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2017 Summit

    • Saturday, March 24, 2018
    • Sunday, November 07, 2021
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    Going for a Bumble Presented by Helen Philips

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2

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    Helen Phillips comes from a working dog background where, for many years, people have been discouraged from taking their gundogs for walks where they can free run. It was believed this would be detrimental to their working abilities and contaminate important behaviors, with the dogs self-reinforcing in scenting, hunting and chasing. This notion, however, fails to address the importance of expressing natural behavior and how fundamental scenting is for a dog’s long-term health and mental state. Many working dogs today live double lives. They have to be a part of the family and engage in family activities, but also compete and/or work in field sports. Many breeders are allowing their gundog puppies to go into homes where they know they will never go hunting or shooting, yet still advocate the idea that the dogs should not free run, and should not engage in play. This makes it very difficult for new and often novice owners to build a strong lifelong relationship with their dog, understand his needs, and be able to safely enjoy the outside together. It also fails to address that scenting, hunting and chasing behaviors and needs are innate, and will always be a part of the dog’s make-up. Dogs are highly intelligent and extremely good at learning patterns, contexts and situations by taking their behavior cues from overall external triggers. Because of this they can learn to go for a walk and distinguish it from going for a hunt, playing with a toy, and retrieving a pheasant.


    This presentation will discuss the nature of going for a walk with your dog, how to develop the skills needed to achieve this, and great games that can be enjoyed together that allow the expression of natural behavior whilst remaining connected. These benefits can, of course, be applied to all dogs.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How to develop strategies, cues and techniques to help manage the environment and build a connection when out and about.
    • Discuss how to distinguish between pro-active work and social pleasure
    • How to develop 'the invisible piece of string.'
    • Games to strengthen behavior.
    •  to engage in hunting and or scenting games with your dog and work as a team.
    • The importance of play when training using positive reinforcement.
    • Encourage choice-based discussion making in stimulating environments.
    • -How to apply different reinforcement strategies when outside and build incentives.

    Presenter: Helen Philips



    Helen Phillips is the owner of the ‘Clicker Gundog’ Training Centre. She is a qualified teacher and has also been a business partner with Learning About Dogs Ltd for almost ten years. During the last ten years she has also taught a Canine Training and Behaviour Course at Warwickshire College. She also manages a small shoot and runs a team of beaters on another small syndicate shoot in Worcestershire. 

    Helen  has obtained the Learning About Dogs Clicker Trainers Competency Assessment Programme levels 1, 2 and 3 with Distinction and is an active assessor for the scheme. She also teaches a variety of Clicker Training and Gundog courses around the world as well as in the UK.

    Helen is also the Author of the popular ‘Clicker Gundog’ Training Book. . Through Clicker Gundog she has developed a range of workshops and seminars to help teach these skills to both the handler and the dog. The seminars and workshops are held at a training facility that has been developed especially for the purpose and incorporates a working shoot so that both dogs and handlers new to the sport can experience what a shoot is all about, and those with experience can then practice their skill in the working environment.





    • Sunday, June 24, 2018
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Thursday, June 25, 2020
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
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    A short three part program covering the knowledge and skills required to effectively use sensory techniques such as body wraps.

    Learn all about the "What, "How" & Why" of Body Wraps


    Instructor - Kathy Cascade

    Three Short Lessons Delivered via Recorded Webinar - Available Now

    As trainers we are always looking for effective and creative ways to help the dogs we work with learn appropriate behavior and live successfully in our human world. We are also modeling to our clients how to communicate and interact with their dogs in a humane, respectful, and caring manner. Typically, positive reward-based training techniques are very successful in shaping new behaviors. Unfortunately, not all dogs are receptive to training in the moment due to states of anxiety, fear, or over-arousal, which interfere with optimal learning. The goal of this course is help you learn about “sensory techniques,” which simply means the use of specific sensory input (tactile, proprioceptive) to give dogs new experiences. These types of sensory experiences can influence both emotional and physical states, resulting in a lowering of arousal and improved focus. We will start with a very simple, but often profound tool called the Body Wrap.

    The Body Wrap for animals originated with the Tellington TTouch Method over 30 years ago and was the inspiration for the development of the Anxiety Wrap and the Thundershirt. As a Physical Therapist, I was also introduced to the concept of sensory techniques applied to children suffering from a variety of sensory processing disorders in the form of weighted vests and other light pressure garments.

    This course is divided into three short lessons consisting of a Power Point presentation in a recorded webinar format. A 5 question self-assessment quiz will be available at the end of each lesson to enhance your learning and allow you to confirm your understanding and knowledge.

    Lesson One will provide an overview of sensory concepts, particularly how tactile and proprioceptive input can influence the nervous system, often resulting in changes in posture, movement, and behavior. This section will also describe the purpose of using Body Wraps for dogs, proper fit and duration of wear, and the common situations where Body Wraps may be helpful in a home or other environment.

    Lesson Two will provide a step by step process for introducing and applying three variations of TTouch Body Wraps, and how to address any concerns the dog may demonstrate. Several pictures and video clips are included to assist you in developing your skills.

    Lesson Three will describe the use and application of Face and Head Wraps, and tips on the use of Thundershirts. There are several pictures and video clips to assist you in developing your skills.

