The Pet Professional Guild
The Association for Force-Free Pet Industry Professionals

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    • Monday, March 09, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    From Training to Day Care.

    What Does It Take and Should You Open Your Own Daycare Facility.

    with Tristan Flynn

    CEUs 

    IAABC 1 CEU, CPDT 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU



    Join Tristan Flynn for this webinar that will outline how to successfully open your own dog facility, including dog daycare, training classes, retail sales and the challenges faced when trying to open your own facility. It will discuss daycare management and operation, screening dogs, what to do and not to do when running a large scale dog facility and if you should make this jump from private trainer to facility operator.


    Webinar Objectives

    You will learn how to open and start your own dog daycare.

    • How to professionally screen dogs for day care suitability
    • When you should  remove dogs from the day care environment
    • What you should and shouldn't do with your play groups
    •  How to incorporate retail sales into your training and daycare operations
    •  How to choose where to operate your facility and what you should look for.


    About The Presenter




    Tristan Flynn is Co-Owner of Jollytails, the largest dog daycare, training, grooming and retail facility in Halifax. Jollytails hosts up to 70 dogs each day. Tristan is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and Certified Dog Trainer. Tristan is also a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers and has had the opportunity to work in person with some of the top experts in the world including Dr Ian Dunbar, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, John Rogerson, Dr Sophia Yin, Brenda Aloff and many others.

    • Tuesday, March 17, 2015
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM (CDT)
    • Live Webinar

      A PPG Case Study - The Most Challenging Behavior Cases



    Presented by Diane Garrod

    CEUs
    IAABC 1 CEU

    Ever had a difficult behavior change case? Join Diane Garrod for a webinar on the most difficult case(s) she has faced and and how they were overcome. 

    This webinar will cover the Insights into what the functional assessment revealed both at the beginning and what materialized later. You will learn what the tough spots in the process were and how they were overcome.



    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014.

    Diane has recently completed studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.


    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014. 

    Diane has recentlycompleted studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.
    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014. 

    Diane has recentlycompleted studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.
    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014. 

    Diane has recentlycompleted studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.
    • Sunday, March 22, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (CDT)
    • Live Webinar


    What's SUP Pup!

     Teach Your Dog To Stand Up & Paddle Board With You


    presented by Lisa & Brad Waggoner

    CEUs 

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs

    CPDT 1.5 CEUs

    KPA 1.5 CEUs



    What could be better than exploring local lakes and lazy rivers on a stand-up paddle board with your dog! In this webinar, through lecture, photos and videos you'll learn the prerequisites your dog should possess, the skills needed and how to train your dog so that you can consider your favorite furry friend as a paddle boarding partner.

    Join Lisa and Brad for a webinar where attendees will learn the foundation behaviors and practical training exercises their dog needs to safely and enthusiastically enjoy stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) on flat or slow moving water.

    The webinar is helping attendees learn how to teach their dog these skills. It's assumed that the human has already gained stand-up paddle boarding skills.



    Webinar Objectives

    • 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

    About The Presenters



    Passionate advocates for humane, science-based dog training, Lisa Lyle Waggoner and Brad Waggoner have studied animal behavior and the latest training techniques throughout their careers with dogs.

    Lisa is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a Pat Miller Certified Trainer – Level 2 and a dog*tec Dog Walking Academy Instructor. Lisa writes articles on dog training, is a regular contributor to Whole Dog Journal and is also a frequent public speaker on humane education, dog behavior and other dog-related topics. Brad Waggoner is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer-Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), a graduate of Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training & Behavior (KPA) and a KPA Certified Training Partner (CTP), and a dog∗tec Dog Walking Academy Instructor.

    Brad is also a Pet Tech Inc. Pet First Aid and CPR instructor. Lisa and Brad enjoy providing behavior consulting and training solutions to clients in the tri-state area of North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee, as well as offering educational opportunities for dog trainers and dog hobbyists throughout the U.S.

