With Sherrie Yuschak, RVT, VTS
CPDT 0.5 CEU, IAABC 0.5 CEU. KPA 0.5 CEU
Join Sherrie for this informative and educational webinar about how you can further your efforts to integrate your services with your local Veterinarian community.
Sherrie presented the very first FREE webinar for PPG members in 2012.
Sherrie Yuschak is the Owner-Operator of Better Behavior Solutions, LLC, an animal behavior consulting company dedicated to educating and assisting veterinary professionals regarding the incorporation of behavior health into the standard of veterinary care. Public education, dog bite prevention and preserving the human-animal bond are other areas of Sherrie’s focus and she is a licensed Dogs and Storks and Dog and Baby Connection Presenter.
Professional service and memberships include: President- Elect (2011-2012) and Public Relations Chair of the Society of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, Behavior Boards Moderator for the Veterinary Support Personnel Network, Exam Committee member for the Academy of Veterinary Behavior Technicians, Full Member of both the Pet Professionals Guild and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers as well as membership in multiple state and national Technician Associations.
Sherrie has been a small animal Registered Veterinary Technician for 15 years and earned her Specialist in Behavior title in 2010. This title recognizes her over 4,ooo documented hours of behavior experience and over 60 hours of continuing education. Sherrie gained her knowledge and skills while performing behavior modification and client education during patient behavior consults in tandem with several veterinarians. Sherrie also created and taught puppy social and training classes and kitten social classes at a veterinary hospital for 5 years. Additional dog training experience was attained while teaching group and semi-private clicker training classes for beginner through advanced dogs and clients at a dog training facility.
Education is key and Sherrie strives to always continue learning and promoting healthy communication in an effort to maximize the quality of life for humans and animals alike.
with Jennifer Shryock
CEU: CPDT 1 CEU, IAABC 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU
Free Member Webinar
With Joan Orr
CEUs: KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5 PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5
Join Joan Orr for this 90 minute webinar. Joan will talk about how to teach kids to be safe around dogs. This talk will cover the key information that kids need and how to get the points across in an fun and efficient way without causing fear.
Joan will introduce the Be a Tree Dog Bite Prevention Program. This is a fun and popular program that focuses on reading dog body language and on positive messages for kids with respect to behavior around dogs. You will learn how you can use the Be a Tree program to promote your business while educating in your community.
Pet Professional Guild Members have access to discounted programs with Doggone Safe. Check the membership benefit page to learn more.
Joan Orr is a member of The Pet Professional Guild Special Council. Joan is a scientist and internationally recognized clicker trainer. She was a member of the Karen Pryor Clicker training Clicker Expo Faculty (2003-2011) and content creator and advisor to the Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training and Behavior.
Diane is the owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center
Diane is a Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner, Dog Scouts of America Troop Leader, Canine Life and Social Skills Instructor (C.L.A.S.S.), Treibball Instructor and an expert in dog challenges (aggression, high level reactivity, sound sensitivities, separation anxiety and more).
Diane has a Bachelor of Science Communication, minor Journalism and is the Helium Dog Care and Health Channel Manager and Helium Bird Channel Manager. Diane is also a Founding Member of PPG and a Steering Committee member. Diane actively participates in the PPG Ethics Committee and is the Committee Chair for the PPG Member Services, Products and Programs committee.
Presented by Niki Tudge
An introduction to empowerment training and how to recognize dis-empowerment, learned helplessness and response depression.
1. What is empowerment training.
2. The strategy for implementing empowerment training.
3. The tactics for implementing empowerment training
Niki specializes in small business growth, business management & people coaching and training programs. Niki has business degrees from Oxford University in England and is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt. Niki is a credentialed people trainer, project manager and certified facilitator. You can learn more about Niki Tudge by clicking here
Niki's current business roles are Founder DogNostics Career College, Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc and President of The Pet Professional Guild
With John Visconti
You've worked hard to acquire your skill set as a dog trainer. If you're anything like the dozens of trainers I have met, you've spent thousands of dollars on school tuition, books, seminars, DVDs, equipment, incorporation, insurance, and more.
Yet, if you're also like the dozens of trainers I have met, your business isn't performing anywhere near your expectations and needs. Additionally, the sales process is likely one that causes you discomfort; anxiety and frustration.
