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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.
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with Mark Spivak
Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, Mark left Silicon Valley and the semiconductor industry 26 years ago to train dogs professionally. His company, Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT) has trained over 50,000 dogs and around 100 cats via group classes, private lessons, in-home private lessons, remote private lessons, and board training. CPT teaches pets and pet owners basic obedience, advanced off-leash obedience, competition obedience, agility, tracking, trailing, household manners, and behavior modification. CPT has also operated the Atlanta CCI Puppy Raiser Program for over 13 years and has a growing service dog program of its own. Mark has titled dogs in AKC obedience, ASCA obedience, and schutzhund. He has competed nationally at schutzhund and KNPV, won a Regional Championship in schutzhund, and performed agility demos shown nationally on Fox Sports Net. He has also coached clients to AKC conformation, AKC obedience, agility, and schutzhund titles.
presented by Patience Fisher
PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Join Patience Fisher as she discusses a protocol to introduce cats to each other, and the background information needed to understand how the cats are progressing during this process. Patience will also discuss cat communication, with emphasis on affiliative signals, peace-keeping signals, and aggressive signals. Having realistic expectations based on the backgrounds of the cats is important. Not all cats will be friends, but co-existence is possible if you set up the cats' resources correctly. Case studies that illustrate this will be presented.
The steps in the introduction protocol include: setting up a safe room; showing a new cat the house; non-contact introduction; and short, supervised free contact. How to read the cats to know if it is all right to proceed to the next step is critical. How to keep the whole process stress-free by providing ample and correctly positioned resources is important.
the natural social system of cats
the sensitive period of socialization
setting up a safe room
showing the new cat the house
setting up the cats’ resources for the long-term
Patience Fisher owns Patience, a Pittsburgh-based cat consulting service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service known as Walk, Play, Learn, she is now exclusively 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.
presented by Linda Case
PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5
1. Participants will learn ways in which the scientific method is applied to studies of canine behavior, cognition, learning and training and will be able to identify all of the important components of a well-designed canine research study.
2. Attendees will understand the “evidence pyramid” of science and be able to critically evaluate various sources of information for scientific soundness and reliability.
3. A specific case study example in dog training will be used throughout the presentation to demonstrate concepts of study design, subject selection and representative samples, treatment group assignment, use of control groups, need for double blinding and use of statistical tests.
4. Participants will complete the webinar with an understanding of the types of conclusions that can (and cannot) be made through scientific study and an appreciation of the opportunities and the challenges that studying canine behavior and training in practical settings present.
As dog trainers become more adept at finding studies, it's important that we move beyond reading the abstract. We need to learn how to read the nuts and bolts of a study. The overwhelming amount of jargon can make reading a study seem like it's written in a foreign language.
This webinar's purpose is to de-code the jargon. It's to help us understand what claims we can make, and which ones are premature. It's about having the confidence to know what a study actually might be saying. It's also about having the confidence in knowing that when someone says, "You can't apply that to the real world!", you'll know when that might be true, and when it might not be true.
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.
Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
Level One - Apprentice. A five session program over 5 months.
Note: If you register for the program and cannot make all the live webinars you automatically receive a recording of each session in time to prepare your lesson homework.
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
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
Tue, Mar 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Mon, May 2, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Wed, Jun 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Fri, Jul 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT
Checkout the course content here
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
The Apprentice program is not a prerequisite for the Journeyman or Master courses. Watch this short webinar on the TrickMeister Program & Titles
Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG
presented by Jolein van Weperen
PPAB 1, CPDT 1
Join Jolein van Weperen for this one hour webinar on the use and application of different types of training mechanics. Jolein will discuss a wide and diverse selection of methods that are designed for you to use in your every day life. Methods that are fun and focus on the skill of self control for both you and your dog. Jolein will teach you that the level of self control your dog has will depend on the self control you exhibit.
For more information check out this short video.
Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell, originally from the UK and now a resident of Spain. Join Louise for this two day workshop in Wesley Chapel, FL.
The workshop is aimed at both professionals and pet dog guardians wishing to increase their knowledge and skill-set!
Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. Dn-FSG
Strategies For Success - A TrickMeister Workshop
Sponsored & hosted at The DogSmith Training Center.
with Jane Ehrlich
Join Jane Ehrlich for this webinar on how to identify aggressive cat behaviors.
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
Jane Ehrlich, ACBC
presented by Lisa Radosta DVM