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    • Wednesday, December 19, 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

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    Just when you thought you knew everything you needed to know about genetics, here comes epigenetics! Current research shows us that there are many more factors that play a role in the physiology and behavior of puppies than just DNA from their parents. Find out what else can be involved in creating a puppy who is confident, resilient, and a bold learner.

    Learning Objectives:


    1. To have a basic understanding of DNA and inheritable traits

    2. To develop a new understanding of the role of Epigenetics

    3. To learn how pre-natal, peri-natal, and neonatal experiences can have an effect on behavior

    4. To recognize the behavior problems that can be associated with problems in early development

    5. To learn how play therapy can be an effective treatment in many behavior problems

      About The Presenter

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

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

      • Friday, January 04, 2019
      • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
      • Live Webinar

      CEUs PPAB 1,  IAABC 1,  CCPDT (pending) 

      Can deaf dogs play like hearing dogs? What kind of toys work best for blind dogs? How can we help deaf and/or blind dogs play more safely with other dogs? All these questions and more will be discussed as we explore the world of play for dogs with hearing and/or visual impairments.

      Whether blind or deaf from birth, due to an accident or old age, trainers and behaviourists are increasingly likely to be working with these dogs and helping them to enjoy a better quality of life.

      Drawing on the available research plus personal experience of living with deaf, and deaf-blind dogs, and knowledge collected while supporting the Deaf Dog Network (UK) for over five years, Morag will help you see the world of play from a different perspective.


      • Understand whether deaf dogs can play like hearing dogs
      • Understand the impact of canine deafness and visual impairment on dog to dog play
      • Understand how canine deafness and visual impairment affect human directed play
      • Learn what king of toys work best for deaf dogs
      • Understand how to help deaf and/or blind dogs play safely with other dogs
      • Help improve the quality of life of deaf and/or blind dogs

      Your Presenter

      Morag Heirs PhD, Clinical Animal Behaviourist (ABTC)

      Morag Heirs runs Well Connected Canine Ltd (York, UK) where they concentrate on building better relationships between people and their dogs through personal coaching sessions, behavior rehabilitation, activity classes and more.

      Morag's deaf dog experience started in 2005 with her first deaf Border Collie, and since then she has lived with, fostered and trained many dogs with deafness and/or visual impairments.

      Morag has competed in a range of sports (Rally, Scentwork and Canicross) and provides behavior & training support to the Deaf Dog Network (UK).

      • Monday, January 14, 2019
      • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
      • Live Webinar

      Helping Clients Get It Right! with Niki Tudge

      CEUs: PPAB 2

      As professional dog trainers and behavior consultants, we know that training a dog requires a combination of knowledge and mechanical skills; after all, dog training is a hands-on project.  We also recognize that there are several ways to train a dog, lots of different methods, and many conflicting and varied philosophies about how training should be approached. So, let’s learn the important concepts that can help us to help our clients in a fun and easy way.

      In this webinar we will review what we believe are the Top Ten Knowledge Concepts that as professional trainers we need to transfer to our clients in support of, and as a foundation to the key skills we teach them.

      Key Topics Covered

      1.     How to help clients make the best decision in choosing a dog trainer. We know that training a dog requires a combination of knowledge and mechanical skills; after all, dog training is a hands-on project.  
      2.     How your skill training programs can be supported with the necessary concept knowledge to help you help your clients train their dogs
      3.     How to communicate to clients why we use +R training methods amongst all the conflicting and varied philosophies out there
      4.     Learn how to make it easy for your clients to choose you as a professional dog trainer, these 10 recordings can be used on your website, social media or in emails to promote the Top-Ten Knowledge Concepts. 
      5.     Learn how these concepts can also be used to support lesson plans, homework emails and the transfer of important knowledge. 
      6.     How the supportive eBook can be used to promote your services and your philosophy to potential clients and those who have signed up for class

        With registration of this  webinar you will receive a code to download the following:

        • 1 x 24 page eBook detailing each concept. This can be used on your website or forwarded to your clients
        • 1 x PDF of the full color PowerPoint slides
        • 10 Individual Video Files

        These are your ten individual short video files. They are not branded and can be used  however you need in support of your training programs and business growth

        #1 Your Best Decision

        #2 +R Rocks

        #3 “No!” isn’t a Behavior.

        #4 Management for Success

        #5 You’ve Got It

        #6 Your Training Gear

        #7 The Training Steps

        #8 What Will You Name It?

        #9 Train-Test-Train

        #10 Practice Makes Perfect!

