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    • Friday, December 15, 2017
    • 12:00 PM
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    Title: Canine Stereotypic Behavior: Research on Causes and Treatment

    Presented by Dr. Nathan Hall

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    If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat.  Dr. Nathan Hall is a fabulous speaker and was extreamly well received by Summit attendees!

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    Presentation Description:

    Stereotypic behavior is repetitive and invariant behavior which is many times described as having no apparent function. Examples might be rocking, pacing, or swaying. Dogs are known to show stereotypic behavior in a variety of topographies such as licking, blanket sucking, and tail chasing. The etiology of these behaviors appears quite complex with likely multiple genetic and environmental factors contributing. Identifying these factors for the prevention and treatment of problematic stereotypic behavior is challenging. This presentation will focus on new findings from Dr. Alexandra Protopopova, assistant professor in companion animal science at Texas Tech University, and Dr. Hall’s labs on the association between behavioral persistence and stereotypic behavior. The presenter will discuss what behavioral persistence is, how it can be measured, and current hypotheses on how it is related to stereotypic behavior. He will also discuss his current research on adapting the use of functional analysis (a method used in human populations for decades) to evaluate the potential contribution of environmental factors to canine stereotypic behavior, and how it can be used to develop targeted treatments specific to the environmental factors maintaining the behavior.


    Learning Objectives:

    • Define stereotypic behavior and provide examples of stereotypic behavior in dogs.
    • Describe at least one hypothesis on how behavioral persistence relates to stereotypic behavior.
    • Describe evidence that suggests genetic and environmental factors contribute to stereotypic behavior.
    • Describe at least one functional analysis procedure that can be used to identify whether an environmental factor contributes to stereotypic behavior.
    •  Describe at least one way an environmental variable that maintains stereotypic behavior can be manipulated to reduce the behavior.

    Presenter: Dr. Nathan Hall 

    Dr. Nathaniel Hall is an assistant professor of companion animal science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and the director of the canine olfaction research and education laboratory in the department of animal science. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, specializing in the study of behavior analysis and canine olfaction. As a postdoctoral researcher, he continued his studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of homemade explosives. Now at Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters. 

    • Thursday, January 18, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Beth Adelman

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

    Webinar Description

    Cats evolved to eliminate out of doors, and they are very particular about doing it indoors. A host of new litter box studies has given us a lot of information on what cats prefer from their box. We'll go over the box, the litter, the location and the ambiance that cats prefer.

    We also have a new understanding of the role stress and boredom play in litter box use and misuse. We'll discuss how play and enrichment affect litter box use.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Understand what cats require from a litter box and why.
    • Recognize common reasons why cats do not use the litter box, both physical and behavioral.
    • Troubleshoot litter box problems.
    • Understand how to resolve common litter box problems.
    • Understand new research into stress and its link to litter box problems.

    Your Presenter

    Beth Adelman, MS, is a Cat Behavior Consultant and a publishing professional in Brooklyn, New York. Beth was a founding member of the Cat Division of the IAABC, and is the former editor in chief of Cats magazine and DogWorld and former cat columnist for the New York Post. Beth has worked as a writer and a speaker for the Winn Feline Foundation. She has also been a speaker for the Cat Writers Association, the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants, Kutztown University, Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club and the Cat Fanciers Association, and a guest on a variety of radio shows. She currently is a regular speaker on cat behavior at New York’s Meow Parlour.
    • The microbiome and its role in animal health
    • Roles played by key bacteria in the gut
    • Different approaches to maintaining and restoring gut health, probiotics, diet, and fecal transplants
    • Monday, January 29, 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Tabitha Davies

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

    Are you looking at starting a training program inside a daycare or maybe you already have one? There are many challenges that can face a trainer that trains inside a facility. Front renting the space to agreeing on boundaries for what your role is while you are there. How to keep your students and the daycare safe while you are using their space.

    For trainers who are looking at working for a daycare facility or already work for one that is not quite functioning this webinar is designed to teach you how to implement your programs while designing a successful daycare program that lessens stress on the dogs. If your responsible for staff development learn how to help train staff to keep dogs safe, and properly dispense advice to owners or direct them to the trainer.

    When dealing with owners of a facility who are not trainers or pet professionals how to keep yourself professional and avoid potential issues with daycare or training programs.

