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    • Sunday, August 30, 2015
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, August 30, 2022
    • 5:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by  Janis Bradley


    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5

    "That's the Lab in him." "None of my other Cattle Dogs acted like this," dog guardians will say, and often expect their pet's breed will predict his behavior and personality. In attempting to facilitate good relationships (and sometimes good matchmaking between dogs and adopters), we often make 3 assumptions: that we can reliably identify the ancestry of even mixed breed dogs; that breed can help us predict the likelihood of behaviors that were sought in the historical work of the breed or breeds; that this ancestral work is relevant to what pet dog adopters need in their companions. 

    This presentation will explain the weaknesses in visual breed identification and breed based behavior explanations and will demonstrate other ways to talk with clients about expectations and modification of an individual dog's behavior.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understanding the misinformation inherent in framing behavior to clients in terms of breed characteristics.
    • Alternatives to breed labeling of mixed breed dogs. 
    • Alternatives to breed based explanations of behavior.

    About The Presenter

    Janis Bradley is the author of Dog Bites: Problems and Solutions (Animals and Society Institute), a survey of the current scientific literature on the topic, The Relevance of Breed in Selecting a Companion Dog (National Canine Research Council Vision Series), and Dogs Bite, But Balloons and Slippers are More Dangerous, used as the complete guide to research on dog bites. 

    Janice trained and certified more than 450 dog trainers at the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals between 2000 and 2009 where she worked directly with more than 1,500 dogs of all breeds and appearances. In 2010 Janice founded the Dog Training Internship Academy. 

    For 15 years Janice helped owners with pets that had evidenced behavior problems, specializing in aggression issues. 

    Janice is currently the Director of Communications and Publications for the National Canine Research Council, a canine policy think tank that conducts, reviews, and disseminates academically rigorous research which studies dogs in the context of human society. She has lectured widely on behavior at meetings of various animal control, training, and humane organizations. Janice will be presenting at PPG's Summit in November 2015 in Tampa, FL

    • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Tuesday, March 23, 2021
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr Jessica Hekman

    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1

    Why do puppies need to have such a long series of vaccines? Owners have difficulty understanding the ins and outs of the puppy (and kitten) vaccine series, and may ask you to explain exactly WHY they can't consider their new pet fully immunized after the first set of shots. Does this have to do with the number of shots or with the timing of the shots? What is so special about 16-18 weeks of age that animals can now start going out in public more?

    In this webinar, Dr. Jessica Hekman will explain the biology behind the developing immune system and the reason for the complex timing of puppy vaccines. Beginning with the basics of how the mammalian immune system works and how vaccines provide protection from infectious disease, she will explain how the immature immune system differs biologically from the adult immune system. She will describe the reasoning behind giving puppies a series of shots, so that you can better explain the process to owners. She will conclude with a few practical suggestions for balancing the need to socialize young animals with the need to protect them from infectious disease.

    Webinar Objectives

    • summarize how vaccines provide protection from infectious disease
    • explain how the immature (puppy/kitten) immune system differs biologically from the adult immune system
    • explain why puppy shots are not effective long term when given before 16-18 weeks of age
    • explain why we give puppies repeated vaccinations between the ages of 6-18 weeks even though we do not expect these vaccinations to be effective long term
    • describe a practical approach to balancing the conflicting needs of socialization and reduced exposure to infectious disease during ages 6-18 weeks

    About The Presenter

    Jessica is a veterinarian currently pursuing a PhD in genetics. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She is now enrolled in a PhD program in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her lab studies a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior.

    Jessica lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or read her blog at http://dogzombie.blogspot.com.

    • Friday, July 01, 2016
    • 4:00 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, July 01, 2020
    • 5:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Dawn Gilkison

    CEUs PPAB, 1 IAABC, 1 CCPDT, 1

    Once you have set training goals, it makes sense to use your time efficiently to achieve outcomes. 

    This webinar will detail a way for you to structure your training sessions so that you and your dog are set up for success. 

    Whether you are training a companion or a performance dog it is important to be aware of aware of all factors so you can control the environment to your advantage. This will help you reach your training goals sooner.

    The webinar will define the five sections that training sessions can be dissected into. 

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand the environment, where you are training
    • Know what equipment and tools you will be using
    • Learn about engagement and how you relate to your dog
    • Understand what is efficient action, your training plan and mechanics
    • Lastly learn about the process of evaluation, your reflection and next steps

    About The Presenter

    Dawn Gilkison KPA CTP is the owner of Positive Solutions Dog Training, located in the Portland, Oregon metro area. 

