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    • Thursday, June 21, 2018
    • 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Free Member Webinar

    Presented by Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC (pending)

    Have you ever wondered what would happen to your beloved pets if you became disabled or a disaster was about to strike? How would you care for them if you broke a bone or a wildfire or mud slide was looming?

    Without a plan in place, before you need it, you leave the safety and care of your pet to chance. If you are the sole provider of care to client's pets how many can you realistically care for? These and the questions are addressed and answered in the MAAP Plan Webinar.

    It explores the 8 D's pet owners choose not to think about until it may be too late

    -Death, Disease, Disaster, Delay, Disability, Dementia,Divorce and Denial.

    Attendees will not only know why they need a plan, they will learn the 4 easy steps to prepare for the much needed care for their pets, especially long lived ones such as parrots, tortoises and horses. Debra Hamilton is respected nationwide as the go to person for pet care planning that is easy to do and thorough. You will not want to miss the MAAP Plan Program.


    -Why and how to plan for the care of pets, theirs and their clients.

    -What if something happens to you and there no one is available to care for them?

    -We outline the 8 D's-Divorce, Death, Disaster, Delay Disease, Dementia,Disability and Denial.

    M-Make a Plan

    A- Address the needs of the pet

    A- Appoint caregivers

    P - Publish the plan.

    The course offers step by step actions that will assure your pets and your client's pets have redundant care options and escape routes. This information can be referred to in your will and updated yearly without the expense of re-writing a will.

    It also helps you easily have a Trust and Estate professional create a Pet Trust to assure your pet has the funding to care for it without delay.

    About Your Presenter

    Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton

    Debra Vey Voda-Hamilton is the principal at Hamilton Law and Mediation, PLLC, (HLM) the first solo mediation practice in the US dedicated to helping people resolve conflicts involving animals.

    HLM uses alternative dispute resolution (ADR) to help resolve conflicts ranging from divorce disagreements over the family pet to helping animal rights advocates see the benefit of sitting down with their adversaries and having a neutral discussion before, during & after litigation is initiated.

    Debra also works with pet service providers and professionals to help them pursue their passion of helping people and their pets while reducing their exposure to costly litigation.

    She presents programs that teach people how to communicate, as a speaker and receiver of information without feeling they need to resort to litigation. Debra is the go to person for information regarding the use of mediation in disagreements over animals for the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, the Chicago Sun Times, Bloomberg and the US News and World Report.

    Debra hosts free online webinars, which teach pet owners and pet service providers learn how to address conflict in their business or relationships with clients, colleagues or service provider. She also helps pet owners and service providers aid each other in the creation and implementation a SIMPLE short and long term pet care plan. The MAAP Plan enables beloved companion animals get the care their owners want them to have any time their owner is personally not able to care for them.

    Debra graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School in 1983, and was admitted to practice in New York in 1984.

    You can learn more about Debra and the work she does


    Tel: 914.273.1085


    • Wednesday, June 27, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

    Vaccine -Related Issues Modern vaccine technology has permitted us to protect companion animals effectively against serious infectious diseases. However, the challenge to produce effective and safe vaccines for the prevalent infectious diseases of animals has become increasingly difficult. In veterinary medicine, evidence implicating vaccines in triggering immune-mediated and other chronic disorders (vaccinosis) is compelling. These reactions reflect the host’s genetic predisposition to react adversely upon receiving the single (monovalent) or multiple antigen “combo” (polyvalent) products given routinely to animals. Animals of certain susceptible breeds or families appear to be at increased risk for severe and lingering adverse reactions to vaccines. Also see www.rabieschallengefund.org, the parallel clinical research studies to determine that rabies vaccines last for at least 6.5 years.


    • Learn about immunology and immune memory as related to vaccines in animals. Learn about the benefits and adverse reactions of vaccines . Benefits of measuring vaccine antibody titers instead of repeatedly giving vaccine boosters.

