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    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, August 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online Course via Webinar


    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB,15. IAABC, 12.5. CCPDT 7.5.


    A five session program over five months.
    Note: If you register for the program and cannot make all the live webinars you automatically receive a recording of each session in time to prepare your lesson homework.


    Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge & Skills is a unique program aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. The aim of the Training Meister courses is to teach the science behind the training as well as all the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment.  We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based.  We also believe in setting the learner up for success.  This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies!


      Master Course Overview

    Master is the Level Three Course.  The Master course builds on the solid foundation of skills and knowledge you and your partner have acquired in the Apprentice and Journeyman courses.  In this advanced level course, you will learn how to teach your dog to carry out complex tasks.  You will refine your ability to communicate with your learner.  You will build on your knowledge of behavioral psychology – both operant and classical conditioning – by taking a look into the world of canine cognition.

    Your confident learner will amaze you with their ability to learn.  The knowledge and skills you gain in Training Meister Master will be indispensable in all your future training.  As you practice the new methods and tricks that you learn, your student will acquire new skills, as well as demonstrating their innate ability to work alongside their human partner.

    Training Meister Master is the final stage on the road to becoming a Master in the art and craft of rewards based, science based force-free training and tricks.

    You do not need to have taken the Training Meister Apprentice Course or the Journeyman Course to enroll on the Master Course, however, it is advisable to check the learning objectives and assessment criteria from the first two levels, to ensure that you have the foundation knowledge and skill-set that will be required for this advanced course.


    Program Inclusion

    • Five live webinar e-learning sessions per level.  Each webinar includes a question and answer session.  The recorded webinar links will be sent to all applicants to watch at their own pace (after live broadcast)
    • PDF of all webinars sent to all applicants
    • Additional Learning:  Additional reading material and supplementary videos will be made available to all applicants via email.
    • Homework tasks: 
    • Open book/multiple choice exams. 
    • Homework video submission assessment.
    • Training Meister Course Facebook group
    • Video Submission Assessment to earn the TrickMeister Master Trick Team Title! Please note, you must have earned the Journeyman Title in order to submit your application for the Master Title


    The Webinar Dates

    1. 1, April 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    2. 1, May 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    3. 1, June 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    4. 1, July 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    5. 1, August 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST


    Checkout the course content here

    Are you ready to learn the art, craft and science of

    teaching and training?


    Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning


    About The Program Instructor


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    B.A. Hons. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board).  Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.  Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of force-free training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.
    Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.


    • Wednesday, June 28, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Kathy Sdao

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    But my dog isn't food motivated!. When clients say this in an initial interview, my response is “not yet.” Eating is an operant behavior. Therefore, we can increase its probability and intensity and lower its latency through structured training procedures. While this might seem laughable if you have a ravenous Rottweiler or always-hungry hound, situations abound which require skilled intervention: a senior dog whose appetite is fading; a wary dog who has learned to distrust treats; a little dog who is fussy about meals; or a dog whose health is threatened by conditioned anorexia. While various medical conditions (requiring veterinary expertise) may create finicky eaters, so can unwise behavioral practices. We’ll review several common mistakes and provide alternatives.

    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. 

    • Friday, June 30, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live 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.

    • Wednesday, July 05, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live 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.

    • Sunday, July 16, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live 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.

    • Wednesday, July 26, 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Ingrid Johnson

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    This lecture will discuss the importance of encouraging indoor cats to work for their food, motivating cats to learn how to forage, staging the difficulty level of the objects offered and how to set clients up for success feeding this way. The benefits of this type of feeding style bring out the hunting instincts of our pampered predators and introduce much needed enrichment into their lives. We will specifically discuss implementing this feeding strategy in a multi-cat household, as a weight loss program, and as a tool to keep young cats busy and working their mind and body! You will even learn how to make some food puzzles at home!


    Objectives

    • Why should cats forage?
    • Dietary needs and feeding style
    • Getting started
    • Motivating cats to forage
    • Staging the difficulty level
    • Integrating into practice

    About The Presenter


    Ingrid Johnson is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant (CCBC) through The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC). She is currently employed at Paws Whiskers and Claws, a feline only veterinary hospital and has been working exclusively with cats since 1999.