    - 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
    • Tuesday, March 24, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


     Learn How to Teach "Levels" classes - What it is, why it works, and how to do it


    presented by Nancy Tucker

    CEUs

    IAABC - 1 CEU

    CPDT - 1 CEU

    KPA - 1 CEU



    Ever wonder what exactly a "Levels class" means and what the big deal is? This seminar will define what it is, how it works, and why this is the best class format to use, with clear advantages for everyone involved: The trainer (business owner), the clients, and the dogs. Join us to learn what you need to have in place to offer Levels classes, and how to operate them.



    Webinar Objectives

    • Understanding what a "Levels" class format is, and how it differs from the traditional group class.
    • How the Levels class format can improve your cash flow, increase client compliance, and raise training success rates.
    • Learn what you need to do to get started

    About The Presenters



    Nancy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) and is a full-time trainer and behaviour consultant in Quebec, Canada. She has extensive experience teaching group classes for the local shelter as well as for her own business, and has presented seminars and workshops on dog behaviour to dog owners, trainers, and veterinary staff for the past five years. She does behaviour consultations as a staff member at a veterinary clinic in Quebec. Most of her time is spent doing private in-home behaviour consultations with clients.

    Nancy has written numerous articles on dog behaviour for French-language publications and several articles as a past member of the CCPDT writing committee, as well as training and case study articles for the Whole Dog Journal.

    Nancy is a Charter Member of the PPG, professional member of APDT, and a founding member of the Regroupement Québécois des Intervenants en Éducation Canine (RQIEC), a Quebec-based association of force-free trainers and consultants.

    - 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, March 29, 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar



    Learn and Master The Drop On Recall…It’s Really Just Fun and Games!!!


    presented by Barb Levenson

    CEUs - pending




    Join Barb Levenson for this webinar on Drop on Recall! She will go over how to teach the DOR as a series of games, behaviors and small behavior chains. She will break the DOR into many different fun games and activities. Barb will also give instructors games they can use in their classes.

    Webinar Objectives

    • How to teach a fast and fun drop on recall
    • The "SLAP" down and what it does for your drop.
    • Remote down using food and toys
    • Fun drop games for instructors to use in classes

    About The Presenters




    Earlier in her career Barb realized that many of the problems facing obedience dogs were a result of using compulsion training methods. Working towards perfect canine obedience at a competition level this set Barb on a quest to learn more.

    Listening to her own dogs Barb began to look for other methods. Influenced by Ted Turner (from Sea World), Leslie Nelson, Patti Ruzzo, and others, Barb began introducing positive reinforcement methods into her teaching and training as early as 1989. By the time she opened her own training school in 1991, she was using positive reinforcement in her puppy, basic obedience, and Canine Good Citizenship classes, and shortly after in her competition obedience classes. At present she holds classes in a 12,000 square foot facility in Pittsburgh PA.Barb added the sport of agility to her school in 2000 and a couple of years later began teaching the classes herself.

    Barb’s approach to both agility and obedience has her marching to a different drummer, in part shaped by her equestrian experience. She believes the best way to develop handling skills is “on the flat” – away from the equipment – and incorporates ideas from the horse world about training dogs on the flat. Barb also believes that a strong foundation in obedience sets the stage for a solid relationship with the dog that is critical to enjoying and succeeding in agility. And that means training and refining the communication – especially body language – between dog and handler. To date she has competed with eight dogs and has titles in obedience (Canadian and American), agility and herding. Barb is a instructor at DogNostics Career College and will be presenting a workshop at the 2015 PPG Convention in Tampa FL.

    - 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, April 06, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


     Understand How You Can Bring A Feral Pup Into The Pet Home

    with Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs

    IAABC 1 CEU
    CPDT 1 CEU
    KPA 1 CEU

    Webinar Overview

    In this webinar you will learn what is a feral and roaming dog? Yvette will speak about how all feral dogs are domesticated because species are  domesticated, not individuals.