    When you register:

    • You will receive a welcome document with detailed information about the program
    • You receive immediate access to all three lessons as webinars and the PDF copies of each lessons presentations.
    • You also receive links to each of the open-book online short self-check tests at the end of each module
    • Upon completion of the program you also receive a link to the open-book online final program short test. The test can be taken more than once and requires a pass of 85%
    • You will receive a video homework instruction document
    • You will be required to complete and submit three short videos demonstrating your skills in applying a Half Body Wrap, a Full Body Wrap, and a Face Wrap on a dog
    • Upon successful completion you will receive a completion certificate to proudly display as both a PDF and a graphic.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand the basic concept of using sensory input to influence posture, body awareness, and behavioral responses.
    • Identify multiple environmental contexts in which a Body Wrap or Thundershirt may be helpful.
    • Identify multiple behavioral issues in which the use of a Body Wrap or Thundershirt typically has been used.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Half Body Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Full Body Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate the sequence of steps to introducing and applying a Face Wrap on a dog.
    • Demonstrate appropriate body positioning while applying a Body Wrap or Face Wrap to avoid leaning over a dog and remaining safe.
    • Understand and demonstrate the correct fit of a Body Wrap and Face Wrap.
    • Learn how to work through initial concerns and how to help a dog overcome a freeze response.
    • Understand the difference between containment and restraint.

    Course Requirement:

    • Each of the three lessons is completed with a short online open-book self check test.
    • You will be required to complete and submit three short videos demonstrating your skills in applying a Half Body Wrap, a Full Body Wrap, and a Face Wrap on a dog.
    • A separate document will provide all the details of how to complete this homework assignment and the criteria for passing.
    • There is also a short open-book online self check test at the completion of the three lessons which requires a pass grade of 85%
    • Tests can be taken more than once, they are part of the learning process
    • You receive support from your faculty member and from your fellow students in our Facebook Student Common Room Group

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    • Friday, July 20, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Tuesday, July 20, 2021
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              If you missed the 2018 PPG Kanab Workshop then you are in for a treat. 

    Dr. Frank McMillan is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Workshop attendees!



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    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1

    What is Social Pain?

    Social pain is a specific type of emotional pain that may be defined as the unpleasant feelings arising from the perception that social relationships are threatened, damaged, or lost. Different emotional states are included in social pain, but the most prominent is loneliness The array of experiences known to elicit social pain is broad, as it includes every condition that involves a weakening or loss of any form of valued social connection, including being excluded, rejected, ostracized, isolated, betrayed, an unwanted physical or psychological separation from a social partner, and death of a social partner.

    Research in humans and nonhuman animals has provided compelling evidence that social pain and physical pain rely on some of the same processing centers in the brain, suggesting that the unpleasant feeling of physical and social pain are similar. Accordingly, they both have great potential to cause suffering. And in fact, some evidence has indicated that that in humans and animals social pain can actually be more distressing than physical pain.

    The concept of social pain has important implications for the welfare of all social animals, but due to the emotional changes accompanying domestication, social pain has particular relevance in the domestic dog. It is now generally assumed that domestication in dogs enhanced the dependency on and attachment to humans, which would imply a strengthening of the social bonding emotions. This would suggest the likelihood that social pain may be more intense in socially deprived dogs than in other species.

    This information will play an important role in our interactions with dogs, including such factors as housing; what constitutes abuse, neglect, and cruelty; methods of training and discipline; dog breeding; and canine obesity.

    Learning objectives

    • To gain a better understanding what social pain is and how it operates in animals.
    • To learn about the research elucidating the unique nature of sociality in dogs and why social pain is likely more important to this species than other social species.
    • To learn about the implications for social pain in a wide array of aspects of canine welfare.

    Your Presenter


    Frank McMillan, DVM is a board-certified specialist in animal welfare and veterinary internal medicine and currently the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society. Before coming to Best Friends in 2007, Dr. Frank was in private practice in Los Angeles for 23 years and was a clinical professor of medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Frank’s research concerns animal quality of life and the mental health and emotional well-being of animals who have endured hardship, adversity, and psychological trauma. Dr. Frank lectures worldwide and has published dozens of scientific journal articles and is the author of the textbook Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals, and a book for the general public titled Unlocking the Animal Mind.

    • Tuesday, July 24, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, July 24, 2021
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    Title:Top 5 low Stress Handling Techniques to use in Practice

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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    If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Dr. Sally Foote is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!

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    This presentation will feature the top five Low Stress Handling™ techniques to reduce fear, force, and pain when handling dogs in a care setting. These are techniques the presenter has used in practice, and has shared with many other veterinary professionals. The techniques are from the text book "Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs and Cats" by Dr. Sophia Yin. Actual handling videos from clinical examinations, with an emphasis on technique, will be provided.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Know the top five low stress handling techniques and how they will help you manage the majority of your cases.
    • Learn through actual exam videos the importance of timing, hand and body placement to reduce fear and pain and avoid the use of force.
    • Understand how to recognize underlying fear before reaching a dog’s threshold for aggression.
    • Be able to start using these techniques immediately.

    Presenter: Dr. Sally J. Foote

    Dr. Sally J. Foote is owner and head veterinarian of Okaw Veterinary Clinic in Tuscola, Illinois where she practices general and behavior veterinary care of small animals. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1984, she pursued a career in general medicine while pursuing further education in small animal behavior. Her current certifications include low stress handling silver certified, Fear Free professional, and animal behavior consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Foote has also completed course work in veterinary behavior at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as over 100 hours of veterinary behavior continuing education. One of her passions is writing, speaking and developing products to promote positive veterinary experience, and she also serves as the executive director of Cattledog Publishing, the legacy of Dr. Sophia Yin.

