedience. Her book, The Art of Introducing Dogs. A guide to conducting dog to dog introductions, was published in 2013. She strives to educate people about living in harmony with their dog through her writing and pet dog training courses.

     

    • Monday, March 18, 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Friday, March 18, 2022
    • 5:30 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

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    Learn to be a more systematical people trainer so you can positively impact the lives of pets. Through your improved and effective performance, you will find your work more rewarding, more reinforcing and more fun! When clients see faster results, they become more engaged and this increases their motivation. You will reduce client attrition rates and increase client motivation which for you means an increase in job morale and performance.

    Join Niki for this 1.5 hour webinar on a journey through the land of effective people training. As professional trainers, we have a fundamental obligation to ensure our clients effectively learn each of the skills and areas of knowledge they need to train, manage and care for their pets. Niki speaks passionately about our need to engage systems when conducting training sessions which enable our clients to grasp the peculiar ‘ins and outs’ of training pets in a systematic, strategic and fun way.

    The webinar covers the On Task Skill Coaching™ system developed by Niki in 2014. This model is supported by Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle and similar learning models have been used throughout the service industry for years as a preferred way to effectively teach others to master mechanical and technical skills and transfer pertinent knowledge. Even technical schools and colleges are now adopting an experiential approach to teaching students.

    Webinar learning objectives:

    1. Understand the difference between a Training Road Map, a Training Plan, a Lesson Plan and a Training Session and how these interrelate and are all important and necessary components in our effective transfer of knowledge and skills to our clients.

    2. Understand the difference between teaching and training and how these apply to the transfer of knowledge and skills to our clients.

    3. Gain an understanding of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle and how this applies to our roles as people trainers!

    4. Skills are the “how-to” and knowledge is what one is aware of, cognitively speaking, and different methods are required to teach a physical skill compared to imparting knowledge or information.

    5. Review and breakdown the On Task Skill Coaching System so you can effectively implement it into your individual training sessions.

    6. Understand and analyse each of the 8 On Task Skill Coaching™ Steps and how they mesh with the Experiential Learning Cycle.

    7. Obtain tools to help you improve your people training skills.


    About The Presenter



    Niki Tudge - M.B.A, PCBC-A, CDBC, CDT

    Niki is the Founder of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center, The DogSmith and the President of Doggone safe. Niki has combined her “people” teaching and pet training skills with her commitment to pet rescue and substantial business knowledge to create a proprietary system of education known as ARRF® supported by an operational implementation process called MTR®. Niki is equipped with a unique combination of business experience, pet training and pet behaviour expertise, a background in exceptional customer service, certification as a trainer of trainers and many years consulting to pet rescue groups.

     
    • Thursday, March 21, 2019
    • 5:00 PM
    • Monday, March 21, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1


    As professional dog trainers and behaviour consultants, we know that training a dog requires a combination of knowledge and mechanical skills.

    One of the main skills we teach is how to effectively use a bridging stimulus. Some of us use a verbal ‘marker’ word; some of us use a clicker, and some of us use both, depending on what we are teaching. We use terminology such as clicker training, using a behaviour marker, a bridging stimulus…

    Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell as she examines one of The Top Ten Dog Training Concepts©, delving into the world of ‘clicker’ training.

    This presentation is suitable for pet owners, shelter workers and all those starting out on their training journey but will also prove useful for professionals already paving their way in the world of dog training.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand one of the Ten Most Important Training Concepts
    • Deepen your understanding of the term ‘clicker training’ and why you don’t necessarily need a clicker to ‘clicker’ train!
    • Understand the benefits (and drawbacks) of using a clicker
    • Acquisition versus generalization – a quick look at the 2016 study “Can Clicker Training Facilitate Conditioning in Dogs?”
    • Learn the ‘clicker’ training rules
    • Learn how to use a variety of behaviour markers to ‘click’ the behaviour you would like to see more of
    • Gain some quick tips for Incorporating ‘clicker’ training in the home, in group classes and in rescue shelters! – No clicker necessary.


    About your presenter

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell - B.A. Hons, PCT- A, PCBC-A, CAP3, CTDI, DN-FSG, DN-CPCT, CWRI


    Louise is a Partner and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career Center and Board Member of The Pet Professional Guild. Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards based, science-based pet training. The creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certification Programme, Louise has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in Southern Spain, where she offers a wide range of both group and private classes and pet dog services
    • Tuesday, May 14, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 14, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1


    Free-ranging dogs are one of the most widely
 distributed carnivores in the world, yet scientists are only just beginning to study their behaviour. They represent a critical field of observation where human-dog interaction can reveal essential understanding about society, human and dog behaviour. 

    The knowledge gained in this intermediate level presentation can be applied by dog trainers and other pet professionals in homes, shelters and other contexts. Some of the information that will be shared is also essential learning for dog parents, for those who interact with dogs at any level, and for all those who travel in areas where free-ranging dogs are present.


