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    • Tuesday, January 28, 2014
    • 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Sunday, December 31, 2023
    • 2:00 PM (PST)
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     Dog Park Etiquette and Safety

    with Carol Byrnes


    Join Carol Byrnes CPDT-KA author of "The What is My Dog Saying" PowerPoint CD series.

    Carol will be sharing her extensive knowledge of dog behavior.

    Carol will discuss and share with us critical information about how are dogs communicate so as professionals we understand more about "what our dog is saying"!

    Learning Objectives

    • Learn the pros and cons of dog parks.
    • Understand proper and safe dog behavior and red flags to watch for to keep your dog safe at the dog park.
    • What to do if things go wrong.


    About Carol Byrnes

    Carol is a CPDT-KA, NADOI Certified and a Charter Member of the Pet Professional Guild. Carol owns and operates Diamonds In The RUFF with her business partner and husband Dana Byrnes. Carol is a well known and highly respected dog trainer both with her clients and amongst industry professionals.

    CEUs

    IAABC, CCPDT, KPA  1 CEU


    • Wednesday, February 19, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (CST)
    • Sunday, February 27, 2022
    • 1:30 PM (CST)
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    Recorded PPG Webinar

    Over Threshold: The Changing Definition



    Join Eileen Anderson for this thought provoking webinar. 

    Something has happened to the word “threshold.” Surprisingly, the way the term is used in the force free dog training community is comparatively new. The general consensus is that the term “over threshold” refers to a dog that has been adversely affected by a stimulus and demonstrating that by overt behavior. However, this usage differs from the original definition of “threshold" as used in the discipline of psychology. The discrepancy between the usages contributes to some confusion in the training community. 


    The webinar will cover several different usages of the word “threshold” as applied to the senses, emotions, and behavior of dogs, and how different methods of training and conditioning dogs with behavior problems fit with regard to these various tipping points. 

    Webinar Learning Objectives

    1. To understand the psychological and physiological definitions of the term “threshold.”

    2. To review the usage of the term “over threshold” in the dog training community.

    3. To learn about the physiological “fight or flight” response.

    4. To understand the definition of “aversive” and its implications when dealing with fear responses.

    5. To see where the different protocols for dealing with fear and aggression in dogs fit with the varied meanings of “threshold.”


    About The Presenter


    Eileen Anderson, BM, MM, MS

    Eileen is a passionate amateur dog trainer who writes about learning theory, her life with three dogs, and force free training in her blog and other publications. She brings a science background, critical thinking skills, and teaching experience to her writing, with a focus on making training accessible and learning theory comprehensible to pet owners. 


    Eileen has worked professionally as a writer and academic editor, a network administrator, taught remedial college math, and trained all levels of computer skills in academic and workplace settings. She has a lifelong passion for making technology accessible to women, people with low literacy skills, and other underserved populations. She is now channeling that same urge to translate, explain, and make concepts comprehensible into the subjects of humane treatment of dogs and joyful companionship between dogs and people. 


    She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance, and a master’s degree in engineering science. She received the Certificate of Excellence for completion of Susan Friedman’s professional course, Living and Learning with Animals, in 2012. She lives in the mid-Southern U.S. and works at a non-profit that helps impoverished women access medical care. 


    She blogs at Eileen and Dogs, Click here .

    CEU's

    CPDT 1 CEU 

    KPA 1 CEU

    IAABC 1 CEU

    • Thursday, May 22, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Wednesday, August 31, 2022
    • 1:30 PM (PDT)
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    With Kathy Sdao
    CEU's CPDT 1.5 CEUs, IAABC  1.5 CEUs, KPA 1.5 CEUs




    Join Kathy Sdao for this webinar on the seduction of Shock. Though you may refuse to ever use shock as a dog-training tool, some of your potential clients have used it (especially in the United States). And some will want to continue using it, in lieu of your suggestions of positive-reinforcement alternatives or possibly in addition to them.

    Each of us dog-care professionals must decide how to respond to this dilemma. In doing so, it’s beneficial to understand the unique power that shock has to damage the psychological well-being of the animals in our care and also to deceive its users regarding its efficacy. We’ll examine a few of the complexities of this emotional and crucial issue.

    About The Presenter

    Kathy Sdao, MA, ACAAB.

    Kathy is an associate Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist based in Tacoma, Washington and has spent the past two decades as a full-time professional trainer for dogs and other animals.

    For her first ten years as an animal trainer, Kathy trained marine mammals at a research laboratory for the University of Hawaii, in the open-ocean for the US Navy and at a zoo in Tacoma Washington. Since 1995, Kathy has focused on training land-dwelling animals: dogs and their people.

    She has been honored to be on the faculty of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expos since 2003. She also has trained animal actors, written for The Clicker Journal and the APDT Newsletter, served as a subject-matter expert for the Delta Society's Service Dog Education System, conducted rat-training camp for Terry Ryan's DogSense, instructed at Dogs of Course’s Instructor Training Course and appeared as the "Way Cool Scientist" on an episode of Bill Nye the Science Guy!

    Kathy meets with dog owners in Tacoma, Seattle, and other areas in the Puget Sound region to design behavior modification plans, to teach basic manners to their dogs and to prepare for competition. She also travels extensively to lead dog training and behavior workshops that make the science of animal training accessible and practical for dog trainers and owners alike.



