with Dianna Stearns
IAABC 1, KPA 1, CCPDT 1
Join Dianna Stearns for an exciting introduction into the dog sport of Treibball. Dianna is uniquely qualified to present this webinar as the President of the American Treibball Association.
Dianna Stearns MA,CPDT-KA,CDBC,CATT
Dianna Stearns owns Waggin’s West Dog Training and Behavior Consulting, LLC in Northglenn, Colorado. Waggin’s West believes that the growing sport of Treibball provides dog owners a great opportunity to communicate and play with their dogs, and developed the original clicker training curriculum to be licensed exclusively for use by the American Treibball Association.
A professional dog trainer for 9 years, Dianna holds national certifications from the Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers (2003) and from the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (2007), for which she was a founding member. Dianna is also a mentor for students of the Animal Behavior College. She serves as a trainer and behavior consultant to three breed rescue organizations.
presented by Helen Nicholls
Fireworks and thunderstorm season is rapidly approaching and for new puppy owners it can come as a surprise when their furry family member suddenly gets scared during a storm. Other puppy owners are unaware that sound phobias can develop and take their puppies with them to loud and noisy celebrations, only to discover their puppy is frightened and not able to cope. In this informational webinar Helen will cover what pet professionals can recommend to pet parents of dogs that are showing signs of stress during storms or fireworks. Helen will also give great tips on how to prevent sound phobias from developing or becoming worse.
Helen Nicholls, CPDT-KSA, CDBC.
CEUs: IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5, PPAB 1.5
Join Jennifer for this webinar and learn about the CARE protocol for analyzing and modifying reactive dog behavior. As prework for this webinar please visit the website and review the protocol. Click here
Jennifer will present a simple overview of the 12 steps that comprise the CARE Protocol, touching upon each sub-topic in succession. This will include everything from diagnosis of the type of dog reactivity, how to eliminate common mistakes, the importance of DRIs, and generalizing context, through enrichment for positive brain chemistry.
About The Presenter
Jen Titus is a lifelong animal lover, and has owned and trained dogs for many years. A former teacher, she is a skilled behaviorist and adept at communicating with both human and ca
nine clients. Jen is a caring, fun-loving and positive per
son. Jen holds a Masters Degree in education. She continues to further her education in dog training at the elite and internationally renowned Accademy For Dog Trainers. Additionally, Jen keeps current with the latest training and behavioral knowledge through extensive reading, watching videos, and attending webinars, classes and live seminars.
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Presented by Patience Fisher
CEU: PPAB 1, PPG 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
This cursory course on the house cat will touch on all things a cat owner should know in order to prevent unwanted behaviors in their house cat. A brief overview of ethology, domestication, socialization, and communication will lay the foundation for how to set up your house and interact with your cat.
The unique needs of a house cat will be detailed including placement and use of the litter box and scratching posts/pads, play time, feeding, vertical space, privacy, consistency, establishing a good relationship, and desensitizing the cat to carriers, claw trimming, and pills. The importance of observing behavior to catch medical problems will be explained, as well as the importance of not letting bad habits continue without seeking professional help.
Patience Fisher owns Walk, Play, Learn!, a Pittsburgh-based pet service. Started in 2012 as a pet sitting and dog walking service, she is now offering cat behavior consultations. Patience volunteered at shelters for four years, helping with cat adoptions and specializing in fostering cats with behavioral problems.
Patience holds a BS Biology from Lehigh University. She is a Certified Veterinary Assistant through AAHA/Cedar Valley College. Recently she received a Diploma of Feline Science Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Science Institute.
Patience is also a freelance editor, specializing in life science manuscripts, especially those concerning animals. Prior to that she was an environmental analyst for 14 years, preparing environmental documents for certification of highway and public utility projects.
with Niki Tudge
Niki Tudge – AABP – PDT. AABP-PDBC. PCBC-A. DIP -ABT & DIP-CBST
Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe. Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and an MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England
presented by Melissa McCue-McGrath
PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
presented by Francine Miller
CEUs - PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CPDT 1, KPA 1
Inappropriate scratching is a widespread issue, but is seldom enough for clients to believe that it warrants a behavior specialist. This presentation will discuss why cat's scratch, which is an innate behavior and serves many purposes.
