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

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    • Monday, June 01, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    The Science of Consequences: What We Share with Animals and Why It Matters
    Learning Theory

    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs

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



    One of the themes of The Science of Consequences is the many common behavior principles that exist across species. 
    Those similarities apply for complex as well as basic principles, in the mathematical models that describe behavior, and in the underlying neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics.  Animal trainers are well aware of many of these commonalities, and have helped expand our knowledge of them.

    This talk will survey the current status of a variety of these shared features, such as unusual consequences, signals, biological bases, enrichment, choice, and communication.  An "interacting systems" approach is taken, and a wide variety of species is covered.  Exploring the full range of what we share offers mutual benefits for animal trainers and for science.

    Webinar Objectives


    • To describe how similarly learning from consequences (technically, operant behavior principles) works across species, including for our pets.  At the end of the talk, participants will
      • Appreciate how widespread basic operant learning principles are
      • Understand a few basics about how these principles interact with neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics.
      • Includes unusual consequences, choice, delays, enrichment, biological bases, an introduction to complex behavior, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and the review magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.

    • 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). 




    • Sunday, June 07, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Go to Webinar

    Chat, Chuckle & Share Each Month 

    - PPG Live Radio

    First Sunday of Each Month at 12 Noon EST


    A live show that features great discussions & audience questions. Join us to chat, chuckle and share.
     
    We will welcome Linda Michaels to the show. We will be talking to Linda about her written piece on “An Open Letter To Research Scientists” featured in BARKS January and the preparation she is making for her presentation at PPGs Summit in November. If you have questions for Linda then join us.

    We will also  be talking to Annie Phenix about her most recent articles and what she is up to in the world of Dog. I heard there is a book on the horizon!

    Claire Staines will also join us to update us on the Ban Shock Collar movement gaining momentum in Scotland.

    Join us June 7th at 12 Noon EST. If you miss the live event then catch the recording later
    • Wednesday, June 17, 2015
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Learn How To Safely Structure and Teach Reactive Dog Classes

    with Tristan Flynn

    CEUs

    CPDT - 1 CEU
    KPA - 1 CEU
    PGG - 1 CEU
    IAABC - 1 CEU



    Dogs who are reactive on leash are becoming a more common problem in our society. Trainers who offer specialized dog reactivity classes can add a special value to their communities

    This webinar will outline how to structure a reactive dog class and will highlight the management tools needed. You will learn how to assess dogs for this special class, and the exercises you can teach clients during the class to reduce their dogs reactivity on leash. It will give you the confidence to offer "reactive dog" classes in your area.



    Webinar Objectives


    • Familiarize yourself with how to structure and teach a reactive group dog class
    • Learn how to manage multiple reactive dogs in a group class setting
    • Learn specific exercises that can be introduced into reactive dog classes
    • Learn how to assess which dogs belong in a reactive dog class and which dogs do not. 


    About The Presenter




    Tristan Flynn, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a certified trainer and behavior consultant. He owns Jollytails, Halifax's largest dog daycare, training, grooming and retail facility.

    Tristan has taught Reactive Dog Classes for several years in addition to Canine Life and Social Skills training, puppy classes and private consultations.

    Tristan is the host of K9 Connections, a Weekly Radio show heard on the Rogers Radio Network in Halifax and also the Host of Dog Talk seen on Global Televisions Morning News.

    Tristan has lectured on Aggression, Reactivity, Dominance and Daycare Operations for numerous organizations including the NS SPCA and The Pet Professional Guild.

    Tristan lives with his 7 year old Bernese Mountain Dog Freyja.

    • 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
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (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”.




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


    Pushing the Limits: Unexpected Findings about Instincts, Consequences, and Complex Skills
    Learning Theory and Ethology

    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs 

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




    The more that researchers explore animal capabilities, the more flexibility we find.  That applies to instincts as well as to complex skills like learning through observing.  This talk will highlight classic and current findings from this world of innovative research.

    From instincts that change in five minutes, to dogs who learn hundreds of words, to birds that use tools, see how animals are pushing the limits of what we thought was possible.  Topics include "instinct"-operant interactions, choice, signals, and learning through observing.  While a wide variety of species is covered, the focus is on canines.


