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    • Friday, February 03, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Errorless Learning:

     Setting Up For Success

    Presented by Kate Mallatratt

    CEUs PPAB,1.5. IAABC,1.5 and CCPDT,1.5.


    This presentation will consider the benefits of teaching your dog using the principles of errorless learning.  By setting up the classroom environment to limit our dogs' choices, we can explain more easily what we are asking of them rather than letting them guess.  This reduces learner frustration, increases the success rate and leaves your dog begging for more!

    The first part of the presentation considers the difference between errorless learning and trial and error learning.  It then looks at how to apply the principles to clicker training when free shaping and teaching more complex behaviors.  Finally, some applications for behavior modification are considered and a puppy errorless learning case study is discussed.


    Webinar Objectives

    • To understand the difference between errorless learning and constructivism (trial and error learning). 
    • To appreciate the benefits of errorless learning, the fallout of trial and error learning and the negative impact of frustration on behavior. 
    • To understand how to apply the principles of errorless learning to communicate with your dog more effectively. 
    • To be able to plan and set up the learning environment for minimal errors when clicker training and free shaping. 
    • To consider the applications of errorless learning for behavior modification.


    About The Presenter



    Kate Mallatratt is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and The Pet Professional Guild British Isles. She is degree-level qualified in Canine Behaviour Management, and runs her behavior and training business, Contemplating Canines, in East Devon, UK. Kate is a highly experienced trainer and assessor, specializing in errorless learning, a concept she incorporates into problem prevention and enriching the family dog's home environment.

    Kate has owned and trained dogs for over 20 years, and is passionate about optimal canine nutrition, having fed a raw diet for many years. She takes an holistic approach to her own dogs' care, using homeopathy and chiropractic to maintain their health and wellbeing.



    • Friday, February 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    Incredible Tricks Through Shaping 

    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)

    Part 2/6
    Teach Your Dog to Back up 

    Presented by Mariah Hinds

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


    Do you want to teach your dog fun tricks? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome skills.

    We will start with the foundation of what is shaping and how to get your dog started with offering behaviors that you can reward. Your dog will learn how to back up away from you using shaping. We won't be using body pressure or baby gates to build the behavior. We will start with one tiny foot movement and build to your dog being able to back up 50 to 60 feet away from you without you moving at all!

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
    • Setting up your shaping environment
    • Capturing the first rear foot moving
    • The power of reward placement
    • Adding duration/ distance
    • Adding a cue
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!


    • Monday, February 13, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    It's Not That Crazy - Voluntary Injection Training

    Presented by Emily Cassell

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


    Injection training-it seems like a lofty goal, something attainable only by the most skilled trainers and bomb-proof of pets. In reality, training for injections is not all that difficult. Much of the misconceptions about the difficulty of this training likely stems from our own fears of needles and, of course, injecting our own animals!

    Training for injections is just as straight-forward as training any other behavior. This presentation will detail every step of training this behavior from creating your materials and picking the right reinforcer to assessing your own progress by listening to your "patient." Examples from the zoo and pet world will provide a variety of experiences from which any pet owner can find something to relate! The goal of this presentation is to break a seemingly impressive behavior down into simple steps to provide trainers with the confidence to teach their pets to participate in their own medical care!

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the training of this behavior with various species, including domestic and zoo animals
    • Demonstrate DIY methods for creating materials for passive restraint and accurate desense
    • Detail a behavior plan for "free contact" injection work
    • Detail a separate behavior plan for passive restraint training
    • Choosing an appropriate reinforcer for a potentially unpleasant experience
    • Troubleshooting through various speed bumps
    • Assessing your progress by reading the "patient's" behavior-no matter the species
    • And more!!


    About The Presenter



    Emily Cassell is a keeper and trainer at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida and a professional pet trainer. She began her career in 2010 with fish and guinea pigs before graduating to dogs, cats, and rabbits. She operated her own training business, Phins with Fur Animal Training, and worked with Class Act for Dogs in Gainesville, Florida while pursuing a degree in animal science at the University of Florida before returning to Tampa to work at Courteous Canine, Inc. After completing internships with manatees, otters, and dolphins, she currently works as a full-time keeper and trainer with orangutans, tigers, gibbons, and various other species.

    • Saturday, February 18, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    Phobia in Dogs - Real Life Case Study Analysis 

    Presented by Claudia Estanislau

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


    Join Claudia in this case study analysis presentation focused on fearful or phobic dogs. In this presentation, she will provide discussion on how to help dogs overcome fear-based behaviours and how to observe the symptoms caused by fear.

