Presented by Kate Mallatratt
CEUs PPAB,1.5. IAABC,1.5 and CCPDT,1.5.
This presentation will consider the benefits of teaching your dog using the principles of errorless learning. By setting up the classroom environment to limit our dogs' choices, we can explain more easily what we are asking of them rather than letting them guess. This reduces learner frustration, increases the success rate and leaves your dog begging for more!
The first part of the presentation considers the difference between errorless learning and trial and error learning. It then looks at how to apply the principles to clicker training when free shaping and teaching more complex behaviors. Finally, some applications for behavior modification are considered and a puppy errorless learning case study is discussed.
Kate Mallatratt is a member of International Canine Behaviourists and The Pet Professional Guild British Isles. She is degree-level qualified in Canine Behaviour Management, and runs her behavior and training business, Contemplating Canines, in East Devon, UK. Kate is a highly experienced trainer and assessor, specializing in errorless learning, a concept she incorporates into problem prevention and enriching the family dog's home environment.
Kate has owned and trained dogs for over 20 years, and is passionate about optimal canine nutrition, having fed a raw diet for many years. She takes an holistic approach to her own dogs' care, using homeopathy and chiropractic to maintain their health and wellbeing.
Incredible Tricks Through Shaping
Presented by Mariah Hinds
CEUs: PPAB, 1 CCPDT, (pending) IAABC, (pending)
Do you want to teach your dog fun tricks? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome skills.
We will start with the foundation of what is shaping and how to get your dog started with offering behaviors that you can reward. Your dog will learn how to back up away from you using shaping. We won't be using body pressure or baby gates to build the behavior. We will start with one tiny foot movement and build to your dog being able to back up 50 to 60 feet away from you without you moving at all!
Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.
Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.
Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.
Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!
Presented by Emily Cassell
CEUs: PPAB,1 CCPDT, (pending) IAABC, (pending)
Injection training-it seems like a lofty goal, something attainable only by the most skilled trainers and bomb-proof of pets. In reality, training for injections is not all that difficult. Much of the misconceptions about the difficulty of this training likely stems from our own fears of needles and, of course, injecting our own animals!
Training for injections is just as straight-forward as training any other behavior. This presentation will detail every step of training this behavior from creating your materials and picking the right reinforcer to assessing your own progress by listening to your "patient." Examples from the zoo and pet world will provide a variety of experiences from which any pet owner can find something to relate! The goal of this presentation is to break a seemingly impressive behavior down into simple steps to provide trainers with the confidence to teach their pets to participate in their own medical care!
Emily Cassell is a keeper and trainer at Busch Gardens in Tampa, Florida and a professional pet trainer. She began her career in 2010 with fish and guinea pigs before graduating to dogs, cats, and rabbits. She operated her own training business, Phins with Fur Animal Training, and worked with Class Act for Dogs in Gainesville, Florida while pursuing a degree in animal science at the University of Florida before returning to Tampa to work at Courteous Canine, Inc. After completing internships with manatees, otters, and dolphins, she currently works as a full-time keeper and trainer with orangutans, tigers, gibbons, and various other species.
Presented by Claudia Estanislau
CEUs: PPAB, 1.5 CCPDT, (pending) IAABC, (pending)
Join Claudia in this case study analysis presentation focused on fearful or phobic dogs. In this presentation, she will provide discussion on how to help dogs overcome fear-based behaviours and how to observe the symptoms caused by fear.
Claudia will specifically cover the fear associated with fear of people, other animals, and other environmental factors. This webinar will also aid in explaining to owners how to help their dogs cope with stimulations that occur in their daily lives.
About The Presenter
Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant. She is currently the manager of It's All About Dogs training center in Portugal operating from four locations. Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Paula is also a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behavior and training.
Claudia’s formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman and Claudia is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a PPG Member.
presented by Gina Phairas
CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT (Pending), IAABC (Pending)
It’s rare these days to meet anyone who doesn’t say they’re busy, or behind, or that they wish there were more hours in the day. In fact, most small business owners feel perpetually behind and, unfortunately, it’s often the more important tasks, such as marketing, that fall by the wayside. It’s also common to see poor time management play a role in trainer burnout, as trainers put their own needs aside to work on the business, struggling to maintain a sustainable balance between work and home.
