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    • Friday, October 03, 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (PDT)
    • Live Webinar

     

    Motivational Interviewing and Its Applications in Dog Training & Behavior Consulting

    Presentation by Maureen Backman

     



    The most recent definition of Motivational Interviewing is

    “a  collaborative,  person centered  form  of  guiding  to  elicit  and  strengthen  motivation  for  change”

     

    Workshop Description

     

    As dog trainers, we need competence not only in the field of dog behavior change, but also human behavior change. Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based set of techniques to facilitate compliance and behavior change in clients. Designed for brief interventions and applied over a wide range of disciplines from health care to smoking cessation, Motivating Interviews can help trainers resolve more behavior cases and create more effective consultations with their clients.

     

    Learning Objectives

     

    •     Develop less client resistance.
    •     Ensure more  successful case resolutions.
    •     Helps reduce trainer  burnout.
    •     Learn road-maps and scripts to help effectively coach difficult clients.

     

    About The Presenter

     

    Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson’s prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, and has a graduate degree in rehabilitation psychology. After working in San Francisco as a social worker, she combined her lifelong love of dogs and her strengths in counseling and coaching to forge a career as a dog trainer.

     

    Maureen’s particular strength is combining her knowledge of counseling and coaching along with her studies in positive reinforcement training techniques to help humans understand how to communicate and work with their dogs. She is strongly committed to using only humane, positive training methods that are based on animal learning science, and frequently consults with her colleagues at the Academy to further her knowledge in training methods and best practices.

     

    In addition to her master’s degree, Maureen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association for Pet Dog Trainers. She is one of the founders of Dog Connect SF, a positive reinforcement training blog and social network (which just won the Bay Woof 2013 Beast of the Bay Award for best dog social networking site!). She is the founder of The Muzzle Up! Project, aimed at erasing stigma and spreading education related to dogs wearing muzzles. She also leads the volunteer training team Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco.

     

    CEUs 

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs

    CPDT  1.5 CEUs

    KPA 1.5 CEUs

    NADOI

    • Tuesday, October 07, 2014
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, October 14, 2014
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    • 20



    Compassionate Communication: Using empathy to connect with clients and other trainers with Angelica Steinker


    Join us for this two part webinar on October 7th and October 14th at 1 PM EST. Don't worry if you cannot attend both sessions live. Simply register and we will forward you copies of the recording within 48 hours of the live event. 

    Join Angelica Steinker for this breakthrough presentation. Angelica is sharing the process of compassionate communication with industry professionals  so they can choose to use it in their interactions with their peer group and their clients.

    Workshop Objectives

    • Learn how to use the extremely powerful needs based process of Compassionate Communication to communicate more effectively with peers and clients. 
    • Understand how you can bring more patience and caring to interactions while you  avoid professional burn out. 
    • Improve the clarity of your  teaching and communications by understanding how to listen, how to identify needs, how to use empathetic guessing and ultimately how to create great connections between you and others.  
    • Learn how connections are an extremely powerful tool that comes from safe and open communications that functions to create reinforcement history. With the help of reinforcement history communications are enhanced and conflicts can be avoided or resolved. 
    • Learn that we can't change others but we can change how we communicate.  
    • Understand how Compassionate Communication has consistently demonstrated powerful results, now dog trainers and behavior consultants can consider adding this tool to their tool box.  
    • Learn how you can choose to make your conversations force free, be part of changing the face of the dog training culture by taking the first steps to learning Compassionate Communication!


    About The Presenter

    Angelica is a published author in the field of dog training 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. She is on the steering committee of the Pet Professionals Guild. Angelica is also the Director of Training for the national franchise The Dog Smith, America’s only Force Free Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise and the co-founder of DogNostics eLearning.

    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 certified by the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and is the co-founder of DogNostics Career College. Angelica is also certified as a Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal 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 continued certifications in dog training and her extensive understanding of dog behavior and operant and classical conditioning, the science of how animals and people learn.


    CEUs 

    IAABC 2 CEUs
    CPDT 2 CEUs
    KPA 2 CEUs
    NADOI
    • Monday, October 13, 2014
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    • 47

     

    A Free PPG Member Webinar

    Social Learning in Dogs: A Study of Learning By Observation and Its Efficacy in Training with Jan Casey







    A look at the history of social learning and how to apply it to help dogs engage in new behaviors.



