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The Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals

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    • Sunday, September 13, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Reactive Dogs - The Science and Art of Set Ups and The Use of Decoy Dogs to Achieve Success

    with Yvette Van Veen


    PPAB 1.5 
    IAABC 1.5 
    CPDT 1.5 
    PPG 1.5 
    KPA 1.5 

    Owners often struggle to develop skills to help their dogs overcome reactivity. Set ups and decoy dogs can help owners as they develop skills. This can create safer training sessions and increase productivity. However, many dogs do well in set ups, yet fail in real life. This webinar will look at the details that can undermine a dog's progress and show how to remove walls and obstacles to success.

    Learn how to create effective set ups that mimic real life. Avoid common pitfalls of blocking and overshadowing. Set up your set ups for long-term gains. Learn how and when to use decoy dogs, including advanced set ups to address problems such as sudden environmental contrast.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Differentiate between leash reactivity and anxiety. Learn to choose which strategy to employ when addressing both.
    • Hallmarks of an effective setup. Understanding how small changes in execution offers clarity to the dog & helps keep the dog under threshold. Use of latency in counter-conditioning and addressing rate of reinforcement/position feeding for positive reinforcement.
    • Taking down the walls that prevent success. Preventing blocking, overshadowing and undesired cues. Ensure the dog is learning what we set out to teach.
    • Creating clean associations. Faking the rushing dog, working on sudden environmental contrast, factors to consider when creating training plans that go from easy to difficult.
    • Fast initial results versus long-term gains. Steps to take to achieve more stable results.
    • Identify what makes a good decoy dog. Is your dog suitable? What are the ethical considerations of asking dogs to do this task? Which tasks can they do? Insulating against potential problems.

    About The Presenter


    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, September 15, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Trade show and Pet Business Event Management Skills

    with Niki Tudge


    PPAB 1.5 
    IAABC 1.5 
    CPDT 1.5 
    KPA 1.5 
    PPG 1.5 

    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 


    • 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
    • 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

    • Tuesday, September 22, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Learn How to Manage and Prevent Burnout & Compassion Fatigue While Working with Animals

    presented by Dr. Linda Harper


    PPAB 1.5 CEU,  IAABC 1.5 CEU, CPDT 1.5 CEU, KPA 1.5 CEU

    There is no limit to the joy in giving to animals. SO then why do we often feel overwhelmed and depleted while doing the work we love? Passion and purpose drive us so we often take on too much and become exhausted and depleted. We block the peaceful contentment in our lives. When we restore the joy in our life-enhancing and life-saving work, we balance our own needs with the desires we have to give, we deeply connect with the animals and with each other, and we reclaim the powerful, contagious energy needed to reach our shared vision of a kinder world for animals and for all living beings. 
    Whether you have been involved with animals all of your life, or are just starting your purposeful work, this webinar will help you face the challenges and find the joy! It is designed for anyone with love and compassion for animals.

    Webinar Objectives

    • To understand the importance of joy in our work with the animals
    • To understand the challenges that animal lovers face that can led to depletion and exhaustion and blocks the joy.
    • To understand the personality characteristics unique to the animal lover
    • Learn strategies to balance our own needs with our desire to give to animals
    • To understand the importance of daily self-care in maintaining joy and effectiveness in the work we do.
    • Understand how the contagious, self-perpetuating and powerful energy of joy is needed to help more animals.
    • Learn specific and practical ways to take care of ourselves every day.
    • Learn the individual and organizational signs of stressed-out giving, burnout and compassion fatigue

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Harper has always been an animal lover and advocate. She is the founder and past director of Blessed Bonds, a foster-based program that helps people and pets stay together in crisis. Coming back from her own experience of burnout while directing this program, she is passionate about helping those who give to animals reclaim and maintain the joy in the journey.

