Log in

Tampa, FL

    • Saturday, October 12, 2019
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 13, 2019
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL

     A Practical Guide to Understanding, Implementing and Overcoming Communication, Interaction, Arousal & Problematic Behaviors

    CEUS: PPAB 15, IAABC 15

    Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available


    9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, with breaks at 10:30 AM-10:45 AM (refreshments), 12 Noon-1 PM (lunch) and 2:30 PM-2:45 PM (refreshments).


    The first day will be focused on the content of Craig’s extremely popular book the “Interactive Play Guide”, this offers a unique look at how we can implement a reinforcing play system that is based on our dogs making the choice to play, and adjusting our technique to suit each dog as an individual.

    During the first day we will take an interactive journey, looking at how to effectively adjust toy play to the reinforcement preferences of the specific dog that you are working with. Craig will talk and walk you through a proven, tried and tested step by step acronym-based system that will help you to use the joy of play to improve relationships, build confidence, create motivational focus and implement alternative forms of positive reinforcement. You will also learn how to avoid and overcome some of the common problems during play, such as over-arousal and problematic behaviours. Along with implementing these techniques into your behavioral consultations, training classes and even at home to help further enrich the lives of dogs and their owners.

    Learning objectives

    • Learn how to create structured, consistent, positive interactive play sessions with the dogs in your care.
    • Develop the ability to adjust interactive play to suit each dog as an individual, based on the evaluation of behaviour.
    • Understand how to implement the joy of play to fulfil your dog’s natural desires, improve relationships, build confidence and increase motivational focus.
    • Build an understanding of how to avoid and overcome problems during play such as over-arousal and problematic behaviours. Incorporate the power of play into both behavioural and training settings.
    • Implement alternative forms of positive reinforcement into our dog’s lives.
    •  Gain the ability to communicate with your dog during structured periods of positive stimulation.
    •  Implement structured periods of calm and alternative behaviours into your interactive play sessions to create behavioural predictability
    • Learn how to problem solve when working with a variety of dogs and their owners.
    • Take away a simple step by step system that will benefit you, the dogs in your care and your students.



    On the second day we will further develop our knowledge on understanding, overcoming and preventing problematic behaviours that our dogs perform during periods of arousal. We will focus on the communications behind the behaviours and the practical steps that we can take to help the dogs in our care.

    Both handlers and spectators will work through an extremely informative and interactive work book guided by Craig. This covers a practical acronym based, step by step guide to follow when analysing and working towards overcoming problematic behaviours. You will learn how to avoid labelling the dogs in your care by dissecting problematic behaviours in to separate influencing components which will allow you to develop and implement an effective plan to work towards overcoming the behaviours.

    Handlers will then begin to put the theory in to practice by working with Craig to lay some solid foundations which will allow you to work with your dog towards overcoming the problematic behaviour that the dog in your care is displaying. A practical guide that will continue to help you to efficiently evaluate and work towards overcoming problematic behaviours to improve the lives of both the dogs in your care and your students alike.

    Learning objectives

    • Learn how to dissect the problematic behaviours that our dogs engage in during states of arousal in to separate influencing components and develop an effective development plan to work towards overcoming them.
    • Recognize the communications behind problematic behaviours.
    • Overcome dog sport training and working dog training specific problematic behaviours
    •  Learn how to avoid over-arousal and improve learning experiences by altering antecedent arrangements and managing influencing factors.
    •  Implement practical efficient calming techniques to improve the day to day lives of the dogs and owners in your care.
    • Understand the importance of positive reinforcers and their role in overcoming problematic behaviours
    • Become skilled in recognizing the considerations to make for successful learning to take place
    •  Benefit from the ability to recognize the influence that handler behaviours and emotions have on problematic behaviours and how to adjust these factors to change behaviours
    • Use structured patterns to create predictability and consistency to change behaviour
    • Develop the ability to implement techniques that will include positive reinforcement, operant conditioning, classical conditioning, counter conditioning, differential reinforcement of incompatible behaviours and desensitization.

    Your workshop Instructor – Craig Ogilvie CCBT

    Internationally renowned seminar leader and author Craig Ogilvie is a highly experienced Certified Canine Behaviourist and Trainer, Police Dog Training Instructor and Mondioring Decoy (Licensed in France)

    Having spent a great deal of time training and testing working dogs in locations all over Europe, he very quickly went on to achieve unique accreditation. Craig is the first 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. and has worked for the Police full time as a dog training instructor. He has delivered seminars to multiple police dog sections along with the U.K Military working dog teams.

