Guild Seminars & Workshops

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, January 27, 2018
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • Sunday, January 28, 2018
    • 4:00 PM (EST)
    • Tampa, FL



    Presented by Kathy Cascade

    CEUs: PPAB 11, IAABC 11

    This seminar will be helpful for owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues.

    Kathy will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.

    Seminar Schedule

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

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

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize and correctly interpret canine body language and communication signals.
    • Understand the significant link between posture, physical balance, and behavior.
    • Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
    • Learn how to apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises.
    • Understand and apply the mechanics of using the leash with two points of contact to eliminate pressure on the neck and influence physical balance. (Lead a dog on leash in balance).
    • Learn how to use unique leading exercises designed to introduce new people to fearful dogs.
    • Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
    • Observe and learn to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of “giving choice.”
    • Observe and learn specific exercises to reduce separation anxiety and build confidence.

    About Your Presenter

    Kathy Cascade, PT, PT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor

    Kathy's introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit's partnership lead them to competition obedience trials, participation in fly ball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy completed the two-year Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in the program in 2003.

    With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.

    Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, "Helping dogs learn to cope with the demands of living in our often chaotic human world is a passion of mine. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive and fearful behavior. We can do this with humane, effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world."

    Kathy recently relocated back to her home state of Oregon. Living in the Central Oregon region allows her to pursue her other passions of hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She shares her life with two dogs, one cat, and two horses.

    Sponsored and Hosted at the DogSmith Training Center

    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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

    The PPG 2018  Multi-Species Training & Behavior Event at Best Friends in UT. 

    April 2018

    This event will focus on how to help pets develop skills that will  support their successful  adoption and integration into their new home. Applicable for all professional trainers and behavior consultants.  

    • You can attend this event just to participate in the full schedule of presentations each day or you can combine volunteer shifts with workshops and lectures. Your choice!
    • Presentations are scheduled each morning, afternoon and evening. 
    • The hands-on workshops will focus on how to help pets develop skills that will support their successful adoption and integration into their new home. These are important skills needed by many of the pets we encounter each and every day.

    April. 23 - 26, 2018.  Kanab, UT.  Mountain Time

    Location: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

    4 Days of Hands on Clinics  & Presentations With Industry Experts Across Multiple Species. 

    Limited spaces available!

    Featuring :

     Janis Bradley, Emily Larlham, Chirag Patel, Jacqueline Munera, Emily Cassell, Louise Stapleton-Frappell,  Lara Joseph and  Vicki Ronchette supported by Best Friends experts Dr Franklin McMillan, Sherry Woodard, Glenn Pierce and a special presentation by Best Friends Co-Founder,  Faith Maloney.

    Event Overview

    Day One  April  22nd 2018. 

    12 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Welcome Party 

    5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
    Opening Address 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

    Day Two to Day Four April 23rd to April 26 .
    Four full days of  lectures and workshops

    Your Daily Schedule
    1. Breakfast in your hotel of choice. ( make your own hotel reservation)
    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 ($15.00) at the Village Cafe and then be escorted to their training workshop with their assigned trainer and an assistant
    4. Afternoon presentations are scheduled each day  for those who prefer not to get involved in the hands on workshops
    5. Daily training and behavior workshops will vary between horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, puppies, and wild things.  First come first served basis. 
    6. Each attendee will get the opportunity to sign up for 2  hands-on workshops on site in Kanab. This is a first come first served opportunity as places are limited. We will encourage you to choose different locations
    7. You can schedule volunteer projects each day by contacting the sanctuary directly. Full details are included  in your event confirmation email
    8. Hands on workshops will be finalized when we are on site in Kanab. Each person will have the opportunity to enroll in a minimum of two workshops or volunteer activities while in Kanab. See below for volunteer options. This is a first come first served basis. 
    9. Each evening there will also be  p.m. lecture sessions for those interested
    • Confirmation of   specific workshops will take place on site at the registration location. We will make this option available on line prior if logistics allow. 
    • To guarantee a volunteer slot for yourself during the four days at the Sanctuary, once you register and complete the volunteer orientation, you can then contact Best Friends directly and secure your spot.

    Bringing a Dog
    • You may bring your own dog and it will have access to the theater and the library where lectures and workshops are taking place.
    • There are pet friendly hotels in Kanab, one of the hotels we reference in our confirmation email allows dogs
    • Pets are not allowed access to the animal care areas at the sanctuary

    Evening  Activities  

    There will be a group evening activity organized during the program and this can be reserved nearer the date. 
    More information to follow on specific workshops and the daily schedule. 
    Discounts & Packages
    • There is a discounted registration option if you are attending the PPG Annual Summit in Orlando, FL Nov 2017
    • Monthly  Interest free payments are available over  12 months if you sign up before  May  2017 

    Financial Terms

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    Please make sure you read and understand the financial terms for payment scheduled and cancellations. Click here
    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 23, 2018
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tampa, FL

    Presented by Vicki Ronchette, CPDT, CAP2 and 

    supported by Niki Tudge, M.B.A, PCBC-A, CDBC, CDT

    Who should attend this workshop?

