Log in

    • Saturday, June 08, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Wednesday, June 08, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register


    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!



    When you see the title to this webinar, I know what some of you will be thinking:  “I don’t ride.  I don’t even work with horses.  Why would I want to attend this webinar?”

    The answer is simple.  Riding is just ground work where you get to sit down.  The same concepts apply.  So even if you work primarily with dogs and other animals that we typically don’t ride, there is much that can be borrowed from clicker training horses that applies to other species.

    And if you do ride, this programme is definitely for you!


    Learning Objectives:

    • The connection between ground work and riding
    • Some common questions about riding with the clicker - beginning with how do you deliver the treat?
    • Your expressway to excellence - the value of stopping to get the treat
    • Examining performance goals
    • Safety first
    • Balance matters - why?
    • Before and after - a case study leading to equine beauty and well-being
    • Find a look that pleases your eye
    • A photo journal of a beautiful ride 
    • Which do you focus on - outcome or process?
    • Shaping micro
    • The elephant in the room - pressure and release of pressure
    • Commands versus cues
    • Going micro: your base unit - gives defined
    • Develop your eye - gives observed
    • Developing lightness


    About The Presenter


    Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialised in animal behaviour. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

    In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

    Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

    Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

    In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

    Her web sites are:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com

     

    • Thursday, June 20, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, June 20, 2022
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register



    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 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.caor follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/

    • Wednesday, July 17, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Monday, July 17, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register


    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1


    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!

    For dog lovers – and dog trainers in particular – communicating about reward-based dog training, the importance of enrichment, and management strategies for behaviour problems is an essential part of promoting good animal welfare. But sometimes it feels like we are mired in a sea of misinformation (and not just about dogs!). Drawing on research in psychology and science communication, this webinar will look at evidence-based ways to communicate more effectively. We will use the example of reward-based dog training in particular, but the strategies and techniques apply to any time we want to get an important message across.

    Psychological science gives us several reasons why debunking false information can backfire, including the fact that repetition can make false ideas seem true, and correcting wrong information can be a threat to people’s identity, serving instead to reinforce those ideas. But while arguing may not be beneficial, just a few dissenting voices can make a big difference to perceptions of consensus. Luckily, there are plenty of tips from science communication that apply to talking about dog training, and this webinar will look at what we can do to make a positive difference.

    Learning objectives:

    • Understand why debunking misinformation can backfire
    • Know the best approach to take when debunking ideas
    • Develop ways to teach people how to evaluate information about dog training
    • Create messages that will engage, inspire and inform.

     

    About The Presenter


     Zazie Todd PhD


    Zazie Todd is the creator of Companion Animal Psychology, a blog about how to have happier cats and dogs (according to science). She has a PhD in Psychology, an MFA Creative Writing, and is an honours graduate of the prestigious Academy for Dog Trainers. She takes dogs and cats as clients through her business Blue Mountain Animal Behaviour. She has a Psychology Today blog called Fellow Creatures, and has also written about pets for Pacific Standard, The Psychologist, and Reader’s Digest. Her book, Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy, will be published by Greystone Books in February 2020.

     

    • Monday, July 29, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Friday, July 29, 2022
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register



    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

    How to Bring Back the Food Motivation - In the not so food motivated dog


    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!



    Most professionals know that scared dogs turn off of food.  But what about the other dogs that snub food?  Do you find that some dogs are better “shapers” than others? That they are more “food motivated”?  Do you ever notice that some dogs are snubbing food when they are excited to go out the door?  Do dogs suddenly turn off food during training sessions or in the middle of classes?  What about the “toy motivated” dogs or the ones that simple would rather be reinforced with something other than the treats in your hand?

    There are many reasons why dogs lose their foodie nature.  Not all involve fear or illness. Learn when and why dogs lose food motivation so you can help the clients who think their dog isn’t motivated by food.  Bring back the foodie in the dogs you work with by addressing the issues that are impacting their focus and performance.


    Objectives:

    • Food as a primary reinforcer - it’s an excellent motivator
    • Dogs are scavengers.  They eat all sorts of nasty things…so why would they turn away from chicken?
    • Is there a “not motivated by food” dog?
    • Learn the many - many reasons why dogs snub food.
    • Learn how not to turn dogs off food.
    • Learn strategies that bring back the foodie.
    • Supplementation (positive reinforcement) versus deprivation.  No you don’t need to starve a dog.
    • Why is it important to pay attention to a dog’s desire to eat.


    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.caor follow her at:  https://www.facebook.com/londondogtrainer/


    • Tuesday, August 06, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Saturday, August 06, 2022
    • 7:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register


    CEUs: PPAB 1, KPA 1, IAABC 1


    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


    Whether you’re a solopreneur or manage a team, being a boss means you do it all. The best way to lead a professional, successful business is to set boundaries based around your unique value. We will discuss how operating from fear can negatively impact decision-making, yet creating clear-cut, forward-thinking boundaries can positively impact work/life balance, profitability, company culture and more.

    We dissect this through worksheets, which we will provide after the presentation to continue the brainstorming at home. We will begin to help you define your Unique Value in a competitive market, as well as audit your company’s boundaries to honour your own needs, and those of your clients, vendors and employees.

     

    Key Learning Objectives

    1. Using a provided template and guided discussion, participants will learn to identify their unique value proposition and the ways in which they can position themselves within competitive markets by setting and maintaining boundaries based upon their unique worth to eliminate current or common pain points.

    2. Through guided exercises, participants will expand their understanding of setting boundaries in their pet care business and how this can impact profitability, work/life balance, company relationships and culture.

    3. By identifying their pain points and their boundary objectives, participants will leave with a clearer vision for strategic growth, profitability, company culture and work/life balance.



    About The Presenter



    Adina Silberstein

    Adina Silberstein is the Founder, President and CEO of award-winning, Northwest Philadelphia-based professional pet sitting and dog walking company, Queenie’s Pets ®.  She is an entrepreneur and business coach, specialising in processes, organisation, company culture and profitability. Adina is committed to urban communities, force-free practices, empowering others, and ongoing professional and personal development.

    Queenie's Pets® storefront operates as a boutique retail store, administrative office, and as a community centre for pet owners.  They offer a resource library, workshop and lecture series, and sell only unique and enriching products that Make the Lives of Pets and Their Humans Better™.

