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    • Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Course via Webinar

    TrickMeister - Your Force-Free Dog Training Program

    Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


    PPAB 14, CPDT - 12.5, IAABC - 10, KPA - 10

    Level One - Apprentice. A five session program over 5 months. 

    Checkout the course content here 

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

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

    Program Inclusion

    The course price includes includes your five live webinars (or recordings), your homework assignments, your open book online tests, your homework video submissions and your student support. This fee also includes your application fee for your TrickMeister Title.

    The Webinar Dates 

    1. Tue, Mar 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

    2. Fri, Apr 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    3. Mon, May 2, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    4. Wed, Jun 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    5. Fri, Jul 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    sponsored by DogNostics eLearning

    Checkout the course content here 

    Three Levels - Multiple Titles

     Apprentice  Journeyman  Master

    The course aims to encourage both guardians and trainers to develop new skills and increase their knowledge while having the best time possible.  You’ll never have more fun learning than when taking this exciting course!  

    Don’t let the name mislead you: The TrickMeister – Mastering Fun With Your Dog course isn’t just for dogs!  It is an absolute must for learning how to teach any companion animal!

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

    Apprentice Course Overview

    Level One – TrickMeister Apprentice is a foundation level course for anyone starting out in rewards based, science based, force-free training and the exciting world of tricks.  It is also suitable for those who already have some foundation (basic but much needed) knowledge and skills but feel they may be lacking in certain areas.  Your training partner can be any dog (or other companion animal) of any age and skill-set.

    The Apprentice program is not a prerequisite for the Journeyman or Master courses. Watch this short webinar on the TrickMeister Program & Titles

    About The Program Instructor

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited. Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of Force-Free Training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.

    Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.

    • Friday, April 15, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Subscription to BARKS July 2016
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    BARKS from the Guild. July 2016 Publication. Subscribe Now To Receive Your Printed Copy

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    If you are interested in subscribing to the BARKS July 2016 printed version then please complete the registration form. To access these prices we have to order a minimum of 100. 

    Please encourage your friends and other members to subscribe too. If for some reason there is a problem with the publication then you will receive a full refund.

    On the registration form we have listed prices from several countries. If  you would like to receive BARKS and your country is not listed then please choose the "Other Country" option. We will confirm with you if there is a small additional shipping fee to pay as soon as we receive your registration.

    About BARKS

    Published six times each year and managed by Susan Nilson, BARKS from the Guild presents a collection of valuable business and technical articles as well as reviews and news stories pertinent to our industry. BARKS is the official publication of the Pet Professional Guild and the electronic version is  distributed free to all members.

    Learn more about BARKS here

    • Monday, June 27, 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Learn How to Identify and Manage Cat to Human Aggressive Behaviors

     with Jane Ehrlich


    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    Join Jane Ehrlich for this webinar on how to identify aggressive cat behaviors. 

    It is important to understand why a cat might feel aggressive towards her owner, or to other people or guests within the household. In addition, through knowledge of body language to both anticipate the cat's moves and manage them 'in full flow', we can avoid the use of aversives, such as water spritzers and screams and cans filled with pennies.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify reasons for a cat's aggression towards a human

    • learn the differences between play aggression and the real thing!

    • note the difference in body language that indicates developing aggression

    • Learn how to achieve a happier relationship between you and your cat

    • Understand how to manage a cat's anger towards 

    About Your Presenter

      Jane Ehrlich, ACBC

      Jane is an Associate Certified Feline Behaviorist through the IAABC. Jane has over  28 years' experience, with clinical, academic and shelter background. Jane has given talks in universities, vet tech colleges, shelters and vet clinics. Jane established her business Cattitude Feline Behavior, offering consultations in homes, by phone, email and Skype for clients worldwide


      • Thursday, June 30, 2016
      • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Effective Training Sessions - The Pathway to Excellence

      presented by Dawn Gilkison


      PPAB 1.0

      Once you have set training goals, it makes sense to use your time efficiently to achieve outcomes. 

      This webinar will detail a way for you to structure your training sessions so that you and your dog are set up for success. 

      Whether you are training a companion or a performance dog it is important to be aware of aware of all factors so you can control the environment to your advantage. This will help you reach your training goals sooner.

      The webinar will define the five sections that training sessions can be dissected into. 

      Webinar Objectives

      • Understand the environment, where you are training
      • Know what equipment and tools you will be using
      • Learn about engagement and how you relate to your dog
      • Understand what is efficient action, your training plan and mechanics
      • Lastly learn about the process of evaluation, your reflection and next steps

      About The Presenter

      Dawn Gilkison KPA CTP is the owner of Positive Solutions Dog Training, located in the Portland, Oregon metro area. 

      Dawn has trained dogs for agility, obedience, conformation, and upland and waterfowl hunting. She works with clients one-on-one to create attentive companions and focused performance dogs. In addition to training dogs, Dawn teaches Biology at a local community college.

      • Sunday, July 10, 2016
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Learn How to Train your Easily Frustrated Dog

      presented by Alexandra Santos


      PPAB 1

      Training a dog that gets frustrated easily can be challenging and make us feel desperate or incompetent at times. We have all been told to ask the dog for behaviors such as sitting before eating, staying until allowed to go out the door, and so on. But what if a dog gets so frustrated that he can't even listen to our cues?

      This webinar's purpose is to provide us with tools to train an easily frustrated dog without our own patience being tried to the limit, while avoiding the use of aversives as a last resort.