    1. Pet owners interested in learning about show dogs. Come and learn all the skills and knowledge yo need to begin competing and bring along Fido!
    2. Current Competitors - Up your game. Learn from a show dog expert, how best to train and compete at confirmation. 
    3. Dog Trainers - Develop the skills and knowledge so you can launch your own show dog classes and support you clients in achieving their goals. 

    Seminar Schedule

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

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

    Monthly Payment Options Available!

    CEUs: PPAB 11, IAABC (pending), CCPDT (pending)

    Day One, September 22, 2018

    Sub Title needed 

    Whether you are brand new to the show ring or are a seasoned handler, this workshop will have a lot of information for you! If you are confused about how dog shows work, this workshop will answer all those questions! This workshop is designed to be a complete introduction and explanation of dog shows including how dog shows work, the process of finishing a dog’s championship, what to expect at a show, ring procedure, how the classes work and so much more! We will cover the specific behaviors that a show dog needs to know and how to train those core behaviors. Finally, we will look at typical show dog “issues” and how to problem solve those issues as well as more complex ones.

    You will learn:

    • How dog shows work
    • The behaviors necessary for the show ring and how to train them
    • Requirements for finishing a championship
    • The dog show classes
    • Ring procedure
    • What to wear
    • How to problem solve show ring issues

    Day Two, September 23, 2018

    The Industry’s Hidden Treasure – Conformation Classes and Coaching

    Am Session 

    There is a huge area of dog training business that is not being utilized by most dog trainers and that is working with show dogs. So many people don’t take on show dog clients because they don’t feel they have enough experience, but there is a lot that skilled positive reinforcement trainers have to offer and this workshop will help them put the pieces together to offer conformation classes. Since the release of her first book in 2007, Vicki has created many successful techniques for training and perfecting show ring behaviors and walked the line between being a successful positive reinforcement trainer and being an owner/handler/breeder in the show ring. She has coached many longtime breeders, breed enthusiasts and professional handlers to teach them new ways to approach show dog training and problem solving.

    What you will learn:

    • How to work with show dogs in your basic classes
    • How to build a conformation/handling class curriculum
    • An overview of what show dogs need to know
    • Dealing with show dog extended families (breeders, co-owners, handlers)
    • Different types of conformation classes
    PM Session with Niki Tudge

    Time is of the essence and most of us have less than we like. In the afternoon  session on day two Niki Tudge will present on a topic called "Getting the Best Bang for your Buck". This is a short, fun and eye opening session geared for all levels. Make the best of your time, enjoy what you do and see results in the ring. During  this session you will learn:
    • How to break teaching tasks down into lesson plans, lessons and session.
    • How to structure your sessions so the learner, human or pet can best assimilate the new skills and knowledge
    • How to train-test-test so you are sure that your learning has grasped the concepts and information and is able to demonstrate them
    • How to use feedback loops to ensure your student completed the experiential learning cycle, critical to performance competence
    • How to get the best from your student in a happy and productive manner!


      About Your Presenters

      Vicki Ronchette, CPDT, CAP2

      Vicki Ronchette is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and has been working with dogs professionally since the early 1980s. She has worked with animals as a veterinary assistant, pet groomer, dog and bird trainer, raptor handler and behavior consultant. She has competed in conformation, obedience, rally, field trials, earth dog, agility, freestyle, barn hunt and nose work. Vicki is the author of Positive Training for Show Dogs – Building a Relationship for Success and From Shy to Showy - Help for Your Shy Show Dog. She is the owner and moderator of the Positive Training for Show Dogs Facebook group, the Positive Training for Show Dogs website and the Clickershowdogs Yahoo group. Her passion is helping people train their show dogs using positive reinforcement methods. Vicki teaches people locally in group classes and workshops and offers webinars which have been attended by people from all over the world. Vicki has finished many dogs of her owns and of friends and clients. She has handled dogs from all of the AKC groups and her clients have attained many high level accomplishments including championships, grand championships, best in specialty show wins, group placements as well as national breed rankings including multiple No. 1 rankings in competitive breeds.

      Niki Tudge  M.B.A, PCBC-A, CDBC, CDT

      Along with Niki’s business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University in the UK she is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a International Training Board TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer and a certified facilitator and project manager.

      Niki is currently the president and founder of The DogSmith, an international licensing company for pet trainers and pet care providers. Niki is the president and founder of The Pet Professional Guild, an industry association for science based, force-free, humane, pet professionals. Niki also founded and is a faculty member at DogNostics Career Center, an online school for pet trainers, behavior consultants and pet care providers. Niki currently serves as the president of Doggone Safe a nonprofit organization aimed at dog bite prevention through community education initiatives. 

      Sponsored and Hosted at the DogSmith Training Center

      9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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