The Pet Professional Guild
The Association for Force-Free Pet Industry 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, September 27, 2014
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 28, 2014
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Workshop Tampa FL
    • 6

    Refining Your Training Skills with Emily Larlham

    A Two Day Seminar in Tampa, FL

    September 27th and 28th 2014

    9am until 4 pm each day

    Only Auditor Spots Available

     Registration opens March 18th 2014


    Your Invitation To Join Us 

     

    Join Emily Larlham, hosted by The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and sponsored by The DogSmith, for this fabulous two-day workshop in Tampa, Florida.



    The event is being hosted by The DogSmith, home to PPG and DogNostics Career College. The training center is set on 23 acres of fully-fenced training areas against the backdrop of Kings Lake, a 500-acre inland water feature hosting some of Florida’s richest bird species, yet only minutes away from restaurants, malls and interstate facilities, the location is a paradise for both canines and humans. Learn more here

    Seminar Description

    How can we improve our training skills? Emily created the seminar Refining Your Training Skills as her answer to this very question based on her own observations, research and insights from her experience in training dogs.

    The definition of ‘refine’ is to remove unwanted elements or to purify. We will dissect our training by pulling all the pieces apart and assessing each piece’s function separately. Emily will cover the importance of proactive training as well as provide solutions to training plans gone awry.

    This seminar will focus on how we can open our awareness and consciousness to our own actions and those of our dogs. We will investigate how drastic changes can occur from just the simple choice of marker, reinforcer, reinforcement delivery, reinforcement placement and what we do in between training.

    The majority of the seminar is based not on what to train, but how to train.  However, Emily will use workshop exercises like teaching a ‘keep going’ signal and precision heel-work to demonstrate these concepts.

    CEU's

    IAABC 16

    CCPDT 12

    KPA 16

    NADOI - certificate will be issued

    Presenter Bio

     

    Emily Larlham runs her own dog training business, Dogmantics. She is known around the world for her popular YouTube channel Kikopup, where more than 200 in-depth dog training tutorials are posted.

    She created the term ‘progressive reinforcement training’ to describe an ethical way of training animals that involves no form of physical or psychological intimidation. She has conducted seminars on progressive reinforcement training in North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

    Emily began her career as an animal caregiver at a shelter where she cared for all types of dogs and raised rooms full of puppies. She apprenticed with her mentor Kyle Rayon for five years, learning from and working with thousands of shelter dogs. Later on, Emily started Dogmantics. She combines her artistic background and training skills to invent creative, fast, and reliable ways to solve problem behaviors as well as train complex behaviors and tricks.

    Emily is owned by a Chihuahua, a Terrier mix, a border collie, and two sight hounds.

     

    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 you may bring an additional dog and switch out the dog you are working with.
    • PPG members can make two payments for the workshop over four months, but the full event must be paid for 60 days prior to September 27th, 2014. Please indicate this preference on your registration form.
    • All dogs attending must be dressed according to the PPG’s Guiding Principles. No shock, choke or prong collars. Emily Larlham prefers 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.
    • Working spots are $350.00
    • Auditor spots are $200.00
    • RVs are welcome for $20.00 per night. There is no power or water hook up.
    • There will be no refunds given.
    • Please note that the facility hosting this event is under construction. In the event that construction is not completed then the event will be moved to Courteous Canine, The DogSmith of Tamp in Lutz FL, just 6 miles from the current planned location. We do not anticipate or expect this to be the case.


    • Monday, January 05, 2015
    • 8:00 AM (EST)
    • Friday, January 09, 2015
    • 6:00 PM (EST)
    • Live Workshop Tampa FL
    • 3

    Calling Force-Free Enthusiasts

    Back to Basics - A Five Day Force-Free Dog Training  Workshop. 

    Polish Your Dog Training Mechanical Skills

    5 Days of Force-Free Canine Fun in the Sun

    with Niki Tudge & Angelica Steinker

    Limited Spaces!

