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

    Presented by Jacqueline Munera

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    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, IAABC 1.5

    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. .
        • Wednesday, December 06, 2017
        • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
        • Live Webinar

        Presented by Dr. Holly Ganz

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

        Webinar Description

        We will start with some background information about the microbiome and its role in animal health, including digestion, immunity, and the nervous system. Then we will consider how contemporary lifestyles, such as antibiotic usage and modern diets, may affect the composition of microbes living in the digestive tract.

        We will consider how various health conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Disease is associated with alterations in the gut microbiome and the implications of these observations. Finally we will review different approaches that can be taken to improve gut health.

        Webinar Learning Objectives

        • The microbiome and its role in animal health
        • Roles played by key bacteria in the gut
        • Different approaches to maintaining and restoring gut health, probiotics, diet, and fecal transplants

        Your Presenter

        Holly H. Ganz, PhD, CEO and founder of AnimalBiome, is a microbiologist, who has published more than 20 papers. She left academia to become an entrepreneur when she founded AnimalBiome in the fall of 2016. AnimalBiome provides assessments of the bacterial composition of the digestive tract of dogs and cats and is creating therapies to help promote healthy guts. Her efforts to translate academic research into solutions for animal lovers began when she launched KittyBiome, a citizen science project that she started while working at the University of California (UC), Davis in 2015. From the KittyBiome project, she came to appreciate that digestive disorders are common in pets and that there is a pressing need for better diagnostics and therapeutics.

        Holly received her PhD from UC Davis, where she studied co-evolution between microbes and animals. After receiving her doctorate, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation to study how genetics affects the spread of fungal infections in animal populations. Subsequently she was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley studying how bacterial pathogens survive in soil to infect wildlife. She also holds a MS from UC San Diego, where she studied population genetics, and a BS from George Washington University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, received Special Honors in the Biological Sciences, and graduated magna cum laude. An animal lover, Holly is dedicated to improving animal health and wellness through the application of the latest innovations in microbiology.

        • The microbiome and its role in animal health
        • Roles played by key bacteria in the gut
        • Different approaches to maintaining and restoring gut health, probiotics, diet, and fecal transplants
        • Tuesday, December 12, 2017
        • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
        • Live Webinar

        Presented by Lori Stevens

        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

        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 do 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.

        • Thursday, March 15, 2018
        • 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 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.

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