    Learning Objectives

    • What/Where are free-ranging dogs
    • Bali Dogs: an overview
    • Behaviour-Life Style-Personality: Free-ranging dogs shifts in/via human perception
    • Ecology and canines
    • Professionals and Dog Parents: how to apply what you learn in this webinar in your work and life
    • Rabies: the best practices for people visiting exposed areas


    About your presenter



    Marco Adda is a freelance canids researcher, with a core interest in companion dogs, free-ranging dogs and wolves. Passionate in Animal Behaviour (Ethology), the main focus on Anthrozoology and Human-Animal Interaction/conflict across times and cultures, Marco is a Professional Dog Trainer and Dog Behaviour Consultant, an educator about animals and society, an animal advocate and rescuer. Member of the International Society of Anthrozoology, the Animal Behaviour Society, Accredited Dognition Trainer and founder of Portugal Focus Animal Help, he also runs an online programme about Wolves.

    With complementary interests in education, anthropology, social work, bodywork, theatre, human development, team building and nutrition, Marco has collaborated with universities in Rome, Paris, Novi Sad, Serbia, Budapest, Kuala Lumpur, Melbourne, Hobart and others institutions and organisations around the globe.


    • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, May 15, 2022
    • 8:30 PM
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    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    Dog training of course is simple, but not always easy.  But there are strategies and techniques that can make what looks like a challenging problem much easier to address.  Avoid the common stumbling blocks to make this a problem you look forward to fixing!

    Objectives:

    • What is leash reactivity?  Define the problem to create a clear training path.

    • Yes you can beat distractions with a cookie!  Here’s how.

    • Why some leash reactive dogs snub food.

    • The importance of creating the right cue.  Teach the dog to do an incompatible behaviour when they see what triggers them.

    • What drives the problem?  It’s not fear.

    • Understand the importance of not training in the context until ready.

    • How to build powerful behaviorus that stand up to distractions.

    • Avoid bad behaviour chains.  It’s not bark then look at me!

    • Clear criteria.  Training is a progression, not a one step skill.


    About The Presenter



    Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/



    • Saturday, June 08, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Wednesday, June 08, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


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    When you see the title to this webinar, I know what some of you will be thinking:  “I don’t ride.  I don’t even work with horses.  Why would I want to attend this webinar?”

    The answer is simple.  Riding is just ground work where you get to sit down.  The same concepts apply.  So even if you work primarily with dogs and other animals that we typically don’t ride, there is much that can be borrowed from clicker training horses that applies to other species.

    And if you do ride, this programme is definitely for you!


    Learning Objectives:

    • The connection between ground work and riding
    • Some common questions about riding with the clicker - beginning with how do you deliver the treat?
    • Your expressway to excellence - the value of stopping to get the treat
    • Examining performance goals
    • Safety first
    • Balance matters - why?
    • Before and after - a case study leading to equine beauty and well-being
    • Find a look that pleases your eye
    • A photo journal of a beautiful ride 
    • Which do you focus on - outcome or process?
    • Shaping micro
    • The elephant in the room - pressure and release of pressure
    • Commands versus cues
    • Going micro: your base unit - gives defined
    • Develop your eye - gives observed
    • Developing lightness


    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:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com

     

    • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, June 20, 2022
    • 8:30 PM
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    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    Learn the steps that you can use to teach a dog to go to their bed, not because you say so, but because the dog hears someone at the door. Have the dog stay there until released!  Imagine life with a dog that runs away from the door, not towards it!


    Objectives:

    • Learn the breakdown, all the steps required to get this skill despite distractions at the door.
    • Understand how training this problem “when guests arrive” can be the wrong approach.
    • Learn why some dogs snub cookies when guests arrive and how to overcome it.
    • Why some dogs get worse not better even when families think they are reinforcing good behavior.
    • Learn the value of weakening the power of the sound of the doorbell.
    • Why it’s important to cut yourself some slack and decide it’s necessary to focus fully on the dog during training.  You can put your dog away when you’re distracted!


    About The Presenter



    Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.caor follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/

    • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, July 17, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


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

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

    Learning objectives:

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

     

    About The Presenter


     Zazie Todd PhD


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

     

    • Monday, July 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Friday, July 29, 2022
    • 8:30 PM
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    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

    How to Bring Back the Food Motivation - In the not so food motivated dog


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    Most professionals know that scared dogs turn off of food.  But what about the other dogs that snub food?  Do you find that some dogs are better “shapers” than others? That they are more “food motivated”?  Do you ever notice that some dogs are snubbing food when they are excited to go out the door?  Do dogs suddenly turn off food during training sessions or in the middle of classes?  What about the “toy motivated” dogs or the ones that simple would rather be reinforced with something other than the treats in your hand?

    There are many reasons why dogs lose their foodie nature.  Not all involve fear or illness. Learn when and why dogs lose food motivation so you can help the clients who think their dog isn’t motivated by food.  Bring back the foodie in the dogs you work with by addressing the issues that are impacting their focus and performance.


    Objectives:

    • Food as a primary reinforcer - it’s an excellent motivator
    • Dogs are scavengers.  They eat all sorts of nasty things…so why would they turn away from chicken?
    • Is there a “not motivated by food” dog?
    • Learn the many - many reasons why dogs snub food.
    • Learn how not to turn dogs off food.
    • Learn strategies that bring back the foodie.
    • Supplementation (positive reinforcement) versus deprivation.  No you don’t need to starve a dog.
    • Why is it important to pay attention to a dog’s desire to eat.