If you need a few more hours in your day, if you feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around, it’s time for a time management makeover. You can have two days off a week and a shorter to-do list, and still make a living—oh, and spend more time with your own dogs, too. Join Gina Phairas of dog*tec to learn simple strategies, practices, and policies to increase your productivity, step off the treadmill, and get back in control.
Gina Phairas helps trainers succeed across the country as a business consultant and leading force behind dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s top business consultancy. Gina brings her marketing and communications background and degree to her work with dog professionals, as well as her extensive training resume. Gina is a former San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers instructor, teaching and working alongside Academy founder Jean Donaldson to arm professional dog trainers with a comprehensive knowledge of positive reinforcement training techniques, and the mechanical and thinking skills needed to use them to greatest effect. As the SF/SPCA’s Rehabilitation Coordinator she developed and oversaw staff training and behavior rehabilitation protocols to improve the adoptability of shelter dogs with behavioral issues.
Gina’s own businesses have included Tails & Tots, a dog training business focused on the needs of expecting parents and families with dogs, and ShelterWorks, a non-profit dedicated to improved adoption rates and decreased return rates through education and consulting work around staff and volunteer retention and training, adoption protocols, and assessment, enrichment, and training of shelter dogs. A tireless advocate for positive training and in particular for positive trainers, Gina speaks regularly on business topics at conferences and seminars across the country and via web seminars, teaches at positive dog training schools, and works one-on-one with trainers on building business skills.
presented by Niki Tudge
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (Pending), IAABC (Pending)
It is easy to overlook the importance of contract management because it seems to be a boring, mundane topic. Contracts, however, are the basis of most business relationships. If contracts are managed well, business relationship will flourish. If they are not, companies face financial loss, relationship harm, and damaged reputations.
Incredible Tricks Through Shaping
Do you want to teach your dog how to stay by your side and move with you when you move? Do you want to do rally with your dog? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome heeling skills.
Teach your dog to reliably find and stay in heel position! Teach your dog to move their rear so they are accurately in the correct position. Whether you are moving sideways, turning left or right or moving backwards, your dog will learn to maintain heel position.
Your dog will learn the super cute trick of how to cross their paws while lying down. We will start with one tiny foot movement up close and build the behavior up to both feet crossing the other independently no matter how far away or how close you are.
Presented by Sheila Blanchette
To celebrate the importance of care for companion birds, the goal of this webinar is to understand the importance of:
Why Diet is important for longevity and health of a companion bird.
Why Vet Care Exam is so important for companion bird? From CBC, gram stains to gender testing. As well as, vet care at home.
Why it is important to understand you and your bird's behavior.
Why developing Enrichment, Foraging, and Housing assists in a bird's comfort and confidence.
All of these keys guidelines create a wonderful well rounded bird that can coexist in a human's world.
Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education in the MA/NH Area (USA). Sheila’s main goal is to assist people with companion birds with behavior issues vs surrendering the bird. She is also a member of IAABC Shelter Division, Pet Professional Guild and American Federation of Aviculture.
Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a companion bird. In 2017, she will be teaching Target Training Bird classes at the rescue for anyone with a companion bird. She believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel and a pug.
(Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)
CEUs: PPAB,1.5 CCPDT, (pending) IAABC, (pending)
Teach your dog to stand tall and hop towards you from a distance! Impress your friends and clients and help your dog build muscle and core strength. We will discuss several methods to teaching your dog to walk on 2 legs from luring to shaping to capturing. We will go through each step to teaching this fun trick using luring or shaping and the benefits and challenges to each method. From teaching your dog to balance on their hind feet to teaching them to stand tall at a distance to teaching them to walk toward you, we will discuss it all. Join us to learn how to teach this fun trick!
*Please note that not all dogs will be physically capable of performing the hop forward portion of this trick.