    Adina lives in Philadelphia with her fiancee and their crew of rescues: “Rottie-Scottie” MeloDrama, and cats: Mouse, Zizzy, Brucie Marbles and perpetual bad-boy, Tuxedo Snacks.

    www.QueeniesPets.com

    twitter.com/QueeniesPets

    www.facebook.com/queeniespets

    Instagram: @queeniespets

    Instagram: @AdinaJoyCoaching


     

    • Tuesday, August 20, 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Saturday, August 20, 2022
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register


    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5


    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


    So many of our handling techniques are done TO the animals we are training.  I want to use techniques that are done WITH my animals.  This programme explores what that means and it illustrates some remarkable changes that can be achieved using very basic lessons, but using them mindfully. It is built around some remarkable before and after video footage taken at a clinic. 

    The talk includes a description of the microshaping strategy, and the use of constructional training.  The images are all those of horses, but the concepts apply to any animal where good balance matters. 


    Learning Objectives:
    • Who owns the process - what does that mean: illustrated with example/non-example
    • An introduction to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement
    • Teaching the micro behaviours that create good balance
    • Before and after examples 
    • There are many different strategies for developing micro awareness
    • The micro shaping Strategy
    • Shaping on a Point of Contact
    • Simple lessons can create great changes: a remarkable case history
    • Who owns the process - an answer from Mia Segal, a Feldenkrais practitioner
    • Asking questions not giving answers: here are the questions


    About The Presenter


    Alexandra Kurland is a graduate of Cornell University where she specialised in animal behaviour. She began teaching horse training in the early 1980's. Her area of particular interest is the development of a horse's balance: physical and emotional. Helping horses stay sound and happy throughout a long lifetime is the goal. The result are beautiful horses that feel like heaven to ride.

    In 1998 Alexandra launched the rapidly growing field of clicker training for horses with the publication of her  book, "Clicker Training for Your Horse".

    Alexandra's work helps you apply clicker training to any equine need or sport - including developing a gentle and companionable riding horse, halter training foals, training advanced performance horses, and retraining difficult to manage horses. Her own riding interests align most closely with classical dressage.

    Alexandra travels widely, giving clicker training seminars and presenting at conferences in the US, Canada, the UK and Europe. 

    In addition to "Clicker Training for your Horse", she has written "The Click That Teaches: A Step–By–Step Guide in Pictures" and "The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker". She has also produced The Click That Teaches DVD lesson series, and The Clicker Center On-line Training Course.  She maintains a very active blog, theclickercenterblog.com.  She has published a book: "JOYFULL Horses" in her blog and most recently "The Goat Diaries".  Her current project is Equiosity, a weekly podcast which she produces with Dominique Day, one of the co-founders of Cavalia.

    Her web sites are:
    theclickercenter.com,
    theclickercenterblog.com,
    theclickercentercourse.com and
    equiosity.com

     

    • Monday, September 16, 2019
    • 7:00 PM
    • Saturday, September 16, 2023
    • 8:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register


    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1



    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

    Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


    Behavioural stereotypies in captive animals have been defined as repetitive, largely invariant patterns of behaviour that serve no obvious goal or function (Mason, 1991a; Ödberg, 1978). Stereotypies are commonly attributed to boredom and/or fear and are typically “treated” by trying to enrich the captive environment with distracting, appealing stimuli. These stimuli often include food presented at times outside of regular feeding times, and as a result, engage species-typical foraging behaviours in the process of reducing stereotypic activity.

    This presentation examines the defining features and common hypotheses surrounding stereotypies, including what their function is and how they can be addressed. Of primary concern will be (1) what are stereotypies (what does and doesn’t meet the definition), (2) specific examples of how they’ve been discussed and dealt with, and (3) practical solutions for applied animal behaviourists for both defining and treating stereotypies. Emphasis will be placed on an empirical, functional approach to dealing with stereotypies, including how any scientist and/or practitioner can be most effective when dealing with this topic.

    Learning Objectives

    1. What are stereotypies in terms of their definition and examples?
    2. How do we talk about stereotypies in terms of their form and function?
    3. What evidence supports their hypothesised functions?
    4. How are most stereotypies treated, and which of these treatments are most effective?
    5. What does an empirical, functional approach to stereotypies look like, and why is this important for both science and practice?



    About The Presenter


    Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD

    School of Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology


    Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Most of his past and current work involves conducting research on the behavioural welfare of captive exotic animals found in zoos and aquariums. He has worked with close to 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates. He is currently a Visiting Professor in the School of Behavior Analysis at Florida Institute of Technology. His past positions include an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at University of Washington, Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with the African and Asian elephants, hippos, Humboldt penguins, grizzly bears, sun bears, sloth bears, Sumatran tigers, jaguars, African wild dogs, meerkats, golden lion tamarins, and ostriches located at the zoo. Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behaviour from a scientific perspective.

     

    • Monday, September 23, 2019
    • 6:00 PM
    • Wednesday, January 28, 2026
    • 8:30 PM
    • Recorded Webinar - Immediate Access!
    Register


    Become a Certified “Fun Scent Games” Instructor

    Updated, Improved & New Learning Platform

    Earn Your DN-FSG

    Approved Continuing Educational Units

    PPAB 4, CCPDT 4.5, IAABC 2

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell


     


    On Demand Viewing - Start Your Course as Soon as You Register!

    This is fabulous Certification Programme that provides you with the tools, skills and knowledge to run Fun Scent Games classes. You will learn all about canine olfaction and scent games, along with the what, how and why of operating a successful Fun Scent Games class.

    Offering "Fun Scent Games" group classes, private classes or workshops will broaden your service offerings as well as helping to build client loyalty and supporting the needs of your pet owning community.

    Dogs have an amazing natural scenting ability. Dogs participating in your Fun Scent Games classes will have fun, build confidence and burn lots of mental and physical energy!