    Linda has been a clinical psychologist for over thirty years and facilitates Wings, the pet loss support group for the Chicago Veterinary Medical Association. She is a speaker for animal shelters and conferences throughout the country and internationally and a regular presenter at the Best Friends National Conference and workshop leader at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. She is the author of four books including her most recent The Power of Joy in Giving to Animals (foreword and contributions by Faith Maloney.
    • Sunday, September 27, 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Disaster Preparedness Drills & Safety For Your Dog 

    Presented by Pamela Johnson


    PPAB 1.5 CEUs

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs

    CPDT 1.5 CEUs

    PPG 1.5 CEUs

    KPA 1.5 CEUs

    You will learn how to train dogs to do a variety of important life saving behaviors that all dogs should know and practice as well as safety behaviors.

    Pamela will take you through a variety of ways to condition your dog to accept wearing a cone and a muzzle, enjoy being handled and even massaged. She explains why it is important to train dogs to enjoy these things and not wait until an emergency happens when the dog is scared and worried because all of a sudden he has to wear a muzzle or a cone. 

    Do you or your clients have a difficult time getting dogs to take medication? This webinar will go over a few different ways on how to get your dog to take and enjoy taking his medication, without any struggle. Finally giving your dog medication will be easy and stress free for you and your dog. 

    You will also learn what you would need if an emergency or disaster strikes, such as first aid kits and what to put in them, handouts that could help you relocate your dog if they were to go missing and other valuable ideas on how to be prepared for anything. Accidents, emergencies and disasters happen when you least expect it. Are you prepared? Do you know what you would do? Do you have a plan? 

    Webinar Objectives

    • Attention
    • Stay
    • Come when called
    • Leash Walking
    • Impulse Control
    • Safety behaviors:
      • Wearing a muzzle
      • Cone
      • Taking medications 
      • Handling
    • Preparing for the unexpected:
      • Emergency Plan
      • First Aid Kits
      • Emergency Handouts
      • What to do if you are separated from your dog or pet.
      • What to think about and plan for if you are evacuated with your dog or pet.

    About The Presenters

    Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT and  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, October 06, 2015
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    What are Bridging Stimuli and How Many Types Are There?

    with Angelica Steinker


    PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    Learn what a bridging stimulus is and what other types of bridging stimuli are being used in dog sports to communicate and create complicated behavior chains to dogs. Regardless of whether you click or use a verbal marker this presentation will take your understanding of what you can do with a bridging stimulus to the next level. Learn what a tertiary reinforcer is and how it can be useful in pet training. What is a keep going signal and why was it invented. 

    The term intermediate bridge was coined by Kayce Cover and in this presentation it is functionally analyzed and explained. Come join the fun and take your level of bridging stimuli to the next level!

    Workshop Objectives

    • Learn about Bridging Stimuli such as a training technique called the intermediate bridge. 
    • Learn about what is a tertiary reinforcer? 
    • Learn about what is a keep going signal? 
    • Learn about how  they are used and what  they teach dogs?

    About The Presenter


    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. Angelica sees agility and other dog sports are a barometer of a dog's life enabling her to assess the dog's quality of life and leveraging dog sport behaviors to make necessary shifts to ultimately bring more joy and fun to dog and owners lives.

    She is on the steering committee of the Pet Professionals Guild and a founding member of this cutting edge association for science-based trainers and animal professionals. She is also on the Education Committee of Pet Professional Guild and is proud of her contributions to the Pet Professional Accreditation Board in assisting with the creation of the dog training and behavior accreditation programs.  She is the Director of Training for the national licensing group The Dog Smith.

    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. 
    She is a certified dog behavior consultant by the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and Applied Animal Behavior Professionals.  She was the first person in Florida to obtain this behavior certification and is the only one to have it with 16 years full time experience. She is a Co-founder and faculty member at DogNostics Career College  and intensely enjoys mentoring future Pet Care Technicians, Dog Trainers and Dog Behavior Consultants. 

    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.

    • Sunday, October 11, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    A More Thoughtful Approach To Shaping Creates More Precise Behaviors. 

