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

    • Saturday, July 11, 2015
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, July 15, 2015
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Workshop Tampa FL
    • 8

    Fun In The Sun - Five Day Workshop

    Training, Behavior & Fun In The Sun. Learn How To Train 16 Obedience Skills and All The Trimmings

    Level - Intermediate

    Continuing Education Units

    CCPDT - 21 & IAABC - 36


    A Five Day Dog Training Workshop

    Five Days of Hands on Learning, Fun and Practical Applications For You & Your Dog.

    Vacation With or Without Your Dog 

    Force-Free Fun In The Sun -  Up Your Training Game!



    Want to use Our Interest Free Financing?

    Register for the workshop and then contact Rebekah King 


    Come to Sunny Florida and enjoy five  action packed days of creative fun activities while you craft your trade and become a more well rounded training professional.  



    Workshop Description

    July is a great time to come to sunny central Florida and enjoy 5 action packed days of creative fun dog training activities.

    Join Angelica Steinker & Niki Tudge for this fun 5 day adventure learning the skills of a professional dog trainer while your pet dog learns some new skills and tricks. You will enjoy 8 hours a day of classroom tuition and hands-on training. This program is suitable for beginner and intermediate dog trainers.

    Key Topics Covered

    • Learning & Behavior
    • Functionally Analyzing Behavior
    • Operant Conditioning
    • Respondent Conditioning
    • Canine Health & Handling
    • Reinforcement Types & Schedules
    • Using Antecedent and Postcedent Training Protocols
    • Using Play To Motivate and Reinforce Behaviors
    • Developing Training Strategies 
    • Behavior Chains

    Key Practical Skills Covered

    • Shaping, Luring, Targeting & Capturing
    • Differential Reinforcement & Its Role In Resolving Problem Behaviors
    • 16 Pet Dog Obedience Skills
    • Practical Application of Reinforcement Strategies
    • A Fun Afternoon Dock Diving, Lure Coursing and Agility Training
    • Problem Solving for Difficult Situations

    Daily Schedule

    Your day will commence at 8.30  AM with a two hour mid-day break for lunch and relaxation. Activities will resume in the afternoon from 2 PM until 6 PM.

    The hours will fly by as you are challenged by your mentors and your two legged companion. During the week you will have an opportunity to visit our Dog Sports location and try out Dock Diving, Agility and Lure Coursing.


    We guarantee fun, our training programs are packed full of games and fun exercises for both you and your dog.

    Supplemental Information

    • The seminar price includes morning coffee and afternoon drinks. A small lunch snack will be provided, but you may bring food with you in the morning and prepare it on site.
    • There will be an onsite Bonfire ‘Get Together’ one 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.
    • 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.


    Contact Rebekah King our membership manager with any questions. Click here

    • Saturday, July 11, 2015
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, July 12, 2015
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Workshop Tampa FL
    • 30

    Fun In The Sun!


    A Weekend Of Canine Fun - Up Your Training Game!

    Continuing Education Units

    16 CEUs - CPDT

    16 CEUs - IAABC

    16 CEUs - KPA

    16 CEUs - PPG

    A Fun Action Packed Two Day Dog Training Workshop With or Without Your Dog!


    Come to Sunny Wesley Chapel in Central Florida and enjoy two action packed days of creative fun activities while you craft your trade and become a more well rounded dog trainer.  



    Workshop Description


    Join Niki Tudge & Angelica Steinker for this fun fast paced 2 day adventure learning the skills of a professional dog trainer while your pet dog learns some new skills and tricks. You will enjoy 8 hours a day of  tuition split between  classroom lectures and training fun. This program is suitable for beginner and intermediate dog trainers.

    Key Topics Covered

    • What is Learning & Behavior and What is It Not!
    • The Skinny on Operant Conditioning 
    • The Use of Differential Reinforce To Solve Training  Problems
    • Key Operant Conditioning Protocols, Shaping, Capturing, Targeting and Luring
    • Reinforcement Types & Schedules
    • Using Play to motivate and reinforce behaviors
    Key Practical Skills Covered
    • Shaping, Luring, Targeting & Capturing
    • 8 Pet Dog Obedience Skills


    Daily Schedule
    Your day will commence at 8.30  AM with a One hour mid-day break for lunch and relaxation. Activities will resume in the afternoon. 

    The hours will fly by as you are challenged by your mentors and your two legged companion. 


