The Pet Professional Guild
The Association for Force-Free Pet Industry Professionals

Live Webinars

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    • Monday, April 06, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


     Understand How You Can Bring A Feral Pup Into The Pet Home

    with Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs

    IAABC 1 CEU
    CPDT 1 CEU
    KPA 1 CEU
    PPG 1 CEU

    Webinar Overview

    In this webinar you will learn what is a feral and roaming dog? Yvette will speak about how all feral dogs are domesticated because species are  domesticated, not individuals.

    The webinar will look at what does a feral or roaming dog behave like? What does it look like? How extreme are the variations.
    There is a difference between appearance and behaviour. Just because a dog looks like a lab, it doesn't mean it behaves like one. As trainers, we work with behaviour, not so much with appearance.

     

    Webinar Objectives

    • Learn about the individuals and there are patterns that can emerge in specific geographical locations.
    • Feral dogs are very much dogs that have skill sets that allow them to survive in the wild. It's also an area of rescue that has a large proportion of puppies available for adoption, appealing to families looking for that normal family pet.
    • Learn why these puppies may struggle in a class environment where socialization is about letting puppies play and explore. .
    • Learn how to transition the feral/roaming puppies to life with families. 
    • Avoid the pitfalls of failing to see the bigger picture with these amazing dogs.

    About The Presenter


    Working as an animal behaviour consultant for over a decade, Yvette is a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant and member of the PPG. She is known for her work as a pet writer, having written for Sun Media (The Londoner), and then as pet writer for the Toronto Star. She is a regular at local schools teaching young children about "asking permission before petting".

    The majority of her experience comes from over a decade working with hundreds of feral and roaming dogs. She has shared her life with three such dogs, all of which became model dog ambassadors in the community. Their abilities ranged from helping children in schools, decoy work and therapy programs. In conjunction with ARF Ontario, they developed strategies to increase successful adoption rates. Yvette is also known for her blog, and the graphics at Awesome Dogs Shareables.


    • Sunday, April 12, 2015
    • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar



    Rattlesnake Avoidance Training Using Force-Free Methods  

    Presented by Pamela Johnson

    CEUs

    CPDT - 1.5 CEUs

    IAABC - 1.5 CEUs

    KPA - 1.5 CEUs

    PPG - 1.5 CEUs




    This 90 Minute program focuses on keeping your dog safe when faced with rattlesnakes. You will learn how to teaching dogs to move away from rattlesnakes using games: attention, settle, in your face, building value, luring, targeting, leash walking, impulse control, recall, and stay.

    You will acquire insight into rattlesnake behavior and learn simple ways to tell the difference between poisonous and non-poisonous snakes. Pam will answer questions about rattlesnakes, provide helpful tips on safety and will even walk you through a variety of ways to make your backyard safe and rattlesnake free.

    Through the use of the training games and skills, you will build an amazing relationship with your dog and doing so, you will be able to protect your canine companion from rattlesnakes and in other dangerous situations.

    Webinar Objectives

    Keep dogs SAFE through the use of:

        • Management
        • Relationship building Games, Behaviors, Skills & Drills
        • Teaching avoidance of Rattlesnakes by training an alternate response
        • By using the Old Cue New Cue method to teach a new recall that means come to you when the dog sees, hears, or smells a snake.
        • By using remote controlled snakes to train alternate behaviors when seeing moving snakes or moving animals in general.

      •         
        Keep dogs SAFE by becoming educated about:
          • Rattlesnake behavior
          • The differences between venomous and & non-venomous snakes
          • How to rattlesnake proof your backyard

      About The Presenters




      Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT, is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.

      Pamela is a clicker dog trainer and educator in San Diego, California. Pamela began her training career when growing up on a small farm where she trained the family dogs, cats, and horses. She learned about clicker training and behavior modification through reading books, attending Clicker Expos/APDT conferences, watching dog training videos and taking numerous classes with her own dogs. Pamela believes it is important to continue learning throughout ones life and she loves finding new ways to train dogs. Pamela started her own business, Pam's Dog Academy in 2007.