        About  Your Presenter

        Niki Tudge M.B.A, PCBC-A, CDBC, CDT

        Niki is a certified in dog and people training and has spent the last 18 years teaching dogs and people across many disciplines. Niki is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt which gives her a unique perspective to training and teaching people. To ensure each person learns and effectively trains their dog, Niki uses her skills and experience as a Six Sigma Black Belt working in data analysis to baseline, monitor, chart and analyze the training process and its results. Data and statistics are used to baseline, track and improve changes in behavior and processes. When these skills are collectively grouped together it makes for a very fun, scientific and strategic approach to training and behavior change.
        Niki is the President and Founder of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center and The DogSmith, Dog Training and Pet Care Licensing. Niki also serves as the President for Doggone safe.

        • Sunday, January 20, 2019
        • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EST)
        • 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
        • 26

         A FREE Full Day of Presentations, Networking &

        ‘Just-4-Fun’ Competitions for PPG Members

        Join us for a fun day of networking, education and fun competitions on January 20th, 2019. 

        Come to the PPG Force-Free HQ in Wesley Chapel, Tampa, Florida.

        Enjoy a day on 24 acres of lake-front property to relax,learn and network.

        The Agenda

        Morning Schedule

        9:00 a.m.  Niki Tudge Kicks off Proceedings

        9.30 a.m. Emily Cassell - Help Me Help You: Husbandry Training for Pets

        10:30 a.m. Morning Refreshment Break

        11:00 a.m. Join a group and enjoy a fun training session - To Be Confirmed 

        12:15 p.m. Lunch - order through our order form or bring your own.

        Afternoon Schedule

        1:30 p.m.  to 2:15 p.m. Dawn Hanna presents Nose your way beyond behavior issues

        2:30 p.m. to 2:55 p.m. Afternoon Refreshment Break

        3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Niki Tudge - Fun Clicker Games for Canine Mental Enrichment - Points mean prizes!

        Evening Stuff!

        5:00 p.m. Round Table Bonfire 

        7:00 p.m. Good Night

        The DogNostics and DogSmith Training Center is located on 24 acres of lake front property. Lots of room to run and romp. The training room is a 2000 square foot fully carpeted school room, climate controlled with comfortable seating and a full audio visual setup.
        • Thursday, January 31, 2019
        • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
        • Live Webinar

        CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

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        Pithy means “concisely cogent”, which describes an essential skill of the best training instructors. We work in challenging conditions: teaching two species simultaneously a series of precise physical skills, often in less-than-ideal environments. We must be able to quickly communicate unfamiliar concepts and basic learning principles—about reinforcement, timing, criteria, cues, generalization, and more—to novice students. But we are limited in the amount of verbal explanations we can provide. Extended lectures lead to bored and noisy dogs. Yet, if we challenge ourselves to be creative, we can devise teaching strategies that are brief, memorable, and effective.

        This presentation will be an exercise in generative thinking. It will spark your own ingenuity and give you fresh ideas for classes that may have become stale after years of repetition. Come prepared to learn innovative instructional tools that can bring more life to your teaching.

        Learning Objectives:

        • Learn to use language in creative ways to convey jargon and complex training concepts.
        • Become familiar with several forms of narrative devices instructors can use to clarify their information.
        • Recognize some pitfalls to avoid when designing teaching tool.

          About The Presenter

          Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist who has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, initially with marine mammals and currently with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a Master’s 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, Sdao worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. After leaving the zoo world, she and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog day care facility where she began teaching clicker training classes for dog owners. For the past 17 years, Sdao has owned Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma. 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. Sdao is an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at 29 of these popular conferences since 2003. She also has traveled extensively 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.

          • Wednesday, February 06, 2019
          • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)
          • Live Webinar

          CEUs: PPAB 1.5

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          All training methods are comprised of three layers.  It doesn’t matter if we are talking about positive reinforcement training or an opposite force-based system, all training methods are based on an underlying belief system.  Out of this belief system evolve a set of guiding principles.  And from these emerge the actual training methods you will use.

          With horses whenever I encounter a training puzzle, I have learned to refer back to basic principles.  They help me to identify the problem and to set a course for solving it.  I have two key principles that guide all the rest: 

          * Safety always comes first - for you and your learner. 

          * You can’t ask for something and expect to get it on a consistent basis unless you have gone through a teaching process to teach it to your horse.  

          A third principle that I refer to often is:

          * For every behavior you teach there is an opposite behavior you must teach to keep things in balance.  