    We guarantee fun, our training programs are packed full of games and fun exercises for both you and your dog. 

    Two Types of Registrant

    1. Working Sport is $300.00
    2. Auditor Spot is $220.00

    Supplemental Information

    • The seminar price includes morning coffee and afternoon drinks. 
    • Lunch will be provided on both days.
    • There will be an onsite Bonfire ‘Get Together’ on the 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.
    • 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 crate or mat for your dog to rest on, a Kong or other mentally stimulating toy and lots of small yummy treats.

    Workshop  Location

    The workshop is held at The DogSmith Training Center and home to the Pet Professional Guild. We are set on 23 aces of land nestled on the banks of Kings Lake. 

    Your Presenter Bio's

    Niki Tudge Click here 

    Angelica Steinker Click Here

    Contact Rebekah King our manager with any questions. Click here

    • Saturday, August 22, 2015
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, August 23, 2015
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Workshop Tampa FL
    • 30

    Fun In The Sun!


    A Weekend Of Canine Fun - Up Your Training Game!

    Continuing Education Units

    16 CEUs - CPDT

    16 CEUs - IAABC

    16 CEUs - KPA

    16 CEUs - PPG

    A Fun Action Packed Two Day Dog Training Workshop With or Without Your Dog!


    Come to Sunny Wesley Chapel in Central Florida and enjoy two action packed days of creative fun activities while you craft your trade and become a more well rounded dog trainer.  



    Workshop Description


    Join Niki Tudge & Angelica Steinker for this fun fast paced 2 day adventure learning the skills of a professional dog trainer while your pet dog learns some new skills and tricks. You will enjoy 8 hours a day of  tuition split between  classroom lectures and training fun. This program is suitable for beginner and intermediate dog trainers.

    Key Topics Covered

    • What is Learning & Behavior and What is It Not!
    • The Skinny on Operant Conditioning 
    • The Use of Differential Reinforce To Solve Training  Problems
    • Key Operant Conditioning Protocols, Shaping, Capturing, Targeting and Luring
    • Reinforcement Types & Schedules
    • Using Play to motivate and reinforce behaviors
    Key Practical Skills Covered
    • Shaping, Luring, Targeting & Capturing
    • 8 Pet Dog Obedience Skills


    Daily Schedule
    Your day will commence at 8.30  AM with a One hour mid-day break for lunch and relaxation. Activities will resume in the afternoon. 

    The hours will fly by as you are challenged by your mentors and your two legged companion. 


    We guarantee fun, our training programs are packed full of games and fun exercises for both you and your dog. 

    Two Types of Registrant

    1. Working Sport is $300.00
    2. Auditor Spot is $220.00

    Supplemental Information

    • The seminar price includes morning coffee and afternoon drinks. 
    • Lunch will be provided on both days.
    • There will be an onsite Bonfire ‘Get Together’ on the 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.
    • 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 crate or mat for your dog to rest on, a Kong or other mentally stimulating toy and lots of small yummy treats.

    Workshop  Location

    The workshop is held at The DogSmith Training Center and home to the Pet Professional Guild. We are set on 23 aces of land nestled on the banks of Kings Lake. 

    Your Presenter Bio's

    Niki Tudge Click here 

    Angelica Steinker Click Here

    Contact Rebekah King our manager with any questions. Click here

    • Monday, September 21, 2015
    • 8:00 AM (EDT)
    • Friday, September 25, 2015
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Workshop Tampa FL
    • 10

    Fun In The Sun - Five Day Workshop

    Training, Behavior & Fun In The Sun. Learn How To Train 16 Obedience Skills & All The Trimmings

    Level - Intermediate

    Continuing Education Units

    CCPDT - 21 & IAABC - 36


    A Five Day Dog Training Workshop

    Five Days of Hands on Learning, Fun and Practical Applications For You & Your Dog.

    Vacation With or Without Your Dog 

    Force-Free Fun In The Sun -  Up Your Training Game!



    Want to use Our Interest Free Financing?

    Register for the workshop and then contact Rebekah King 


    Come to Sunny Florida and enjoy five action packed days of creative fun activities while you craft your trade and become a more well rounded training professional.  



    Workshop Description

    July is a great time to come to sunny central Florida and enjoy 5 action packed days of creative fun dog training activities.