Client's can't remove their cat's wild instincts, but they can orchestrate where they are acted out. Learn how to set up humane deterrents, select the right scratcher for your cat and where to locate it and how to attract your cat to an appropriate scratcher.
Why cat's scratch
The case against declawing
Attracting your cat to the appropriate scratcher
Selecting the right cat scratcher, what kind and where to place
Setting up humane deterrents for inappropriate scratching surfaces and locations
Francine has eleven years experience treating dogs and cats with behavior problems. She has consulted on hundreds of cases for every type of aggression in dogs and cats, separation anxiety, barking, phobias, fear reactions, destructiveness, inappropriate elimination, escape, urine marking, scratching, housesoiling, litter box issues, compulsive disorders and more.
In 2005, Francine completed all coursework for a Master of Science (MS) degree in Applied Animal Behavior Science and Family Counseling for Companion Animals, from the American College of Applied Science (ACAS). Studies included canine and feline behavior, ethology, animal behavior, animal learning, conditioning, animal psychology and veterinary psychopharmacology.
In 2011, she also completed three semesters of ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) toward a certification as an aBCBA (Associate Board Certified Behavior Analyst) with the Florida Institute of Technology.
Francine holds a BA from Syracuse University and had a long career in advertising and marketing prior to pursuing her interest in helping pet parents with their dog's and cat's behavioral problems. Applied Animal Behavior is her second career.
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CPDT 1.5, KPA 1.5
In this presentation, Lisa will discuss the findings of recent studies from the Canine Science Collaboratory in which they investigated the influence of breed labels on people’s perceptions of pit-bull-type dogs, their length of stay at the shelter and adoption success. She will also report the results of nearly a thousand breed ancestry tests carried out on dogs living in shelters.
The Canine Science Collaboratory is finding that these canines have far more varied and complex breed identities than previously imagined - adding more fuel to the fire that breed identification of mixed breed dogs is a complex endeavor at best and untenable at worst.
Lisa Gunter, MA is a PhD student at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology's Behavioral Neuroscience area and conducts her research under the mentorship of Clive Wynne in the Canine Science Collaboratory.
Lisa recently earned her MA in Behavioral Neuroscience, holds a BA in Journalism from The Evergreen State College and has worked with dogs in animal shelters and with their owners for nearly a decade. Lisa's research investigates how breed labels influence perceptions of dogs at shelters and interventions focused on helping adopters with new dogs. She has presented her research at numerous conferences including the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Interdisciplinary Forum for Applied Animal Behavior, Veterinary Behavior Symposium and the International Society of Anthrozoology.
presented by Paula Garber
CEU: PPAB 1, CPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
This presentation will teach you the ins and outs of organizing a Kittengarten. You will learn why kitten socialization is so important (and needed), and the goals and objectives of a Kittengarten. The presentation will discuss how to develop the basic structure and curriculum, find a location, boost kitten participation and human attendance, and practice the skills you will need to conduct a Kittengarten.
The presentation will also share ideas for identifying individuals, groups, and organizations that can help you (and that you can help in return). Plus, you will learn how organizing a Kittengarten can drive business for you and others who are involved. Many resources will be provided to help you organize a fun, unique Kittengarten in your community.
Paula holds a master’s degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist. She is also certified in Low-Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) and Pet CPR & First Aid, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Paula owns and operates LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions and is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. A consummate cat advocate, Paula proudly serves on the Cat Protection Council of Westchester in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.
LIMA guidelines currently rank negative punishment and negative reinforcement at equivalent levels of invasiveness. This webinar will explore whether this is ethically defensible when applied to the presenting problems faced by dog trainers. The webinar will also suggest contexts where antecedent arrangements are contra-indicated from a welfare perspective.
Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 600 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training and private behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.
with Sheila Blanchette
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5
This webinar is all about bird training and behavior. Sheila will talk in this webinar about positive reinforcement, target training and the general topic of bird behavior and training. One of the topics covered will be bird body language and to wrap up Sheila will discuss how you can step into the world of bird training.
Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is also the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education.
Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a pet bird.
Sheila has featured on WBZ TV (NBC) promoting bird adoption in her area. Sheila’s main goal is to help owners keep birds in their homes as a permanent option.
Sheila believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets one of whom is adopted, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel which came along with her husband and his pug
Presented by Lennea Bower
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1
We all have a vision of our multi-species home as a peaceable kingdom, but how do we make that dream a reality? First impressions do matter, and the initial "introduction" of dogs and cats can make a huge difference in establishing successful dog-cat households. This webinar will review strategies for successfully integrating new dog to a household with a resident cat and vice versa. This process starts prior to the animals' first meeting and may continue for days, weeks, or months before stabilizing.
In addition, it will cover pain points and possible solutions for building a successful relationship that can endure the test of time. For professionals, it will also review important areas to discuss with your clients. These include helping your client set realistic expectations for process, expectations and timeline. We will also touch on factors, such as physical home set up, family composition, and lifestyle that can also affect this process. In addition, we will address issues related to the animals' past experience and personalities that may help or hinder the integration process, as well as the importance of meeting the basic needs of all household members throughout the integration process.
Lennea “Linny” Bower, MA, CPDT-KA grew up in a multi-species household that included both dogs and cats. She began volunteering in animal shelters in 2004 and has worked and volunteered in shelters in metro-DC, Massachusetts, and Costa Rica. She became interested in force-free training while working in animal shelters. She began teaching group classes at a local shelter in 2010, and founded her business, Next Best Pet, in 2013. She currently teaches group classes at the Animal Resource Foundation in Chester, MD, and offers private training in Maryland's Prince George's and Queen Anne's counties.
Lennea has a bachelor’s degree in International Studies and Spanish Studies and a master’s degree in Psychology, all from American University. She earned her CPDT-KA certification in 2014. She has previously presented on topics including multi-species households and adopting a new dog. She has also worked with animal shelter staff and volunteers behavior and training topics.
Presented by Melissa Hagood and Marie Macher
CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1
When you are away from your pets, don’t you love to get a picture or video that illustrates to you how they are faring and allows you to see their furry (or finned or feathered!) faces you miss so much!? Guess what, your clients do too. Personalize your service offerings by taking and sending great quality pictures of your client’s pets. This presentation will provide tips on capturing fun and informative photos, using a cell phone, which can be text or emailed to pet parents when their pets are in your care at their home, your home, or in a daycare setting.
We will discuss basic photography tips on lighting, framing, perspective, catching action, etc. as well as creative aspects like telling a story with your photos and apps to help make photos fun. We will also discuss making the photography process fun, force free, and low stress for the pets and how to capture their personality in the photos for their parents.
Melissa Hagood is accredited as a Professional Canine Trainer through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member and Pet First Aid Certified through PPG. She is an independent contractor of Courteous Canine, Inc. DogSmith of Tampa in Florida, where she specializes in private behavior consultations, instructs the group classes My Dog Has Issues (MDI) for reactive dogs and Fun Lure Coursing, and provides in home pet care services. She is an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy and Canine Good Citizen Evaluator and she and her dog Charley are a registered team with Pet Partners Therapy Animal Program. Melissa parents Charley and Delilah, who are both adopted mixed breed dogs that just LOVE posing for all the photos Melissa takes of them constantly with her phone!
