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    • Thursday, August 24, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Tristan Flynn

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    Dog parks and dog daycare facilities are becoming increasing popular in North America. It is common place for pet owners, daycare workers and trainers to be around large (40+) groups of off-leash dogs.  Larger playgroups result in different interactions, behaviors, potential risks and management strategies than smaller groups.

    This webinar will outline how to manage larger off-leash groups; tendencies of certain breeds to behave in certain ways, for example, herding breeds to herd, terriers to be feisty and energetic, hounds to be aloof and independent; dangerous situations to watch for and avoid, and an overall blueprint for how to successfully manage large playgroups for safe and healthy interactions off-leash.


    • Learn about some of the different breed specific behaviors that may be encountered when managing a large off-leash group
    • Recognize that all dogs are individuals and often display behaviors that are atypical of their breed
    • Identify dangerous situations in large groups and how to avoid and control them
    • Learn how to manage dog play in large play groups
    • Learn about the role of status and dominance in large play groups
    • Understand what body language (canine communication) to look for in off-leash groups
    • Learn how to deal with aggression and conflict in large play groups

    About The Presenter

    Tristan Flynn, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a certified trainer and behavior consultant. He owns Jollytails, Halifax's largest dog daycare, training, grooming and retail facility. Jollytails has roughly 140 dogs between their two locations daily for dog daycare.

    Tristan has lectured for PPG in several webinars and at the 2016 Summit and will be a presenter at the 2017 Summit in Orlando. Tristan has a training DVD, “The Leash Reactivity Blueprint” available through Tawzer Dog and Dogwise.

    Tristan has been featured on a variety of TV segments for Global News, CTV News and hosted a Radio show called the K9 Connection, which was heard in Atlantic Canada from 2013-2016.

    Tristan lives with his 9 year old Bernese Mountain Dog Freyja in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

    • Monday, August 28, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sharon Wachsler

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

    Have you been asked to train a service dog (SD), emotional support animal (ESA), or a personal "therapy dog" for an adult or child with disabilities? What do all these terms mean, and what are your responsibilities as a trainer? Did you know that the laws for service-dogs-in-training (SDiTs) are different from laws for trained service dogs and vary from state-to-state?

    Pet dog trainers are increasingly approached by clients who want help with training a service dog or emotional support animal (or what they may refer to as a "therapy dog") for themselves or a family member. It can be very confusing for trainer and client alike to sort out these terms and the legal and training requirements behind each. This presentation will explain the legal meanings and differences between these terms in the United States, the requirements for training each, differences in US state laws for service-dogs-in-training, the standards of behavior and appearance for service dogs, and explain the reality behind the question of "certification." You'll also learn how to distinguish between legal requirements and ethical or community standards, and how to apply these concepts to working with clients.


    This presentation is geared to professional dog trainers in the United States that are new to the complicated world of service dog laws and standards. No previous service dog training experience or knowledge is necessary.

    By the end of this webinar, attendees will understand and be able to answer client questions on the following topics:

    • The difference between the terms "service dog," "service dog in training," "emotional support animal," and "therapy dog" and when handlers of each have access to public accommodations
    • Understand the definition of a service animal under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and where a trainer or handler of a service animal is permitted or excluded
    • Understand how laws for service-dogs-in-training (and who is a trainer under the law) vary from state-to-state and how to find out their own state's laws
    • Understand the community standards for appearance and behavior in service dogs and how these differ from legal requirements
    • Steps trainers and clients can take to protect themselves if access challenges occur

    About The Presenter

    Sharon Wachsler CPDT-KA, KPA-CTP is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner with more than 25 years of experience in the disability community. Before she began her second career as a dog trainer, Sharon was a disability information and referral specialist and service dog owner-trainer, as well as the founder of the Assistance Dog Blog Carnival, a writer for the International Association of Assistance Dog Partners newsletter, and the blogger for the popular service-dog trainer's blog, After Gadget. Sharon opened At Your Service Dog Training in Wendell, MA, in 2014, offering private training, consulting, and group classes to service dog owner-trainers. Sharon is an experienced presenter and writer on service dog topics and enjoys consulting with and speaking to trainers, owners, and community groups about service dogs and their training.

    • Friday, September 08, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Irith Bloom

    CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)

    Scientific research indicates that control over one’s environment is a strong reinforcer. Unfortunately, many of our pets have almost no control over their environment, and can make few, if any, significant choices. Humans select what animals eat, specify which objects are appropriate toys, decide when and where an animal can go outside, and essentially control every aspect of the animal’s life. This pervasive lack of choice can result in increased stress, which often leads to a variety of undesired behaviors.

