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    • Sunday, March 29, 2015
    • 8:00 PM (EDT)
    • Monday, March 29, 2021
    • 9:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Learn and Master The Drop On Recall…It’s Really Just Fun and Games!!!

    presented by Barb Levenson


    CPDT 1.5 KPA 1.5 IAABC 1.5 PPAB 1.5 CEUs

    Join Barb Levenson for this webinar on Drop on Recall! She will go over how to teach the DOR as a series of games, behaviors and small behavior chains. She will break the DOR into many different fun games and activities. Barb will also give instructors games they can use in their classes.

    Webinar Objectives

    • How to teach a fast and fun drop on recall
    • The "SLAP" down and what it does for your drop.
    • Remote down using food and toys
    • Fun drop games for instructors to use in classes

    About The Presenters

    Earlier in her career Barb realized that many of the problems facing obedience dogs were a result of using compulsion training methods. Working towards perfect canine obedience at a competition level this set Barb on a quest to learn more.

    Listening to her own dogs Barb began to look for other methods. Influenced by Ted Turner (from Sea World), Leslie Nelson, Patti Ruzzo, and others, Barb began introducing positive reinforcement methods into her teaching and training as early as 1989. By the time she opened her own training school in 1991, she was using positive reinforcement in her puppy, basic obedience, and Canine Good Citizenship classes, and shortly after in her competition obedience classes. At present she holds classes in a 12,000 square foot facility in Pittsburgh PA.Barb added the sport of agility to her school in 2000 and a couple of years later began teaching the classes herself.

    Barb’s approach to both agility and obedience has her marching to a different drummer, in part shaped by her equestrian experience. She believes the best way to develop handling skills is “on the flat” – away from the equipment – and incorporates ideas from the horse world about training dogs on the flat. Barb also believes that a strong foundation in obedience sets the stage for a solid relationship with the dog that is critical to enjoying and succeeding in agility. And that means training and refining the communication – especially body language – between dog and handler. To date she has competed with eight dogs and has titles in obedience (Canadian and American), agility and herding. Barb is a instructor at DogNostics Career College and will be presenting a workshop at the 2015 PPG Convention in Tampa FL.

    - Love of the Water
    - Ability to Swim
    - Basic Foundation Skills
    - Developing a positive association with your board and paddle
    - The use of targeting to aid in balance
    - Training techniques for dry land and water 
    - Safety consideration for both you and your dog
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2015
    • 7:00 PM (CDT)
    • Wednesday, May 20, 2020
    • 8:00 PM (CDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

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

    Why haven't we found a genetic test yet that will predict aggression in dogs? In this presentation Dr. Jessica will  summarize then current approaches that have been taken to answering this problem and explain the pitfalls that researchers have encountered. Dr.  Jessica will  describe some specific findings in dogs and humans and put them in context to explain their relevance to our understanding of canine aggression in the real world. The webinar will also discuss the  future directions of research in this area and give some hope for future results.

    Webinar Objectives

    • List some approaches to finding a genetic test for aggression
    • Explain why finding a genetic test for aggression is difficult and unlikely to happen soon
    • Describe some specific mechanisms for the interaction of genetics and environment to influence aggression in dogs

    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 is a New Englander at heart, but currently lives in Urbana, Illinois with her husband and two dogs (an elderly golden retriever and a fearful collie-retriever mix). You can learn more about her at www.dogzombie.com.

    • Monday, March 28, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Saturday, March 28, 2020
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar

    presented by Susan Claire

    CEUs PPAB, 1.5 IAABC, 1.5 CCPDT, 1.5

    This presentation is designed to help trainers work with clients, fosters, rescues, and shelters who find themselves with dogs that are extremely fearful. Fearful dogs are often difficult to handle as well as difficult to find a forever home for. These caretakers often do not have access to or a budget for a Veterinary Behaviorist, and need some immediate hands-on help.

    This presentation will aid in learning how to make enough progress with these dogs to prepare them for adoption (if in foster care). Susan will discuss how to prepare the clients, fosters, rescues and shelters for realistic expectations for these dogs and how to make a possible difficult situation better for all parties. She will cover what tools to use, management and behavior modification techniques for making progress with extremely fearful dogs.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Identifying fearful body language
    • Keeping these dogs under threshold
    • Tools, equipment, for management and enrichment
    • Counter conditioning techniques for presence of humans, being touched, walking on a leash and hand targeting
    • How to identify progress, move to next level
    • How to identify appropriate homes
    • Includes a case study of my own foster flunky dog

    About The Presenter

    Susan Claire, CPDT-KA

    Susan started her career in marketing, advertising, and video production. Back in 1993, she got hooked on competition obedience with her first dog. In those days, harsh training methods were the norm, she started to realize that while some of people were achieving training goals, some were also ruining their dogs’ temperaments, eroding the bond and causing the dogs unnecessary pain.  In 2000, she began volunteering at the Humane Society of Broward County and was introduced to positive reinforcement (R+) training.  The dogs learned quicker and were happy and willing to perform the behaviors. She has used only reward-based training since and have made it her mission to spread the word: harsh punishment is NOT necessary to train your dog!