    • Tuesday, July 31, 2018
    • 12:00 PM
    • Saturday, July 31, 2021
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    Title: Finding, Assessing, and Recruiting Canines for Careers

    CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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    If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Sherry Woodard is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!

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    Each year thousands of dogs wait for homes, while each year thousands of people are waiting to acquire dogs that can work with them in some career capacity. As some people are looking for their next detection dog, other people are having a difficult time facing their day to day challenges. Since 2009, Canines with Careers has been demonstrating that shelter and rescue dogs can be successful candidates for careers when carefully screened, selected, placed and supported. 

    The placement and support may go beyond the transition period to the home and be a long term commitment, and the program focuses on building solid relationships between the human and the dog so that they can learn and grow together. In order to screen and select potential candidates, you must first build relationships with shelters and rescues within your community and develop a keen understanding of canine body language. Sharing your skills will enable you to build a healthy team of individuals with varying talents and contributions to assist in the entire process. 

    The presenter has found that a multi-faceted form of assessing includes information gathered from the rescue or shelter, medical teams, any outings/sleepovers, fosters and volunteers, life care plans, and personal assessments with documentation. Sometimes there is a waiting list of clients before the appropriate career dog is available, and sometimes career dogs are available before the appropriate match is there for them. Effective interviewing techniques for potential clients will be discussed to start building comfortable relationships that will potentially last beyond the lifetime of this placement. 

    The presenter will also discuss why creating and maintaining a strategic plan that includes both your capacities and limitations enables you to set achievable goals, realistic expectations, and experience positive results for both the humans and their canines with careers

    Learning Objectives:

    - Understanding the importance of building relationships with shelters and rescues as well as within your community (donors, foster homes, trainers, vets, and your clients).

    - Learn various models for maintaining canines for careers and understand your personal limitations.

    - Understand why and how working with rescue and shelter dogs can be more time efficient while building solid relationships that rely on both human and dog learning and growing together.

    - How to see every animal as an individual and to look at the animals that are already showing potential for when we need them.

    - The importance of building a team to support your recruiting efforts. Your team might include shelter staff and volunteers, rescue staff and volunteers, inmate program staff and volunteers, and foster families.

    - Understand canine body language for the assessment and selection as well as for teaching your entire team to help identify potential canines for careers.

    - How to interview people in need of career dogs and use that information to set them up for long term success.

    - Help your clients to understand that every animal needs a safety network; however, understand that you might be a part of that plan for ongoing support and emergency arrangements.

      Your Presenter

      Sherry Woodard, CCPDT-KA

      Sherry Woodard is Best Friends Animal Society’s resident animal behavior consultant. As an expert in animal training, behavior and care, she develops resources, provides consulting services, leads workshops and speaks nationwide to promote animal welfare.

      Sherry has developed a canine behavior assessment method to help people learn what dogs need so that they can be placed safely in new homes. In 2009, she started Canines with Careers, a revolutionary program that trains shelter and rescue dogs to become working dogs for families across the country. She is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT) and is nationally certified through the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (CCPDT) as a certified professional dog trainer – knowledge assessed (CPDT-KA).

      • Friday, August 17, 2018
      • 12:00 PM
      • Tuesday, August 17, 2021
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      Title: Supplements, Pheromones and Non Pharmaceutical Therapies – Do they work?

      CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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      If you missed the PPG Summit then you are in for a treat. Dr. Sally Foote is a fabulous speaker and was extremely well received by Summit attendees!

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      For animals suffering with chronic anxiety or panic disorders, chemical therapies can help improve the altered brain chemistry and aid in learning ability. Often, pharmaceutical medications are used, yet they can present concerns about side effects, cost and stigma. Alternative therapies can also be used successfully in behavioral medicine. This presentation will discuss the most commonly used pheromones, nutritional supplements, commercially prepared diets, and essential oil therapies. Comparisons of products will be made for effectiveness and quality control.

      The studies, science and medicine of each class of therapies with specific examples of products

      will be discussed, with an emphasis on quality control of non-pharmaceuticals. The presenter will also discuss the safe use of alternative therapies with pharmaceutical therapy. Lastly, the safety, efficacy and availability of products will be presented with indications according to species differences.

      Learning Objectives:

      • The need for chemical intervention in chronic anxiety.
      • How common pharmaceuticals and alternative therapies work on body chemistry.
      • Specific product categories - where, when and how they work in the dog and cat.
      • Scientific study support to the effectiveness of alternative therapies.
      • Use of alternative therapies with pharmaceutical therapy.
      • Safety, efficacy, availability according to species.
      • Know what you are buying and using for effectiveness and safety.

      Presenter: Dr. Sally J. Foote

      Dr. Sally J. Foote is owner and head veterinarian of Okaw Veterinary Clinic in Tuscola, Illinois where she practices general and behavior veterinary care of small animals. After graduating from the University of Illinois in 1984, she pursued a career in general medicine while pursuing further education in small animal behavior. Her current certifications include low stress handling silver certified, Fear Free professional, and animal behavior consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Dr. Foote has also completed course work in veterinary behavior at Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine, West Lafayette, Indiana, as well as over 100 hours of veterinary behavior continuing education. One of her passions is writing, speaking and developing products to promote positive veterinary experience, and she also serves as the executive director of Cattledog Publishing, the legacy of Dr. Sophia Yin.

