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

Educational Resources

Guild Seminars & Workshops

The Pet Professional Guild hosts on-site workshops and you will find those scheduled here. 
 If you are interested in hosting a seminar or workshop at the Training facility then please complete this short form

Upcoming events

    • Saturday, January 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Tampa, FL

    S.A.N.E. Solutions for Shy and Fearful Dogs®

    Presented by Kathy Cascade

    CEUs: PPAB 11, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)

    This seminar will be helpful for owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues.

    Kathy will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.

    Seminar Schedule

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

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

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize and correctly interpret canine body language and communication signals.
    • Understand the significant link between posture, physical balance, and behavior.
    • Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
    • Learn how to apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises.
    • Understand and apply the mechanics of using the leash with two points of contact to eliminate pressure on the neck and influence physical balance. (Lead a dog on leash in balance).
    • Learn how to use unique leading exercises designed to introduce new people to fearful dogs.
    • Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
    • Observe and learn to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of “giving choice.”
    • Observe and learn specific exercises to reduce separation anxiety and build confidence.

    About Your Presenter

    Kathy Cascade, PT, PT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor

    Kathy's introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit's partnership lead them to competition obedience trials, participation in fly ball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy completed the two-year Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in the program in 2003.

    With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.

    Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, "Helping dogs learn to cope with the demands of living in our often chaotic human world is a passion of mine. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive and fearful behavior. We can do this with humane, effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world."

    Kathy recently relocated back to her home state of Oregon. Living in the Central Oregon region allows her to pursue her other passions of hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She shares her life with two dogs, one cat, and two horses.

    Sponsored and Hosted at the DogSmith Training Center

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

    • Sunday, April 22, 2018
    • 12:00 PM (MDT)
    • Thursday, April 26, 2018
    • 5:00 PM (MDT)
    • Kanab, UT

    Shelter Pet Management & Rehabilitation for Adoption and Successful Family Integration

    April. 23 - 26, 2018.  Kanab, UT.  Mountain Time

    Location: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

    4 Days of Hands on Clinics With Industry Experts Across Multiple Species. 

    Limited spaces available!

    Featuring  Janis Bradley, Chirag Patel, Emily Larlham, Jacqueline Munera, Emily Cassell and  Lara Joseph supported by Best Friends experts Dr Franklin McMillan, Sherry Woodard, Glenn Pierce and a special presentation by Best Friends Co-Founder,  Faith Maloney.

    This event will include academic sessions in the morning in Kanab listening to presentations that will support the hands on workshops all around the theme of Shelter Pet Management & Rehabilitation for Adoption and Successful Family Integration. 

    Workshop Overview

    Day One  April  22nd 2018. 

    12 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Welcome Party 

    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Opening Address 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

    Day Two to Day Four April 23rd to April 26 .
    Full days of activities

    Your Daily Schedule
    1. Breakfast in your hotel of choice. ( make your own reservation)
    2. Each day the registrants will be together for AM General Sessions from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
    3. At 11:45 a.m. those registered for the p.m. workshops will be transported the 5 miles in buses up to the sanctuary where they will first enjoy lunch ($15.00) at the Village Cafe and then be escorted to their training workshop with their assigned trainer and an assistant
    4. Daily training and behavior workshops will vary between horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, puppies, and wild things. A complete schedule of activities will be circulated by August 2017.
    5. Each attendee will get the opportunity to sign up for hands-on workshops or special projects each day. 
    6. In the afternoon there will also be lectures and held in town for those who choose to have lunch in town and attend afternoon lectures. 
    7. Each evening there will also be a p.m. lecture session for those interested
    • Registering for  specific workshops will take place nearer the date. 

    Evening  Activities  

    There will be two group activities organized during the program and these can be reserved nearer the date. 
    More information to follow on specific workshops and the daily schedule. 
    Discounts & Packages
    • There is a discounted registration option if you are attending the PPG Annual Summit in Orlando, FL Nov 2017
    • Monthly  Interest free payments are available over  12 months if you sign up before  May  2017 

    Financial Terms
    Please make sure you read and understand the financial terms for payment scheduled and cancellations. Click here

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