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    • Sunday, January 20, 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
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     A FREE Full Day of Presentations, Networking &

    ‘Just-4-Fun’ Competitions for PPG Members

    Join us for a fun day of networking, education and fun competitions on January 20th, 2019. 

    Come to the PPG Force-Free HQ in Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Florida.

    Enjoy a day on 24 acres of lake-front property to relax,learn and network.




    The Agenda

    Morning Schedule

    9:00 a.m.  Niki Tudge Kicks off Proceedings

    9.30 a.m. Emily Cassell - Help Me Help You: Husbandry Training for Pets

    10:30 a.m. Morning Refreshment Break

    11:00 a.m. Join a group and enjoy a fun training session - To Be Confirmed 

    12:15 p.m. Lunch - order through our order form or bring your own.

    Afternoon Schedule

    1:30 p.m.  to 2:15 p.m. Dawn Hanna presents Nose your way beyond behavior issues

    2:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. Afternoon Refreshment Break

    3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Niki Tudge - Fun Clicker Games for Canine Mental Enrichment - Points mean prizes!

    Evening Stuff!

    5:00 p.m. Round Table Bonfire 

    7:00 p.m. Good Night



    The DogNostics and DogSmith Training Center is located on 24 acres of lake front property. Lots of room to run and romp. The training room is a 2000 square foot fully carpeted school room, climate controlled with comfortable seating and a full audio visual setup.
    • Thursday, January 31, 2019
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar
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    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

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    Pithy means “concisely cogent”, which describes an essential skill of the best training instructors. We work in challenging conditions: teaching two species simultaneously a series of precise physical skills, often in less-than-ideal environments. We must be able to quickly communicate unfamiliar concepts and basic learning principles—about reinforcement, timing, criteria, cues, generalization, and more—to novice students. But we are limited in the amount of verbal explanations we can provide. Extended lectures lead to bored and noisy dogs. Yet, if we challenge ourselves to be creative, we can devise teaching strategies that are brief, memorable, and effective.

    This presentation will be an exercise in generative thinking. It will spark your own ingenuity and give you fresh ideas for classes that may have become stale after years of repetition. Come prepared to learn innovative instructional tools that can bring more life to your teaching.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn to use language in creative ways to convey jargon and complex training concepts.
    • Become familiar with several forms of narrative devices instructors can use to clarify their information.
    • Recognize some pitfalls to avoid when designing teaching tool.


      About The Presenter


      Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist who has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, initially with marine mammals and currently with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a Master’s as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Sdao worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. After leaving the zoo world, she and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog day care facility where she began teaching clicker training classes for dog owners. For the past 17 years, Sdao has owned Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive reinforcement training. Sdao is an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at 29 of these popular conferences since 2003. She also has traveled extensively educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012.

      • Saturday, February 02, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

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      This presentation talks to the importance of timing in our training. This is done under the umbrella of talking about bridges, ABC's and what's most relevant for the learner in front of us.

      There will be examples used with dogs, a goldfish and a cockatoo to help illustrate the points made in the presentation.

      The participants of the class will leave with a new way of looking at bridges and a heightened appreciation of the importance of good timing, not just when using a bridge but in all aspects of their animal training.

      Learning Objectives

      • Define terminology.
      • Discuss placement of a Bridge in ABC's - With it being both a Consequence and an Antecedent.
      • Talk about the importance of timing.
      • Talk about the effects of delayed positive reinforcement on learning in dogs with literature based evidence.
      • Talk about alternatives to clickers.
      • Example of a flashlight used with a goldfish.
      • The benefits of filming your training.
      • Three steps for testing your clicker efficiency.
      • A video case study with a cockatoo.

      About Your Presenter

      Ryan Cartlidge BSc

      Ryan is the founder of Animal Training Academy. For the past 12 years, he has been working as a professional animal trainer around the world, including in New Zealand, Australia, Canada and the US. Ryan has trained teams, developed animal training programs, been published in leading industry magazines, spoken at international conferences and delivered presentations in a University on animal behavior.

      And through the Animal Training Academy, he has connect hundreds of animal behavior & training enthusiasts with a large (and growing) library of lessons and tutorials delivered by renowned animal experts.

      • Wednesday, February 06, 2019
      • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 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 specialized in animal behavior. 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.

      Alexandra Kurland's websites are:
      theclickercenter.com,
      theclickercenterblog.com,
      theclickercentercourse.com and
      equiosity.com
      • Wednesday, February 27, 2019
      • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1

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      This interactive discussion presents the scientific facts of why BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) does not make communities safer. Deirdre Franklin provides a strong case as to why the focus should be on individual dog owners rather than entire breeds or types of dogs.