The key to running a successful training business, though, is to first embrace your primary responsibility of proactive selling. The philosophy of "build it and they will come" is a one way ticket out of the field of dog training.
with Dianna Stearns
IAABC 1, KPA 1, CCPDT 1
Join Dianna Stearns for an exciting introduction into the dog sport of Treibball. Dianna is uniquely qualified to present this webinar as the President of the American Treibball Association.
Dianna Stearns MA,CPDT-KA,CDBC,CATT
Dianna Stearns owns Waggin’s West Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC in Northglenn, Colorado. Waggin’s West believes that the growing sport of Treibball provides dog owners a great opportunity to communicate and play with their dogs, and developed the original clicker training curriculum to be licensed exclusively for use by the American Treibball Association.
A professional dog trainer for 9 years, Dianna holds national certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (2003) and from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (2007), for which she was a founding member. Dianna is also a mentor for students of the Animal Behavior College. She serves as a trainer and behavior consultant to three breed rescue organizations.
CEUs: CPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5
This presentation will provide
Jean Donaldson is the principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers, which she founded in 1999. She is the award-winning author of The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, and Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker. Her latest book, Train Like a Pro, is her first written for the lay audience, and is about basic training for family dogs. She holds degrees in Comparative Psychology and Music, and competed in numerous dog sports before transitioning full time to pet dog training in 1990.
CEUs: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
Join Emily Cassell for this webinar on clicker training small animals.
Working with small animals is a fun and challenging experience for any trainer! Working with members of another species can only enhance your ability to work with dogs (or whatever your species of choice is)! Small animals are cute and lovable, but can be difficult to work with due to their frequent, instinctual fear responses. This webinar covers everything from how to properly house and feed your small pet to training advanced husbandry behaviors! While we all know the only way to change our dog's behavior is by changing our own, it is more difficult to determine how a small animal such as a rabbit is reading your body language and actions! Enjoy this learning experience and take lessons from a guinea pig to your next behavior consult with a fearful dog, cat, horse, or bird!
An Overview of working with small animals
-Differences between working with dogs and small pets
-Working multiple animals
-Training husbandry and cooperative behaviors
About The Presenter
Emily Cassell graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Animal Science specializing in Equines and a minor in Agribusiness Management. She is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and STAR puppy instructor, as well as the owner of Phins with Fur Animal Training. In addition to being a full member of the PPG, she is also a member of the International Marine Animal Trainer Association and currently works as a zookeeper and educator at Busch Gardens Tampa. She has experience working with various species including manatees, dolphins, pelicans, otters, orangutans, and tigers, as well as domesticated pets such as dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, fish, and rodents.
A webinar To Familiarize Trainers with Dog Trainer ConneXion Program. Learn about this technology product that can help you operate your business more effectively. During the webinar John will walk through the program demonstrating the available features. This is a good opportunity to see how the software works risk free. John will also be announcing a promotional offer for PPG Members at the end of the webinar.
We will review
John Visconti is the owner of Dog Trainer ConneXion. This is a software program that assists you in managing and growing your training business. Your program is customized so your logo and business contact information appears on all client correspondence and marketing efforts.
With Daniela Cardillo
Trainers worldwide find that pulling on leash is one of the most common issues for dog owners. Daniela will discuss in this webinar what she believes are the three main reasons for this and how to solve these problem.
Daniela is a Professional dog trainer and animal trainer. Daniela is a regular speaker in dog related conferences and courses and is a member of the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog team since 2010. Daniela is also a
Member of Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (EPDT) and carries a certification CAP2 (Competency in Clicker Training by Kay Laurence - UK). Daniela is also a Member of The Pet Professional Guild and a presenter for the "Be a Tree" program promoted by Doggonesafe
This workshop covers the basics of lost dog behavior 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.
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.
Free Recorded Member Webinar
CEU: CCPDT 1 CEU, IAABC 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU
This workshop covers the basics of lost cat behavior and discusses proven strategies for recovering outside access cats that have vanished as well as indoor-only cats that have escaped outside.
If you own a cat or have clients who own a cat, this vital information can help you know exactly what to do within the first hours of a cat vanishing.
