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    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1 


    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.

    With this “Contract Management” webinar you will discover the specifics of how contract management works and how to effectively understand and use business contract for your benefit.


    Learning Objectives


    • Identify contract elements
    • Understand ethical contract management
    • Calculate value
    • Negotiate contracts
    • Create basic amendments


    About the Presenter

    Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST

    Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe.  Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England 




    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Robert Hewings
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1. CCPDT 1.



    It has been long established that the dog can provide many health benefits to mankind, in guide work, assistance and therapy work, even education. With our world becoming ever-more stressful and mental health more understandable and common place, we are now beginning to talk about and discuss those things that only a generation ago were seen as ‘best kept quiet’

    How can we now train and allow our canine partner to help us assist those who suffer mental health issues?  As a retired police dog trainer of over twenty five years, and now an assistance dog trainer, I wish to take you on a personal journey that highlights the amalgamation of two very different training disciplines - A brief description of how scent work can be used to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify the advantages of the human/dog dyad as an aid to wellbeing
    • Understand the methodology of anxiety alert 
    • Apply the value of scent dog training within the assistance dog world 
    • Realize the importance of ‘multi-agency’ methods of training
    • Know the ‘golden-thread’ of therapy/assistance dog training dog training

    About The Presenter



    Robert Hewings is a highly experienced, qualified Canine Trainer and Management Consultant with a solid background in the design, development and delivery of bespoke programs for pet and service dog training institutions. He is also a qualified pet dog behavioral consultant. Rob is a part-time lecturer at Bishop Burton College (Hull University) U.K., where he specializes in Canine Training and Behavior, and Bergin University California USA, where his subjects include scent training for the Assistance Dog.

    Following on from an exemplary career as a dog handler and dog trainer with the Metropolitan Police spanning a 30-year period, he has now taken the decision to follow his passion, and channel his experience into ‘Training and coaching dogs, to help their people!’

    To realize this ambition, alongside his varied experience as a Police Dog Instructor, Rob began a learning journey that was to become life changing, not only for himself but for others. His academic career started with a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training, then an MA in Professional Practice Police Dog Training, and he is now engaged in a Doctorate of Professional Practice Service Dog Training, where two leading projects within the doctorate have been:
    • Ambient scent can affect the emotional learning and memory of the dog,  how  this be used to benefit the successful placement of the assistance dog?
    • Human anxiety attacks, nightmares and night terrors. Is there a scent cue for the assistance dog?
    These subjects were forefront of Rob's mind as he is a volunteer trainer with ServiceDogs UK, a charity that places rescue dogs with service personnel. Rob has seen the difference, life changing difference, a Service Dog can make to person suffering with PTSD.

    Rob has designed and developed a training program where the scent cue is a unique step forward in the training of the Assistance Dog for Anxiety attacks, and in providing comfort and support when the handler is suffering nightmare or night terrors. Using his experience as a police search dog handler and instructor, Rob has devised a training methodology that is unique, and is used with the training and course plans of ServiceDogs UK.

    Rob is also the education consultant with the International Working Dog Association, a board member of Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programs and course design are being used in diabetic alert. He is currently engaged in the design, development and instruction of an epileptic seizure alert training program working in partnership with a local authority. The methodology for this canine training is based upon his knowledge and experience within search and assistance dog training.
    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Tracy Krulik

    CEUs: PPAB,1 CCPDT, (pending) IAABC, (pending)


    Central to iSpeakDog -- a new website to teach dog body language and behavior -- is a simple three-step formula for dog owners to follow when trying to understand why their dogs do things like growl, jump, pull, and chew. iSpeakDog founder, Tracy Krulik, will walk you through the website and share how you can use the three-step formula to communicate more easily with clients.

    Rather than clients making such common statements to you as, "He's being so dominant!" or "She never listens," by using the three-step formula they'll be able to say instead, "He's chewing the door frame whenever he's home alone," or "I understand that dogs like to dig. Can we teach him where it's ok to dig and where it isn't?


    Learning Objectives

    • An understanding of why dog behavior and body language education is important to overall dog welfare.
    • An understanding of how the iSpeakDog three-step formula can help clients not only better understand their dogs, but also better communicate to you which behaviors they need help modifying.
    • An understanding of how the iSpeakDog three-step formula works.
    • An opportunity to practice using the formula with case-study examples.

