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

Educational Resources
Login
  • Home
  • Live Webinars

Live Webinars

To learn more about Go To Webinar, the platform we use for live webinars you can click here to watch a short tutorial

Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, February 28, 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar


    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Beth Adelman

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



    While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? I have found a behavior modification protocol using negative reinforcement to be very effective in these situations.

    I am using the term “negative reinforcement” in the strict sense of removing something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated. I do not use aversives in this behavior modification protocol. My goal is always to move the cat as quickly as possible to a state where he or she is able to accept positive reinforcement.


    Learning Objectives

    • A very quick review of the four quadrants of negative and positive reinforcement and punishment, as used in discussing operant conditioning.
    • Why positive reinforcement might not work for some cats in some situations.
    • What kinds of cats/situations might do better with negative reinforcement.
    • Why negative reinforcement might work for those cats.
    • A step-by-step explanation of a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol for working with cats in a home environment. I will use the case study of one of my own cats as the framework for describing this protocol.
    • I will point out where I customized the protocol for this cat, for clients’ cats, and how it can be customized for each individual cat. Emphasis is on meeting each cat where they are.
    • How a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol is used to lead the cat to a state where he or she can accept positive reinforcement for further behavior modification work.
    • If time permits, some tips on other ways to help a frightened/under-socialized cat adapt to a new home.

    About the Presenter



    Beth has been a cat behavior consultant with an active practice in New York for more than a decade and is a member of the PPG Cat Committee. She has taught the Cat Behavior segment (a six-hour one-day seminar) of Kutztown University’s Canine Training and Management certificate program. She has given seminars at IAABC conferences, and at professional conferences and public events sponsored by Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club, the Cat Writers Association, Meet the Breeds (a cat and dog breed showcase in New York City co-sponsored by TICA and AKC), and the Winn Feline Foundation, among others. Beth is also the 2011 recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation award
    • Tuesday, March 07, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1 


    It is easy to overlook the importance of contract management because it seems to be a boring, mundane topic.  Contracts, however,  are the basis of most business relationships. If contracts are managed well, business relationship will flourish. If they are  not, companies face financial loss, relationship harm, and damaged reputations.

    With this “Contract Management” webinar you will discover the specifics of how contract management works and how to effectively understand and use business contract for your benefit.


    Learning Objectives


    • Identify contract elements
    • Understand ethical contract management
    • Calculate value
    • Negotiate contracts
    • Create basic amendments


    About the 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 an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England 




    • Friday, March 10, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar



    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)

    Part 3/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Heel and Pivot with You! 

    Presented by Mariah Hinds

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


    Do you want to teach your dog how to stay by your side and move with you when you move? Do you want to do rally with your dog? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome heeling skills.

    Teach your dog to reliably find and stay in heel position! Teach your dog to move their rear so they are accurately in the correct position. Whether you are moving sideways, turning left or right or moving backwards, your dog will learn to maintain heel position.

    Learning Objectives

    • Front feet on an object
    • Rear feet move into heel position
    • Find heel position from any angle while handler is stationary
    • Left turns
    • Removing the prop and generalizing the behavior
    • Find stationary heel position with distance
    • Heeling pivots and sidesteps
    • Right turns
    • Heeling backwards
    • One step forward
    • Adding turns and adding duration

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!


    • Saturday, March 18, 2017
    • 9:00 AM
    • Sunday, March 19, 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Tampa, FL


    A Two-Day Workshop in Tampa, FL.

    18 and 19 March 2017

    CEUs PPAB 12



    Learn The Key Elements For Dog Sports

    All dog sport success is reliant on being able to teach a dog focus, commitment and the ‘can do’ attitude. However, not all dogs or breeds benefit from this behavior and it then becomes our responsibility and role to help develop it. In this two day workshop, you will learn you how to create these behaviors and attitudes in ANY dog. Get the skills and knowledge to reward your dog effectively so your training becomes more efficient and timely. In two days, you can learn the skills to create and reinforce the best and most appropriate behaviors to meet your dog sport goals.