    Learn How To Improve your Shaping Mechanics 

    A webinar packed full of easily implemented mechanical skill improvements with vette Van Veen


    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, PPG 1, KPA 1 

    The art of pure shaping involves breaking behaviours down into small steps or approximations. Many people find that dogs becomes hyper, offer too many behaviours and show signs of stress such as yawning or walking out of pure shaping sessions entirely. If your dog is walking out of training or cycling through a plethora of behaviours hoping to "guess" right, then learn how to turn frustrated students into superstars when you realize that the click does not end the behaviour.

    Frantic, frustrated behaviour in the dog is predictable and avoidable. One important adjustment is addressing the position in which the reinforcement is given. Take a more thoughtful approach as to where to give food - creating calm, precise behaviours very quickly.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Position Feeding for Rapid Shaping Results and Calm Confident Canines
    • Click does NOT end the behaviour. Click marks it. Consumption ends the behaviour. Learn how to adjust position of reinforcement delivery to supercharge training results. Behaviours that sometimes take weeks suddenly come together with small changes. 
    • Look at training plan objectives (distance duration distractions) and determine how to use feeding to support this.
    • Identify the warning signs that position of feeding is not optimal.
    • Shaping to create calm. Is your dog thinking or frantic?
    • Recognizing the frustration and stress that can happen when position of feeding is contrary to your training objectives.
    • Discuss importance of rate of reinforcement. The sign to watch for that acts like a warning that position of feeding is hindering.
    • Reflecting on canine anatomy and how a few centimeters can change everything.
    • How to create fast ROR.
    • How to create movement.
    • How to create re-sets.
    • The importance of coaching owners on mechanics.
    • Knowing when to hold it and when to fold it. How do you know when it's time to step back and re-assess what is happening, and change it up.
    • Become fluent at communicating shaped exercises with your dog - create dynamic "conversations" where the dog picks up quickly and easily.

    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.

    • Friday, October 16, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Are You Biting Off More Than You Can Chew? Are You Really Ready to Work With Aggression Cases?

    with Pamela Dennison


    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

    Lately trainers running aggressive dog classes seem to be on the rise. This is good and bad. Good because people who own aggressive dogs have more options for working with their dogs than ever before. Bad because it means that aggression in dogs is on the rise. Good because more people are preferring to work with their dogs, rather than opting to euthanize, and bad because so many trainers who run classes are not qualified to do so, and often end up making the dog worse.

    Trainers who don’t own aggressive dogs can lead an aggressive dog class, but living with an aggressive dog is the best teacher. These trainers experience up close and personal the fears, frustrations, the cost and time limitations, as well as the stigma that society places on owners of aggressive dogs. To maximize the training, it’s important to remember that there’s an owner attached to the top half of the leash and not just focus on the dog.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Do you have enough knowledge to work with aggressive dogs
    • Does the listener know enough about training foundation skills?
    • Do you know how to assess a team?
    • Can you learn from your mistakes?
    • Do you have a real "feel" for dogs?
    • Do you know to design sessions within the CC/DS process?
    • Do you now what to do if things go "south?"
    • Do you know how to make sure things don't go "south" in the first place?

    About Your Presenter

    Pam Dennison, CDBC, CWRI is a member of the DWAA (Dog Writers Association of America) and is a Certified Animal Behavior Consultant with the IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants), member of The Pet Professional Guild, Truly Dog Friendly and former member of NADOI and Association of Professional Dog Trainers.

    Pam is the author of six books, five online classes, 6 webinars, and three DVDs. She runs daily classes in her Washington, NJ facility and presents seminars through the world on a myriad of topics.

    • Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Learn About The Biology of Socialization

    presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman



    We've known for years how important it is to socialize puppies (and, in fact, animals of all mammalian species) at a young age in order to prevent behavior problems such as fearfulness and aggression from cropping up later. In this webinar, we will learn about how the canine socialization period was discovered, and we'll review the current state of knowledge about its timing. In the meat of the talk, we'll discuss some recent research findings about exactly what is going on in the brain which is different in puppies in their socialization window compared to older dogs outside the socialization window. We'll talk about differences in the puppy stress response and where those differences originate; we'll also talk about studies that have used a critical period of eye development to learn about neural wiring differences in the socialization period, and what implications those have for puppies. Finally, we will discuss appropriate ways of balancing a puppy's need for socialization with the dangers of exposing a puppy to other dogs before its immune system is mature.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Describe the timing of the canine socialization window and the methods used to discover it
    • Describe two mechanisms which are known to function differently in the mammalian brain during the socialization period
    • Suggest approaches to satisfying a puppy's need for socialization with the dangers of exposing a puppy to other dogs prior to the end of its puppy vaccine series

    About The Presenter

    Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, MS is fascinated by dog brains. She is a PhD student at the University of Illinois, training in a genomics lab which studies a population of tame foxes. Her interests include the stress response in mammals, canine behavior, shelter medicine, and animal welfare. You may learn more about Jessica at
    • Thursday, November 05, 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    How To Teach Your Dog a Solid Recall  

    presented by  Alexandra Santos


    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    Many dog owners don't give their dogs much freedom to run loose, because they're afraid the dog won't come back when called. It's a fact that, the moment the leash is removed from the dog's collar, we immediately enter into direct competition with the environment - the dog is free and thus can make choices between interacting with the environment or something in it and coming to us when called. It is also a fact that we often, inadvertently, train "stubbornness" and reinforce non-compliance with the recall cue.

    This webinar will teach dog owners how to train a solid recall by avoiding common mistakes, following some basic rules for success, choosing the right reinforcers, and providing the correct consequences for compliance and for non-compliance.

    Webinar Objectives

    • A brief overview of respondent conditioning
    • A brief overview of operant conditioning
    • David Premack's principle; reinforcer sampling; jackpot
    • Main reasons why dogs fail the recall
    • Common mistakes while teaching the recall
    • Basic rules for teaching a solid recall
    • The solid recall step by step
    • When and how to put the recall on an intermittent schedule

    About The Presenter

    Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

    She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems” and “Puppy and Dog Care” and has also authored and co-authored several articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, has been a lecturer at several seminars on positive reinforcement-based training, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people.

    • Thursday, December 03, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Learn How to Live with A Thunder Phobic Dog 

    presented by Tonya Wilhelm


    PPAB 1.5 CEU,  IAABC 1.5 CEU, CPDT 1.5 CEU, KPA 1.5 CEU

    In this workshop, you will learn tools on how to keep your dog (or your client's dog) safe during storms while you start a behavior modification program to address your dog's phobia. We will discuss a long-term treatment plan, calming aids, food therapy and other protocols to assist in your dog's comfort during storms. 

    We will also discuss how to identify dogs at risk and how to decrease the chance of thunder phobias with a prevention program. Last we will address how important it is to get your clients on board.

    Webinar Objectives

    • How to manage your thunder phobic dog (safety, calming aids, prescription drugs, food therapy, training activities)
    • Desensitization and Counter Conditioning during the off season
    • Help you understanding what it's really like to experience a thunder phobic dog  if you haven't lived through it
    • How to identify dogs at risk
    • Prevention, prevention, prevention

    About The Presenter

    Tonya Wilhelm has been a full-time dog training specialist for almost two decades. During this time she has succeeded in helping thousands of dog parents build happy, long-lasting relationships with their dogs using only humane, kind, and positive dog training methods.

    Tonya focuses on treating dogs holistically, from the inside out. She has written a number of books, including Proactive Puppy Care, Please Stay and co-author of What's For Dinner, Dexter?: Cooking For Your Dog Using Chinese Medicine Theory. 

    Tonya also writes various dog-themed blogs, is a frequent contributor in various magazines and present dog behavior workshops at various pet expos and events.
    • Wednesday, December 09, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Case Study: The Curious Case of Hemingway the Bunny

    presented by Emily Cassell


    PPAB 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1, IAABC 1

    This unique presentation explores the case of Hemingway, a neglected rabbit who slipped into a nearly perpetual state of learned helplessness and apathy. After being bounced around to multiple homes, suffering numerous congenital health problems, and incurring more issues as a result of repeated neglect, Hemingway resigned himself to a numb existence.