    The webinar will look at what does a feral or roaming dog behave like? What does it look like? How extreme are the variations.
    There is a difference between appearance and behaviour. Just because a dog looks like a lab, it doesn't mean it behaves like one. As trainers, we work with behaviour, not so much with appearance.

     

    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn about the individuals and there are patterns that can emerge in specific geographical locations.
    • Feral dogs are very much dogs that have skill sets that allow them to survive in the wild. It's also an area of rescue that has a large proportion of puppies available for adoption, appealing to families looking for that normal family pet.
    • Learn why these puppies may struggle in a class environment where socialization is about letting puppies play and explore. .
    • Learn how to transition the feral/roaming puppies to life with families. 
    • Avoid the pitfalls of failing to see the bigger picture with these amazing dogs.

    About The Presenter


    Working as an animal behaviour consultant for over a decade, Yvette is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and member of the PPG. She is known for her work as a pet writer, having written for Sun Media (The Londoner), and then as pet writer for the Toronto Star. She is a regular at local schools teaching young children about "asking permission before petting".

    The majority of her experience comes from over a decade working with hundreds of feral and roaming dogs. She has shared her life with three such dogs, all of which became model dog ambassadors in the community. Their abilities ranged from helping children in schools, decoy work and therapy programs. In conjunction with ARF Ontario, they developed strategies to increase successful adoption rates. Yvette is also known for her blog, and the graphics at Awesome Dogs Shareables.


    • Sunday, April 12, 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar



    Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Using Force-Free Methods  

    Presented by Pamela Johnson

    CEUs

    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs

    KPA - 1.5 CEUs

    PPG - 1.5 CEUs




    This 90 Minute program focuses on keeping your dog safe when faced with rattlesnakes. You will learn how to teaching dogs to move away from rattlesnakes using games: attention, settle, in your face, building value, luring, targeting, leash walking, impulse control, recall, and stay.

    You will acquire insight into rattlesnake behavior and learn simple ways to tell the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. Pam will answer questions about rattlesnakes, provide helpful tips on safety and will even walk you through a variety of ways to make your backyard safe and rattlesnake free.

    Through the use of the training games and skills, you will build an amazing relationship with your dog and doing so, you will be able to protect your canine companion from rattlesnakes and in other dangerous situations.

    Webinar Objectives

    Keep dogs SAFE through the use of:

        • Management
        • Relationship building Games, Behaviors, Skills & Drills
        • Teaching avoidance of Rattlesnakes by training an alternate response
        • By using the Old Cue New Cue method to teach a new recall that means come to you when the dog sees, hears, or smells a snake.
        • By using remote controlled snakes to train alternate behaviors when seeing moving snakes or moving animals in general.

      •         
        Keep dogs SAFE by becoming educated about:
          • Rattlesnake behavior
          • The differences between poisonous & non-poisonous snakes
          • How to rattlesnake proof your backyard

      About The Presenters




      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
      • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Free Member Webinar

      Improving Your Interpersonal Relationships With Clients Through Enhanced Verbal Communication Skills

      with Niki Tudge

      CEUs

      IAABC, CPDT, KPA  - pending




      We've all met that dynamic, charismatic person that just has a way with others and has a way of being remembered. Attend this webinar and learn to  identify ways of creating a powerful introduction, remembering names, and managing situations when you’ve forgotten someone’s name.

      This Interpersonal Skills webinar will help pet professionals  work towards being that unforgettable person by providing communication skills, negotiation techniques, tips on making an impact, and advice on networking and starting conversations. This webinar will also help you identify the skills needed in starting a conversation, moving a conversation along, and progressing to higher levels of conversation.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Understand the difference between hearing and listening
      • Know some ways to improve the verbal skills of asking questions and communicating with power.
      • Understand what is ‘non-verbal communication’ and how it can enhance interpersonal relationships.
      • Identify the skills needed in starting a conversation.
      • Identify ways of creating a powerful introduction, remembering names, and managing situations when you’ve forgotten someone’s name.
      • Understand how seeing the other side can improve skills in influencing other people.
      • Understand how the use of facts and emotions can help bring people to your side.
      • Identify ways of sharing one’s opinions constructively.
      • Learn tips in preparing for a negotiation, opening a negotiation, bargaining, and closing a negotiation.
      • Learn tips in making an impact through powerful first impressions.