    Dawn has trained dogs for agility, obedience, conformation, and upland and waterfowl hunting. She works with clients one-on-one to create attentive companions and focused performance dogs. In addition to training dogs, Dawn teaches Biology at a local community college.

    • Sunday, July 24, 2016
    • 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, July 24, 2022
    • 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

      Presented by Maxwell Muir
    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1.5

    This presentation will explore the life of puppies and how they view the world they live in. We will look at the different stages of mental and physical development, focusing on socialisation, what it really means and what is best for each individual puppy. We will discuss how to increase a puppy's self-confidence; appropriate exercise for their stage of life and strategies for relieving boredom.  We will also take a look at coping with separation distress; toilet training; strategies for dealing with 'problem' behavior and above all, raising your puppy to be all it can be.

    It is so easy to get it wrong in the early days of puppyhood, only to find yourself having to cope with problems as your puppy develops into adolescence. This talk will provide you with all you need to know to lay the best possible foundation and give your puppy the best start in life.

    This presentation will be of benefit to anyone interested or currently working in a professional capacity with dogs. This presentation will also be beneficial to anyone who professionally cares for a puppy, is considering getting a puppy or for those who have already committed to bringing a puppy into their lives.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand the different developmental stages
    • Understand the term 'socialisation'
    • Learn how to optimally socialise your puppy
    • Learn strategies to increase a puppy's self-confidence
    • Learn appropriate exercises for a puppy
    • Understand the best ways to deal with 'problem' behaviors          

    About the Presenter

    'Dogs have always fascinated me. From the domestic dogs we share our lives with to their wild and feral counterparts. My training methods and interactions with dogs are completely humane and motivated by a deep love and respect for the animal. I am in a continuous search for further knowledge and learning experiences to deepen my appreciation for dogs and the lives they lead. I share this knowledge with the aim of helping both owners and their dogs live fuller lives together.'

    Maxwell Muir is a keen writer and has published several articles related to dog training & behaviour. His personal interests with dogs are in observation skills; studying canine natural responses and movement; dog–dog & dog–human communication; stress & associated behaviour, and teaching appropriate communication and handling skills

    Maxwell Muir is a Full Member of APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers) Full Member & Country Representative of PDTE (Pet Dog Trainers of Europe) ABTC Registered Dog Trainer (Animal Behaviour & Training Council) Affiliate Member of ISCP
    • Saturday, December 09, 2017
    • 1:00 PM (EST)
    • Wednesday, December 09, 2020
    • 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Dr. Holly Ganz

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    Webinar Description

    We will start with some background information about the microbiome and its role in animal health, including digestion, immunity, and the nervous system. Then we will consider how contemporary lifestyles, such as antibiotic usage and modern diets, may affect the composition of microbes living in the digestive tract.

    We will consider how various health conditions, such as Irritable Bowel Disease is associated with alterations in the gut microbiome and the implications of these observations. Finally we will review different approaches that can be taken to improve gut health.

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    • The microbiome and its role in animal health
    • Roles played by key bacteria in the gut
    • Different approaches to maintaining and restoring gut health, probiotics, diet, and fecal transplants

    Your Presenter

    Holly H. Ganz, PhD, CEO and founder of AnimalBiome, is a microbiologist, who has published more than 20 papers. She left academia to become an entrepreneur when she founded AnimalBiome in the fall of 2016. AnimalBiome provides assessments of the bacterial composition of the digestive tract of dogs and cats and is creating therapies to help promote healthy guts. Her efforts to translate academic research into solutions for animal lovers began when she launched KittyBiome, a citizen science project that she started while working at the University of California (UC), Davis in 2015. From the KittyBiome project, she came to appreciate that digestive disorders are common in pets and that there is a pressing need for better diagnostics and therapeutics.

    Holly received her PhD from UC Davis, where she studied co-evolution between microbes and animals. After receiving her doctorate, she was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship from the National Science Foundation to study how genetics affects the spread of fungal infections in animal populations. Subsequently she was a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley studying how bacterial pathogens survive in soil to infect wildlife. She also holds a MS from UC San Diego, where she studied population genetics, and a BS from George Washington University, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, received Special Honors in the Biological Sciences, and graduated magna cum laude. An animal lover, Holly is dedicated to improving animal health and wellness through the application of the latest innovations in microbiology.

    • The microbiome and its role in animal health
    • Roles played by key bacteria in the gut
    • Different approaches to maintaining and restoring gut health, probiotics, diet, and fecal transplants

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