          This is one that hums about the background of everything I teach.  It’s a simple idea.  If you teach your horse to go, you had better also teach him to whoa.  If you teach your dog to wave his paw in the air, it’s a good idea to also teach him that four on the floor earns reinforcement.  Keeping your training in balance leads to physical, emotional and mental balance.  It creates great performance, great relationships, and - in horses - long-term soundness.

          In this program we’ll be exploring in depth where this simple training mantra takes us.

          Learning Objectives:

          • Basic shaping and how teaching in pairs works to balance behavior
          • Multi-dimensional training - tap root and base behaviors
          • The role of cues in teaching behavior
          • Movement cycles
          • Loopy training
          • Poisoned cues defined and their effect on training loops
          • Macro and micro extinction
          • Using micro extinction in shaping - priming the pump
          • New cue/old cue - a priming process
          • What is the function of the behavior - creating balance through broad repertoires
          • The result - great performance, great relationships, sound for life

          About The Presenter

          Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

          In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

          Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

          Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

          In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

          Alexandra Kurland's websites are:
          theclickercentercourse.com and
          • Thursday, March 07, 2019
          • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EST)
          • Live Webinar

          Free Member Webinar

          Presented by Malena DeMartini, CTC, CDBC

          CEUs: PPAB 1

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          Join Malena DeMartini for this intermediate level webinar in which she will be discussing the treatment of separation anxiety and giving an overview of what it takes to get through the process.

          Malena will cover how people might benefit from the online course Mission Possible which is intended as a DIY self-paced programme. Malena will also be speaking about how some people will need more hands on support and what that will look like.

          Separation anxiety is often known for being a tricky condition to treat and Malena will be addressing some of those tricky spots and stumbling blocks. Finally, she will be reviewing how success can be achieved with separation training as long as the process is followed in a systematic and gradual fashion.

          Learning Objectives

          • Help gain a better understanding of separation anxiety
          • Learn how Malena's online course can help professionals and guardians with separation anxiety issues
          • Address some common sticky points when working with separation anxiety dogs
          • Learn about the non-linear process of SA
          • A discussion of juggling criteria and addressing pre-departure cues

          About Your Presenter

          Malena DeMartini, CTC, CDBC, is renowned in the dog training world for her work on canine separation anxiety (SA) disorder. Her book, Treating Separation Anxiety in Dogs, has helped countless numbers of dogs and her recent online course for guardians called Mission:POSSIBLE is now out and should prove to be an invaluable resource in the industry. In addition to writing and lecturing worldwide, Malena oversees a team of top SA trainers and runs an internationally accessible certification program for accomplished dog professionals looking to hone their skills.

          Malena is passionate about furthering education in this field through science-based methods and just happens to be in the process of collaborating on an intensive study with a leading University to help further advance the knowledge in the field.

          • Sunday, March 10, 2019
          • 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM (EDT)
          • Live Webinar

          CEUs: PPAB 1.5

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          This session will be presented as a case study based on the presenter’s personal experience of the emotional roller coaster caused by raising a puppy that pushed her own skills and experience to the limit. The presentation outlines all the issues experienced and, importantly, how each one was resolved. The presenter has since encountered many other owners/clients with challenging dogs that are struggling to bond with their puppy/dog due to behavioral challenges. This presentation provides real life solutions and provides the audience with a road map for working with and training more “challenging” dogs.

          Learning Objectives:

          • Gain understanding of puppy selection criteria.
          • Recognize and resolve puppy bonding issues.
          • Learn how to introduce a challenging puppy into the household and keep resident dogs safe.
          • Learn management and training techniques for dog to dog possession aggression.
          • Develop skills in working and living with dogs with touch/body sensitivity.
          • Gain skills to develop and manage your home alone enrichment program in a multi-dog

          household with your challenging puppy.

          • Enable you to revitalize, draw on and expand your network of fellow professional trainers while working through your training or behavioral challenge

            About The Presenter

            Louise Ginman PCT-A is a Delta Accredited and Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited dog behavioral trainer who runs a dog training business, Positive Dogs, in Sydney, New South Wales. She has served on the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) Australia committee since 2008 and been president since 2012. She also serves on the PPG Australia committee.

            Ginman has several qualifications including a BSc and Certificate IV in companion animal services, as well as over 27 years’ experience with both domestic and exotic species in both a training and husbandry/management capacity. She worked as a veterinary nurse, dog and cat groomer and animal attendant in a busy and large practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for several years before moving to Taronga Zoo in 1994 to work on the Carnivore Unit where she is the unit supervisor. Her role is varied and covers duties such as carnivore husbandry and management, animal training and enrichment, diets and nutrition, staff training and supervision, media work, conference presentations and other forms of public speaking, research, education and conservation work.

