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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

    • Monday, November 07, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Friday, November 11, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tampa

    The Pet Professional Guild  Force-Free Summit

    November 7th thru 11th 2016. 

    30 Presenters Over 3.5 Days of Education,

     Networking & Fun!




    1. Simply register for the event and pay your deposit of $150.00
    2. In your confirmation email complete the full registration form choosing your packages, labs and evening events
    3. Communicate with Rebekah King which payment plan you would like to work with
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    • 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




    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.


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


      Foundation Skills for Dog Sports and Heel Workshop 101

      A 2 Day Workshop in Tampa, FL.

      Kamal is offering two workshops in March 2017. If you plan to sign up for both workshops then please sign up for the one on March 18 and 19 first. In your confirmation email you will receive discount codes for the second workshop on March 25 and 26. 

      Presented by Kamal Fernandez

      CEUs

      PPAB 12




      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….



      About the 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.

      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.

      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!


      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.
      • 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

      • Saturday, March 25, 2017
      • 9:00 AM
      • Sunday, March 26, 2017
      • 4:30 PM
      • Tampa, FL

      Clicker Training for Advanced Competition Obedience, Proofing, Ring Prep and Competition –

      A 2 Day Workshop in Tampa, FL.

      Presented by Kamal Fernandez

      CEUs

      PPAB 12,

      Kamal is offering two workshops in March 2017. If you plan to sign up for both workshops then please sign up for the one on March 18 and 19 first. In your confirmation email you will receive discount codes for the second workshop on March 25 and 26.


      Since the rise of ‘clicker training’ for Dog Sports has taken affect… the question has been asked time and time again, on how to transfer clicker training tricks, and singular behaviours into the competition arena…..

      This course aims to give you a greater understanding of how to do this, and also enhance your ability to prepare for competition, proofing behaviours and getting you and your dog ‘ring ready’.

      This seminar aims to de-mystify the concept of the ‘ring wise’ dog, a fallacy that still haunts many a seasoned competitor, and prevents many times form reaching their full potential.

      What You Will Learn 

      Within the seminar, the following areas will be covered:

      • The concept of engineering success of failure within proofing
      • Behaviour chains
      • Chaining for competition
      • Ring Preparation
      • Advanced proofing for experienced dogs
      • Preparing your dog for competition

      About the 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.

      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.

      Who should attend?

      • This seminar is for anyone that is interested in training your dog to compete in Advanced Competition Obedience.

      What you will learn in this workshop:

      • Taking your training into competition
      • How to transfer working with rewards to removing them
      • Creating a consistent reliable competition dog.

      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.
      • 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.

      9152 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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