    Webinar Learning Objectives
    • An overview of the liabilities of training in a daycare facility vs being an employed trainer of the daycare facility.
    • How to ensure your clients are safe in the facility.
    • How to temperament test dogs easily and make it a system for all so you know dogs can be in training and/or daycare.
    • How to structure SAFE and least stressful daycare programs.
    • How to educate non trainer daycare working staff to be safe and keep dogs safe.
    • What liability lines are there for "staff training" when you are not an employee.
    • How to integrate mental and physical stimulation into daycare to avoid behavioral issues.
    • Dealing with facility owners who do not understand dog behavior and avoid positions of professional liability without looking unprofessional.

    Your Presenter

    Tabitha Davies is a certified dog trainer (C.D.T.), Associate Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (ACDBC), Certified Veterinary Assistant, a Certified Pet Nutritional Specialist, and she also holds certificates in Animal Psychology, Canine Etiology, and Animal Behavior/Welfare.

    Tabitha was born and raised in a small town in Ontario, Canada. During high school Tabitha she started rescuing dogs and cats, obtaining veterinary care, and finding homes for them. She quickly learned that people did not want to adopt untrained dogs. This encouraged Tabitha to study clicker training and Karen Pryor's training methods. 

    in August of 2008 she started the CVDC (http://www.cvdogclub.com/) to provide an affordable fully force free option that is scientifically proven to be more successful than any other methods with less owner output and more consistency to the dogs and their humans of our valley.

    Tabitha now owns the CVDC as well as the daycare, indoor dog park, dog training, pet retail, and staff development of the Dog Park Services at Venus De Fido in Palm Desert (http://venusdefido.com/)

    • Wednesday, January 31, 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

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

    Companion animals occupy an important role in our lives. They are our friends, our confidants and cherished members of the family. They provide unconditional love and support. They never judge and are always happy to see us when we come home. It's no surprise then that the death of a companion animal can be just as profound and devastating as the loss of a human significant other.

    Animal care professionals and trainers are in the privileged position of working with these special animals and, while this can be an extremely rewarding role, it can also mean that professionals are also exposed to grief and loss when these animals die.

    This seminar is designed to give trainers and animal care professionals information on current theories and findings relevant to animal bereavement. Attendees will also be offered practical tools for self-care and strategies to support clients, friends and family members who may be experiencing companion animal bereavement.

    In this webinar attendees will:

    1. Appreciate the significance of animal bereavement

    2. Be able to describe common grief reactions

    3. Recognize types of grief including disenfranchised, anticipatory and complicated grief

    4. Learn strategies for self-care and ways of coping

    5. Learn how to support others through grief

    Your Presenter


    Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

    Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a compassion fatigue consultant and educator for the animal industries. Vanessa provides evidence-based workshops, seminars, and consultations in mindfulness, stress management, bereavement and compassion fatigue.

    She is a member of the Anthrozoology Research Group, has her Ph.D. with a specialisation in psychology and has worked in the animal industry for over 13 years where her roles varied from veterinary nurse to animal welfare researcher. Vanessa is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. She has lectured and tutored psychology and human behaviour for over 6 years and presents at international and national conferences.

    • Wednesday, February 07, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Nancy Tucker CPDT-KA

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

    Trainers regularly communicate directly with clients on a variety of levels. Sometimes the topics we need to broach leave us feeling uncomfortable at best, and anxious at worst:

    How do I get an evasive client to settle his bill? How do I establish boundaries with a client who calls me several times a day? How do I handle an irrationally dissatisfied client who’s demanding a refund they’re not entitled to? 

    This presentation will arm attendees with the skills and tools needed to communicate effectively, concisely, and with confidence. Attendees will learn what to include and what to avoid, and they’ll be provided with templates, scripts, and go-to texts they can rely on when things get heated and the stress is on.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Your time is valuable. Learn to sift through lengthy or wordy client correspondence to get to the heart of the matter and to respond succinctly.
    • How do you want this to turn out? Learn to identify what you want, and communicate it clearly – and guilt-free!
    • My buttons have been pushed! Learn to separate your emotional response from your business correspondence.
    • Empathy and kindness in business correspondence. Learn how to diffuse a volatile situation with carefully chosen words.
    • Be prepared for efficiency. Build your own go-to list of words and phrases you can rely on for quick and easy communication (or use the ones provided in the webinar).