      • Tuesday, August 28, 2018
      • 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • Friday, October 23, 2020
      • 4:30 PM (EDT)
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      CEUs: PPAB 3, IAABC 2.5



      The Fostering Collaborative Care Program is available as an educational event and a certification. Your choice!

      Join the program and become the go-to-expert in your area and have your clients enjoying Collaborative Care procedures whether they are at home, with their groomer or their veterinarian. 

      How Does This Work: 

      1. Register
      2. Collect Your Codes
      3. Download your Material 
      4. Begin Your Program 

      The Program includes:

      7 Collaborative Care Skills

      4 Key Concepts  ..... and much more


      Program  Description

      This Fostering Collaborate Care recorded presentation delivered in two parts, will provide you with the skill-set and knowledge needed to help pet owners look after their pets’ emotional, as well as physical, well-being.

      What is Included:

      • 2.5 hours of recorded presentations.Part 1 and part 2
      • 2 x PDFs of your presentation notes
      • 1 x Editable PDF Flyer to promote the program
      • A Free PDF copy of Get Coaching Now - The How, What and Why of Effective Pet Industry Client Consultations and Skill Training Sessions by Niki Tudge

      Your 11 page Instructor Manual which includes:

      • Your program overview and class size
      • Recommended pricing
      • 7 Key Skills
      • 4 Key Concepts
      • Your six-week class curriculum
      • Your class introduction verbiage
      • Your recommended class format, equipment and supplies
      • How to host a graduation ceremony
      • Suggested marketing and class descriptions

      Your Program Learning Objectives

      • Improve a pet’s manageability through happy collaboration during husbandry procedures
      • Learn how to teach cooperative behaviors that will help pets experience less stress during pet care procedures whether in the home, during transport, or at the vet’s, groomer’s, pet sitter’s or elsewhere.
      • Support the increase of the human-animal bond and levels of trust shared
      • Build a positive emotional response to collaborative care

      Read more about the program here

      Key Skills 7 Key Skills

      1. Shake Hands – A cute trick for saying hi that is also incompatible to jumping up – Indispensable for paw exams and nail trims. A default behaviour - For meet & greets and whenever the pet is unsure of what to do
      2. Hand Target – A nose to hand touch for use in husbandry procedures, to build confidence, & to effortlessly move and position pets.
      3. Sustained Chin (to hand or object) Target and Sustained (nose to) Hand Target for use in pet care procedures & to effortlessly move and position pets, keeping them in position for the required duration. These sustained behaviors also act as a clear signal of consent, allowing the pet to Say Yes or No!
      4. A Default sit, down or stand – For use in training; during husbandry procedures; to maintain a high rate of reinforcement and a means of the pet clearly letting us know that they are ready to participate in their care and to continue the collaboration.
      5. Paws Up – Two front paws up on object – Fantastic behaviour for grooming and examinations; getting in and out of vehicles…
      6. In Your Crate – A crate should be a pet’s safe-place to be; a place they willingly go to and happily relax in – Essential for transport; stays away from home; vet visits; when unable to actively supervise the pet
      7. On Your Mat – Imagine a dog who immediately runs to their mat when the doorbell rings; a cat who comfortably settles on a mat while at the vet’s...

      4 Key Concepts

      1. Giving Pets a Choice – Teach behaviors that empower pets to become true collaborative partners, actively choosing to participate in their care procedures
      2. Enabling Pets to Have a Voice – Help pets build the skills to clearly consent to procedures – to say “Yes” or to say “No”
      3. The Reduction of Anxiety, Stress and Fear - Supporting pets and their owners by creating, through education, more relaxed and enjoyable care procedures
      4. Improved Emotional, Environmental & Physical Well-Being – The building of positive behaviors and emotions towards a pets management, training and care procedures.


      Your  Instructor 

      Louise Stapleton-Frappell BA (Hons) PCBC-A PCT-A CAP3 CTDI CWRI DN-FSG1 DN- CPCT2 

      Louise is membership manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles and a DogNostics Career Center faculty member. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards and science-based dog training. She was one of the first 20 people worldwide to become a Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited and is also a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant - Accredited, both through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Louise is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and shares her passion for tricks with her dog Jambo, who, at the age of just 16 months, became the first Staffordshire bull terrier ever to become a trick dog champion.

      Louise gained her CAP3 with distinction and holds verified certification in animal behavior and welfare (Edinburgh University) and dog emotion and cognition (Duke University). She is a steering committee and education committee member of The Pet Professional Guild; regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and a co-presenter on PPG World Service Radio.

      Louise is the creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certificate Program and TrickMeister Titles. She has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in southern Spain.



      • Thursday, August 30, 2018
      • 9:00 AM (EDT)
      • Sunday, August 30, 2020
      • 4:30 PM (EDT)
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      With Louise Stapleton-Frappell

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      CEUs PPAB 4.5, IAABC 4.5


      Add This Program to Your Business Services & Choose The Option To Gain A New Credential!

      Dogs and people love tricks and games. Offering Fun Trick Classes will broaden your service offerings, help build client loyalty, increase your business revenue and support the needs of your pet owning community.

      Group classes help dogs have fun, build confidence and burn lots of mental and physical energy. Dogs learn new behaviors and pet parents learn how to teach those behaviors using force-free training techniques.

      Your DogNostics Dog Trick Instructor Manual contains an overview of all the practical skills you will teach, the knowledge you will share and the games you will play to teach and proof your clients' skills.

