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    • Saturday, June 06, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, July 13, 2015
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
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    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, June 17, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar


    Learn How To Safely Structure and Teach Reactive Dog Classes

    with Tristan Flynn

    CEUs

    CPDT - 1 CEU
    KPA - 1 CEU
    PGG - 1 CEU
    IAABC - 1 CEU



    Dogs who are reactive on leash are becoming a more common problem in our society. Trainers who offer specialized dog reactivity classes can add a special value to their communities

    This webinar will outline how to structure a reactive dog class and will highlight the management tools needed. You will learn how to assess dogs for this special class, and the exercises you can teach clients during the class to reduce their dogs reactivity on leash. It will give you the confidence to offer "reactive dog" classes in your area.



    Webinar Objectives


    • Familiarize yourself with how to structure and teach a reactive group dog class
    • Learn how to manage multiple reactive dogs in a group class setting
    • Learn specific exercises that can be introduced into reactive dog classes
    • Learn how to assess which dogs belong in a reactive dog class and which dogs do not. 


    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.

    Tristan has taught Reactive Dog Classes for several years in addition to Canine Life and Social Skills training, puppy classes and private consultations.

    Tristan is the host of K9 Connections, a Weekly Radio show heard on the Rogers Radio Network in Halifax and also the Host of Dog Talk seen on Global Televisions Morning News.

    Tristan has lectured on Aggression, Reactivity, Dominance and Daycare Operations for numerous organizations including the NS SPCA and The Pet Professional Guild.

    Tristan lives with his 7 year old Bernese Mountain Dog Freyja.

    • Monday, July 06, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Pushing the Limits: Unexpected Findings about Instincts, Consequences, and Complex Skills
    Learning Theory and Ethology

    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs 

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
    KPA - 1.5 CEUs
    PPG - 1.5 CEUs




    The more that researchers explore animal capabilities, the more flexibility we find.  That applies to instincts as well as to complex skills like learning through observing.  This talk will highlight classic and current findings from this world of innovative research.

    From instincts that change in five minutes, to dogs who learn hundreds of words, to birds that use tools, see how animals are pushing the limits of what we thought was possible.  Topics include "instinct"-operant interactions, choice, signals, and learning through observing.  While a wide variety of species is covered, the focus is on canines.


    Webinar Objectives

    To describe how flexible animal behavior can be.  


    At the end of the talk, participants will understand:
      • How learning from consequences (technically, operant learning) and instincts interact, and
      • How learning can extend to impressive feats of memory, generalization, and other complex skills.
      • Includes the predatory sequence in canines, instinct-learning interactions, choice, signals, learning through observing, tool use, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and the review magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.

    • Sunday, July 12, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Are Cats Really The Independent Animals We Believe They Are?

     New Research Suggests Not!

    with Dr. Isabella Merola

    CEUs

    CPDT - 1 CEU
    KPA - 1 CEU
    PPG - 1 CEU
    IAABC - 1 CEU



    Cats were often considered independent animals, but recent studies have highlighted their ability to use human communication toward them to chose how to act. This is highlighting the social nature of this species and the importance to understand how they use and read humans communication.



    Webinar Objectives

    • When and where cat and human met and started their cohabitation
    • What we know about cat human relationship
    • How human emotions can influence cat behaviour


    About The Presenter

     



    Isabella is a Veterinary surgeon. She has a Master Degree in Ethology and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Comparative Psychology, which included a research project in dog/cat human relations and communication. She is first author of different papers and referee for journal such as Animal Cognition and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is co-author in a book on behavioural problems in cats and dogs (edited by Poletto Editore, in press). She is actually working at the University of Lincoln (UK) on a project examining pain and emotional expression in cats.



    • Saturday, July 18, 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Understand The Fallout of Punishment and What It Can Do To Dogs and People  


    presented by  Alexandra Santos

    CEUs 

    1.5 CEUs - IAABC
    1.5 CEUs - KPA
    1.5 CEUs - PPG
    1.5 CEUs - CPDT


    A great majority of people resort to punishment when training their dogs, raising their children, and in their daily interactions with people. While punishment may appear to work, there are far too many fallouts that don't justify its use.

    This webinar explains why and how we often opt for punishment as a first option,it addresses the main fallouts of punishment (counter-control, aggression, anxiety, learned helplessness), and what we can do to re-program ourselves to make more dog-friendly and people-friendly choices.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Learn how a coercive society predisposes us to punish.
    • Become aware of how we tend to react to situations instead of acting on them.
    • Understand what counter-control and learned helplessness are and how to recognize them.
    • Understand anxiety as a consequence of badly timed punishment.
    • Learn that dogs with an active defense mechanism may react with aggression to punishment and dogs with a passive defense mechanism may develop learned helplessness.
    • Acquire some basic skills on the application of positive reinforcement to both dog training and daily interactions with people.