    Fortunately, there is a better way. This presentation will highlight tools you can use to increase choice in an animal’s life, ranging from training techniques that give animals more control, to practical ways to create choice-rich environments, to tips on empowering animals to make choices that work both for them and for their humans. The presentation will also address why choice is especially critical when dealing with aggressive, fearful, and reactive behavior, and provide specific examples for how to increase choice in those types of situations.

    Learning Objectives

    • Attendees will learn how lack of choice can relate to increased stress (and stress-related undesirable behaviors). They will understand why it is important to empower animals to make their own choices, and be able to explain the value of increased choice to others.
    • Attendees will be able to view training techniques through the lens of choice. They will be able to identify how choice-rich or choice-limiting different training options are, as well as to evaluate the pros and cons (in terms of choice) of a variety of training techniques.
    • Attendees will be able to select among and apply a variety of choice-based training techniques in a wide range of settings, including everything from ordinary obedience training contexts to situations involving aggressive, fearful, reactive, and anxious behavior.
    • Attendees will have a better grasp of how to create choice-rich environments for animals. They will know how to increase the choices available to animals both in specific training contexts and in daily life tips.

    About The Presenter

    Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens, rabbits, parrots, and cats to dogs and horses – not to mention humans. A biologist by training, Irith is fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars.

    Irith is faculty at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), as well as being certified in TAGteach, a positive reinforcement method for coaching humans.

    Irith regularly presents at conferences, and has given seminars as far away as Japan. She has written numerous articles for online outlets. She has also been published in print in Everydog magazine, as well as The Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s Chronicle of the Dog and the recently released book “Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Dog Trainers.”

    Irith volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue, and is on the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of people and their pets throughout Los Angeles County.

    Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, a pet training company based in Los Angeles. She shares her home with a rescued English Shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).

    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Pamela Dennison

    CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)

    The primary emphasis of The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone is to teach you to set up your own personal desensitization protocol, using simple foundation behaviors (incompatible and alternate) and a positive relationship.

    Because of the nature of living with an aggressive dog, you’ll need to understand that one simply can’t get the aggression “to just go away.” Nature abhors a vacuum and we will fill the behavioral space with relevant, stimulating and fun skills for you and your dog as part of the desensitization process.

    The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone program focuses on:

    • Establishing foundation behaviors
    • Learning to shape new behaviors
    • Reading your dog’s body language properly
    • Learning to interpret your environment, quickly and effectively
    • Teaching you to set up safe and successful sessions
    • Erecting a line of communication from both sides of the leash
    • Learning how to properly set, raise or lower criteria
    • Teaching you to be a more effective trainer overall
    • Applying the counter conditioning and desensitization process correctly
    • Understanding the causes of aggression, including the human factors
    • Breaking down behaviors into the smallest of approximations
    • Staying focused and concentrating under pressure
    • Turning off the environment and tuning into your dog
    • Learning positive training techniques and foundation behaviors

    About The Presenter

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

    Pam started her own business, Positive Motivation Dog Training, in 1996. Since then she has helped thousands of dogs and handlers build their relationships and solve problems, by teaching basic obedience through competition and working with a myriad of behavioral problems. Pam teaches puppy K, basic obedience through the Canine Good Citizen test, competition obedience, Rally-O and holds regular classes and seminars for aggressive dogs. Pam has written 4 books, 3 DVDs and has 5 online classes.

    • Monday, September 25, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman

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

    Interesting feline behavior cases from a veterinary point of view


    • Thoroughly assess feline behavior problems
    • Determine if medical issues are present
    • Decide if concurrent medical issues are a mitigating factor in behavior situations
    • Know when to refer behavior problems to a DVM

    About The Presenter

    Dr Lynn Honeckman graduated from Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1993, and has practiced in small animal medicine and exotics over the past 23 years In Illinois, New York, and Florida. She had experience in wildlife rehabilitation in the Chicago area as well as shelter medicine at New York's North Shore Animal League, before moving to Orlando, Florida in 1999.

    In 2010, Dr Honeckman opened Veterinary Behavior Solutions, to focus on behavior cases throughout the greater Orlando area. Dr Honeckman is on the special council of the Pet Professional Guild and has helped create the Central Florida Force-Free Behavior and Trainers Network, where she works very closely with other professionals in the community to help reduce and treat fear, anxiety, and aggression in the companion pet. Dr Honeckman is the committee chairperson for AVSAB position statements, and is on the advisory board for Dr Marty Becker's Fear-Fear(™) Initiative as well as a certified fear-free professional. Dr Honeckman has recently started a non-conforming residency in veterinary behavior with Dr Karen Overall.