    About The Presenter


    Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.caor follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


    • Tuesday, August 06, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, August 06, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, KPA 1, IAABC 1


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    Whether you’re a solopreneur or manage a team, being a boss means you do it all. The best way to lead a professional, successful business is to set boundaries based around your unique value. We will discuss how operating from fear can negatively impact decision-making, yet creating clear-cut, forward-thinking boundaries can positively impact work/life balance, profitability, company culture and more.

    We dissect this through worksheets, which we will provide after the presentation to continue the brainstorming at home. We will begin to help you define your Unique Value in a competitive market, as well as audit your company’s boundaries to honour your own needs, and those of your clients, vendors and employees.

     

    Key Learning Objectives

    1. Using a provided template and guided discussion, participants will learn to identify their unique value proposition and the ways in which they can position themselves within competitive markets by setting and maintaining boundaries based upon their unique worth to eliminate current or common pain points.

    2. Through guided exercises, participants will expand their understanding of setting boundaries in their pet care business and how this can impact profitability, work/life balance, company relationships and culture.

    3. By identifying their pain points and their boundary objectives, participants will leave with a clearer vision for strategic growth, profitability, company culture and work/life balance.



    About The Presenter



    Adina Silberstein

    Adina Silberstein is the Founder, President and CEO of award-winning, Northwest Philadelphia-based professional pet sitting and dog walking company, Queenie’s Pets ®.  She is an entrepreneur and business coach, specialising in processes, organisation, company culture and profitability. Adina is committed to urban communities, force-free practices, empowering others, and ongoing professional and personal development.

    Queenie's Pets® storefront operates as a boutique retail store, administrative office, and as a community centre for pet owners.  They offer a resource library, workshop and lecture series, and sell only unique and enriching products that Make the Lives of Pets and Their Humans Better™.

    Adina lives in Philadelphia with her fiancee and their crew of rescues: “Rottie-Scottie” MeloDrama, and cats: Mouse, Zizzy, Brucie Marbles and perpetual bad-boy, Tuxedo Snacks.

    www.QueeniesPets.com

    twitter.com/QueeniesPets

    www.facebook.com/queeniespets

    Instagram: @queeniespets

    Instagram: @AdinaJoyCoaching


     

    • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Saturday, August 20, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5


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    So many of our handling techniques are done TO the animals we are training.  I want to use techniques that are done WITH my animals.  This programme explores what that means and it illustrates some remarkable changes that can be achieved using very basic lessons, but using them mindfully. It is built around some remarkable before and after video footage taken at a clinic. 

    The talk includes a description of the microshaping strategy, and the use of constructional training.  The images are all those of horses, but the concepts apply to any animal where good balance matters. 


    Learning Objectives:
    • Who owns the process - what does that mean: illustrated with example/non-example
    • An introduction to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
    • Teaching the micro behaviours that create good balance
    • Before and after examples 
    • There are many different strategies for developing micro awareness
    • The micro shaping Strategy
    • Shaping on a Point of Contact
    • Simple lessons can create great changes: a remarkable case history
    • Who owns the process - an answer from Mia Segal, a Feldenkrais practitioner
    • Asking questions not giving answers: here are the questions


    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:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com

     

    • Monday, September 16, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, September 16, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
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    Behavioural stereotypies in captive animals have been defined as repetitive, largely invariant patterns of behaviour that serve no obvious goal or function (Mason, 1991a; Ödberg, 1978). Stereotypies are commonly attributed to boredom and/or fear and are typically “treated” by trying to enrich the captive environment with distracting, appealing stimuli. These stimuli often include food presented at times outside of regular feeding times, and as a result, engage species-typical foraging behaviours in the process of reducing stereotypic activity.

    This presentation examines the defining features and common hypotheses surrounding stereotypies, including what their function is and how they can be addressed. Of primary concern will be (1) what are stereotypies (what does and doesn’t meet the definition), (2) specific examples of how they’ve been discussed and dealt with, and (3) practical solutions for applied animal behaviourists for both defining and treating stereotypies. Emphasis will be placed on an empirical, functional approach to dealing with stereotypies, including how any scientist and/or practitioner can be most effective when dealing with this topic.

    Learning Objectives

    1. What are stereotypies in terms of their definition and examples?
    2. How do we talk about stereotypies in terms of their form and function?
    3. What evidence supports their hypothesised functions?
    4. How are most stereotypies treated, and which of these treatments are most effective?
    5. What does an empirical, functional approach to stereotypies look like, and why is this important for both science and practice?



    About The Presenter


    Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD

    School of Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology


    Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Most of his past and current work involves conducting research on the behavioural welfare of captive exotic animals found in zoos and aquariums. He has worked with close to 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. His past positions include an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at University of Washington, Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with the African and Asian elephants, hippos, Humboldt penguins, grizzly bears, sun bears, sloth bears, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, African wild dogs, meerkats, golden lion tamarins, and ostriches located at the zoo. Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behaviour from a scientific perspective.

     

    • Monday, September 23, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Wednesday, January 28, 2026
    • 8:30 PM
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    Become a Certified “Fun Scent Games” Instructor

    Updated, Improved & New Learning Platform

    Earn Your DN-FSG

    Approved Continuing Educational Units

    PPAB 4, CCPDT 4.5, IAABC 2

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


     


    On Demand Viewing - Start Your Course as Soon as You Register!