Marie Macher received her BSN in Nursing and BA in Sociology from Purdue University in 2011. She is a Pet Professional Guild (PPG) member and Pet First Aid Certified through PPG. She has her Advanced Pet Care Technician Certificate and Fun Scent Games Level 1 Instructor Certification from DogNostics Career College. She works at Courteous Canine, Inc. DogSmith of Tampa in Florida as a Canine Camp Counselor and Instructor of AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy classes and Basic Manners classes. Marie loves to watch the day care dogs and boarding dogs play. She has a special interest in Barn Hunt, Dog Dock Jumping and Trick training! She parents Henry and Harper, Shih-Tzu/Poodle mixes, who love to participated in agility, fun scent games, and trick training!
Presented by Paula Garber
CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1
In this webinar, you will learn the common causes of fear, anxiety, and stress in cats, as well as the evolutionary, environmental, and social factors that often contribute to these emotions. You will also learn how cats typically express fear, anxiety, and stress and the signs to look for, some of which may be subtle. After gaining an understanding of the potential fallout of using force-based handling techniques, you will learn basic handling techniques to reduce fear, anxiety, and stress in cats that you can begin using immediately, whether you work with cats in a veterinary clinic or a shelter, or in a home setting with your clients’ cats—or even your own cats.
Paula owns LIFELINE Cat Behavior Solutions in Westchester County, NY. She holds a master of arts degree in education and is a Certified Animal Training and Enrichment Professional and Certified Feline Training and Behavior Specialist through the Animal Behavior Institute. She is also certified in Low Stress Handling (Silver, 2015) through Sophia Yin’s course, Low Stress Handling of Dogs and Cats, and she is pursuing a diploma in Feline Behavior Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute.
Paula is currently a co-Vice Chair for the Pet Professional Guild’s Cat Committee and a supporting member of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. She also serves as an advisor to the board of FurBridge, a non-profit animal rescue and community outreach program. A consummate cat advocate, Paula hosts an annual event for volunteers to build winter shelters for free-roaming cats in her community. She resides in Ossining, New York, with her husband and five rescued cats.
presented by Gina Phairas
CEUs: PPAB 1.25, CCPDT 1.25, IAABC 1.25
It’s rare these days to meet anyone who doesn’t say they’re busy, or behind, or that they wish there were more hours in the day. In fact, most small business owners feel perpetually behind and, unfortunately, it’s often the more important tasks, such as marketing, that fall by the wayside. It’s also common to see poor time management play a role in trainer burnout, as trainers put their own needs aside to work on the business, struggling to maintain a sustainable balance between work and home.
If you need a few more hours in your day, if you feel like your business is running you instead of the other way around, it’s time for a time management makeover. You can have two days off a week and a shorter to-do list, and still make a living—oh, and spend more time with your own dogs, too. Join Gina Phairas of dog*tec to learn simple strategies, practices, and policies to increase your productivity, step off the treadmill, and get back in control.
Gina Phairas helps trainers succeed across the country as a business consultant and leading force behind dog*tec, the dog pro industry’s top business consultancy. Gina brings her marketing and communications background and degree to her work with dog professionals, as well as her extensive training resume. Gina is a former San Francisco SPCA Academy for Dog Trainers instructor, teaching and working alongside Academy founder Jean Donaldson to arm professional dog trainers with a comprehensive knowledge of positive reinforcement training techniques, and the mechanical and thinking skills needed to use them to greatest effect. As the SF/SPCA’s Rehabilitation Coordinator she developed and oversaw staff training and behavior rehabilitation protocols to improve the adoptability of shelter dogs with behavioral issues.
Gina’s own businesses have included Tails & Tots, a dog training business focused on the needs of expecting parents and families with dogs, and ShelterWorks, a non-profit dedicated to improved adoption rates and decreased return rates through education and consulting work around staff and volunteer retention and training, adoption protocols, and assessment, enrichment, and training of shelter dogs. A tireless advocate for positive training and in particular for positive trainers, Gina speaks regularly on business topics at conferences and seminars across the country and via web seminars, teaches at positive dog training schools, and works one-on-one with trainers on building business skills.