    About The Presenter



    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, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people.

    • Monday, July 20, 2015
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 PM (CDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Learn All About How To Train A MAR Dog

    (Missing Animal Response)

    Free PPG member webinar

    presented by Kat Albrecht

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs

    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs

    KPA - 1.5 CEUs

    PPG - 1.5 CEUs

     



    This workshop covers the basics of how to evaluate and train a dog to find lost pets.


    The MAR (Missing Animal Response) field is growing leaps and bounds. More and more professional pet detectives are emerging and many communities are forming teams of volunteers who specifically work to recover lost pets. Yet finding the right dog for the job is critical.


    Whether you’re involved in lost pet recovery work or you’re simply looking to give your dog a new job, this workshop will enable you to prepare you to find the right dog and to move forward into training your dog to find lost pets.



    Webinar Objectives

    • What temperaments and traits are needed in a Missing Animal Response (MAR) Search Dog
    • How to Properly Evaluate a Dog for MAR work
    • How to Select and Train a Target Cat
    • Steps to Train a MAR Cat Detection Dog
    • Steps to Train a MAR Trailing Dog
    • Other MAR Training Opportunities

    About The Presenters



    Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families. Since 1997, Kat has worked search dogs trained to find lost pets. She pioneered the cross application of law enforcement investigative techniques and technologies to solve lost pet investigations and is widely known as the leading authority on K9 pet detective training. Through her business K9 Pet Trackers, Kat launched the first-ever pet detective academy where she trains humans and search dogs to find lost pets.

    Kat has appeared on Animal Planet and articles about her work have appeared in People, Reader’s Digest, Bark, Woman’s World, and Parade. She gives spiritual seminars on how to find your “life purpose” and is the author of two books: Dog Detectives: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets and Pet Tracker: How I Found My Life Purpose as a Pet Detective (Amazon.com only). Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband and her dog Kody.

    - Love of the Water
    - Ability to Swim
    - Basic Foundation Skills
    - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
    - The use of targeting to aid in balance
    - Training techniques for dry land and water 
    - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
    • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    From Your Backyard to Harvard Yard: How Animal Trainers Can Contribute to Science
    Specialized Topic - includes some Learning Theory and Ethology


    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
    KPA - 1.5 CEUs
    PPG - 1.5 CEUs




    Newton's apocryphal apple may be the most famous example of a long tradition in science: Make use of ordinary observations for scientific progress. These days, organized "citizen science" is everything from a minor assist to a transformational trend.

    As applied scientists in effect, animal trainers are in a unique position to contribute to our understanding of behavior principles. From superstitions to unusual reinforcers to high tech learning blitzes, our animals do all sorts of interesting things. What might you look for and how might you go about it?  The focus is on dogs, but other domestic and wild animals are also included.

    Webinar Objectives


    • To describe how animal trainers can become "citizen scientists."  At the end of the talk, participants will understand:
      • What sorts of topics animal trainers can usefully investigate, and
      • How they might go about their investigations.
      • Includes historical examples, clicker training, enrichment, simple research design, animal, the benefits of giving animals control, insight, tool use, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and the review magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.

    • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Advanced Training Technology using Pet Tutor®


    presented by Wes Anderson and Amanda Hassel

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
    KPA - 1.5 CEUs
    PPG - 1.5 CEUs


    Smart Animal Training Systems(maker of Pet Tutor®) is committed to supporting positive training using advanced smart technology.

    Pet technology is creating entirely new ways of positive training that reduce training time and can help trainers get better owner compliance. Technology is also able to address situations that have been almost impossible for positive training before such as barking when no one is present. We will also present how our system can work with smartphones and other apps.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Speed and simplify positive reinforcement training using the new smart wireless Pet Tutor® system to:
      • Reduce barking without being present
      • Calm separation anxiety cases
      • Crate train from a distance
      • Shape behavior remotely over the internet
      • Create new smart games to provide more enrichment that will blow your dog's mind!
      • Slow down eating 
      • Train multiple dogs at one time


    About The Presenters


    Wes Anderson: Electrical engineer and dog trainer. Worked with services dogs and pet dogs for 14 years. Inventor of the patented Pet Tutor® system. Attended the Bob Bailey Chicken Camps, ClickerExpos,APDT and taken numerous workshops from positive trainers. Member APDT.

    Amanda Hessel: Volunteer in service dog training program. Marketing and Sales in the medical and pet industries. Attended ClickerExpos,APDT. Member of Women In The Pet Industry. 

    Jennifer Cattet, PhD : Director of prison based service dog training program, owner of Medical Mutts medical alert dog training program. Book author and blogger.

