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    • Monday, August 01, 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    FREE MEMBER WEBINAR

    Understanding behavior and the stepping stones towards bird training

    with Sheila Blanchette

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


    This webinar is all about bird training and behavior. Sheila will talk in this webinar about positive reinforcement, target training and the general topic of bird behavior and training. One of the topics covered will be bird body language and to wrap up Sheila will discuss how you can step into the world of bird training.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand what we mean by anthropomorphic in the context of birds
    • Gain an overview of birds and their normal behavior
    • Understand how to use target training when working with birds
    • Learn about positive reinforcement in the context of birds


    About the Presenter


    Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is also the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education.

    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 pet bird.

    Sheila has featured on WBZ TV (NBC) promoting bird adoption in her area.  Sheila’s main goal is to help owners keep birds in their homes as a permanent option.

    Sheila believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird."  Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets one of whom is adopted, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel which came along with her husband and his pug

    • Wednesday, August 03, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    May the Force Be With You - or Not 

    Presented by Kathy Sdao

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



    Of course, we’ll discuss a different sort of force than Obi-Wan Kenobi referred to in Star Wars! In this webinar, we’ll examine the use of coercion in animal training. While we aim to minimize our use of aversives, it’s essential that we understand the science of punishment and be aware of its potential side effects. Is negative punishment always preferable to positive punishment? Are secondary punishers safer than primary punishers? Admitting that punishment can “work,” what are the behavioral costs to the animal and to the punisher? How can we help our clients manage interactions with their pets to decrease their use of aversives? Our overall goal will be to bring more clarity and mindfulness to choices surrounding the use of force with our learners.



    About The Presenter




    Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB.

    Kathy is an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist based in Tacoma, Washington and has spent the past two decades as a full-time professional trainer for dogs and other animals.

    For her first ten years as an animal trainer, Kathy trained marine mammals at a research laboratory for the University of Hawaii, in the open-ocean for the US Navy and at a zoo in Tacoma Washington. Since 1995, Kathy has focused on training land-dwelling animals: dogs and their people.

    She has been honored to be on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2003. She also has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the APDT Newsletter, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society's Service Dog Education System; conducted rat-training camp for Terry Ryan's DogSense, instructed at Dogs of Course’s Instructor Training Course and appeared as the "Way Cool Scientist" on an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy!

    Kathy meets with dog owners in Tacoma, Seattle, and other areas in the Puget Sound region to design behavior modification plans, to teach basic manners to their dogs and to prepare for competition. She also travels extensively to lead dog training and behavior workshops that make the science of animal training accessible and practical for dog trainers and owners alike.

    www.KathySado.com




    • 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

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (Pending), IAABC 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
    .


    • Tuesday, August 30, 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Creating Counter Conditioning & Desensitization Protocols: Effective Methods and Skills for Successful Behavior Training

    presented by Angelica Steinker

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5



    Join Angelica for this "straight to the facts" webinar on Counter Conditioning and Systematic Desensitization protocols. These are valuable tools for all trainers and behavior consultants but often the theory is misapplied leading to a lack of confidence in the science. 

    Learn how to correctly apply these two independent protocols either separately or in combination. Don't fall into the all too common trap of misunderstanding or misusing them where as a result of failure trainers may think that it isn't an effective means of creating behavior change which leads them to climb the humane hierarchy.

    Learn how small adjustments to the  the application of Counter Conditioning and Systematic Desensitization is  often all that is needed to harness success in changing emotions and thus behavior. Learn to implement both the science and art of Counter Conditioning and Systematic Desensitization via an easy to remember formula.


    Webinar Objectives

    • To give trainers some basic information about Counter Conditioning and Systematic Desensitization protocols so they have an increased understanding of this valuable and powerful tool
    • Empower trainers with an easy to remember formula for the effective use of Counter Conditioning and Systematic Desensitization
    • Help trainer understand why Counter Conditioning and Systematic Desensitization may fail them and what they can do to get the protocol back on track.