      To learn more about Pamela click here



      - Love of the Water
      - Ability to Swim
      - Basic Foundation Skills
      - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
      - The use of targeting to aid in balance
      - Training techniques for dry land and water 
      - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
      • Tuesday, April 21, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Free Member Webinar

      Improving Your Interpersonal Relationships With Clients Through Enhanced Verbal Communication Skills

      with Niki Tudge

      CEUs

      CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
      PPG - 1.5 CEUs
      IAABC - 1.5 CEUs
      KPA - 1.5 CEUs



      We've all met that dynamic, charismatic person that just has a way with others and has a way of being remembered. Attend this webinar and learn to  identify ways of creating a powerful introduction, remembering names, and managing situations when you’ve forgotten someone’s name.

      This Interpersonal Skills webinar will help pet professionals  work towards being that unforgettable person by providing communication skills, negotiation techniques, tips on making an impact, and advice on networking and starting conversations. This webinar will also help you identify the skills needed in starting a conversation, moving a conversation along, and progressing to higher levels of conversation.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Understand the difference between hearing and listening
      • Know some ways to improve the verbal skills of asking questions and communicating with power.
      • Understand what is ‘non-verbal communication’ and how it can enhance interpersonal relationships.
      • Identify the skills needed in starting a conversation.
      • Identify ways of creating a powerful introduction, remembering names, and managing situations when you’ve forgotten someone’s name.
      • Understand how seeing the other side can improve skills in influencing other people.
      • Understand how the use of facts and emotions can help bring people to your side.
      • Identify ways of sharing one’s opinions constructively.
      • Learn tips in preparing for a negotiation, opening a negotiation, bargaining, and closing a negotiation.
      • Learn tips in making an impact through powerful first impressions.


      About Your 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 Degree and MBA  Oxford Brookes University, England.
      • Six Sigma Certified Black Belt
      • CPDT-KA
      • AABP – Professional Dog Trainer
      • AABP – Professional Dog Behavior Technologist
      • 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.



      • Sunday, April 26, 2015
      • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Get Creative & Jazz Up Your Training Through The Effective Use Of Props 


      Presented by Pamela Johnson

      CEUs

      CPDT - 1.5 CEUs

      IAABC - 1.5 CEUs

      KPA - 1.5 CEUs

      PPG - 1.5 CEUs




      If you compete in canine freestyle or simply just want to teach your dog some fun, entertaining tricks with props, then this webinar is for you. You will learn how to train tricks using cane/platform like props. Jazz up you and your dogs creativity through games that teach your dog to think outside the box using capturing and shaping.

      In addition to training your dog to do tricks with props, you will help build your dogs confidence around new objects and have a great time with your dog.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Teach your dog to be creative & build confidence
      • 101 Things to do with an object (Creativity)
      • Check it out game (Confidence)
      • Cane Tricks
      • 101 Things to do with a cane
      • Around/Behind
      • Over
      • Paws up
      • Platform Tricks
      • On/Off
      • Duration/Distance/Distractions (using the premack principle)
      • Stationary behaviors (Sit, Down, Pretty, TaDa)
      • Paws up

      About The Presenters




      Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT, is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.

      Pamela is a clicker dog trainer and educator in San Diego, California. Pamela began her training career when growing up on a small farm where she trained the family dogs, cats, and horses. She learned about clicker training and behavior modification through reading books, attending Clicker Expos/APDT conferences, watching dog training videos and taking numerous classes with her own dogs. Pamela believes it is important to continue learning throughout ones life and she loves finding new ways to train dogs. Pamela started her own business, Pam's Dog Academy in 2007.

      To learn more about Pamela click here

       

      - Love of the Water
      - Ability to Swim
      - Basic Foundation Skills
      - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
      - The use of targeting to aid in balance
      - Training techniques for dry land and water 
      - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
      • Sunday, May 03, 2015
      • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar



      Learn How To Train Stationary and Distance Tricks & Behaviors  

      Presented by Pamela Johnson

      CEUs 

      IAABC - 1 CEU

      PPG - 1 CEU

      CPDT - 1 CEU

      KPA - 1 CEU 





      This presentation will teach you how to take a behavior (any stationary, distance or moving behaviors at a distance) and build a reliable fluent behavior using force free/clicker training methods.