    Level One Fun Scent Games Instructor Program Learning Objectives:

    • Canine Olfaction history and scientific facts
    • The training environment, philosophy and methodology
    • Effects of air current
    • Scent contamination
    • Detection thresholds
    • ORNs
    • Olfaction streamlines
    • Scent discrimination
    • Canine scent capability
    • Target odors and individual scents
    • Scent amounts & fringing
    • Appropriate training equipment & handling
    • How to play, building criteria and areas of reinforcement
    • Reading dogs during the "find"
    • Recommended course curriculum

    Upon Successful Completion, You Will Receive:

    1. A DogNostics Instructor Certificate DN-FSG1
    2. A Certification Badge to display on your website
    3. A listing on the DogNostics Fun Scent Game Instructor Registry
    4. A PDF copy of the Course Curriculum
    5. A student Certificate for you to co-brand to provide to your “Fun Scent Games” students
    6. Advertising copy describing the programme for your website
    7. Artwork for a promotional 8.5 x 11 flyer
    8. Access to the DogNostics Student Common Room - A Closed Facebook Group where DogNostics students can network with each other, exchange ideas and ask questions
    9. Mentoring support through the DogNostics Faculty Members
    10. The Total Programme cost is only $130.00. You will see a full return on your investment after one group class!

    Please Note:

    • Level 1 will be a prerequisite for Level 2

      • You do not need to enrol in more advanced levels.
    • Each applicant has 12 months to complete each programme
    • Study at home in your own time!
    • Easy access and progress tracking of your modules

    Program Certification

    1. Attend the online course lessons

    2. Successful completion of your open-book on-line lesson quizzes

    3. The submission of 6 short 30 second videos to demonstrate your mechanical competency in the key scent dog training skills


    Louise Stapleton-Frappell - B.A. Hons, PCT- A, PCBC-A, CAP3, CTDI, DN-FSG, DN-CPCT2, CWRI


    Louise  is a partner and faculty member of DogNostics Career Center and board member of The Pet Professional Guild. A professional canine trainer and behaviour consultant – accredited via the Pet Professional Accreditation Board, Louise is the regional coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain, the membership manager of The Pet Professional Guild British Isles and the owner and head trainer of The DogSmith of Estepona.

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell’s experience, her background as a teacher and her impressive pet industry credentials means she is uniquely qualified to share her skills and knowledge with both the public and pet industry professionals. Louise gained her CAP3 with distinction and holds verified certification in Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Edinburgh University) and Dog Emotion and Cognition (Duke University). Louise’s professional credentials also include: Certified Trick Dog Instructor, Certified Whistle Recall Instructor, Level Two Certified Pet Care Technician, and Certified Fun Scent Games Instructor. Louise is proud to be a Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor, a programme that acknowledges the hard work and commitment that guardians and their dogs undertake to make their shared lives enjoyable.

    Louise is the creator and instructor of the DogNostics Dog Trainer Certificate Course; Dog Trick Instructor Programme; Fostering Collaborative Care Programme; Walk This Way Instructor Programme, co-author of The Top Ten Dog Training Knowledge Concepts and the instructor and assessor of the DogNostics Fun Scent Games Instructor certification courses

    Louise has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behaviour and is also the published co-author of the following titles, A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People.

    • Tuesday, October 22, 2019
    • 9:00 PM
    • Saturday, October 22, 2022
    • 10:00 PM
    • Recorded Webinar
    Register


    CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, CCPDT 1, KPA 1

    Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it!

    No worries you will automatically receive a recording!

    How can we learn more about the animals we work with and help them overcome challenges when we have so many other responsibilities and things to do on a daily basis? We will explore how everyday interactions with animals is a learning experience not only for them but also for us to learn more about their individual needs and increase their adoptability. Each interaction we have with the animals in our care is an opportunity for us to better understand who they are, and by understanding and implementing functional assessments we are better equipped to not only understand individual animals but address behaviour challenges as needed. Whether we are entering a dog’s kennel to leash them for a walk or we are opening a cat’s kennel to clean their litter box, how they behave in these and other daily situations informs us of how we can help them better handle being in a shelter while developing life skills until they are adopted.

    In this session, attendees will learn how to be aware of each animal’s behaviour, understand what that behaviour means, and help the animal’s overcome challenges as soon as they are recognised with techniques to easily implement into daily routines. By doing this, we are setting them up for success both in the shelter and in their future home.

    Learning Objectives

    • Understand what functional assessments are and how to conduct them.
    • Learn about the importance of recognising behaviours and how to do so quickly after admission.
    • Understand how to implement basic techniques to manage and overcome undesirable behaviours.
    • Learn how to implement lifesaving techniques and programmes into daily routines.


      About The Presenter



      Dr. Carley Faughn has worked with canines, felines, and nonhuman primates since 2007 merging her passion for comparative cognition, animal welfare, and animal rescue. In March 2018, Dr. Faughn transitioned from Dogtown Manager to the Senior Manager of Animal Care at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. In this role, she continues overseeing Dogtown and Dogtown’s behaviour team, as well as Adoptions, the sanctuary’s Animal Care Consultant, and the sanctuary’s well-being studies. Dr. Faughn works with the Dogtown team to develop creative wellness plans and enrichment ideas to ensure every dog has a good quality of life while still working on life skills for their adopted homes. In addition, Dr. Faughn collaborates with Best Friends’ Lifesaving Centers as well as Best Friends’ Network Partners to implement lifesaving programmes and facilitate teachings about animal behaviour and cognition. Before coming to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, Dr. Faughn served as Executive Director of Acadiana Animal Aid (AAA) in Lafayette, LA for three years. She joined AAA as Executive Director just before completing her PhD at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (Cognitive Science, 2014) and after serving as a caregiver at the nonprofit animal rescue for several years. During her time at Acadiana Animal Aid she led a team to increase their life saving efforts from 385 lives saved in 2013 to well over 2,000 lives saved in her final year as Executive Director in 2016. Dr. Faughn played an integral role in Lafayette, LA committing to reaching no-kill by 2020 and they are on path to achieve this goal.

      • Wednesday, October 30, 2019
      • 7:00 PM
      • Wednesday, October 30, 2024
      • 8:30 PM
      • On Demand - Access the Programme as Soon as You Register!
      Register


      with Rebekah King

      Sponsored by DogNostics Career Center

       PPG  3 CEUs, CCPDT  3 CEUs and IAABC - 3 CEUs


      Presented on a professional platform. Access the programme from any device, whenever you like!

      Group and Team Discounts Available! Email Rebekah King to inquire how to secure yours

      The original contents of this programme were developed in conjunction with a Licensed Veterinarian and a Licensed Veterinary Technician in Florida, USA.