    This workshop will cover the important and necessary key skills to train a dog for any discipline whether you are training a set of weaves, or heel work, bite work or retrieving, having a dog that can learn each exercise in the shortest time is reliant on the key skills Kamal will cover during the workshop.

    This seminar will cover the skills needed to do just that…..

    What You Will Learn

    • 5 Key Games with toys for effective reinforcement
    • 6 key games for effective reinforcement with food
    • The key behaviours to be shaped for ANY dog sport
    • Heeling foundation training
    • Component training for heel work,
    • Developing movement, style and animation without force or physical aids
    • Attention, focus and drive for heel work
    • Duration, proofing and attitude training….

    Who should attend?

    • This seminar is for anyone that has young or ‘green’ dogs wanting to start as they mean to go on, or established dogs that want to enhance their skills!

    About Your Instructor

    Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez, has over 20 years experience training dogs from all walks of life. His current dogs include two Belgian Malinois, two Border Collies , a German Spitz and a Boxer. His own dog training journey began in the very hall in which he now runs his own classes. Kamal is also a faculty member at the Academy. 

    As an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Kamal has been invited to teach in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany, amongst many others. Kamal’s other career highlights include being an Championship Obedience judge and Crufts competitor.

    Since this humble start, Kamal has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the leading ‘lights’ in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor.

    This thirst for knowledge combined with his job as a police officer, working with young offenders and studying psychology has contributed to his dynamic and innovative teaching style and his ability to get the best from his pupils, be they human or canine!

    With over 25 years of practical dog training experience, based on a combination of science and hands on experience, Kamal has established a reputation for positive training and has championed the use of reward based methods all over the world.

    A Few Highlights of Kamal's Career

    1. Guest speaker at the Victoria Stilwell national bite conference 2016
    2. Trainer on sky TV production 'Dogs Might Fly'
    3. TV appearances on BBC 1, 2, channel 4 and 5.
    4. Faculty member of the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy
    5. Owner/Trainer of the following:
    • Ob Ch suenijon Touch of Magic CDx UDx (Border Collie)
    • Currahee Touch of magic Ch C (Border collie)
    • Jotunheim Excalibar Ch C (Malinois)
    • Vombrittania Anza Ch C, World Cup Team member Crufts 2015 (Malinois)

    Some of his  students accomplishments:

    • Val Venables ob Ch iatka Tip for the Top
    • Sue bishop Nedlo what's it all about Crufts 2017 Obedience Championship qualifier
    • Jane Webb Wt Ch Flyntastic Winventure Crufts Obedience Championship competitor
    • Katy Girdler Just Jenna Flat Coat Retriever Cross Crufts Obedience Championship Competitor
    • Teresa Wright WUSV World IPO Championship Team GB Member
    • Mari Yvlinkka Giant Schanuzer IPO World Championship GB Team Competitor
    • Patricia Murphy Saredon as time goes by Mini Schauzner Crufts 2016 Inter regional Team member, and winner


    Supplemental Information

    • Monthly financing available. Complete payment must be received 30 days prior to the event.
    • The seminar price includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon drinks. Please note lunch is not included in the sponsored discounted rate. If you woudl like to receive lunch from Panera Bread then please request the order form from Rebekah king
    • There will be an onsite Bonfire ‘Get Together’ on Saturday Evening. A small additional fee will be charged for snacks and refreshments if you choose to attend, ($15.00). Reservations can be made closer to the date.
    • If you register for a working spot you may only bring one dog with you
    • You can make several payments for this workshop by contacting Rebekah King.
    • All dogs attending must be dressed according to the PPG’s Guiding Principles. No shock, choke or prong collars.
    • No human- or dog-reactive dogs please.
    • No noisy dogs.
    • Please bring with you a mat for your dog to rest on, a Kong or other mentally stimulating toy and lots of small yummy treats.
    • Please see our refund policy


    Sponsored & Hosted at The DogSmith Training Center.

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

    • Tuesday, March 28, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Robert Hewings
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1. CCPDT 1.