    Course Information

    Join Jan Casey for this intriguing webinar on Social Learning. Webinar participants will gain information regarding the history of social learning, what conditions will optimize social learning for dogs, and training scenarios where social learning may be an effective tool for helping dogs engage in new behaviors.

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Learn the history of social learning
    2. Explore ways to use social learning when training dogs.
    3. Determine which variables may enhance social learning.

    About The Presenter

    Jan Casey holds a Master of Science, Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Mathematics. Jan  has numerous qualification in the pet industry including a Diploma in Canine Behavior Science and Technology through CASI. Jan is a CGC Eevaluator and the Senior Behavior Consultant and Trainer at Courteous Canine, The DogSmith of Tampa.

    CEUs - Pending

    CCPDT 1 CEU

    IAABC 1 CEU

    KPA 1 CEU

    • Friday, October 17, 2014
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Get Ready To Aim - Fire. Learn About Small Business Marketing for Pet Professionals

    Presented by Niki Tudge


    If you are not marketing your business you will not grow, and if you do not grow you cannot succeed

    Marketing is an essential element for every business. In some cases a lack of effective marketing can be that one missing piece of the puzzle. When that piece is put in place  the big picture is revealed.


    It is too easy to become confused or even intimidated about getting your product and  service out into the market place

    But, If you can learn the right strategies with the right tools, you can break into the marketing world without fear or hesitation. This 90 minute webinar is an introduction to marketing for your pet business.

     

    Workshop Objectives

    • Understand what is marketing and what is not marketing, Sales is not marketing
    •  Define YOUR market.
    •  Understand the common types of marketing
    •  Learn about the four P's
    •  Know the different types of marketing and the creative ways you can use them.
    •  Learn effective ways of communicating with your customer.
    •  Learn about the marketing fuel
    •  Understand  how to set marketing goals and strategies that are workable
    •  Recognize some of the common marketing mistakes small businesses make and how to avoid them.


    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 


    Niki's current business roles are Founder DogNostics Career College, Founder & President DogSmith Services Inc and President of The Pet Professional Guild


    CEUs - pending

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT
    KPA
    NADOI

    • Monday, October 20, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PDT)
    • Live Webinar
    • 47


    An Introduction To Tellington TTouch® Training

    with Lori Stevens

    Don't Leave It Out of Your Force-Free Tool-Kit

    Your Webinar takeaways.

    You will learn two TTouch wraps and two TTouch bodywork techniques.


    For many of us TTouch is something we may have heard about or not. You may have read some articles or seen others using it in their force-free practices. Here is a great opportunity to learn more in a risk free and affordable manner.  Lori Stevens is a popular presenter and a wonderful advocate for force-free training methods. Her passion and knowledge are obvious as she presents on this topic

    Join Lori  for this webinar where she will highlight  Tellington TTouch® Training. You will soon understand why you don't want to leave it out of your force-free toolkit.

     




    Lori will provide an overview of Tellington TTouch Training and its many benefits. She will demonstrate two introductory bodywork techniques and two TTouch wraps. By the end of the webinar you will   be able to do these wraps with your own dog. Lori will also provide an overview and benefits of slow movement, TTouch techniques for walking your dog on a leash without pulling, and will discuss  the importance of harness fit and how this applies to these exercises.


    Workshop Objectives


    By the end of this webinar you will understand:


      • What TTouch is
      • The benefits of TTouch
      • How to do two TTouch bodywork techniques
      • How to do two TTouch wraps
      • You will understand the concept of introducing slow movement

    About The Presenter

    Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP) is a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. She uses force-free and gentle methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA); a certified Small Animal (dogs and cats) Massage Practitioner (SAMP) with a specialty in rehabilitation; and is certified in Canine Massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage. Lori has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos and teaches workshops worldwide. See more at SeattleTTouch.com


    CEUs pending

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT 1.5 CEUs
    KPA 1.5 CEUs
    NADOI
    • Wednesday, November 05, 2014
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    Can a Canine Recall be Both Force-Free & Fast? You bet!

    Rocket Recall:  If you BUILD it they will COME!

    presentation by Lisa & Brad Waggoner



     

    Workshop Description

    Join Lisa & Brad Waggoner from Cold Nose College for this 90 minute educational webinar on how to teach a Rocket Recall.