      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 Programme.

      Join our extensive Pet First Aid Certification programme 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 programme 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 Programme 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


      • Monday, November 04, 2019
      • 6:00 PM
      • Friday, October 25, 2024
      • 7:30 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
      Register


      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      On Demand Listening - Watch at your Convenience

      An intense crash course in learning the picky details that can make or break your plans for helping the fearful dog.

      Learning Objectives

      • Get Pavlov on your side!
      • Learn why it’s not enough to say, “Pavlov is on your shoulder.”
      • Get the association to the trigger, not other things that are getting in your dog’s way.
      • Overshadowing and blocking effects - the death of creating the positive associations you need
      • Learn how to work from classical conditioning and then move into operant, while maintaining the association.
      • Learn how to create behaviours where you create positive associations to triggers.
      • Learn the critical rules for achieving faster results and more robust associations.
      • Smart strategies for breaking big problems into manageable steps.
      • Why your hardest working clients need to learn to take a break and work less, not more.
      • When to use yes/click and when it’s just extra unnecessary work.
      • How to deal with trigger stacking. Which fearful trigger do you do first?
      • Salience, what’s important to your dog’s brain?
      • Learning preparedness.
      • Dealing with dogs that are already fearful before they notice or see the trigger.
      • Why is food so darn important when dealing with fearful dogs? Toys and praise just aren’t the same. There’s a reason why.
      • Questions to ask when it comes to using medication.


      About The Presenter


      Yvette Van Veen


      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/


      • Saturday, November 30, 2019
      • Sunday, November 30, 2025
      • Virtual Audio and Presenter Files
      Register


      On Demand Listening!

      Listen Whenever You Want, From Wherever You Are!

      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5

      Register and get immediate access to your audio recording and presentation PDF

      Learning Objectives:

      • Overview of an applied behaviour analysis (ABA) approach.
      • Understanding a functional behavioural assessment. 
      • Practical examples of analysing aggressive behaviours. 

      Your Presenter


      Chirag Patel PG Cert (CAB) BSc (Hons) DipCABT runs UK-based animal behaviour and training specialists Domesticated Manners and conducts consults with pet owners, organisations such as Guide Dogs for the Blind UK; 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 behaviour 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 in clinical animal behaviour under veterinary behaviourists Prof. Daniel Mills and Helen Zulch. Patel previously worked at the university as the head trainer. He is currently doing his MSc in applied behaviour analysis at Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland.


      This webinar is available as soon as you sign up and includes an audio file and presenter notes!

      • Friday, January 31, 2020
      • 5:00 PM
      • Tuesday, January 31, 2023
      • 6:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
      Register


      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


      Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

      Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!

      Emotional Dog -

      Riding the canine emotional roller-coaster in our chaotic human world

      For those of us compassionate about animal welfare, we want our dogs, and the dogs we work with professionally, to trust us and to be fundamentally ‘happy’ in their day-to-day lives. But what does ‘happy’ actually mean? Over the last 2 decades there have been huge steps forward in our understanding of emotional states in other animals, and much of the more recent research has used dogs as the model because they are easy to study and, like us, have rich emotional lives. We now know what emotional states we humans share with other animals and we also know the emotional states that are most likely to be unique to us. We know where they are generated in the brain, how they work and what happens when they go wrong.

      Canis lupus familiaris is the victim of its own success. The process of domestication has led to a number of modifications to the functionality of the core emotional systems that has left dogs more vulnerable to developing mental illness akin to those of humans. In this webinar, Robert will show you where these weaknesses are located neurophysiologically and emotionally, and why you need to know about them in order to fix them. This knowledge is hugely important for anyone working with dogs and are concerned about their welfare, including dog owners, trainers, behaviourists and veterinary professionals. The knowledge you will gain will change how you see dogs forever. This is a bold statement, but it is true.

       

      Key Learning Objectives

      1. Understand the functional organisation of the canine self.
      2. Understand the influence of genetics on canine emotionality.
      3. Understand the vulnerability of emotional systems to trauma.
      4. Understand the roles of epigenetics and neural plasticity in emotional repair and restoration.



      About The Presenter


      Dr Robert Falconer-Taylor BVetMed DipCABT MRCVS


      Dr. Robert Falconer-Taylor was veterinary director and head of education of the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE), the first organisation in the UK to develop government-regulated courses to degree level specifically in companion animal behaviour and training. COAPE also developed the renowned EMRA system used by behaviourists and trainers all over the world, now summarised in their book – EMRA Intelligence: The revolutionary new approach to treating behaviour problems in dogs.

      He teaches and consults around the world along with writing for the veterinary and other professional press. He is also author of the informative EMOTIONS-R-US Blog, published on the Emotions-R-Us website, which has been taken up and endorsed by many training and behaviour organisations all over the world.

      He is an international consultant to the pet industry where he has engaged in the development and risk assessment of pet ‘toys’ targeted specifically at promoting the welfare of pets and their relationships with their owners. He has been actively involved in the development of the ‘The Puppy Plan’, first launched in February 2012 and updated in 2014, a collaboration between Dogs Trust and the Kennel Club. He is also a member of the International Cat Care Behavioural Advisory Panel.

      His primary academic interests include companion animal cognitive science and emotionality, nutrition and its effects on behaviour, and applied neurophysiology, pharmacology and therapeutics in companion animal behaviour therapy.

      He promotes the idea wherever and whenever he can that – The key to better animal welfare is through education and better understanding of the rich emotional lives our pets share with us”.


       
      • Monday, February 24, 2020
      • 6:00 PM
      • Friday, February 24, 2023
      • 7:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
      Register


      CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, KPA 1

      “Learning is a relatively permanent change in behaviour potentiality that occurs as a result of reinforced practice” – G.A. Kimble

      All animals, human and non-human, learn in a number of different ways – through trial and error, insight, socially or by association, nonetheless, dog trainers typically train with only one approach. Conventional training relies on instrumental and associative learning to accomplish its goals; trainers work with classical and operant conditioning to utilise rewards or punishment to reinforce or dissuade behaviours. How conditioning is applied however, varies greatly in method and technique. Positive trainers encounter a veritable schism of to click or not to click, how to treat, when to treat, how often, to be silent or to be verbal, to use emotion or be neutral, to use one word or two, where to put a name if at all, to use body language or be still, to use eye contact or not and so on. All of which can be a not so positive divide in the world of positive dog training.