      We will provide you with all the tools you need to start offering fun trick classes.  The Dog Trick Instructor Program is like a business in a box. Lesson plans and fully detailed curriculum, which can be used as is or adapted to suit your training situation; marketing tools; class graduation certificates and much more.  Everything you need to get going!



      Program Description

      What is Included:


      Your 23-page Instructor Manual which includes:

      • Your program overview and class size
      • Recommended pricing
      • Your six-week class curriculum
      • Your class introduction verbiage
      • Your recommended class format, equipment and supplies
      • How to host a graduation ceremony
      • A list of recommended tricks and fun games to play
      • Suggested marketing and class descriptions

      Your Presentation Tools:
      • Dog Trick Instructor Program - Key Strategies Video - 28 mins
      • Dog Trick Instructor Program - Key Strategies PDF
      • Dog Trick Instructor Program – The Curriculum Video - 38 mins
      • Dog Trick Instructor Program – The Curriculum PDF
      • Dog Trick Instructor Program – The Games Video - 47 mins
      • Dog Trick Instructor Program – The Games PDF

      Your 12 eLearning Videos:
      1. Close – Learner swings in to handler’s left side
      2. Come. A DogNostics Recall
      3. Go Round
      4. Peekaboo
      5. Shake hands
      6. Sit and Stand
      7. Sit Pretty!
      8. Spin
      9. Stay
      10. Take a Bow
      11. Target stick
      12. Watch Me

      Also included in program are:

      Your Weekly Handouts

      • Fun Trick Class Week One
      • Fun Trick Class Week Two
      • Fun Trick Class Week Three
      • Fun Trick Class Week Four
      • Fun Trick Class Week Five
      • Fun Trick class Week Six
      Your Attendance Certificates
      • Fun Trick Class Attendance Certificate A4
      • Fun Trick Class Attendance Certificate Letter size
      Your Program Marketing Tools:
      • An editable Fun Trick Class Flyer
      • Fun Trick Class Social Media Ad PNG
      • Fun Trick Class Social Media Ad JPEG

      WHY BECOME A DOGNOSTICS' CERTIFIED TRICK INSTRUCTOR?

      • Earn the right to the post-nominal title Dog Trick Instructor, DN-DTI
      • The DogNostics Dog Trick Instructor credential is for professionals who believe there is no place for shock, choke, prong, fear or intimidation in canine training and behavior practices.
      • Gaining your DogNostics Dog Trick Instructor Certificate will allow you to stand out from the crowd, showing that you have passed our eligibility requirements, demonstrating a strong knowledge and competent mechanical skills, supported by people coaching skills.
      • Earn your DogNostics Dog Trick Instructor Certification and you will receive your DogNostics Dog Trick Instructor Certificate and DN-DTI badge to use on your website!


      Developed and designed for you by Louise Stapleton-Frappell and Niki Tudge


      Your  Program Instructor 

      Louise Stapleton-Frappell BA (Hons) PCBC-A PCT-A CAP3 CTDI CWRI DN-FSG1 DN- CPCT2 

      Louise is membership manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles and a DogNostics Career Center faculty member. Originally from Yorkshire, England, Louise has constantly built on her knowledge and furthered her education in the field of force-free, rewards and science-based dog training. She was one of the first 20 people worldwide to become a Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited and is also a Professional Canine Behavior Consultant - Accredited, both through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. Louise is a Certified Trick Dog Instructor and shares her passion for tricks with her dog Jambo, who, at the age of just 16 months, became the first Staffordshire bull terrier ever to become a trick dog champion.

      Louise gained her CAP3 with distinction and holds verified certification in animal behavior and welfare (Edinburgh University) and dog emotion and cognition (Duke University). She is a steering committee and education committee member of The Pet Professional Guild; regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and a co-presenter on PPG World Service Radio.

      Louise is the creator of the DogNostics’ Dog Trainer Certificate Program and TrickMeister Titles. She has presented at conferences internationally and has gained a reputation for expertly teaching and training humans and canines at her own establishment, The DogSmith of Estepona, in southern Spain.



      • Thursday, August 30, 2018
      • 12:00 PM
      • Monday, August 30, 2021
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      Title: The Art and Science of Non-Auditory Communication 

      CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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      This presentation will discuss the science of positive reinforcement training and communication, why everyone can take an interest and in expanding their teaching skills, and how our non-verbal (auditory) communication options can further enhance training with hearing animals as well.

      This different slant on learning and teaching helps people think outside the box and further expand their techniques to include other means of communicating effectively and reinforcing positively, as well as planning ahead to set up environments to be safe and productive for learning. While many trainers (and guardians) may be well-versed in traditionally using an auditory marker system to communicate, interacting with a deaf or blind dog often presents new challenges.

      Additionally, considering alternatives to auditory communication can only enhance the teaching and learning experiences of animals. By expanding our teaching/learning repertoire to include visual/tactile cues, the following may be relevant:

      1. Dogs generally find visual cues more salient, so may be more responsive.

      2. Animals may lose sight or hearing later in life or via some other scenario vs. being born deaf/blind, so we are a step ahead.

      3. People will think we are cool/magic as we communicate without words.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Communication with hearing or visually impaired dogs.
      • Non-auditory communication benefits all animals.
      • Communication: attention and language.
      • Training = education and communication.
      • Markers and reinforcers.
      • Teaching what to do: proactive vs. reactive.
      • Wellness plan and safety.
      • Managing to set up for success.
      • The importance of effective exchanges.
      • Conditioning a communication tool as a first step.
      • Why we teach what to do and eliminate the sign for “no.”
      • Your dog as a thinking animal: helping him make good choices.

