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    • Tuesday, January 01, 2013
    • 1:00 PM (CST)
    • Saturday, December 31, 2022
    • 2:30 PM (CST)
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    with Bethany Jordan

    CEUs

     PPAB 3, IAABC 3, KPA 3



    This is a 3 part recorded educational webinar that will teach you all the necessary skills you need to manage a pet emergency. 3 x 1 hour webinars. Developed and designed by medical professionals


    When you register for this program you will receive;
    1. The links to all three recorded webinars.
    2. Links to the 10 supplemental skill videos
    3. Information about the on-line test and video certification program
    Upon Completion you will receive;
    1. Your Pet First Aid Notebook
    2. A certificate of competency

    Program Contents

    The Pet First Aid program  covers topics from heat stroke to snake bites, CPR, wound management and how to safely transport a pet to the care of a veterinarian professional.

    It should be remembered that first aid is literally that: aid or management that is rendered as soon as a problem is identified at the scene of an accident or injury, and as a bridge between those first to respond to a problem until the time when professional care is provided.

    Many people confuse first aid with specific treatment for an illness or injury. This often results in proper care never being received or care being delayed to such an extent as to compound the problem.

    The PPG Pet First Aid Certification

    To receive your PPG Pet First Aid Certification  you will have to complete and pass an open-book online certification test comprised of 50 questions.

    You will also be required to provide  four short 30 second videos to demonstrate hands on competency. Full details are explained in the presentation.


    Learning Objectives
    1. Understand your role in pet first aid
    2. What first aid is and what it is not
    3. How to effectively and safety be a pet first aid responder.
    4. Learn how to manage the most common pet emergencies until the pet is transferred to a veterinarian.

    The Certification Program Covers
    • First Aid Assessment & Management
    • Animal Handling During an Emergency
    • Initial Assessment Stages CPR & Bleeding
    • Shock Management
    Common Emergencies Covered
    • Heat Stroke
    • Lacerations
    • Zoonoses
    • Wound Care
    • Hot Spots
    • Broken Toenails
    • Bandaging
    • Burns
    • Corneal Abrasions
    • Prolapsed Eyes
    • Fractures
    • Luxations
    • Hypoglycemia
    • Diabetes
    • Choking
    • Gastrointestinal
    • Toxicities
    • Insect Bites & Stings
    • Dehydration
    • Vomiting & Diarrhea
    • Seizures
    • Feline Fatty Liver Disease
    • Dog Breed Medication Sensitivity
    • CPR & Triage
    • The Pet First Aid Kit

     

    The Presenter

    This webinar is presented by Bethany Jordan . Bethany is a Certified Veterinarian Technician and a CPDT-KA. 

    Bethany has a BA Animal Sciences Degree from the University of Florida and has experience as a Surgery Technician with the Veterinary Heart Institute, a Senior Floor Technician responsible for teaching students pursuing Veterinary Medicine degrees at The University of Florida and as an Animal Clinic Head Technician. Bethany was also the Medical Director at Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport Florida, responsible for up to 250 animals.

    • 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


    • Sunday, October 05, 2014
    • 12:00 PM (PDT)
    • Thursday, October 05, 2023
    • 1:30 PM (PDT)
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    Presented by Maureen Backman

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



    The most recent definition of Motivational Interviewing is

    “a  collaborative,  person centered  form  of  guiding  to  elicit  and  strengthen  motivation  for  change”

    As dog trainers, we need competence not only in the field of dog behavior change, but also human behavior change. Motivational Interviewing is an evidence-based set of techniques to facilitate compliance and behavior change in clients. Designed for brief interventions and applied over a wide range of disciplines from health care to smoking cessation, Motivating Interviews can help trainers resolve more behavior cases and create more effective consultations with their clients.

    Learning Objectives

    •     Develop less client resistance.
    •     Ensure more  successful case resolutions.
    •     Helps reduce trainer  burnout.
    •     Learn road-maps and scripts to help effectively coach difficult clients.

    About The Presenter

     

    Maureen Backman, MS, CTC, graduated with honors from Jean Donaldson’s prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, and has a graduate degree in rehabilitation psychology. After working in San Francisco as a social worker, she combined her lifelong love of dogs and her strengths in counseling and coaching to forge a career as a dog trainer.

    Maureen’s particular strength is combining her knowledge of counseling and coaching along with her studies in positive reinforcement training techniques to help humans understand how to communicate and work with their dogs. She is strongly committed to using only humane, positive training methods that are based on animal learning science, and frequently consults with her colleagues at the Academy to further her knowledge in training methods and best practices.