    This is fabulous Certification Programme that provides you with the tools, skills and knowledge to run Fun Scent Games classes. You will learn all about canine olfaction and scent games, along with the what, how and why of operating a successful Fun Scent Games class.

    Offering "Fun Scent Games" group classes, private classes or workshops will broaden your service offerings as well as helping to build client loyalty and supporting the needs of your pet owning community.

    Dogs have an amazing natural scenting ability. Dogs participating in your Fun Scent Games classes will have fun, build confidence and burn lots of mental and physical energy!

    Level One Fun Scent Games Instructor Program Learning Objectives:

    • Canine Olfaction history and scientific facts
    • The training environment, philosophy and methodology
    • Effects of air current
    • Scent contamination
    • Detection thresholds
    • ORNs
    • Olfaction streamlines
    • Scent discrimination
    • Canine scent capability
    • Target odors and individual scents
    • Scent amounts & fringing
    • Appropriate training equipment & handling
    • How to play, building criteria and areas of reinforcement
    • Reading dogs during the "find"
    • Recommended course curriculum

    Upon Successful Completion, You Will Receive:

    1. A DogNostics Instructor Certificate DN-FSG1
    2. A Certification Badge to display on your website
    3. A listing on the DogNostics Fun Scent Game Instructor Registry
    4. A PDF copy of the Course Curriculum
    5. A student Certificate for you to co-brand to provide to your “Fun Scent Games” students
    6. Advertising copy describing the programme for your website
    7. Artwork for a promotional 8.5 x 11 flyer
    8. Access to the DogNostics Student Common Room - A Closed Facebook Group where DogNostics students can network with each other, exchange ideas and ask questions
    9. Mentoring support through the DogNostics Faculty Members
    10. The Total Programme cost is only $130.00. You will see a full return on your investment after one group class!

    Please Note:

    • Level 1 will be a prerequisite for Level 2

      • You do not need to enrol in more advanced levels.
    • Each applicant has 12 months to complete each programme
    • Study at home in your own time!
    • Easy access and progress tracking of your modules

    Program Certification

    1. Attend the online course lessons

    2. Successful completion of your open-book on-line lesson quizzes

    3. The submission of 6 short 30 second videos to demonstrate your mechanical competency in the key scent dog training skills


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell - B.A. Hons, PCT- A, PCBC-A, CAP3, CTDI, DN-FSG, DN-CPCT2, CWRI


    Louise  is a partner and faculty member of DogNostics Career Center and board member of The Pet Professional Guild. A professional canine trainer and behaviour consultant – accredited via the Pet Professional Accreditation Board, Louise is the regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain, the membership manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles and the owner and head trainer of The DogSmith of Estepona.

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell’s experience, her background as a teacher and her impressive pet industry credentials means she is uniquely qualified to share her skills and knowledge with both the public and pet industry professionals. Louise gained her CAP3 with distinction and holds verified certification in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Edinburgh University) and Dog Emotion and Cognition (Duke University). Louise’s professional credentials also include: Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified Whistle Recall Instructor, Level Two Certified Pet Care Technician, and Certified Fun Scent Games Instructor. Louise is proud to be a Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor, a programme that acknowledges the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable.

    Louise is the creator and instructor of the DogNostics Dog Trainer Certificate Course; Dog Trick Instructor Programme; Fostering Collaborative Care Programme; Walk This Way Instructor Programme, co-author of The Top Ten Dog Training Knowledge Concepts and the instructor and assessor of the DogNostics Fun Scent Games Instructor certification courses

    Louise has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behaviour and is also the published co-author of the following titles, A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People.

    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • Saturday, October 22, 2022
    • 10:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT 1, KPA 1

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    How can we learn more about the animals we work with and help them overcome challenges when we have so many other responsibilities and things to do on a daily basis? We will explore how everyday interactions with animals is a learning experience not only for them but also for us to learn more about their individual needs and increase their adoptability. Each interaction we have with the animals in our care is an opportunity for us to better understand who they are, and by understanding and implementing functional assessments we are better equipped to not only understand individual animals but address behaviour challenges as needed. Whether we are entering a dog’s kennel to leash them for a walk or we are opening a cat’s kennel to clean their litter box, how they behave in these and other daily situations informs us of how we can help them better handle being in a shelter while developing life skills until they are adopted.

    In this session, attendees will learn how to be aware of each animal’s behaviour, understand what that behaviour means, and help the animal’s overcome challenges as soon as they are recognised with techniques to easily implement into daily routines. By doing this, we are setting them up for success both in the shelter and in their future home.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand what functional assessments are and how to conduct them.
    • Learn about the importance of recognising behaviours and how to do so quickly after admission.
    • Understand how to implement basic techniques to manage and overcome undesirable behaviours.
    • Learn how to implement lifesaving techniques and programmes into daily routines.