    • Monday, July 21, 2014
    • 2:00 PM (CDT)
    • Thursday, July 28, 2022
    • 3:00 PM (CDT)
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    BOOM  - Puppies & Noise. Learn How To Introduce Puppies To Noise

     presented by Helen Nicholls


    Fireworks and thunderstorm season is rapidly approaching and for new puppy owners it can come as a  surprise when their furry family member suddenly gets scared during a storm. Other  puppy owners are unaware that sound phobias can develop and take their puppies with them to loud and noisy celebrations, only to  discover their puppy is frightened and not able to cope.  In this informational webinar Helen will  cover what pet professionals can recommend to pet parents of dogs that are showing signs of stress during storms or fireworks. Helen will also give great tips on how to prevent sound phobias from developing or becoming worse.


    Presenter Information

    Helen Nicholls, CPDT-KSA, CDBC.

    Helen Nicholls is the owner and operator of No Monkey Business Dog Training. Based in Concord New Hampshire, she is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge and Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA) and a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) and a Operation Socialization Certified Trainer (OSCT). Helen has been training dogs for over 6 years. She is a professional member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, a member of the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals and is a certified member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and a member of the Pet Professional Guild. Helen is also the Assistant Director to Family Paws Programs and a licensed Dogs and Storks presenter, a licensed Dog and Baby Connections presenter, and a certified AKC evaluator.

    CEU
    CDPT 1 CEU
    IAABC 1 CEU
    KPA 1 CEU
    • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Sunday, September 18, 2022
    • 2:30 PM
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    presented by Jennifer Titus

    CEUs:  IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPAB 1.5

    Join Jennifer for this webinar and learn about the CARE protocol for analyzing and modifying reactive dog behavior. As prework for this webinar please visit the website and review the protocol. Click here

    Course Information

    Jennifer will present a simple overview of the 12 steps that comprise the CARE Protocol, touching upon each sub-topic in succession. This will include everything from diagnosis of the type of dog reactivity, how to eliminate common mistakes, the importance of DRIs, and generalizing context, through enrichment for positive brain chemistry.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand the prep to the CARE protocol
    • Understand the CARE protocol
    • Understand the follow up care

    About The Presenter

    Jen Titus is a lifelong animal lover, and has owned and trained dogs for many years. A former teacher, she is a skilled behaviorist and adept at communicating with both human and ca

    nine clients. Jen is a caring, fun-loving and positive per

    son. Jen holds a Masters Degree in education. She continues to further her education in dog training at the elite and internationally renowned Accademy For Dog Trainers. Additionally, Jen keeps current with the latest training and behavioral knowledge through extensive reading, watching videos, and attending webinars, classes and live seminars.

    • Thursday, November 06, 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Monday, November 06, 2023
    • 3:30 PM
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    Presentation by Lisa & Brad Waggoner

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



     

    Workshop Description

    Join Lisa & Brad Waggoner from Cold Nose College for this 90 minute educational webinar on how to teach a Rocket Recall.

    Learning Objectives

    1.     Be competent in your understanding of the Cold Nose College methodology for teaching and training a fully force-free canine recall.
    2.     You will learn the 12 rules of Rocket Recall developed over 10 years of conducting Rocket Recall training.
    3.     Understand the common misconceptions and mistakes made during recall training
    4.     Learn how to  set your dog up for success during the learning process


    About The Presenter


    Brad & Lisa Waggoner are both Certified Professional Dog Trainers - Knowledge Assessed and are passionate advocates for humane, force-free training.


    Brad is a graduate of the Karen Pryor Academy of Animal Training and Behavior and Lisa is a Pat Miller Certified Trainer, Level 2.


    Lisa and Brad enjoy providing behavior consulting and training solutions to clients in the tri-state area of North Carolina, Georgia and Tennessee. They also offer educational opportunities for dog trainers and dog hobbyists throughout the U.S.
    • Thursday, March 19, 2015
    • 3:30 PM (CDT)
    • Sunday, March 19, 2023
    • 4:30 PM (CDT)
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    Presented by Diane Garrod


    Presented by Diane Garrod

    CEUs, IAABC 1 CEU, PPG 1 CEU, CPDT 1 CEU, KPA 1 CEU


    Ever had a difficult behavior change case? Join Diane Garrod for a webinar on the most difficult case(s) she has faced and and how they were overcome. 
    This webinar will cover the Insights into what the functional assessment revealed both at the beginning and what materialized later. You will learn what the tough spots in the process were and how they were overcome.

    Your Presenter

    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014.

    Diane has recently completed studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.


    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014. 

    Diane has recentlycompleted studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.
    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014. 

    Diane has recentlycompleted studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.
    Diane Garrod, Bachelor of Science in Communication, minor Journaism, Guild Certified Tellington Touch Practitioner is behavior consultant/trainer and owner of Canine Transformations Learning Center (cTLC) located on Whidbey Island in the hear of Puget Sound, Washington State.

    She has worked with aggression and extreme reactivity caes in canines force free for eight years full-time. She currently shows in RallyO and RallyO/Freestyle and Treibball of which she is also a certified Treibball Instructor and Judge with the American Treibball Association. Diane is also a charter member of the National Association of Treibball Enthusiasts and a founding and steering committee member of PPGE (Pet Professionals Guild, an association of force free pet professionals).

