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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

    • Sunday, September 16, 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel, FL 33545
    • 14
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    PPG Florida Members - A Full Day of Presentations, Networking &

    ‘Just-4-Fun’ Competitions

    Calling all Florida PPG Members. Join us for a fun day of networking, education and fun competitions on September 16th, 2018. 

    Come to the Force-Free HQ in Tampa, Florida. Enjoy a day on 24 acres of lake-front property to relax,learn and network.





    September 15th Group Dinner

    For those of you who would like to arrive on Saturday evening and join the group for dinner, please let us know at registration so we can make a reservation at a local restaurant. 

    September 16th - A Full Day of Fun –

    Hosted at The DogSmith Training Center and PPG HQ

    A Day of Education & Fun

    9:00 am - Niki Tudge Kicks off Proceedings

    9:30 a.m. Improve Your Client Coaching and Individual Effectiveness with Niki Tudge 

    10:30 a.m. Morning Break

    11:00 a.m. Join a group and enjoy a training session to prepare you for an afternoon of fun competitions. A One Hour ‘Just-4-Fun’ Agility Session (if you choose to attend without a dog then you can help with coordinating and judging of the event).

    12:30 p.m. Lunch - order through our order form or bring your own.

    1:00 p.m.  to 2:00 p.m. How play therapy can help with epigenetic changes in puppies with Dr. Lynn Honeckman.


    2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Joy - the Ultimate Incompatible: Making Emotional Learning Work for You with Angelica Steinker 

    3:30 Afternoon Break 

    4:00 p.m. The Fun Begins - For the competitive amongst you, it's now time to show off your skills in this FUN, Niki Tudge version of ‘Just-4-Fun’ Agility competition. 

    5:30 p.m. Award Ceremony 

    6:00 p.m. Wrap up



    • Saturday, September 22, 2018
    • 9:00 AM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 23, 2018
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tampa, FL
    Register


    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 you 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 13.75, CCPDT 13.75

    Day One, September 22, 2018

    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

      • Saturday, October 20, 2018
      • 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • Sunday, October 21, 2018
      • 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL
      Register

       

      1 of 2 Events at the same location over a four-day period. Ask about a multiple event discount. This event is followed by a 2 Day Walk This Way Instructor Certificate Program hosted by Louise Stapleton-Frappell & Niki Tudge


      LET'S COACH SCENT WORK! A TWO-DAY EVENT IN FLORIDA WITH ROBERT HEWINGS - The UK Canine SCENT COLLEGE


      Introducing Rob Hewings - First Appearance  for PPG in the USA

      CEUS: PPAB 12, CCPDT 16.25, IAABC 16.25

      Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available




      Event places need to be paid for within 48 hours of registration. If no payment is received your place will be made available to another person.


      Presented by Rob Hewings  - Author of the recently published ‘Introduction to Canine Scent-Work’ and head of learning and development for the UK College of Scent Detection, Robert Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer and is currently completing his Doctoral program.


      Workshop Overview 

      The benefits of Scent-Work cannot be ignored. Let's learn to ignite one of the most powerful instinctual and emotional systems within the canine brain!

      The natural instincts that empower our dogs to search and investigate their surroundings for food, friends and foe can be used to bring about behaviors that ‘Just feel good!’  Rob will show you how to introduce that wonderful exciting, euphoric anticipation that our dogs feel during search, You will learn how we, as dog trainers, can recreate the thrill of exploration, the pleasure of anticipation and the sheer indulgence within the eagerness of ‘The Find’.

      We have all experienced the joy of shopping, looking forward to acquiring new goods, and the simple ‘feel good factor’ that this can bring about. Let's examine the many different ways in which this feeling can benefit our dogs. Let's learn how we can bring this anticipatory feeling into the classroom, training room and even the home. Let's become skilled at incorporating it into behavioral consultations, and into rehabilitation and recuperation exercises, for both dog and owner.

      Learning Objectives

      Canine scent-work is becoming more and more popular.  We have learnt a great deal about how dogs benefit from this fantastic pastime. The knowledge and ability our best friends demonstrate, can be enhanced by improving our handling skills and understanding ‘The Tacit Dimension’ of Canine Search.

      Using some simple acronyms, and understanding the emotional learning canines experience will enable us to trouble-shoot and improve our scent-work classes and problem-solving abilities.

      The Two Day Workshop

      This two day seminar will follow a journey from conditioning scent-identification through to understanding the tacit knowledge of search.  We will examine how we can problem solve and progress our training, incorporating scent-work within other aspects of dog training.