    Come to PPG Headquarters (The Force-Free Zone) in Sunny Florida and enjoy five action packed days of creative, fun, force-free dog training activities. 

    Join Angelica Steinker & Niki Tudge for this fun-filled fast-paced adventure and polish your dog training mechanical skills. We will cover operant conditioning, reinforcement protocols, differential reinforcement, dog training methods,trainer mechanics and much more.   

    You will enjoy eight hours daily of classroom tuition and hands-on training in this beautiful and tranquil setting. The training center is on 12 acres of land located on "King Lake". 

    This five day program is suitable for the newbie dog trainer or the rusty professional. 

    Learn from veteran dog trainers the best and easiest way to teach the key pet dog obedience skills using fun force-free methods.  

    Daily Schedule

    Your day will commence at 8 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 mentor and your two-legged companion. 

    During the week you will also have an opportunity to visit the Dog Sports Center at Courteous Canine, The DogSmith of Tampa. You will have fun trying 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. 

    Your Weekly Schedule


    Day

    AM Session 8 to 12

    Mid-Day Break

    PM Session 2 PM to 6 PM

    Monday

    Mechanics of Luring, Shaping Targeting & Capturing

    12 to 2 PM

    Practical Skill Training

    4 skill refresher

    Tuesday

    Reinforcement Types & Reinforcement Schedules

    12 to 2 PM

    Practical Skill Training

    4 skill refresher

    Wednesday

    Shaping & Differential Reinforcement

    Practical shaping sessions

    12 to 2 PM

    Practical Skill Training

    4 skill refresher

    Thursday

    Shaping Exercises

    12 to 2 PM

    Practical Skill Training

    4 skill refresher

    Friday

    Mechanical Exercises

    12 to 2 PM

    Summary & Certification


    Two Types of Registrant

    1. Off-site accommodation organized by you.  Program Cost is $550.00. Cost per day = $110.00
    2. On-site accommodation, shared room. Program Cost is $680.00. Cost per day = $136.00.

    Payment Terms & Conditions

    • Payment terms are available for PPG Members, DogSmiths and DogNostic Students. Register first and then email Rebekah King.
    • Three Payments accepted with the full program cost due 60 days prior to the course start date.
    • Sorry, we won’t be able to offer refunds.
    • Limited RV parking is available at $20.00 per night.
    Contact Rebekah King for more information. 



      • Saturday, February 28, 2015
      • 9:00 AM (EST)
      • Sunday, March 01, 2015
      • 4:00 PM (EST)
      • Live Workshop Tampa FL
      • 55

      Helping Dogs Thrive: Tellington TTouch® and Other Life-Enhancing Techniques with Lori Stevens

      A Two Day Seminar in Tampa, FL

      February 28th & March 1st 2015

      9am until 4 pm each day

      Working &  Auditor Spots Available

       Registration opens April 22nd 2014


      Your Invitation To Join Us 

       

      Join Lori Stevens, presented by The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and sponsored by The DogSmith, for this fabulous two-day workshop in Tampa, Florida.


      The event is being hosted by The DogSmith, home to PPG and DogNostics Career College. The training center is set on 23 acres of fully-fenced training areas against the backdrop of Kings Lake, a 500-acre inland water feature hosting some of Florida’s richest bird species, yet only minutes away from restaurants, malls and interstate facilities, the location is a paradise for both canines and humans. Learn more about the facility here

      Seminar Description

      This workshop will introduce you to force-free, humane, and gentle techniques for improving the life of your dog. You will be introduced to TTouch® bodywork, movement, and leash-handling techniques. You will also learn how to recognize when your dog is stressed or fearful and what to do about it. And you'll learn about how your own body posture and movement patterns can affect your dog’s behavior.