    Your Presenter


    Dr. Jean Dodds

    W. Jean Dodds, DVM received her veterinary degree from the Ontario Veterinary College. After working for several decades in upstate New York doing non-invasive studies of animal models of inherited bleeding diseases, she moved to southern California in 1986 to start Hemopet, the first non-profit national animal blood bank. Today, Hemopet’s range of nonprofit services and educational activities include:

    Providing canine blood components, blood bank supplies, and related services; adopting retired Greyhound blood donors as companions through Pet Life-Line; contributing to the social needs of the less fortunate in our society by volunteer and interactive programs with the Greyhounds; specialized diagnostic testing using all “green” patented technology and consulting in clinical pathology through Hemolife, Hemopet’s diagnostic division; teaching animal health care professionals, companion animal fanciers, and pet owners on hematology and blood banking, immunology, endocrinology, nutrition and holistic medicine.

    • Monday, July 09, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Alexandra Santos

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)

    This presentation is about separation distress in dogs.If, on one hand, separation distress has an evolutionary function, on the other hand it becomes a serious problem when a pet dog is afflicted. Separation anxiety has repercussions on the dog's and owner's quality of life. It can be resillient to behavior modification mainly due to the fact that the protocol itself can't always be carried out under controlled situations.

    we will discuss the characteristics of separation distress,its various causes (biological, behavioral and environmental), its symptoms (physical and behavioral), how to distinguish it from virtual separation distress and social isolation phobia. The presentation briefly mentions treatment options and emphasizes the importance of referral to a veterinary behaviorist. Then it will focus on a behavior modification protocol that entails: environmental enrichment (different kinds of exercise, rest, training,toys, olfactory stimulation);what to do when the dog is left alone; environmental changes that will make him more comfortable; relaxation protocol;owner behavior adaptations;preparing the dog for being left alone.


    Attendees will learn the causes of separation distress in dogs - biological, environmental and behavioral.They will also learn the differences between separation distress, virtual separation distress, and social isolation phobia. I will share with them the importance of environmental enrichment and what it is, and the importance of olfactory stimulation.Finally, they will learn the protocol I use for solving separation distress, issues that hinder the dog's progress, and how food dispensing toys given only prior to the owner's departure may actually represent an instance of backward counter conditioning.

    Your Presenter


    Alexandra Santos

    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, regularly presents webinars for the Pet Professional Guild, is a professor at Universidade Lusófona de Humanidades e Tecnologias and provides individual coaching for dogs and their people..

    • Wednesday, July 18, 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by 

    Hannah Capon MA Vet MB, MRCVS

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

    Managing an arthritic dog doesn’t revolve around medications, supplements and trips to the vet. It requires great observational skills, good monitoring and actioning lifestyle changes.

    This webinar will help pet dog owners understand changes to routines and habits that can make a world of difference to their dog’s pain and disease progression.

    Webinar Objectives

    - Identify signs of chronic pain of arthritis
    - Learn how to monitor these observations
    - Understand lifestyle and routine adaptions that influence the disease
    - Learn about home and environment changes that can slow the progression and reduce the pain

    About The Presenter

    Hannah Capon MA Vet MB, MRCVS, CAM Founder

    Hannah Capon has been a qualified first opinion small animal vet for 15 years. She is the founder of CAM (Canine Arthritis Management), which started off as a small, one-on-one vet with owner, external service in 2013. Hannah had noted that there was a disproportion of dogs being euthanised because of poorly managed arthritis and felt that this chronic disease needed to be managed differently. After a succession of euthanasias of dogs that had gone off their back legs and noting the lack of consistent, reliable, no commitment to buy, resources for owners of dogs with arthritis, Hannah felt compelled to initiate CAM, as a means of providing help for owners through an online platform.

    Hannah continues to work as a vet, as well as expand her one-on-one service. Her other full-time job is looking after the star of the show Holly, her 14-year old Collie, who suffers from lumbosacral disease.