      About The Presenter



      Dr. Carley Faughn has worked with canines, felines, and nonhuman primates since 2007 merging her passion for comparative cognition, animal welfare, and animal rescue. In March 2018, Dr. Faughn transitioned from Dogtown Manager to the Senior Manager of Animal Care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. In this role, she continues overseeing Dogtown and Dogtown’s behaviour team, as well as Adoptions, the sanctuary’s Animal Care Consultant, and the sanctuary’s well-being studies. Dr. Faughn works with the Dogtown team to develop creative wellness plans and enrichment ideas to ensure every dog has a good quality of life while still working on life skills for their adopted homes. In addition, Dr. Faughn collaborates with Best Friends’ Lifesaving Centers as well as Best Friends’ Network Partners to implement lifesaving programmes and facilitate teachings about animal behaviour and cognition. Before coming to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Dr. Faughn served as Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid (AAA) in Lafayette, LA for three years. She joined AAA as Executive Director just before completing her PhD at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Cognitive Science, 2014) and after serving as a caregiver at the nonprofit animal rescue for several years. During her time at Acadiana Animal Aid she led a team to increase their life saving efforts from 385 lives saved in 2013 to well over 2,000 lives saved in her final year as Executive Director in 2016. Dr. Faughn played an integral role in Lafayette, LA committing to reaching no-kill by 2020 and they are on path to achieve this goal.

      • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
      • 7:00 PM
      • Wednesday, October 30, 2024
      • 8:30 PM
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      with Rebekah King

      Sponsored by DogNostics Career Center

       PPG  3 CEUs, CCPDT  3 CEUs and IAABC - 3 CEUs


      Presented on a professional platform. Access the programme from any device, whenever you like!

      Group and Team Discounts Available! Email Rebekah King to inquire how to secure yours

      The original contents of this programme were developed in conjunction with a Licensed Veterinarian and a Licensed Veterinary Technician in Florida, USA.


      You Owe it to Yourself; You Owe it to Your Customers; You Owe it to Your Pets - Be Prepared –

      Whether you are a pet owner or a pet professional you owe it to yourself and the pets you care for to be prepared for any emergency. And being prepared is as simple and easy as turning on your computer and attending the DogNostics Pet First Aid Programme.

      Join our extensive Pet First Aid Certification programme delivered through multiple individual bite size lessons via your computer, or any electronic device, in the comfort of your own home.

      Certification requires the completion of an open-book test and the submission of four short videos. Both technical skills and knowledge are assessed to ensure a specific level of competency.

      This programme does not just cover the typical pet emergencies, it also covers the following common problems that you may encounter when caring for a pet:

      • Choking
      • Gastrointestinal
      • Toxicities
      • Insect Bites & Stings
      • Dehydration
      • Vomiting & Diarrhea
      • Seizures
      • CPR & Triage
      • Dog Breed Medication Sensitivity
      • The Pet First Aid Kit
      • Heat Stroke
      • Lacerations
      • Wound Care
      • Hot Spots
      • Broken Toenails
      • Bandaging
      • Burns
      • Corneal Abrasions
      • Prolapsed Eyes
      • Fractures
      • Luxations (Dislocations)
      • Hypoglycemia
      • Diabetes

      Keep growing in your profession – As Pet Owners and Pet Professionals, we all know how important it is to keep up on the cutting edge of new information, methods and techniques. Science continues to provide us with better and easier ways to perform our job. Studies of best practices often reveal improved techniques that can help us be more effective and even save lives. The DogNostics Pet First Aid Programme provides you with the necessary skills to manage a pet emergency covering topics from heat stroke to snake bites, CPR, wound management and how to safely transport a pet to the care of a veterinarian professional.

      Your Pets Deserve the Best – Whether they are clients or family members, our pets deserve the best. But to provide the best you have to be prepared to take care of those pets you are responsible for and be able to handle all emergencies. Most importantly, you need the training and experience to make sound decisions in stressful situations. DogNostics Pet First Aid makes a valuable addition to your pet care toolkit so you can be prepared for any emergency.

      Raise Yourself Above Your Competition – What sets you apart? You’re a pro. You have the confidence, skills and experience to deal with any situation you may face. You are more dedicated to your profession, your career, your business than the ‘here-today-gone-tomorrow’ types you see come and go. You take your responsibilities seriously and make the effort to get the training you need to stay at the top. Make the best investment in pet care you can, by getting your First Aid Certificate.

      Certification Requirments: Pass a 50 question open-book test and submit 4 short videos to show your skill competency. Learn more here


      • Monday, November 04, 2019
      • 6:00 PM
      • Friday, October 25, 2024
      • 7:30 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      On Demand Listening - Watch at your Convenience

      An intense crash course in learning the picky details that can make or break your plans for helping the fearful dog.

      Learning Objectives

      • Get Pavlov on your side!
      • Learn why it’s not enough to say, “Pavlov is on your shoulder.”
      • Get the association to the trigger, not other things that are getting in your dog’s way.
      • Overshadowing and blocking effects - the death of creating the positive associations you need
      • Learn how to work from classical conditioning and then move into operant, while maintaining the association.
      • Learn how to create behaviours where you create positive associations to triggers.
      • Learn the critical rules for achieving faster results and more robust associations.
      • Smart strategies for breaking big problems into manageable steps.
      • Why your hardest working clients need to learn to take a break and work less, not more.
      • When to use yes/click and when it’s just extra unnecessary work.
      • How to deal with trigger stacking. Which fearful trigger do you do first?
      • Salience, what’s important to your dog’s brain?
      • Learning preparedness.
      • Dealing with dogs that are already fearful before they notice or see the trigger.
      • Why is food so darn important when dealing with fearful dogs? Toys and praise just aren’t the same. There’s a reason why.
      • Questions to ask when it comes to using medication.