    She is the creator of the Canine Emotionals Detox (CED): A stress protocol (vacation/holiday) for challenging canines, those with behavioral issues of which she has held workshops all over the United States and most recently at APDT Australia 2014. 

    Diane has recentlycompleted studies in Animal Behavior, Melbourne University, Australia; Writing in the Sciences, Stanford University, USA; Theriogenology, University of Minnesota, USA and is doing a self-study in Introductory Neuroscience.

    Diane lives in Langley on Whidbey Island, Washington State with three Belgian Tervurens, two parrots and her fabulous husband.
    • Wednesday, August 12, 2015
    • 1:00 PM
    • Friday, August 12, 2022
    • 2:30 PM
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    Presented by Kathy Sdao

    CEUs: IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPAB 1.5


    Join Kathy Sdao for this webinar on multiple dog management. Whether you supervise a dog daycare or playgroup, take your dog to a dog-park, or simply have a multi-dog family, you will have to manage groups of unrestrained dogs. These situations in which dogs are off-leash and free to interact with one another can be potentially volatile. 

    Dogs can be physically hurt and they can also experience emotional trauma from threats or bullying. You need to be able to recognize warning signs, intervene when necessary without making the situation more risky, and have a way to decide which dogs are well-suited to multiple-dog environments and which are not.

    We’ll review some skills, protocols and behavioral knowledge that will help you keep dogs and handlers safe while promoting constructive canine socialization and fun.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Identify common but unwise advice for managing groups of dogs
    • Define the role and the associated behaviors most important for people who supervise groups of dog
    • List minimum requirements for dogs’ physical and mental health in daycare settings
    • Examine examples of forms used for screening dogs for attendance at a daycare
    • Understand general safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between “normal” dogs
    • Understand safety guidelines for off-leash interactions between unsocialized dogs (i.e., remedial dog-socialization sessions)

    About The Presenter



    Kathy Sdao is an associate certified applied animal behaviorist. She has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a master’s degree as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Kathy worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility where Kathy began teaching clicker-training classes for dog owners.

    For the past 15 years, Kathy has owned Bright Spot Dog Training. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive-reinforcement training. Kathy is proud to be an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at twenty-five of these popular conferences since 2003. Kathy also has traveled extensively across the United States, Canada and Europe, and to Australia, Israel, Japan and Mexico, educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012.

    • Sunday, August 30, 2015
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tuesday, August 30, 2022
    • 5:30 PM
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    Presented by  Janis Bradley

    CEUs 

    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

    • Thursday, September 10, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, September 10, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
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    Free Member Webinar


    Presented by Patience Fisher

    CEU: PPAB 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
     




    This cursory course on the house cat will touch on all things a cat owner should know in order to prevent unwanted behaviors in their house cat. A brief overview of ethology, domestication, socialization, and communication will lay the foundation for how to set up your house and interact with your cat.

    The unique needs of a house cat will be detailed including placement and use of the litter box and scratching posts/pads, play time, feeding, vertical space, privacy, consistency, establishing a good relationship, and desensitizing the cat to carriers, claw trimming, and pills. The importance of observing behavior to catch medical problems will be explained, as well as the importance of not letting bad habits continue without seeking professional help.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand ethology and domestication of the house cat
    • Learn about cat's communication and socialization
    • Understand the importance of providing a secure, stress-free territory for an indoor cat
    • Learn the correct use and placement of litter boxes and scratching posts/pads
    • Understand how to promote a good relationship with your cat and how to monitor health
    • Learn about playing with your cat to promote good behavior
    • Learn how to make a good behavior become a habit
    • Learn how to desensitize your cat to the carrier, claw trims, and pills.
    • Listen to a brief overview of what a cat behavior consultant does

    About The Presenter


    Patience Fisher owns Walk, Play, Learn!, a Pittsburgh-based pet service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service, she is now offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.

    Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute.

    Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.

    • Sunday, September 13, 2015
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wednesday, September 13, 2023
    • 1:30 PM
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    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CDPT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    Owners often struggle to develop skills to help their dogs overcome reactivity. Set ups and decoy dogs can help owners as they develop skills. This can create safer training sessions and increase productivity. However, many dogs do well in set ups, yet fail in real life. This webinar will look at the details that can undermine a dog's progress and show how to remove walls and obstacles to success.

    Learn how to create effective set ups that mimic real life. Avoid common pitfalls of blocking and overshadowing. Set up your set ups for long-term gains. Learn how and when to use decoy dogs, including advanced set ups to address problems such as sudden environmental contrast.

    Webinar Objectives
    • Differentiate between leash reactivity and anxiety. Learn to choose which strategy to employ when addressing both.
    • Hallmarks of an effective setup. Understanding how small changes in execution offers clarity to the dog & helps keep the dog under threshold. Use of latency in counter-conditioning and addressing rate of reinforcement/position feeding for positive reinforcement.
    • Taking down the walls that prevent success. Preventing blocking, overshadowing and undesired cues. Ensure the dog is learning what we set out to teach.
    • Creating clean associations. Faking the rushing dog, working on sudden environmental contrast, factors to consider when creating training plans that go from easy to difficult.
    • Fast initial results versus long-term gains. Steps to take to achieve more stable results.
    • Identify what makes a good decoy dog. Is your dog suitable? What are the ethical considerations of asking dogs to do this task? Which tasks can they do? Insulating against potential problems.

