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    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Monday, May 20, 2019
    • 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

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

    Why haven't we found a genetic test yet that will predict aggression in dogs? In this presentation Dr. Jessica will  summarize then current approaches that have been taken to answering this problem and explain the pitfalls that researchers have encountered. Dr.  Jessica will  describe some specific findings in dogs and humans and put them in context to explain their relevance to our understanding of canine aggression in the real world. The webinar will also discuss the  future directions of research in this area and give some hope for future results.

    Webinar Objectives

    • List some approaches to finding a genetic test for aggression
    • Explain why finding a genetic test for aggression is difficult and unlikely to happen soon
    • Describe some specific mechanisms for the interaction of genetics and environment to influence aggression in dogs

    About The Presenter

    Jessica is a veterinarian currently pursuing a PhD in genetics. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her lab studies a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior.

    Jessica is a New Englander at heart, but currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs (an elderly golden retriever and a fearful collie-retriever mix). You can learn more about her at www.dogzombie.com.

    • Sunday, July 12, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, July 12, 2019
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Isabella Merola

    CEU:  CPDT 1, KPA 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1


    Cats were often considered independent animals, but recent studies have highlighted their ability to use human communication toward them to chose how to act. This is highlighting the social nature of this species and the importance to understand how they use and read humans communication.

    Webinar Objectives

    • When and where cat and human met and started their cohabitation
    • What we know about cat human relationship
    • How human emotions can influence cat behaviour

    About The Presenter


    Isabella is a Veterinary surgeon. She has a Master Degree in Ethology and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Comparative Psychology, which included a research project in dog/cat human relations and communication. She is first author of different papers and referee for journal such as Animal Cognition and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is co-author in a book on behavioural problems in cats and dogs (edited by Poletto Editore, in press). She is actually working at the University of Lincoln (UK) on a project examining pain and emotional expression in cats.

    • Monday, July 03, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, July 03, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Veronica Boutelle of dog*tec

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    Either you’ve been thinking about teaching classes but you’re a little nervous, or you’ve been teaching classes quite a while and you enjoy it. Your students love you and your evaluations are great. But there’s still a challenge or two you’d like to face down. Maybe it’s a classroom management quandary—How to handle the students who insist on talking all through class, including while you’re instructing. Or the ones who seem to do their own thing no matter what instructions you give, or how many times you give them. Or the parents who aren’t able to manage their children while training their dog, or even the students who aren’t able to manage their dogs. Maybe you want a way to more actively engage students in your classes—to get more discussion flowing, or see them start to work proactively with their dogs and make needed training adjustments without waiting for your feedback. Maybe it’s finding easier, smoother ways to handle the widely varied skill and experience levels of your human and canine students. With over 20 years of experience teaching dog training classes, training trainers and teachers, and developing curriculum and instructional strategies, Veronica will help you develop new approaches to tackle your teaching challenges and set your students up for success.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand and be able to use curriculum and instructional strategies that work for learners at all levels simultaneously
    • Understand and be able to use various classroom management strategies to keep students focused and on task
    • Understand and be able to use scaffolding, an instructional strategy designed to teach independent decision making for real-life training success
    • Understand the relationship between curriculum choices and classroom management issues

    About The Presenter

    Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed, CTC

    Veronica is the founder of dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s leading business consultancy, through which she has been helping dog trainers help dogs since 2003. She is the author of How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is and the co-author of Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals, and writes on business topics for many dog training industry journals, including a regular column for PPG’s Barks from the Guild. Veronica is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country and internationally. She has recently spoken to positive reinforcement trainers at conferences and seminars in countries as diverse as Chile, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, and the UK, as well as at our own PPG Summit in Florida.

    As former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA, and as a dog training business owner before that, Veronica understands what it means to be a dog trainer first hand—the daily worries about everything from client compliance to financial security, the unique challenges of a “flexible” schedule that requires evenings and weekends, and the struggle to balance clients and training with the minutiae of running a business—and to balance all of that with a rich non-work life. Her background as a trainer, her business expertise, and her work as an educator put Veronica in a unique position to help professional dog trainers learn to become as skilled in business as they are as trainers—and that means more dogs’ lives touched by positive training.

    • Monday, July 10, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, July 10, 2019
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Jean Donaldson

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    “Know Your Enemy.”  This webinar zooms out from our day to day fight against the use of aversives in dog training to the broader context of the use of aversives by humans on other humans.  It will survey the use of corporal punishment over recorded human history, where we currently stand, and outline the research on the adaptive significance of the human tendency to use punishment.  Understanding the human tendency to punish will help us combat it.

    Learning Objectives

    • Appreciation of the pervasiveness of the use of aversive stimuli by humans and its various contexts
    • Knowledge of the arc over time of the prevalence of use of corporal punishment in human culture
    • Recognition of the parallel attitudes regarding corporal punishment use on family members to those we in the force-free training movement experience
    • Improved understanding of the evolutionary roots of punishment

    About The Presenter

    Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 600 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training and private behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.

    Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

    • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, July 19, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Amy Pike

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    With the Fear Free movement taking rapid hold on our profession, we will take an in-depth look at the concepts of fear, anxiety and stress in our patients and how that effects the practice of veterinary medicine.

    This webinar will also cover products, medication and training that can help accomplish the most positive, fear free veterinary visit possible for our fearful and aggressive patients.

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Pike graduated from Colorado State University School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in 2003. After graduation, she was commissioned as a Captain into the United States Army Veterinary Corps. It was dealing with the Military Working Dogs returning from deployment that spurred her initial interest in behavior medicine. After getting off of active duty in 2006, Dr. Pike worked exclusively in small animal practice where she furthered her love of behavior medicine by seeing cases and teaching puppy and kitten socialization. In 2011, the Pike family was stationed in the St. Louis area at Scott Air Force Base where Dr. Pike started seeing behavior referrals in a Residency program officially approved by the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (ACVB) under the mentorship of Dr. Debra Horwitz, DACVB. In October 2015, Dr. Pike passed the ACVB certifying examination.

    Dr. Pike is chief of the Behavior Medicine Division at the Veterinary Referral Center of Northern Virginia in Manassas (a suburb of Washington DC) where she sees referral behavior cases. Dr. Pike is a clinical instructor for the on-line education system "E-training for Dogs" and a member of the Fear Free Advisory Committee, advising general practitioners on the art of practicing “Fear Free”. She was recently named one of the “Top Veterinarians of Northern Virginia” by NoVa Magazine. In her spare time, she enjoys hanging out with her family, including her Active Duty Army husband, their two kids, ages 4 and 9, and their Scottie, Mini Schnauzer, Devon Rex, and Ring Neck Parrot.

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