    • Thursday, September 28, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

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

    Have you ever felt angry, irritable or sad because of the work that you do?  Have you ever questioned whether it’s all worthwhile? Or do you feel completely satisfied by your work yet emotionally and physically exhausted by it at the same time? You might be experiencing the signs of compassion fatigue. (secondary trauma and burnout).

    Animal care professionals may be particularly at risk because of their dual role of caring for both animals and their owners. Stressful interactions with the public, exposure to trauma and coping with the loss of animals through accidents, illness or euthanasia all contribute to compassion fatigue.

    This seminar is intended to help individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and identify evidence based strategies to prevent and manage the condition.


    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue 
    • Learn evidence based tools to manage and prevent compassion fatigue

    About The Presenter

    Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a consultant and educator specializing in compassion fatigue and stress management within the animal industry, dedicated to helping animal care professionals and organizations manage and overcome stress and physical and mental exhaustion.

    Dr. Rohlf’s formal qualifications, a PhD with a specialization in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in psychology, combined with her work experience as a veterinary nurse and animal welfare researcher, has helped her fine tune her knowledge and skills in developing ways to support those who dedicate their lives to animals in need.

    Dr. Rohlf is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. She has lectured and tutored for over 7 years and has presented her research at international and national conferences.
    • Friday, October 06, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell PCT-A

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5.

    Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell for this in depth presentation in which she delves into the complexities of linear behavior chains.

    In this webinar we will examine the best methods to build compound linear chains and we will take a look at different strategies that will help you improve your chains. You'll learn how to perform a task analysis and collect data that will facilitate errorless learning. We will look at the interplay between operant and respondent conditioning and you will learn about fun techniques such as the ‘Quick Cue’ game, which can be used to proof both the discreet and the complex behaviors that you teach

    The presentation will focus on a fun trick that is also a skill needed by many assistance dogs – How to fetch their guardian a drink - but in learning how to teach this 'trick', you will also learn some different strategies that focus on how to teach an amazing retrieve to hand!

    You don't want to miss out on this informative, thought-provoking, fun-filled session.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand why and how to perform a task analysis
    • Understand how to write a training plan and the importance of data collection
    • Deepen your understanding of behavior chains
    • Gain a deep understanding of how to forwards chain
    • Understand how and why to backwards chain compound behaviors that are linear chains.
    • Understand how to maintain a consistent high standard of 'tricks' (behaviors)
    • Learn different strategies for teaching and proofing an amazing retrieve to hand
    • Learn how to teach your dog to open a door
    • Learn how to teach your dog to close a door
    • Learn how to teach your training partner to fetch you a drink from the fridge

    About the Presenter

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    B.A. Hons. PCT-A,. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG. DN-CPCT2


    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. Certified Pet Care Technician.  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 Pet Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild. Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe, Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and Co-Presenter of PPG World Service Radio.

    Louise is the owner of The DogSmith of Estepona. She is a Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College. and the author and instructor of the DogNostics Dog Training Certificate Program and TrickMeister Titles.

    • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Kay Attwood

       CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1

    In this webinar, we will take a look at the art of platform training and how, 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. Platform training is an exciting new way of learning for the dog because the dog easily understands exactly where it should be standing. Platforms are a great tool to add to all your classes and this presentation is sure to provide any trainer with lots of ideas about how to use platforms in their training program.

    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."

    • Tuesday, October 17, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

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

    Many strategies in dog training involve creating a positive association.  The absence of reacting or fleeing does not mean that a dog likes something.  Knowing if you have successfully created a positive association is a critical question. There are ways in which we can ask an animal “do you like this?"  Failing to do so risks putting people and trainers in situations where the dog is pushed too early, triggering a fearful or aggressive response that could have been avoided.

    Classical conditioning may be a simple process but there are many variations and combinations of factors that impact what a positive association looks like.

    • Learn what a positive association is
    • Learn what a positive association look like and how to recognize one
    • Understand how different pairings lead to different physical manifestations
    • Learn how to test so you are not interfering with results
    • Understand the difference between “non-reactive” and “positive association”
    • Learn how to use the process of elimination to remove extraneous factors, thus ensuring the dog makes an association with the relevant stimulus.

    About The Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.
    • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    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 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.