Presented by Beth Adelman
While positive reinforcement is always my first choice in working with cats, many times very frightened/under-socialized cats will not accept food, play, a happy tone of voice, petting, or any interaction at all with humans. If nothing you offer the cat is rewarding in that moment, how do you gain the cat’s trust? I have found a behavior modification protocol using negative reinforcement to be very effective in these situations.
I am using the term “negative reinforcement” in the strict sense of removing something to increase the likelihood that a behavior will be repeated. I do not use aversives in this behavior modification protocol. My goal is always to move the cat as quickly as possible to a state where he or she is able to accept positive reinforcement.
About the Presenter
Presented by Sheila Blanchette
To celebrate the importance of care for companion birds, the goal of this webinar is to understand the importance of:
Sheila S Blanchette is an IAABC Certified Parrot Behavior Consultant. She is the owner of the mobile behavior consultant company, Heart of Feathers Education in the MA/NH Area (USA). Sheila’s main goal is to assist people with companion birds with behavior issues vs surrendering the bird. She is also a member of IAABC Shelter Division, Pet Professional Guild and American Federation of Aviculture.
Sheila has been volunteering at the MSPCA-Nevins Farm (Methuen, MA), for many years assisting potential adopters on topics such as enrichment, education and understanding more about having a companion bird. In 2017, she will be teaching Target Training Bird classes at the rescue for anyone with a companion bird. She believes "Behavior may have history but history should not define a bird." Sheila is the proud guardian of 2 lorikeets, an adopted lovebird, and a cockatiel and a pug.
Presented by Veronica Sanchez
Did you know that training service dogs can help increase your pet dog training business too?
Service dog training is an exciting potential area of growth for pet dog trainers. The demand for service dogs far exceeds the supply. More and more, people with disabilities are training their own dogs for service work. They need top notch professional help.
Service dog training can be incorporated in a pet dog training business in different ways. However, working with service dogs may pose unique difficulties. Pet dog trainers need knowledge, skills and business tools before offering this advanced specialty.
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.
Presented by Kathy Cascade, PT, PCT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor
CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1
Are you a dog trainer, rescue/animal welfare professional, or other pet care professional who works with shy, fearful, or anxious dogs? Join this webinar presented by Kathy Cascade to learn effective and creative techniques to help dogs overcome these difficult behavior issues. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is a collection of tools designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or when confronted with other triggers which previously elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.
Kathy Cascade, PT, PCT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor
Kathy's introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit's partnership lead them to competition obedience trials, participation in fly ball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy completed the two-year Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in the program in 2003.
With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.
Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, "Helping dogs learn to cope with the demands of living in our often chaotic human world is a passion of mine. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive and fearful behavior. We can do this with humane, effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world."
CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT 1
This webinar focuses on the topic of reducing the stress when giving medication to a companion bird. The webinar will show known processes of giving medication, the consequences of stress, and how to takes steps than can reduce or eliminate stress during the medication process. Gain some insightful knowledge about how a force-free medication process can be better improve your bond with you and your bird.
This webinar also touches on starting crate training for preparing for vet visits which can reduces stress in the vet visit, and why this is so important.
Webinar Learning Objectives
Quick Review on Companion Bird health/Vet Visit
How to recognize stress in a companion bird.
How to start force-free planning on the taking medication
How to advance progress in the medication training
How to start force-free crate training for your companion bird
Gain knowledge on how your bird can be a super star at the vet visit
(Equine Clicker Training is a 3 part webinar series)
Presented by Jessica Gonzalez
This is the first part of a three part webinar focused on building a strong foundation of clicker training with your horse. Michelle Martiya and Alize Muckensturm will be presenting the other two parts. We aim to give you the tools to get started actively working with your horses with positive reinforcement.
Part one will be focused on teaching your horse to stand calmly facing forward. For horses who are comfortable around humans who know how to take treats from your hand, this is a valuable first skill to start with. It teaches the horse how to relax and be comfortable around food while you condition your bridge signal. This becomes a safe default behavior you can use to teach stimulus control on all future behaviors you teach. From here Alize will help you teach your horse how to touch a target which can be used to shape future behaviors. Michelle will go over helping horses who are not yet ready for this step to become comfortable and ready to work with humans.
