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Your  2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit - attend in Your Pajamas!

Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12, 2016
3 monthly payments available to all registrants. Simply register for the event and wait for your initiation email. Then click on the appropriate link and sign up for payments.

Welcome to the Registration Page

Welcome to the registration page for our 2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit. 

This is a summit you can attend from the comfort of your own home and even wearing your PJ's. 

  • More than 25 hours of educational webinars across a variety of topics geared towards the pet care professional
  • Two tracks each day starting at 9:00 AM EDT and finishing around 7:30 PM EDT
  • Ample time for lunch and breaks
  • Registration options for members and non members
  • Registration options for those who want to view specific live sessions only and those who wish to receive all the recordings afterwards. Chose between basic and premium registration options.
  • Recordings available after the fact to premium registrants

1. The Basic Package Includes:

2. Premium Package Includes:

  • 13 hours of live webinars you can personally attend over the two days.  Click here for more information
  • Recordings to all of the sessions sent to you by email after the event
  • PDF handouts of each webinar note slides

Presenter List & Webinar Descriptions 

Your Presenters range in experience and skill covering everything from marketing, branding, sales, canine and feline communication, health and handling, managing groups of dogs, dog walking skills, grooming, dog bite safety and appropriate play ... and much more 

Open For Registration

Full event details and pricing click here 
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Virtual Summit

    • Monday, December 12, 2016
    • Monday, December 12, 2022
    • Recorded Webinar

    Virtual Summit Recorded Webinar

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

    Presented by Niki Tudge

    CEUs: PPAB 2

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

    Webinar Objectives  

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

    About the Presenter


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

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

    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, June 22, 2022
    • 6:00 PM
    • Friday, June 24, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Virtual Event

    Virtual Workshop

    How to Improve the Accessibility of Your Dog Training Services for Clients with Disabilities

    Learn new skills so you are better prepared and more effective at supporting the largest minority group in the world in training their pets!

    3 Sessions To Support Your Learning!

    Instructed by Veronica Sanchez


    PPAB - 6 

    CCPDT - Auditor Spot 6 | Working Spot 9

    IAABC (Pending)

    KPA (Pending)

    People with disabilities are the largest minority group and over a billion people are living with disabilities worldwide. Many people with disabilities have pet dogs so it is important for professional pet dog trainers to have skills and knowledge on how to accommodate clients with disabilities. With a set of new skills and supportive knowledge you can establish yourself in your marketplace as the professional to call!

    In this workshop you will learn how to assess the accessibility of your training classes and implement improvements that can make a big difference for your clients.

    Learning Objectives:

    • How to better communicate with clients with disabilities.
    • You will explore challenges clients with disabilities encounter in dog training and learn strategies to accommodate training so they can be successful working with their dogs.
    • You will also review different instructional techniques to help clients with various kinds of disabilities best benefit from your training services.

    The workshop is divided between three sessions. Each session is a combination of video presentations, live discussions as well as online discussions in a virtual group for attendees.

    Workshop participants will also have the opportunity to participate in each live session and for those who choose the working spot registration there will be an opportunity after each of the three sessions to submit short written projects and hands-on training video for instructor feedback.

    Session Details

    Day 1 - Understanding Disability, Accessibility and Communicating Effectively with Clients with Disabilities.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2022 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time

    Learning Objectives:

    • Facts about disabilities – statistics, categories
    • Disability etiquette
    • People first language and Identity first language
    • Strategies for communicating with clients with different kinds of disabilities
    • Assessing and improving accessibility of training classes
    • Improving accessibility in virtual lessons
    • Q&A session

    Homework (short approximately 250 word – one page essay): What are accessibility challenges attendees encounter in their work? What are some strategies they could use to address these?

    Day 2 -  Accommodating Dog Training for Clients with Disabilities.

    Thursday, June 23, 2022, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time

    Learning Objectives:

    • Training accommodation strategies for different kinds of disabilities
    • Accommodations for clients with limited hand use
    • Accommodations for clients with mobility impairments
    • Loose leash walking
    • Safety and fall prevention strategies
    • Accommodations for clients with sensory impairments
    • Q&A session with a homework review

    Homework: Work on teaching a dog positioning in front of you (facing you) and by your left side while seated (from beginning to the end of training session) use a rolling chair if possible. Repeat the process while wearing gloves. Submit up to 3 min. video of your training (optional). Participants can share what the challenges were, what might be some accommodation ideas in the discussion group.

    Day 3 - Accommodating Instructional Strategies for Clients with Disabilities.

    Friday, June 24, 2022, at 6 p.m. Eastern Time

    Learning Objectives:

    • Delivering instruction and planning lessons
    • Instructional scaffolding
    • Multi-modal teaching
    • Graphic organizers
    • Checklists
    • Reducing and modifying content
    • Important take aways
    • Resources
    • Where to learn more
    • Q&A session with a homework review

    Homework: Create a graphic organizer or multi-level checklist for a common training challenge.

    Workshop Instructor

    Veronica Sanchez

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

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

    Spread Your Event Payments Over Several Months?

    If you would like to split your event cost into three payments then please register for the event, do not pay the invoice you receive by email. As soon as you register email Sharon Nettles at and request your payments be split into three invoices. You will then need to pay the first invoice immediately to secure your place.

    Only available for Auditor and Working Spots.

    All three invoices must be settled 2 weeks prior to the event.

Who Will Benefit From Attending This Summit

  1. Pet Care Providers
  2. Kennel Technicians
  3. Groomers
  4. Pet Sitters
  5. Dog Walkers 
  6. Day Care Operators
  7. Veterinary Assistants
  8. Student Dog Trainers
  9. Shelter employees
  10. Breeders
  11. Dog Trainers 

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