    Webinar Objectives

    To describe how flexible animal behavior can be.  


    At the end of the talk, participants will understand:
      • How learning from consequences (technically, operant learning) and instincts interact, and
      • How learning can extend to impressive feats of memory, generalization, and other complex skills.
      • Includes the predatory sequence in canines, instinct-learning interactions, choice, signals, learning through observing, tool use, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and the review magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.

    • 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
    IAABC - 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.



    • Saturday, July 18, 2015
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Understand The Fallout of Punishment and What It Can Do To Dogs and People  


    presented by  Alexandra Santos

    CEUs 

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


    A great majority of people resort to punishment when training their dogs, raising their children, and in their daily interactions with people. While punishment may appear to work, there are far too many fallouts that don't justify its use.

    This webinar explains why and how we often opt for punishment as a first option,it addresses the main fallouts of punishment (counter-control, aggression, anxiety, learned helplessness), and what we can do to re-program ourselves to make more dog-friendly and people-friendly choices.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Learn how a coercive society predisposes us to punish.
    • Become aware of how we tend to react to situations instead of acting on them.
    • Understand what counter-control and learned helplessness are and how to recognize them.
    • Understand anxiety as a consequence of badly timed punishment.
    • Learn that dogs with an active defense mechanism may react with aggression to punishment and dogs with a passive defense mechanism may develop learned helplessness.
    • Acquire some basic skills on the application of positive reinforcement to both dog training and daily interactions with people.

    About The Presenter



    Alexandra Santos is a professional canine behavior consultant and trainer, with formal education through The Animal Care College in the U.K. where she graduated with honors for the Diploma of Advanced Canine Psychology, and through The Companion Animal Sciences Institute where she graduated with distinction for the Diploma of Advanced Dog Training.

    She is the author of the books “Puppy Problems” and “Puppy and Dog Care” and has also authored and co-authored several articles for the Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behavior and for the International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behavior. Alexandra lives and works in Lisbon, Portugal, has been a lecturer at several seminars on positive reinforcement-based training, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people.

    • Monday, July 20, 2015
    • 9:00 PM - 10:30 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
    • Thursday, July 23, 2015
    • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    From Your Backyard to Harvard Yard: How Animal Trainers Can Contribute to Science
    Specialized Topic - includes some Learning Theory and Ethology


    with Susan M. Schneider, PhD

    CEUs

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




    Newton's apocryphal apple may be the most famous example of a long tradition in science: Make use of ordinary observations for scientific progress. These days, organized "citizen science" is everything from a minor assist to a transformational trend.

    As applied scientists in effect, animal trainers are in a unique position to contribute to our understanding of behavior principles. From superstitions to unusual reinforcers to high tech learning blitzes, our animals do all sorts of interesting things. What might you look for and how might you go about it?  The focus is on dogs, but other domestic and wild animals are also included.

    Webinar Objectives


    • To describe how animal trainers can become "citizen scientists."  At the end of the talk, participants will understand:
      • What sorts of topics animal trainers can usefully investigate, and
      • How they might go about their investigations.
      • Includes historical examples, clicker training, enrichment, simple research design, animal, the benefits of giving animals control, insight, tool use, and other topics.

    About The Presenter




    Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University (mechanical engineering) and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

    Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology and behavior analysis. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and the review magazine of the National Science Teachers Association.

    • Thursday, July 30, 2015
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar


    Advanced Training Technology using Pet Tutor®


    presented by Wes Anderson and Amanda Hassel

    CEUs

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


    Smart Animal Training Systems(maker of Pet Tutor®) is committed to supporting positive training using advanced smart technology.

    Pet technology is creating entirely new ways of positive training that reduce training time and can help trainers get better owner compliance. Technology is also able to address situations that have been almost impossible for positive training before such as barking when no one is present. We will also present how our system can work with smartphones and other apps.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Speed and simplify positive reinforcement training using the new smart wireless Pet Tutor® system to:
      • Reduce barking without being present
      • Calm separation anxiety cases
      • Crate train from a distance
      • Shape behavior remotely over the internet
      • Create new smart games to provide more enrichment that will blow your dog's mind!
      • Slow down eating 
      • Train multiple dogs at one time


    About The Presenters


    Wes Anderson: Electrical engineer and dog trainer. Worked with services dogs and pet dogs for 14 years. Inventor of the patented Pet Tutor® system. Attended the Bob Bailey Chicken Camps, ClickerExpos,APDT and taken numerous workshops from positive trainers. Member APDT.

