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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


    • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    • 1:00 PM
    • Wednesday, September 18, 2024
    • 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.

    • Saturday, September 27, 2014
    • 12:00 PM
    • Wednesday, September 27, 2023
    • 1:30 PM
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    Presented by Jane Ehrlich

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


    Join Jane Ehrlich for this 60 minute webinar on Feline House Soiling Problems. House soiling is the key issue responsible for cats being re-homed or placed in shelters. It is also one of the most common problems facing behavior consultants.

    When cats urinate in inappropriate places we are left to ask, why does this happen and what can we do to change this problematic behavior?

    Jane will address each of these key reasons. This webinar will be interactive and attendees will be asked to submit questions prior to the live session during the registration process.

    Presentation Format

    This webinar has been set up to answer specific questions regarding this one topic and the key reasons this behavior may be happening

    • An infection or other medical problem
    • Problems with the litter box
    • Different kinds of stress

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the types of infections or medical problems that may be causing this behavior problem
    • How to rule out medical concerns
    • Types of litter box problems and the most appropriate solutions
    • The role stress plays in feline house soiling and potential solutions

    About The Presenter


    Jane now owns and operates Cattitude Feline Behavior in Arizona. Jane is Associate Certified with the IAABC.

    Jane has over 27 years as a trained feline behaviorist who understands and works with a cat’s psychology and personalities. For twenty years Jane was a volunteer clinical assistant and feline behavior advisor at the RSPCA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) in London. Jane studied under Dr. Michael W. Fox, internationally known veterinarian, bioethicist, and pioneering canine &feline behaviorist. As a cat behaviorist Jane helps owners worldwide by in-home consultation & telephone consultations.

    • 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
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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, March 23, 2016
    • 8:00 PM
    • Thursday, March 23, 2023
    • 9:00 PM
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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, 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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      Free Member Webinar

      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
      • 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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      Free Member Webinar

      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.

      • 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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      Free Member Webinar

      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
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      Presented by Dr. Nancy Kay

      CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.25


      Over the past decade, a series of canine spay/neuter research projects have provided compelling data that challenges our long-held beliefs about the impacts of neutering dogs. Some of the studies document an increased incidence of orthopedic diseases and/or cancer in dogs neutered before one year of age. Others document increased behavioral issues associated with neutering.

      This presentation will focus on the results of the recent research and how our thoughts about neutering dogma are beginning to shift. There's little doubt that neutering recommendations for our pet dogs are beginning to change. Webinar participants will land on the cutting edge of awareness of these changes.


      Learning Objectives
      • Review long-standing spay/neuter dogma
      • Review the research (or lack thereof) that contributes to current spay/neuter dogma
      • Learn about results of recent canine spay/neuter research
      • Have the opportunity to challenge long-standing spay/neuter dogma

      About The Presenter



      Dr. Nancy Kay received her veterinary degree from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine, and she completed her residency training in small animal internal medicine at the University of California—Davis Veterinary School. Dr. Kay is a board certified specialist in the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Recently retired from clinical practice, she worked as a specialist in private practice for 32 years. She is published in several professional journals and textbooks and lectures professionally to regional and national audiences. One of her favorite lecture topics is communication between veterinarians and their clients. Since the release of her books, Speaking for Spot: Be the Advocate Your Dog Needs to Live a Happy, Healthy, Longer Life and Your Dog’s Best Health, Dr. Kay has lectured extensively and written numerous magazine articles on the topic of medical advocacy. She was a featured guest on the popular National Public Radio show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Dr. Kay’s award winning blog, “Spot Speaks” is posted weekly.

      Dr. Kay was selected by the American Animal Hospital Association to receive the Hill’s Animal Welfare and Humane Ethics Award. This award is given annually to a veterinarian or nonveterinarian who has advanced animal welfare through extraordinary service or by furthering humane principles, education, and understanding. Dr. Kay was the Leo K. Bustad Companion Animal Veterinarian of the Year, an award presented every year by the American Veterinary Medical Association to a veterinarian whose work exemplifies and promotes the human animal bond. Dr. Kay has received several awards from the Dog Writer’s Association of America. Dr. Kay’s personal life revolves around her husband (also a veterinarian), her three children (none of whom aspire to be veterinarians) and their menagerie of four-legged family members. When she’s not speaking or writing, she spends her spare moments in the garden or horseback riding. Dr. Kay resides in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

      • Friday, April 21, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Friday, April 21, 2023
      • 3:30 PM
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      Presented by Jacqueline Munera

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


      Whether you work with dogs in households with cats, or you work with cats only, if your clients are in the United States or Canada, you will face a few conundrums related to phalangectomy procedures (onychectomy/declawing). Millions of cats have been declawed, many of which have undiagnosed physical ailments related to those procedures.  Your clients may not have successful behavioral outcomes if their animal’s health is not cared for and it is ethical for behavior professionals to consider the animal’s physical well being as the first step to any behavior modification plan. However, the entire topic is considered controversial by many people, including some of your clients and their vets. This means that you not only have to recognize evidence that a cat is having physical trouble related to the amputations, you also need to broach the topic without inciting animosity between the humans or overstepping your professional boundaries. Helping these cats will require the owner, vet, and behavior consultant to work together as a team.  You are the person to make that happen!

      Learning Objectives

      • Recognize multiple signs that a declawed cat needs medical intervention
      • Discuss medical and environmental interventions in a non-judgmental manner
      • Encourage teamwork between themselves, their clients and veterinarians
      • Provide further peer-to-peer resources to clients’ vets

      About The Presenter


      Jacqueline Munera encourages people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of. Jacqueline is a Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality.

      Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple award winning cat and dog behavior articles. Visit her site www.PositiveCattitudes.com for videos, article and a positive cattitude adjustment!

      • Saturday, July 01, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Monday, July 01, 2024
      • 3:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

      But my dog isn't food motivated!. When clients say this in an initial interview, my response is “not yet.” Eating is an operant behavior. Therefore, we can increase its probability and intensity and lower its latency through structured training procedures. While this might seem laughable if you have a ravenous Rottweiler or always-hungry hound, situations abound which require skilled intervention: a senior dog whose appetite is fading; a wary dog who has learned to distrust treats; a little dog who is fussy about meals; or a dog whose health is threatened by conditioned anorexia. While various medical conditions (requiring veterinary expertise) may create finicky eaters, so can unwise behavioral practices. We’ll review several common mistakes and provide alternatives.


      About The Presenter


      Kathy Sdao

      Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist who has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, initially with marine mammals and currently with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a Master’s 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, Sdao worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. After leaving the zoo world, she and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog day care facility where she began teaching clicker training classes for dog owners. For the past 17 years, Sdao has owned Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma. 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. Sdao is an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at 29 of these popular conferences since 2003. She also has traveled extensively 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. 

      • 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.

      • Wednesday, July 19, 2017
      • 2:00 PM
      • Wednesday, July 19, 2023
      • 3:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
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