    • Thursday, August 06, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Learn How to Train Your Dog to do a Handstand

    with Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs

    PPAB 1 CEU
    IAABC 1 CEU
    PPG 1 CEU
    KPA 1 CEU
    CPDT 1 CEU



    This is an advanced level trick but the webinar should appeal to trainers with novice/intermediate skills or those specifically wishing to learn how to teach their dog to do a handstand. The webinar will give a step by step explanation of the teaching process as well as video demonstrations.


    Webinar Objectives

    • How To Teach A Handstand
    • How To Teach "Go Back"

    About The Presenter



    PCT-A

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. PCT-A, CTDI. CAP 2. DN-FSG1 Louise holds a Force-free Instructor Certification from ITDH. Louise has attended a Super Trainer Clicker Trainer Course with Kay Laurence and performed as a Dog Trick Instructor at In The Doghouse DTC. 

    Louise is a passionate advocate of Force-free Training, promoting a positive image of the "Bully" Breeds and advocating against Breed Specific Legislation. Proud "Mum" to Jambo - Staffy Bull Terrier Trick Dog: The first Staffordshire Bull Terrier to achieve the Title of Trick Dog Champion with Do More With Your Dog. Louise blogs for the PPG and is a regularly contributer to Barks from the Guild. 

    Louise has had articles published in No More Lies Magazine. Louise also writes force-free training articles for a UK company (Strongdogz). Louise has her own YouTube Channel where she shares "How to teach" videos and fun trick videos. Jambo has been aired on "Talent Hounds" t.v. in Canada. Jambo was also featured as a Victoria Stilwell "Positively Success Story". Louise keeps up to date with her education and has just completed an online course with Edinburgh University on Animal Behaviour and Welfare". She is the co-presenter of PPG World Services Radio and on the Steering Committee of PPGBI.

    • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Learn How To Effectively Manage Groups of Dogs In an Off Leash Environment 

    with Kathy Sdao

    CEUs 

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT 1.5 CEUs
    KPA 1.5 CEUs
    PPG 1.5 CEUs



    Join Kathy Sdao for this webinar on multiple dog management. Whether you supervise a dog daycare or playgroup, take your dog to a dog-park, or simply have a multi-dog family, you will have to manage groups of unrestrained dogs. These situations in which dogs are off-leash and free to interact with one another can be potentially volatile. 

    Dogs can be physically hurt and they can also experience emotional trauma from threats or bullying. You need to be able to recognize warning signs, intervene when necessary without making the situation more risky, and have a way to decide which dogs are well-suited to multiple-dog environments and which are not.

    We’ll review some skills, protocols and behavioral knowledge that will help you keep dogs and handlers safe while promoting constructive canine socialization and fun.



    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify common but unwise advice for managing groups of dogs
    • Define the role and the associated behaviors most important for people who supervise groups of dog
    • List minimum requirements for dogs’ physical and mental health in daycare settings
    • Examine examples of forms used for screening dogs for attendance at a daycare
    • Understand general safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between “normal” dogs
    • Understand safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between unsocialized dogs (i.e., remedial dog-socialization sessions)

    About The Presenter




    Kathy Sdao is an associate certified applied animal behaviorist. She has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree 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, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility where Kathy began teaching clicker-training classes for dog owners.

    For the past 15 years, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. 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. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at twenty-five of these popular conferences since 2003. Kathy also has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, 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.



    • Sunday, August 16, 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Learn How To Use Back Chaining To Teach Tricks, Dog Sports and Real World Behaviors 

    Presented by Pamela Johnson

    If you have attempted to back chain behaviors in the past and found it confusing and frustrating then you will love this webinar. Pam's goal is to teach you how to use back chains in a simple and easy to grasp way


    CEUs 

    PPAB 1.5 CEUs

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs

    CPDT 1.5 CEUs

    PPG 1.5 CEUs

    KPA 1.5 CEUs




    This webinar will focus on teaching the correct process to build fluid back chains. You will learn how simple this process can be. So many behaviors can be trained using this method and doing so will ensure your dog understands and is able to perform the behavior with fluency each time they are cued.

    You will learn why back chaining is so powerful in achieving results and the difference between training a regular behavior chain versus a back chain. 

    You will also learn how to look at behaviors differently and think about what it is that you really want the dog to know and then perform so you can  build a back chain to accomplish that goal. 

    The behaviors taught in this webinar range from tricks (clean up your toys, go to the crate and close the crate door and get a drink out of the refrigerator), dog sports (canine freestyle routines, disc dogging routines, flyball, agility contacts, weave poles, rally and more), to real world behaviors (no jumping on people, going inside the house, getting in the car, etc).  
    You will receive a step by step instruction on the process of back chaining.