    Ingrid also owns and operates Fundamentally Feline, providing in home and phone consultations for clients experiencing behavior challenges with their cat(s). In addition to behavior consultations, Ingrid publishes educational blog content, manages Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, hand makes her own line of feline foraging toys, scratching posts and scratch pads, and litter boxes.

    Ingrid co-authored Food puzzles for cats: Feeding for physical and emotional wellbeing, published in the Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery (JFMS) in the fall of 2016, and has since been lecturing on the topic including at the AAFP 2016 Fall conference as well as ACVC.

    Ingrid’s home, cats, and environmental enrichment expertise has been featured on Animal Planet’s Cats101 show. She has filmed for WebMD and created a series of educational How-To videos of her own. You may view these on Fundamentally Feline’s website and You Tube channel. She is proudly Co-Director of Paw Project-Georgia, working towards ending the cruel practice of de-clawing cats.

    Cat Fancy magazine’s 2008 “Home Issue” showcased her feline friendly accommodations and the aesthetically pleasing ways you can provide for your cats innate basic needs while still having a home the humans can enjoy.

    Ingrid shares her home with husband Jake and six cats.

    • Thursday, July 27, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Claire Staines


    CEUs PPAB 1, IAABC 1,


    Initial risk assessments on each dog and the environment you intend to have them in is essential for a stress free life for both you and the dogs in your care.

    Whether you are a dog walker, run a dog day care centre, dog training classes or own multiple dogs, handling multiple dogs isn’t about a group, it is about catering for every individual within that unit.  This needs to be done safely and with compassion, ensuring the physical & emotional well-being of all. With the dog care profession booming at this present time, I would like to share how I tackle this.

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    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn how to carry out a risk assessment
    • Understand if a dog is suitable for group settings
    • Learn the best ways to introduce new dogs to each other
    • Learn an effective way to handle multiple dogs

    About The Presenter


    Claire Staines has owned and successfully managed a dog walking business for 10 years. She now has multiple walkers within her business, Lothlorien, which caters for puppies to veterans and social dogs to reactive dogs.

    Claire is also a dog trainer in Linlithgow, West Lothian, where she runs classes and workshops and recently opened her first training centre to further the scope for offering classes that are inclusive to all. Claire is a Victoria Stilwell Positively Trainer and a PPGBI steering committee member.


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    • Friday, August 11, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Kay Attwood


       CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1

    In this webinar, we will take a look at the art of platform training and how, by magnetizing the dog to the platform, we can teach precision for position, as well as expand on focus, impulse control and so much more. Platform training is an exciting new way of learning for the dog because the dog easily understands exactly where it should be standing. Platforms are a great tool to add to all your classes and this presentation is sure to provide any trainer with lots of ideas about how to use platforms in their training program.

    Once you’ve started this training, you won’t look back!



    Learning Objectives:
    • Capture Focus
    • Impulse Control
    • Perfect Positioning around your whole body
    • Distance skills & Tricks
    • Cues to positions
    • Use of Multi Platforms
    • Developing movement fluidity
    • Have Lots of Fun!

    About The Presenter


    Kay Attwood is the owner and head trainer at Kay9® Services, one of the largest dog training schools in Surrey, UK.

    Kay is a Gold Instructor with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour, as well as being a Kennel Club Assessor for the Good Citizens Dog Scheme and member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors student scheme. She is a founder member of D.O.G Local and a member of The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners. With a particular interest in cognitive learning, Kay specializes in dog aggression, behavior problems and rescue dog rehabilitation.


    "Dogs have always been a major factor in my life from early childhood.  I am fascinated by behavior in all living things.
    I have 2 rescue dogs of my own, Gibson, a Jack Russell cross Basenji, and Flynn a Jack Russell cross Collie. They both have lots of character and I adore them for it!
    I love working with dogs and studying their behavior. I try to attend as many seminars, workshops and conferences as possible and have attended many given by the world’s leading trainers.
    I travel far and wide presenting workshops on Platforms and Cognition.
    I use only force-free methods to train, involving no pressure, pain or intimidation and I adhere to a strict Code of Conduct at all times."