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.
Angelica has a Master's degree in Education, which has served as the foundation for her continued certifications in dog training and her extensive understanding of dog behavior and operant and classical conditioning, the science of how animals and people learn. She is certified by the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and is also certified as a Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants.
Angelica is on the steering committee of the Pet Professionals Guild she is the Director of Training for The DogSmith, and the co-founder of DogNostics Career College. Angelica has also been published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, both of which are peer-reviewed professional journals. She has been published in the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Chronicle of the Dog Newsletter, Dog & Handler, Animal Trainer Magazine, Dog Sport Magazine, Dalmatian Quarterly, and Clean Run, the dog agility magazine. Angelica is also a published author in the field of dog training and agility. Her books, Agility Success: Training and Competing with Your Dog in the Winning Zone and Click and Play Agility, address the handler of the agility team and the use of clicker training techniques in the sport respectively, and emphasize the importance of playing and bonding in order to train agility behaviors to the highest level.
CCPDT 1 CEU
KPA 1 CEU
IAABC 1 CEU
Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST
Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe. Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England
with Mariah Hinds
ceu: IAABC - 1 CEU, CPDT - 1 CEU, PPG - 1 CEU, KPA - 1 CEU
This webinar outlines the steps to teaching a dog to stay no matter what the distractions, distance, time, environment or combination of these factors. Stays start with the dog making tiny 2 or 3 second choices and they can grow to staying while guests enter the house, staying while you stand 40 feet away for 5 minutes and to staying in a chair or on a mat for 60 minutes while you teach a class or give a presentation.
Stay is also very useful for pet owners. It can be utilized to prevent and address a lot of issues from pet dog owners. Bolting out doors, begging, counter surfing and jumping up on people can all be eliminated by teaching the dog to stay reliably instead of the undesired behavior. Stays are a great way to incorporate training into your regular routine.
Mariah Hinds is a CPDT through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Mariah has experience stretching more than twelve years. Mariah has handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah makes it her responsibility to stay current with the newest science on dog behavior and training. Mariah owns and operates a business on Orlando, FL.
Presented by Patience Fisher
CEU: PPAB 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
This cursory course on the house cat will touch on all things a cat owner should know in order to prevent unwanted behaviors in their house cat. A brief overview of ethology, domestication, socialization, 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 desensitizing the cat to carriers, claw trimming, and pills. The importance of observing behavior 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-based pet service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service, she is now offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral 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, specializing 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.
CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1, CPDT 1
presented by Melissa McCue-McGrath
PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
presented by Francine Miller
CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Inappropriate scratching is a widespread issue, but is seldom enough for clients to believe that it warrants a behavior specialist. This presentation will discuss why cat's scratch, which is an innate behavior and serves many purposes.
Client's can't remove their cat's wild instincts, but they can orchestrate where they are acted out. Learn how to set up humane deterrents, select the right scratcher for your cat and where to locate it and how to attract your cat to an appropriate scratcher.
Why cat's scratch
The case against declawing
Attracting your cat to the appropriate scratcher
Selecting the right cat scratcher, what kind and where to place
Setting up humane deterrents for inappropriate scratching surfaces and locations
Francine has eleven years experience treating dogs and cats with behavior problems. She has consulted on hundreds of cases for every type of aggression in dogs and cats, separation anxiety, barking, phobias, fear reactions, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination, escape, urine marking, scratching, housesoiling, litter box issues, compulsive disorders and more.
In 2005, Francine completed all coursework for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Animal Behavior Science and Family Counseling for Companion Animals, from the American College of Applied Science (ACAS). Studies included canine and feline behavior, ethology, animal behavior, animal learning, conditioning, animal psychology and veterinary psychopharmacology.
In 2011, she also completed three semesters of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) toward a certification as an aBCBA (Associate Board Certified Behavior Analyst) with the Florida Institute of Technology.
Francine holds a BA from Syracuse University and had a long career in advertising and marketing prior to pursuing her interest in helping pet parents with their dog's and cat's behavioral problems. Applied Animal Behavior is her second career.
PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5
presented by Paula Garber
CEU: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
This presentation will teach you the ins and outs of organizing a Kittengarten. You will learn why kitten socialization is so important (and needed), and the goals and objectives of a Kittengarten. The presentation will discuss how to develop the basic structure and curriculum, find a location, boost kitten participation and human attendance, and practice the skills you will need to conduct a Kittengarten.
The presentation will also share ideas for identifying individuals, groups, and organizations that can help you (and that you can help in return). Plus, you will learn how organizing a Kittengarten can drive business for you and others who are involved. Many resources will be provided to help you organize a fun, unique Kittengarten in your community.
Paula holds a master’s degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. She is also certified in Low-Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) and Pet CPR & First Aid, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Paula owns and operates LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions and is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. A consummate cat advocate, Paula proudly serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.
LIMA guidelines currently rank negative punishment and negative reinforcement at equivalent levels of invasiveness. This webinar will explore whether this is ethically defensible when applied to the presenting problems faced by dog trainers. The webinar will also suggest contexts where antecedent arrangements are contra-indicated from a welfare perspective.
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.
with Sheila Blanchette
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (Pending), IAABC 1.5
This webinar is all about bird training and behavior. Sheila will talk in this webinar about positive reinforcement, target training and the general topic of bird behavior and training. One of the topics covered will be bird body language and to wrap up Sheila will discuss how you can step into the world of bird training.
Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is also the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education.
Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a pet bird.
Sheila has featured on WBZ TV (NBC) promoting bird adoption in her area. Sheila’s main goal is to help owners keep birds in their homes as a permanent option.
Sheila believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets one of whom is adopted, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel which came along with her husband and his pug
Presented by Lennea Bower
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1
We all have a vision of our multi-species home as a peaceable kingdom, but how do we make that dream a reality? First impressions do matter, and the initial "introduction" of dogs and cats can make a huge difference in establishing successful dog-cat households. This webinar will review strategies for successfully integrating new dog to a household with a resident cat and vice versa. This process starts prior to the animals' first meeting and may continue for days, weeks, or months before stabilizing.
In addition, it will cover pain points and possible solutions for building a successful relationship that can endure the test of time. For professionals, it will also review important areas to discuss with your clients. These include helping your client set realistic expectations for process, expectations and timeline. We will also touch on factors, such as physical home set up, family composition, and lifestyle that can also affect this process. In addition, we will address issues related to the animals' past experience and personalities that may help or hinder the integration process, as well as the importance of meeting the basic needs of all household members throughout the integration process.
Lennea “Linny” Bower, MA, CPDT-KA grew up in a multi-species household that included both dogs and cats. She began volunteering in animal shelters in 2004 and has worked and volunteered in shelters in metro-DC, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica. She became interested in force-free training while working in animal shelters. She began teaching group classes at a local shelter in 2010, and founded her business, Next Best Pet, in 2013. She currently teaches group classes at the Animal Resource Foundation in Chester, MD, and offers private training in Maryland's Prince George's and Queen Anne's counties.
Lennea has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish Studies and a master’s degree in Psychology, all from American University. She earned her CPDT-KA certification in 2014. She has previously presented on topics including multi-species households and adopting a new dog. She has also worked with animal shelter staff and volunteers behavior and training topics.
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5
“Our job is to teach people to train their dogs.” It sounds so logical. After all, it’s the clients who live with the dogs, and they need to know what to do when the trainer leaves. But the logic of this notion ignores critical realities: Most dog owners don’t want to become amateur trainers—they want to hire someone to fix a problem for them. And most dog owners don’t have the mechanical skills, the time, or the drive to follow through with the process of learning and applying dog training exercises to achieve their goals. (Is it really reasonable to expect we can teach clients to train their dogs and solve behavior problems in a handful of one-hour sessions?) Given these limitations, the logic of teaching owners to train their own dogs crumbles.
The coaching approach lies at the heart of the many frustrations and limitations trainers face—unfinished cases, poor compliance and income, and twinges of doubt that all contribute to feelings of burnout and lack of efficacy. In this web seminar Veronica Boutelle of dog*tec explores the limitations of coaching and presents win-win-win R+ alternatives for trainers, dog owners, and the dogs themselves.
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. 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 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.