      BSL is a hot topic that affects dog owners, non-dog owners, dog trainers, and their clientele. This presentation will provide solutions for effective community safety through breed neutral recommendations.

       Learning Objectives
      • To understand why Breed Bans do not improve community safety, where these laws are in effect, and where they have been overturned. 
      • To learn how to spot the facts versus the myths and to identify “junk-science” and “fake-news” through history and arcane myths. 
      • To understand the adverse effects of breed specific legislation. We will discuss potentially poor decision-making by dog owners as well as the costs to taxpayers.
      • How to prevent dog bites through education, community safety, empowerment and inclusion. 
      • Creating allies and partnerships to increase the effectiveness of your message and how to build a movement that becomes the norm


      About The Presenter

      Deirdre Franklin, MSPP


      Deirdre S. Franklin is the founder, President and CEO of Pinups For Pitbulls, Inc. (PFPB). Having founded PFPB in 2005, Deirdre works tirelessly to educate the public on the most current and scientific facts to oppose Breed Specific Legislation and Laws (BSL). PFPB is an organic, grassroots organization with a very large, active contingency. Deirdre earned her Master’s Degree in Public Policy from Drexel University, in which her Thesis focused on BSL and community safety. She provides educational seminars throughout the United States and has been awarded with the 2018 Hero Award by Hello Bully, 2015 Wallace Award and American Dog Magazine’s Voice To Stop Illegal Dog Fighting, among others. Deirdre sits on the board for Woof Meow Rescue (Asheville, NC) and is an active volunteer with the ASPCA Behavior Rehabilitation Center (Weaverville, NC). She is a twice-published author who leads through positivity, respect and empowerment.


      • Thursday, March 07, 2019
      • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
      • Live Webinar
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      Free Member Webinar

      Presented by Malena DeMartini, CTC, CDBC

      CEUs: PPAB 1

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      Join Malena DeMartini for this intermediate level webinar in which she will be discussing the treatment of separation anxiety and giving an overview of what it takes to get through the process.

      Malena will cover how people might benefit from the online course Mission Possible which is intended as a DIY self-paced programme. Malena will also be speaking about how some people will need more hands on support and what that will look like.

      Separation anxiety is often known for being a tricky condition to treat and Malena will be addressing some of those tricky spots and stumbling blocks. Finally, she will be reviewing how success can be achieved with separation training as long as the process is followed in a systematic and gradual fashion.

      Learning Objectives

      • Help gain a better understanding of separation anxiety
      • Learn how Malena's online course can help professionals and guardians with separation anxiety issues
      • Address some common sticky points when working with separation anxiety dogs
      • Learn about the non-linear process of SA
      • A discussion of juggling criteria and addressing pre-departure cues


      About Your Presenter


      Malena DeMartini, CTC, CDBC, is renowned in the dog training world for her work on canine separation anxiety (SA) disorder. Her book, Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs, has helped countless numbers of dogs and her recent online course for guardians called Mission:POSSIBLE is now out and should prove to be an invaluable resource in the industry. In addition to writing and lecturing worldwide, Malena oversees a team of top SA trainers and runs an internationally accessible certification program for accomplished dog professionals looking to hone their skills.

      Malena is passionate about furthering education in this field through science-based methods and just happens to be in the process of collaborating on an intensive study with a leading University to help further advance the knowledge in the field.

      • Sunday, March 10, 2019
      • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 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 behavioral 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 understanding of puppy selection criteria.
      • Recognize 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 program 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 challenge

        About The Presenter


        Louise Ginman PCT-A is a Delta Accredited and Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited dog behavioral 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
        • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
        • Live Webinar
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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.


        CEUs: PPAB 1.5

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        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 analyze 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 behavior 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
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
        • Live Webinar
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        CEUs: PPAB 1


        As professional dog trainers and behavior 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 behavior marker, a bridging stimulus…

        Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell as she examines one of the 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 behavior markers to ‘click’ the behavior 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 Program, 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.

        • Friday, March 29, 2019
        • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
        • Live Webinar
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        CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

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        Most of us are familiar with behavior chains - behaviors are linked together and performed one after another.  The metaphor of a chain is easy to visualize, but the problem with the image is it tends to be linear.  That may be how the final sequence of behaviors are performed, but it is not the best way to teach them.  Training in loops is a much more effective image.  In this program we’ll explore what that means.