    About The Presenter



    Angelica Steinker M.Ed., PCBC-A, C.D.B.T., C.D.B.C., CAP2

    DogNostics Co-Founder & Faculty Member specializing in Dog Behavior Consulting, Dog Sports, Dog Aggression and Learning Theory.

    Angelica is a published author in the field of behavior and agility. Her books, Agility Success: Training and Competing with Your Dog in the Winning Zone and Click and Play Agility, address the handler of the agility team and the use of clicker training techniques in the sport respectively, and emphasize the importance of playing and bonding in order to train agility behaviors to the highest level. 

    She is on the steering committee of the Pet Professionals Guild and is the Director of Training for the national licensing group The DogSmith.

    Angelica has also been published in the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and the Journal of Veterinary Behavior, both of which are peer-reviewed professional journals. She has been published in the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Chronicle of the Dog Newsletter, Dog & Handler, Animal Trainer Magazine, Dog Sport Magazine, Dalmatian Quarterly, and Clean Run, the dog agility magazine. She is currently working on a book that addresses the modification of the behavior of aggressive dogs. 

    Angelica is a sought-after public speaker who has presented at conferences across the country including the famous Camp Gone to the Dogs in Vermont, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Annual Conference, BARK Agility Camp, and Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo.

    Angelica has a Master’s degree in Education, which has served as the foundation for her certifications, ability to communicate with people, and understanding of dog behavior. She enjoys learning about operant and respondent conditioning, at the highest level. Her special interests are aggression, dogs that are difficult to train and problem solving.

    Angelica Steinker is also the owner of Courteous Canine, Inc. the #1 Dog Training School in Tampa. Specializing in Obedience, Manners, Agility, Dog Dock Jumping, Lure Coursing, Fun Scent Games & and many other activities.


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

    Does Canine Hypothyroidism Really Affect Behavior?

    Presented by Lisa Radosta DVM

    CEUs. 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.

    • Thursday, September 01, 2016
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, January 03, 2017
    • (EST)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online Course via Webinar

    TrickMeister Journeyman

    The Comprehensive Dog Training Course.

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB,15. IAABC,15.


    A five session program over five 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 and Increasing Your Team Knowledge & Skills 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!


    Journeyman Course Overview

    TrickMeister Journeyman is the Level Two TrickMeister Course.  This course builds on all the skills and knowledge you gained in the Apprentice Course.   The Journeyman Course sees you continue your journey on the road to becoming a Master in the art and craft of force-free training and tricks!

    You will continue to learn about the science behind the training and build on your teaching skills, while having lots of fun!  You will refine your ability to communicate with your learner in order to set them up for success and as you continue to increase your knowledge and add to your skill-set, you will be amazed at the progression made by both you and your dog or other companion animal.

    The knowledge and skills you learn in TrickMeister Journeyman will set you up for all your future training.  As you practice the behaviors that you learn, your student will also acquire new skills, continue to thrive and gain confidence; your relationship will further blossom and your bond will strengthen.

    You do not need to have taken the TrickMeister Apprentice Course, to enroll in the TrickMeister Journeyman Course, however, it is advisable to check the learning objectives and assessment criteria from the Apprentice Level to ensure that you have the foundation knowledge for this course.

    Your training partner can be any dog (or other companion animal) of any age and skill-set.