    Webinar Objectives

    • What back chains are and why you should use them. 
    • You will learn important concepts such as: 
      • Verbal/Visual Cues
      • Stimulus Control
      • Variable Reinforcement Schedules
      • Rewarding in Position
      • Repetition
      • Adding Criteria
      • Fluency
      • Premack Principle
      • Anticipation (what it is and how to prevent it) 
      • Using Extra Cues
      • Fading Cues
      • Proofing
      • Systematic Learning
      • Conditioned Reinforcers
    • Understanding the concept of back chaining 
    • Learn how much fun it is to back chain

     

    About Your Presenter




    Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT, is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.

    Pamela is a clicker dog trainer and educator in San Diego, California. Pamela began her training career when growing up on a small farm where she trained the family dogs, cats, and horses. She learned about clicker training and behavior modification through reading books, attending Clicker Expos/APDT conferences, watching dog training videos and taking numerous classes with her own dogs. Pamela believes it is important to continue learning throughout ones life and she loves finding new ways to train dogs. Pamela started her own business, Pam's Dog Academy in 2007.

    To learn more about Pamela click here

     

    - Love of the Water
    - Ability to Swim
    - Basic Foundation Skills
    - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
    - The use of targeting to aid in balance
    - Training techniques for dry land and water 
    - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
    • Monday, August 17, 2015
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, November 16, 2015
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • GoToWebinar
    • 3

    Pet Professionals –

    Out Think, Out Smart, Out Grow Your Competition –

    Hands on Business Coaching Pays For Itself

    CEUs


    IAABC 12 CEUs

    CPDT 20 CEUs

    KPA 12 CEUs

    PPAB 16 CEUs


    The Fun Way to Build Your Business!


     

    LIMITED PLACES - Grab Your Place In Our Next Program

     

    You benefit immediately from our highly interactive and hands-on business coaching style that will empower you to fly solo as an efficient, effective and PROFITABLE business owner.

    With this 4 month program you will build your business while reducing your stress, creating more time for you and having more fun than you ever imagined!


    How Does the Program Work?

    1.       You receive two one-hour calls every month with Niki Tudge.
    • As part of your interactive live coaching sessions you will get the opportunity to demonstrate and further enhance your business understanding with comprehensive, self-paced assignments. 
    • You will benefit directly from each self-paced assignment as they work towards building your business. 
     
    2.       Using interactive teleconferencing your participation in online meetings (a computer with internet access is required) with other entrepreneurs gives you the opportunity to discuss ‘best practices’ and learn from the experience of others.



    3.       You will never be left on your own.  Ongoing support via email and a specifically designated Facebook Group gives you all of the access, support and assistance you need to make the most out of your program. And to further ensure you get absolutely all of the attention you need, this program is limited to only ten participants
    • Easy monthly payments make this a very affordable program that fits into any business owner’s budget.
     

     Monthly Business Bites

    Your typical program syllabus would progress would look something like this:

    First Month

    First Monthly Coaching Session – We will look into your existing business, where you think you are and where you want to go. This will be a guided analysis of your current business. Understanding where your business is coming from and how it is contributing to your bottom line is essential to moving your business forward.  

    Second Monthly Coaching Session – We will look at a detailed analysis of your growth across your services and products and determining your true profitability.  Understanding the Balanced Score Card will provide you with a clear picture of your business climate.

    Second Month

    First Monthly Coaching Session – Based on what we’ve discovered in the first month we will begin to develop your business strategy.  What strategic direction are you taking and how will you get there? Most business owners either don’t understand their business strategy or don’t have one yet Peter Drucker, renowned business consultant, tells us that ‘Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.’

    Second Monthly Coaching Session – This session and assignment will focus on developing your Key Goals so you know what target you are aiming at and, more importantly, you will know what success looks like.

    Third Month

    First Monthly Coaching Session – Now that we know the current state of affairs is with your business and we’ve developed your strategy and key goals we are ready to start establishing the tactics you will use to get from here to there.  We will now understand your ‘Marketing Mix’ and the tools available for you that fit your personality and will therefore be the most effective for your business.

    Second Monthly Coaching Session – Now we are researching, writing and implementing your battle plan.  In this session and related assignments we will build your detailed marketing plan including targets, media, message, cost and the intended return on your invested marketing dollars.

    Fourth Month

    First Monthly Coaching Session – This first session is your ‘Accountability Call –We review what has and hasn’t been done from your marketing plan and we track the impact of these efforts  with an eye to adjusting our tactics, responding to unanticipated results and refocusing our efforts.

    Second Monthly Coaching Session – Congratulations, You’re Flying solo!  Through actually designing and implementing practices into your workplace you will now have the tools and skills to keep your business trajectory on track.

    • Wednesday, August 19, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Want To Be A Better Public Speaker?