    About The Presenter



    Founder of iSpeakDog, professional writer, and Academy for Dog Trainers student, Tracy has been featured in publications including The Washington Post, The Bark magazine, APDT's Chronicle of the Dog, Mind Body Green, Whole Life Times magazine, and the online community Rewire Me. She currently lives in Ashburn, Va. with her husband and rescue pup Emma the Beagle.

    For more information visit:

    tracykrulik.com or dogzandtheirpeoplez.com

    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, August 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online Course via Webinar


    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB,15. IAABC, 12.5. CCPDT 7.5.


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


    Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge & Skills is a unique program aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. The aim of the Training Meister 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!


      Master Course Overview

    Master is the Level Three Course.  The Master course builds on the solid foundation of skills and knowledge you and your partner have acquired in the Apprentice and Journeyman courses.  In this advanced level course, you will learn how to teach your dog to carry out complex tasks.  You will refine your ability to communicate with your learner.  You will build on your knowledge of behavioral psychology – both operant and classical conditioning – by taking a look into the world of canine cognition.

    Your confident learner will amaze you with their ability to learn.  The knowledge and skills you gain in Training Meister Master will be indispensable in all your future training.  As you practice the new methods and tricks that you learn, your student will acquire new skills, as well as demonstrating their innate ability to work alongside their human partner.

    Training Meister Master is the final stage on the road to becoming a Master in the art and craft of rewards based, science based force-free training and tricks.

    You do not need to have taken the Training Meister Apprentice Course or the Journeyman Course to enroll on the Master Course, however, it is advisable to check the learning objectives and assessment criteria from the first two levels, to ensure that you have the foundation knowledge and skill-set that will be required for this advanced course.


    Program Inclusion

    • Five live webinar e-learning sessions per level.  Each webinar includes a question and answer session.  The recorded webinar links will be sent to all applicants to watch at their own pace (after live broadcast)
    • PDF of all webinars sent to all applicants
    • Additional Learning:  Additional reading material and supplementary videos will be made available to all applicants via email.
    • Homework tasks: 
    • Open book/multiple choice exams. 
    • Homework video submission assessment.
    • Training Meister Course Facebook group
    • Video Submission Assessment to earn the TrickMeister Master Trick Team Title! Please note, you must have earned the Journeyman Title in order to submit your application for the Master Title


    The Webinar Dates

    1. 1, April 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    2. 1, May 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    3. 1, June 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    4. 1, July 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    5. 1, August 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST


    Checkout the course content here

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

    teaching and training?


    Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning


    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 (through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board).  Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.  Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of force-free training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.
    Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.


    • Thursday, April 06, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar



    Presented by Dr. Nancy Kay

    CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT 1.25, IAABC 1.25


    Over the past decade, a series of canine spay/neuter research projects have provided compelling data that challenges our long-held beliefs about the impacts of neutering dogs. Some of the studies document an increased incidence of orthopedic diseases and/or cancer in dogs neutered before one year of age. Others document increased behavioral issues associated with neutering.

    This presentation will focus on the results of the recent research and how our thoughts about neutering dogma are beginning to shift. There's little doubt that neutering recommendations for our pet dogs are beginning to change. Webinar participants will land on the cutting edge of awareness of these changes.


    Learning Objectives
    • Review long-standing spay/neuter dogma
    • Review the research (or lack thereof) that contributes to current spay/neuter dogma
    • Learn about results of recent canine spay/neuter research
    • Have the opportunity to challenge long-standing spay/neuter dogma

    About The Presenter



    Dr. Nancy Kay received her veterinary degree from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of California—Davis Veterinary School. Dr. Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Recently retired from clinical practice, she worked as a specialist in private practice for 32 years. She is published in several professional journals and textbooks and lectures professionally to regional and national audiences. One of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Since the release of her books, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life and Your Dog’s Best Health, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay’s award winning blog, “Spot Speaks” is posted weekly.

    Dr. Kay was selected by the American Animal Hospital Association to receive the Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. This award is given annually to a veterinarian or nonveterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education, and understanding. Dr. Kay was the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, an award presented every year by the American Veterinary Medical Association to a veterinarian whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond. Dr. Kay has received several awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America. Dr. Kay’s personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children (none of whom aspire to be veterinarians) and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she’s not speaking or writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or horseback riding. Dr. Kay resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

    • Tuesday, April 11, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Gosia Woźniak

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


    The meeting will take participants to the real case man trailing, which can be trained either by amateurs or professionals.