      About Your 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 Technologist
      • 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, April 26, 2015
      • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Get Creative & Jazz Up Your Training Through The Effective Use Of Props 


      Presented by Pamela Johnson

      CEUs

      CPDT - 1.5 CEUs

      IAABC - 1.5 CEUs

      KPA - 1.5 CEUs

      PPG - 1.5 CEUs




      If you compete in canine freestyle or simply just want to teach your dog some fun, entertaining tricks with props, then this webinar is for you. You will learn how to train tricks using cane/platform like props. Jazz up you and your dogs creativity through games that teach your dog to think outside the box using capturing and shaping.

      In addition to training your dog to do tricks with props, you will help build your dogs confidence around new objects and have a great time with your dog.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Teach your dog to be creative & build confidence
      • 101 Things to do with an object (Creativity)
      • Check it out game (Confidence)
      • Cane Tricks
      • 101 Things to do with a cane
      • Around/Behind
      • Over
      • Paws up
      • Platform Tricks
      • On/Off
      • Duration/Distance/Distractions (using the premack principle)
      • Stationary behaviors (Sit, Down, Pretty, TaDa)
      • Paws up

      About The Presenters




      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
      • Sunday, May 03, 2015
      • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar



      Learn How To Train Stationary and Distance Tricks & Behaviors  

      Presented by Pamela Johnson

      CEUs 

      IAABC - 1.5 CEUs





      This presentation will teach you how to take a behavior (any stationary, distance or moving behaviors at a distance) and build a reliable fluent behavior using force free/clicker training methods.

      If you compete in dog sports such as obedience, canine freestyle, agility or other dog sports and need nice duration behaviors, this webinar will be helpful.

      Training dogs to stay in one spot in a variety of positions does not have to be difficult or boring. You and your dog will learn to enjoy training duration stationary behaviors.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Train Stationary Behaviors and Distance Behaviors
        • Sit
        • Bow
        • Pretty
      • Get reliable fluent stationary behaviors by using:
        • Back Chaining and Building Behaviors
        • Clicker Training
        • Release Cues
        • Premack Principle

      About The 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 Johnson is a clicker dog trainer and educator with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and a M.A in Education Curriculum Development. As a full time middle school PE teacher, Pamela feels that many of the skills she uses to teach children transfer nicely to training dogs. Her passion is using force free training methods for behavior modification, as well as training complex behaviors and tricks. She thrives on the challenge of coming up with creative new ways to train dogs. Pamela believes that every dog she works with teaches her more about training, patience and most importantly, how to be a better person. Pamela travels presenting Canine Freestyle & Disc dog trick training seminars in North America and Canada. She is known around the world for her training videos on her Youtube channel "pamelamarxsen." She posts free tutorial videos in hopes that more people discover the magic of clicker training and learn that there is a way to train every behavior with force free methods! Her business Pam’s Dog Academy is based in San Diego, California. She is a CPDT-KA, a professional member of the APDT as well as the PPG.

      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, May 04, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      PowerPoint Intermediate Skills 

      with Niki Tudge

      CEUs

      IAABC 1.5 CEUs


      Please check out the Essential, recorded  (beginner)  PowerPoint Webinar as your first option. 


      Learn how to use the improved features of PowerPoint 2013. This webinar is designed to get into the advanced features of PowerPoint 2013. We will show you a practical way of learning with a hands-on and customizable approach. 