    Program Inclusion

    • Five live webinar e-learning sessions per level.  Each webinar includes a question and answer session.  The recorded webinar links will be sent to all applicants to watch at their own pace (after live broadcast)
    • PDF of all webinars sent to all applicants
    • Additional Learning:  Additional reading material and supplementary videos will be made available to all applicants via email.
    • Homework tasks: 
    • Open book/multiple choice exams. 
    • Homework video submission assessment. 
    • Video Submission Assessment
    • TrickMeister Course Facebook group


    The Webinar Dates

    1. Thu, Sep 1, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    2. Sat, Oct 1, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    3. Tue, Nov 1, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    4. Thu, Dec 1, 2016 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT
    5. Tue, Jan 3, 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT


    Checkout the course content here



    Watch this short webinar on the TrickMeister Program & Titles

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

    Three Levels - Multiple Titles


     Apprentice  Journeyman  Master
       


     DN-TMA  DN-TMJ  DN-TMM






    Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning


    About The Program Instructor

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board).  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.  Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor.
    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 and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  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.


    • Wednesday, September 07, 2016
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Maintaining Quality Control as your Business Grows


    Presented by Brittany Alwerud

    CEUs PPAB 1


    For business owners who have team members that work in the field, (dog walkers, pet sitting, dog training, etc.) maintaining quality control over the team and quality of service that your business provides becomes tricky when your business is growing fast. My webinar will offer insight, experience, and techniques that allow these business owners to still maintain quality control when they aren't there.

    They will learn how to implement the necessary structures and processes that will serve to be a strong foundation for there business to grow on, and how to set up their team for success
    .


    Webinar Objectives

    • Taking the leap from a one-man-band to creating a team you can trust
    • Employees vs. Contractors
    • How to find quality hires
    • Welcoming your new staff member to the company
    • Putting systems and processes in place for quality control
    • Performance Reviews

    About The Presenter



    Brittany began her dog walking business while she was attending UCSD. Before she knew it, she was walking 30 dogs/day. The last thing she wanted to do was work on the schedule, create invoices, and get back to customer requests. She felt like she was stuck on a hamster wheel of the daily grind.

    Brittany was on a search for years trying to find the right software solution. It was exhausting to come up empty handed. So, Brittany decided to set out and create a software that was a simple-to-use mobile business platform, Handlr.


    • Thursday, September 22, 2016
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Inbound Marketing for Non-Marketers

    Presented by Sam Mallikarjunan

    CEUs



    This webinar will cover everything you need to know in order to drive traffic, convert sales, and retain long-term customers through your digital marketing programs. We will cover the customer centric framework for sales and marketing ROI, optimizing the marketing funnel, and dive into specific tactics around traffic generation and conversion rate optimization, including SEO, Social Media, A/B testing, marketing automation, and much more.


    About The Presenter




    Sam Mallikarjunan researches corporate strategy at HubSpot and is the former Head of Growth at HubSpot Labs, the somewhat-secret experimental arm of the world's #1 Sales & Marketing platform. Sam teaches Advanced Digital Marketing at the Harvard Division of Continuing Education, and is the co-author of the book "How To Sell Better Than Amazon" (which, yes, is ironically available for purchase on Amazon).
    • Monday, October 03, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Non-Violence: A Choice for Trainers 

    Presented by Kathy Sdao

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5

    Are we as force-free with our clients and our colleagues as we are with the animals in our care? Our behavior-consulting work often takes place amidst emotionally charged situations. The stakes can be high and our clients can be upset, argumentative and unpleasant. Additionally, these same characteristics can describe our colleagues as well at times. And so, when dealing with disagreeable people, can we apply our core skills of careful observation, non-reactivity, gradual shaping and timely reinforcement of alternate behaviors? Let’s consider if we are willing to extend our ethic of non-violence to include our interactions with people as well as pets, and if so, what practical changes we could make to support this.


    About The Presenter




    Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB.

    Kathy is an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist based in Tacoma, Washington and has spent the past two decades as a full-time professional trainer for dogs and other animals.

    For her first ten years as an animal trainer, Kathy trained marine mammals at a research laboratory for the University of Hawaii, in the open-ocean for the US Navy and at a zoo in Tacoma Washington. Since 1995, Kathy has focused on training land-dwelling animals: dogs and their people.

    She has been honored to be on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2003. She also has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the APDT Newsletter, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society's Service Dog Education System; conducted rat-training camp for Terry Ryan's DogSense, instructed at Dogs of Course’s Instructor Training Course and appeared as the "Way Cool Scientist" on an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy!

    Kathy meets with dog owners in Tacoma, Seattle, and other areas in the Puget Sound region to design behavior modification plans, to teach basic manners to their dogs and to prepare for competition. She also travels extensively to lead dog training and behavior workshops that make the science of animal training accessible and practical for dog trainers and owners alike.

    www.KathySado.com




    • Friday, October 14, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Living with High Drive Dogs in Domestic Situations

    Presented by Kamal Fernandez

    CEUs PPAB, 1.5. IAABC, 1.5.




    As a professional dog trainer and behavior consultant, I have seen a dramatic increase in the number of dogs bred from specific ‘working lines’ being homed to pet owners, and as a result an increase in behavior problems linked to the dog not having sufficient stimulation. 

    This online webinar will give professionals, dog owners and instructors a greater level of understanding when dealing with dogs that can be described as ‘high drive’. These dogs are canine athletes, centurions and often prone to OCD behaviour….This can result in a ‘culture clash’ between the dogs needs and the knowledge of the owner. 

    No owner wants to feel over whelmed by their dog's behavior, or feel they aren’t meeting their needs. 

    This webinar aims to give the participant the skills and knowledge to fulfil the needs of these animals, and there owners. To enhance their own knowledge and result in a better relationship between dog and owner.

    This webinar is a must for anyone dealing with this ‘Type A’ personality dog in rescue, with clients, as an owner, potential owner or a dog behavior enthusiast.


    Learning Objectives


    This seminar will allow you to identify a “high drive’ dog, both physically and by behavior.

    • Identify common behavior problems linked with this type of dog
    • Understand why they have these traits
    • Coping strategies for these dogs
    • Learning to teach them to function in domestic settings
    • Techniques to manage and train their behavior
    • Problem solving
    • Preventing issues at puppyhood
    • Skills to identify this type of dog when buying/rescuing/rehoming



    About The Presenter




    Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez has over 20 years' experience training dogs from all walks of life. He started training in 1991 after adopting Scrunch, an independent free-willed chow-chow mix who prompted a trip to Newham Dog Training Club at Eastlea School in London, England. Thus began an epic journey into the world of dog training which started with a dog that would not come back when called, to competing in the Obedience Championship at renowned UK dog show, Crufts. 

    Fernandez has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the 'leading lights' in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. Now an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Fernandez has been invited to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

    • Thursday, January 12, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    The Effective Use of Toys as Rewards.

    Presented by Kamal Fernandez

    CEUs PPAB,1. IAABC, 1.




    The use of toys as reinforcement within training has become a lost art, however one that can be both effective and appropriate for the dog. Being able to effectively reinforce your dog, allows you to create behaviour in a timely manner. Understanding the importance of creating skills with toys prior to using them as reinforcement will ensure that problems encountered within training don't arise, create a solid foundation to build on. Effective use of toys as rewards, creates and consolidates relationships, develops focus and arousal for work/training.


    Learning Objectives


    - 5 Key games to develop with toys 

    - Where and how they can be utilized

    - Demonstrations of each skill

    - Balancing control vs drive

    - Arousal and its affect on behavior

    - Understanding ‘drives’

    - Handler mechanics

    - Benefits of effective toys as reinforcement

    - Trouble shooting


    About The Presenter




    Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez has over 20 years' experience training dogs from all walks of life. He started training in 1991 after adopting Scrunch, an independent free-willed chow-chow mix who prompted a trip to Newham Dog Training Club at Eastlea School in London, England. Thus began an epic journey into the world of dog training which started with a dog that would not come back when called, to competing in the Obedience Championship at renowned UK dog show, Crufts. 

    Fernandez has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the 'leading lights' in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. Now an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Fernandez has been invited to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

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