      If you compete in dog sports such as obedience, canine freestyle, agility or other dog sports and need nice duration behaviors, this webinar will be helpful.

      Training dogs to stay in one spot in a variety of positions does not have to be difficult or boring. You and your dog will learn to enjoy training duration stationary behaviors.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Train Stationary Behaviors and Distance Behaviors
        • Sit
        • Bow
        • Pretty
      • Get reliable fluent stationary behaviors by using:
        • Back Chaining and Building Behaviors
        • Clicker Training
        • Release Cues
        • Premack Principle

      About The Presenter




      Pamela Johnson is a certified professional dog trainer through the CCPDT, is a professional member of the APDT and a member of PPG.

      Pamela Johnson is a clicker dog trainer and educator with a B.S. degree in Kinesiology and a M.A in Education Curriculum Development. As a full time middle school PE teacher, Pamela feels that many of the skills she uses to teach children transfer nicely to training dogs. Her passion is using force free training methods for behavior modification, as well as training complex behaviors and tricks. She thrives on the challenge of coming up with creative new ways to train dogs. Pamela believes that every dog she works with teaches her more about training, patience and most importantly, how to be a better person. Pamela travels presenting Canine Freestyle & Disc dog trick training seminars in North America and Canada. She is known around the world for her training videos on her Youtube channel "pamelamarxsen." She posts free tutorial videos in hopes that more people discover the magic of clicker training and learn that there is a way to train every behavior with force free methods! Her business Pam’s Dog Academy is based in San Diego, California. She is a CPDT-KA, a professional member of the APDT as well as the PPG.

      To learn more about Pamela click here



      - Love of the Water
      - Ability to Swim
      - Basic Foundation Skills
      - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
      - The use of targeting to aid in balance
      - Training techniques for dry land and water 
      - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
      • Monday, May 04, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      PowerPoint Intermediate Skills 

      with Niki Tudge

      CEUs

      IAABC 1.5 CEUs
      CPDT 1.5 CEUs
      KPA 1.5 CEUs
      PPG 1.5 CEUs


      Please check out the Essential, recorded  (beginner)  PowerPoint Webinar as your first option. 


      Learn how to use the improved features of PowerPoint 2013. This webinar is designed to get into the advanced features of PowerPoint 2013. We will show you a practical way of learning with a hands-on and customizable approach. 

      PowerPoint 2013 is the world’s premier presentation software. With PowerPoint 2013 you are provided a new landing screen which makes launching and creating documents easier than previous versions. There is also an improved Presentation View with gives your presentations that extra focus. PowerPoint 2013 also has an improved user interface with an array of powerful tools to help you share your presentations through Skydrive!


      Webinar Objectives

      • Work with shapes, text boxes, and pictures
      • Use SmartArt
      • Use alignment guides, object order, and other advanced drawing tasks
      • Use tables
      • Work with audio and video
      • Use PowerPoint’s research tools
      • Use presenter view and notes
      • Use slide masters to create consistent slide elements
      • Perform additional types of presentation delivery



      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 Degree and MBA  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



      • Work with shapes, text boxes, and pictures
      • Use SmartArt
      • Use alignment guides, object order, and other advanced drawing tasks
      • Use tables
      • Work with audio and video
      • Use PowerPoint’s research tools
      • Use presenter view and notes
      • Use slide masters to create consistent slide elements
      • Perform additional types of presentation delivery
      • Friday, May 08, 2015
      • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      The Practical Application of  LIMA When Working With Aggressive Dogs

      Presented by Claudia Estanislau


      LIMA means Least Intrusive and Minimally Aversive Techniques. 

      CEUs 

      CPDT - 1.5 CEUs
      KPA - 1.5 CEUs
      PPG - 1.5 CEUs



      Join Claudia for a webinar on how to use LIMA when working with aggressive dogs. The webinar will address the following points:

      • The importance of conducting a functional assessment when working with aggression cases
      • Working with your VET to eliminate any probable physical problems
      • Understanding the LIMA protocol
      • Putting theory into practice in real life scenarios.