      About The Presenter


      Yvette Van Veen


      Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


      • Saturday, November 30, 2019
      • Sunday, November 30, 2025
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      On Demand Listening!

      Listen Whenever You Want, From Wherever You Are!

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

      Register and get immediate access to your audio recording and presentation PDF

      Learning Objectives:

      • Overview of an applied behaviour analysis (ABA) approach.
      • Understanding a functional behavioural assessment. 
      • Practical examples of analysing aggressive behaviours. 

      Your Presenter


      Chirag Patel PG Cert (CAB) BSc (Hons) DipCABT runs UK-based animal behaviour and training specialists Domesticated Manners and conducts consults with pet owners, organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind UK; The Kong Company, and zoos. He also presents seminars worldwide; writes for popular dog magazines and blogs; works part-time as an assistant head of canine training and behaviour at Dogs Trust, and is the scientific advisor for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Training Group.

      Patel has a BSc (Hons) in veterinary sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London, England as well as a post-graduate certificate from the University of Lincoln in clinical animal behaviour under veterinary behaviourists Prof. Daniel Mills and Helen Zulch. Patel previously worked at the university as the head trainer. He is currently doing his MSc in applied behaviour analysis at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


      This webinar is available as soon as you sign up and includes an audio file and presenter notes!

      • Friday, January 31, 2020
      • 5:00 PM
      • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
      • 6:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


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      Emotional Dog -

      Riding the canine emotional roller-coaster in our chaotic human world

      For those of us compassionate about animal welfare, we want our dogs, and the dogs we work with professionally, to trust us and to be fundamentally ‘happy’ in their day-to-day lives. But what does ‘happy’ actually mean? Over the last 2 decades there have been huge steps forward in our understanding of emotional states in other animals, and much of the more recent research has used dogs as the model because they are easy to study and, like us, have rich emotional lives. We now know what emotional states we humans share with other animals and we also know the emotional states that are most likely to be unique to us. We know where they are generated in the brain, how they work and what happens when they go wrong.

      Canis lupus familiaris is the victim of its own success. The process of domestication has led to a number of modifications to the functionality of the core emotional systems that has left dogs more vulnerable to developing mental illness akin to those of humans. In this webinar, Robert will show you where these weaknesses are located neurophysiologically and emotionally, and why you need to know about them in order to fix them. This knowledge is hugely important for anyone working with dogs and are concerned about their welfare, including dog owners, trainers, behaviourists and veterinary professionals. The knowledge you will gain will change how you see dogs forever. This is a bold statement, but it is true.

       

      Key Learning Objectives

      1. Understand the functional organisation of the canine self.
      2. Understand the influence of genetics on canine emotionality.
      3. Understand the vulnerability of emotional systems to trauma.
      4. Understand the roles of epigenetics and neural plasticity in emotional repair and restoration.



      About The Presenter


      Dr Robert Falconer-Taylor BVetMed DipCABT MRCVS


      Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor was veterinary director and head of education of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), the first organisation in the UK to develop government-regulated courses to degree level specifically in companion animal behaviour and training. COAPE also developed the renowned EMRA system used by behaviourists and trainers all over the world, now summarised in their book – EMRA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behaviour problems in dogs.

      He teaches and consults around the world along with writing for the veterinary and other professional press. He is also author of the informative EMOTIONS-R-US Blog, published on the Emotions-R-Us website, which has been taken up and endorsed by many training and behaviour organisations all over the world.

      He is an international consultant to the pet industry where he has engaged in the development and risk assessment of pet ‘toys’ targeted specifically at promoting the welfare of pets and their relationships with their owners. He has been actively involved in the development of the ‘The Puppy Plan’, first launched in February 2012 and updated in 2014, a collaboration between Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club. He is also a member of the International Cat Care Behavioural Advisory Panel.

      His primary academic interests include companion animal cognitive science and emotionality, nutrition and its effects on behaviour, and applied neurophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics in companion animal behaviour therapy.

      He promotes the idea wherever and whenever he can that – The key to better animal welfare is through education and better understanding of the rich emotional lives our pets share with us”.


       
      • Monday, February 10, 2020
      • 7:00 PM
      • Thursday, February 10, 2022
      • 8:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

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

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

      Learning objectives:

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


      About The Presenter


       Zazie Todd PhD


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

       

      • Monday, February 24, 2020
      • 6:00 PM
      • Friday, February 24, 2023
      • 7:00 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, KPA 1

      “Learning is a relatively permanent change in behaviour potentiality that occurs as a result of reinforced practice” – G.A. Kimble

      All animals, human and non-human, learn in a number of different ways – through trial and error, insight, socially or by association, nonetheless, dog trainers typically train with only one approach. Conventional training relies on instrumental and associative learning to accomplish its goals; trainers work with classical and operant conditioning to utilise rewards or punishment to reinforce or dissuade behaviours. How conditioning is applied however, varies greatly in method and technique. Positive trainers encounter a veritable schism of to click or not to click, how to treat, when to treat, how often, to be silent or to be verbal, to use emotion or be neutral, to use one word or two, where to put a name if at all, to use body language or be still, to use eye contact or not and so on. All of which can be a not so positive divide in the world of positive dog training.