            Ginman is guardian of a Shetland sheepdog and a Siberian husky and competes at agility, Rally O and obedience. Her book, The Art of Introducing Dogs. A guide to conducting dog to dog introductions, was published in 2013. She strives to educate people about living in harmony with their dog through her writing and pet dog training courses.

            • Monday, March 11, 2019
            • 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM (EDT)
            • Live Webinar

            Learn to be a more systematical people trainer so you can positively impact the lives of pets. Through your improved and effective performance, you will find your work more rewarding, more reinforcing and more fun! When clients see faster results, they become more engaged and this increases their motivation. You will reduce client attrition rates and increase client motivation which for you means an increase in job morale and performance.

            CEUs: PPAB 1.5

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            Join Niki for this 1.5 hour webinar on a journey through the land of effective people training. As professional trainers we have a fundamental obligation to ensure our clients effectively learn each of the skills and areas of knowledge they need to train, manage and care for their pets. Niki speaks passionately about our need to engage systems when conducting training sessions which enable our clients to grasp the peculiar ‘ins and outs’ of training pets in a systematic, strategic and fun way.

            The webinar covers the On Task Skill Coaching™ system developed by Niki in 2014. This model is supported by Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle and similar learning models have been used throughout the service industry for years as a preferred way to effectively teach others to master mechanical and technical skills and transfer pertinent knowledge. Even technical schools and colleges are now adopting an experiential approach to teaching students.

            Webinar learning objectives

            1. Understand the difference between a Training Road Map, a Training Plan, a Lesson Plan and a Training Session and how these interrelate and are all important and necessary components in our effective transfer of knowledge and skills to our clients.

            2. Understand the difference between teaching and training and how these apply to the transfer of knowledge and skills to our clients.

            3. Gain an understanding of Kolb’s Experiential Learning Cycle and how this applies to our roles as people trainers!

            4. Skills are the “how-to” and knowledge is what one is aware of, cognitively speaking, and different methods are required to teach a physical skill compared to imparting knowledge or information.

            5. Review and breakdown the On Task Skill Coaching System so you can effectively implement it into your individual training sessions.

            6. Understand and analyze each of the 8 On Task Skill Coaching™ Steps and how they mesh with the Experiential Learning Cycle.

            7. Obtain tools to help you improve your people training skills.

            About The Presenter

            Niki Tudge - M.B.A, PCBC-A, CDBC, CDT

            Niki is the Founder of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center, The DogSmith and the President of Doggone safe. Niki has combined her “people” teaching and pet training skills with her commitment to pet rescue and substantial business knowledge to create a proprietary system of education known as ARRF® supported by an operational implementation process called MTR®. Niki is equipped with a unique combination of business experience, pet training and pet behavior expertise, a background in exceptional customer service, certification as a trainer of trainers and many years consulting to pet rescue groups.

            • Thursday, March 21, 2019
            • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
            • Live Webinar

            CEUs: PPAB 1

            As professional dog trainers and behavior consultants, we know that training a dog requires a combination of knowledge and mechanical skills.

            One of the main skills we teach is how to effectively use a bridging stimulus. Some of us use a verbal ‘marker’ word; some of us use a clicker, and some of us use both, depending on what we are teaching. We use terminology such as clicker training, using a behavior marker, a bridging stimulus…

            Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell as she examines one of the The Top Ten Dog Training Concepts ©, delving into the world of ‘clicker’ training.

            This presentation is suitable for pet owners, shelter workers and all those starting out on their training journey but will also prove useful for professionals already paving their way in the world of dog training.

            Learning Objectives:

            • Understand one of the Ten Most Important Training Concepts
            • Deepen your understanding of the term ‘clicker training’ and why you don’t necessarily need a clicker to ‘clicker’ train!
            • Understand the benefits (and drawbacks) of using a clicker
            • Acquisition versus generalization – a quick look at the 2016 study “Can Clicker Training Facilitate Conditioning in Dogs?”
            • Learn the ‘clicker’ training rules
            • Learn how to use a variety of behavior markers to ‘click’ the behavior you would like to see more of
            • Gain some quick tips for Incorporating ‘clicker’ training in the home, in group classes and in rescue shelters! – No clicker necessary.

            About your presenter

            Louise Stapleton-Frappell - B.A. Hons, PCT- A, PCBC-A, CAP3, CTDI, DN-FSG, DN-CPCT, CWRI

            Louise is a Partner and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career Center and Board Member of The Pet Professional Guild. Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards based, science-based pet training. The creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certification Program, Louise has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in Southern Spain, where she offers a wide range of both group and private classes and pet dog services.

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