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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, 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

    CEUs

    PPAB 12, CPDT - 12



    Select Spots Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning and  Doggone Safe. Discounted Rates Apply


    Kathy Sdao, MA, 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:

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

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


    • 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 full seminar price includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon drinks. The sponsored rates do not cover lunch. If you woudl like to be included in the Panera Bread lunch order then please contact Rebekah King at Membership@petprofessionalguild.com. $12.00
    • 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, ($15.00). 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.
      Location 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
      A 2000 square foot purpose built indoor facility located on 23 acres of land.  Click here to see more


      • Saturday, March 18, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Sunday, March 19, 2017
      • 4:30 PM
      • Tampa, FL

      Meet Kamal Fernandez from the UK

      Attend Foundation Skills for Dog Sports & Heel Workshop 101 

      A Two-Day Workshop in Tampa, FL.

      18 and 19 March 2017

      CEUs PPAB 12



      The Key Elements For Dog Sports

      Interested in finding out the key elements needed to lay the basis for ANY dog sport… this seminar will cover key skills to train a dog for any discipline…. games to establish a great relationship, focus and drive from any dog! Whilst creating a strong foundation of skills needed to train effectively, efficiently and with reinforcement! Be it a set of weaves, or heel work, bite work or retrieving….having a dog that is able to learn each exercise in the shortest time is reliant on these key skills!

      All dog sports are reliant of creating a dog that is focused, committed and has that ‘can do’ mentality, however not all dogs or breeds have that trait naturally…. This seminar aims to teach you how to create exactly that in ANY dog…. Having the means to reward your dog effectively is imperative to efficient and timely training… being able to train something in a short space of time, is dependent on having skills in place to reward. reinforcement and create behavior.

      This seminar will cover the skills needed to do just that…..

      What You Will Learn

      • 5 Key Games with toys for effective reinforcement
      • 6 key games for effective reinforcement with food
      • The key behaviours to be shaped for ANY dog sport
      • Heeling foundation training
      • Component training for heel work,
      • Developing movement, style and animation without force or physical aids
      • Attention, focus and drive for heel work
      • Duration, proofing and attitude training….

      Who should attend?

      • This seminar is for anyone that has young or ‘green’ dogs wanting to start as they mean to go on, or established dogs that want to enhance their skills!

      About Your Instructor

      Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez, has over 20 years experience training dogs from all walks of life. His current dogs include two Belgian Malinois, two Border Collies , a German Spitz and a Boxer. His own dog training journey began in the very hall in which he now runs his own classes. Kamal is also a faculty member at the Academy. 

      As an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Kamal has been invited to teach in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany, amongst many others. Kamal’s other career highlights include being an Championship Obedience judge and Crufts competitor.

      Since this humble start, Kamal has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the leading ‘lights’ in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor.

      This thirst for knowledge combined with his job as a police officer, working with young offenders and studying psychology has contributed to his dynamic and innovative teaching style and his ability to get the best from his pupils, be they human or canine!

      With over 25 years of practical dog training experience, based on a combination of science and hands on experience, Kamal has established a reputation for positive training and has championed the use of reward based methods all over the world.

      A Few Highlights of Kamal's Career

      1. Guest speaker at the Victoria Stilwell national bite conference 2016
      2. Trainer on sky TV production 'Dogs Might Fly'
      3. TV appearances on BBC 1, 2, channel 4 and 5.
      4. Faculty member of the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy
      5. Owner/Trainer of the following:
      • Ob Ch suenijon Touch of Magic CDx UDx (Border Collie)
      • Currahee Touch of magic Ch C (Border collie)
      • Jotunheim Excalibar Ch C (Malinois)
      • Vombrittania Anza Ch C, World Cup Team member Crufts 2015 (Malinois)

      Some of his  students accomplishments:

      • Val Venables ob Ch iatka Tip for the Top
      • Sue bishop Nedlo what's it all about Crufts 2017 Obedience Championship qualifier
      • Jane Webb Wt Ch Flyntastic Winventure Crufts Obedience Championship competitor
      • Katy Girdler Just Jenna Flat Coat Retriever Cross Crufts Obedience Championship Competitor
      • Teresa Wright WUSV World IPO Championship Team GB Member
      • Mari Yvlinkka Giant Schanuzer IPO World Championship GB Team Competitor
      • Patricia Murphy Saredon as time goes by Mini Schauzner Crufts 2016 Inter regional Team member, and winner


      Supplemental Information

      • Monthly financing available. Complete payment must be received 30 days prior to the event.
      • The seminar price includes morning coffee, lunch and afternoon drinks. Please note lunch is not included in the sponsored discounted rate. If you woudl like to receive lunch from Panera Bread then please request the order form from Rebekah king
      • 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, ($15.00). 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.
      • 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.

      9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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

      Not Yet Open For Registration

      Training & Behavior Analysis Workshop 2018

      Shelter Pet Management & Rehabilitation for Adoption and Successful Family Integration

      April. 22 - 26, 2018.  Kanab, UT.

      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
      April 22nd 2018
       Registration & Welcome Party
      April 23rd to April 26  2018 Full Day of Activities



      Your Daily Schedule
      1. Breakfast in your hotel of choice. We have negotiated competitive rates at certain hotels
      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 at the Village Cafe and then be escorted to their training workshop with their assigned trainer and an assistant
      4. Training and Behavior workshops  will vary between horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, puppies, and Wild Things. 
      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 lecture/labs held in town for those who choose to have lunch in town and attend afternoon Lectures and LABS. 
      7. Each evening there will also be a p.m. lecture session for those interested
      Workshops 
      • 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. 
      Packages
      There is a registration option to package your workshop fee and hotel accommodation. The hotel accommodation is 5 nights, from the 22nd to the 26th. Departure from Kanab on the 27th. Interest free payments are available over  12 months if you sign up between January 2017 and June 2017
      Financial Terms
      Please make sure you read and understand the financial terms for payment scheduled and cancellations. Click here

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