    • Wednesday, August 08, 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Craig Ogilvie

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT Pending, IAABC 1.5

    An Introduction to the power of Interactive play. This webinar will be based on the hugely popular Interactive Play Guide book by Craig Ogilvie. Craig will talk through a 11 step system that details the process to follow to create a tailored Interactive Play experience to suit each individual dog's preference.

    There will be a big focus on Q&A, to ensure that everyone can take the absolute most away from the webinar.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Improve your existing play
    • Improve working motivation
    • Understand and solve toy possession problems
    • Increase interest in toys 
    • Build a better relationships with your dog 
    • Learn how to build confidence
    • Learn how to use as a high value reward experience for training 
    • Increase communication with your dog whilst they are stimulated
    • Learn how to create an interactive experience that you can share  with your dog, stimulating their body and mind
    • Most of all, learn how to have lots of fun

    The Presenter

    Craig Ogilvie makes you the centre of your dog’s world. Having spent a great deal of time training and testing working dogs in locations all of Europe, he very quickly went on to achieve unique accreditation. Craig is the first and only person from the U.K to be licensed to test and train dogs internationally in the working dog sport called Mondioring: which consists of Obedience, Agility and Criminal Apprehension.

    Craig is one of the very few experienced and qualified Civilian Police Dog Training Instructors in the U.K, as well as a dog behaviour practitioner, seminar leader, author, and public speaker. His passion and study of training, interacting and communicating with dogs led to his discovery of the ‘Interactive Play Experience’ and ‘How to Become the Centre of Your Dog’s World’. Craig has been delivering his systems worldwide via sell out workshops, seminars and online training, helping dog lovers all over the world to achieve their goals.
    • Sunday, September 16, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
    • 14

    PPG Florida Members - A Full Day of Presentations, Networking &

    ‘Just-4-Fun’ Competitions

    Calling all Florida PPG Members. Join us for a fun day of networking, education and fun competitions on September 16th, 2018. 

    Come to the Force-Free HQ in Tampa, Florida. Enjoy a day on 24 acres of lake-front property to relax,learn and network.

    September 15th Group Dinner

    For those of you who would like to arrive on Saturday evening and join the group for dinner, please let us know at registration so we can make a reservation at a local restaurant. 

    September 16th - A Full Day of Fun –

    Hosted at The DogSmith Training Center and PPG HQ

    A Day of Education & Fun

    9:00 am - Niki Tudge Kicks off Proceedings

    9:30 a.m. Improve Your Client Coaching and Individual Effectiveness with Niki Tudge 

    10:30 a.m. Morning Break

    11:00 a.m. Join a group and enjoy a training session to prepare you for an afternoon of fun competitions. A One Hour ‘Just-4-Fun’ Agility Session (if you choose to attend without a dog then you can help with coordinating and judging of the event).

    12:30 p.m. Lunch - order through our order form or bring your own.

    1:00 p.m.  to 2:00 p.m. How play therapy can help with epigenetic changes in puppies with Dr. Lynn Honeckman.

    2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Joy - the Ultimate Incompatible: Making Emotional Learning Work for You with Angelica Steinker 

    3:30 Afternoon Break 

    4:00 p.m. The Fun Begins - For the competitive amongst you, it's now time to show off your skills in this FUN, Niki Tudge version of ‘Just-4-Fun’ Agility competition. 

    5:30 p.m. Award Ceremony 

    6:00 p.m. Wrap up

    • Thursday, September 20, 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • GoToWebinar

    Presented by Frania Shelley-Grielen M.A., M.U.P.