     

    Learning Objectives

    1.     Be competent in your understanding of the Cold Nose College methodology for teaching and training a fully force-free canine recall.
    2.     You will learn the 12 rules of Rocket Recall developed over 10 years of conducting Rocket Recall training.
    3.     Understand the common misconceptions and mistakes made during recall training
    4.     Learn how to  set your dog up for success during the learning process


    About The Presenter


    Brad & Lisa Waggoner are both Certified Professional Dog Trainers - Knowledge Assessed and are passionate advocates for humane, force-free training.


    Brad is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior and Lisa is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer, Level 2.


    Lisa and Brad enjoy providing behavior consulting and training solutions to clients in the tri-state area of North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. They also offer educational opportunities for dog trainers and dog hobbyists throughout the U.S.


    CEUs - pending

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT  1.5 CEUs
    KPA  1.5 CEUs
    NADOI
    • Tuesday, November 11, 2014
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar
    • 72


    Play Is Incompatible with Fear, Anxiety or Aggression.

    Learn How to Incorporate Fun Safe & Educational Play Into Your Behavior Programs & Training Sessions

    with Angelica Steinker

    This webinar event will be delivered over two sessions

    November 11th and November 18th.

    Registrants will receive recordings of both sessions.

    1. Do you know how to teach others to play with their dogs?
    2. Do you know how to initiate and create great play behaviors?
    3. Did you know that behavior that occurs naturally in the play process is very easily trained and brought under stimulus control? 



    Understanding and using play skills and games are very important for dog trainers and behavior professionals. After all play is incompatible with fear and anger and anxiety!

    Understanding how to teach dogs to play, whether it be with food, toys or neither has a role in our practices.

    Join Angelica Steinker for this important, simplistic yet grossly misunderstood topic on how to acquire cool play behaviors in pet dogs and how to teach pet owners to engage in play activities with their pets. All dogs can learn to tug, fetch, throw and an assortment of other play activities when the correct training protocols are utilized.


    Workshop Objectives

    • Learn how to teach basic play activities like fetch and tug.
    • Understand how to play games using food.
    • Understand how to play games with toys
    • Understand how you can play games with your dog when there is no food or toys at hand.
    • Learn how to understand if your dog is play motivated and when they are motivated know how to maintain that motivation
    • Learn how to create motivation so your dog wants to engage in play sessions with you
    • Learn how to use emotional contagion to build great play behaviors in dogs


    About The Presenter

    Angelica is a published author in the field of dog training 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. She is on the steering committee of the Pet Professionals Guild. Angelica is also the Director of Training for the national franchise The Dog Smith, America’s only Force Free Dog Training and Pet Care Franchise and the co-founder of DogNostics eLearning.

    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 certified by the International Institute of Applied Companion Animal Behavior, and is the co-founder of DogNostics Career College. Angelica is also certified as a Dog Behavior Consultant through the International Association of Animal 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 continued certifications in dog training and her extensive understanding of dog behavior and operant and classical conditioning, the science of how animals and people learn.


    CEUs 

    IAABC 2 CEUs
    CPDT
    KPA
    • Thursday, November 13, 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar
    • 96


    Learn To Give Clients & Staff Hard News They Will Appreciate Hearing!

    with Niki Tudge

    Situations where you will need to communicate feedback:

    • A client is consistently tardy to appointments.
    • A client is deliberately not adhering to recommended training protocols or completing homework yet is complaining about not seeing results.
    • An employee works hard during the day, but takes long breaks and lunches leaving the workplace unattended.
    • A family is not pulling together with management activities that are impeding the training plan.

    IF you

    1. find it difficult to give constructive feedback to your business associates and clients?
    2. find yourself ignoring situations rather than deal with them.
    3. find that after you have delivered feedback to a client or employee the relationship is more stilted and difficult?

    ... then this webinar is for you!

     

    Join Niki Tudge for this 90 minute webinar on the correct and productive delivery of Constructive Criticism in a work environment.

     Delivering Constructive Criticism is one of the most challenging things for an of us to do. Through this webinar you will  gain valuable knowledge and skills that will assist you with this challenging task. When you need to give feedback to an employee, contractor or a student it  needs to be handled in a very specific way.

    If done correctly constructive criticism will provide great benefits to your organization. It provides the ability for you to nullify problematic behaviors and develop well rounded and productive employees and business relationships with clients that are also students.