    About The Presenter

    PCT-A


    Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

    Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

    • Sunday, November 29, 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • Thursday, November 30, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
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     with Yette Van Veen

    CEU's

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    Join Yvette for this webinar that delves into some of the more complex uses for targeting. Learn what targeting is. Make use of criteria increases wisely. Achieve the elusive and often difficult to achieve "hold"/duration. Using position of feed to lead into duration quickly and easily. Learn about the problems with pointing at targets can lead to unnecessary "clean up."

    Learn how playing to the dog's anatomy and movement can help the training process. Build or decrease intensity based on what one requires. (for example, you might want a offered gently or you might want a gentle nudge to close a door. In other situations, you might want a hard push.)

    Webinar Objectives


    • What is targeting? How to use it to create a variety of behaviors.
    • Focusing on beyond basic targeting skills to create a variety of useful and fun behaviors.
    • Learn how to create elusive targeting "holds" that are essential for husbandry (Keep your paw on my hand....hold your chin in my hand....) but also that create those amazing tricks (Dogs balancing things!)
    • Along with nose and paw targets, look at other body targets such as a shoulder target to create the stylized heeling where the dog's shoulder is "stuck" to one's leg. Not the only style of heeling, but it's showy!


    About Your Presenter



    Yvette is a member of the PPG and is a Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Yvette is also a multiple DWAA award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and she owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.

    Yvette has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including ARF Ontario. Yvette shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog and Karma her Border collie. Karma is Yvette’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

    • Monday, December 28, 2015
    • 11:00 AM
    • Thursday, December 28, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
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    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Melissa McCue-McGrath

    CEUs

    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1



    I have discovered massive loopholes in conglomerate rescue websites as they relate to Massachusetts state law, and how the culture of obtaining dogs by click-and-ship is harming the human-dog relationship. This affects both puppy mill dogs and rescue. There is information out regarding puppy mill dogs, less about trucking sick dogs via rescue. The focus will be on the latter, though I will address both. 

    After detailing where we are going wrong in obtaining our dogs, I present responsible, ethical ways to get pet professionals  at the table together to change the culture of how we talk about dogs, how we get dogs, and how we help dogs together.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Understand how less-reputable breeders are able to continue selling sick and undersocialized puppies to the public, even with increased awareness of puppy mill operations.
    • Understand how some rescues are using legal loopholes in Pet Finder (and similar sites) to ship clinically under-socialized dogs to city centers, and what affect that has on families.
    • Recognize the language anyone selling a dog will use to move the dog; how to work with that language and remain professionally able to guide our students while helping the dog.
    • Be able to identify quality rescues, shelters, and breeders; be able to identify quality dog trainers, behavior consultants, applied animal behaviorists and veterinary behaviorists; be able to pass that information along to clients.


    About The Presenter




    Melissa McCue-McGrath, CPDT-KA is a certified professional dog trainer in greater Boston. She grew up in an accidental dog-sledding family in rural Maine and now sits as the co-Training Director of New England Dog Training Club, the oldest AKC obedience club in the country. She has twelve years of professional, science-based dog training under her belt. She is now speaking around the country about #HandsOnFirst, a movement that encourages dog owners to meet dogs in person prior to adoption instead of electing to click-and-ship. 

    She currently teaches a variety of classes, including Disc Dog classes in addition to private consultations where she evaluates dogs who are having a difficult time living in urban areas.

    Melissa writes alongside Dr. Sip Siperstein for Car Talk's new FIDO blog. She has been featured on PBS's Design Squad, NECN's The Secret Life of Animals, FOX 25 Morning News and other media outlets. When she has spare time, she keeps up The MuttStuff Blog with resources for Boston area dogs, and is frequently updating the MuttStuff Facebook Page.


    • Wednesday, January 20, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Friday, January 20, 2023
    • 1:30 PM
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    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Francine Miller

    CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1



         
              
               

    Inappropriate scratching is a widespread issue, but is seldom enough for clients to believe that it warrants a behavior specialist. This presentation will discuss why cat's scratch, which is an innate behavior and serves many purposes.

    Client's can't remove their cat's wild instincts, but they can orchestrate where they are acted out. Learn how to set up humane deterrents, select the right scratcher for your cat and where to locate it and how to attract your cat to an appropriate scratcher.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Why cat's scratch

    • The case against declawing

    • Attracting your cat to the appropriate scratcher

    • Selecting the right cat scratcher, what kind and where to place

    • Setting up humane deterrents for inappropriate scratching surfaces and locations

    • What NOT to do
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    About The Presenter

            
       

    Francine has eleven years experience treating dogs and cats with behavior problems. She has consulted on hundreds of cases for every type of aggression in dogs and cats, separation anxiety, barking, phobias, fear reactions, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination, escape, urine marking, scratching, housesoiling, litter box issues, compulsive disorders and more.

