The Pet Professional Guild
The Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals

Educational Resources

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

    • Tuesday, March 01, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Online Course via Webinar

    TrickMeister - Your Force-Free Dog Training Program

    Instructed by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


    PPAB 14, CPDT - 12.5, IAABC - 10, KPA - 10

    Level One - Apprentice. A five session program over 5 months. 

    Checkout the course content here 

    Note: If you register for the program and cannot make all the live webinars you automatically receive a recording of each session in time to prepare your lesson homework. 

    TrickMeister – Mastering Fun With Your Dog is a unique program aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. The aim of the TrickMeister courses is to teach the science behind the training as well as all the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment.  We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based.  We also believe in setting the learner up for success.  This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies! Watch this short video on how the program works

    Program Inclusion

    The course price includes includes your five live webinars (or recordings), your homework assignments, your open book online tests, your homework video submissions and your student support. This fee also includes your application fee for your TrickMeister Title.

    The Webinar Dates 

    1. Tue, Mar 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EST

    2. Fri, Apr 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    3. Mon, May 2, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    4. Wed, Jun 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    5. Fri, Jul 1, 2016 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM EDT

    sponsored by DogNostics eLearning

    Checkout the course content here 

    Three Levels - Multiple Titles

     Apprentice  Journeyman  Master

    The course aims to encourage both guardians and trainers to develop new skills and increase their knowledge while having the best time possible.  You’ll never have more fun learning than when taking this exciting course!  

    Don’t let the name mislead you: The TrickMeister – Mastering Fun With Your Dog course isn’t just for dogs!  It is an absolute must for learning how to teach any companion animal!

    Are you ready to learn the art, craft and science of teaching and training?

    Apprentice Course Overview

    Level One – TrickMeister Apprentice is a foundation level course for anyone starting out in rewards based, science based, force-free training and the exciting world of tricks.  It is also suitable for those who already have some foundation (basic but much needed) knowledge and skills but feel they may be lacking in certain areas.  Your training partner can be any dog (or other companion animal) of any age and skill-set.

    The Apprentice program is not a prerequisite for the Journeyman or Master courses. Watch this short webinar on the TrickMeister Program & Titles

    About The Program Instructor

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited. Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of Force-Free Training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.

    Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.

    • Thursday, August 11, 2016
    • 9:00 AM
    • Friday, August 12, 2016
    • 6:00 PM
    • Virtual

    The Pet Professional Guild 
    2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit


    IAABC - Individual Track 13 hours, Both Tracks 26 hours

    Attend in Your Pajamas!

    August 11th & 12th
    1.  monthly payments available to all registrants.
    2.  Simply register for the event and wait for your initiation email. 
    3. Then click on the appropriate link

    Over 24 Hours of Pet Care Education, delivered by 21 Pet Industry Professionals. Register once and receive two links for two educational tracks on both days. Easy to jump in and out of your sessions. 

    Your Presenter Guide

    Your Two Day Schedule

    All  sessions will be recorded and available afterwards for those who register on the premium option. 

    Session List 

    1. The Essential Pet Care Policies and Procedures - Part One with Niki Tudge
    2. Learn All the Necessary Canine and Feline Health and Handling Skills - Part One with Rebekah King
    3. Canine Communication for the Pet Care Provider with Angelica Steinker
    4. Feline Communication and Social Behavior with Paula Garber
    5. Need Help Reinforcing Behaviors When You Are Gone? – Crate Strategies with Smart Animal Training Systems
    6. Humane and Effective Approaches to Calming via Touch with Lori Stevens
    7. Battling Burnout: How to Love Your Business as Much As You Love Dogs You Take Care of with Britt Alwerud
    8. Don’t Get in a Tangle – Learn How to Positively Walk Dogs with Claire Staines
    9. Fetch More Dollars for Your Pet Care Business with John Visconti
    10. Risk Management and Insurance with Laura Bridges from Business Insurers of the Carolinas
    11. Are Your Canine Clients Playing Appropriately? with Maxwell Muir
    12. Keeping You and Your Clients Safe – Understand Dog Bite Safety with Maxwell Muir
    13. The Essential Pet Care Policies and Procedures - Part Two with Niki Tudge
    14. How to Enrich the Lives of Those You Care for with Liz Geisen
    15. The Myths that Just Need to Be Busted with Mary Jean Alsina
    16. Small Business Branding for Pet Care Professionals with Robert King
    17. How Pets Learn - Reinforcing The Good Stuff! – Part One with Louise Stapleton-Frappell
    18. How Pets Learn - Reinforcing The Good Stuff! – Part Two with Louise Stapleton-Frappell
    19. Putting Your Virtual Summit Experience to Action with Niki Tudge
    20. Managing a Safe and Successful Dog Day Care with Tristan Flynn
    21. The Do’s and Do Nots of Grooming a Client’s Dog with Michelle Martiya
    22. Learn All the Necessary Canine and Feline Health and Handling Skills - Part Two with Rebekah King
    23. Managing Multiple Dogs with Kathy Sdao
    24. Thinking Outside the Box: Marketing for Pet Care Pros with Kimberly Burgan
    25. How to Care for Pocket Pets in the Home with Emily Cassell
    26. Ethics and Boundaries for the Pet Care Provider with Yvette Van Veen

    The PPG event payment, terms and refund policy can be found here

    • 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


    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.

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