       

      TTouch is a method of working with animals that was developed by animal expert Linda Tellington-Jones as a result of her experience as a Feldenkrais practitioner.  As an experienced horsewoman she realized that some of the Feldenkrais rehabilitation exercises linking body and mind that were used with people could be used to help animals as well. She found that an animal's posture influences its behavior and that physical, mental, and emotional balance are inextricably linked.

      TTouch is a holistic approach, which includes the following:

      • Bodywork which is gentle and non-invasive
      • Equipment and techniques which bring awareness and changes to animals
      • Movement or ground work which builds confidence and improves focus
      • Philosophy which is one of respect for animals

       

      The combination of TTouch movement exercises and bodywork improves concentration, coordination, behavior, and athletic ability in many animals. TTouch is used widely around the world by trainers, pet owners, and veterinarians.

       

      Other topics in this workshop include: canine body language, observation skills, analyzing behavior, enrichment, fear and stress, and hind-end targeting.  We will also discuss the importance of building a trusting relationship and what that involves.


      This workshop will provide you tools and techniques to help with the following issues:

      • Fear and stress
      • Inability to focus
      • Lack of confidence
      • Over-activity (unable to easily be calm)
      • Touch sensitivity
      • Lack of body awareness, especially hind-end awareness
      • Pulling on lead
      • Behavior issues

       

      You will learn how to do the following:

       

      • Utilize TTouch bodywork
      • Incorporate TTouch wrap
      • Recognize signs of stress
      • Build skills in a fearful dog
      • Re-think your relationship and how to build on what you currently have
      • Approach behavior challenges
      • Hind-end targeting
      • Apply movement exercises
      • Walk in balance with your dog
      • Assess harness fit

       

      Workshop Testimonials:

       

      “Lori's workshops are fun, informative and positive.  Lori's approach to teaching inspires us to get out there and work with our dog's to better their lives in so many ways.” --Dennis F.

       

       
      “Lori's workshop "Helping Dogs Thrive" is a wonderful and progressive melding of TTouch and force-free training.  As the workshop ended I left feeling excited and inspired!  I walked away with a variety of new tools and ideas that will assist me with continuing to build a stronger and deeper connection with my dogs.  This workshop will make you want to go home and renew your working relationship with your dog!” --Julee A.

      CEU's

      IAABC pending

      CCPDT pending

      KPA pending

      NADOI - certificate will be issued

      Presenter Bio

      Lori Stevens (CPDT-KA, SAMP) is a Senior Tellington TTouch® practitioner for dogs, cats, and other animals. Lori uses force-free and gentle methods to improve the health, behavior, and performance of animals. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge Assessed (CPDT-KA); a certified Small Animal (dogs and cats) Massage Practitioner (SAMP) with a specialty in rehabilitation; and is certified in Canine Massage by the National Board of Certification for Animal Acupressure & Massage. You can learn more about Lori by clicking here


       

      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 you may bring an additional dog and switch out the dog you are working with.
      • PPG members can make two payments for the workshop over four months, but the full event must be paid for 60 days prior to February  2015. Please indicate this preference on your registration form.
      • All dogs attending must be dressed according to the PPG’s Guiding Principles. No shock, choke or prong collars.
      • Lori Stevens recommends 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.
      • Working spots are $300.00
      • Auditor spots are $180.00
      • RVs are welcome for $20.00 per night. There is no power or water hook up.
      • 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.

      Sponsored & Hosted by The DogSmith.