      Presenter

      Terrie Hayward M.Ed KPA-CTP CSAT CPDT ACDBC is a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member and certified training partner, as well as the owner and lead trainer for PAW-Positive Animal Wellness in Rincon, Puerto Rico. She specializes in working with dogs who are hearing impaired, and dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. She has written articles on training and behavior modification for BARKS from the Guild, Karen Pryor Academy, Pet Business, and Grooming Business magazine and is the author of the pocket guide to working with deaf dogs: A Deaf Dog Joins the Family.

      • Thursday, September 06, 2018
      • 12:00 PM
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      Presented by Dr. Lynn Bahr

      CEUs: PPAB 2, IAABC 2, CCPDT 2

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      Throughout history, cats have always lived outdoors. It is only recently, within the last 50-60 years, that indoor cats have become the norm. This became possible with the introduction of kitty litter, cat food and the prevalence of sterilization. While the new housing arrangement has strengthened the bond people have with their cats, life within four walls is not always ideal for them. In fact, many cats live within very un-cat-fur-able surroundings devoid of fresh air, sunshine, grass and entertainment. However, with a little effort and creativity, it is possible to enrich cats’ lives easily and affordably. The focus of this lecture is to present ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more suitable environments for our captive furry feline friends. Strategies for creating the “purr”fect environment will be discussed and include how to grow grass for cats, the proper way to feed them, providing suitable areas to scratch, play and exercise, as well as opportunities to experience fresh air and sunshine safely. The goal of the lecture is to recognize that living exclusively indoors is restrictive, unnatural and many times undesirable from a cat’s point of view, but that we can do many things to make the surroundings more comfortable and enriching with simple solutions that make their lives better.

      Learning Objectives:

      Recognize the changing lifestyle of cats within the past 50 years from living life outdoors to often being housed exclusively indoors, and the impact it has had on their lives and ours.

      Discuss the effects of this relatively new lifestyle on our furry friends as it relates to their overall health and well-being. Medical conditions like obesity, inflammatory diseases and depression may be linked to living in environments lacking suitable enrichment, and more attention is needed to prevent these ailments from occurring.

      Identify common problems that exist in feline households that lack suitable outlets for cats to exhibit normal behavior. Focus on basic and necessary elements that are essential for all cats housed within four walls to ensure that their mental and physical needs are met.

      Discover ways to bring the outdoors inside to create more natural and stimulating habitats that contribute to improving the quality of life of indoor-only cats.

      Your Presenter


      Dr. Lynn Bahr is a 1991 graduate of the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine who credits a special grey and white ball of kitten fluff with leading her down the path of a career in feline medicine and behavior. Her areas of interest and special care for felines include health and wellness, environmental enrichment, hospice care, strengthening the animal-human bond, ending the practice of declawing, and the ability to speak cat. Dr. Bahr is currently the CEO of Dezi & Roo, a company that manufactures and sells solution-based pet products. She also serves on the board of directors of Pandemonium Aviaries.

      • Thursday, October 04, 2018
      • 1:00 PM (EDT)
      • Saturday, September 26, 2020
      • 2:00 PM (EDT)
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      Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson MRCVS

      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT 1

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      During this intermediate level webinar, U.K. based veterinarian, Dr. Nick Thompson, will discuss some of the hot topics surrounding raw food nutrition and what is driving people to change to a raw/fresh diet for the pets in their care. He will also take a look at some of the reasons why others are not changing to a raw diet and whether there are in fact, any reasons for concern.

      Dr. Thompson will then delve into the link between diet and behaviour in humans and whether what we know about humans can be applied to dogs. He will discuss proteins, fats, carbs. and ketogenic diets before drawing the presentation to a close, with a look at supplements and the foods we should choose to engender optimal behaviour in our canine companions, as well as those we should avoid.


      Webinar Objectives


      • Gain an overview of raw feeding in 2018
      • Understand how diet affects behaviour and the evidence 
      • Understand nutritional options for optimal behaviour


      Your Presenter


      Veterinarian, Dr. Nick Thompson has been advocating passionately for responsible, species-appropriate raw pet food feeding for over 20 years. He is Founder and President of the international Raw Feeding Veterinary Society (www.rfvs.info) and has co-authored a pioneering worldwide survey of 79 vets and their experiences feeding raw food. He has organised international raw food conferences for the RFVS for the last four years.

      Since 1999, Nick has headed a busy specialist practice near Bath (Holisticvet Ltd, www.holisticvet.co.uk) offering homeopathy, acupuncture, natural nutrition and herbal medicine for dogs and horses. Nick has shared his passion for raw with nutritional consultancy advice to most of the premier raw pet food companies in the UK. He lectures and consults in raw throughout the UK, Finland, Spain, France, Belgium and the Netherlands. 

      Nick is married with two children, two chickens and a Snowshoe cat, a hunter, called Ziggy and lives in Wiltshire, UK.

      • Wednesday, October 17, 2018
      • 3:00 PM (EDT)
      • Saturday, October 17, 2020
      • 4:00 PM (EDT)
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      Presented by Kristi Benson

      CEUs: PPAB 1

      Everyone—dog owners and dog professionals—are invited to join in for an hour-long session about jumping and pestering dogs presented by dog trainer Kristi Benson. In her hallmark inviting and funny tone, Kristi will discuss some easy-to-implement techniques to reduce jumping up, begging, mouthing and biting clothes, and mooching. If your dog is like a pogo stick at the door, jumping and mouthing, or begs at the table, there’s help!  Kristi will explore both the underlying “why” questions and then outline ways to prevent the worst offenses by setting your dog up for success, identifying and avoiding problem contexts, and even some easy training techniques you can use to start to change your dog’s behaviour. There will be links to free hand-outs for you to download as well.