        Learning Objectives

        We will:
        • Define Loopy Training
        • Look at example/non-example
        • Define movement cycles and their connection to Loopy Training
        • Revisit the Poisoned Cue research - what does it tell us about Loopy Training?
        • Design well constructed loops that include emotional balance
        • Apply the Loopy Training mantra to training: Getting Started
        • Develop larger patterns out of simple loops 
        • Avoid extinction by priming the Loopy Training pump 
        • Define Extinction and look at the emotional fallout 
        • Explore the roles micro extinction and resurgence play in shaping


        About The Presenter



        Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. 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.

        Alexandra Kurland's websites are:
        theclickercenter.com,
        theclickercenterblog.com,
        theclickercentercourse.com and
        equiosity.com
        • Friday, April 12, 2019
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
        • Live Webinar
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        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1

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        Modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases. However, the challenge to produce effective and safe vaccines for the prevalent infectious diseases of animals has become increasingly difficult. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is compelling.  While some of these problems have been traced to contaminated or poorly attenuated batches of vaccine that revert to virulence, others apparently reflect the host’s genetic predisposition to react adversely upon receiving the single (monovalent) or multiple antigen “combo” (polyvalent) products given routinely to animals. Animals of certain susceptible breeds or families appear to be at increased risk for severe and lingering adverse reactions to vaccines. 

        Also see www.rabieschallengefund.org, the parallel clinical research studies to determine that rabies vaccines last for at least 5 years and perhaps longer. The studies are now in year 7 and a summary of the results of the 5-year study can be found on the website.

        Despite this cumulative knowledge, even today, estimates are that only about 40% of veterinarians are following the current WSAVA, AVMA, AAHA and BVA vaccine policy guidelines.   There is no such thing as an ‘up to date’ or ‘due’ vaccination. Enlightened veterinarians can now offer a package of separated vaccine components, when available, rather than give them all together, since the published data show more adverse reactions when multiple vaccines are administered at the same time.

        Learning Objectives:

        10 TOP FACTS on VACCINES

        1. “Core” vaccines important for puppies and kittens
        2. Other vaccines optional depending on location and lifestyle
        3. Annual boosters not required and usually unnecessary/unwise
        4. Vaccination may not equate to immunization; check serum titers to validate
        5. Long-term protection from canine distemper, hepatitis, parvovirus; feline panleukopenia
        6. Measure serum antibody (vaccine titers) instead annually or triennally
        7. Give thimerosal (mercury)-free rabies vaccines; and as late as allowed (20-24 weeks)
        8. Booster vaccinations only legally required for rabies
        9. Half-dose “core” vaccines sufficient to protect small toy dogs
        10. Recognize vaccine adverse events; genetic predisposition. Don’t breed; avoid re-vaccination

        About The Presenter



        Dr. W. Jean Dodds, DVM has spent 5 decades as a clinical research veterinarian.  From 1965-1986, she was a member of many national and international committees on hematology, animal models of human disease, veterinary medicine, and laboratory animal science.  Dr. Dodds was a grantee of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NIH) and has over 150 research publications. 

        She started Hemopet in 1986, the first non-profit national animal blood bank.  Today, Hemopet offers a wide range of nonprofit services and educational activities. She is also Co-Trustee of the Rabies Challenge Fund, a non-profit project to assess the duration of immunity and safety of current rabies vaccines for animals.

        She actively participates in the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association (AHVMA) and the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Foundation. She has written 2 popular award-winning pet health books together with Diana Laverdure; and holds 25 patents.



        • Thursday, April 18, 2019
        • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
        • Live Webinar
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        CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

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        None of us attend conferences, listen to webinars, read training articles, participate in forum discussions to become mediocre trainers.  We do all of this because we care deeply about the animals we work with and we are fascinated by training and the science behind it.  

        So where does excellence come from?  Are there truly "horse whisperers" who were born with the gift, or is excellence something that can be developed?  That’s what this program explores.  

        We’ll also be looking at techniques that improve both your visual and your kinesthetic observational skills.  

        Main Topics covered:

        * What does excellence look like?

        * Why does it matter?

        * How do we achieve excellence?


        Learning Objectives

        • Learning to see detail
        • Where does talent come from 
        • Carol Dweck - Fixed versus growth mindsets
        • Neuroplasticity
        • Awareness Through Movement - The Feldenkrais Method
        • Twelve key skills that will help unlock your observation skills


        About The Presenter



        Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. 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.

        Alexandra Kurland's websites are:
        theclickercenter.com,
        theclickercenterblog.com,
        theclickercentercourse.com and
        equiosity.com


           
           
       
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