    This case study follows Hemingway's journey from complete apathy to being full of life. The goal of this presentation is to explore a particularly challenging case and provide a unique perspective for trainers working with animals who have low motivation. While Hemingway's case is highly individualized, some of the techniques and lessons can most certainly be applied to other cases. Figuring out how to motivate an animal that is experiencing learned helplessness can be difficult, and progress can be extremely slow. This presentation will hopefully show trainers experiencing these types of challenges that while the process can slow, frustrating, and disheartening, the rewards for the animal are endless.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand observational techniques and how to successfully apply what you learn
    • How to make progress in a minute or less
    • How to develop food motivation
    • How yo can become a a secondary reinforcer
    • Understand how to expand reinforcement options
    • Learn how to deal with being an aversive
    • Determine how to utilize environmental reinforcers
    • Learn how to train an animal to problem solve
    • Understand how you can utilize enrichment to teach when you aren't there

    About The Presenter

    Emily Cassell graduated from the University of Florida with a BS in Animal Science specializing in Equines and a minor in Agribusiness Management. Emily is a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and STAR puppy instructor.

    In addition to being a member of the PPG, she is also a member of the International Marine Animal Trainer Association. Emily completed two internships with Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and Clearwater Marine Aquarium, where she gained experience working with a variety of species including manatees, otters, birds, dolphins, and other Florida native species. Emily spent 5 years professionally training dogs for her own business, Phins with Fur Animal Training, in addition to Class Act for Dogs and Courteous Canine, Inc, The DogSmith of Tampa.

    Emily is currently a keeper and trainer at Busch Gardens Tampa, and works with a variety of species including orangutans, tigers, otters, gibbons, bats, and birds. Emily spent years working at home with a variety of pets including cats, fish, rabbits, and various rodents. She has presented on various topics for organizations such as the Florida Association of Zoos and Aquariums and University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine's Behavior Club, and she has been a guest lecturer for UF's Companion Animal Biology and Management course.

    • Friday, January 15, 2016
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Learn about Platform Training for Dogs 

    presented by Michele Pouliot


    PPAB 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    If you have not discovered the power in platforms as training tools - this presentation is for you.

    In 2010, Michele Pouliot revealed the value in platforms as training tools to the dog training world with her first Platform Training DVD. In this presentation, Michele shares platform training techniques for a variety of training applications.
    Dog training around the world has discovered the value in raised platforms in all areas of training, whether it be for dog
    sports of basic pet manners. Learn how to effectively use the tool from a platform master. This presentation is sure to provide any trainer with several “light bulb moments” about great ways to use platforms in their training program.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Overview of Platform Training as a tool for many goals
    • Specifics of Platform sizes for goals
    • Introducing your dog to platforms
    • Foundation skills taught via platforms
    • Precision skills for dog sports via platforms
    • Advanced use of platforms

    About The Presenter

    Michele Pouliot, Director of Research and Development at Guide Dogs for the Blind. Michele has been a guide dog mobility instructor for over 40 years, yet her original focus was on horses before discovering the guide dog field. Michele studied under Linda Tellington-Jones for 2 years and began a career as a trainer in the equestrian field.

    Michele is recognized internationally for her innovation and creative development in guide dog training and service to blind clients. GDB actively assists other guide dog schools around the world in their efforts to adopt positive training methods. Since 2006, Michele has directly assisted more than 30 guide dog schools (internationally and within the USA) in changing their programs to positive reinforcement and clicker training methods. 

    In 2008, Karen Pryor invited Michele to join the prestigious faculty of Karen Pryor’s annual Clicker Expo Conferences. Michele continues to teach each year at 2 Clicker Expos in the USA and one annual Clicker Expo Europe. 

    • Monday, January 18, 2016
    • 5:00 PM (EST)
    • Monday, April 25, 2016
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar
    • 7

    Business Smarts -

    Hands on Business Coaching for Pet Professionals Facilitated by Niki Tudge

    Out Think, Out Smart, Out Grow Your Competition!