    In 2005, Francine completed all coursework for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Animal Behavior Science and Family Counseling for Companion Animals, from the American College of Applied Science (ACAS). Studies included canine and feline behavior, ethology, animal behavior, animal learning, conditioning, animal psychology and veterinary psychopharmacology.

    In 2011, she also completed three semesters of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) toward a certification as an aBCBA (Associate Board Certified Behavior Analyst) with the Florida Institute of Technology.

    Francine holds a BA from Syracuse University and had a long career in advertising and marketing prior to pursuing her interest in helping pet parents with their dog's and cat's behavioral problems. Applied Animal Behavior is her second career.


    • Thursday, April 21, 2016
    • 1:00 PM
    • Friday, April 21, 2023
    • 2:30 PM
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    Presented by Nancy Tucker

    CEUs

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5


    As trainers, are our expectations too high? Is it possible that we have become so involved in honing our training skills that we might not notice our client is unable, disinterested, and unlikely to follow through with our recommendations? Does a dog’s behaviour really need to be perfect? Part of being an outstanding trainer is knowing how to work within limitations and still achieve results that make for a happy client. While we are tempted to jump right into what we see is an effective textbook way to modify a dog’s behaviour, it’s equally important to be able to take a step back and ask ourselves how realistic our training plan is. Is the client likely to adhere to this plan? If not, how else can we address their problem?

    This presentation will take a look at how we can better help our clients and their dogs by becoming more creative problem-solvers with the goal of strengthening the bond between clients and their dogs. Attendees will learn how to apply a simple flowchart involving fundamental steps to achieve success in every consultation, without necessarily achieving textbook perfection. Beginners and Intermediate trainers will get some tips and ideas they can incorporate immediately into their practice, and more advanced trainers will be given food for thought.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Being more creative with our problem-solving

    • Honing our listening and observation skills

    • Putting an emphasis on strengthening the bond between our clients and their dogs

    • Recognizing and accepting a client’s limitations, and working within those parameters


    About The Presenter



    Nancy Tucker, CPDT - KA

    Nancy is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer (Knowledge Assessed) and is a full-time trainer and behaviour consultant in Quebec, Canada. She does behaviour consultations as a staff member at a veterinary clinic in Quebec, and spends much of her time doing private in-home behaviour consultations with clients. She regularly presents seminars and workshops on dog behaviour to dog owners, trainers, and veterinary staff.

    Nancy has written numerous articles on dog behaviour for French-language publications and several articles as a past member of the CCPDT writing committee, as well as training and case study articles for the Whole Dog Journal. She is a Charter Member of the PPG and a founding member of the Regroupement Québécois des Intervenants en Éducation Canine (RQIEC), a Quebec-based association of force-free trainers and consultants.


    • Wednesday, April 27, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Thursday, April 27, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
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    Free Member Webinar

    presented by Paula Garber

    CEU: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1  


        
          

    This presentation will teach you the ins and outs of organizing a Kittengarten. You will learn why kitten socialization is so important (and needed), and the goals and objectives of a Kittengarten. The presentation will discuss how to develop the basic structure and curriculum, find a location, boost kitten participation and human attendance, and practice the skills you will need to conduct a Kittengarten.

     The presentation will also share ideas for identifying individuals, groups, and organizations that can help you (and that you can help in return). Plus, you will learn how organizing a Kittengarten can drive business for you and others who are involved. Many resources will be provided to help you organize a fun, unique Kittengarten in your community.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Explain the need for kitten socialization
    • Create a basic structure and curriculum for a Kittengarten class
    • Develop the necessary skill set to conduct the class
    • Understand what tools and supplies you will need
    • Identify those who can help with the class
    • Generate creative ways to market the class
    • Anticipate (and minimize) potential problems

      About The Presenters


       

      Paula holds a master’s degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. She is also certified in Low-Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) and Pet CPR & First Aid, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.

      Paula owns and operates LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions and is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. A consummate cat advocate, Paula proudly serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.

      • Wednesday, June 22, 2016
      • 3:00 PM
      • Thursday, June 22, 2023
      • 4:00 PM
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       Presented by Jean Donaldson


      CEUs - PPAB, 1 IAABC, 1 CCPDT, 1


      LIMA guidelines currently rank negative punishment and negative reinforcement at equivalent levels of invasiveness. This webinar will explore whether this is ethically defensible when applied to the presenting problems faced by dog trainers. The webinar will also suggest contexts where antecedent arrangements are contra-indicated from a welfare perspective.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Help trainers think critically about LIMA as it applies in practical dog training contexts.


      About The Presenter



      Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 600 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training and private behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.

      Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

      • Monday, August 15, 2016
      • 7:00 PM
      • Tuesday, August 15, 2023
      • 8:00 PM
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      Presented by Lennea Bower

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

         


          

      We all have a vision of our multi-species home as a peaceable kingdom, but how do we make that dream a reality? First impressions do matter, and the initial "introduction" of dogs and cats can make a huge difference in establishing successful dog-cat households. This webinar will review strategies for successfully integrating new dog to a household with a resident cat and vice versa. This process starts prior to the animals' first meeting and may continue for days, weeks, or months before stabilizing.