    It has been long established that the dog can provide many health benefits to mankind, in guide work, assistance and therapy work, even education. With our world becoming ever-more stressful and mental health more understandable and common place, we are now beginning to talk about and discuss those things that only a generation ago were seen as ‘best kept quiet’

    How can we now train and allow our canine partner to help us assist those who suffer mental health issues?  As a retired police dog trainer of over twenty five years, and now an assistance dog trainer, I wish to take you on a personal journey that highlights the amalgamation of two very different training disciplines - A brief description of how scent work can be used to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify the advantages of the human/dog dyad as an aid to wellbeing
    • Understand the methodology of anxiety alert 
    • Apply the value of scent dog training within the assistance dog world 
    • Realize the importance of ‘multi-agency’ methods of training
    • Know the ‘golden-thread’ of therapy/assistance dog training dog training

    About The Presenter



    Robert Hewings is a highly experienced, qualified Canine Trainer and Management Consultant with a solid background in the design, development and delivery of bespoke programs for pet and service dog training institutions. He is also a qualified pet dog behavioral consultant. Rob is a part-time lecturer at Bishop Burton College (Hull University) U.K., where he specializes in Canine Training and Behavior, and Bergin University California USA, where his subjects include scent training for the Assistance Dog.

    Following on from an exemplary career as a dog handler and dog trainer with the Metropolitan Police spanning a 30-year period, he has now taken the decision to follow his passion, and channel his experience into ‘Training and coaching dogs, to help their people!’

    To realize this ambition, alongside his varied experience as a Police Dog Instructor, Rob began a learning journey that was to become life changing, not only for himself but for others. His academic career started with a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training, then an MA in Professional Practice Police Dog Training, and he is now engaged in a Doctorate of Professional Practice Service Dog Training, where two leading projects within the doctorate have been:
    • Ambient scent can affect the emotional learning and memory of the dog,  how  this be used to benefit the successful placement of the assistance dog?
    • Human anxiety attacks, nightmares and night terrors. Is there a scent cue for the assistance dog?
    These subjects were forefront of Rob's mind as he is a volunteer trainer with ServiceDogs UK, a charity that places rescue dogs with service personnel. Rob has seen the difference, life changing difference, a Service Dog can make to person suffering with PTSD.

    Rob has designed and developed a training program where the scent cue is a unique step forward in the training of the Assistance Dog for Anxiety attacks, and in providing comfort and support when the handler is suffering nightmare or night terrors. Using his experience as a police search dog handler and instructor, Rob has devised a training methodology that is unique, and is used with the training and course plans of ServiceDogs UK.

    Rob is also the education consultant with the International Working Dog Association, a board member of Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programs and course design are being used in diabetic alert. He is currently engaged in the design, development and instruction of an epileptic seizure alert training program working in partnership with a local authority. The methodology for this canine training is based upon his knowledge and experience within search and assistance dog training.
    • Wednesday, March 29, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Tracy Krulik

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


    Central to iSpeakDog -- a new website to teach dog body language and behavior -- is a simple three-step formula for dog owners to follow when trying to understand why their dogs do things like growl, jump, pull, and chew. iSpeakDog founder, Tracy Krulik, will walk you through the website and share how you can use the three-step formula to communicate more easily with clients.

    Rather than clients making such common statements to you as, "He's being so dominant!" or "She never listens," by using the three-step formula they'll be able to say instead, "He's chewing the door frame whenever he's home alone," or "I understand that dogs like to dig. Can we teach him where it's ok to dig and where it isn't?


    Learning Objectives

    • An understanding of why dog behavior and body language education is important to overall dog welfare.
    • An understanding of how the iSpeakDog three-step formula can help clients not only better understand their dogs, but also better communicate to you which behaviors they need help modifying.
    • An understanding of how the iSpeakDog three-step formula works.
    • An opportunity to practice using the formula with case-study examples.

    About The Presenter



    Founder of iSpeakDog, professional writer, and Academy for Dog Trainers student, Tracy has been featured in publications including The Washington Post, The Bark magazine, APDT's Chronicle of the Dog, Mind Body Green, Whole Life Times magazine, and the online community Rewire Me. She currently lives in Ashburn, Va. with her husband and rescue pup Emma the Beagle.