      • Friday, May 01, 2015
      • 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • Sunday, May 03, 2015
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
      • Live Workshop Tampa FL
      • 55


      Master The Skill of Teaching & Achieving Loose Leash Walking with Daniela Cardillo

      A Three Day Seminar for Dog Training & Dog Walking Professionals

      &

      A Two Day Seminar for Pet Owners

      Tampa, FL

      May 1st 2nd & 3rd for Pet Professionals

      May 2nd & 3rd for Pet Owners

      9am until 4 pm each day

      Working &  Auditor Spots Available

       Registration opens June 15th 2014


      Your Invitation To Join Us

      How can we possibly enjoy a relaxing walk with our pulling dog? Which skills do we need to teach the dog to walk with us politely?
      Daniela has been working for many years with hundreds of pulling dogs, she has made many observations and tried many methods. Daniela has researched effective protocols for Loose Leash Walking  using only safe and comfortable equipment. From this research She developed an easy to use protocol, reward based, force free and pain free method. Daniela is now teaching this protocol in Europe and in US, during weekend
      courses structured for dog owners (2 days) and dog trainers (3 days)

       

      Join  Daniela Cardillo, presented by The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) and sponsored by The DogSmith, for this fabulous three or two-day workshop in Tampa, Florida.

      The event is being hosted by The DogSmith, home to PPG and DogNostics Career College. The training center is set on 23 acres of fully-fenced training areas against the backdrop of Kings Lake, a 500-acre inland water feature hosting some of Florida’s richest bird species, yet only minutes away from restaurants, malls and interstate facilities, the location is a paradise for both canines and humans. Learn more about the facility here

      Seminar Description

      The definition of ‘loose leash walking’ has nothing to do with eye contact or heel-work. These are great behaviors for competition heeling but not for relaxing, longer sustained walks around our community. We want to teach our dogs how to relax during walks in the park, along the street. We want to walk with our dogs as we would all our other best friends, spending time enjoying the environment, looking around enjoying all the signs and sounds. Walking with our pets should be fun, safe and stress free

      This workshop will focus in particular on the loose leash walking protocol that includes:
      1. The study of the initial problem (dogs can pull for a wide variety of reasons.
      2. Developing the dog skills and body awareness

      3. Building the dog's muscle memory
      4. Using the new skills to teach the dog easy exercises to be used as workouts in the learning environment.
      5. We will transfer all new skills and abilities into the “real world” environment
      6. Trainers only: You will experience the protocol from a coaching and guidance  perspective so that it can be practically used with clients.

      For Pet Professionals Only

      Pet Professionals will attend Friday, Saturday & Sunday. On Friday you will learn the science behind this loose Leash Walking System. On Saturday and Sunday you will then be working alongside a pet and their parent, coaching and finessing your skills. On Friday you will be working with your own dog. There will be room on site to safely house and exercise your dog on Saturday & Sunday while you work in a team with a pet parent

      Program prerequisites.

      • An understanding of respondent and operant conditioning
      • An understanding of Canine Communication & Social Behavior
      • Clicker experience is beneficial
      • Strong and effective client coaching abilities


      Pet Owners 

      Pet owners will enjoy the individual attention and guidance of their own coaching partner as they learn and practice these new skills on Saturday & Sunday.


      Presenter Bio

      You can read a full bio for Daniela by clicking here

      Daniella has a Bachelor Degree in “Breeding and Dog
      Training” from the University of Pisa, Italy. She is a VSPDT (Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer) Certified by Victoria Stilwell and Daniela is a member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe. Daniela has a  CAP2 (Competency in Clicker Training by Kay Laurance.

      Daniela Cardillo lives and works in Italy as professional dog trainer  She is an accomplished clicker trainer, not only with dogs, but also with horses, birds and some exotic animals.
      Daniela has hosted various seminars and speaks  frequently on aggression and other topics.  Daniela was a guest speaker at the Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training Conference in 2013  held in Atlanta, GA. She is speaker in multiple-day workshops in Italy and the  US. Daniela is passionate about teaching GEENWALK © the force free loose leash walking method she developed in Italy

      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 you may bring an additional dog and switch out the dog you are working with.
      • PPG members can make two payments for the workshop over several  months, but the full event must be paid for 60 days prior to the event date.  Please indicate this preference on your registration form.
      • 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.
      • Working spots are $300.00
      • Auditor spots are $180.00
      • RVs are welcome for $20.00 per night. There is no power or water hook up.
      • 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.

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