    Craig’s passion and study of dog behaviour and training led him to becoming a certified Canine Behaviourist and Trainer, with much of his time is focused on working around problematic behaviours in dogs, problem solving, motivation and the power of positive reinforcement when working with dogs. Craig’s journey has led to him helping dogs and people all over the world via seminars, workshops and online training for professionals and enthusiasts alike.

    Workshop Location

    This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. See pictures here 

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

    • Saturday, February 22, 2020
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • Sunday, February 23, 2020
    • 3:30 PM (EST)
    • Wesley Chapel, FL

     Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course

    Presented by Coleen Ellis from the Pet Loss Center

    Saturday and Sunday, February  22 - 23, 2020

    CEUs: PPAB 16, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending), KPA (pending)

    Join us for two robust days of doing a deep dive into the emotional journey of the end-of-life walk with a beloved pet. Learn more about how to walk with those needing a companion, understanding what pet parents need during this time, the benefits of rituals, compassion fatigue, and so much more! Not only will this program bring the attendees the learning needed to help pet lovers, it’s also a beautiful self-care workshop on understanding our own journey’s and experiences with loss, grief, and our own authentic self.

    Workshop Schedule


    8 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Welcome/Agenda Review/Introductions: Honoring The Story

    9:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m. Break

    9:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. Understanding Pet Loss Companioning

    12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch

    1 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Understanding Anticipatory Grief

    2 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Break

    2:15 p.m. - 4 p.m. The Six Central Needs of Mourning

    4 p.m. - 5 p.m. Let’s Talk About Talking!


    9 a.m. – 10 a.m. Review of Pet Loss Companioning/Anticipatory Grief/Aha Moments

    10 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

    10:15 a.m. – 11 a.m. Do You Really Have Them At Hello?

    11:00 – 11:20 The Intricacies of Pet Loss

    11:20 a.m. – 12 p.m. How To Help the Elderly, Children and Other Pets In Their Grief Journey

    12 p.m. – 1 p.m. Lunch & Open Discussion – Success Drivers: The Lessons from Our Pets

    1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Wrap up/Plans for Returning Home

    1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. The Importance of Rituals

    3 p.m. Memorial Service

    3:30 p.m. Adjourn

    A part of this certification program is being delivered as webinars. Your program fee covers the cost of the two webinars also. If you cannot attend them live, do not worry, we will record them and send them to you. When you register for the two-day workshop you will receive a code to register for the webinars also.

    Your Two Included Webinars Are:

    1. The Finer Points of Marketing Pet Loss Services. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Wednesday, March 11, 2020 12 p.m. EST
    2. How to Conduct a Successful Pet Loss Support Group. Presented by Coleen Ellis on Wednesday, March 25, 2020 12 p.m. EST

      Your workshop Instructor 

      Coleen Ellis

      A chance encounter with a pet parent facing the death of her pet was a defining moment for Coleen in 1998. It was the beginning of her vision of how to best meet the needs of pet parents in their desire to mourn, memorialize and pay tribute to their beloved pets when they die. In 2004, the experience of the death of her dog, Mico, guided her in starting the nation’s first stand-alone pet’s-only funeral home. Soon, publications such as Kates-Boylston’s Pet Loss Insider deemed her the “most well known pet funeral director” and a true “pet loss pioneer.” 

      In 2009, Coleen founded Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, to guide people who wish to provide meaningful pet death care services in their communities, as well to be an educational resource in the pet grief discipline. In 2009, she received the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by Dr. Alan Wolfelt as well as releasing her first book, Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief.  She is also Certified in Thanatology and is a Certified Pet Loss Professional.

      By 2014, Coleen was ready to take her vision to a new level.  Joining Nick Padlo as managing partner and Chief Marketing Officer, they formed an acquisition company whose mission is to standardize and raise the service levels of the pet loss industry.  The Pet Loss Center strives to be the nation’s premier pet loss service, elevating the experiential component of pet loss and grief care across the country. In 2019, she shifted her position with The Pet Loss Center to an Advisory/Consultant role.

      Coleen is an internationally sought-after speaker on the topics of pet loss and grief.  Through her delivery style, pet care professionals learn a variety of techniques immediately applicable to implement on how to companion families in their grief journey.  Furthermore, her talks to pet parents give them the permission they need to not only grieve but mourn the loss of their beloved pet.

      Coleen is the founder and past co-chair of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance and past president of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, where she currently serves as an advisor. She is a native of Kansas where she graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing.  She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Fort Hays State University, and is a recipient of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award, the college’s highest recognition for graduates.

      Dallas, TX, is where Coleen and her husband, Chris Burke, reside. They share their home with their four-legged kids, Crisco, Rudy & Albert.

      Workshop Location

      This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. Click here to see photos

      9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

    Social Media
    All content copyright 2017. 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