    IAABC 12 CPDT 20 KPA 12 PPAB 16 

    The Fun Way to Build Your Business!


    LIMITED PLACES - Grab Your Place In Our Next Program starting in January 2016


    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 participate in two one-hour live webinars every month with Niki Tudge. (recordings are available after the fact if you miss the live session)
    • 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.

    • Saturday, April 30, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • PPG HQ

    A Four Day Chicken Clicker Camp With Terry Ryan

    April 30th, May 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2016

    IAABC - 25 CEUs
    CPDT - 21 CEUs
    KPA - 21 CEUs
    PPG - 24 CEUs

    Monthly Financing Available - Pay over 8 months

    Meet Greta Tudge, Faculty Member & Entertainment Director

    Learn Shaping, Targeting and Discrimination Skills

    with Terry Ryan

    "The usual training biases can be left behind. The playing field is equal--the vast majority of class participants have never touched a hen, much less trained one. No one has read a chicken training book or watched a chicken training show on TV.  Chickens are faster than most dogs, therefore are a good model to help with timing and eye-hand coordination.  It’s impossible to force a chicken to do anything—she’ll just freeze or fly away.  We must rely on keen criteria selection and a high rate of reinforcement to keep the chickens in the game.  Chickens aren’t as forgiving as dogs. Unlike dogs, you know immediately if you are taking advantage of a hen" Terry Ryan.

    Summary of Your Four Day Camp

    With the help of a variety of chickens we’ll work on mechanical skills involved with effective delivery for reinforcement.  Exercises include observing and recording  behavior on a simple ethogram.  We’ll explore how chickens acquire, store and process information. The student’s understanding of the concepts of applied behavior analysis will be developed. There will be several target exercises that relate well to the training of any species.  Through visual discrimination tasks, we’ll work on fluency, latency and problem solving.  No experience needed.  

    Why Attend a Chicken Camp To Improve Your  Skills

    You  do not have bad or good chicken training habits because you have never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops. 

    Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing. 

    Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them.  Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard, too fast.  Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chances as often as our dogs do.Each working spot student will be partnered with another human and a chicken to train.  You will take turns training your chicken and helping to coach your partner. 

    Listen to Terry Ryan explain why these camps are so effective for dog trainers. 

    A Typical Day At Camp

    These topics will be covered in approximately the following order. 

    • Mechanical Skills – drills for eye-hand coordination, timing and observation skills
    •  Ethology-consideration of the ethology, physical attributes, and stress issue of the animals
    •  Umwelt –  how individuals acquire, process and store information differently
    • Selection, identification and effective marking (use of bridge) of training criteria
    •  Reinforcement:  rate/schedule/value/delivery/quantity, 80% rule, Premack principle
    • Capturing and Shaping behaviors – in general and specifically to target training
    •  Criteria Selection and Identification – what do you really want? 
    • Goal Setting
    • Task Analysis – breaking it down, instructional formatting, training plans
    • Lateral thinking techniques

    Your Instructor - Terry Ryan

    Terry Ryan
    CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Faculty
    Terry Ryan, President, has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Through Legacy, Terry teaches pet dog classes, writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, hosts interns, and does consults. She was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University from 1981 until 1994. Terry was a competitor and American Kennel Club judge. She was on the American Humane Society’s advisory board for humane dog training. You can read more here

    Financing Options
    You can pay for this event over 8 months. 

    Additional Information

    • No dogs are permitted at the Chicken Clicker Camp
    • Financing is available over 8 months. after you register please contact Rebekah King
    • The complete event must be paid for 3 months prior to the event date
    • A boxed lunch from Panera Bread is  provided each day. ( a lunch order form will be circulated nearer the date)
    • Bottled water is also provided. If you require soda then please provide your own
    • You will be involved in handling chickens and their care during the workshop. Please dress appropriately. 
    • No refunds will be granted 
    • The property is in a rural area, please wear appropriate fully covered flat shoes
    • On-site parking is provided

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