    Amanda Hessel: Volunteer in service dog training program. Marketing and Sales in the medical and pet industries. Attended ClickerExpos,APDT. Member of Women In The Pet Industry. 

    Jennifer Cattet, PhD : Director of prison based service dog training program, owner of Medical Mutts medical alert dog training program. Book author and blogger.

    • 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



    • Saturday, April 30, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • PPG HQ

    A Four Day Chicken Clicker Camp With Terry Ryan

    April 30th, May 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2016

    IAABC - 25 CEUs
    CPDT - 21 CEUs
    KPA - 21 CEUs
    PPG - 24 CEUs

    Monthly Financing Available - Pay over 8 months



    Meet Greta Tudge, Faculty Member & Entertainment Director

    Learn Shaping, Targeting and Discrimination Skills

    with Terry Ryan


    "The usual training biases can be left behind. The playing field is equal--the vast majority of class participants have never touched a hen, much less trained one. No one has read a chicken training book or watched a chicken training show on TV.  Chickens are faster than most dogs, therefore are a good model to help with timing and eye-hand coordination.  It’s impossible to force a chicken to do anything—she’ll just freeze or fly away.  We must rely on keen criteria selection and a high rate of reinforcement to keep the chickens in the game.  Chickens aren’t as forgiving as dogs. Unlike dogs, you know immediately if you are taking advantage of a hen" Terry Ryan.


    Summary of Your Four Day Camp

    With the help of a variety of chickens we’ll work on mechanical skills involved with effective delivery for reinforcement.  Exercises include observing and recording  behavior on a simple ethogram.  We’ll explore how chickens acquire, store and process information. The student’s understanding of the concepts of applied behavior analysis will be developed. There will be several target exercises that relate well to the training of any species.  Through visual discrimination tasks, we’ll work on fluency, latency and problem solving.  No experience needed.  


    Why Attend a Chicken Camp To Improve Your  Skills

    You  do not have bad or good chicken training habits because you have never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops. 

    Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing. 

    Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them.  Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard, too fast.  Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chances as often as our dogs do.Each working spot student will be partnered with another human and a chicken to train.  You will take turns training your chicken and helping to coach your partner. 





    Listen to Terry Ryan explain why these camps are so effective for dog trainers. 

    A Typical Day At Camp

    These topics will be covered in approximately the following order. 

    • Mechanical Skills – drills for eye-hand coordination, timing and observation skills
    •  Ethology-consideration of the ethology, physical attributes, and stress issue of the animals
    •  Umwelt –  how individuals acquire, process and store information differently
    • Selection, identification and effective marking (use of bridge) of training criteria
    •  Reinforcement:  rate/schedule/value/delivery/quantity, 80% rule, Premack principle
    • Capturing and Shaping behaviors – in general and specifically to target training
    •  Criteria Selection and Identification – what do you really want? 
    • Goal Setting
    • Task Analysis – breaking it down, instructional formatting, training plans
    • Lateral thinking techniques

    Your Instructor - Terry Ryan

    Terry Ryan
    CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Faculty
     
    Terry Ryan, President, has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Through Legacy, Terry teaches pet dog classes, writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, hosts interns, and does consults. She was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University from 1981 until 1994. Terry was a competitor and American Kennel Club judge. She was on the American Humane Society’s advisory board for humane dog training. You can read more here




    Financing Options
    You can pay for this event over 8 months. 

    Additional Information

    • No dogs are permitted at the Chicken Clicker Camp
    • Financing is available over 8 months. after you register please contact Rebekah King
    • The complete event must be paid for 3 months prior to the event date
    • A boxed lunch from Panera Bread is  provided each day. ( a lunch order form will be circulated nearer the date)
    • Bottled water is also provided. If you require soda then please provide your own
    • You will be involved in handling chickens and their care during the workshop. Please dress appropriately. 
    • No refunds will be granted 
    • The property is in a rural area, please wear appropriate fully covered flat shoes
    • On-site parking is provided


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