      Objectives:

      • Engender emotional learning within our dogs using scent-work
      • Gain valuable training knowledge from simple coaching ‘aides-mémoires’ that will enhance your scent classes
      • Benefit from coaching techniques that will improve your students' desire to learn
      • Build an enthusiasm in your dog that can be transferred into the behavioral problem solving environment
      • Transform valuable tacit knowledge within the scent-work environment, building your own foundations for successful searching
      • Develop ‘Coppinger’s predatory motor pattern’ to complete and fulfill your dogs’ natural desires
      • Understand canine training concepts that will help develop your training plans
      • Incorporate both Classical and Operant conditioning into commencing search
      • Gain an insight into incorporating imaginative scent-work training into your classes. After-all, ‘Why should law enforcement have all the fun!’
      • Understand and use a simple coaching methodology, developing your classes and search-work for the future.


      Your Workshop Instructor - Robert Hewings BSc MA


      Author of the recently published ‘Introduction to Canine Scent-Work’ and head of learning and development for the UK College of Scent Detection, Dr Robert Hewings is a highly experienced Canine Trainer. He retired from the Metropolitan Police after 30 years’ exemplary service, twenty-five of which was as a Police Dog Handler, and the final nine years as a full-time trainer with the Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment. He has enhanced this experience with a BSc (Canine Training and Behaviour), MA (Professional Practice Police Dog Training) and a Doctorate of Professional Practice (PhD) Canine Scent Detection. Rob has instructed all police canine-search disciplines including explosive search and narcotics, supporting this with practical experience gained in London, UK where he has supported many large events, including the 2012 Olympics, Wimbledon Tennis and protecting the Royal Family.

      During his time at the prestigious Metropolitan Police Dog Training Establishment (2007-2016) Rob headed the training for SWAT dogs, and was active in the instruction and development of all aspects of Police Dog and Handler Training. He played an active role in the instruction and development of the ‘Canine Training Instructor’, authoring two training manuals, and designing coaching programs that have enhanced the effective performance of operational dog handlers.

      After his retirement in 2016, Rob took on new challenges to complete his desire to learn, including lecturing at university (BSc Canine Behaviour and Training) where he specialized in ‘Assistance Dog Training’ and practical assistance dog training using scent-work within epilepsy-alert, diabetes-alert and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder alert. Along with writing his recently published book, Rob also attended Bergin University of Canine Studies where he gained a valuable insight into assistance dog training, particularly for PTSD sufferers.

      Rob is now head of learning and development with the UK College of Scent Detection and has been invited to share his knowledge world-wide, lecturing in USA, Australia and Europe. He is presently engaged in writing two academic papers for enhancing scent detection and emotional learning in our dogs.

      Rob truly understands the importance of a positive training schedule with the dogs he trains and the people he coaches. He wishes to share his love and experience of search training with you and your dog. Witnessing the enjoyment, enthusiasm and excitement the dogs get from being engaged in the natural process of ‘nose-work’ has been his guilty pleasure for the last 25 years. Long may this continue!!

      Workshop Location

      This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air-conditioned indoor training room on 24 acres, with Kings Lake as a backdrop. RVs are welcome but there is no water or power hookup. The confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. 

      9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545


      • Monday, October 22, 2018
      • 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • Tuesday, October 23, 2018
      • 4:30 PM (EDT)
      • The DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center, Tampa, FL
      Register


      1 of 2 Events at the same location over a four-day period. Ask about a multiple event discount. This event follows a 2-Day Let's Coach Scent Work with Dr. Robert Hewings from the UK Canine Scent College. 


      Your Walk This Way 2-Day Instructor CerTIFICATION Workshop

      Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell & Niki Tudge


      CEUS: PPAB 12, IAABC 16.25

      Working Spots & Auditor Spots Available


      Workshop Description

      Teaching a client to teach their dog to walk nicely is one of the skills that is so often not fully mastered in a group class curriculum when trained alongside other important pet dog skills such as come, stay, sit, down etc. Walking nicely is a life skill that when missing can significantly and negatively impact the human-canine relationship resulting in fewer walks, less exercise and a decrease in social exposure for the dog. For this reason, DogNostics developed the "Walk This Way" workshop options to support you, so that you can support and educate your clients and their pet dogs.