    Join Angelica Steinker & Niki Tudge for this fun 5 day adventure learning the skills of a professional dog trainer while your pet dog learns some new skills and tricks. You will enjoy 8 hours a day of classroom tuition and hands-on training. This program is suitable for beginner and intermediate dog trainers.

    Key Topics Covered

    • Learning & Behavior
    • Functionally Analyzing Behavior
    • Operant Conditioning
    • Respondent Conditioning
    • Canine Health & Handling
    • Reinforcement Types & Schedules
    • Using Antecedent and Postcedent Training Protocols
    • Using Play To Motivate and Reinforce Behaviors
    • Developing Training Strategies 
    • Behavior Chains

    Key Practical Skills Covered

    • Shaping, Luring, Targeting & Capturing
    • Differential Reinforcement & Its Role In Resolving Problem Behaviors
    • 16 Pet Dog Obedience Skills
    • Practical Application of Reinforcement Strategies
    • A Fun Afternoon Dock Diving, Lure Coursing and Agility Training
    • Problem Solving for Difficult Situations

    Daily Schedule

    Your day will commence at 8.30  AM with a two hour mid-day break for lunch and relaxation. Activities will resume in the afternoon from 2 PM until 6 PM.

    The hours will fly by as you are challenged by your mentors and your four legged companion. During the week you will have an opportunity to visit our Dog Sports location and try out Dock Diving, Agility and Lure Coursing.


    We guarantee fun, our training programs are packed full of games and fun exercises for both you and your dog. 

    Supplemental Information

    • The seminar price includes morning coffee and afternoon drinks. A small lunch snack will be provided, but you may bring food with you in the morning and prepare it on site.
    • There will be an onsite Bonfire ‘Get Together’ one 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.
    • 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.


    Contact Rebekah King our membership manager with any questions. Click here

    • Friday, October 09, 2015
    • 9:30 AM
    • Sunday, October 11, 2015
    • 6:00 PM
    • Tampa, FL.
    • 31

    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.

     

     

    • Saturday, October 17, 2015
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 18, 2015
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Workshop Tampa FL
    • 30

    Fun In The Sun!


    A Weekend Of Canine Fun - Up Your Training Game!

    Continuing Education Units

    16 CEUs - CPDT

    16 CEUs - IAABC

    16 CEUs - KPA

    16 CEUs - PPG

    A Fun Action Packed Two Day Dog Training Workshop With or Without Your Dog!


    Come to Sunny Wesley Chapel in Central Florida and enjoy two action packed days of creative fun activities while you craft your trade and become a more well rounded dog trainer.  



    Workshop Description


    Join Niki Tudge & Angelica Steinker for this fun fast paced 2 day adventure learning the skills of a professional dog trainer while your pet dog learns some new skills and tricks. You will enjoy 8 hours a day of  tuition split between  classroom lectures and training fun. This program is suitable for beginner and intermediate dog trainers.

    Key Topics Covered

    • What is Learning & Behavior and What is It Not!
    • The Skinny on Operant Conditioning 
    • The Use of Differential Reinforce To Solve Training  Problems
    • Key Operant Conditioning Protocols, Shaping, Capturing, Targeting and Luring
    • Reinforcement Types & Schedules
    • Using Play to motivate and reinforce behaviors
    Key Practical Skills Covered
    • Shaping, Luring, Targeting & Capturing
    • 8 Pet Dog Obedience Skills


    Daily Schedule
    Your day will commence at 8.30  AM with a One hour mid-day break for lunch and relaxation. Activities will resume in the afternoon. 

    The hours will fly by as you are challenged by your mentors and your two legged companion. 


    We guarantee fun, our training programs are packed full of games and fun exercises for both you and your dog. 

    Two Types of Registrant

    1. Working Sport is $300.00
    2. Auditor Spot is $220.00

    Supplemental Information

    • The seminar price includes morning coffee and afternoon drinks. 
    • Lunch will be provided on both days.
    • There will be an onsite Bonfire ‘Get Together’ on the 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.
    • 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 crate or mat for your dog to rest on, a Kong or other mentally stimulating toy and lots of small yummy treats.

    Workshop  Location

    The workshop is held at The DogSmith Training Center and home to the Pet Professional Guild. We are set on 23 aces of land nestled on the banks of Kings Lake. 

    Your Presenter Bio's

    Niki Tudge Click here 

    Angelica Steinker Click Here

    Contact Rebekah King our manager with any questions. Click here

    • 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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