      Our individual approaches to dog training are highly influenced by what everyone else is doing or cultural norms, personal intuition and experience. And while that may be why we train the way we do, what does science have to say about the how to best train a dog question?

      Focusing on the most effective and humane ways to train dogs without force, this webinar takes a look at some of the latest research on the use of social learning as training methodology, and offers insights into the comparisons of the effectiveness of verbal markers, acoustic markers or none when paired with positive reinforcement.

      Learning Objectives

      • Take a closer look at how learning theory posits a number of different ways all animals learn. How well suited are these to how we train dogs?
      • Review the latest research on social learning for dog training.
      • Know what the studies find as the most effective cues, markers and reinforcers in associative learning techniques used in training.
      •  Answer the “to click or not to click” question

      About The Presenter


      Frania Shelley-Grielen is a professional animal behaviourist, dog trainer and educator who holds a Masters Degrees in Animal Behaviour from Hunter College and a Masters Degree in Urban Planning from New York University, Complimenting her insight into behaviour with an in-depth understanding of the built environment. She is a licensed Pet Care Technician Instructor, a registered therapy dog handler, a certified Doggone Safe Bite Safety Instructor, and a professional member of the Pet Professional Guild and the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Frania specialises in behaviour modification work and training with cats, dogs and birds and humane management for urban wildlife.

      Frania is the author of Cats and Dogs; Living with and Looking at Companion Animals from their Point of View. She founded AnimalBehaviorist.us in 2009, to share her work on how welfare based, science focused strategies and solutions from the canine and feline point of view are more effective and make everyone happier, including the humans. Frania also taught the ASPCA’s Fundamentals of Dog Care course for the Houlton Institute where she is on the zoology faculty. She has worked on research projects at the Wildlife Conservation Society, the American Museum of Natural History and the ASPCA in NYC. Frania presents and consults in the metropolitan New York area, nationally and internationally. She lives in New York City with her family and cats and dogs.

      • Thursday, March 19, 2020
      • 4:00 PM
      • Sunday, March 19, 2023
      • 5:00 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
      Register


      CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


      The vast majority of existing dog training strategies which relate to canine fear and anxiety are designed to help ‘fearful’ dogs, but all dogs encounter a crisis of confidence at some point in their lives or face situations that test their resilience. How a dog copes with these life challenges and how their families interact with them, will determine everyone’s future success.

      Victoria Stilwell will introduce BRAVE - a set of new essential dog training protocols which can be specifically adapted for all dogs regardless of their level of anxiety or fear.  (This will be an introduction only webinar with some examples, as BRAVE protocols are extensive. They will be available and accessed in future online courses designed for all dog lovers.)

      Learning Objectives:

      • How a dog can be helped to face life challenges
      • Some tips on how families should interact with a nervous dog
      • An introduction to BRAVE dog training protocols 
      • Some examples of BRAVE dog training protocols and how and when they should be implemented

      About The Presenter


      Victoria Stilwell


      Victoria Stilwell is a world-renowned dog trainer best known as the star of the international hit TV series It's Me or the Dog as well as Greatest American Dog on CBS, Dogs Might Fly on Sky TV, Dogs with Extraordinary Jobs for the Smithsonian Channel, Help My Dog is Out of Control for the BBC, and various featured web series including Guardians of the Night. Having filmed over 110 episodes of It’s Me or the Dog since 2005, Stilwell is able to reach audiences in over 120 countries with her philosophy of positive training methods.  A best-selling author of 5 books including her latest book, The Ultimate Guide to Raising A Puppy, Stilwell appears frequently in the media and is widely recognised as a leader in the field of animal behaviour.    

      A passionate advocate for positive dog training methods, Stilwell is the Editor-in-Chief of Positively.com, the founder of the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behavior, and the CEO of Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training – the world’s premier global network of positive dog trainers.

      The recipient of multiple awards, Stilwell is committed to helping the cause of animal rescue and rehabilitation and is heavily involved with organisations around the world to increase awareness of puppy mills, dogfighting, animal abuse, pet overpopulation, dog bite prevention and other animal-related causes, but she is best known as a champion for fear-free positive reinforcement dog training methods.  She is an Ambassador for the RSPCA, International Ambassador for the Soi Dog Foundation and serves on the Advisory Boards of RedRover, The Georgia Pet Coalition, The Grey Muzzle Foundation, DogTV, Dognition, W-Underdogs and Canine Assistants.



      • Monday, March 23, 2020
      • 5:00 PM
      • Thursday, March 23, 2023
      • 6:30 PM
      • Recorded Webinar
      Register


      CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1, KPA 1


      Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

      Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


      Essential Training Lessons learned from 8 Years of Living with a frantic dog, and what you can do to bring zen into your life.

      Learning Objectives

        • “Gentle Punishment” and why it leads to chaos.
        • The importance of predictability and control.
        • Creating skills, why variable is usually (but not always) bad.
        • You cannot reinforce calm. It’s not a behaviour. You can however create calm.
        • Splitting matters.
        • Bad behaviour chains and the case against redirecting away from “bad” behaviour.
        • Extinction of behaviours on maintained by continuous reinforcement and variable. How the response differs - and recognising that extinction, on its own can be very frantic.
        • Build duration. The passage of time can be a cue.
        • Associations. Your dog is usually right. Door bells do mean people are at the door. Bowls tend to mean food. Hands reaching means cookies are coming. They ARE exciting.
        • How to decrease the arousal that comes from associations. Think cats and can openers.
        • Higher order conditioning. Why do dogs get so excited in the car? What you can do about it.
        • Bad behaviour chains can create frantic looking behaviour
        • Bodily functions
        • Social pressure is the death of good training
        • Saboteurs are even worse.
        • What to do when you mess up.
        • While it’s a hard sell, “50 tiny steps to success” is a faster, less stressful route than “3 easy steps.” The case against falling for popular online marketing.



        About The Presenter


        Yvette Van Veen


        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, March 30, 2020
        • 3:00 PM
        • Thursday, March 30, 2023
        • 4:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


        It’s hard to get a good grasp on the big picture of behaviour problems when we are working with a small proportion of the population. This interactive webinar takes an in-depth look at behaviour problems in dogs. Populations change over time – we'll cover the most up-to-date information we have on this topic!

