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    • Sunday, September 13, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, September 13, 2020
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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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

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    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.

    • Tuesday, October 13, 2015
    • 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Sunday, October 13, 2019
    • 1:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    A webinar packed full of easily implemented mechanical skill improvements with vette Van Veen

    CEU's

    PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, PPG 1, KPA 1 




    The art of pure shaping involves breaking behaviours down into small steps or approximations. Many people find that dogs becomes hyper, offer too many behaviours and show signs of stress such as yawning or walking out of pure shaping sessions entirely. If your dog is walking out of training or cycling through a plethora of behaviours hoping to "guess" right, then learn how to turn frustrated students into superstars when you realize that the click does not end the behaviour.

    Frantic, frustrated behaviour in the dog is predictable and avoidable. One important adjustment is addressing the position in which the reinforcement is given. Take a more thoughtful approach as to where to give food - creating calm, precise behaviours very quickly.

    Webinar Objectives


    • Position Feeding for Rapid Shaping Results and Calm Confident Canines
    • Click does NOT end the behaviour. Click marks it. Consumption ends the behaviour. Learn how to adjust position of reinforcement delivery to supercharge training results. Behaviours that sometimes take weeks suddenly come together with small changes. 
    • Look at training plan objectives (distance duration distractions) and determine how to use feeding to support this.
    • Identify the warning signs that position of feeding is not optimal.
    • Shaping to create calm. Is your dog thinking or frantic?
    • Recognizing the frustration and stress that can happen when position of feeding is contrary to your training objectives.
    • Discuss importance of rate of reinforcement. The sign to watch for that acts like a warning that position of feeding is hindering.
    • Reflecting on canine anatomy and how a few centimeters can change everything.
    • How to create fast ROR.
    • How to create movement.
    • How to create re-sets.
    • The importance of coaching owners on mechanics.
    • Knowing when to hold it and when to fold it. How do you know when it's time to step back and re-assess what is happening, and change it up.
    • Become fluent at communicating shaped exercises with your dog - create dynamic "conversations" where the dog picks up quickly and easily.


    About Your Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen 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 (EST)
    • Saturday, November 30, 2019
    • 3:00 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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     with Yette Van Veen

    CEU's

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



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

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

    Webinar Objectives


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


    About Your Presenter



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

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

    • Sunday, January 10, 2016
    • 12:00 PM (EST)
    • Friday, January 10, 2020
    • 1:30 PM (EST)
    • Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by Yette Van Veen

    CEU's: PPAB 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5, IAABC 1.5


    Join Yvette for this webinar that delves into creating stimulus control over learned behaviors in dog training is a planned process - a distinct element in the training plan. Not all cues are the same. Not all behaviors respond similarly to different types of cues. How we choose and present our cues (commands) can lead to blocking, overshadowing, peak shift and suppression - things that stand in the way of achieving that stimulus control.

    Learn how to offer clarity to the dog, to help them better see and understand when to perform certain behaviors. Equally important, teach them when not to perform certain behaviors. Whether you want a dog that only shakes a paw when asked (instead of scraping your arm in repeated pestering attempts to get a cookie), or whether you want to create an environmental cue that applies across many situations (see someone approaching - move to heel) - a better understanding of how learning factors into stimulus control can give greater control over reinforced behaviors.


    Webinar Objectives


    • Definition of stimulus control.
    • How to assess if and how a behavior is under stimulus control.
    • Discrimination as a function of "expertness." Generalization as the absence of learning.
    • Not all cues condition as readily as others. Some behaviors and reinforcements fit better with certain cues than others.
    • Factors that undermine or interfere with creating stimulus control - looking at peak shift and cue suppression, blocking and overshadowing.
    • Creating environmental cues.
    • Generalizing cues and behaviors.
    • Compound cues vs specific elements of cues. Does the animal notice the whole of the cue, or individual elements?


    About Your Presenter

    Yvette Van Veen 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, April 17, 2016
    • 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • Friday, April 17, 2020
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Recorded Webinar
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     with Yette Van Veen

    CEU's

    PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5



    As dog trainers become more adept at finding studies, it's important that we move beyond reading the abstract. We need to learn how to read the nuts and bolts of a study. The overwhelming amount of jargon can make reading a study seem like it's written in a foreign language.

    This webinar's purpose is to de-code the jargon. It's to help us understand what claims we can make, and which ones are premature. It's about having the confidence to know what a study actually might be saying. It's also about having the confidence in knowing that when someone says, "You can't apply that to the real world!", you'll know when that might be true, and when it might not be true.


    Webinar Objectives

    • How to read a research study
    • Types of research studies
    • The purpose and function of different study formats
    • Overview of the sections of a research report
    • How important are the number or participants
    • Control Groups - testing if something is "better than what?"
    • Validity - Is something interfering?
    • Jargon - what is a "MANOVA" anyway?
    • Statistics. Doesn't "P" means it's a good study?
    • "But the lab doesn't apply to the real world."


    About Your Presenter


      Yvette Van Veen 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.



      • Tuesday, November 29, 2016
      • (EST)
      • Friday, November 29, 2019
      • (EST)
      • Recorded Webinar
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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 Yvette Van Veen

      CEUs: PPAB 1


      This presentation will define the roles of various pet care professionals, what they bring to the table and the importance of working together with clients as a team to meet the needs of the dog, family and community. It will investigate the detrimental effects a "mixed message" can bring in terms of a dog's behavior, how mixing methods can lead to frustration, aggression, anxiety and learned helplessness, how to deal with conflicts, and when to know when to walk away. It will also discuss the benefits to clients of working with professional trainers, and how working with trainers can make your job easier in terms of management, long-term client care and creating happy clients for life.