    Claudia will specifically cover the fear associated with fear of people, other animals, and other environmental factors. This webinar will also aid in explaining to owners how to help their dogs cope with stimulations that occur in their daily lives.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn techniques to deal with fearful and or phobic dogs
    • Observe practical application of those techniques
    • Observe through case studies the success and mishaps that might happen when dealing with these cases.
    • Acquire information about dog communication signals presented by phobic dogs.
    • A new view on thresholds, habituation and desensitization techniques for these cases.

    About The Presenter



    Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant. She is currently the manager of It's All About Dogs training center in Portugal operating from four locations. Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Paula is also a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behavior and training.

    Claudia’s formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman and Claudia is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a PPG Member.

    • Monday, February 20, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:15 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    FREE MEMBER WEBINAR

    Step Off the Treadmill: 
    Time Management for Dog Trainers

    presented by Gina Phairas

    CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT (Pending), IAABC (Pending) 


    It’s rare these days to meet anyone who doesn’t say they’re busy, or behind, or that they wish there were more hours in the day. In fact, most small business owners feel perpetually behind and, unfortunately, it’s often the more important tasks, such as marketing, that fall by the wayside. It’s also common to see poor time management play a role in trainer burnout, as trainers put their own needs aside to work on the business, struggling to maintain a sustainable balance between work and home.

    If you need a few more hours in your day, if you feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around, it’s time for a time management makeover. You can have two days off a week and a shorter to-do list, and still make a living—oh, and spend more time with your own dogs, too. Join Gina Phairas of dog*tec to learn simple strategies, practices, and policies to increase your productivity, step off the treadmill, and get back in control.


    Learning Objectives

    • Learn simple strategies to organize and manage time in a systematic, flexible, sustainable way
    • Learn business practices and create policies that save time while increasing revenue
    • Learn how to create and use a master calendar to increase productivity while balancing work and play


    About the Presenter



    Gina Phairas helps trainers succeed across the country as a business consultant and leading force behind dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s top business consultancy. Gina brings her marketing and communications background and degree to her work with dog professionals, as well as her extensive training resume. Gina is a former San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers instructor, teaching and working alongside Academy founder Jean Donaldson to arm professional dog trainers with a comprehensive knowledge of positive reinforcement training techniques, and the mechanical and thinking skills needed to use them to greatest effect. As the SF/SPCA’s Rehabilitation Coordinator she developed and oversaw staff training and behavior rehabilitation protocols to improve the adoptability of shelter dogs with behavioral issues.

    Gina’s own businesses have included Tails & Tots, a dog training business focused on the needs of expecting parents and families with dogs, and ShelterWorks, a non-profit dedicated to improved adoption rates and decreased return rates through education and consulting work around staff and volunteer retention and training, adoption protocols, and assessment, enrichment, and training of shelter dogs. A tireless advocate for positive training and in particular for positive trainers, Gina speaks regularly on business topics at conferences and seminars across the country and via web seminars, teaches at positive dog training schools, and works one-on-one with trainers on building business skills.

    • Tuesday, March 07, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    FREE MEMBER WEBINAR

    Contract Management

    presented by Niki Tudge

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


    It is easy to overlook the importance of contract management because it seems to be a boring, mundane topic.  Contracts, however,  are the basis of most business relationships. If contracts are managed well, business relationship will flourish. If they are  not, companies face financial loss, relationship harm, and damaged reputations.

    With this “Contract Management” webinar you will discover the specifics of how contract management works and how to effectively understand and use business contract for your benefit.


    Learning Objectives

    • Identify contract elements
    • Understand ethical contract management
    • Calculate value
    • Negotiate contracts
    • Create basic amendments

    About the Presenter



    Before following her passion for animals into her own pet business, Niki Tudge enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry holding executive positions all over the world. This extensive experience managing luxury hotels serviced by hundreds of employees and management personnel provided her with incredibly broad knowledge in every facet of business. Her formal education and over 20 years of practical management, leadership and employee development experience allows her a uniquely effective perspective on the right way to manage a successful business. Her professional credentials include: AABP - professional dog trainer, AABP - professional dog behavior consultant, Pet Professional Accreditation Board – professional canine behavior consultant – accredited, and she has earned diplomas in animal behavior technology and canine behavior science and technology. Along with her business degrees from Oxford Brookes University, UK Tudge is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, an HCITB TS1, TS2 andTS3 certified people trainer and a certified facilitator and project manager. As the founder and president of the Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics eLearning and The DogSmith, Tudge has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. She has also recently become president of Doggone Safe, a non-profit educational organization. Tudge has published numerous articles on dog training and behavior and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many.
    • Friday, March 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    Incredible Tricks Through Shaping

    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)

    Part 3/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Heel and Pivot with You! 