    We will go over the most important aspects of man trailing training, advantages and disadvantages, training basics, terminology, communication on the trail and what you need to start. We will also talk about changes in behaviour especially when it comes to fearful dogs.

    Learning Objectives

    • Tracking vs Man trailing
    • The best breed for man trailing
    • Pros and cons
    • Demotivation
    • What effects trailing?
    • Main terminology
    • Scent segregation
    • Trailing equipment
    • Basics
    • Main elements in planning training
    • Communication at work
    • Teamwork



    About the Presenter




    Małgorzata Woźniak - in short Gosia, the founder of BavariaTeam.com - as she lives with 3 bavarian mountain hounds, a founder of Man-trailingand Scent Detection Academy Poland that gathers all the professional schools working the same style in Poland, also evaluates teams to work with MAP certifications, prepares trainers and instructors to work with dogs in Poland and abroad, also does scent detection seminars.

    A handler of 3 working dogs - Nela 7yrs old, BMH - GAK9 and MAP certified, does also professional scent detection (recenty the dog is withdrawn from work as she has got glaucoma), Flora - a rescue dog, about 8 yrs old, MAP certified - retired, but when needed, takes part on real cases and the youngest Breeze Innis Airgialla – 1.5 yrs old, recently GAK9 certified - he is just beginning his journey into the "real world"

    Gosia prepares teams to cooperate with SAR and to real cases, prepared 10 dogs that passed GAK9 exams in the last 2 years. She likes dog-dog, human-dog, dog-human communication, uses natural hunting drive, also learns from hunting tracking, uses non-aversive methods paying attention to human-dog bond and emotions that influence the whole team.

    She loves working with fearful dogs, watching their metamorphosis

    • Thursday, April 20, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Jacqueline Munera

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


    Whether you work with dogs in households with cats, or you work with cats only, if your clients are in the United States or Canada, you will face a few conundrums related to phalangectomy procedures (onychectomy/declawing). Millions of cats have been declawed, many of which have undiagnosed physical ailments related to those procedures.  Your clients may not have successful behavioral outcomes if their animal’s health is not cared for and it is ethical for behavior professionals to consider the animal’s physical well being as the first step to any behavior modification plan. However, the entire topic is considered controversial by many people, including some of your clients and their vets. This means that you not only have to recognize evidence that a cat is having physical trouble related to the amputations, you also need to broach the topic without inciting animosity between the humans or overstepping your professional boundaries. Helping these cats will require the owner, vet, and behavior consultant to work together as a team.  You are the person to make that happen!

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize multiple signs that a declawed cat needs medical intervention
    • Discuss medical and environmental interventions in a non-judgmental manner
    • Encourage teamwork between themselves, their clients and veterinarians
    • Provide further peer-to-peer resources to clients’ vets

    About The Presenter


    Jacqueline Munera encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of. Jacqueline is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality.

    Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple award winning cat and dog behavior articles. Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!

    • Friday, April 21, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    With Mariah Hinds


    (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.)

    Part 4/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Cross Their Paws


    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    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.

    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.

    Learning Objectives
    • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
    • Setting up your shaping environment
    • The first thing to click
    • The power of reward placement
    • Getting paw movement in the down position
    • Shaping the cross of the opposite leg
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior
    • Adding Distance


    About The Presenter


    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!

    • Thursday, April 27, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT  IAABC  




    In our roles as trainers, pet care providers or business owners customer service is a role and task we perform constantly. It is a vital role for the long term success of our businesses.  Dogs and cats do not sign the checks or call and make appointments, nor do they directly complain when something appears to go wrong. 

    All of us should be masters at handling difficult clients so we can protect our clients, develop new ones and improve our word of mouth marketing and referrals.

    Learn how you can help give your clients what they want and what they need by mastering a few skills. Many of our clients  offer us challenges and can appear difficult. With the right training, skills and knowledge you can learn how to effectively handle difficult customers while creating positive long-term relationships with them. Learn how clients who have been your most difficult and challenging can  become your best sales force and as importantly through these new skills you will be better able to help pets and their people!