    Learn How To Develop Effective Public Speaking Skills!

    with Niki Tudge

    CEUs

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT 1.5 CEUs
    KPA 1.5 CEUs
    PPG 1.5 CEUs

    Do you dread public speaking? Join the club. Along with death and spiders, it’s what people fear most.




     

    According to a 1973 survey by the Sunday Times of London, 41% of people list public speaking as their biggest fear. Forget small spaces, darkness, and spiders, standing up in front of a crowd and talking is far more terrifying for most people. Through this webinar you will become more confident and relaxed in front of an audience which will translate into a successful speaking event.

    Mastering this fear and getting comfortable speaking in public can be a great ego booster, not to mention a huge benefit to your career and business. With new public speaking skills you can become better at doing Lunch and Learns, giving webinars, educational presentations and event hosting. 




    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify your audience
    • Create a basic outline
    • Organize your ideas
    • Flesh out your presentation
    • Find the right words
    • Prepare all the details
    • Overcome nervousness
    • Deliver a polished, professional speech
    • Handle questions and comments effectively


    About The Presenter











    Niki  specializes in small business growth, business management & people coaching and training programs. Niki has business degrees from Oxford University in England and is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt. Niki is  a credentialed people trainer, project manager and certified facilitator. You can learn more about Niki Tudge by clicking here 


    Qualifications

    • Business Degree and MBA Oxford Brookes University, England.
    • Six Sigma Certified Black Belt
    • CPDT-KA
    • AABP – Professional Dog Trainer
    • AABP – Professional Dog Behavior Consultant
    • Dip, ABT. Diploma. Animal Behavior Technology
    • Dip, CBST. Diploma Canine Behavior Science and Technology
    • PCSA, CPCT CAPCT
    • Facilitation Certificate - Acuity Institute
    • The HCITB, International Training Board, Certified People Trainer. TS1, TS2 &TS3
    • Six Sigma Lean Project Management

    Niki's current business roles are Founder DogNostics Career College, Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc and President of The Pet Professional Guild



    • Monday, August 24, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    FREE MEMBER WEBINAR

    Learn How To Teach a Rock Solid Stay 

    with Mariah Hinds

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1 CEU
    CPDT - 1 CEU
    PPG - 1 CEU
    KPA - 1 CEU



    This webinar outlines the steps to teaching a dog to stay no matter what the distractions, distance, time, environment or combination of these factors. Stays start with the dog making tiny 2 or 3 second choices and they can grow to staying while guests enter the house, staying while you stand 40 feet away for 5 minutes and to staying in a chair or on a mat for 60 minutes while you teach a class or give a presentation.

    Stay is also very useful for pet owners. It can be utilized to prevent and address a lot of issues from pet dog owners. Bolting out doors, begging, counter surfing and jumping up on people can all be eliminated by teaching the dog to stay reliably instead of the undesired behavior. Stays are a great way to incorporate training into your regular routine.


    Webinar Objectives

    • To teach the steps to teaching a dog to stay with:
      • distractions
      • distance
      • time
      • environment 
      • combination

    About The Presenter




    Mariah Hinds is a CPDT through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. Mariah has  experience stretching more than twelve years. Mariah has handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah makes it her responsibility to stay current with the newest science on dog behavior and training. Mariah owns and operates a business on Orlando, FL. 




    • Sunday, August 30, 2015
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Learn About The Relevance of Breed in Behavior Consultations 

    Presented by  Janis Bradley

    CEUs 

    PPAB 1.5 CEUs
    PPG 1.5 CEUs
    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT 1.5 CEUs
    KPA 1.5 CEUs



    "That's the Lab in him." "None of my other Cattle Dogs acted like this," dog guardians will say, and often expect their pet's breed will predict his behavior and personality. In attempting to facilitate good relationships (and sometimes good matchmaking between dogs and adopters), we often make 3 assumptions: that we can reliably identify the ancestry of even mixed breed dogs; that breed can help us predict the likelihood of behaviors that were sought in the historical work of the breed or breeds; that this ancestral work is relevant to what pet dog adopters need in their companions. 

    This presentation will explain the weaknesses in visual breed identification and breed based behavior explanations and will demonstrate other ways to talk with clients about expectations and modification of an individual dog's behavior.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Understanding the misinformation inherent in framing behavior to clients in terms of breed characteristics.
    • Alternatives to breed labeling of mixed breed dogs. 
    • Alternatives to breed based explanations of behavior.

    About The Presenter




    Janis Bradley is the author of Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions (Animals and Society Institute), a survey of the current scientific literature on the topic, The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog (National Canine Research Council Vision Series), and Dogs Bite, But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous, used as the complete guide to research on dog bites. 

    Janice trained and certified more than 450 dog trainers at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals between 2000 and 2009 where she worked directly with more than 1,500 dogs of all breeds and appearances. In 2010 Janice founded the Dog Training Internship Academy. 