      Our individual approaches to dog training are highly influenced by what everyone else is doing or cultural norms, personal intuition and experience. And while that may be why we train the way we do, what does science have to say about the how to best train a dog question?

      Focusing on the most effective and humane ways to train dogs without force, this webinar takes a look at some of the latest research on the use of social learning as training methodology, and offers insights into the comparisons of the effectiveness of verbal markers, acoustic markers or none when paired with positive reinforcement.

      Learning Objectives

      • Take a closer look at how learning theory posits a number of different ways all animals learn. How well suited are these to how we train dogs?
      • Review the latest research on social learning for dog training.
      • Know what the studies find as the most effective cues, markers and reinforcers in associative learning techniques used in training.
      •  Answer the “to click or not to click” question

      About The Presenter


      Frania Shelley-Grielen is a professional animal behaviourist, dog trainer and educator who holds a Masters Degrees in Animal Behaviour from Hunter College and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University, Complimenting her insight into behaviour with an in-depth understanding of the built environment. She is a licensed Pet Care Technician Instructor, a registered therapy dog handler, a certified Doggone Safe Bite Safety Instructor, and a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Frania specialises in behaviour modification work and training with cats, dogs and birds and humane management for urban wildlife.

      Frania is the author of Cats and Dogs; Living with and Looking at Companion Animals from their Point of View. She founded AnimalBehaviorist.us in 2009, to share her work on how welfare based, science focused strategies and solutions from the canine and feline point of view are more effective and make everyone happier, including the humans. Frania also taught the ASPCA’s Fundamentals of Dog Care course for the Houlton Institute where she is on the zoology faculty. She has worked on research projects at the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History and the ASPCA in NYC. Frania presents and consults in the metropolitan New York area, nationally and internationally. She lives in New York City with her family and cats and dogs.

      • Thursday, February 27, 2020
      • 6:00 PM
      • Sunday, February 27, 2022
      • 7:30 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5



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      Re-think Trigger Stacking - Shedding some (candle) light on triggers for behaviours we wish to modify or change


      TTouch Instructor Edie-Jane Eaton has shared her ‘candle’ concept for many years.  We may all be aware of the term ‘trigger stacking’ but Edie-Jane’s brilliant analogy helps canine guardians look more closely at the multiple ‘candles’ that may be burning for a dog that is struggling to learn or cope with his environment and human led activities.

      Several candles may be alight due to internal problems such as pain, patterns of tension through the body, the environment at home including slippery floors, noise sensitivity, the games that are played and the way a dog is touched long before more candles are lit once out in the big wide world. 

      Whilst it may not be possible to blow out every candle, there is a lot that we can do to help our clients snuff out the flames, reducing ‘ heat’ and enabling a dog to settle and learn. 

      This webinar presentation will also include the following learning objectives

      1. The link between posture and behaviour
      2. Introduction to ACE Free Work
      3. Simple leash handling techniques to reduce body tension



      About The Presenter


      Sarah Fisher

      Tilley Farm, Farmborough,


      Sarah Fisher is a canine and equine behaviour advisor. She has worked with animals for over twenty years and incorporates some of the elements of the Tellington TTouch method in her work. She is experienced with a wide range of breed types and teaches staff workshops for many of the UK’s animal welfare organisations including Battersea. She has also worked in Europe teaching staff workshops for shelters including SPCA Malta and GIA (Romania) and has taught workshops and clinics for dog trainers and behaviourists in Holland, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Ireland, Romania and Poland.

      Sarah gives presentations on a variety of topics at dog training and behaviour seminars in the UK and abroad, and is a regular speaker at the annual Dog Behaviour Conference. She also conducts behaviour assessments for private clients, animal welfare organisations and court cases.

      Sarah is a published author and has participated in numerous television and radio programmes over the years including the recent Nightmare Pets SOS for BBC1. She runs courses under the name Animal Centred Education (ACE) for trainers, groomers, veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and animal behaviour counsellors who wish to broaden their expertise by learning detailed observations combined with Free Work, and techniques inspired by other professionals working in the world of animal welfare and behaviour.

       

      • Thursday, March 19, 2020
      • 4:00 PM
      • Sunday, March 19, 2023
      • 5:00 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


      The vast majority of existing dog training strategies which relate to canine fear and anxiety are designed to help ‘fearful’ dogs, but all dogs encounter a crisis of confidence at some point in their lives or face situations that test their resilience. How a dog copes with these life challenges and how their families interact with them, will determine everyone’s future success.

      Victoria Stilwell will introduce BRAVE - a set of new essential dog training protocols which can be specifically adapted for all dogs regardless of their level of anxiety or fear.  (This will be an introduction only webinar with some examples, as BRAVE protocols are extensive. They will be available and accessed in future online courses designed for all dog lovers.)