    • Friday, August 18, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Pat Miller

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)


    Much of what we call canine aggression is widely misunderstood and demonized behavior in the dog world. In fact, much of canine aggression is natural, normal socially adaptive behavior that is intended to *avoid* conflict rather than cause it. It is often the inappropriate human response that causes the dog's behavior to escalate to dangerous levels.

    This webinar discusses aggression, what is normal versus pathological, and how dog training and behavior professionals can help their clients understand and live with their dogs peacefully. We will explore management and modification protocols for aggression, how to know if you are qualified and ready to work with aggression cases, and when it is appropriate to recommend euthanasia for a client's dog. (Spoiler alert... I have *never*)

    Objectives

    • Gain a better understanding of canine aggression
    • Dispel myths about aggression
    • Discuss protocols for modifying aggressive behavior
    • Explore whether professionals are qualified to handle aggression cases


    About The Presenter


    Pat Miller is a Certified Behavior Consultant, Canine (KA), Certified Professional Dog Trainer (KA), past president of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (US) and past board member of the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Miller worked at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, California from 1976 to 1996, first as a volunteer, then in customer service, as a humane officer, Customer Service Supervisor, Field Supervisor, and for the final ten years as Director of Operations. During this time, she obtained an Associate Degree in Administration of Justice and a BS in Business Administration. In 1996 Miller left the Humane Society to launch Peaceable Paws in Monterey, California.

    Miller now offers group good manners classes, private training and behavior modification services, dog training workshops and trainer academies at her Peaceable Paws 80-acre training facility in Fairplay, Maryland, where she and her husband Paul live with their three dogs, eight cats, four horses, five chickens, and a pot-bellied pig. In addition, Miller presents seminars and workshops around the world on a variety of training and behavior topics. She has authored seven books on dog behavior and training: “The Power of Positive Dog Training,” “Positive Perspectives,” “Positive Perspectives 2,” “Play With Your Dog,” “Do-Over Dogs,” “How to Foster Dogs” and “Beware of the Dog.” Miller is training editor for The Whole Dog Journal, and also writes for several other publications, www.peaceablepaws.com. In May of 2015, Pat was named by Dog Fancy Magazine as one of 45 people who have changed the dog world.

    • Thursday, August 24, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Tristan Flynn

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)

    Dog parks and dog daycare's are becoming increasing popular in North America. It is common place for pet owners, daycare workers, and trainers to be around large (40+) groups of off leash dogs. Having a large playgroup results in different interactions, behaviors, risks and management strategies than dogs who are in smaller groups.

    This webinar will outline how to manage larger off leash groups, breed behavior in large groups, dangerous situations to watch for and avoid and an overall blueprint for how to successfully manage large playgroups for safe and healthy interactions off leash.

    Objectives

    • Learn breed specific behaviors when managing a large off leash group
    • Identify dangerous situations in large groups and how to avoid and control them
    • How to manage dog play in large play groups
    • The role of status and dominance in large play groups
    • Key Body Language to look for in off leash groups
    • How to deal with aggression and conflict in large play groups


    About The Presenter


    Tristan Flynn, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a certified trainer and behavior consultant. He owns Jollytails, Halifax's largest dog daycare, training, grooming and retail facility. Jollytails has roughly 140 dogs between their two locations daily for dog daycare.

    Tristan has lectured for PPG in several webinars and at the 2016 Summit and will be a presenter at the 2017 Summit in Orlando. Tristan has a training DVD, “The Leash Reactivity Blueprint” available through Tawzer Dog and Dogwise.

    Tristan has been featured on a variety of TV segments for Global News, CTV News and hosted a Radio show called the K9 Connection, which was heard in Atlantic Canada from 2013-2016.

    Tristan lives with his 9 year old Bernese Mountain Dog Freyja in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    • Monday, August 28, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sharon Wachsler

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)


    Have you been asked to train a service dog (SD), emotional support animal (ESA), or a personal "therapy dog" for an adult or child with disabilities? What do all these terms mean, and what are your responsibilities as a trainer? Did you know that the laws for service-dogs-in-training (SDiTs) are different from laws for trained service dogs and vary from state-to-state?

    Pet dog trainers are increasingly approached by clients who want help with training a service dog or emotional support animal (or what they may refer to as a "therapy dog") for themselves or a family member. It can be very confusing for trainer and client alike to sort out these terms and the legal and training requirements behind each. This presentation will explain the legal meanings and differences between these terms in the United States, the requirements for training each, differences in US state laws for service-dogs-in-training, the standards of behavior and appearance for service dogs, and explain the reality behind the question of "certification." You'll also learn how to distinguish between legal requirements and ethical or community standards, and how to apply these concepts to working with clients.

    Objectives

    This presentation is geared to professional dog trainers in the United States that are new to the complicated world of service dog laws and standards. No previous service dog training experience or knowledge is necessary.

    By the end of this webinar, attendees will understand and be able to answer client questions on the following topics:

    • The difference between the terms "service dog," "service dog in training," "emotional support animal," and "therapy dog" and when handlers of each have access to public accommodations
    • Understand the definition of a service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and where a trainer or handler of a service animal is permitted or excluded
    • Understand how laws for service-dogs-in-training (and who is a trainer under the law) vary from state-to-state and how to find out their own state's laws
    • Understand the community standards for appearance and behavior in service dogs and how these differ from legal requirements
    • Steps trainers and clients can take to protect themselves if access challenges occur

    About The Presenter


    Sharon Wachsler CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner with more than 25 years of experience in the disability community. Before she began her second career as a dog trainer, Sharon was a disability information and referral specialist and service dog owner-trainer, as well as the founder of the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival, a writer for the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners newsletter, and the blogger for the popular service-dog trainer's blog, After Gadget. Sharon opened At Your Service Dog Training in Wendell, MA, in 2014, offering private training, consulting, and group classes to service dog owner-trainers. Sharon is an experienced presenter and writer on service dog topics and enjoys consulting with and speaking to trainers, owners, and community groups about service dogs and their training.

    • Friday, September 08, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Irith Bloom

    CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)


    Scientific research indicates that control over one’s environment is a strong reinforcer. Unfortunately, many of our pets have almost no control over their environment, and can make few, if any, significant choices. Humans select what animals eat, specify which objects are appropriate toys, decide when and where an animal can go outside, and essentially control every aspect of the animal’s life. This pervasive lack of choice can result in increased stress, which often leads to a variety of undesired behaviors.

    Fortunately, there is a better way. This presentation will highlight tools you can use to increase choice in an animal’s life, ranging from training techniques that give animals more control, to practical ways to create choice-rich environments, to tips on empowering animals to make choices that work both for them and for their humans. The presentation will also address why choice is especially critical when dealing with aggressive, fearful, and reactive behavior, and provide specific examples for how to increase choice in those types of situations.


    Learning Objectives

    • Attendees will learn how lack of choice can relate to increased stress (and stress-related undesirable behaviors). They will understand why it is important to empower animals to make their own choices, and be able to explain the value of increased choice to others.
    • Attendees will be able to view training techniques through the lens of choice. They will be able to identify how choice-rich or choice-limiting different training options are, as well as to evaluate the pros and cons (in terms of choice) of a variety of training techniques.
    • Attendees will be able to select among and apply a variety of choice-based training techniques in a wide range of settings, including everything from ordinary obedience training contexts to situations involving aggressive, fearful, reactive, and anxious behavior.
    • Attendees will have a better grasp of how to create choice-rich environments for animals. They will know how to increase the choices available to animals both in specific training contexts and in daily life tips.

    About The Presenter


    Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens, rabbits, parrots, and cats to dogs and horses – not to mention humans. A biologist by training, Irith is fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars.

    Irith is faculty at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), as well as being certified in TAGteach, a positive reinforcement method for coaching humans.

    Irith regularly presents at conferences, and has given seminars as far away as Japan. She has written numerous articles for online outlets. She has also been published in print in Everydog magazine, as well as The Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s Chronicle of the Dog and the recently released book “Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Dog Trainers.”