        We will cover a lot of ground in this talk. Including: Which behaviour issues are most prevalent? What role does the dog’s sex, spay/neuter status, age, and origin play? What factors might be driving behaviour issues in dogs? Which behaviour issues tend to co-occur?

        Use this information to serve your client’s better by focusing on what’s most important for them and their dogs. These research findings will allow you to design training and behaviour programmes that are proactive about prevention and early intervention and as effective as possible!

        Learning Objectives:

        • List the most recent information we have on the demographics of behaviour problems in dogs (for example, what impact does spay/neuter have on the prevalence of behaviour issues?)
        • Identify which behaviour problems tend to co-occur
        • Explain which behaviour issues are most prevalent
        • Apply this information to prevention, early intervention and modification of behaviour issues in dogs


        About The Presenter


        Dr. Kristina Spaulding


        Dr. Spaulding has a PhD in biopsychology - the study of the biological basis of behaviour - and is a Certified Applied Animal Behaviorist through the Animal Behavior Society. She specialises in stress and behaviour, social cognition and emotion, positive welfare and the prevention and treatment of behaviour problems in dogs. In addition to her academic background, she has been in the dog training and behaviour profession for 19 years. She currently splits her time between private behaviour work and teaching other dog trainers and behaviour consultants online and through seminars and conferences.

        In addition, Dr. Spaulding is a long-standing member of the APDT Education Committee. She is also a member of the Fear Free Advisory Group and an authorised Speaker for Fear Free. She also chairs a task force for Meeting of the Minds, a coalition of top dog professionals across the country charged with improving the quality of life for our dogs and is a member of the IAABC Foundation Board. You can find out more about her on her website. (http://smartdogtrainingandbehavior.com/online-services/)

        • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
        • 2:00 PM
        • Saturday, April 08, 2023
        • 11:00 PM
        • Virtual, Listen To The Recordings or Do Both!
        Register

        THE PPG 2020 VIRTUAL SUMMIT RECORDINGS

         Approved CEUs PPAB 16, CCPDT 12,  IAABC 12 & KPA 12

        8 exceptional educational experiences!

        12 Hours of Recordings with Q&A Sessions

        In Celebration of 

         

        Your Virtual Summit Sessions 

        1. Dr. Karolina Westlund- Preventing and Reducing Fear in The Shelter Environment
        2. Dr. Nick Thompson- Seven Top Tips to Promote Calm in Rescue and Shelter Dogs
        3. Dr. Morag Heirs- Scent Work Solutions for Dogs in Rescues & Shelters
        4. Malena DeMartini & Casey McGee- Rethinking Separation Anxiety in the Homeless Dog
        5. Dr. Robert Hewings– The Importance of Positively &  Emotionally Linking Scent to Your Training
        6. Dr. Juliane Kaminski- Code Breaker: How dogs understand us (and we them)
        7. Dr. Zazie Todd- Implementing Science-Based Training in Shelter and Rescue
        8. Dr. Hannah  Capon  – The Neglected Pieces of the Arthritis Puzzle - Important interventions for shelter dogs suffering with arthritis


        • Tuesday, April 07, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Friday, April 07, 2023
        • 7:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

        Welcome to the age of genetic testing! Suddenly panels of genetic tests for dogs are relatively affordable for the average pet owner. These tests claim to tell you what your dog’s breed ancestry is (for those of us with mystery mixes) and to give you a heads-up about possible health issues. However, although similar direct-to-consumer testing is carefully regulated for humans, there is no regulation in place for them in veterinary medicine. Additionally, while trained genetic counselors are available to help interpret these results for your human family, no such specialty exists among veterinarians, and general practice veterinarians are not typically trained in this area. How much can we trust the results of these tests? Are some tests or companies more reliable than others? Dr. Hekman is a veterinarian and a genomics researcher who studies canine genetics. She will explain how these tests work, and will build on that explanation to explain the differences between various products, and which products are helpful in which situations.

        Learning Objectives:

        • Be able to read canine ancestry results ("what breeds are in your mix?") with an understanding of which results are more or less reliable, and why.
        • Evaluate different genetic testing companies with an understanding of which products are better for your needs.
        • Understand and explain differences between health test results with traditional at risk/carrier/clear status versus those with more complex interpretation.
        • Describe the basics of how genetic testing works.

        About The Presenter


        Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


        Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



        • Thursday, April 09, 2020
        • 5:00 PM
        • Sunday, April 09, 2023
        • 6:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

        Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it!

        No worries you will automatically receive a recording!

        Starting and continuing a successful pet loss support group is exciting, and tedious, all at the same time. In this session, attendees will hear the finer points of how to market a pet loss support group, how to create a continuum of mourning activities throughout the events to seamlessly walk with families from session to session, as well as how to maintain a safe group and assist with the emotions of the group. Furthermore, are physical group meetings the only type of pet loss sessions that can be successful? If is in your initiatives as a pet care professional, this course is FOR YOU as you will get all of those answers and more!

        Checkout the Pet Loss & Grief Companioning Certification Course  Presented by Coleen Ellis February 22, 2020 - February 23, 2020.  Click here. If you attend the workshop then you receive a FREE webinar ticket for this event and the other event called The Finer Points of Marketing Pet Loss Services. Presented by Coleen Ellis

        About The Presenter


        Coleen Ellis 

        In 2009, Coleen founded Two Hearts Pet Loss Center, to guide people who wish to provide meaningful pet death care services in their communities, as well to be an educational resource in the pet grief discipline. In 2009, she received the first Death and Grief Studies Certification specializing in Pet Loss Companioning by Dr. Alan Wolfelt as well as releasing her first book, Pet Parents: A Journey Through Unconditional Love and Grief. She is also Certified in Thanatology and is a Certified Pet Loss Professional.

        By 2014, Coleen was ready to take her vision to a new level. Joining Nick Padlo as managing partner and Chief Marketing Officer, they formed an acquisition company whose mission is to standardize and raise the service levels of the pet loss industry. The Pet Loss Center strives to be the nation’s premier pet loss service, elevating the experiential component of pet loss and grief care across the country. In 2019, she shifted her position with The Pet Loss Center to an Advisory/Consultant role.