      Webinar Objectives

      1. Understand the LIMA protocol and it's application in case management
      2. Learn some practical l force free exercises
      3. Grasp the knowledge of some DRA and DRI protocols suitable for working with aggressive dogs
      4. Learn some practical exercises to help achieve better results with your clients







      About The Presenter



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

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

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



      • Monday, May 11, 2015
      • 5:00 PM (EDT)
      • Monday, August 17, 2015
      • 6:00 PM (EDT)
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      Pet Professionals –

      Out Think, Out Smart, Out Grow Your Competition –

      Hands on Business Coaching Pays For Itself


      CEUs


      IAABC 12 CEUs

      CPDT 20 CEUs

      KPA 12 CEUs


      The Fun Way to Build Your Business!



       

      LIMITED PLACES - Grab Your Place In Our Next Program

       

      You benefit immediately from our highly interactive and hands-on business coaching style that will empower you to fly solo as an efficient, effective and PROFITABLE business owner.

      With this 4 month program you will build your business while reducing your stress, creating more time for you and having more fun than you ever imagined!


      How Does the Program Work?

      1.       You receive two one-hour calls every month with Niki Tudge.
      • As part of your interactive live coaching sessions you will get the opportunity to demonstrate and further enhance your business understanding with comprehensive, self-paced assignments. 
      • You will benefit directly from each self-paced assignment as they work towards building your business. 
       
      2.       Using interactive teleconferencing your participation in online meetings (a computer with internet access is required) with other entrepreneurs gives you the opportunity to discuss ‘best practices’ and learn from the experience of others.



      3.       You will never be left on your own.  Ongoing support via email and a specifically designated Facebook Group gives you all of the access, support and assistance you need to make the most out of your program. And to further ensure you get absolutely all of the attention you need, this program is limited to only ten participants
      • Easy monthly payments make this a very affordable program that fits into any business owner’s budget.
       

       

      Monthly Business Bites

      Your typical program syllabus would progress would look something like this:

      First Month

      First Monthly Coaching Session – We will look into your existing business, where you think you are and where you want to go. This will be a guided analysis of your current business. Understanding where your business is coming from and how it is contributing to your bottom line is essential to moving your business forward.  

      Second Monthly Coaching Session – We will look at a detailed analysis of your growth across your services and products and determining your true profitability.  Understanding the Balanced Score Card will provide you with a clear picture of your business climate.

      Second Month

      First Monthly Coaching Session – Based on what we’ve discovered in the first month we will begin to develop your business strategy.  What strategic direction are you taking and how will you get there? Most business owners either don’t understand their business strategy or don’t have one yet Peter Drucker, renowned business consultant, tells us that ‘Whenever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision.’

      Second Monthly Coaching Session – This session and assignment will focus on developing your Key Goals so you know what target you are aiming at and, more importantly, you will know what success looks like.

      Third Month

      First Monthly Coaching Session – Now that we know the current state of affairs is with your business and we’ve developed your strategy and key goals we are ready to start establishing the tactics you will use to get from here to there.  We will now understand your ‘Marketing Mix’ and the tools available for you that fit your personality and will therefore be the most effective for your business.

      Second Monthly Coaching Session – Now we are researching, writing and implementing your battle plan.  In this session and related assignments we will build your detailed marketing plan including targets, media, message, cost and the intended return on your invested marketing dollars.

      Fourth Month

      First Monthly Coaching Session – This first session is your ‘Accountability Call –We review what has and hasn’t been done from your marketing plan and we track the impact of these efforts  with an eye to adjusting our tactics, responding to unanticipated results and refocusing our efforts.

      Second Monthly Coaching Session – Congratulations, You’re Flying solo!  Through actually designing and implementing practices into your workplace you will now have the tools and skills to keep your business trajectory on track.