      Learning Objectives:

      • How a dog can be helped to face life challenges
      • Some tips on how families should interact with a nervous dog
      • An introduction to BRAVE dog training protocols 
      • Some examples of BRAVE dog training protocols and how and when they should be implemented

      About The Presenter


      Victoria Stilwell


      Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog as well as Greatest American Dog on CBS, Dogs Might Fly on Sky TV, Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs for the Smithsonian Channel, Help My Dog is Out of Control for the BBC, and various featured web series including Guardians of the Night. Having filmed over 110 episodes of It’s Me or the Dog since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 120 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods.  A best-selling author of 5 books including her latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Raising A Puppy, Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognised as a leader in the field of animal behaviour.    

      A passionate advocate for positive dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com, the founder of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, and the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training – the world’s premier global network of positive dog trainers.

      The recipient of multiple awards, Stilwell is committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved with organisations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation, dog bite prevention and other animal-related causes, but she is best known as a champion for fear-free positive reinforcement dog training methods.  She is an Ambassador for the RSPCA, International Ambassador for the Soi Dog Foundation and serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, The Georgia Pet Coalition, The Grey Muzzle Foundation, DogTV, Dognition, W-Underdogs and Canine Assistants.



      • Monday, March 23, 2020
      • 5:00 PM
      • Thursday, March 23, 2023
      • 6:30 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1, KPA 1


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


      Essential Training Lessons learned from 8 Years of Living with a frantic dog, and what you can do to bring zen into your life.

      Learning Objectives

        • “Gentle Punishment” and why it leads to chaos.
        • The importance of predictability and control.
        • Creating skills, why variable is usually (but not always) bad.
        • You cannot reinforce calm. It’s not a behaviour. You can however create calm.
        • Splitting matters.
        • Bad behaviour chains and the case against redirecting away from “bad” behaviour.
        • Extinction of behaviours on maintained by continuous reinforcement and variable. How the response differs - and recognising that extinction, on its own can be very frantic.
        • Build duration. The passage of time can be a cue.
        • Associations. Your dog is usually right. Door bells do mean people are at the door. Bowls tend to mean food. Hands reaching means cookies are coming. They ARE exciting.
        • How to decrease the arousal that comes from associations. Think cats and can openers.
        • Higher order conditioning. Why do dogs get so excited in the car? What you can do about it.
        • Bad behaviour chains can create frantic looking behaviour
        • Bodily functions
        • Social pressure is the death of good training
        • Saboteurs are even worse.
        • What to do when you mess up.
        • While it’s a hard sell, “50 tiny steps to success” is a faster, less stressful route than “3 easy steps.” The case against falling for popular online marketing.



        About The Presenter


        Yvette Van Veen


        Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


        • Monday, March 30, 2020
        • 3:00 PM
        • Thursday, March 30, 2023
        • 4:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
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        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


        It’s hard to get a good grasp on the big picture of behaviour problems when we are working with a small proportion of the population. This interactive webinar takes an in-depth look at behaviour problems in dogs. Populations change over time – we'll cover the most up-to-date information we have on this topic!

        We will cover a lot of ground in this talk. Including: Which behaviour issues are most prevalent? What role does the dog’s sex, spay/neuter status, age, and origin play? What factors might be driving behaviour issues in dogs? Which behaviour issues tend to co-occur?

        Use this information to serve your client’s better by focusing on what’s most important for them and their dogs. These research findings will allow you to design training and behaviour programmes that are proactive about prevention and early intervention and as effective as possible!

        Learning Objectives:

        • List the most recent information we have on the demographics of behaviour problems in dogs (for example, what impact does spay/neuter have on the prevalence of behaviour issues?)
        • Identify which behaviour problems tend to co-occur
        • Explain which behaviour issues are most prevalent
        • Apply this information to prevention, early intervention and modification of behaviour issues in dogs


        About The Presenter


        Dr. Kristina Spaulding


        Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behaviour - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specialises in stress and behaviour, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behaviour problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behaviour profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behaviour work and teaching other dog trainers and behaviour consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

        In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorised Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

        • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
        • 2:00 PM
        • Saturday, April 08, 2023
        • 11:00 PM
        • Virtual, Listen To The Recordings or Do Both!
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        THE PPG 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMIT RECORDINGS

         Approved CEUs PPAB 16, CCPDT 12,  IAABC 12 & KPA 12

        8 exceptional educational experiences!

        12 Hours of Recordings with Q&A Sessions

        In Celebration of 

         

        Your Virtual Summit Sessions 

        1. Dr. Karolina Westlund- Preventing and Reducing Fear in The Shelter Environment
        2. Dr. Nick Thompson- Seven Top Tips to Promote Calm in Rescue and Shelter Dogs
        3. Dr. Morag Heirs- Scent Work Solutions for Dogs in Rescues & Shelters
        4. Malena DeMartini & Casey McGee- Rethinking Separation Anxiety in the Homeless Dog
        5. Dr. Robert Hewings– The Importance of Positively &  Emotionally Linking Scent to Your Training
        6. Dr. Juliane Kaminski- Code Breaker: How dogs understand us (and we them)
        7. Dr. Zazie Todd- Implementing Science-Based Training in Shelter and Rescue
        8. Dr. Hannah  Capon  – The Neglected Pieces of the Arthritis Puzzle - Important interventions for shelter dogs suffering with arthritis


        • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Friday, April 07, 2023
        • 7:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar