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    • Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    CEUs PPAB 1,  IAABC 1, 
    CCPDT pending 

    During this intermediate level webinar, U.K. based veterinarian, Dr. Nick Thompson, will discuss some of the hot topics surrounding raw food nutrition and what is driving people to change to a raw/fresh diet for the pets in their care. He will also take a look at some of the reasons why others are not changing to a raw diet and whether there are in fact, any reasons for concern.

    Dr. Thompson will then delve into the link between diet and behaviour in humans and whether what we know about humans can be applied to dogs. He will discuss proteins, fats, carbs. and ketogenic diets before drawing the presentation to a close, with a look at supplements and the foods we should choose to engender optimal behaviour in our canine companions, as well as those we should avoid.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Gain an overview of raw feeding in 2018
    • Understand how diet affects behaviour and the evidence 
    • Understand nutritional options for optimal behaviour

    Your Presenter

    Veterinarian, Dr. Nick Thompson has been advocating passionately for responsible, species-appropriate raw pet food feeding for over 20 years. He is Founder and President of the international Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (www.rfvs.info) and has co-authored a pioneering worldwide survey of 79 vets and their experiences feeding raw food. He has organised international raw food conferences for the RFVS for the last four years.

    Since 1999, Nick has headed a busy specialist practice near Bath (Holisticvet Ltd, www.holisticvet.co.uk) offering homeopathy, acupuncture, natural nutrition and herbal medicine for dogs and horses. Nick has shared his passion for raw with nutritional consultancy advice to most of the premier raw pet food companies in the UK. He lectures and consults in raw throughout the UK, Finland, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

    Nick is married with two children, two chickens and a Snowshoe cat, a hunter, called Ziggy and lives in Wiltshire, UK.

    • Thursday, October 04, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Jessica Gonzalez

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

    In this webinar we'll take a basic look at the nervous system, brain, and hormones, to see how it effects an animals emotions. Using this information we'll see how the emotions are organized into seven basic systems. We'll discuss these 7 emotional systems in individual detail and see how they interact with each other. Then we will look at the emotional systems and see how the effect and interact with our learning and training.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the neuroscience study of emotion
    • Review and analyse Jaak Panksepp's Emotional Systems:
    1. FEAR
    2. RAGE
    3. PANIC
    4. LUST
    5. CARE
    6. PLAY
    7. SEEKING
    • Understand how the systems interact and work together
    • Reconcile with why understanding emotions matters so much to us as professionals in our training

    About Your Presenter

    Jessica Gonzalez

    Jessica runs a non-profit horse rescue and education program. She is extremely dedicated to teaching and promoting a positive reinforcement lifestyle, working with horses and humans alike. The rescue has a growing program of volunteers and students eager to learn to work with equines with clicker training. Jessica also travels to teach students locally and at events.
    • Thursday, October 11, 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Kristi Benson

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

    Everyone—dog owners and dog professionals—are invited to join in for an hour-long session about jumping and pestering dogs presented by dog trainer Kristi Benson. In her hallmark inviting and funny tone, Kristi will discuss some easy-to-implement techniques to reduce jumping up, begging, mouthing and biting clothes, and mooching. If your dog is like a pogo stick at the door, jumping and mouthing, or begs at the table, there’s help!  Kristi will explore both the underlying “why” questions and then outline ways to prevent the worst offenses by setting your dog up for success, identifying and avoiding problem contexts, and even some easy training techniques you can use to start to change your dog’s behaviour. There will be links to free hand-outs for you to download as well.

     Learning Objectives

    • Why dogs jump up.
    • Easy techniques to keep dogs off of guests at the door.
    • The role of exercise and enrichment to reduce pestering.
    • How to fit exercise and enrichment into your already-busy schedule.
    • Accidental reinforcement and begging, and what to do if that has been happening around your dinner table. This will include why starting to ignore the dog now (i.e. “extinction”) isn’t the best choice to use.
    • Training techniques with proven history (training an alternate behaviour).
    • Why and how to avoid corrections when working with energetic and jumping dogs.

    Your Presenter

    Kristi Benson

    Kristi is an honors graduate of, and now on staff at, the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling. She leads special projects at the Academy and is in charge of the weekly webinars, along with student coaching. Kristi enjoys working with dogs who need help with obedience, fearfulness, aggression, unruliness, or any number of other issues. She also loves helping the humans in the equation, and brings her trademark combination of humour and compassion to the kitchen table when working with her clients.

    Kristi also enjoys reaching out to dog owners through writing. Her blog was named one of the top fifty dog blogs in 2016 by Thoroughly Reviewed. She also regularly writes for the Academy for Dog Trainers’ blog and for Dog International. Besides offering professional training services in the Parkland region of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada; Kristi also works with clients across Canada via video chat. For ten years, she ran a sled dog micro-rescue with her partner, and fostered, house-trained, obedience-trained, and re-homed numerous racing sled dogs. Kristi still enjoys skijoring (cross-country skiing attached to a dog), dog scootering, and other pulling sports with her Alaskan husky sled dogs. She lives on a small mixed farm in west central Manitoba. Kristi is a Full Member Dog Training Professional of the Pet Professional Guild. She has a BA and MA in Archaeology, and enjoys working as an applied anthropologist with northern communities in Canada’s western Arctic.
    • Friday, October 26, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
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    Presented by Alexandra Santos

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    This presentation is aimed mainly at dog owners, people working in shelters, novice trainers, and other professionals interested in learning how to housetrain a young puppy, or dog rescued from a shelter or situation of confinement.

    The following topics will be explored in detail: physical causes of inappropriate elimination, behavioral causes of inappropriate elimination, times when your puppy is likely to need to urinate or defecate, dogs rescued from shelters or other situations of confinement,eliminating is intrinsically reinforcing, management at home, training program, fading out reinforcers.

    In this webinar attendees will learn to speed up the house training process by:

    1 - Using appropriate cleaning products while avoiding the ones that actually attract the puppy.

    2 - Correct placing and use of puppy training pads.

    3 - Using a hierarchy of reinforcers

    4 - When, where and how to reinforce.

    Attendees will also learn about the most common physical and behavioral causes of inappropriate elimination.They will gain awareness of the fact that elimination is intrinsically reinforcing and why. They will learn about management at home, what to do with puppies who "don't seem to get it!", and when and how to stop delivering reinforcement.

    Your Presenter


    Alexandra Santos

    Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

    She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems” and “Puppy and Dog Care” and has also authored and co-authored several articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, has been a lecturer at several seminars on positive reinforcement-based training, regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people..

    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

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

    Walking on a loose lead remains one of the key goals for many dog owners, and there are multiple methods for teaching and achieving that goal, along with lots of options for equipment to manage or improve walking in the meantime. Some dogs struggle with loose lead walking, while others appear to be born with the skill already learned. Is loose lead walking as simple as it sounds, or is there more to teaching this behaviour than meets the eye. 

    With a brief overview of the science of self control, and discussion of stimulus control, this webinar will contain video presentations of games and lessons to build self control around the context of loose lead walking.

    Webinar Objectives

    Increased understanding of what we mean by Self Control, Stimulus Control, Habitual Behaviours

    Ideas for different exercises to teach foundation skills for Loose Lead Walking

    Management ideas for when Loose Lead Walking isn't possible

    Your Presenter

    Sian Ryan gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behavior from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behavior counselor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behavior 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.
    • Monday, December 03, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

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

    Are you considering a service dog for yourself, a family member, or a client/patient? Are you debating on whether to train your own service dog or apply to a program for a fully trained dog? Which laws apply? What is the training process? This webinar will answer these questions.


    Service Dog Definitions, Terminology, and Laws

    Challenges of Service Dogs

    Pros & Cons of Owner-Training vs Program SD

    The Path (Pyramid) of Owner Training

    Finding Trainers or Programs

    Answers to your questions

    About Your 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.

    • Tuesday, December 11, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • GoToWebinar

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

    This webinar will present three case studies of resource guarders.  Two were resolved using desensitization and counterconditioning and one using differential reinforcement.

    The webinar will present summaries of both cases, including troubleshooting co-presentation with other issues, adding splits to training plans and execution points.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand that both operant and respondent conditioning can be employed for resource guarding, provided the practitioner is competent at planning, execution and client-coaching
    • Triage of multi-issue cases to protect public safety, preserve owner priorities and maximize compliance
    • Formulate prognoses
    • Work safely and efficiently and coach clients in DIY application
    • Grasp trainer pre-requisites for handling resource guarding cases
    • Generate and execute training plan splits in object guarding cases

    Your Presenter

    Jean Donaldson

    Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers.  The Academy has trained and certified over 800 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training, teaching and 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, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.  In 2017, Jean was recruited to create Dog Training 101 for The Great Courses.

    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 a variety of dog sports, including OTCh, TDX, HIT and FDCh.  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, California, with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

    • Monday, January 14, 2019
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Helping Clients Get It Right! with Niki Tudge

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

    As professional dog trainers and behavior consultants, we know that training a dog requires a combination of knowledge and mechanical skills; after all, dog training is a hands-on project.  We also recognize that there are several ways to train a dog, lots of different methods, and many conflicting and varied philosophies about how training should be approached. So, let’s learn the important concepts that can help us to help our clients in a fun and easy way.

    In this webinar we will review what we believe are the Top Ten Knowledge Concepts that as professional trainers we need to transfer to our clients in support of, and as a foundation to the key skills we teach them.

    Key Topics Covered

    1.     How to help clients make the best decision in choosing a dog trainer. We know that training a dog requires a combination of knowledge and mechanical skills; after all, dog training is a hands-on project.  
    2.     How your skill training programs can be supported with the necessary concept knowledge to help you help your clients train their dogs
    3.     How to communicate to clients why we use +R training methods amongst all the conflicting and varied philosophies out there
    4.     Learn how to make it easy for your clients to choose you as a professional dog trainer, these 10 recordings can be used on your website, social media or in emails to promote the Top-Ten Knowledge Concepts. 
    5.     Learn how these concepts can also be used to support lesson plans, homework emails and the transfer of important knowledge. 
    6.     How the supportive eBook can be used to promote your services and your philosophy to potential clients and those who have signed up for class

      With registration of this  webinar you will receive a code to download the following:

      • 1 x 24 page eBook detailing each concept. This can be used on your website or forwarded to your clients
      • 1 x PDF of the full color PowerPoint slides
      • 10 Individual Video Files

      These are your ten individual short video files. They are not branded and can be used  however you need in support of your training programs and business growth

      #1 Your Best Decision

      #2 +R Rocks

      #3 “No!” isn’t a Behavior.

      #4 Management for Success

      #5 You’ve Got It

      #6 Your Training Gear

      #7 The Training Steps

      #8 What Will You Name It?

      #9 Train-Test-Train

      #10 Practice Makes Perfect!

      About  Your Presenter

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

      Niki is a certified in dog and people training and has spent the last 18 years teaching dogs and people across many disciplines. Niki is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt which gives her a unique perspective to training and teaching people. To ensure each person learns and effectively trains their dog, Niki uses her skills and experience as a Six Sigma Black Belt working in data analysis to baseline, monitor, chart and analyze the training process and its results. Data and statistics are used to baseline, track and improve changes in behavior and processes. When these skills are collectively grouped together it makes for a very fun, scientific and strategic approach to training and behavior change.
      Niki is the President and Founder of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center and The DogSmith, Dog Training and Pet Care Licensing. Niki also serves as the President for Doggone safe.

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