      Webinar Objectives

      • How to recognize frustration in a dog
      • The most common causes of frustration
      • The application of differential schedules of reinforcement in the training process
      • How to set the easily frustrated dog up for success
      • The nuts and bolts of teaching the easily frustrated dog to: loose leash walk, stop mouthing and jumping on visitors, control himself when wanting food or a toy, not run out a door or gate.

      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.

      • Wednesday, July 13, 2016
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Get Up and Running with QuickBooks – Your QB Quick Start Guide

      presented by Rick Ingram


      PPAB 1

      Join Rick Ingram for a one-hour webinar on the basics of getting started with QuickBooks. Rick will review setting up and getting started with this essential bookkeeping system.
      Keeping accurate books are essential for small businesses and impact not only your financial systems but also your branding and your service delivery because:
      • Clients need to receive accurate, understandable invoices.
      • Vendor bill's need to be accurately tracked and paid.
      • Financial processes are a statement of your organization's effectiveness and professionalism.
      • Your business decisions need to be made based on accurate financial information.
      No more shoe box accounting. By learning some simple skills, you will better understand your company's operations, save money in bookkeeping fees, facilitate a more expedited tax return process and increase your company’s effectiveness.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Why it is essential to use a bookkeeping software system
      • Which is best for you, online versus desktop
      • Setting up your company
      • Understanding the chart of accounts and how to set them up
      • Learn how to set up your services and items
      • Generate professional estimates and invoices
      • How to deposit money into your bank account from the Quick books dashboard

      About The Presenter

      Rick Ingram is a PPG Board Member and has been involved in running small businesses since 2006.
      • Thursday, July 14, 2016
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Psychological Trauma and PTSD in Dogs Really Affect Behavior?

      presented by Dr. Franklin McMillan


      PPAB 1.25

      Join Dr. Franklin McMillan for this presentation about the most current knowledge covering psychological trauma in dogs, including types, causes, and treatments. The concept of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) will be presented as it relates to dogs. The role of fear in psychological trauma will be clarified.

      Webinar Objectives

      • To understand the types of psychological trauma in dogs
      • To review the most important causes of psychological trauma in dogs
      • To learn the key results of our studies on dogs rescued from abuse, puppy mills, and hoarding situations
      • To acquire the most current information on canine PTSD in military dogs
      • To review the current approaches to treating psychological trauma in dogs

      About The Presenter

      Frank McMillan, DVM is a board-certified specialist in animal welfare and veterinary internal medicine and currently the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society. Before coming to Best Friends in 2007, Dr. Frank was in private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years and was a clinical professor of medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Frank’s research concerns animal quality of life and the mental health and emotional well-being of animals who have endured hardship, adversity, and psychological trauma. Dr. Frank lectures worldwide and has published dozens of scientific journal articles and is the author of the textbook Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals, and a book for the general public titled Unlocking the Animal Mind.

      • Monday, August 22, 2016
      • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Will The Real Behavior Case Please Stand Up?

      presented by Dr Lynn Honeckman


      PPAB 1.5

      The presentation will be a Case Study Review (6 cases) of specific cases that were referred by veterinarians to Veterinary Behavior Solutions for behavior concerns. The cases are both canine and feline, and explore issues with aggression, training concerns/nuisance behaviors, and inappropriate elimination.

      Careful review of the History, Physical exam findings, Behavior Assessment, and Treatment Plan will be outlined for each case.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Identifying specific owner behavior complaints
      • Fine-tuning the Behavior Assessment
      • Creating Diagnostic Rule-outs from a veterinary perspective
      • Creating a treatment plan based on medical or behavior problems
      • Keeping communication open between veterinarians and behavior consultants

      About The Presenter

      Dr Lynn Honeckman is a graduate of the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine with a passion for behavior. She majored in ethology and animal science in undergrad at Purdue, and has graduated from the North American Veterinary professional Institute Behavior Course presented by Dr Karen Overall, including the clinical behavior course and the advanced behavior course. She has extensive experience in small animal, exotic, wildlife rehabilitation, and shelter medicine and surgery.

      Dr Lynn Honeckman currently owns Veterinary Behavior Solutions, a practice devoted to small animal behavior concerns throughout the Orlando, FL area. Her special areas of interest are fear, anxiety, and aggression in both dogs and cats. She has helped create the Central Florida Force-Free Veterinary Behavior and Trainers Network to help promote positive relationships between veterinarians and trainers. Dr Honeckman is on the Special Council of PPG, is the committee chairperson for Position statements for AVSAB, and is currently serving on the Advisory Board for Dr Marty Becker's Fear-Fear Initiative.

      • Thursday, September 01, 2016
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Does Canine Hypothyroidism Really Affect Behavior?

      presented by Lisa Radosta DVM


      PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

      Canine hypothyroidism has long been targeted as a cause of behavior disorders. This lecture will examines the research associated with canine hypothyroidism as it relates to emotional disorders in dogs with a goal of expanding knowledge and critical assessment of claims.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Understand how thyroid hormones affect the specific body systems.
      • Understand current research in canine hypothyroidism.
      • Understand how to critically examine the research.

      About The Presenter

      Dr. Radosta is the owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in Jupiter Florida. She completed a residency in behavioral medicine at University of Pennsylvania where she received two national research awards. She has authored textbook chapters; writes a column for the Palm Beach Post and podcasts CE for VetGirl. She has published research papers on thyroid disease and clinician client communication and has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the behavior section editor for Small Animal Advances in Medicine and Surgery, sits on the American Animal Hospital Association Behavior Management Guidelines Task Force and the Fear Free Advisory Board.

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