       Learning Objectives

      • Why dogs jump up.
      • Easy techniques to keep dogs off of guests at the door.
      • The role of exercise and enrichment to reduce pestering.
      • How to fit exercise and enrichment into your already-busy schedule.
      • Accidental reinforcement and begging, and what to do if that has been happening around your dinner table. This will include why starting to ignore the dog now (i.e. “extinction”) isn’t the best choice to use.
      • Training techniques with proven history (training an alternate behaviour).
      • Why and how to avoid corrections when working with energetic and jumping dogs.

      Your Presenter

      Kristi Benson

      Kristi is an honors graduate of, and now on staff at, the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers, where she earned her Certificate in Training and Counseling. She leads special projects at the Academy and is in charge of the weekly webinars, along with student coaching. Kristi enjoys working with dogs who need help with obedience, fearfulness, aggression, unruliness, or any number of other issues. She also loves helping the humans in the equation, and brings her trademark combination of humour and compassion to the kitchen table when working with her clients.

      Kristi also enjoys reaching out to dog owners through writing. Her blog was named one of the top fifty dog blogs in 2016 by Thoroughly Reviewed. She also regularly writes for the Academy for Dog Trainers’ blog and for Dog International. Besides offering professional training services in the Parkland region of Manitoba and Saskatchewan, Canada; Kristi also works with clients across Canada via video chat. For ten years, she ran a sled dog micro-rescue with her partner, and fostered, house-trained, obedience-trained, and re-homed numerous racing sled dogs. Kristi still enjoys skijoring (cross-country skiing attached to a dog), dog scootering, and other pulling sports with her Alaskan husky sled dogs. She lives on a small mixed farm in west central Manitoba. Kristi is a Full Member Dog Training Professional of the Pet Professional Guild. She has a BA and MA in Archaeology, and enjoys working as an applied anthropologist with northern communities in Canada’s western Arctic.
      • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
      • 1:00 PM
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      • 2:30 PM
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      You Owe it to Yourself; You Owe it to Your Customers; You Owe it to Your Pets - Be Prepared –

      Whether you are a pet owner or a pet professional you owe it to yourself and the pets you care for to be prepared for any emergency. And being prepared is as simple and easy as turning on your computer and attending the DogNostics Pet First Aid Program.

      Join our extensive Pet First Aid Certification program delivered through multiple individual bite size lessons via your computer, or any electronic device, in the comfort of your own home.

      Certification requires the completion of an open-book test and the submission of four short videos. Both technical skills and knowledge are assessed to ensure a specific level of competency.

      This program does not just cover the typical pet emergencies, it also covers the following common problems that you may encounter when caring for a pet:

      • Choking
      • Gastrointestinal
      • Toxicities
      • Insect Bites & Stings
      • Dehydration
      • Vomiting & Diarrhea
      • Seizures
      • CPR & Triage
      • Dog Breed Medication Sensitivity
      • The Pet First Aid Kit
      • Heat Stroke
      • Lacerations
      • Wound Care
      • Hot Spots
      • Broken Toenails
      • Bandaging
      • Burns
      • Corneal Abrasions
      • Prolapsed Eyes
      • Fractures
      • Luxations (Dislocations)
      • Hypoglycemia
      • Diabetes

      Keep growing in your profession – As Pet Owners and Pet Professionals, we all know how important it is to keep up on the cutting edge of new information, methods and techniques. Science continues to provide us with better and easier ways to perform our job. Studies of best practices often reveal improved techniques that can help us be more effective and even save lives. The DogNostics Pet First Aid Program provides you with the necessary skills to manage a pet emergency covering topics from heat stroke to snake bites, CPR, wound management and how to safely transport a pet to the care of a veterinarian professional.

      Your Pets Deserve the Best – Whether they are clients or family members, our pets deserve the best. But to provide the best you have to be prepared to take care of those pets you are responsible for and be able to handle all emergencies. Most importantly you need the training and experience to make sound decisions in stressful situations. DogNostics Pet First Aid makes a valuable addition to your pet care toolkit so you can be prepared for any emergency.

      Raise Yourself Above Your Competition – What sets you apart? You’re a pro. You have the confidence, skills and experience to deal with any situation you may face. You are more dedicated to your profession, your career, your business than the ‘here-today-gone-tomorrow’ types you see come and go. You take your responsibilities seriously and make the effort to get the training you need to stay at the top. Make the best investment in pet care you can, by getting your First Aid certificate.

      Certification Requirments: Pass a 50 question open-book test and submit 4 short videos to show your skill competency. Learn more here


      • Friday, November 15, 2019
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      The domestic dog is an excellent model for the study of behavioral genetics and gene-behavior relationships. A growing scientific literature is starting to identify gene-behavior associations for a wide variety of canine behaviors. While this is making important advances in our basic understanding of gene-behavior relationships, it is sometimes difficult to understand the implications of these studies for pet owners, trainers, and the pet community. Especially in times of breed specific legislation, it is critical to draw upon the scientific literature and critically evaluate the body of literature on gene-behavior relationships in dogs.  