      Webinar Objectives

      • Ethical boundaries: "Stay within your knitting." From education to factors such as insurance, stay within your defined role and work in cooperation with those in other roles.
      • The detrimental effects of mixed messages to the dog that can lead to serious behavior problems. Good intentions can undermine results.
      • It is okay to walk away. Know your own ethical and professional boundaries. Communication and honesty is key to meeting client needs.
      • The importance of transparency. Say what you do and do what you say. Allow clients to consent to care.

      About the Presenter


      Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is also a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owns and operates Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

      • Friday, August 04, 2017
      • 6:00 PM (EDT)
      • Sunday, August 04, 2019
      • 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar
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      Presented by Yvette Van Veen

      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1


      This webinar will cover the effect of time and duration on training and behavior modification.

      The issue with time is that it is hard to see its impact unless we actively look for it.  Time runs through so many skills like a silent partner.  Failing to consider the impact of time can lead us to feel that a dog’s behavior is “unpredictable” and that things happen “without cause".  However, if we recognize that it plays a role, we can work time into training plans for better results. By carefully working on temporal factors, we can create a calm dog who will wait patiently and with confidence.

      • Understand if and how dogs tell time
      • Understand how time impacts both classical and operant conditioning
      • Learn how to increase and decrease factors involving time - get faster and longer responses.
      • Learn how to use time to create calm, steady behaviors.
      • Understand the influence of time on differential reinforcement. 


      About The Presenter


      Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

      • Wednesday, October 18, 2017
      • 6:00 PM (EDT)
      • Friday, October 18, 2019
      • 7:00 PM (EDT)
      • Recorded Webinar
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      Presented by Yvette Van Veen

      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1


      Many strategies in dog training involve creating a positive association.  The absence of reacting or fleeing does not mean that a dog likes something.  Knowing if you have successfully created a positive association is a critical question. There are ways in which we can ask an animal “do you like this?"  Failing to do so risks putting people and trainers in situations where the dog is pushed too early, triggering a fearful or aggressive response that could have been avoided.

      Classical conditioning may be a simple process but there are many variations and combinations of factors that impact what a positive association looks like.

      • Learn what a positive association is
      • Learn what a positive association look like and how to recognize one
      • Understand how different pairings lead to different physical manifestations
      • Learn how to test so you are not interfering with results
      • Understand the difference between “non-reactive” and “positive association”
      • Learn how to use the process of elimination to remove extraneous factors, thus ensuring the dog makes an association with the relevant stimulus.


      About The Presenter



      Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.
      • Wednesday, November 08, 2017
      • 5:00 PM (EST)
      • Sunday, November 08, 2020
      • 6:30 PM (EST)
      • Recorded Webinar
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      Presented by Yvette Van Veen

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5


      In this presentation we will be looking at the various concepts studied in cognition, as well as the historical research involving various species of animals and the clever ways in which we ask animals how they perceive the world.  We will also take a look at how different abilities play a role in how we train our dogs

      Concepts covered include:

      • Theory of Mind
      • Spatial Cognition
      • Timing
      • Mathematical abilities
      • Tool Use
      • Social Learning - Imitation and Teaching
      • Language


      About The Presenter



      Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.

      • Monday, May 13, 2019
      • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
      • Live Webinar
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      Presented by Yvette Van Veen

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      Dog training of course is simple, but not always easy.  But there are strategies and techniques that can make what looks like a challenging problem much easier to address.  Avoid the common stumbling blocks to make this a problem you look forward to fixing!

      Objectives:
      • What is leash reactivity?  Define the problem to create a clear training path.

      • Yes you can beat distractions with a cookie!  Here’s how.

      • Why some leash reactive dogs snub food.

      • The importance of creating the right cue.  Teach the dog to do an incompatible behavior when they see what triggers them.

      • What drives the problem?  It’s not fear.

      • Understand the importance of not training in the context until ready.

      • How to build powerful behaviors that stand up to distractions.

      • Avoid bad behavior chains.  It’s not bark then look at me!

      • Clear criteria.  Training is a progression, not a one step skill.


        About The Presenter



        Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/

        • Monday, June 17, 2019
        • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
        • Live Webinar
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        Presented by Yvette Van Veen

        CEUs: PPAB 1.5

        Learn the steps that you can use to teach a dog to go to their bed, not because you say so, but because the dog hears someone at the door. Have the dog stay there until released!  Imagine life with a dog that runs away from the door, not towards it!


        Objectives:

        • Learn the breakdown, all the steps required to get this skill despite distractions at the door.
        • Understand how training this problem “when guests arrive” can be the wrong approach.
        • Learn why some dogs snub cookies when guests arrive and how to overcome it.
        • Why some dogs get worse not better even when families think they are reinforcing good behavior.
        • Learn the value of weakening the power of the sound of the doorbell.
        • Why it’s important to cut yourself some slack and decide it’s necessary to focus fully on the dog during training.  You can put your dog away when you’re distracted!


        About The Presenter



        Yvette Van Veen has two decades of experience training dogs, lives and works in London Ontario. She offers both group and private sessions. She has worked extensively with formerly feral dogs. Yvette’s writing has been a long-standing feature in Ontario’s newspapers, currently appearing in the Toronto Star.  Her life is shared with her son Jordan, her formerly feral dog, “Kipper the ex-crotch ripper”, border collie, “Karma” and Icarus the cat. You can reach Yvette at info@awesomedogs.ca or follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/




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