    For more information visit:

    tracykrulik.com or dogzandtheirpeoplez.com

    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, August 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online Course via Webinar


    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB,15. IAABC, 12.5. CCPDT 7.5.


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


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


      Master Course Overview

    Master is the Level Three Course.  The Master course builds on the solid foundation of skills and knowledge you and your partner have acquired in the Apprentice and Journeyman courses.  In this advanced level course, you will learn how to teach your dog to carry out complex tasks.  You will refine your ability to communicate with your learner.  You will build on your knowledge of behavioral psychology – both operant and classical conditioning – by taking a look into the world of canine cognition.

    Your confident learner will amaze you with their ability to learn.  The knowledge and skills you gain in Training Meister Master will be indispensable in all your future training.  As you practice the new methods and tricks that you learn, your student will acquire new skills, as well as demonstrating their innate ability to work alongside their human partner.

    Training Meister Master is the final stage on the road to becoming a Master in the art and craft of rewards based, science based force-free training and tricks.

    You do not need to have taken the Training Meister Apprentice Course or the Journeyman Course to enroll on the Master Course, however, it is advisable to check the learning objectives and assessment criteria from the first two levels, to ensure that you have the foundation knowledge and skill-set that will be required for this advanced course.


    Program Inclusion

    • Five live webinar e-learning sessions per level.  Each webinar includes a question and answer session.  The recorded webinar links will be sent to all applicants to watch at their own pace (after live broadcast)
    • PDF of all webinars sent to all applicants
    • Additional Learning:  Additional reading material and supplementary videos will be made available to all applicants via email.
    • Homework tasks: 
    • Open book/multiple choice exams. 
    • Homework video submission assessment.
    • Training Meister Course Facebook group
    • Video Submission Assessment to earn the TrickMeister Master Trick Team Title! Please note, you must have earned the Journeyman Title in order to submit your application for the Master Title


    The Webinar Dates

    1. 1, April 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    2. 1, May 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    3. 1, June 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    4. 1, July 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    5. 1, August 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST


    Checkout the course content here

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

    teaching and training?


    Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning


    About The Program Instructor


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

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

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (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.  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 Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.


    • Thursday, April 06, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar



    Presented by Dr. Nancy Kay

    CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)


    Over the past decade, a series of canine spay/neuter research projects have provided compelling data that challenges our long-held beliefs about the impacts of neutering dogs. Some of the studies document an increased incidence of orthopedic diseases and/or cancer in dogs neutered before one year of age. Others document increased behavioral issues associated with neutering.

    This presentation will focus on the results of the recent research and how our thoughts about neutering dogma are beginning to shift. There's little doubt that neutering recommendations for our pet dogs are beginning to change. Webinar participants will land on the cutting edge of awareness of these changes.


    Learning Objectives
    • Review long-standing spay/neuter dogma
    • Review the research (or lack thereof) that contributes to current spay/neuter dogma
    • Learn about results of recent canine spay/neuter research
    • Have the opportunity to challenge long-standing spay/neuter dogma

    About The Presenter



    Dr. Nancy Kay received her veterinary degree from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of California—Davis Veterinary School. Dr. Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Recently retired from clinical practice, she worked as a specialist in private practice for 32 years. She is published in several professional journals and textbooks and lectures professionally to regional and national audiences. One of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Since the release of her books, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life and Your Dog’s Best Health, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay’s award winning blog, “Spot Speaks” is posted weekly.

    Dr. Kay was selected by the American Animal Hospital Association to receive the Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. This award is given annually to a veterinarian or nonveterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education, and understanding. Dr. Kay was the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, an award presented every year by the American Veterinary Medical Association to a veterinarian whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond. Dr. Kay has received several awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America. Dr. Kay’s personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children (none of whom aspire to be veterinarians) and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she’s not speaking or writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or horseback riding. Dr. Kay resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

    • Tuesday, April 18, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Niki Tudge

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


    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.