    In addition to her master’s degree, Maureen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association for Pet Dog Trainers. She is one of the founders of Dog Connect SF, a positive reinforcement training blog and social network (which just won the Bay Woof 2013 Beast of the Bay Award for best dog social networking site!). She is the founder of The Muzzle Up! Project, aimed at erasing stigma and spreading education related to dogs wearing muzzles. She also leads the volunteer training team Muttville Senior Dog Rescue in San Francisco.

    • 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.
    • Thursday, September 10, 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Sunday, September 10, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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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.

    • Wednesday, October 28, 2015
    • 8:00 PM
    • Friday, October 28, 2022
    • 9:00 PM
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    presented by Dr. Jessica Hekman

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



    We've known for years how important it is to socialize puppies (and, in fact, animals of all mammalian species) at a young age in order to prevent behavior problems such as fearfulness and aggression from cropping up later. In this webinar, we will learn about how the canine socialization period was discovered, and we'll review the current state of knowledge about its timing. In the meat of the talk, we'll discuss some recent research findings about exactly what is going on in the brain which is different in puppies in their socialization window compared to older dogs outside the socialization window. We'll talk about differences in the puppy stress response and where those differences originate; we'll also talk about studies that have used a critical period of eye development to learn about neural wiring differences in the socialization period, and what implications those have for puppies. Finally, we will discuss appropriate ways of balancing a puppy's need for socialization with the dangers of exposing a puppy to other dogs before its immune system is mature.


    Webinar Objectives

    • Describe the timing of the canine socialization window and the methods used to discover it
    • Describe two mechanisms which are known to function differently in the mammalian brain during the socialization period
    • Suggest approaches to satisfying a puppy's need for socialization with the dangers of exposing a puppy to other dogs prior to the end of its puppy vaccine series


    About The Presenter


    Jessica Perry Hekman, DVM, MS is fascinated by dog brains. She is a PhD student at the University of Illinois, training in a genomics lab which studies a population of tame foxes. Her interests include the stress response in mammals, canine behavior, shelter medicine, and animal welfare. You may learn more about Jessica at www.dogzombie.com.
    • Sunday, November 29, 2015
    • 1:30 PM
    • Thursday, November 30, 2023
    • 3:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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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, January 28, 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, January 28, 2023
    • 1:30 PM
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    Presented by Lisa Gunter

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


    In this presentation, Lisa will discuss the findings of recent studies from the Canine Science Collaboratory in which they investigated the influence of breed labels on people’s perceptions of pit-bull-type dogs, their length of stay at the shelter and adoption success. She will also report the results of nearly a thousand breed ancestry tests carried out on dogs living in shelters.

    The Canine Science Collaboratory is finding that these canines have far more varied and complex breed identities than previously imagined - adding more fuel to the fire that breed identification of mixed breed dogs is a complex endeavor at best and untenable at worst.  

    Webinar Objectives

    • Evaluate influence of previously held perceptions about breeds of dogs
    • Assess effect of breed labeling on perceived attractiveness of shelter dogs
    • Understand how breed labeling in shelters could impact dog adoptions and length of stay
    • Recognize diversity of breed mixes within shelter dog population and implications regarding breed-specific behavior

    About The Presenter


    Lisa Gunter, MA is a PhD student at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology's Behavioral Neuroscience area and conducts her research under the mentorship of Clive Wynne in the Canine Science Collaboratory.   

    Lisa recently earned her MA in Behavioral Neuroscience, holds a BA in Journalism from The Evergreen State College and has worked with dogs in animal shelters and with their owners for nearly a decade. Lisa's research investigates how breed labels influence perceptions of dogs at shelters and interventions focused on helping adopters with new dogs. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior, Veterinary Behavior Symposium and the International Society of Anthrozoology.

    • Wednesday, March 23, 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • 9:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
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    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.


    Learning 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

    Dr. Jessica Hekman

    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.

    • 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.

      • Thursday, October 06, 2016
      • Friday, October 06, 2023
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      Presented by Kathy Sdao

      CEUs

      PPAB, 1.5 CCPDT, 1.5 IAABC, 1.5

      Are we as force-free with our clients and our colleagues as we are with the animals in our care? Our behavior-consulting work often takes place amidst emotionally charged situations. The stakes can be high and our clients can be upset, argumentative and unpleasant. Additionally, these same characteristics can describe our colleagues as well at times. And so, when dealing with disagreeable people, can we apply our core skills of careful observation, non-reactivity, gradual shaping and timely reinforcement of alternate behaviors? Let’s consider if we are willing to extend our ethic of non-violence to include our interactions with people as well as pets, and if so, what practical changes we could make to support this.


