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    • Thursday, February 18, 2016
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    Learn about the Research for MRIs and the Applications to Canine Neuroscience 

     with Mark Spivak

    CEU's

    PPAB 1.5



    This webinar will be a discussion of the genesis, considerations, and protocols relevant to the Dog Project's fMRI canine neuroscience research and the practical applications of the research findings.


    The Dog Project team was the first research group worldwide to achieve quality MRI images of any non-human animal obtained without incorporating sedation or restraints. Our research covers canine cognition, emotions, sensory perception, receptive communication, inhibitory control, and temperament. The research has practical applications for identifying optimal candidates for working and service dog roles and for improving training and human-dog communication protocols for working and pet handlers.

    The presentation will be appropriate for all levels of experience: Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced. Moreover, the presentation will be applicable to trainers, pet owners, and veterinarians interested in scientific advances regarding the canine mind and canine behavior and how such knowledge may improve their relationship with their working or pet animal and the performance of the animal.

    Webinar Objectives

    • The difficulties of training a dog to take an awake, non-restrained MRI
    • The research and potential medical advantages of having a dog take an MRI without sedation or restraints
    • The evaluation process for determining whether a dog can be successful as an "MRI dog"
    • The training process to prepare an MRI dog
    • Completed and ongoing research conducted by the Dog Project team.
    • Conclusions from each of the experiments/studies.
    • Practical applications pertinent to trainers, working handlers, service dog organizations, veterinarians, and pet owners.
    About Your Presenter
    Mark Spivak

    Educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of California, Berkeley, Mark left Silicon Valley and the semiconductor industry 26 years ago to train dogs professionally. His company, Comprehensive Pet Therapy (CPT) has trained over 50,000 dogs and around 100 cats via group classes, private lessons, in-home private lessons, remote private lessons, and board training. CPT teaches pets and pet owners basic obedience, advanced off-leash obedience, competition obedience, agility, tracking, trailing, household manners, and behavior modification. CPT has also operated the Atlanta CCI Puppy Raiser Program for over 13 years and has a growing service dog program of its own. Mark has titled dogs in AKC obedience, ASCA obedience, and schutzhund. He has competed nationally at schutzhund and KNPV, won a Regional Championship in schutzhund, and performed agility demos shown nationally on Fox Sports Net. He has also coached clients to AKC conformation, AKC obedience, agility, and schutzhund titles.


    • Thursday, February 18, 2016
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    FREE MEMBER WEBINAR

    Learn How to Introduce Cats to Each Other  

    presented by Patience Fisher 

    CEUs

    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1





    Join Patience Fisher as she discusses a protocol to introduce cats to each other, and the background information needed to understand how the cats are progressing during this process. Patience will also discuss cat communication, with emphasis on affiliative signals, peace-keeping signals, and aggressive signals. Having realistic expectations based on the backgrounds of the cats is important. Not all cats will be friends, but co-existence is possible if you set up the cats' resources correctly. Case studies that illustrate this will be presented.

    The steps in the introduction protocol include: setting up a safe room; showing a new cat the house; non-contact introduction; and short, supervised free contact. How to read the cats to know if it is all right to proceed to the next step is critical. How to keep the whole process stress-free by providing ample and correctly positioned resources is important.


    Webinar Objectives

    • realistic expectations based on:
      • the natural social system of cats

      • the sensitive period of socialization

    • how to read the cats' reactions
    • steps in the introduction protocol
      • setting up a safe room

      • showing the new cat the house

      • non-contact introductions

      • gradual free-contact

      • setting up the cats’ resources for the long-term

    About The Presenters



    Patience Fisher owns Patience, a Pittsburgh-based cat consulting service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service known as Walk, Play, Learn, she is now exclusively offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.

    Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute.

    Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.



    • Tuesday, February 23, 2016
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


         “Beware the Straw Man: Fact, Fiction & Science in the Dog Training World”

    presented by Linda Case

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    As dog owners and professionals, we make many decisions for our dogs (and for those of our students and clients) every day. Some of these decisions are simple and mundane, while others are of much greater importance to our dogs’ emotional and physical well-being. In today’s world, the amount of information that we are exposed to and which influences these decisions is vast and often overwhelming. In this webinar, attendees will learn to critically evaluate the various types of information that inform us daily about dog training and behavior. In particular, we will look at the role that science can (and should) play in our decision-making and how to make thoughtful and evidence-based choices for our training practices. The webinar will begin by reviewing the scientific method and specifically how it is put into practice in canine cognition, behavior, and training studies. A detailed case study will be introduced and used to illustrate study design, the use of control groups, selection of dogs, the need for blinding, and use of statistical tests. Attendees will be given the opportunity throughout the case study presentation to consider different study scenarios and the impact that these may have on conclusions that should or should not be drawn. The information presented in this webinar will be assist trainers, pet professionals and dog owners in making well-informed, evidence-based decisions for their dogs and for their professions.  