      In addition, it will cover pain points and possible solutions for building a successful relationship that can endure the test of time. For professionals, it will also review important areas to discuss with your clients. These include helping your client set realistic expectations for process, expectations and timeline. We will also touch on factors, such as physical home set up, family composition, and lifestyle that can also affect this process. In addition, we will address issues related to the animals' past experience and personalities that may help or hinder the integration process, as well as the importance of meeting the basic needs of all household members throughout the integration process.

      Learning Objectives

      • Understand the basic process for integrating a dog-cat multi-species household.

      • Identify human and animal factors that may delay or impede the integration process.
      • Be prepared to discuss potential issues with non-animal professionals.

      About the Presenter

      Lennea “Linny” Bower, MA, CPDT-KA grew up in a multi-species household that included both dogs and cats. She began volunteering in animal shelters in 2004 and has worked and volunteered in shelters in metro-DC, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica. She became interested in force-free training while working in animal shelters. She began teaching group classes at a local shelter in 2010, and founded her business, Next Best Pet, in 2013. She currently teaches group classes at the Animal Resource Foundation in Chester, MD, and offers private training in Maryland's Prince George's and Queen Anne's counties.

      Lennea has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish Studies and a master’s degree in Psychology, all from American University. She earned her CPDT-KA certification in 2014. She has previously presented on topics including multi-species households and adopting a new dog. She has also worked with animal shelter staff and volunteers behavior and training topics.

      • Monday, August 22, 2016
      • 8:00 PM
      • Monday, August 22, 2022
      • 9:30 PM
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      Will The Real Behavior Case Please Stand Up?

      Presented by Dr Lynn Honeckman

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5



      The presentation will be a Case Study Review (6 cases) of specific cases that were referred by veterinarians to Veterinary Behavior Solutions for behavior concerns. The cases are both canine and feline, and explore issues with aggression, training concerns/nuisance behaviors, and inappropriate elimination.

      Careful review of the History, Physical exam findings, Behavior Assessment, and Treatment Plan will be outlined for each case.


      Webinar Objectives

      • Identifying specific owner behavior complaints
      • Fine-tuning the Behavior Assessment
      • Creating Diagnostic Rule-outs from a veterinary perspective
      • Creating a treatment plan based on medical or behavior problems
      • Keeping communication open between veterinarians and behavior consultants

      About The Presenter



      Dr Lynn Honeckman is a graduate of the Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine with a passion for behavior. She majored in ethology and animal science in undergrad at Purdue, and has graduated from the North American Veterinary professional Institute Behavior Course presented by Dr Karen Overall, including the clinical behavior course and the advanced behavior course. She has extensive experience in small animal, exotic, wildlife rehabilitation, and shelter medicine and surgery.

      Dr Lynn Honeckman currently owns Veterinary Behavior Solutions, a practice devoted to small animal behavior concerns throughout the Orlando, FL area. Her special areas of interest are fear, anxiety, and aggression in both dogs and cats. She has helped create the Central Florida Force-Free Veterinary Behavior and Trainers Network to help promote positive relationships between veterinarians and trainers. Dr Honeckman is on the Special Council of PPG, is the committee chairperson for Position statements for AVSAB, and is currently serving on the Advisory Board for Dr Marty Becker's Fear-Fear Initiative
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      • Wednesday, December 14, 2016
      • 12:00 PM
      • Thursday, December 14, 2023
      • 1:00 PM
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      Presented by Paula Garber

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1 


      In this webinar, you will learn the common causes of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats, as well as the evolutionary, environmental, and social factors that often contribute to these emotions. You will also learn how cats typically express fear, anxiety, and stress and the signs to look for, some of which may be subtle. After gaining an understanding of the potential fallout of using force-based handling techniques, you will learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats that you can begin using immediately, whether you work with cats in a veterinary clinic or a shelter, or in a home setting with your clients’ cats—or even your own cats.


      Learning Objectives

      • Understand why cats are especially prone to experiencing fear, anxiety, and stress
      • Identify signs of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats
      • Understand the potential consequences of force-based handling techniques on cats and humans
      • Learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress for cats in veterinary clinics, shelters, and at home

      About the Presenter



      Paula owns LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, NY. She holds a master of arts degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in Low Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) through Sophia Yin’s course, Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.

      Paula is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also serves as an advisor to the board of FurBridge, a non-profit animal rescue and community outreach program. A consummate cat advocate, Paula hosts an annual event for volunteers to build winter shelters for free-roaming cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.

      • Friday, January 13, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Friday, January 13, 2023
      • 3:00 PM
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      Presented by Kamal Fernandez

      CEUs PPAB1, IAABC 1

      The use of toys as reinforcement within training has become a lost art, however one that can be both effective and appropriate for the dog. Being able to effectively reinforce your dog, allows you to create behaviour in a timely manner. Understanding the importance of creating skills with toys prior to using them as reinforcement will ensure that problems encountered within training don't arise, create a solid foundation to build on. Effective use of toys as rewards, creates and consolidates relationships, develops focus and arousal for work/training.