      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.

      www.KathySado.com




      • Monday, December 12, 2016
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      Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

      (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

      Presented by Niki Tudge

      CEUs: PPAB 2


      This two-hour presentation (broken down into two 1-hour sessions) will give you an overview on the key topics that need to be standardized within your pet care business. Everything from branding your business, safety and security policies to the necessary documentation and employee policies. Each presentation comes with action items the viewer can use to develop workable to do lists. Whether you want to understand professional competency or learn about pet care policies and procedures this is a must attend for those operating professionally in the pet care arena.


      Webinar Objectives  

      • How can we increase the professionalism of our industry while enhancing competency and ethics?
      • What are non-negotiable operating policies and how can we define them?
      • How can small business branding help our operation and enhance our profitability?
      • Understand the necessity for standardization particularly when growing the business from being just a lone operator to taking on and developing employees. 

      About the Presenter


      Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST

      Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe. Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England

      • Monday, December 12, 2016
      • 1:00 PM
      • Tuesday, December 12, 2023
      • 2:00 PM
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      Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

      (One of 25 webinars that were featured in PPG's August Virtual Pet Care Summit)

      Presented by Laura Bridges from Business Insurers of the Carolinas

      CEUs: PPAB 1 


      This presentation is designed to present Pet Professional Guild (PPG) members with an overview of insurance coverages that may be used to cover exposures to risk in their pet services businesses. It will go through PPG’s liability policy, including care, custody and control/animal bailee and veterinary medical coverages, as well as other general liability, professional liability, commercial property/equipment/business owners’ policies, workers’ compensation, commercial auto, bonding and umbrella policies. The presentation will include actual claims examples from the claims files at Business Insurers of the Carolinas in an effort to provide members with an understanding of the types of claims often seen and that are specific to the pet care/service industry. 


      Webinar Objectives

      • The importance of understanding the various insurance coverages that they need to properly cover their business.
      • The differences between general and professional liability and the importance of reading coverage forms.
      • The differences between PPG liability policy versus other policies on the market including differences between care, custody and control, animal bailee and veterinary medical expenses.
      • The importance of workers’ compensation and how workers compensation law differs from IRS/tax law as it pertains to employee/employer relationships. 


      About the Presenter

      Laura Bridges has been providing insurance and working with pet service professionals (dog trainers, pet sitters, pet groomers and boarding/daycare facilities) since she started working with Business Insurers of the Carolinas in August, 2000. She has headed the pet services department since 2002, specializing in insuring pet trainers, pet sitters/dog walkers, boarding kennels/daycares and pet grooming professionals. Laura works closely with David Pearsall, coowner of the company, and attends many association conferences each year, including the PPG Summit, meeting face to face with clients and working with them to reduce their exposures to risk.

      • 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

      • Wednesday, January 18, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Thursday, January 18, 2024
      • 3:30 PM
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      Presented by Yolanda Harper LCSW

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


      You used to LOVE going to work, but now, there’s a knot at the pit of your stomach as you go to bed and dread what’s to come the next day. You don’t sleep well because your night is consumed with thoughts about what might go wrong, and your irritable with your family. During your workday, the hours drag by, and you can feel the energy draining from your body. You can’t image doing this job another month, much less for years to come, and you daydream about your next vacation.

      What happened to your passion and drive? The good news is that it’s still there! This webinar is full of science, research, and – best of all – practical tips on how to get your groove back. The world needs for you to show up, do the work that you do, and help others in the way that only you can. Start now by taking some time to take care of yourself!

      Learning Objectives

      • Identify the roles of helping professionals and the definitions of burnout, stress, and compassion fatigue.
      • Identify Core Values, people and behaviors in support of these Core Values, and how these Core Values show up in Helping Professions.
      • Identify the difference between Numbing and Comforting Self Care.
      • Understand how burn out and self-care affect the brain and nervous system and have a plan for behaviors that are supportive of a healthy brain.
      • Identify personal and professional boundaries towards others and self.
      • Learn the research regarding self-compassion and the steps towards cultivating a self compassion practice.


      About The Presenter


      Yolanda Harper is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in the Tampa Bay, Florida area. She specializes in guiding others to Hope, Growth, and Healing as a Master Accelerated Resolution Therapist, a Daring Way™ facilitator, and as a neurofeedback provider. Yolanda is passionate about having community conversations about authenticity, wholeheartedness, boundaries, self-care, and the things that keep us from us showing up, being seen, and living brave in our lives.

      Toby is a Goldendoodle and is Yolanda's co-therapist. He loves long walks, squeaky toys, playing with turtles on the office grounds, and cuddling with clients. Find out more about Yolanda and Toby at www.harpertherapy.com, or on social media at www.facebook.com/yolandaharperLCSW

      • Thursday, March 02, 2017
      • 6:00 PM
      • Thursday, March 02, 2023
      • 7:00 PM
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      Presented by Beth Adelman

      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1



      While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? I have found a behavior modification protocol using negative reinforcement to be very effective in these situations.