    Webinar Objectives

    1.     Participants will learn ways in which the scientific method is applied to studies of canine behavior, cognition, learning and training and will be able to identify all of the important components of a well-designed canine research study.
    2.     Attendees will understand the “evidence pyramid” of science and be able to critically evaluate various sources of information for scientific soundness and reliability.
    3.     A specific case study example in dog training will be used throughout the presentation to demonstrate concepts of study design, subject selection and representative samples, treatment group assignment, use of control groups, need for double blinding and use of statistical tests.
    4.     Participants will complete the webinar with an understanding of the types of conclusions that can (and cannot) be made through scientific study and an appreciation of the opportunities and the challenges that studying canine behavior and training in practical settings present.

    About The Presenter




    Linda Case is a popular speaker and author who lectures throughout the world about dog nutrition, training, behavior, and health. By training, Linda is a canine nutritionist, dog trainer, and science writer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and was a lecturer of companion animal science at the University of Illinois for 15 years. She also taught companion animal behavior and training at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Linda’s presentations to pet professionals focus on promoting the use of critical thinking skills and the scientific method when making important decisions for dogs’ nutritional well-being, training, and health. Linda owns AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center in Mahomet, IL (www.autumngoldconsulting.com). She is the author of numerous publications and books, most recently “Dog Food Logic: Making Smart Decisions for your Dog in an Age of Too Many Choices and “Beware the Straw Man: The Science Dog Examines Dog Training Fact & Fiction”. Linda is also the author of the popular blog “The Science Dog” (http://thesciencedog.wordpress.com/). She and her husband Mike currently share their lives with four amazing dogs; Vinny, Chip, Cooper, and Alice, and Pete the formerly feral cat. In addition to training dogs, Linda enjoys running, hiking, swimming, bird watching and gardening – all of which she happily shares with her dogs.

    • Friday, February 26, 2016
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    Learn How To Read The Nuts & Bolts of Scientific Research 

     with Yette Van Veen

    CEU's

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    As dog trainers become more adept at finding studies, it's important that we move beyond reading the abstract. We need to learn how to read the nuts and bolts of a study. The overwhelming amount of jargon can make reading a study seem like it's written in a foreign language.

    This webinar's purpose is to de-code the jargon. It's to help us understand what claims we can make, and which ones are premature. It's about having the confidence to know what a study actually might be saying. It's also about having the confidence in knowing that when someone says, "You can't apply that to the real world!", you'll know when that might be true, and when it might not be true.


    Webinar Objectives

    • How to read a research study
    • Types of research studies
    • The purpose and function of different study formats
    • Overview of the sections of a research report
    • How important are the number or participants
    • Control Groups - testing if something is "better than what?"
    • Validity - Is something interfering?
    • Jargon - what is a "MANOVA" anyway?
    • Statistics. Doesn't "P" means it's a good study?
    • "But the lab doesn't apply to the real world."


    About Your Presenter


      Yvette Van Veen PCT-A

       

      Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

      Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.



      • Tuesday, March 01, 2016
      • 1:00 PM (EST)
      • Friday, July 01, 2016
      • 2:30 PM (EDT)
      • Online Course via Webinar

      TrickMeister - Your Force-Free FUN Dog Training Program

      Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


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

      Checkout the course content here 

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

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

      Program Inclusion

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

      The Webinar Dates 

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

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

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

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

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

      sponsored by DogNostics eLearning


      Checkout the course content here 

      Three Levels - Multiple Titles


       Apprentice  Journeyman  Master
           
       DN-TMA  DN-TMJ  DN-TMM

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

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

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

      Apprentice Course Overview

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

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




      About The Program Instructor

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

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

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


      • Saturday, March 12, 2016
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EST)
      • Live Webinar


      The Use & Application of Training Mechanics to Help Develop Impulse Control

      presented by Jolein van Weperen

      CEUs

      PPAB 1, CPDT 1


      Join Jolein van Weperen for this one hour webinar on the use and application of different types of training mechanics. Jolein will discuss a wide and diverse selection of methods that are designed for you to use in your every day life. Methods that are  fun and focus on the skill of self control for both you and your dog.  Jolein will teach you that the level of self control your dog has will depend on the self control you exhibit. 

      For more information check out this short video.


      Webinar Objectives


      - What is Impulse Control?
      - How to implement Impulse control in the training session
      - Using Play as a reward
      Teaching your dog that  hands give and don’t take
      - The hand cue system
      - Make impulse control a way of life


      About The Presenter



      Jolein van Weperen of De Laar Dog Academy is an advocate for humane, ethical and trustworthy training methods.  Jolein doesn’t just focus on well-mannered dogs she strives to help clients have a happy, well-adjusted, confident and relaxed friend for the whole family.