      • Monday, May 18, 2015
      • 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM (CDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Free Member Webinar

      Learn All About How To Train A MAR Dog

      (Missing Animal Response)

      Free PPG member webinar

      presented by Kat Albrecht

      CEUs

      IAABC - 1.5 CEUs

      CPDT - 1.5 CEUs

      KPA - 1.5 CEUs

      PPG - 1.5 CEUs




      This workshop covers the basics of how to evaluate and train a dog to find lost pets.


      The MAR (Missing Animal Response) field is growing leaps and bounds. More and more professional pet detectives are emerging and many communities are forming teams of volunteers who specifically work to recover lost pets. Yet finding the right dog for the job is critical.


      Whether you’re involved in lost pet recovery work or you’re simply looking to give your dog a new job, this workshop will enable you to prepare you to find the right dog and to move forward into training your dog to find lost pets.



      Webinar Objectives

      • What temperaments and traits are needed in a Missing Animal Response (MAR) Search Dog
      • How to Properly Evaluate a Dog for MAR work
      • How to Select and Train a Target Cat
      • Steps to Train a MAR Cat Detection Dog
      • Steps to Train a MAR Trailing Dog
      • Other MAR Training Opportunities

      About The Presenters



      Kat Albrecht is a police detective-turned-pet detective and the founder of Missing Pet Partnership, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting lost pets with their families. Since 1997, Kat has worked search dogs trained to find lost pets. She pioneered the cross application of law enforcement investigative techniques and technologies to solve lost pet investigations and is widely known as the leading authority on K9 pet detective training. Through her business K9 Pet Trackers, Kat launched the first-ever pet detective academy where she trains humans and search dogs to find lost pets.

      Kat has appeared on Animal Planet and articles about her work have appeared in People, Reader’s Digest, Bark, Woman’s World, and Parade. She gives spiritual seminars on how to find your “life purpose” and is the author of two books: Dog Detectives: Train Your Dog to Find Lost Pets and Pet Tracker: How I Found My Life Purpose as a Pet Detective (Amazon.com only). Kat lives in Federal Way, Washington with her husband and her dog Kody.

      - Love of the Water
      - Ability to Swim
      - Basic Foundation Skills
      - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
      - The use of targeting to aid in balance
      - Training techniques for dry land and water 
      - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
      • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (CDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Learn About The Genetics of Canine Aggression

      presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

      CEUs

      IAABC 1 CEU

      CPDT 1 CEU

      KPA 1 CEU

      PPG 1 CEU



      Why haven't we found a genetic test yet that will predict aggression in dogs? In this presentation Dr. Jessica will  summarize then current approaches that have been taken to answering this problem and explain the pitfalls that researchers have encountered. Dr.  Jessica will  describe some specific findings in dogs and humans and put them in context to explain their relevance to our understanding of canine aggression in the real world. The webinar will also discuss the  future directions of research in this area and give some hope for future results.

      Webinar Objectives

      • List some approaches to finding a genetic test for aggression
      • Explain why finding a genetic test for aggression is difficult and unlikely to happen soon
      • Describe some specific mechanisms for the interaction of genetics and environment to influence aggression in dogs

      About The Presenter


      Jessica is a veterinarian currently pursuing a PhD in genetics. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her lab studies a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior.

      Jessica is a New Englander at heart, but currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs (an elderly golden retriever and a fearful collie-retriever mix). You can learn more about her at www.dogzombie.com.

      • Saturday, June 06, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Free Member Webinar

      Learn How To Play Sprinkles TM and The Benefits It Brings To Our Canine Partners

      with Sally Hopkins

      CEUs  

      IAABC 1 CEU

      CPDT 1 CEU

      KPA 1 CEU

      PPG 1 CEU 


      WHAT IS "SPRINKLES"(TM)?


      Learn all about the game "Sprinkles" Sprinkles is a new dog game that involves using your dogs sense of smell to search and find small food items.Sprinkles is a very simple concept and has many very powerful and amazing results. Sprinkles is not  an instant cure for all behavioral problems, but it is a simple and effective start to help make a change. Join us in this webinar to learn all about Sprinkles,how it is used and the science on why it is effective. 