        Coleen is an internationally sought-after speaker on the topics of pet loss and grief. Through her delivery style, pet care professionals learn a variety of techniques immediately applicable to implement on how to companion families in their grief journey. Furthermore, her talks to pet parents give them the permission they need to not only grieve but mourn the loss of their beloved pet.

        Coleen is the founder and past co-chair of the Pet Loss Professionals Alliance and past president of the International Association of Animal Hospice and Palliative Care, where she currently serves as an advisor. She is a native of Kansas where she graduated from Fort Hays State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing. She currently sits on the Board of Trustees for Fort Hays State University, and is a recipient of the 2018 Alumni Achievement Award, the college’s highest recognition for graduates.

        Dallas, TX, is where Coleen and her husband, Chris Burke, reside. They share their home with their four-legged kids, Crisco, Rudy & Albert.


        • Friday, April 10, 2020
        • 11:00 PM
        • Monday, April 10, 2023
        • 12:00 AM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

        This presentation is geared to introduce Mantrailing as a dog sport. It will talk about our methods to teach it, the hypothetical science behind it and how the sport can influence a dog´s behaviour even off the trail.

        As with other dog sports, the reward system plays an important role to get a more driven canine partner for the task.

        But what is it that makes Mantrailing such a popular dog sport around the world? Can any dog participate?

        Lisa will be answering any questions, that you might have about Mantrailing, after the presentation.

        Learning objectives:

        • What is Mantrailing?
        • Tasks of a Mantrailer
        • How do we teach Mantrailing?
        • What is the dog looking for on the trail?
        • Introduction to the science of scent
        • Can any dog do Mantrailing?
        • How can Mantrailing influence a dog´s behaviour?
        • The reward system
        • The scent article

        About The Presenter


        Lisa Gorenflo

        Lisa Gorenflo is an active operational Mantrailing dog handler who will be assisting the Search & Rescue and Police in the UK with her young German Wirehaired Pointer, Rufus.

        She gained her certification as a Mantrailing Instructor for Mantrailing International over the past 4 years and is the only instructor to hold this qualification in the UK. She qualified her own dog under the British Mantrailing Academy and was also awarded the Skills for Justice certificate.

        Mantrailing UK is the only Mantrailing training centre in the UK certified by Mantrailing InternationalLisa has a background in the IGP and THS sport. She has worked with dogs all over the world, including rescue centres in Germany and the US, rehabilitating and training dogs for a better life.

        Her training is based on the Kocher Method, but she tailors all of her training to work for each individual dog handler team. Her goal is for each team to find their way together.

        Lisa has brought the Mantrailing sport over to the UK 5 years ago.

        Mantrailing UK has 32 instructors in the UK as well as Guernsey and Spain. Lisa strives to work together with international organisations such as the FEGMA, the Spanish Federation of Mantrailing Groups, to make this sport accessible to more people around the globe.

        • Wednesday, April 29, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Saturday, April 29, 2023
        • 7:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

        It is likely that social isolation contributes to reduced welfare for dogs living in animal shelters. One type of intervention that addresses this concern, human interaction out of the kennel, has been demonstrated to improve behavior and reduce physiological measures of stress for shelter-living dogs.

        In this presentation, I will discuss research from the Canine Science Collaboratory & the Applied Animal Welfare & Behavior Lab that was conducted across the United States in which we’ve investigated the impact of two-nights away (sleepovers) from the shelter; and more recently, two-hour outings (field trips) on dogs’ stress, rest, and activity levels. We’ll examine their particular effects to better understand how these programs are impacting the lives of dogs awaiting adoption in animal shelters.

        Learning Objectives:

        • Gain a better understanding of the impact of human interaction on the welfare of dogs living in animal shelters
        • Reference the different physiological and activity measures used to measure canine welfare

        • Differentiate the effects of these interventions and their overall impact on welfare

        • Utilize this information to develop enrichment strategies for dogs in your shelter

        About The Presenter


        Dr. Lisa Gunter

        Lisa Gunter, PhD, CBCC-KA is the Maddie's Fund Research Fellow at Arizona State University in the Department of Psychology and conducts her research in the Canine Science Collaboratory. She currently leads the Maddie’s Fund Nationwide Fostering Study. Before beginning her graduate studies, she worked for nearly a decade with dogs in animal shelters and with pet dogs and their owners. The goal of Lisa's research is to better the lives of dogs. To this aim, she has investigated the breed labeling of shelter dogs, their breed heritage, housing and dog-to-dog interaction in the shelter, temporary fostering and short-term outings, behavioral indicators of welfare, and post-adoption interventions focused on owner retention. Under the mentorship of Clive Wynne, Lisa earned her Masters in 2015, and her PhD in 2018 as a graduate student in the behavioral neuroscience program at Arizona State University. She has published her research in scientific journals, presented her findings at numerous conferences, and received national and international media attention for her work.


        • Monday, May 04, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Thursday, May 04, 2023
        • 7:30 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5, CCPDT 1, KPA 1.5



        Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

        Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


        The use of Behaviour Analysis within the animal training and welfare community has become commonplace. While the core principles of Behaviour Analysis (i.e., a focus on reinforcement contingencies and functional understandings of behaviour) are now frequently used for applied animal behaviour purposes, it’s not always clear how this is directly applied. For instance, what is behaviour and how is it defined? What is the relationship of behaviour to the environment, and what does it mean to analyse these environment-behaviour interactions?

        This webinar focuses directly on some of the core principles of Behaviour Analysis, namely that of understanding how behaviour relates to the environment. Specifically, this talk will focus on (1) how we define behaviour, with attention to what it is and is not, and (2) what it means to define a behavioural contingency in terms of the events that precede and follow it, (3) how we use data to analyze behaviour and its function. The goal will be to provide a general, empirical framework for any applied animal behaviourist that looks to understand how Behaviour Analysis analyses behaviour.

        Learning Objectives

        • Understand how we operationally define behaviour in terms of what it is and is not.
        • Identify what an environment-behaviour contingency is in terms of antecedents and consequences of behaviour.
        • Discover the usefulness of data in both analysing behaviour (the purpose of Behaviour Analysis) as well as evaluating the success of any applied procedure.



        About The Presenter


        Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD

        Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).