    • Friday, April 21, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    With Mariah Hinds


    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)

    Part 4/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Cross Their Paws


    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    Do you want to teach your dog fun tricks? Shaping is the fastest way to harness the power of your dog's mind and start your dog on the path to really awesome skills.

    Your dog will learn the super cute trick of how to cross their paws while lying down. We will start with one tiny foot movement up close and build the behavior up to both feet crossing the other independently no matter how far away or how close you are.

    Learning Objectives
    • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
    • Setting up your shaping environment
    • The first thing to click
    • The power of reward placement
    • Getting paw movement in the down position
    • Shaping the cross of the opposite leg
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior
    • Adding Distance


    About The Presenter


    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!

    • Friday, April 28, 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Kay Attwood
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1. CCPDT Pending




    Platform training is quite new to dog training, but not to training per se.  It has been pursued in zoos etc for many years as a stationing technique whilst the animals were not in use, but for dog training, we use them for maximum benefit during training!

    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.  It's an exciting new way of learning for the dog because the dog easily understands exactly where it should be standing!  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® Servicesin in the United Kingdom.

    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."


    • Thursday, May 04, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Sheila Blanchette

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


    To celebrate the importance of care for companion birds, the goal of this webinar is to understand the importance of:

    • Why Diet is important for longevity and health of a companion bird.
    • Why Vet Care Exam is so important for companion bird? From CBC, gram stains to gender testing. As well as, vet care at home.
    • Why it is important to understand you and your bird's behavior.
    • Why developing Enrichment, Foraging, and Housing assists in a bird's comfort and confidence.
    • All of these keys guidelines create a wonderful well rounded bird that can coexist in a human's world.


    Learning Objectives

    • Vet Care
    • Behavior Care
    • Diet Care
    • Enrichment Care

    About the Presenter



    Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education in the MA/NH Area (USA). Sheila’s main goal is to assist people with companion birds with behavior issues vs surrendering the bird. She is also a member of IAABC Shelter Division, Pet Professional Guild and American Federation of Aviculture.

    Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a companion bird. In 2017, she will be teaching Target Training Bird classes at the rescue for anyone with a companion bird. She believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel and a pug.

    • Friday, May 12, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Mariah Hinds

    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)


    Part 5/6: Teach Your Dog to Sit Pretty and Beg

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    Have you always wanted to teach your dog to sit pretty? Now you can! We will discuss several methods to teaching your dog to sit pretty from luring to shaping to capturing. We will go through step by step how to teach this fun trick using luring or shaping and the benefits and challenges to each method. We will discuss in detail how to add duration and distance and stimulus control to the behavior. Join us to learn how to teach this fun trick!

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss the power of a clicker or reward word
    • Setting up your shaping environment
    • The first thing to click
    • The power of reward placement
    • Removing the prop or your hand
    • Adding duration and the power of reward placement
    • Adding Distance
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!

    • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar
    Presented by Morag Heirs
    CEUs PPAB 1.5. IAABC 1.5. CCPDT 1.5.

    Deaf Dog Activities - adapting agility, scentwork, canicross and rally obedience for deaf dogs

    This webinar will provide an overview of working with deaf (and visually impaired) dogs in class and 1-2-1 situations and answer common questions about choosing signs, reward markers and vibration collars.

    We’ll then move on to consider some of the more popular dog sports (Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more) and explore how to adapt foundation skills training to suit the needs of deaf dogs. Where possible we’ll use video examples, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Appreciate how deaf dogs’ learning needs may differ from hearing dogs, and where visual impairment fits into the picture
    • Consider adaptations to class layout which will benefit deaf dogs (and hearing dogs)
    • Understand how to teach the core skills for the following disciplines to a deaf dog: TD Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more

    About The Presenter



    Morag K Heirs PhD, MSc, MA(hons)(SocSci), PGCAP

    Director of Well Connected Canine Ltd (York, UK), Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across the North of England. Morag has an extensive academic background in psychology (including how animals, and humans, learn) and evidence-based practice and further qualifications in teaching.

