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    • Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Course via Webinar

    TrickMeister - Your Force-Free FUN Dog Training Program

    Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


    PPAB 14, CPDT - 12.5, IAABC - 10, KPA - 10

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

    Checkout the course content here 

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

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

    Program Inclusion

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

    The Webinar Dates 

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

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

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

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

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

    sponsored by DogNostics eLearning

    Checkout the course content here 

    Three Levels - Multiple Titles

     Apprentice  Journeyman  Master

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

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

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

    Apprentice Course Overview

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

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

    About The Program Instructor

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

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

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

    • Friday, April 15, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Subscription to BARKS March 2016
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    BARKS from the Guild. July 2016 Publication. Subscribe Now To Receive Your Printed Copy

    (Note: Subscription is for this Issue Only)

    If you are interested in subscribing to the BARKS July 2016 printed version then please complete the registration form. To access these prices we have to order a minimum of 100. 

    Please encourage your friends and other members to subscribe too. If for some reason there is a problem with the publication then you will receive a full refund.

    On the registration form we have listed prices from several countries. If  you would like to receive BARKS and your country is not listed then please choose the "Other Country" option. We will confirm with you if there is a small additional shipping fee to pay as soon as we receive your registration.

    About BARKS

    Published six times each year and managed by Susan Nilson, BARKS from the Guild presents a collection of valuable business and technical articles as well as reviews and news stories pertinent to our industry. BARKS is the official publication of the Pet Professional Guild and the electronic version is  distributed free to all members.

    Learn more about BARKS here

    • Thursday, May 19, 2016
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    The Approach and Flow of Behavior Case Management. - Making the case for the  use of functional assessments in behavior change programs 

    presented by Niki Tudge


    PPAB 1.5

    Join Niki for this webinar on how best to approach behavior cases. This webinar does not just cover the science of functional assessments but also looks at the approach and flow of behavior case management. The webinar reviews proactive and concise case management and the APES system to working with clients. 

    This webinar will focus on the "Approach".

    The Approach

    1. The consultation – the project definition, scope and goals and the functional assessment of the problem behavior.
    2.  Establishing the voice of the customer, critical to quality components. 

    There is a strong case to be made for using functional assessments in your business. Interventions based on functional assessments are typically more effective. By identifying why, a problem behavior is occurring we can then develop an intervention that will directly address the function of the behavior. Interventions based on functional assessments are typically much more effective than interventions that are not (Cooper, Heron, & Heward, 2007).

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand APES as a tool for approaching behavior case management
    • Learn how functional assessments are part one of your behavior change program
    • Understand what a functional assessment is
    • Identify and understand the three ways to functionally analyze behavior
    • Understand informant interviews, direct observations and functional analysis
    • Understand the difference between anecdotal date, descriptive data and experimental studies
    • Review the antecedent package and postcedent package
    • Learn why and how behavior can be measured, pre, during and post any behavior change intervention
    • Understand the importance of implementing functional assessments into your behavior change programs

    About The Presenter

    Before following her passion into her own pet business, Niki Tudge enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry holding executive positions all over the world. This extensive experience managing luxury hotels serviced by hundreds of employees and management personnel provided her with incredibly broad knowledge in every facet of business. Niki's formal education and over 20 years of practical management, leadership and employee development experience allows her a uniquely effective perspective on the right way to manage a successful business.

    Niki’s professional credentials include; AABP- Professional Dog Trainer, AABP- Professional Dog Behavior Consultant, Pet Professional Accreditation Board – PCBC-A and she has earned diplomas in Animal Behavior Technology and Canine Behavior Science & Technology. Along with Niki’s business degrees from Oxford Brookes University she is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer and a certified Facilitator and Project Manager.

    As the founder and President of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics eLearning and The DogSmith, Niki has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. She has also recently become the President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit educational organization. Niki has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many publications including The New York Times. Niki is also the Author of People Training Skills for Pet Professionals – Your essential guide to engaging, education and empowering your human clients.

    • Friday, May 27, 2016
    • 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Respondent Conditioning - A Practical View to Behaviour Modification.

    with Claudia Estanislau

    PPAB 1.5 IAABC 1.5 CCPDT 1.5

    Respondent Conditioning, also known as Classical Conditioning or Pavlovian Conditioning, consists of the pairing of stimuli. Neutral stimuli can be paired and offered a meaning and emulate emotional responses (positive or negative ones).

    Techniques based on this type of conditioning are very effective in producing conditioned responses and are often used in conjunction with operant conditioning (actually the two seem somewhat intertwined). They are used in techniques which are extremely successful for behavioral modification.

    In this in depth webinar, we will go over the meaning of classical conditioning and how it can be used. We will be taking a look at the basics but we will also learn about higher order classical conditioning and the ways in which it can be used. By the end of the webinar, you will not only be talking like a pro but more importantly, acting like one! You will understand when Respondent Conditioning is taking place as well as how, when and why you should implement responding conditioning into your training plans.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Clarify the meaning of the technical term Classical/Respondent Conditioning
    • Give and demonstrate practical examples of the use of Classical Conditioning
    • Talk about the magnitude of what we can achieve using Classical Conditioning
    • Understand why Classical Conditioning is so effective when properly used

    About The Presenter

    Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant from CASI.  She is currently the manager of the 'It's All About Dogs' training center in Portugal, operating from six locations.

    Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Claudia is a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behaviorand training.

    Claudia’s  formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman, she is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a proud PPG Member.

    • Monday, June 27, 2016
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Learn How to Identify and Manage Cat to Human Aggressive Behaviors

     with Jane Ehrlich


    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

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

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

    Webinar Objectives

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

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

    • note the difference in body language that indicates developing aggression

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

    • Understand how to manage a cat's anger towards 

    About Your Presenter

      Jane Ehrlich, ACBC

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


      • Thursday, September 01, 2016
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Does Canine Hypothyroidism Really Affect Behavior?

      presented by Lisa Radosta DVM


      PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

      Canine hypothyroidism has long been targeted as a cause of behavior disorders. This lecture will examines the research associated with canine hypothyroidism as it relates to emotional disorders in dogs with a goal of expanding knowledge and critical assessment of claims.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Understand how thyroid hormones affect the specific body systems.
      • Understand current research in canine hypothyroidism.
      • Understand how to critically examine the research.

      About The Presenter

      Dr. Radosta is the owner of Florida Veterinary Behavior Service in Jupiter Florida. She completed a residency in behavioral medicine at University of Pennsylvania where she received two national research awards. She has authored textbook chapters; writes a column for the Palm Beach Post and podcasts CE for VetGirl. She has published research papers on thyroid disease and clinician client communication and has lectured across the country and internationally. She is the behavior section editor for Small Animal Advances in Medicine and Surgery, sits on the American Animal Hospital Association Behavior Management Guidelines Task Force and the Fear Free Advisory Board.

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