      PowerPoint 2013 is the world’s premier presentation software. With PowerPoint 2013 you are provided a new landing screen which makes launching and creating documents easier than previous versions. There is also an improved Presentation View with gives your presentations that extra focus. PowerPoint 2013 also has an improved user interface with an array of powerful tools to help you share your presentations through Skydrive!


      Webinar Objectives

      • Work with shapes, text boxes, and pictures
      • Use SmartArt
      • Use alignment guides, object order, and other advanced drawing tasks
      • Use tables
      • Work with audio and video
      • Use PowerPoint’s research tools
      • Use presenter view and notes
      • Use slide masters to create consistent slide elements
      • Perform additional types of presentation delivery



      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



      • Work with shapes, text boxes, and pictures
      • Use SmartArt
      • Use alignment guides, object order, and other advanced drawing tasks
      • Use tables
      • Work with audio and video
      • Use PowerPoint’s research tools
      • Use presenter view and notes
      • Use slide masters to create consistent slide elements
      • Perform additional types of presentation delivery
      • Monday, May 11, 2015
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Monday, August 17, 2015
      • 6:00 PM (EDT)
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      CEUs


      IAABC 12 CEUs

      CPDT 20 CEUs

      KPA 12 CEUs


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      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.

      • Monday, May 18, 2015
      • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (CDT)
      • Live 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




      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
      • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression

      presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

      CEUs

      IAABC 1 CEU

      CPDT 1 CEU

      KPA 1 CEU



      Why haven't we found a genetic test yet that will predict aggression in dogs? In this presentation Dr. Jessica will  summarize then current approaches that have been taken to answering this problem and explain the pitfalls that researchers have encountered. Dr.  Jessica will  describe some specific findings in dogs and humans and put them in context to explain their relevance to our understanding of canine aggression in the real world. The webinar will also discuss the  future directions of research in this area and give some hope for future results.

      Webinar Objectives

      • List some approaches to finding a genetic test for aggression
      • Explain why finding a genetic test for aggression is difficult and unlikely to happen soon
      • Describe some specific mechanisms for the interaction of genetics and environment to influence aggression in dogs

      About The Presenter


      Jessica is a veterinarian currently pursuing a PhD in genetics. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her lab studies a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior.

      Jessica is a New Englander at heart, but currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs (an elderly golden retriever and a fearful collie-retriever mix). You can learn more about her at www.dogzombie.com.

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

      Free Member Webinar

      Learn How To Play Sprinkles TM and The Benefits It Brings To Our Canine Partners

      with Sally Hopkins

      CEUs  IAABC 1 CEU, CPDT 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU 


      WHAT IS "SPRINKLES"(TM)?


      Learn all about the game "Sprinkles" Sprinkles is a new dog game that involves using your dogs sense of smell to search and find small food items.Sprinkles is a very simple concept and has many very powerful and amazing results. Sprinkles is not  an instant cure for all behavioral problems, but it is a simple and effective start to help make a change. Join us in this webinar to learn all about Sprinkles,how it is used and the science on why it is effective. 


      Webinar Objectives

      • Learn how to play the dog game "Sprinkles"
      • Understand the benefits of playing "Sprinkles" with your dog
      • Learn how "Sprinkles" builds confidence in your dogs abilities
      • Understand how "Sprinkles" can build strong positive associations for your dog.

      About The Presenter


      Sally Hopkins is the owner of Dog Games UK and the Founder of the game "Sprinkles" trademarked in the UK. Sally is a a Full member of Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, a member of the UK APDT and a member of the Australian APDT.
      Sally Hopkins has always been interested in dogs and has a broad background in most aspects of the canine world. Sally was one of the first group of students to take the two year course (International Dog Training School) taught by world renowned teachers such as Turid Rugaas (Norway), Alan Bauman (USA), John Rogerson and Sheila Harper (UK). 




      • Wednesday, June 24, 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

      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



      • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
      • 1:00 PM - 1:30 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



      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.



      • 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 

      IAABC 1.5 CEUs 




      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



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