    Adopting her first deaf collie in 2006 led her to explore the world of deaf dogs, and she is now the behaviour advisor for the Deaf Dog Network (UK). Alongside her regular behaviour work, Morag provides deaf dog specific advice to behaviourists and trainers via articles, videos and private mentoring. In her spare time, Morag competes in TD Rally with her deaf/part blind collie Bronte and enjoys challenging trail races with her dogs – she hopes to complete her second Ultra (55miles) in 2017.

    • Friday, June 09, 2017
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    with Mariah Hinds


    (Incredible Tricks Through Shaping is a six part webinar series. You can watch one or you can watch six. Each webinar sits as an individual skill training session; however they do build in skill level so if you are a beginner it may be best to do them in order.)


    Part 6/6:
    Teach Your Dog to Stand Tall and Hop Forward


    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


    Teach your dog to stand tall and hop towards you from a distance! Impress your friends and clients and help your dog build muscle and core strength. We will discuss several methods to teaching your dog to walk on 2 legs from luring to shaping to capturing. We will go through each step to teaching this fun trick using luring or shaping and the benefits and challenges to each method. From teaching your dog to balance on their hind feet to teaching them to stand tall at a distance to teaching them to walk toward you, we will discuss it all. Join us to learn how to teach this fun trick!

    *Please note that not all dogs will be physically capable of performing the hop forward portion of this trick.

    Learning Objectives

    • Capturing the Stand tall behavior
    • Removing the prop or your hand
    • Adding duration and the power of reward placement
    • Adding Distance
    • Adding hop toward you
    • Adding stimulus control
    • Generalizing the behavior

    About The Presenter



    Mariah, The DogSmith of Charlotte is certified by the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers. With experience stretching over more than twelve years, she’s handled every problem a canine can dish out, from dogs that fight, to rehabilitating severely abused dogs, to training winning performance dogs. Mariah is an avid dog sport competitor and recently achieved first place out of 100 dogs in a statewide competition and third place overall out of 300 competitors. So, whether you are looking for great pet dog training or high levels of competition obedience and trick training she can help you.

    Mariah has a long record of success using positive reinforcement training and believes that rewarding dogs for the behavior you want works and works well. Building appropriate choices is a lot more effective than force, pain or fear. The current research and Mariah’s 12 years of experience in the field validate that the best way to change undesirable dog behavior is through positive reinforcement. Mariah says “we don’t use physical corrections to teach a dog a new behavior because that is simply not necessary or effective”. This doesn’t mean you’ll be forced to carry around reward cookies for the life of your dog. We steadily phase out food rewards once your dog has learned the new behavior and life rewards are introduced to support new behavior retention.

    Mariah shares her home with Jada, her 10-year-old Doberman, Clever, her 4-year-old border collie, Talent, the Border collie puppy and 2 cats, Diesel and Spindle.

    Join Mariah in one of her webinars and find out how much fun teaching obedience, tricks and manners can be for everyone!

    • Tuesday, July 18, 2017
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Presented by Niki Tudge



    Women make up almost half the US workforce, yet they are promoted to leadership positions at a rate far lower than are their male colleagues. What accounts for this leadership gap? How can organizations foster and develop women leaders? Studies show that having women in leadership positions brings many benefits to an organization, including greater accountability and a culture of work-life balance. Yet it can be difficult to determine the barriers to women’s advancement, and even more difficult to surmount them. Learning how to foster and develop women as leaders not only benefits individual employees, but can benefit your entire organization


    Join us for this webinar where we will discuss these important issues

    •  Discuss the leadership gap between men and women
    • Learn about women in various powerful positions
    •  Discuss different traits associated with women in management
    •  Understand the different barriers facing women in leadership positions
    •  Learn about the benefits of having women in the workforce


    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 an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England


Connect With Us:
All content copyright 2014. The Pet Professional Guild . All rights reserved. The PPG is a 501 c 6 Non Profit organization
Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software • Web Design & Development by DotCreativity Web Design Services