      Jolein is known for her creative teaching style and the countless happy and self-controlled canine graduates her school produces. THE Dutch venue for international trainers, de Laar is also one of the most important cultural hubs for force-free training in the Netherlands.

      • Thursday, April 21, 2016
      • 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • Friday, April 22, 2016
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • PPG HQ


      Training Strategies For Success.  

      A Two Day TrickMeister Workshop in Tampa, Florida.

      Level - Apprentice


      Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell, originally from the UK and now a resident of Spain. Join Louise for this two day workshop in Wesley Chapel, FL.   

      CEU's - PPAB 16. Pending CCPDT, IAABC, KPA   

      What is TrickMeister 

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



      Workshop Agenda:

      • Click it!
      • Pay for it! 
      • Cue it!
      • Top gun reinforcers.
      • Strategies for effective delivery.
      • Luring for Success.
      • Let's Play: Spin, Twist and Figure 8. 
      • Five out of five! 
      • Learn your A, B, C s
      • Proof it! 
      • Say yes!
      • I have to hand it to you!
      • Let's Play:  Hand touch, TrickMeister Recall and Be a Statue!
      • Target Stick tips and tricks.
      • Let's Play: Target That Trick.
      • Capture that behavior!
      • Let's Play:  Say Cheese!  
      • Shape it!
      • Let's Play: Know Your Behavior!
      • Mold it!
      • Let's Play: Combine it! Rewind and Reverse Park!


      Learning Objectives

      • Improve your mechanical skills.
      • Learn how to clearly and effectively mark your training criteria with a clicker.
      • Learn how to safely and effectively deliver the reinforcer. 
      • Learn how and when to add your new cue.
      • Understand the hierarchy of rewards. 
      • Learn various reinforcement strategies.
      • Learn how to lure behaviors. 
      • Learn how to train in sets.
      • Gain an understanding of antecedents and how they will affect the behavior. 
      • Learn how consequences dictate behavior.  
      • Understand the relationship between Antecedents, Behaviors and Consequences.
      • Learn how to proof behaviors with variable body language.
      • Learn how to proof your cue - place behaviors under stimulus control. 
      • Learn how to use a verbal marker. 
      • Understand the practical applications of a hand target.
      • Learn how to teach a hand touch.
      • Learn how to skillfully use a target stick and its practical applications.
      • Learn how to capture behaviors.
      • Understand shaping.
      • Learn how to micro-shape behaviors.
      • Learn how to select criteria for minimal error and effortless learning.
      • Learn how to reset for success.
      • Learn how to use environmental props to help you mold new behaviors.
      • Learn how to combine the strategies for success!


      Who should attend?

      The workshop is aimed at both professionals and pet dog guardians wishing to increase their knowledge and skill-set!



      Supplementary Information

      • The seminar price includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon drinks.
      • Please arrive between 8.30 and 8.45. The workshop will commence at 9.00 a.m and finish at 5.00 p.m.
      • The property is in a rural area, please wear appropriate fully covered flat shoes.
      • On-site parking is provided.
      • No refunds will be granted.


      Additional Information for Working Spot Attendees

      • There are a limited number of working spots.  Please book early to avoid disappointment.
      • If you register for a working spot you may only bring one dog with you
      • All dogs attending must be dressed according to the PPG’s Guiding Principles. No shock, choke or prong collars. We recommend a comfortable harness or a flat buckle collar.
      • All dogs must be able to work comfortably in close proximity to other dogs and humans.
      • No noisy dogs, please.
      • Please bring with your dog's crate or mat, a Kong or other mentally stimulating toy.  Dogs will need to rest quietly for extended periods of time.
      • Please bring a target stick or wooden spoon, a light-weight leash or tab leash and a low-sided cardboard box.  Please bring lots of small tasty "high value" treats e.g. chopped hotdog, ham, chicken... Please also bring lots of small "super high value" treats e.g. lots of small pieces of steak (something your dog absolutely loves and does not get very often).  3/4 of your treats should be high value and 1/4 of them should be super high value.  Please don't underestimate the amount of treats you are going to use!


       Your Presenter


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

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

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



      Strategies For Success - A TrickMeister Workshop

      Sponsored & hosted at The DogSmith Training Center.


      • Thursday, May 19, 2016
      • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Learn How to Identify and Manage Cat to Human Aggressive Behaviors

       with Jane Ehrlich

      CEU's

      PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1



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

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

      Webinar Objectives

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

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

      • note the difference in body language that indicates developing aggression

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

      • Understand how to manage a cat's anger towards 

      About Your Presenter


        Jane Ehrlich, ACBC

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

         


        • Thursday, 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.

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