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

Guild Seminars & Workshops

The Pet Professional Guild in the second half of 2014 and going forwards has access to ten acres of land and indoor training areas and classrooms in Central Florida. We are making this facility available for members to host and hold seminars and workshops to support our mission of spreading the word about Force-Free Training and Pet Care.

 If you are interested in hosting a seminar or workshop at the Training facility then please complete this short form

Upcoming events

    • Friday, October 09, 2015
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sunday, October 11, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tampa, FL.
    • 27

    Your Pet Care Certification Program 

    - October 9, 10 & 11 2015

    A 3 Day Workshop To Help You Professionalize Your Pet Care Service Offerings.

    CPDT - 14.5 Trainers

    CPDT - 14.5 Behavior Consultants

    IAABC - 29 CEUs

    Three Days of Hands on Learning, Fun and Practical Applications For To Take Home & Implement

    Topics ranging from Pet First Aid, Canine Communication and How Pets learn to Anatomy & Physiology,  Health and Handling and Tools & Equipment.

    This course is for you whether you are a pet dog owner or a pet professional. 

    If you are a Pet Care Provider, aspiring Pet Professional or Dog Behavior Consultant or Dog trainer then this program is very relevant to you. Rescue professionals, foster homes and trainees this course will give you all the skills you need to safely practice in the pet industry.

    Join a selection of presenters on this wide array of topics from “How Pets Learn” To Canine & Feline Anatomy & Communication Systems.

    Each day you will enjoy eight hours of classroom and LAB tuition and hands-on training in this beautiful and tranquil setting. The workshop is located at a training center on 12 acres of land located on "King Lake" in Tampa, FL.

    Registration Types

    • Working Spots Available 10. Cost per person $300.00 including refreshment and lunch served daily
    • Auditor Spots Available 5. Cost per person $210.00 including refreshment and lunch served daily

    Payment Terms Available

    Working Spot- 4 payment of 75.00

    Auditor – 4 payment of $57.50

    Workshop Description

    This three day workshop covers all the necessary skills you will need to become a CPCT and more …

    1. How Pet’s Learn - This module studies an overview of how pets live and learn and how this is important to you the pet care provider. There is a detailed overview of Operant and Respondent conditioning with hands on examples and video analysis. We covers some key skills such as Leash Walking, Crate Training, Grooming and Safe maneuvers of pet onto beds or tables for examination and/or care procedures.  Niki Tudge & Rebekah king
    2. Canine Behavior & Social Communication - Learn the language of dogs. Understand the canine social behavior and communication system. Recognize distance increasing and distance decreasing behaviors. Understand social communication to be a behavior. Learn about affiliate and agonistic communication and passive and active appeasement behaviors. Understand dog bite inhibition and bite thresholds. Angelica Steinker & Niki Tudge
    3. Canine & Feline Anatomy and Physiology - Study dog and cat anatomy and important components of their physiology including all their sensory abilities. Rebekah King 
    4. Canine & Feline Health and handling -Learn about canine and feline common health issues, vaccination protocols and important daily and emergency handling skills. This module covers both theoretical and practical applications and is very relevant to your care provider responsibilities. -Rebekah King & Melody McMichael
    5. Pet First Aid and Emergency ProtocolsThis is so much more than your normal Pet First Aid program. This is a very detailed module and covers in depth the many potential emergency situations you may, through first aid, need to manage prior to a pet in your care being attended to by a veterinarian. Working Spots can test on site for their certification. Rebekah King
    6. Pet Care Tools, Equipment, Toys & Supplies - A study of the pet care tools, equipment, supplies and toys that are available in today’s marketplace. Learn how to identify appropriate equipment and how to use it safely. Understand how to practically use this equipment including desensitization protocols.  Angelica Steinker
    7. Bonus Module, Bump Start Your  Business – This module covers the key and critical skills you will need to bump start your growth.  A fast overview of how to create your simple but effective marketing plan. Niki Tudge

     Certification Protocol

    • Working registrants to achieve your CPCT designation you will have the option to take a Certification Test online after the event
    • Auditors will be required to complete the test and submit several videos to show competency in mechanical skills across several disciplines

    Testing must be completed within 30 days

    Supplemental Information

    • 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 please only bring one dog
    • All dogs attending must be dressed according to the PPG’s Guiding Principles. No shock, choke or prong collars.
    • We recommend all the dogs be in comfortable harnesses for the seminar
    • No human- or dog-reactive dogs please.
    • No noisy dogs.
    • At registration there will be additional questions regarding any dogs that you plan to attend with.
    • There will be no refunds given.
    • 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.



    • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    • Friday, November 13, 2015
    • Sheraton Riverside, Tampa, FL
    • 31

    The Pet Professional Guild 3 Day Educational  Summit – Tampa, FL 2015

    The Pug Package

    The rates below also include:

    1. Registration and "Treat Bag"
    2. Welcome Cocktail Party on the evening of November 10th
    3. The Tampa Treasure Hunt on the evening of November 11th
    4. Your Summit  Registration

    Please note the Aussie Package and Mastiff Package are fully booked and now closed off to registration
    • Wednesday, November 11, 2015
    • Friday, November 13, 2015
    • The Aloft Hotel. Tampa, Fl.
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The Mastiff Package 2 - Limited Spaces So Book Early!