    Your Presenter

    Nancy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) and is a full-time trainer and behaviour consultant in Quebec, Canada. She regularly presents seminars and workshops on dog behaviour, as well as on topics of interest to dog training business owners throughout Canada, the US, and in Europe.

    Nancy is a Fenzi Dog Sports Academy instructor and a frequent article contributor for the Whole Dog Journal.

    She is a Charter Member of the PPG, a member of the IAABC, and is president of the Regroupement Québécois des Intervenants en Éducation Canine (RQIEC), a Quebec-based association of force-free trainers and consultants.

    • Wednesday, February 28, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sian Ryan

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

    For most dog owners, going for a walk with their dog is one of the key components of their relationship. It can also be one of the most fraught with frustration, irritation, physical struggles, and can lead to owners, and dogs, dreading the daily exercise. In this webinar I will be exploring what we actually mean by Loose Lead Walking - what we're trying to achieve, what are the essential pre-requisites for a dog to be able to learn how to walk with their owner in a way that suits them both, how to teach this skill and what to do when training isn't working. A fresh look at walking together, the emotions and behaviors involved, and how to set everyone up for success. 

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • Identify emotions of dog and owner while going for a walk, and the impact on learning / ability
    • Practical suggestions add to the toolkit for teaching Loose Lead Walking

    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.
    • Wednesday, March 07, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

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

    Thyroid Disorders: Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine disorder of dogs, and up to 90% of cases result from an autoimmune disease that progressively destroys the thyroid gland (autoimmune thyroiditis). Once more than 70% of the gland is destroyed by this process, classical clinical signs of hypothyroidism including behavioral disorders appear. Because the condition is heritable, it has significant genetic implications for breeding stock.  Accurate diagnosis of the early stages of autoimmune thyroiditis offers important genetic and clinical options for prompt intervention. See “ The Canine Thyroid Epidemic”, by W. Jean Dodds, DVM, and Diana R Laverdure (DogWise Publishing, Wenatchee, WA, 2011).


    • Learn more about the function of this key body master gland, and about accurate diagnosis, management and treatment of canine thyroid disorders.

    Your Presenter


    Dr. Jean Dodds

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:

    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

    • Thursday, March 15, 2018
    • 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 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, March 22, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Robert Hewings

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending)

    Canine-scent work is becoming more popular by the day.

    “How do we start? Where can we get the equipment from? What scent should we use? How do we introduce a new scent? What are the progressive steps? How do we problem solve?”

    These are just a few questions that are asked time and time again, encouraging Rob to share his knowledge and bring in coaching techniques that can help you and your clients.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. A few mnemonics for scent-work

    2. How we can start with Classical or Operant Conditioning

    3. How we can apply conceptual learning to our training for development and problem-solving

    4. How we can ‘think outside the box’ to help with student development

    5. How adult learning can be developed by coaching techniques

    Your Presenter

    Rob Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer, who retired from the Metropolitan Police after his 30 years’ service, 25 of which was as a Police Dog Handler. The final ten years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour) MA (Professional Practice Police Dog Training) and is presently engaged Doctorate of Professional Practice (PhD) Canine Scent Detection. Rob has instructed all police canine disciplines from puppy training through to specialist search (explosives and narcotics), from training the General-Purpose Police Dog onto firearms support (SWAT support dogs).

    Rob is the head trainer at the newly established UK College of Scent Detection, and has lectured at Bishop Burton College, (Canine Training and Behaviour). Rob is also involved in research programmes for ‘ambient scent’, enhancing canine learning, and continuing research into scent alert for nightmares and night terrors, particularly within PTSD. He is a board member for Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programmes and course design are being used for Diabetic Alert Assistance Dogs.

    As a qualified Canine Behaviourist Rob knows the importance of a positive training schedule with the dogs he trains and the people he coaches. He wishes to share his love and experience of search training with people and their dogs. Witnessing the enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement the dogs get from being engaged in the natural process of ‘nose-work’ has been his guilty pleasure for the last 25 years, long may this continue!!

    • Wednesday, June 20, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

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

    Vaccine -Related Issues 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. These reactions 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 6.5 years.


    • Learn about immunology and immune memory as related to vaccines in animals. Learn about the benefits and adverse reactions of vaccines . Benefits of measuring vaccine antibody titers instead of repeatedly giving vaccine boosters.

    Your Presenter


    Dr. Jean Dodds

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:

    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

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