      I am using the term “negative reinforcement” in the strict sense of removing something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated. I do not use aversives in this behavior modification protocol. My goal is always to move the cat as quickly as possible to a state where he or she is able to accept positive reinforcement.


      Learning Objectives

      • A very quick review of the four quadrants of negative and positive reinforcement and punishment, as used in discussing operant conditioning.
      • Why positive reinforcement might not work for some cats in some situations.
      • What kinds of cats/situations might do better with negative reinforcement.
      • Why negative reinforcement might work for those cats.
      • A step-by-step explanation of a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol for working with cats in a home environment. I will use the case study of one of my own cats as the framework for describing this protocol.
      • I will point out where I customized the protocol for this cat, for clients’ cats, and how it can be customized for each individual cat. Emphasis is on meeting each cat where they are.
      • How a negative reinforcement behavior modification protocol is used to lead the cat to a state where he or she can accept positive reinforcement for further behavior modification work.
      • If time permits, some tips on other ways to help a frightened/under-socialized cat adapt to a new home.

      About the Presenter



      Beth has been a cat behavior consultant with an active practice in New York for more than a decade and is a member of the PPG Cat Committee. She has taught the Cat Behavior segment (a six-hour one-day seminar) of Kutztown University’s Canine Training and Management certificate program. She has given seminars at IAABC conferences, and at professional conferences and public events sponsored by Pet Sitters International, the Garden State Cat Club, the Cat Writers Association, Meet the Breeds (a cat and dog breed showcase in New York City co-sponsored by TICA and AKC), and the Winn Feline Foundation, among others. Beth is also the 2011 recipient of the Winn Feline Foundation Media Appreciation award
      • Thursday, March 30, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Thursday, March 30, 2023
      • 3:00 PM
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      Presented by Robert Hewings
      CEUs PPAB 1. CCPDT 1.



      It has been long established that the dog can provide many health benefits to mankind, in guide work, assistance and therapy work, even education. With our world becoming ever-more stressful and mental health more understandable and common place, we are now beginning to talk about and discuss those things that only a generation ago were seen as ‘best kept quiet’

      How can we now train and allow our canine partner to help us assist those who suffer mental health issues?  As a retired police dog trainer of over twenty five years, and now an assistance dog trainer, I wish to take you on a personal journey that highlights the amalgamation of two very different training disciplines - A brief description of how scent work can be used to combat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder


      Webinar Objectives

      • Identify the advantages of the human/dog dyad as an aid to wellbeing
      • Understand the methodology of anxiety alert 
      • Apply the value of scent dog training within the assistance dog world 
      • Realize the importance of ‘multi-agency’ methods of training
      • Know the ‘golden-thread’ of therapy/assistance dog training dog training

      About The Presenter




      Robert Hewings is a highly experienced, qualified Canine Trainer and Management Consultant with a solid background in the design, development and delivery of bespoke programs for pet and service dog training institutions. He is also a qualified pet dog behavioral consultant. Rob is a part-time lecturer at Bishop Burton College (Hull University) U.K., where he specializes in Canine Training and Behavior, and Bergin University California USA, where his subjects include scent training for the Assistance Dog.

      Following on from an exemplary career as a dog handler and dog trainer with the Metropolitan Police spanning a 30-year period, he has now taken the decision to follow his passion, and channel his experience into ‘Training and coaching dogs, to help their people!’

      To realize this ambition, alongside his varied experience as a Police Dog Instructor, Rob began a learning journey that was to become life changing, not only for himself but for others. His academic career started with a BSc in Canine Behaviour and Training, then an MA in Professional Practice Police Dog Training, and he is now engaged in a Doctorate of Professional Practice Service Dog Training, where two leading projects within the doctorate have been:
      • Ambient scent can affect the emotional learning and memory of the dog,  how  this be used to benefit the successful placement of the assistance dog?
      • Human anxiety attacks, nightmares and night terrors. Is there a scent cue for the assistance dog?
      Rob has designed and developed a training program where the scent cue is a unique step forward in the training of the Assistance Dog for Anxiety attacks, and in providing comfort and support when the handler is suffering nightmare or night terrors.

      Rob is the education consultant with the International Working Dog Association, a board member of Southern Diabetic Retrievers Louisiana USA, where his training programs and course design are being used in diabetic alert. He is currently engaged in the design, development and instruction of an epileptic seizure alert training program working in partnership with a local authority. The methodology for this canine training is based upon his knowledge and experience within search and assistance dog training.
      • Friday, April 07, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Friday, April 07, 2023
      • 3:15 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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