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Presented by Amy Sutherland
CEUs: PPAB 1
A lot has changed in the shelter world, from the kind of dogs you'll find in the kennels to how they are cared for, in the past 20 years. If you are new to the shelter world or wanting to get more involved in working with shelter dogs this webinar will lend you a better understanding of the field today. You will learn about
- The kinds of dogs you'll find in a shelter today.
- The obstacles shelters face in finding these dogs homes.
- The newest approaches to some of these obstacles.
- A range of ideas of how you can help shelter dogs.
Amy Sutherland is the author of four books, the most recent being "Rescuing Penny Jane: One Shelter Volunteer, Countless Dogs and the Quest to Find Them All Homes" (Harper Collins). Sutherland is a regular contributor to the Boston Globe and her Modern Love column “What Shamu Taught Me About A Happy Marriage,” is one of the New York Times most emailed stories. She lives in Charlestown with her husband, one shelter dog, Walter Joe, and a rescue finch, Rennie.
Presented by Lori Nanan
By building a positive conditioned response to a particular implement and following a good desensitization plan, trainers can help even dogs who are fearful about nail care. Even better, trainers can coach owners through the process effectively, giving them the opportunity to create a lifetime of cooperative care.
We'll cover why DS is often necessary and how to walk through the process effectively, by being mindful of body language and working at the dog's pace.
We'll also cover nail and paw anatomy, so that even those most shy about nail care can become comfortable with it!
- Gain an understanding of why nail care can be so difficult for some dogs
- Learn why the +CER building process is so important to the process
- Walk through a desensitization process, and be able to teach clients how to do the same
- Gain an understanding of paw and nail anatomy and why nail maintenance is so important to dogs' health
(Equine Clicker Training is a 3 Part Webinar Series)
Presented by Michelle Martiya
This webinar is for people introducing positive reinforcement training to their equines that are struggling with an equine that either refuses the foods they’re offering or won’t perform any behaviors.
We will be covering various reasons why an equine may seem unmotivated to learn and solutions to this problem, including choosing the right foods, setting up the environment, and working with what the equine can offer on his/her own.
- How to motivate your equine and set him/her up for success.
Michelle Martiya began learning about animal behavior and training in 2013, she started out as a certified dog trainer through Animal Behavior College, before re-discovering a passion for horses. In 2014, she started an equine coaching business, Dragon Horsemanship, with the intention of helping people learn to use positive reinforcement with their equines.
The more Michelle immersed herself in the equine world, the more she recognized a desperate need for better education in equine behavior and training, so in 2017, she approached Niki Tudge with the idea of starting an equine committee for the PPG, with the goal of reaching and educating more people on these subjects.
Today Michelle specializes in helping people connect with and train their wild, fearful, and/or aggressive horses via positive reinforcement. You can contact Michelle through www.dragonhorsemanship.com or www.facebook.com/dragonhorsemanship
Presented by Yana Malysheva
CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5
Doggie And Me is the combination of a tablet app for dogs, and a website for humans. Dogs can use a tablet (and a Pet Tutor bluetooth treat dispenser) to play special "video games", receiving a treat each time they interact correctly with the app. People (trainers and/or owners) can use the website to customize or even write new games, using a simple but powerful programming language. This language is adapted from a system which teaches children how to program, so beginners can use it too!
In this talk, I'll describe how to use the app to play existing games with your dogs, and then show the basics of how to begin making your own games using the website. Finally, I'll try to answer questions on how you might make specific games and/or take feature requests for the apps. No programming knowledge is required.
- How the Doggie and Me app - using a Pet Tutor and tablet/smartphone (iOS or Android) - allows dogs to play video games
- Set-up tips: How to get the dogs started interacting with the tablets, logistical issues to watch out for (like drool on tablets)
- How to customize and make new games for the app
- How to upload new or customized games to the app
Presented by Kristi Benson
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.
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.