    Presented by Mariah Hinds

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


    Do you want to teach your dog how to stay by your side and move with you when you move? Do you want to do rally with your dog? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome heeling skills.

    Teach your dog to reliably find and stay in heel position! Teach your dog to move their rear so they are accurately in the correct position. Whether you are moving sideways, turning left or right or moving backwards, your dog will learn to maintain heel position.

    Learning Objectives

    • Front feet on an object
    • Rear feet move into heel position
    • Find heel position from any angle while handler is stationary
    • Left turns
    • Removing the prop and generalizing the behavior
    • Find stationary heel position with distance
    • Heeling pivots and sidesteps
    • Right turns
    • Heeling backwards
    • One step forward
    • Adding turns and adding duration

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!


    • Friday, April 21, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Incredible Tricks Through Shaping

    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)

    Part 4/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Cross Their Paws

    Presented by Mariah Hinds

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


    Do you want to teach your dog fun tricks? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome skills.

    Your dog will learn the super cute trick of how to cross their paws while lying down. We will start with one tiny foot movement up close and build the behavior up to both feet crossing the other independently no matter how far away or how close you are.

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
    • Setting up your shaping environment
    • The first thing to click
    • The power of reward placement
    • Getting paw movement in the down position
    • Shaping the cross of the opposite leg
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior
    • Adding Distance

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!

    • Thursday, May 04, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    FREE MEMBER WEBINAR

    Four Key Guidelines for Caring for a Companion Bird

    Presented by Sheila Blanchette

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


    To celebrate the importance of care for companion birds, the goal of this webinar is to understand the importance of:

    Why Diet is important for longevity and health of a companion bird.

    Why Vet Care Exam is so important for companion bird? From CBC, gram stains to gender testing. As well as, vet care at home.

    Why it is important to understand you and your bird's behavior.

    Why developing Enrichment, Foraging, and Housing assists in a bird's comfort and confidence.

    All of these keys guidelines create a wonderful well rounded bird that can coexist in a human's world.


    Learning Objectives

    • Vet Care
    • Behavior Care
    • Diet Care
    • Enrichment Care

    About the Presenter



    Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education in the MA/NH Area (USA). Sheila’s main goal is to assist people with companion birds with behavior issues vs surrendering the bird. She is also a member of IAABC Shelter Division, Pet Professional Guild and American Federation of Aviculture.

    Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a companion bird. In 2017, she will be teaching Target Training Bird classes at the rescue for anyone with a companion bird. She believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel and a pug.

    • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Incredible Tricks Through Shaping

    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)


    Part 5/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Sit Pretty and Beg

    Presented by Mariah Hinds

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


    Have you always wanted to teach your dog to sit pretty? Now you can! We will discuss several methods to teaching your dog to sit pretty from luring to shaping to capturing. We will go through step by step how to teach this fun trick using luring or shaping and the benefits and challenges to each method. We will discuss in detail how to add duration and distance and stimulus control to the behavior. Join us to learn how to teach this fun trick!

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
    • Setting up your shaping environment
    • The first thing to click
    • The power of reward placement
    • Removing the prop or your hand
    • Adding duration and the power of reward placement
    • Adding Distance
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!

    • Friday, June 09, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Incredible Tricks Through Shaping

    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)


    Part 6/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Stand Tall and Hop Forward

    Presented by Mariah Hinds

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


    Teach your dog to stand tall and hop towards you from a distance! Impress your friends and clients and help your dog build muscle and core strength. We will discuss several methods to teaching your dog to walk on 2 legs from luring to shaping to capturing. We will go through each step to teaching this fun trick using luring or shaping and the benefits and challenges to each method. From teaching your dog to balance on their hind feet to teaching them to stand tall at a distance to teaching them to walk toward you, we will discuss it all. Join us to learn how to teach this fun trick!

    *Please note that not all dogs will be physically capable of performing the hop forward portion of this trick.

    Learning Objectives

    • Capturing the Stand tall behavior
    • Removing the prop or your hand
    • Adding duration and the power of reward placement
    • Adding Distance
    • Adding hop toward you
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!

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