    For 15 years Janice helped owners with pets that had evidenced behavior problems, specializing in aggression issues. 

    Janice is currently the Director of Communications and Publications for the National Canine Research Council, a canine policy think tank that conducts, reviews, and disseminates academically rigorous research which studies dogs in the context of human society. She has lectured widely on behavior at meetings of various animal control, training, and humane organizations. Janice will be presenting at PPG's Summit in November 2015 in Tampa, FL


    • Thursday, September 03, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    FREE MEMBER WEBINAR

    Preventing Unwanted Feline Behaviors

    with Patience Fisher

    CEUs

    PPAB - 1 CEU
    PPG - 1 CEU
    IAABC - 1 CEU



    This cursory course on the house cat will touch on all things a cat owner should know in order to prevent unwanted behaviors in their house cat. A brief overview of ethology, domestication, socialization, and communication will lay the foundation for how to set up your house and interact with your cat.

    The unique needs of a house cat will be detailed including placement and use of the litter box and scratching posts/pads, play time, feeding, vertical space, privacy, consistency, establishing a good relationship, and desensitizing the cat to carriers, claw trimming, and pills. The importance of observing behavior to catch medical problems will be explained, as well as the importance of not letting bad habits continue without seeking professional help.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand ethology and domestication of the house cat
    • Learn about cat's communication and socialization
    • Understand the importance of providing a secure, stress-free territory for an indoor cat
    • Learn the correct use and placement of litter boxes and scratching posts/pads
    • Understand how to promote a good relationships with your cat and how to monitor their health
    • Learn about playing with your cat to promote good behavior
    • Learn how to make a good behavior become a habit
    • Learn how to desensitize your cat to the carrier, claw trims, and pills.
    • Listen to a brief overview of what a cat behavior consultant does

    About The Presenter




    Patience Fisher owns Walk, Play, Learn!, a Pittsburgh-based pet service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service, she is now offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.

    Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute. 


    Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.




    • Sunday, September 13, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Reactive Dogs - The Science and Art of Set Ups and The Use of Decoy Dogs to Achieve Success

    with Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5 
    IAABC 1.5 
    CPDT 1.5 
    PPG 1.5 
    KPA 1.5 



    Owners often struggle to develop skills to help their dogs overcome reactivity. Set ups and decoy dogs can help owners as they develop skills. This can create safer training sessions and increase productivity. However, many dogs do well in set ups, yet fail in real life. This webinar will look at the details that can undermine a dog's progress and show how to remove walls and obstacles to success.

    Learn how to create effective set ups that mimic real life. Avoid common pitfalls of blocking and overshadowing. Set up your set ups for long-term gains. Learn how and when to use decoy dogs, including advanced set ups to address problems such as sudden environmental contrast.



    Webinar Objectives


    • Differentiate between leash reactivity and anxiety. Learn to choose which strategy to employ when addressing both.
    • Hallmarks of an effective setup. Understanding how small changes in execution offers clarity to the dog & helps keep the dog under threshold. Use of latency in counter-conditioning and addressing rate of reinforcement/position feeding for positive reinforcement.
    • Taking down the walls that prevent success. Preventing blocking, overshadowing and undesired cues. Ensure the dog is learning what we set out to teach.
    • Creating clean associations. Faking the rushing dog, working on sudden environmental contrast, factors to consider when creating training plans that go from easy to difficult.
    • Fast initial results versus long-term gains. Steps to take to achieve more stable results.
    • Identify what makes a good decoy dog. Is your dog suitable? What are the ethical considerations of asking dogs to do this task? Which tasks can they do? Insulating against potential problems.


    About The Presenter

    PCT-A



    Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

    Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.


    • Tuesday, September 15, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Trade show and Pet Business Event Management Skills

    with Niki Tudge

    CEUs 

    PPAB 1.5 
    IAABC 1.5 
    CPDT 1.5 
    KPA 1.5 
    PPG 1.5 



    Deciding to attend a trade show or a pet event  is a large investment for any company. Preparation for the event is essential. 

    It’s better not to go to a trade show or pet event  than to go unprepared. Every person in your booth is an ambassador to your company and you need to  make sure they are prepared. 

    Trade show attendees usually plan a list of whom they're going to visit before ever entering the convention center doors, make sure you are on that list. If you are attending a pet event and investing in a booth then you want to be sure you get a return on your investment. 

    Make sure you and your staff have the right tools to succeed  A successful trade show or pet event will benefit your company on many levels. The most basic statistic is that it can cost half as much to close a sale made to a trade show lead as to one obtained through all other means. Get your staff trained and get to that trade show and or attend pet events generate prospects for your business. 