      Webinar Objectives

      • Learn how to play the dog game "Sprinkles"
      • Understand the benefits of playing "Sprinkles" with your dog
      • Learn how "Sprinkles" builds confidence in your dogs abilities
      • Understand how "Sprinkles" can build strong positive associations for your dog.

      About The Presenter


      Sally Hopkins is the owner of Dog Games UK and the Founder of the game "Sprinkles" trademarked in the UK. Sally is a a Full member of Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, a member of the UK APDT and a member of the Australian APDT.
      Sally Hopkins has always been interested in dogs and has a broad background in most aspects of the canine world. Sally was one of the first group of students to take the two year course (International Dog Training School) taught by world renowned teachers such as Turid Rugaas (Norway), Alan Bauman (USA), John Rogerson and Sheila Harper (UK). 




      • Wednesday, June 24, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar

      Want To Be A Better Public Speaker?

      Learn How To Develop Effective Public Speaking Skills!

      with Niki Tudge

      CEUs

      IAABC 1.5 CEUs
      CPDT 1.5 CEUs
      KPA 1.5 CEUs
      PPG 1.5 CEUs

      Do you dread public speaking? Join the club. Along with death and spiders, it’s what people fear most.




       

      According to a 1973 survey by the Sunday Times of London, 41% of people list public speaking as their biggest fear. Forget small spaces, darkness, and spiders, standing up in front of a crowd and talking is far more terrifying for most people. Through this webinar you will become more confident and relaxed in front of an audience which will translate into a successful speaking event.

      Mastering this fear and getting comfortable speaking in public can be a great ego booster, not to mention a huge benefit to your career and business. With new public speaking skills you can become better at doing Lunch and Learns, giving webinars, educational presentations and event hosting. 




      Webinar Objectives

      • Identify your audience
      • Create a basic outline
      • Organize your ideas
      • Flesh out your presentation
      • Find the right words
      • Prepare all the details
      • Overcome nervousness
      • Deliver a polished, professional speech
      • Handle questions and comments effectively


      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 Degree and MBA 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



      • Tuesday, June 30, 2015
      • 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Can Dogs Discriminate Emotional Expressions of Human Faces

      with Dr. Corsin Müller

      CEUs 

      IAABC - 1 CEU
      PPG - 1 CEU
      KPA - 1 CEU
      CPDT - 1 CEU Behavior Consultant



      This presentation will first give some background information on a study about dogs’ perception of human faces. Then explain the testing of dogs with an automated procedure at a touchscreen apparatus, and argue why our study, unlike others published before, convincingly shows that at least some dogs can discriminate emotional expressions in human faces, even when these are shown on two-dimensional photographs and by people who the dogs had never encountered before. Finally, it will deal with a number of misinterpretations of the results that were presented in the mainstream media and outline future work arising from the study.



      Webinar Objectives


      • Get up to date with the current knowledge about how dogs perceive human faces and what information dogs extract from these stimuli.
      • Understand the difference between discrimination and recognition.
      • Comprehend the purpose of and need for carefully controlled experimental studies to rule out alternative explanations for observed behaviour.
      • Learn about modern, non-invasive methods in state-of-the art research on dog behaviour and cognition.
      • Acquire a critical attitude towards media reports about results of primary research.


      About The Presenter




      Dr. Müller studied Biology with particular focus on Animal Behaviour at the University of Zürich (Switzerland). After two internships with field work in the Kalahari (South Africa) and in Yellowstone National Park (USA), he then went on to study vocal and olfactory communication of banded mongooses in Queen Elizabeth National Park (Uganda). For this work he obtained his doctoral degree from the University of Zürich in 2007.

      As a postdoctoral researcher, Dr. Müller initially continued studying the banded mongooses in Queen Elizabeth National Park, as an independent research fellow based at the University of Exeter (UK). In 2010, he moved to Vienna where he has been studying the cognitive abilities of domestic dogs, first at the University of Vienna and then at the recently founded Messerli Research Institute. During his career, Dr. Müller has written or co-authored 20 publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Among them is a recent article entitled “Dogs can discriminate emotional expressions of human faces”.




      • Sunday, July 12, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Are Cats Really The Independent Animals We Believe They Are?