     

    Workshop Objectives

    • Understand when feedback should take place
    • Learn how to prepare and plan to deliver constructive criticism
    • Determine the appropriate atmosphere in which it should take place
    • Identify the proper steps to be taken during the session
    • Know how emotions and certain actions can negatively impact the effects of the session
    • Recognize the importance of setting goals and the method used to set them
    • Uncover the best techniques for following up with the individual after the  session


    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 

    Qualifications

    • Business Degrees 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
    • PCSA, CPCT CAPCT
    • 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


    CEUs - pending

    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT
    KPA
    NADOI

    • Tuesday, November 25, 2014
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar
    • 41


    Making Business Life Easier With Clients & Employees.

    Learn simple ways to manage conflict resolution


    Wherever two or more people come together, there is the possibility of conflict. This conflict can be between you and your clients, employees and contractors or a business vendor. This webinar will give participants a six-step process that they can use to modify and resolve conflicts of any size. Participants will also learn crucial conflict resolution skills including dealing with anger and using the Agreement Frame.


    Join Niki Tudge for this 90 minute  webinar on Conflict Resolution. 

    People often assume that conflict is always negative. This is not true! People are inherently different and conflict simply happens when those differences come to light. Viewing conflict in this way can help us maximize the possible positive outcomes of the problem at hand. Equipped with a conflict resolution process people can explore and understand those differences, and use them to interact in a more positive, productive way.


    Workshop Objectives


    By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

    • ·         Understand what conflict and conflict resolution mean

      ·         Understand all six phases of the conflict resolution process

      ·         Understand the five main styles of conflict resolution

      ·         Be able to adapt the process for all types of conflicts

      ·         Be able to break out parts of the process and use those tools to prevent conflict

      ·         Be able to use basic communication tools, such as the agreement frame and open questions

      ·         Be able to use basic anger and stress management techniques


    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 

    Qualifications

    • Business Degrees Oxford  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
    • PCSA, CPCT CAPCT
    • 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


    CEUs 

    IAABC 1.5 
    CPDT 1.5
    KPA 1.5
    NADOI
    • Monday, December 08, 2014
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar
    • 99


    Tax Management Strategies - 10 Things You Can Do To Reduce Your Tax Liability.




    Join Marie Poliseno for this  60 minute  webinar on Tax Management Strategies

    This webinar will provide participants with actionable steps they can take between now and year end to minimize or reduce their tax liability. 

    It is specifically designed for the pet professional business owner and is filled with practical examples on how each of these strategies can be applied to benefit them.


    Workshop Objectives


    By the end of this webinar participants will be able to:

    • Review deductible expenses and how they can change over time.Review tax advantaged transactions 
    • Review tax advantaged transactions 
    • Compare expenses to obtain maximum deductibility.


    About The Presenter


    Marie Poliseno is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA), and an honors graduate of the San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers. She is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and a Full and Proud Member of the Pet Professional Guild.

    Marie has spent the past thirty years working in the financial services industry within both public accounting as well as investment banking arenas. In addition to her extensive experience in risk and financial management roles, Marie ran her own dog training business for many years in New Jersey.


    CEUs - Pending

    IAABC 1 CEU
    CPDT 1 CEU
    KPA 1 CEU
    NADOI
    • Monday, December 15, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM (PST)
    • Live Webinar
    • 100


    A Case Study On Canine Fear - Learn About Fear In Family Dogs

    with Lori Stevens

    This webinar will cover at least one case study.

    CEUs pending

    CEUs
    IAABC 1.5 CEUs
    CPDT
    KPA


    Lori will provide an overview of fear in dogs, including at least one case study. She will discuss how to recognize fear, what to do when you see it, and how to change the fear response over time. By the end of the webinar you will have tools to help change a  dog's fear response.


    Workshop Objectives


    By the end of this webinar you will be able to:

      • Be able to recognize fear in dogs
      • Know what to do when your dog shows fear
      • Have techniques for working with fearful dogs

    About The Presenter

    Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP) is a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. She uses force-free and gentle methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals.



    Lori is  also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA); a certified Small Animal (dogs and cats) Massage Practitioner (SAMP) with a specialty in rehabilitation; and is certified in Canine Massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage. Lori has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos and teaches workshops worldwide. See more at SeattleTTouch.com



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