Presented by Amy Martin
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5
Are you puzzled about puzzle feeders for cats? Most cat guardians are. Even the few who have limited knowledge as to what a puzzle feeder is they are still unaware as to why their cuddly couch cat desperately needs daily mental and physical enrichment. This results in a severe lack of species-appropriate enrichment for companion cats.
A lack of mental and physical stimulation is linked to a myriad of medical and behavioral issues in cats. But this can be reversed! When properly utilized, foraging enrichment can enhance the lives of both cats and their guardians. This webinar will discuss how to successfully and safely enrich the lives of our feline family members, no matter their age.
Amy has studied animal welfare, applied behavior analysis, animal husbandry, animal enrichment, and ethology for nearly 20 years. Throughout this time her work has focused on teaching others how to implement force-free (choice-based) training, while enhancing the human-animal bond.
Amy worked at one of the Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s (AZA) top ranking, accredited zoos for a decade. Just a few of the many hats she wore while at Audubon Nature Institute were: Visitor Programming Animal Coordinator, ZOOmobile’s Educational Outreach Coordinator, Animal Enrichment Coordinator, Lead Animal Trainer for the Education Department, and the Institutional Representative for various critically endangered Species Survival Plans (SSP).
Through these programs Amy was fortunate to work closely (train/manage/breed) a wide variety of exotic and critically endangered species. Some of these species were Felis and Panthera, corvids, psittacines, raptors, venomous species, primates, hoof stock, elephants, crocodilians, Komodo dragons, Giant tortoises, the world’s first African wildcat clones, and dozens of other SSP animals. Amy has received multiple certifications from AZA's Professional Development Certificate Program. Some of her professional published works include An Analysis of the Post-release Success of Captive-bred Louisiana Pine Snakes and Target Training and Voluntary Blood Drawing of the Aldabra Tortoise.
Amy Martin is the owner, founder, and chief operator of Conscious Companion™. Some of her former and current advisory roles for companion animals include: The board of advisers for Family Paws Parent Education, advisory board member of Cape Fear Parrot Sanctuary, licensed presenter of the Dogs & Storks® and the Dogs & Toddlers™ programs, Doggone Safe, the Pet Professional Guild's Cat Committee, and the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC).
Amy has taken a break from animal behavior consulting to focus her efforts on writing a few books and to serve the Marine Corps; she and her husband are serving as the 1st Marine Raider Support Battalion U.S. Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command Team on the West Coast.
You can learn more about Amy at ConsciousCompanion.com.
CEUs PPAB, 1 IAABC, (Pending) CCPDT, (Pending)
How often do you attend a workshop or event where you make a considerable investment in your personal and professional development? This webinar will show you how you can ensure you get a return on your investment by simply "eating the frog" on your return. This webinar covers topics from how you can best learn and how getting hands on as soon as you get home is the best way to close your learning cycle, to how to overcome procrastination and stay motivated while you implement key ideas you have learned about from structured to-do lists and goals.
Presented by Melissa Hagood and Marie Macher
CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1
When you are away from your pets, don’t you love to get a picture or video that illustrates to you how they are faring and allows you to see their furry (or finned or feathered!) faces you miss so much!? Guess what, your clients do too. Personalize your service offerings by taking and sending great quality pictures of your client’s pets. This presentation will provide tips on capturing fun and informative photos, using a cell phone, which can be text or emailed to pet parents when their pets are in your care at their home, your home, or in a daycare setting.
We will discuss basic photography tips on lighting, framing, perspective, catching action, etc. as well as creative aspects like telling a story with your photos and apps to help make photos fun. We will also discuss making the photography process fun, force free, and low stress for the pets and how to capture their personality in the photos for their parents.
Melissa Hagood is accredited as a Professional Canine Trainer through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member and Pet First Aid Certified through PPG. She is an independent contractor of Courteous Canine, Inc. DogSmith of Tampa in Florida, where she specializes in private behavior consultations, instructs the group classes My Dog Has Issues (MDI) for reactive dogs and Fun Lure Coursing, and provides in home pet care services. She is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and she and her dog Charley are a registered team with Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program. Melissa parents Charley and Delilah, who are both adopted mixed breed dogs that just LOVE posing for all the photos Melissa takes of them constantly with her phone!