    For financing options contact Rebekah king

    The Mastiff package is booked through PPG. We coordinate your room accommodation at the Aloft Hotel and at registration you will receive all the necessary documentation for your meals and any LABS you register for. If you are interested in sharing a room and registering on the "Double Occupancy" Package we will also work with you to find a suitable room mate.

    The rates below also include:

    1. Registration and "Treat Bag"
    2. Your Summit T-Shirt
    3. Welcome Cocktail Party on the evening of November 10th
    4. The Tampa Treasure Hunt on the evening of November 11th
    5. Your Summit Registration
    6. One Working Spot in a LAB each day
    7. Summit group Breakfast & Lunch each day
    8. "The Splash" Formal Dinner around the pool overlooking Tampa on the evening of November 12th
    9. Your accommodation on the nights of November 10th, 11th and 12th
    10. Your final total includes Florida Sales Tax of 7%.

    Please note all meals will be hosted at the Sheraton Hotel next door
    • Saturday, April 30, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Tuesday, May 03, 2016
    • 4:00 PM
    • PPG HQ

    A Four Day Chicken Clicker Camp With Terry Ryan

    April 30th, May 1st, 2nd & 3rd 2016

    IAABC - 25 CEUs
    CPDT - 21 CEUs
    KPA - 21 CEUs
    PPG - 24 CEUs

    Monthly Financing Available - Pay over 8 months

    Meet Greta Tudge, Faculty Member & Entertainment Director

    Learn Shaping, Targeting and Discrimination Skills

    with Terry Ryan

    "The usual training biases can be left behind. The playing field is equal--the vast majority of class participants have never touched a hen, much less trained one. No one has read a chicken training book or watched a chicken training show on TV.  Chickens are faster than most dogs, therefore are a good model to help with timing and eye-hand coordination.  It’s impossible to force a chicken to do anything—she’ll just freeze or fly away.  We must rely on keen criteria selection and a high rate of reinforcement to keep the chickens in the game.  Chickens aren’t as forgiving as dogs. Unlike dogs, you know immediately if you are taking advantage of a hen" Terry Ryan.

    Summary of Your Four Day Camp

    With the help of a variety of chickens we’ll work on mechanical skills involved with effective delivery for reinforcement.  Exercises include observing and recording  behavior on a simple ethogram.  We’ll explore how chickens acquire, store and process information. The student’s understanding of the concepts of applied behavior analysis will be developed. There will be several target exercises that relate well to the training of any species.  Through visual discrimination tasks, we’ll work on fluency, latency and problem solving.  No experience needed.  

    Why Attend a Chicken Camp To Improve Your  Skills

    You  do not have bad or good chicken training habits because you have never trained a chicken before, thus avoiding the baggage often taken to dog training workshops. 

    Training a chicken is a stretch and a boost to your mechanical skills. The average chicken is faster than the average dog, giving you a chance to improve your coordination and timing. 

    Chickens will freeze or fly away if they don’t like the way you are training them.  Unlike dogs, you will know immediately if you are taking advantage of a chicken or pushing too hard, too fast.  Chickens don’t give their trainers a second chances as often as our dogs do.Each working spot student will be partnered with another human and a chicken to train.  You will take turns training your chicken and helping to coach your partner. 

    Listen to Terry Ryan explain why these camps are so effective for dog trainers. 

    A Typical Day At Camp

    These topics will be covered in approximately the following order. 

    • Mechanical Skills – drills for eye-hand coordination, timing and observation skills
    •  Ethology-consideration of the ethology, physical attributes, and stress issue of the animals
    •  Umwelt –  how individuals acquire, process and store information differently
    • Selection, identification and effective marking (use of bridge) of training criteria
    •  Reinforcement:  rate/schedule/value/delivery/quantity, 80% rule, Premack principle
    • Capturing and Shaping behaviors – in general and specifically to target training
    •  Criteria Selection and Identification – what do you really want? 
    • Goal Setting
    • Task Analysis – breaking it down, instructional formatting, training plans
    • Lateral thinking techniques

    Your Instructor - Terry Ryan

    Terry Ryan
    CPDT-KA, KPA CTP Faculty
    Terry Ryan, President, has been a dog training class instructor since 1968. Through Legacy, Terry teaches pet dog classes, writes books, presents national and international seminars and workshops, hosts interns, and does consults. She was the Coordinator of the People-Pet Partnership, College of Veterinary Medicine, Washington State University from 1981 until 1994. Terry was a competitor and American Kennel Club judge. She was on the American Humane Society’s advisory board for humane dog training. You can read more here

    Financing Options
    You can pay for this event over 8 months. 

    Additional Information

    • No dogs are permitted at the Chicken Clicker Camp
    • Financing is available over 8 months. after you register please contact Rebekah King
    • The complete event must be paid for 3 months prior to the event date
    • A boxed lunch from Panera Bread is  provided each day. ( a lunch order form will be circulated nearer the date)
    • Bottled water is also provided. If you require soda then please provide your own
    • You will be involved in handling chickens and their care during the workshop. Please dress appropriately. 
    • No refunds will be granted 
    • The property is in a rural area, please wear appropriate fully covered flat shoes
    • On-site parking is provided

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