      Learning Objectives

      • 5 Key games to develop with toys 
      • Where and how they can be utilized
      • Demonstrations of each skill
      • Balancing control vs drive
      • Arousal and its affect on behavior
      • Understanding ‘drives’
      • Handler mechanics
      • Benefits of effective toys as reinforcement
      • Trouble shooting

      About The Presenter



      Head trainer and owner of East London Dog Training, Kamal Fernandez has over 20 years' experience training dogs from all walks of life. He started training in 1991 after adopting Scrunch, an independent free-willed chow-chow mix who prompted a trip to Newham Dog Training Club at Eastlea School in London, England. Thus began an epic journey into the world of dog training which started with a dog that would not come back when called, to competing in the Obedience Championship at renowned UK dog show, Crufts. 

      Fernandez has immersed himself in the world of animal training, led by some of the 'leading lights' in the field such as Sylvia Bishop, Susan Garrett, Bob Bailey, Ian Dunbar and Karen Pryor. Now an internationally renowned seminar instructor, Fernandez has been invited to teach all over the world in countries such as Australia, New Zealand, Holland, Belgium and Germany.

      Kamal is a Special Council Member of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles.

      A Few Highlights of Kamal's Career

      Guest speaker at the Victoria Stilwell national bite conference 2016

      Trainer on sky TV production 'Dogs Might Fly'

      TV appearances on BBC 1, 2, Channel 4 and 5.

      Faculty member of the Fenzi Dog Sport Academy

      Owner/Trainer of the following:

      • Ob Ch suenijon Touch of Magic CDx UDx (Border Collie)
      • Currahee Touch of magic Ch C (Border collie)
      • Jotunheim Excalibar Ch C (Malinois)
      • Vombrittania Anza Ch C, World Cup Team member Crufts 2015 (Malinois)

      Some of his students' accomplishments:

      Val Venables ob Ch iatka Tip for the Top

      Sue bishop Nedlo what's it all about Crufts 2017 Obedience Championship qualifier

      Jane Webb Wt Ch Flyntastic Winventure Crufts Obedience Championship competitor

      Katy Girdler Just Jenna Flat Coat Retriever Cross Crufts Obedience Championship Competitor

      Teresa Wright WUSV World IPO Championship Team GB Member

      Mari Yvlinkka Giant Schanuzer IPO World Championship GB Team Competitor

      Patricia Murphy Saredon as time goes by Mini Schauzner Crufts 2016 Inter-regional Team member, and winner

      • Friday, May 26, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Thursday, May 26, 2022
      • 3:30 PM
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      Presented by Morag Heirs

      CEUs PPAB 1.5. IAABC 1.5. CCPDT 1.5.

      Deaf Dog Activities - adapting agility, scentwork, canicross and rally obedience for deaf dogs

      This webinar will provide an overview of working with deaf (and visually impaired) dogs in class and 1-2-1 situations and answer common questions about choosing signs, reward markers and vibration collars.

      We’ll then move on to consider some of the more popular dog sports (Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more) and explore how to adapt foundation skills training to suit the needs of deaf dogs. Where possible we’ll use video examples, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
        

      Webinar Objectives
      • Appreciate how deaf dogs’ learning needs may differ from hearing dogs, and where visual impairment fits into the picture
      • Consider adaptations to class layout which will benefit deaf dogs (and hearing dogs)
      • Understand how to teach the core skills for the following disciplines to a deaf dog: TD Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more

      About The Presenter



      Morag K Heirs PhD, MSc, MA(hons)(SocSci), PGCAP

      Director of Well Connected Canine Ltd (York, UK), Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across the North of England. Morag has an extensive academic background in psychology (including how animals, and humans, learn) and evidence-based practice and further qualifications in teaching.

      Adopting her first deaf collie in 2006 led her to explore the world of deaf dogs, and she is now the behaviour advisor for the Deaf Dog Network (UK). Alongside her regular behaviour work, Morag provides deaf dog specific advice to behaviourists and trainers via articles, videos and private mentoring. In her spare time, Morag competes in TD Rally with her deaf/part blind collie Bronte and enjoys challenging trail races with her dogs – she hopes to complete her second Ultra (55miles) in 2017.

      • Monday, July 10, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Monday, July 10, 2023
      • 3:30 PM
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      Presented by Jean Donaldson

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


      “Know Your Enemy.”  This webinar zooms out from our day to day fight against the use of aversives in dog training to the broader context of the use of aversives by humans on other humans.  It will survey the use of corporal punishment over recorded human history, where we currently stand, and outline the research on the adaptive significance of the human tendency to use punishment.  Understanding the human tendency to punish will help us combat it.

      Learning Objectives

      • Appreciation of the pervasiveness of the use of aversive stimuli by humans and its various contexts
      • Knowledge of the arc over time of the prevalence of use of corporal punishment in human culture
      • Recognition of the parallel attitudes regarding corporal punishment use on family members to those we in the force-free training movement experience
      • Improved understanding of the evolutionary roots of punishment


      About The Presenter


      Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 600 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training and private behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.

      Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

      • Monday, September 11, 2017
      • 1:00 PM
      • Sunday, September 11, 2022
      • 3:00 PM
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      Presented by Irith Bloom

      CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT 2, IAABC 2


      Scientific research indicates that control over one’s environment is a strong reinforcer. Unfortunately, many of our pets have almost no control over their environment, and can make few, if any, significant choices. Humans select what animals eat, specify which objects are appropriate toys, decide when and where an animal can go outside, and essentially control every aspect of the animal’s life. This pervasive lack of choice can result in increased stress, which often leads to a variety of undesired behaviors.