      During this two day workshop, we will cover the skills and knowledge that you need to successfully run ‘Walk This Way’ group or private classes and workshops, thus increasing your service offerings and business revenue! We will guide you through the ‘Walk This Way’ curriculum, sharing the tools that you need to effectively and positively teach your clients the skills required to make walking their dogs the pleasure it should be. We will not however, just share the requisite skills for teaching dogs to walk nicely on leash, we will also show you how to transfer the knowledge and skills that you learn to a group class setting, as well as sharing the core concepts of On Task Skill Coaching for pet professionals with you!

      The knowledge you gain in this workshop can be applied across all your service offerings from group to private classes and will help you to differentiate your business from your competition. You will leave the workshop ready to launch new service offerings thus increasing your business revenue by fulfilling a demand for the one thing all dog guardians want – dogs who happily walk nicely when on leash.

      The workshop will culminate in the opportunity for you to gain your professional ‘Walk This Way’ Instructor Certificate!



      Learning Objectives

      1. Understand the basics of Respondent & Operant Conditioning in the context of walking dogs. Including:

      • Understand how conditioning works
      • Get and understand the skinny on how to effectively use reinforcement, the types, schedules, delivery and importance of using the premack principle
      • Understand how setting events and motivating operations influence behavior and how you can influence them!
      • Learn the Train-Test-Train protocol and effectively baseline, track and manage your training data to accelerate your students' progression.

      2. Understand and learn how to apply the key concepts of On Task Skill Coaching to effectively transfer knowledge and skills to ensure your clients reach mastery at the task

      3. Learn how to teach the following key skills through practical exercises:

      • Clicker Games
      • Standing on a Loose Leash
      • Front - The Facing You Position
      • The Close Position
      • Alert Sound - A Positive Interrupter
      • Let’s Go

      4. You will also conduct a group class with your peers.

      • The exercises you will teach include:
      • Close Encounters – With dogs and/or people
      • The Chatterbox Game
      • Time permitting, we will also play Musical Chairs!

      5. Review the Walk This Way Instructor Program, curriculum, handouts, games, skills and knowledge.

      • Learn how to best launch this new range of products seamlessly into your business.
      • Earn your Walk This Way Instructor Certificate.


      Your $275.00 Bonus 

      When you complete the workshop, you will automatically receive a code to download The Walk This Way Comprehensive Skills, Knowledge and Proofing Workshop. 

      Click here to review  all the workshop contents

      Armed with all of the skills and knowledge you will be able to quickly and effectively teach this program and help clients in your area, positively impacting the lives of pets. 


       

      Your Workshop Instructors

      Louise Stapleton-Frappell & Niki Tudge. Developers of The Walk This Way Instructor Program & DogNostics Career Center Training and Behavior Programs and Workshops


      Louise Stapleton-Frappell BA (Hons) PCBC-A PCT-A CAP3 CTDI CWRI DN-FSG1 DN- CPCT2 

      Louise is membership manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles and a DogNostics Career Center faculty member. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards and science-based dog training. She was one of the first 20 people worldwide to become a Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited and is also a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant - Accredited, both through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Louise is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and shares her passion for tricks with her dog Jambo, who, at the age of just 16 months, became the first Staffordshire bull terrier ever to become a trick dog champion.

      Louise gained her CAP3 with distinction and holds verified certification in animal behavior and welfare (Edinburgh University) and dog emotion and cognition (Duke University). She is a steering committee and education committee member of The Pet Professional Guild; regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and a co-presenter on PPG World Service Radio.

      Louise is the creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certificate Program and TrickMeister Titles. She has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in southern Spain.


      Niki Tudge PCBC-A AABP-CDBT AAPB–CDT 

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

      Before following her passion into association management and non-profit administration, Niki enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry holding executive positions all over the world. This extensive experience managing luxury hotels serviced by hundreds of employees and management personnel provided her with incredibly broad knowledge in every facet of business.

      Along with her business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University, England, Tudge is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, an HCITB TS1, TS2 and TS3 certified people trainer, and a certified facilitator and project manager. She is the author of People Training Skills for Pet Professionals, Get Coaching Now, Training Big for Small Business and A Kid’s Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! Niki has recently lectured at The Pet Professional Guild educational summits in Tampa, Florida, and the Dog Bite Prevention and Behavior Conference in London, England, hosted by Victoria Stilwell.

      Workshop Location

      This event is sponsored and hosted at the DogSmith Training Center & DogNostics Career Center. The facility is a 2000 square foot fully air conditioned indoor training room on  24 acres with Kings Lake as a backdrop. 

      RVs are welcome by appointment, but there is no water or power hookup. The event confirmation email gives local accommodation details and directions to the facility. 

      9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545



         
         
     
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