      The aim of this session is to slowly and comprehensively break down the methods and findings of current canine behavioral genetic research and contextualize the results for real-world implications. We will cover topics on behavioral genetics, genome wide associations studies (GWAS), candidate gene studies, and epigenetics. While results from these studies are discussed in the media and the pet community, discussions regarding the quality of behavioral phenotyping and effect sizes is often missing, which are arguably the most important discussions to have regarding the implications of any study.  

      The session will turn the initiated consumer of science into an informed reader of genetics research and will have a greater understanding of the current state of the field. It will discuss why there is currently no genetic test for aggression and whether such a test may be feasible in the future. It will also discuss the evolving field of epigenetics and how this has changed our understanding of gene-behavior relationships. A basic understanding of genetics will be helpful background but will not be a requirement to meet the learning objectives.  

      Learning Objectives: 

      • Describe different methodologies for genetics research. 
      • Identify benefits and limitations of each method. 
      • Identify which method was used by a recently published study. 
      • Contextualize the meaning of the results of a recent study and indicate what conclusions can be drawn. 
      • Read a new scientific study and be able to evaluate the strength of the conclusions and implications for your pet community. 

      Your Presenter

      Dr. Nathaniel Hall

      Dr. Nathaniel Hall is an assistant professor of companion animal science at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, and the director of the canine olfaction research and education laboratory in the department of animal science. Dr. Hall earned his Ph.D at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida, specializing in the study of behavior analysis and canine olfaction. As a postdoctoral researcher, he continued his studies at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona investigating the optimization of training to enhance canine’s detection of home-made explosives. Now at Texas Tech, his work continues to explore canine olfactory perception and how experience influences odor perception. His lab also investigates predictors and correlates of problem behavior, behavioral predictors of working aptitude, and canine health. Throughout his career, Dr. Hall has published numerous peer-reviewed scientific publications and book chapters.

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      • Monday, November 25, 2019
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      Cats are commonly considered by some to be “aloof,” “standoffish,” or even “spiteful” because their behaviors seem mysterious and nonsensical. But cats and cat behavior are, in fact, none of these things. To the untrained eye, cat communication signals can be obscure and, as a result, cat behavior is often misunderstood. Unfortunately, this can lead to inaccurate assessments of cats’ intentions and negative impact on the cat-human bondBut the great thing about feline communication is, once you learn to see the signals, you cannot not see them. And once you learn appropriate terminology, you will be able to see beyond the labels and accurately describe cat behavior 

      The session will begin with a discussion about the language used to describe cat behavior and its effect on how cats are perceived. This will be followed by a brief history of the domestic cat to give us a full understanding of our subjects. We will then explore feline communication signals and their mechanisms, as well as the biological and social factors that influence how cats communicate. You will also learn the importance of context in determining what a cat is communicating and some of the factors that influence cats’ social behaviors with humans and other cats. We will then take a close look at feline aggression signals, some of which are extremely subtle. We will wrap up with some practice applying what you have learned and using the correct terminology when describing behavior. 

      After the presentation, you will be able to immediately apply what you have learned. Most importantly, you will better understand the cats in your care. You will also be better equipped to help clients understand what their cats are saying, which will improve bonds and even save cats’ livesAn added bonus of learning to speak cat is that cats will suddenly start speaking to you—how cool is that? 

       

      Learning Objectives: 

      • Use language that describes behavior instead of labeling it. 

      • Understand the biological and social history of the domestic cat. 

      • Appreciate the significance of scent in feline communication. 

      • Identify common feline vocalizations. 

      • Observe how cats use their bodies, ears, eyes, whiskers, mouths, and tails to communicate. 

      • Recognize that contextual cues provide important information about what cats communicate.  

      • Identify some specific communication signals used with humans and other cats. 

      • Recognize signs of impending and overt aggression in cats. 

      • Understand the flexibility of feline social behavior and its influences. 

      • Apply your knowledge of cat communicatiosignals and behavior to examples. 

      • Practice using appropriate terminology to describe feline behavior. 

      Your Presenter


      Paula Garber

      Paula Garber is the owner of LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, New York. She is a certified animal training and enrichment professional and certified feline training and behavior specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also a Fear Free certified trainer and is certified in Low-Stress Handling for Dogs and Cats (Silver-2015). She holds a Master’s in education and is currently earning a diploma in feline behavior science and technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. She is chair of the Pet Professional Guild’s feline division, and also serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester and hosts an annual volunteer event to build winter shelters for feral cats in her community.

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      • Saturday, November 30, 2019
      • Sunday, November 30, 2025
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      Learning Objectives:

      • Overview of an applied behavior analysis (ABA) approach.
      • Understanding a functional behavioral assessment. 
      • Practical examples of analyzing aggressive behaviors. 

      Your Presenter


      Chirag Patel PG Cert (CAB) BSc (Hons) DipCABT runs UK-based animal behavior and training specialists Domesticated Manners and conducts consults with pet owners, organizations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind UK and The Kong Company, and zoos. He also presents seminars worldwide, writes for popular dog magazines and blogs, works part-time as an assistant head of canine training and behavior at Dogs Trust, and is the scientific advisor for the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums Training Group.

      Patel has a BSc (Hons) in veterinary sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London, England as well as a post-graduate certificate from the University of Lincoln, England in clinical animal behavior under veterinary behaviorists Prof. Daniel Mills and Helen Zulch. Patel previously worked at the university as the head trainer. He is currently doing his MSc in applied behavior analysis at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

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