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    “The welfare of any sentient animal is determined by its individual perception of its own physical and emotional state. This applies equally to the huge population of food animals as to the pets on whom we lavish individual attention. Increasing public concern for action to improve animal welfare has generated the demand for animal welfare science that seeks to improve our understanding of the nature of animal emotions and motivation, and from this, improve the quality of our care.” – John Webster

    In the midst of this ever growing conversation about how and why animals “matter” to us, the way we think about, work with, study or interact with animals is changing along with our standards for animal husbandry. Our focus has increased from attending to simple biological needs to attempting to allow for emotional needs and natural behaviors. We now acknowledge that good animal care is more than making sure an animal is fed, sheltered and disease free; we take into account the individual experience of an animal in their environment (“animal welfare”)- making sure animals have what they want and need. We weigh our own interactions with animals (“human animal relationship”) into the welfare equation. We quantify and measure how to make sure our newer standards are put into effect, we have “five freedoms” and “five domains,” among other categories, lists, charts and checklists, all meticulously documented, carefully researched and exemplified so they are ready to go.

    But how do we make all this happen in real life? How do we go beyond sheer theory: the very idea that animal welfare does matter for the animals and for us? How do we mainstream the scientific studies that show us the relationships that increased welfare makes for healthier animals and better outcomes into recognition and practice that applying these standards works? Most importantly, how do we go from the talking to the doing? How does all this get done in the everyday world of the work, chores and tasks that need doing for the farmhand, the stockperson, the zookeeper, the dog or horse trainer, the dog groomer or pet sitter?


    - Learn what animal welfare is

    -Learn about advances in animal welfare science including the "three R's", Five Freedoms and "Five Domains"

    -Learn how this applies to companion animals

    -Learn how to apply animal welfare standards for every animal, every day

    Your Presenter


    Frania Shelley-Grielen is a professional animal behaviorist, dog trainer and educator who holds a Masters Degrees in Animal Behavior from Hunter College and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University, Complimenting her insight into behavior with an in-depth understanding of the built environment. She is a licensed Pet Care Technician Instructor, a registered therapy dog handler, a certified Doggone Safe Bite Safety Instructor, and a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Frania specializes in behavior modification work and training with cats, dogs and birds and humane management for urban wildlife.

    Frania is the author of Cats and Dogs; Living with and Looking at Companion Animals from their Point of View. She founded AnimalBehaviorist.us in 2009, to share her work on how welfare based, science focused strategies and solutions from the canine and feline point of view are more effective and make everyone happier, including the humans. Frania also taught the ASPCA’s Fundamentals of Dog Care course for the Houlton Institute where she is on the zoology faculty. She has worked on research projects at the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History and the ASPCA in NYC. Frania presents and consults in the metropolitan New York area, nationally and internationally. She lives in New York City with her family and cats and dogs.

    • Tuesday, November 13, 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Sian Ryan
    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC and
    CCPDT pending

    Walking on a loose lead remains one of the key goals for many dog owners, and there are multiple methods for teaching and achieving that goal, along with lots of options for equipment to manage or improve walking in the meantime. Some dogs struggle with loose lead walking, while others appear to be born with the skill already learned. Is loose lead walking as simple as it sounds, or is there more to teaching this behaviour than meets the eye. 

    With a brief overview of the science of self control, and discussion of stimulus control, this webinar will contain video presentations of games and lessons to build self control around the context of loose lead walking.

    Webinar Objectives

    Increased understanding of what we mean by Self Control, Stimulus Control, Habitual Behaviours

    Ideas for different exercises to teach foundation skills for Loose Lead Walking

    Management ideas for when Loose Lead Walking isn't possible

    Your Presenter

    Sian Ryan gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behavior from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behavior counselor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behavior Clinic and went on to work as a researcher looking at novel ways of measuring emotions in dogs in 2012. With several years of dog training experience, Sian was the first course tutor for Life Skills for Puppies training classes and helped create and develop the course, as well as tutoring on the Life Skills for Puppies Trainers Courses offered by the University of Lincoln.

    Sian writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian is also the Training and Behaviour expert for the BBC2 series Me and My Dog. 

    Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.

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