    Webinar Objectives


    • Recognize effective ways of preparing for a trade show or pet event
    • Know the essential points to setting up a booth so it is attractive and effective as a marketing and sales tool
    • Know the Dos and Don’ts behaviors during the show
    • Acknowledge visitors and welcome them to your booth
    • Engage potential customers and work towards converting them from a prospect to a customer
    • Wrap up the trade show and all your customer leads


    About The Presenter













    Niki  specializes in small business growth, business management & people coaching and training programs. Niki has business degrees from Oxford University in England and is a Six Sigma Certified Black Belt. Niki is  a credentialed people trainer, project manager and certified facilitator. You can learn more about Niki Tudge by clicking here 


    Qualifications

    • Business Degree and MBA  Oxford Brookes University, England.
    • Six Sigma Certified Black Belt
    • CPDT-KA
    • AABP – Professional Dog Trainer
    • AABP – Professional Dog Behavior Consultant
    • Dip, ABT. Diploma. Animal Behavior Technology
    • Dip, CBST. Diploma Canine Behavior Science and Technology
    • PCSA, CPCT CAPCT
    • Facilitation Certificate - Acuity Institute
    • The HCITB, International Training Board, Certified People Trainer. TS1, TS2 &TS3
    • Six Sigma Lean Project Management

    Niki's current business roles are Founder DogNostics Career College, Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc and President of The Pet Professional Guild



    • Sunday, September 27, 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Disaster Preparedness Drills & Safety For Your Dog 

    Presented by Pamela Johnson

    CEUs 

    PPAB 1.5 CEUs

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs

    CPDT 1.5 CEUs

    PPG 1.5 CEUs

    KPA 1.5 CEUs


    You will learn how to train dogs to do a variety of important life saving behaviors that all dogs should know and practice as well as safety behaviors.

    Pamela will take you through a variety of ways to condition your dog to accept wearing a cone and a muzzle, enjoy being handled and even massaged. She explains why it is important to train dogs to enjoy these things and not wait until an emergency happens when the dog is scared and worried because all of a sudden he has to wear a muzzle or a cone. 

    Do you or your clients have a difficult time getting dogs to take medication? This webinar will go over a few different ways on how to get your dog to take and enjoy taking his medication, without any struggle. Finally giving your dog medication will be easy and stress free for you and your dog. 

    You will also learn what you would need if an emergency or disaster strikes, such as first aid kits and what to put in them, handouts that could help you relocate your dog if they were to go missing and other valuable ideas on how to be prepared for anything. Accidents, emergencies and disasters happen when you least expect it. Are you prepared? Do you know what you would do? Do you have a plan? 

    Webinar Objectives

    • Attention
    • Stay
    • Come when called
    • Leash Walking
    • Impulse Control
    • Safety behaviors:
      • Wearing a muzzle
      • Cone
      • Taking medications 
      • Handling
    • Preparing for the unexpected:
      • Emergency Plan
      • First Aid Kits
      • Emergency Handouts
      • What to do if you are separated from your dog or pet.
      • What to think about and plan for if you are evacuated with your dog or pet.

    About The Presenters




    Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT and  is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.


    Pamela is a clicker dog trainer and educator in San Diego, California. Pamela began her training career when growing up on a small farm where she trained the family dogs, cats, and horses. She learned about clicker training and behavior modification through reading books, attending Clicker Expos/APDT conferences, watching dog training videos and taking numerous classes with her own dogs. Pamela believes it is important to continue learning throughout ones life and she loves finding new ways to train dogs. Pamela started her own business, Pam's Dog Academy in 2007.

    To learn more about Pamela click here

     

    - Love of the Water
    - Ability to Swim
    - Basic Foundation Skills
    - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
    - The use of targeting to aid in balance
    - Training techniques for dry land and water 
    - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
    • Sunday, October 11, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    A More Thoughtful Approach To Shaping Creates More Precise Behaviors. 

    Learn How To Improve your Shaping Mechanics 

    A webinar packed full of easily implemented mechanical skill improvements with vette Van Veen

    CEU's

    PPAB 1 CEU

    IAABC 1 CEU

    CPDT 1 CEU

    PPG 1 CEU

    KPA 1 CEU




    The art of pure shaping involves breaking behaviours down into small steps or approximations. Many people find that dogs becomes hyper, offer too many behaviours and show signs of stress such as yawning or walking out of pure shaping sessions entirely. If your dog is walking out of training or cycling through a plethora of behaviours hoping to "guess" right, then learn how to turn frustrated students into superstars when you realize that the click does not end the behaviour.