    • Monday, October 23, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Jacqueline Munera

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

    While cats can certainly be trained, many people find them more challenging to work with than dogs. Even professionals that have a solid basis in learning science can struggle when trying to apply that knowledge to training cats. We need to take a cat’s-eye perspective and figure out what they want and need in order to feel comfortable. This session will focus on the real-world nitty gritty of cat training. We will use videos and photos to explore some cat communication signals and behavior that reveal Kitty’s readiness to interact, cover the importance of the relationship between cat and handler, and review how to set-up cat-friendly training sessions. We will also peruse the when, where, and how-to techniques of reinforcement delivery. Attendees are expected to already understand basic operant and respondent principles. This session is excellent for dog trainers and cat behavior consultants that want to learn more about cat training.

    Learning Objectives: After this seminar, attendees should be able to

    • Understand the importance of the relationship between cat and handler
    • Recognize cat behavior relevant to a training session (e.g. cut-off signals, displacement behaviors)
    • Set-up a cat-friendly learning environment
    • Be ready to experiment with ways to deliver reinforcers

    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.

    Jacqueline and Jazzmanda are also the first human-cat team in the world to pass level 2 of Kay Laurence’s challenging test of clicker training skills, the Competency Assessment Programme (CAP). Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!

    • Sunday, November 05, 2017
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

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

    In this presentation we will be looking at the various concepts studied in cognition, as well as the historical research involving various species of animals and the clever ways in which we ask animals how they perceive the world.  We will also take a look at how different abilities play a role in how we train our dogs

    Concepts covered include:

    • Theory of Mind
    • Spatial Cognition
    • Timing
    • Mathematical abilities
    • Tool Use
    • Social Learning - Imitation and Teaching
    • Language

    About The Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

    • Thursday, November 09, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sian Ryan
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC pending. CCPDT 1.

    "He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers." These words, that can strike fear and dread into owners’ hearts, often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery or requiring long term medical care. Vets can usually only give limited advice regarding keeping dogs appropriately mentally and emotionally supported whilst their walks are restricted and owners are left to manage as best they can. This may be stressful for both the guardian and their dog, and can lead to behaviour change and other problems. 

    This webinar, and the associated book, gives ideas to help owners in this situation to identify the individual needs of their dog. In addition it aims to support owners in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support, as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills are included.
    The webinar includes case studies, review of associated research on the topic and photos and videos to illustrate the points made.

    Webinar Objectives

      • Understand why a period of restricted activity might be needed 
        • Understand why it's important to make adjustments.
        • Learn how to assess emotional, physical and mental needs of the dog.
        • Learn what to do in an emergency.
        • Learn how to prepare for a planned period of restricted activity.
        • Ideas to meet the above needs
        • Understand how to support clients facing such a period.
        • Understand how to reintroduce the dog back to normal levels of activity, or how to adjust longer term

        About The Presenter

        Sian Ryan gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behaviour counsellor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behaviour Clinic and went on to work as a researcher looking at novel ways of measuring emotions in dogs in 2012. With several years of dog training experience, Sian was the first course tutor for Life Skills for Puppies training classes and helped create and develop the course, as well as tutoring on the Life Skills for Puppies Trainers Courses offered by the University of Lincoln.

        Sian writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian is also the Training and Behaviour expert for the BBC2 series Me and My Dog. 

        Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country. .
        • Tuesday, December 12, 2017
        • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EST)
        • Live Webinar

        Presented by Lori Stevens

        CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

        This webinar will provide you with an introduction to foundation behaviors used in Canine Fitness. Once your dog can do these behaviors, you can start adding in more advanced fitness challenges. Proper alignment will be stressed as will setting up a safe environment for canine fitness. How to teach these behaviors along with props that could assist will also be addressed.  I'll also discuss how many repetitions to do, frequency, and how long you should dog exercises before you increase the difficulty.


        • Getting Behaviors
        • Targeting: one, two, four paws, and hind-end
        • Use of hand targeting
        • Tuck-sit
        • Tuck-sit to Stand
        • Sphinx-Down
        • Sphinx-Down to Stand
        • Proper Alignment: plus aids to getting proper alignment

        About The Presenter

           Lori Stevens is a senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals as well as a certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed, a FitPAWS master trainer, a certified small animal (dogs and cats) massage practitioner with a specialty in rehabilitation, and is certified in canine massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure and Massage. She is also a certified canine fitness trainer via the University of Tennessee. She uses humane, friendly, scientific and innovative methods in an educational environment to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. She has an established companion animal practice in Seattle, Washington which offers private sessions and webinars, teaches workshops worldwide and has three DVDs produced by Tawzer Dog Videos.

        • 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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