    Irith volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue, and is on the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of people and their pets throughout Los Angeles County.

    Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, a pet training company based in Los Angeles. She shares her home with a rescued English Shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).

    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    We live in a knowledge based society, and the more critical you think the better your knowledge will be. Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information so that you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur.

    Critical Thinking will lead to being a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce your prejudice and bias which will provide you a better understanding of your environment. This webinar will provide you the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in your career, and provide a great skill in your everyday life.


    Learning Objectives
    • Understand the components of critical thinking
    • Utilize non-linear thinking
    • Use logical thinking
    • Recognize what it means to be a critical thinker
    • Evaluate information using critical thinking skills
    • Identify the benefits of critical thinking
    • Revise perspective, when necessary
    • Comprehend problem solving abilities

    Your Presenter

    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 MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England.

    • Thursday, November 09, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sian Ryan
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC pending. CCPDT 1.


    "He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers." These words, that can strike fear and dread into owners’ hearts, often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery or requiring long term medical care. Vets can usually only give limited advice regarding keeping dogs appropriately mentally and emotionally supported whilst their walks are restricted and owners are left to manage as best they can. This may be stressful for both the guardian and their dog, and can lead to behaviour change and other problems. 

    This webinar, and the associated book, gives ideas to help owners in this situation to identify the individual needs of their dog. In addition it aims to support owners in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support, as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills are included.
    The webinar includes case studies, review of associated research on the topic and photos and videos to illustrate the points made.

    Webinar Objectives

      • Understand why a period of restricted activity might be needed 
        • Understand why it's important to make adjustments.
        • Learn how to assess emotional, physical and mental needs of the dog.
        • Learn what to do in an emergency.
        • Learn how to prepare for a planned period of restricted activity.
        • Ideas to meet the above needs
        • Understand how to support clients facing such a period.
        • Understand how to reintroduce the dog back to normal levels of activity, or how to adjust longer term

        About The Presenter


        Sian Ryan gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behaviour counsellor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behaviour Clinic and went on to work as a researcher looking at novel ways of measuring emotions in dogs in 2012. With several years of dog training experience, Sian was the first course tutor for Life Skills for Puppies training classes and helped create and develop the course, as well as tutoring on the Life Skills for Puppies Trainers Courses offered by the University of Lincoln.

        Sian writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian is also the Training and Behaviour expert for the BBC2 series Me and My Dog. 

        Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country. .
        • Saturday, January 27, 2018
        • 9:00 AM (EST)
        • Sunday, January 28, 2018
        • 4:00 PM (EST)
        • Tampa, FL

        S.A.N.E. Solutions for Shy and Fearful Dogs®

        Presented by Kathy Cascade

        CEUs: PPAB 11, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)


        This seminar will be helpful for owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues.

        Kathy will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.

        Seminar Schedule

        Day 1: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

        Day 2: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

        Learning Objectives

        • Recognize and correctly interpret canine body language and communication signals.
        • Understand the significant link between posture, physical balance, and behavior.
        • Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
        • Learn how to apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises.
        • Understand and apply the mechanics of using the leash with two points of contact to eliminate pressure on the neck and influence physical balance. (Lead a dog on leash in balance).
        • Learn how to use unique leading exercises designed to introduce new people to fearful dogs.
        • Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
        • Observe and learn to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of “giving choice.”
        • Observe and learn specific exercises to reduce separation anxiety and build confidence.

        About Your Presenter

        Kathy Cascade, PT, PT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor

        Kathy's introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit's partnership lead them to competition obedience trials, participation in fly ball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy completed the two-year Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in the program in 2003.

        With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.

        Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, "Helping dogs learn to cope with the demands of living in our often chaotic human world is a passion of mine. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive and fearful behavior. We can do this with humane, effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world."

        Kathy recently relocated back to her home state of Oregon. Living in the Central Oregon region allows her to pursue her other passions of hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She shares her life with two dogs, one cat, and two horses.


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        9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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