    Frantic, frustrated behaviour in the dog is predictable and avoidable. One important adjustment is addressing the position in which the reinforcement is given. Take a more thoughtful approach as to where to give food - creating calm, precise behaviours very quickly.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Position Feeding for Rapid Shaping Results and Calm Confident Canines
    • Click does NOT end the behaviour. Click marks it. Consumption ends the behaviour. Learn how to adjust position of reinforcement delivery to supercharge training results. Behaviours that sometimes take weeks suddenly come together with small changes. 
    • Look at training plan objectives (distance duration distractions) and determine how to use feeding to support this.
    • Identify the warning signs that position of feeding is not optimal.
    • Shaping to create calm. Is your dog thinking or frantic?
    • Recognizing the frustration and stress that can happen when position of feeding is contrary to your training objectives.
    • Discuss importance of rate of reinforcement. The sign to watch for that acts like a warning that position of feeding is hindering.
    • Reflecting on canine anatomy and how a few centimeters can change everything.
    • How to create fast ROR.
    • How to create movement.
    • How to create re-sets.
    • The importance of coaching owners on mechanics.
    • Knowing when to hold it and when to fold it. How do you know when it's time to step back and re-assess what is happening, and change it up.
    • Become fluent at communicating shaped exercises with your dog - create dynamic "conversations" where the dog picks up quickly and easily.


    About Your Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen PCT-A



    Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

    Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.



    • Saturday, April 30, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • PPG HQ

    A Four Day Chicken Clicker Camp With Terry Ryan

    April 30th, May 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2016

    IAABC - 25 CEUs
    CPDT - 21 CEUs
    KPA - 21 CEUs
    PPG - 24 CEUs

    Monthly Financing Available - Pay over 8 months



    Meet Greta Tudge, Faculty Member & Entertainment Director

    Learn Shaping, Targeting and Discrimination Skills

    with Terry Ryan


    "The usual training biases can be left behind. The playing field is equal--the vast majority of class participants have never touched a hen, much less trained one. No one has read a chicken training book or watched a chicken training show on TV.  Chickens are faster than most dogs, therefore are a good model to help with timing and eye-hand coordination.  It’s impossible to force a chicken to do anything—she’ll just freeze or fly away.  We must rely on keen criteria selection and a high rate of reinforcement to keep the chickens in the game.  Chickens aren’t as forgiving as dogs. Unlike dogs, you know immediately if you are taking advantage of a hen" Terry Ryan.


    Summary of Your Four Day Camp

    With the help of a variety of chickens we’ll work on mechanical skills involved with effective delivery for reinforcement.  Exercises include observing and recording  behavior on a simple ethogram.  We’ll explore how chickens acquire, store and process information. The student’s understanding of the concepts of applied behavior analysis will be developed. There will be several target exercises that relate well to the training of any species.  Through visual discrimination tasks, we’ll work on fluency, latency and problem solving.  No experience needed.  


    Why Attend a Chicken Camp To Improve Your  Skills

    You  do not have bad or good chicken training habits because you have never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops. 

    Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing. 

    Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them.  Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard, too fast.  Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chances as often as our dogs do.Each working spot student will be partnered with another human and a chicken to train.  You will take turns training your chicken and helping to coach your partner. 





    Listen to Terry Ryan explain why these camps are so effective for dog trainers. 

    A Typical Day At Camp

    These topics will be covered in approximately the following order. 

    • Mechanical Skills – drills for eye-hand coordination, timing and observation skills
    •  Ethology-consideration of the ethology, physical attributes, and stress issue of the animals
    •  Umwelt –  how individuals acquire, process and store information differently
    • Selection, identification and effective marking (use of bridge) of training criteria
    •  Reinforcement:  rate/schedule/value/delivery/quantity, 80% rule, Premack principle
    • Capturing and Shaping behaviors – in general and specifically to target training
    •  Criteria Selection and Identification – what do you really want? 
    • Goal Setting
    • Task Analysis – breaking it down, instructional formatting, training plans
    • Lateral thinking techniques

    Your Instructor - Terry Ryan

    Terry Ryan
    CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Faculty
     
    Terry Ryan, President, has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Through Legacy, Terry teaches pet dog classes, writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, hosts interns, and does consults. She was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University from 1981 until 1994. Terry was a competitor and American Kennel Club judge. She was on the American Humane Society’s advisory board for humane dog training. You can read more here




    Financing Options
    You can pay for this event over 8 months. 

    Additional Information

    • No dogs are permitted at the Chicken Clicker Camp
    • Financing is available over 8 months. after you register please contact Rebekah King
    • The complete event must be paid for 3 months prior to the event date
    • A boxed lunch from Panera Bread is  provided each day. ( a lunch order form will be circulated nearer the date)
    • Bottled water is also provided. If you require soda then please provide your own
    • You will be involved in handling chickens and their care during the workshop. Please dress appropriately. 
    • No refunds will be granted 
    • The property is in a rural area, please wear appropriate fully covered flat shoes
    • On-site parking is provided


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