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

    • Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Course via Webinar

    TrickMeister - Your Force-Free Dog Training Program

    Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


    PPAB 14, CPDT - 12.5, IAABC - 10, KPA - 10

    Level One - Apprentice. A five session program over 5 months. 

    Checkout the course content here 

    Note: If you register for the program and cannot make all the live webinars you automatically receive a recording of each session in time to prepare your lesson homework. 

    TrickMeister – Mastering Fun With Your Dog is a unique program aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. The aim of the TrickMeister courses is to teach the science behind the training as well as all the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment.  We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based.  We also believe in setting the learner up for success.  This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies! Watch this short video on how the program works

    Program Inclusion

    The course price includes includes your five live webinars (or recordings), your homework assignments, your open book online tests, your homework video submissions and your student support. This fee also includes your application fee for your TrickMeister Title.

    The Webinar Dates 

    1. Tue, Mar 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

    2. Fri, Apr 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    3. Mon, May 2, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    4. Wed, Jun 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    5. Fri, Jul 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    sponsored by DogNostics eLearning

    Checkout the course content here 

    Three Levels - Multiple Titles

     Apprentice  Journeyman  Master

    The course aims to encourage both guardians and trainers to develop new skills and increase their knowledge while having the best time possible.  You’ll never have more fun learning than when taking this exciting course!  

    Don’t let the name mislead you: The TrickMeister – Mastering Fun With Your Dog course isn’t just for dogs!  It is an absolute must for learning how to teach any companion animal!

    Are you ready to learn the art, craft and science of teaching and training?

    Apprentice Course Overview

    Level One – TrickMeister Apprentice is a foundation level course for anyone starting out in rewards based, science based, force-free training and the exciting world of tricks.  It is also suitable for those who already have some foundation (basic but much needed) knowledge and skills but feel they may be lacking in certain areas.  Your training partner can be any dog (or other companion animal) of any age and skill-set.

    The Apprentice program is not a prerequisite for the Journeyman or Master courses. Watch this short webinar on the TrickMeister Program & Titles

    About The Program Instructor

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited. Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of Force-Free Training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.

    Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.

    • Saturday, February 18, 2017
    • 8:30 AM
    • Sunday, February 19, 2017
    • 4:30 PM
    • Tampa, FL

    The Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care for Senior Dogs 

    Presented by Kathy Sdao and Lori Stevens


    PPAB 12, CPDT - 12

    Kathy Sdao, an Associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist and Lori Stevens, CPDT-KA, SAMP, and senior Tellington TTouch® Training practitioner share a deep love for senior dogs. They’ve combined their decades of animal-care and training expertise to teach this heartfelt and practical workshop. Lori and Kathy’s goal is to empower you to joyfully and actively engage with and support your aging dog. They will share several methods to keep your dog’s mind and body agile and strong. They will also discuss many ideas for making everyday life easier for your senior dog. The result is a dog who is more competent and confident in the face of physical and cognitive challenges and who has additional opportunities for staying healthy and active.

    Who should attend?

    • People who live with aging dogs, including both senior and "peri-senior" dogs
    • Professionals who have an interest in helping their clients with aging dogs
    • Anyone interested in dogs and how to support them during the aging process

    Workshop Agenda:

    • Lori: Defining & Observing Seniorhood
    • Kathy: Kindle the Spark of Life
    • Lori: Everyday Life with Seniors
    • Kathy: Maximize Emotional Resilience
    • Lori: Touching & Wrapping
    • Kathy: Expect Changes in Compliance
    • Lori: Movement & Conditioning
    • Kathy: Keep Them Eating
    • Kathy: Let Us Play
    • Lori: Thoughts on Life’s Final Transition
    • Discussion/Q & A

    What you will learn in this workshop:

    • Effects of aging and what you can expect
    • Various healthcare options that complement mainstream veterinary care
    • TTouch bodywork and wrapping techniques, including leg and body wraps
    • Strategies for minimizing age-related anxiety and maximizing emotional resilience
    • Methods for modifying cues to accommodate sensory limitations
    • Movement and conditioning exercises that benefit aging dogs
    • Games to keep mind and body active
    • Help for senior dogs who have difficulty standing up or climbing stairs
    • Tips for dealing with loss of appetite
    • Considerations regarding end-of-life decisions

    Supplemental Information

    • Monthly financing available. Complete payment must be received 60 days prior to the event.
    • The seminar price includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon drinks.
    • There will be an onsite Bonfire ‘Get Together’ on Saturday Evening. A small additional fee will be charged for snacks and refreshments if you choose to attend, ($20.00). Reservations can be made closer to the date.
    • If you register for a working spot you may only bring one dog with you
    • You can make several payments for this workshop by contacting Rebekah King.
    • All dogs attending must be dressed according to the PPG’s Guiding Principles. No shock, choke or prong collars.
    • Kathy and Lori recommend all the dogs be in comfortable harnesses for the seminar
    • No human- or dog-reactive dogs please.
    • No noisy dogs.
    • Please bring with you a mat for your dog to rest on, a Kong or other mentally stimulating toy and lots of small yummy treats.
    • Please see our refund policy

      Sponsored & Hosted at The DogSmith Training Center.

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