    Susan's specialty is training pet dogs: working with individuals and families that want a well-behaved pet dog with a friendly, sound temperament. She loves helping people start raising their puppy right from the start, but also work with families who want to modify behavior problems in an adult dog.  Susan serves as Behavior Consultant and trainer for the Adoption Ambassador Program at The Humane Society of Broward County, which places at risk dogs into foster families who are empowered to care for and train the dogs and choose the new adoptive family. She trains and counsels the Adoption Ambassadors (fosters) and develops individual behavior modification plans for the dogs in the program. She has also done rescue work with semi-feral dogs in Puerto Rico.

    • Friday, May 27, 2016
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2020
    • 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded

    Presented by Claudia Estanislau

    CEUs PPAB, 1.5. IAABC, 1.5. CCPDT, 1.5.

    Respondent Conditioning, also known as Classical Conditioning or Pavlovian Conditioning, consists of the pairing of stimuli. Neutral stimuli can be paired and offered a meaning and emulate emotional responses (positive or negative ones).

    Techniques based on this type of conditioning are very effective in producing conditioned responses and are often used in conjunction with operant conditioning (actually the two seem somewhat intertwined). They are used in techniques which are extremely successful for behavioral modification.

    In this in depth webinar, we will go over the meaning of classical conditioning and how it can be used. We will be taking a look at the basics but we will also learn about higher order classical conditioning and the ways in which it can be used. By the end of the webinar, you will not only be talking like a pro but more importantly, acting like one! You will understand when Respondent Conditioning is taking place as well as how, when and why you should implement responding conditioning into your training plans.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Clarify the meaning of the technical term Classical/Respondent Conditioning
    • Give and demonstrate practical examples of the use of Classical Conditioning
    • Talk about the magnitude of what we can achieve using Classical Conditioning
    • Understand why Classical Conditioning is so effective when properly used

    About The Presenter

    Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant from CASI.  She is currently the manager of the 'It's All About Dogs' training center in Portugal, operating from six locations.

    Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Claudia is a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behaviorand training.

    Claudia’s  formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman, she is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a proud PPG Member.

    • Thursday, December 01, 2016
    • (EST)
    • Tuesday, December 01, 2020
    • (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar

    Presented by Veronica Boutelle

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5

    Training nights and weekends while working your “real job” Monday through Friday? A large percentage of highly skilled trainers continue to work part- or full-time jobs while training nights and weekends, contributing to trainer burnout and limiting the number of dogs’ and owners’ lives they can impact. It’s a pervasive belief in the our industry that trainers “can’t make real money” training full time. Fortunately this is simply not true; it really is possible to make a living doing what you love.

    In this web seminar Veronica Boutelle of dog*tec will show you how to make your part-time or hobby business your full-time career. Learn how to assess the feasibility of going full time, grow your business into a reliable source of income, and create and implement a personalized transition plan for your move to full-time professional dog trainer.

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn how to assess the feasibility of their business fully supporting them, and ways to organize their services to increase revenue potential
    • Learn how to create and implement a transition plan to move from part to full time dog training
    • Learn basic marketing principles to support their transition and the continued growth of their business

    About The Presenter

    Veronica is the founder of dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s leading business consultancy, through which she has been helping dog trainers help dogs since 2003. She is the author of How to Run a Dog Business: Putting Your Career Where Your Heart Is and the co-author of Minding Your Dog Business: A Practical Guide to Business Success for Dog Professionals, and writes on business topics for many dog training industry journals. Veronica is a sought-after speaker at conferences and dog training schools across the country and internationally. She has recently spoken to positive reinforcement trainers at conferences and seminars in countries as diverse as Chile, Australia, Spain, New Zealand, and the UK.

    As former Director of Behavior & Training at the San Francisco SPCA, and as a dog training business owner before that, Veronica understands what it means to be a dog trainer first hand—the daily worries about everything from client compliance to financial security, the unique challenges of a “flexible” schedule that requires evenings and weekends, and the struggle to balance clients and training with the minutiae of running a business—and to balance all of that with a rich non-work life. Her background as a trainer, her business expertise, and her work as an educator put Veronica in a unique position to help professional dog trainers learn to become as skilled in business as they are as trainers—and that means more dogs’ lives touched by positive training.

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