       New Research Suggests Not!

      with Dr. Isabella Merola

      CEUs

      CPDT - 1 CEU
      KPA - 1 CEU
      PPG - 1 CEU



      Cats were often considered independent animals, but recent studies have highlighted their ability to use human communication toward them to chose how to act. This is highlighting the social nature of this species and the importance to understand how they use and read humans communication.



      Webinar Objectives

      • When and where cat and human met and started their cohabitation
      • What we know about cat human relationship
      • How human emotions can influence cat behaviour


      About The Presenter




      Isabella is a Veterinary surgeon. She has a Master Degree in Ethology and Animal Welfare and a PhD in Comparative Psychology, which included a research project in dog/cat human relations and communication. She is first author of different papers and referee for journal such as Animal Cognition and Journal of Feline Medicine and Surgery. She is co-author in a book on behavioural problems in cats and dogs (edited by Poletto Editore, in press). She is actually working at the University of Lincoln (UK) on a project examining pain and emotional expression in cats.



      • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
      • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Learn How To Effectively Manage Groups of Dogs In an Off Leash Environment 

      with Kathy Sdao

      CEUs 

      IAABC 1.5 CEUs
      CPDT 1.5 CEUs
      KPA 1.5 CEUs
      PPG 1.5 CEUs



      Join Kathy Sdao for this webinar on multiple dog management. Whether you supervise a dog daycare or playgroup, take your dog to a dog-park, or simply have a multi-dog family, you will have to manage groups of unrestrained dogs. These situations in which dogs are off-leash and free to interact with one another can be potentially volatile. 

      Dogs can be physically hurt and they can also experience emotional trauma from threats or bullying. You need to be able to recognize warning signs, intervene when necessary without making the situation more risky, and have a way to decide which dogs are well-suited to multiple-dog environments and which are not.

      We’ll review some skills, protocols and behavioral knowledge that will help you keep dogs and handlers safe while promoting constructive canine socialization and fun.



      Webinar Objectives

      • Identify common but unwise advice for managing groups of dogs
      • Define the role and the associated behaviors most important for people who supervise groups of dog
      • List minimum requirements for dogs’ physical and mental health in daycare settings
      • Examine examples of forms used for screening dogs for attendance at a daycare
      • Understand general safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between “normal” dogs
      • Understand safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between unsocialized dogs (i.e., remedial dog-socialization sessions)

      About The Presenter




      Kathy Sdao is an associate certified applied animal behaviorist. She has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility where Kathy began teaching clicker-training classes for dog owners.

      For the past 15 years, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at twenty-five of these popular conferences since 2003. Kathy also has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012.



      • Tuesday, September 15, 2015
      • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar


      Trade show and Pet Business Event Management Skills

      with Niki Tudge

      CEUs 

      IAABC 1.5 CEUs 

      CPDT 1.5 CEUs

      KPA 1.5 CEUs

      PPG 1.5 CEUs



      Deciding to attend a trade show or a pet event  is a large investment for any company. Preparation for the event is essential. 

      It’s better not to go to a trade show or pet event  than to go unprepared. Every person in your booth is an ambassador to your company and you need to  make sure they are prepared. 

      Trade show attendees usually plan a list of whom they're going to visit before ever entering the convention center doors, make sure you are on that list. If you are attending a pet event and investing in a booth then you want to be sure you get a return on your investment. 

      Make sure you and your staff have the right tools to succeed  A successful trade show or pet event will benefit your company on many levels. The most basic statistic is that it can cost half as much to close a sale made to a trade show lead as to one obtained through all other means. Get your staff trained and get to that trade show and or attend pet events generate prospects for your business. 



      Webinar Objectives


      • Recognize effective ways of preparing for a trade show or pet event
      • Know the essential points to setting up a booth so it is attractive and effective as a marketing and sales tool
      • Know the Dos and Don’ts behaviors during the show
      • Acknowledge visitors and welcome them to your booth
      • Engage potential customers and work towards converting them from a prospect to a customer
      • Wrap up the trade show and all your customer leads


      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 Degree and MBA  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



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