Marie Macher received her BSN in Nursing and BA in Sociology from Purdue University in 2011. She is a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member and Pet First Aid Certified through PPG. She has her Advanced Pet Care Technician Certificate and Fun Scent Games Level 1 Instructor Certification from DogNostics Career College. She works at Courteous Canine, Inc. DogSmith of Tampa in Florida as a Canine Camp Counselor and Instructor of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes and Basic Manners classes. Marie loves to watch the day care dogs and boarding dogs play. She has a special interest in Barn Hunt, Dog Dock Jumping and Trick training! She parents Henry and Harper, Shih-Tzu/Poodle mixes, who love to participated in agility, fun scent games, and trick training!
Presented by Paula Garber
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1
In this webinar, you will learn the common causes of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats, as well as the evolutionary, environmental, and social factors that often contribute to these emotions. You will also learn how cats typically express fear, anxiety, and stress and the signs to look for, some of which may be subtle. After gaining an understanding of the potential fallout of using force-based handling techniques, you will learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats that you can begin using immediately, whether you work with cats in a veterinary clinic or a shelter, or in a home setting with your clients’ cats—or even your own cats.
Paula owns LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, NY. She holds a master of arts degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in Low Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) through Sophia Yin’s course, Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Paula is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also serves as an advisor to the board of FurBridge, a non-profit animal rescue and community outreach program. A consummate cat advocate, Paula hosts an annual event for volunteers to build winter shelters for free-roaming cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.
presented by Gina Phairas
CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT 1.25, IAABC 1.25
It’s rare these days to meet anyone who doesn’t say they’re busy, or behind, or that they wish there were more hours in the day. In fact, most small business owners feel perpetually behind and, unfortunately, it’s often the more important tasks, such as marketing, that fall by the wayside. It’s also common to see poor time management play a role in trainer burnout, as trainers put their own needs aside to work on the business, struggling to maintain a sustainable balance between work and home.
If you need a few more hours in your day, if you feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around, it’s time for a time management makeover. You can have two days off a week and a shorter to-do list, and still make a living—oh, and spend more time with your own dogs, too. Join Gina Phairas of dog*tec to learn simple strategies, practices, and policies to increase your productivity, step off the treadmill, and get back in control.
Gina Phairas helps trainers succeed across the country as a business consultant and leading force behind dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s top business consultancy. Gina brings her marketing and communications background and degree to her work with dog professionals, as well as her extensive training resume. Gina is a former San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers instructor, teaching and working alongside Academy founder Jean Donaldson to arm professional dog trainers with a comprehensive knowledge of positive reinforcement training techniques, and the mechanical and thinking skills needed to use them to greatest effect. As the SF/SPCA’s Rehabilitation Coordinator she developed and oversaw staff training and behavior rehabilitation protocols to improve the adoptability of shelter dogs with behavioral issues.
Gina’s own businesses have included Tails & Tots, a dog training business focused on the needs of expecting parents and families with dogs, and ShelterWorks, a non-profit dedicated to improved adoption rates and decreased return rates through education and consulting work around staff and volunteer retention and training, adoption protocols, and assessment, enrichment, and training of shelter dogs. A tireless advocate for positive training and in particular for positive trainers, Gina speaks regularly on business topics at conferences and seminars across the country and via web seminars, teaches at positive dog training schools, and works one-on-one with trainers on building business skills.
Presented by Beth Adelman
While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? I have found a behavior modification protocol using negative reinforcement to be very effective in these situations.
I am using the term “negative reinforcement” in the strict sense of removing something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated. I do not use aversives in this behavior modification protocol. My goal is always to move the cat as quickly as possible to a state where he or she is able to accept positive reinforcement.
About the Presenter
Presented by Sheila Blanchette
To celebrate the importance of care for companion birds, the goal of this webinar is to understand the importance of:
Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education in the MA/NH Area (USA). Sheila’s main goal is to assist people with companion birds with behavior issues vs surrendering the bird. She is also a member of IAABC Shelter Division, Pet Professional Guild and American Federation of Aviculture.
Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a companion bird. In 2017, she will be teaching Target Training Bird classes at the rescue for anyone with a companion bird. She believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel and a pug.