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    In this  webinar you will  learn how engaging customers properly can benefit you, your employees and your clients.  Effective customer service can change and elevate your company’s reputation in your local market place.   During this webinar you  will gain a new perspective on how to appropriately react to "negative" customers so more of your  customers are satisfied and remain customers for life. 

    Learning Objectives
    • Cultivate a positive attitude
    • Manage internal and external stress
    • Understand the diverse challenges posed by customers
    • Develop strategies to adapt to challenging circumstances
    • Build a rapport with customers in person and over the phone
    • Develop abilities to listen actively and empathize



    About the Presenter


    Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST

    Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe.  Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England 

    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Kay Attwood
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1. CCPDT Pending




    Platform training is quite new to dog training, but not to animal training per se.  It has been used in zoos etc for many years as a stationing technique whilst the animals were not in use, but for dog training, we use them for maximum benefit during training!

    By magnetizing the dog to the platform, we can teach precision for position, as well as expand on focus, impulse control and so much more.  It's an exciting new way of learning for the dog because the dog easily understands exactly where it should be standing!  Once you’ve started this training, you won’t look back!



    Learning Objectives
    • Capture Focus
    • Impulse Control
    • Perfect Positioning around your whole body
    • Distance skills & Tricks
    • Cues to positions
    • Use of Multi Platforms
    • Developing movement fluidity
    • Have Lots of Fun!

    About The Presenter


    Kay Attwood is the owner and head trainer at Kay9® Services, one of the largest dog training schools in Surrey, UK.

    Kay is a Gold Instructor with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour, as well as being a Kennel Club Assessor for the Good Citizens Dog Scheme and member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors student scheme. She is a founder member of D.O.G Local and a member of The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners. With a particular interest in cognitive learning, Kay specializes in dog aggression, behavior problems and rescue dog rehabilitation.


    "Dogs have always been a major factor in my life from early childhood.  I am fascinated by behavior in all living things.
    I have 2 rescue dogs of my own, Gibson, a Jack Russell cross Basenji, and Flynn a Jack Russell cross Collie. They both have lots of character and I adore them for it!
    I love working with dogs and studying their behavior. I try to attend as many seminars, workshops and conferences as possible and have attended many given by the world’s leading trainers.
    I travel far and wide presenting workshops on Platforms and Cognition.
    I use only force-free methods to train, involving no pressure, pain or intimidation and I adhere to a strict Code of Conduct at all times."


    • Thursday, May 04, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Sheila Blanchette

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (Pending), IAABC (Pending) 


    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.


    Learning Objectives

    • Vet Care
    • Behavior Care
    • Diet Care
    • Enrichment Care

    About the Presenter



    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.

    • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Mariah Hinds

    (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.)


    Part 5/6: Teach Your Dog to Sit Pretty and Beg

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    Have you always wanted to teach your dog to sit pretty? Now you can! We will discuss several methods to teaching your dog to sit pretty from luring to shaping to capturing. We will go through step by step how to teach this fun trick using luring or shaping and the benefits and challenges to each method. We will discuss in detail how to add duration and distance and stimulus control to the behavior. Join us to learn how to teach this fun trick!

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
    • Setting up your shaping environment
    • The first thing to click
    • The power of reward placement
    • Removing the prop or your hand
    • Adding duration and the power of reward placement
    • Adding Distance
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior

    About The Presenter



    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!

    • Thursday, May 18, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)


    We live in a knowledge based society, and the more critical you think the better your knowledge will be. Critical Thinking provides you with the skills to analyze and evaluate information so that you are able to obtain the greatest amount of knowledge from it. It provides the best chance of making the correct decision, and minimizes damages if a mistake does occur.

    Critical Thinking will lead to being a more rational and disciplined thinker. It will reduce your prejudice and bias which will provide you a better understanding of your environment. This webinar will provide you the skills to evaluate, identify, and distinguish between relevant and irrelevant information. It will lead you to be more productive in your career, and provide a great skill in your everyday life.


    Learning Objectives
    • Understand the components of critical thinking
    • Utilize non-linear thinking
    • Use logical thinking
    • Recognize what it means to be a critical thinker
    • Evaluate information using critical thinking skills
    • Identify the benefits of critical thinking
    • Revise perspective, when necessary
    • Comprehend problem solving abilities

    Your Presenter

    Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST

    Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe.  Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England.

    • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Morag Heirs
    CEUs PPAB 1.5. IAABC 1.5. CCPDT 1.5.

    Deaf Dog Activities - adapting agility, scentwork, canicross and rally obedience for deaf dogs

    This webinar will provide an overview of working with deaf (and visually impaired) dogs in class and 1-2-1 situations and answer common questions about choosing signs, reward markers and vibration collars.

    We’ll then move on to consider some of the more popular dog sports (Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more) and explore how to adapt foundation skills training to suit the needs of deaf dogs. Where possible we’ll use video examples, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Appreciate how deaf dogs’ learning needs may differ from hearing dogs, and where visual impairment fits into the picture
    • Consider adaptations to class layout which will benefit deaf dogs (and hearing dogs)
    • Understand how to teach the core skills for the following disciplines to a deaf dog: TD Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more

    About The Presenter



    Morag K Heirs PhD, MSc, MA(hons)(SocSci), PGCAP

    Director of Well Connected Canine Ltd (York, UK), Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across the North of England. Morag has an extensive academic background in psychology (including how animals, and humans, learn) and evidence-based practice and further qualifications in teaching.

    Adopting her first deaf collie in 2006 led her to explore the world of deaf dogs, and she is now the behaviour advisor for the Deaf Dog Network (UK). Alongside her regular behaviour work, Morag provides deaf dog specific advice to behaviourists and trainers via articles, videos and private mentoring. In her spare time, Morag competes in TD Rally with her deaf/part blind collie Bronte and enjoys challenging trail races with her dogs – she hopes to complete her second Ultra (55miles) in 2017.

    • Friday, June 09, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    with Mariah Hinds


    (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.)


    Part 6/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Stand Tall and Hop Forward


    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


    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.

    Learning Objectives

    • Capturing the Stand tall behavior
    • Removing the prop or your hand
    • Adding duration and the power of reward placement
    • Adding Distance
    • Adding hop toward you
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior

    About The Presenter



    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!

    • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Niki Tudge



    Women make up almost half the US workforce, yet they are promoted to leadership positions at a rate far lower than are their male colleagues. What accounts for this leadership gap? How can organizations foster and develop women leaders? Studies show that having women in leadership positions brings many benefits to an organization, including greater accountability and a culture of work-life balance. Yet it can be difficult to determine the barriers to women’s advancement, and even more difficult to surmount them. Learning how to foster and develop women as leaders not only benefits individual employees, but can benefit your entire organization


    Join us for this webinar where we will discuss these important issues

    •  Discuss the leadership gap between men and women
    • Learn about women in various powerful positions
    •  Discuss different traits associated with women in management
    •  Understand the different barriers facing women in leadership positions
    •  Learn about the benefits of having women in the workforce


    Your presenter


    Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST

    Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe.  Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England


    • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Tampa, FL

    S.A.N.E. Solutions for Shy and Fearful Dogs®

    Presented by Kathy Cascade

    CEUs: PPAB 11, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)


    This seminar will be helpful for owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues.

    Kathy will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.

    Seminar Schedule

    Day 1: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

    Day 2: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize and correctly interpret canine body language and communication signals.
    • Understand the significant link between posture, physical balance, and behavior.
    • Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
    • Learn how to apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises.
    • Understand and apply the mechanics of using the leash with two points of contact to eliminate pressure on the neck and influence physical balance. (Lead a dog on leash in balance).
    • Learn how to use unique leading exercises designed to introduce new people to fearful dogs.
    • Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
    • Observe and learn to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of “giving choice.”
    • Observe and learn specific exercises to reduce separation anxiety and build confidence.

    About Your Presenter

    Kathy Cascade, PT, PT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor

    Kathy's introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit's partnership lead them to competition obedience trials, participation in fly ball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy completed the two-year Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in the program in 2003.

    With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.

    Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, "Helping dogs learn to cope with the demands of living in our often chaotic human world is a passion of mine. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive and fearful behavior. We can do this with humane, effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world."

    Kathy recently relocated back to her home state of Oregon. Living in the Central Oregon region allows her to pursue her other passions of hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She shares her life with two dogs, one cat, and two horses.


    Sponsored and Hosted at the DogSmith Training Center


    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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