      Fortunately, there is a better way. This presentation will highlight tools you can use to increase choice in an animal’s life, ranging from training techniques that give animals more control, to practical ways to create choice-rich environments, to tips on empowering animals to make choices that work both for them and for their humans. The presentation will also address why choice is especially critical when dealing with aggressive, fearful, and reactive behavior, and provide specific examples for how to increase choice in those types of situations.


      Learning Objectives

      • Attendees will learn how lack of choice can relate to increased stress (and stress-related undesirable behaviors). They will understand why it is important to empower animals to make their own choices, and be able to explain the value of increased choice to others.
      • Attendees will be able to view training techniques through the lens of choice. They will be able to identify how choice-rich or choice-limiting different training options are, as well as to evaluate the pros and cons (in terms of choice) of a variety of training techniques.
      • Attendees will be able to select among and apply a variety of choice-based training techniques in a wide range of settings, including everything from ordinary obedience training contexts to situations involving aggressive, fearful, reactive, and anxious behavior.
      • Attendees will have a better grasp of how to create choice-rich environments for animals. They will know how to increase the choices available to animals both in specific training contexts and in daily life tips.

      About The Presenter


      Irith Bloom has been training animals since the 1980s, and has worked with everything from chickens, rabbits, parrots, and cats to dogs and horses – not to mention humans. A biologist by training, Irith is fascinated by the science of learning, and loves taking part in conferences and seminars.

      Irith is faculty at the Victoria Stilwell Dog Training Academy. She is also a Certified Professional Dog Trainer - Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC), a Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Trainer (VSPDT), a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner (KPA CTP), and a Certified Behavior Adjustment Training Instructor (CBATI), as well as being certified in TAGteach, a positive reinforcement method for coaching humans.

      Irith regularly presents at conferences, and has given seminars as far away as Japan. She has written numerous articles for online outlets. She has also been published in print in Everydog magazine, as well as The Association of Professional Dog Trainer’s Chronicle of the Dog and the recently released book “Better Together: The Collected Wisdom of Dog Trainers.”

      Irith volunteers with National English Shepherd Rescue, and is on the Steering Committee of the Los Angeles County 2020 Healthy Pets Healthy Families Coalition, a One Health initiative aimed at improving the health and well-being of people and their pets throughout Los Angeles County.

      Irith is the owner of The Sophisticated Dog, LLC, a pet training company based in Los Angeles. She shares her home with a rescued English Shepherd named Franklin and her husband Aaron (not a rescue).

      • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
      • 12:00 PM
      • Tuesday, September 13, 2022
      • 1:00 PM
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      Free Member Webinar

      Presented by Veronica Sanchez

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


      Did you know that training service dogs can help increase your pet dog training business too?

      Service dog training is an exciting potential area of growth for pet dog trainers. The demand for service dogs far exceeds the supply. More and more, people with disabilities are training their own dogs for service work. They need top notch professional help. 

      Service dog training can be incorporated in a pet dog training business in different ways. However, working with service dogs may pose unique difficulties. Pet dog trainers need knowledge, skills and business tools before offering this advanced specialty.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Learn about the business benefits of helping people with disabilities train their own dogs for service work.
      • Understand the challenges and obstacles involved in helping people with disabilities train their own dogs for service work.
      • Identify the skills, knowledge and business tools needed to support people with disabilities training their own dogs for service work.

      About the Presenter


      Veronica Sanchez

      M.Ed CABC, CPDT-KA is the founder of the Service Dog Coaching Certificate, an educational program for pet dog trainers offered by Cooperative Paws. She teaches professional dog trainers how to train service dogs and how to incorporate service dog training into their pet dog training business. Veronica has been training pets, service, and therapy dogs for more than 20 years. She has supported owner-trainers training service dogs for mobility, hearing, mental health, neurological problems and dual guide-mobility work.

      Veronica has a Masters degree in Education and a Bachelors in Psychology from George Mason University. She also has a Certificate in Brain Research in Education from the University of Washington. Veronica was a founding member of the Working Animal Division of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants and served as a Vice President of the association.

      • Tuesday, September 26, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Tuesday, September 26, 2023
      • 4:00 PM
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      Presented by Pamela Dennison

      CEUs: PPAB 2, CCPDT 2, IAABC 2

      The primary emphasis of The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone is to teach you to set up your own personal desensitization protocol, using simple foundation behaviors (incompatible and alternate) and a positive relationship.

      Because of the nature of living with an aggressive dog, you’ll need to understand that one simply can’t get the aggression “to just go away.” Nature abhors a vacuum and we will fill the behavioral space with relevant, stimulating and fun skills for you and your dog as part of the desensitization process.

      The R.E.W.A.R.D. Zone program focuses on:

      • Establishing foundation behaviors
      • Learning to shape new behaviors
      • Reading your dog’s body language properly
      • Learning to interpret your environment, quickly and effectively
      • Teaching you to set up safe and successful sessions
      • Erecting a line of communication from both sides of the leash
      • Learning how to properly set, raise or lower criteria
      • Teaching you to be a more effective trainer overall
      • Applying the counter conditioning and desensitization process correctly
      • Understanding the causes of aggression, including the human factors
      • Breaking down behaviors into the smallest of approximations