        Most of his past and current work involves behavioral research applied to the welfare and training of zoo and companion animals. He has worked with over 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates.

        He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His past positions include a Visiting Professorship in the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at the University of Washington, a Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with many of the species and exhibits located throughout the zoo.

        Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective. Many of his past publications, research projects, and presentations can be found on his ResearchGate profile

         

        • Friday, May 15, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Monday, May 15, 2023
        • 7:30 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1.5

        This webinar will focus on the dogs who develop aggressive behaviours toward their owners. We will talk a little about what aggressive behaviours are, and how they are perceived by the owners, how they influence the dynamic and relationships in the house, how to address it, manage it and help a dog develop new behaviours.

        Learning Objectives

        • What does aggressive behaviour look like?
        • Why do dogs use aggressive behaviour?
        • Safety in dealing with dogs who show aggressive behaviours
        • Strategies to change aggressive behaviours
        • Defensive aggressive behaviour, what does it mean?
        • How to change the owners and thus change the behaviour?
        • Is it management or is it behaviour modification techniques?
        • Expectations about other species behaviours and what we want from dogs


        About The Presenter


        Claudia Estanislau


        Claudia is a Certified Dog Trainer and Behavior Consultant. She is currently the manager of It's All About Dogs training center in Portugal operating from four locations. Claudia has been a lecturer at several seminars in Portugal and Brazil on learning theory, aggression and force free training. Paula is also a writer for a national dog magazine in Portugal and writes on dog behavior and training.

        Claudia’s formal qualifications are DTBC from the CASI Institute. Claudia completed the LLA course with Dr. Susan Friedman and Claudia is an Associate Certified member at IAABC and a PPG Member.



        • Thursday, July 02, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Sunday, July 02, 2023
        • 7:30 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5, KPA 1.5



        Registered for the live event, get busy and cannot make it?

        Don't worry, you will automatically receive a recording!


        Ferster and Skinner’s (1957) Schedules of Reinforcement was a landmark book, introducing the scientific community to the different schedules and their effects on behaviour. Since that time, the various schedules of reinforcement have been used in thousands of basic and applied research studies to examine issues as widely diverse as work performance, drug use, and legislative bill passing. While the importance of these consequential schedules on all behaviour is unmistakable, how they relate to our day-to-day lives is not always clear.

        This webinar focuses on some of the core principles involved in schedules of reinforcement, namely what they are and what are their effects on behaviour. Throughout the webinar, we will detail (1) the history of these schedules, from Skinner to modern-day animal training procedures, (2) some of the past confusion of such schedules, including “variable” vs. intermittent reinforcement, and (3) how can we understand and apply schedules of reinforcement in the most effective manner. The goal will be to provide a general, empirical framework for schedules of reinforcement so that any person, trainer and scientist alike, can readily identify them and how they relate to all aspects of behaviour.

        Learning Objectives

        • Understand how we operationally define a schedule of reinforcement.
        • Identify the four basic types of schedules, as well as the difference between continuous, intermittent, and “variable” reinforcement.
        • Recognise applied instances of schedules of reinforcement, including how different schedules might be effective for our applied animal behaviour purposes.



        About The Presenter


        Eduardo J Fernandez, PhD

        Dr. Eduardo J. Fernandez received his Ph.D. in Psychology (minors in Neuroscience and Animal Behavior) from Indiana University, where he worked with the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo. He received his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he founded and was President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA).

        Most of his past and current work involves behavioral research applied to the welfare and training of zoo and companion animals. He has worked with over 50 species of animals, with a focus on marine animals, carnivores, and primates.

        He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Adelaide in Australia. His past positions include a Visiting Professorship in the School of Behavior Analysis at the Florida Institute of Technology, an Affiliate Professorship in the Psychology Department at the University of Washington, a Research Fellowship with Woodland Park Zoo, and a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. While working with UW and Woodland Park Zoo, he started the Behavioral Enrichment Animal Research (BEAR) group, which conducted welfare research with many of the species and exhibits located throughout the zoo.

        Eduardo also continues to run the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF), a former listserv and now Facebook group, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective. Many of his past publications, research projects, and presentations can be found on his ResearchGate profile

         

        • Friday, August 07, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Monday, August 07, 2023
        • 7:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1


        Veterinarians used to routinely recommend that your dog be neutered (spayed or castrated) at 6 months of age.  That recommendation has been questioned in the past decade as information about the possible health consequences of early age neuter (or neuter at any age) comes to light.

        Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will discuss what we know about the relationship of spay/neuter timing and changes in the risk of development of cancer and/or of orthopedic injuries such as cranial cruciate ligament disease (CCL tear).  She will also talk about how spay/neuter can affect behaviour, for better or worse.  She will specifically discuss some recent studies and will detail problems designing effective studies to ask these questions. She will also cover alternative approaches to the traditional spay/neuter surgery. If you are wondering when, or if, you should neuter your dog, make your decision based on facts, not emotions.

        Learning Objectives:

        • Interpret recent findings about spay/neuter outcomes in light of what those studies can actually tell us
        • Make reasoned decisions about the risk of cancer/orthopedic disease and early spay/neuter
        • List alternatives to traditional spay/neuter and compare their pros and cons to traditional spay/neuter
        • RELAX about this decision!

        About The Presenter


        Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


        Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, studying a group of foxes (often known as the "Siberian silver foxes") which have been bred over many generations to be friendly to humans. She is currently working at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard as a postdoctoral associate, studying the genetics of behavior in pet dogs through the Darwin's Ark project and the Working Dogs Project. Her ultimate goal is to find genetic causes of fearfulness in dogs, to work with behaviorally challenged shelter dogs, and to help people better understand the science behind dog behavior. She also frequently teaches online classes and webinars about canine genetics and behavior. Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs. You can follow her on Twitter @dogzombieblog or on Facebook at facebook.com/dogzombieblog.



        • Tuesday, October 06, 2020
        • 6:00 PM
        • Sunday, October 06, 2024
        • 7:00 PM
        • Recorded Webinar
        Register


        CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT 1, IAABC 1, KPA 1

        Anxiety is a major problem for many pet dogs. What happens in your dog's brain and body when something scares her? How long can you expect her stress response to last?

        In this webinar, Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, will talk about the stress response in dogs. She will explain the original evolutionary purpose of the stress response; what the hormones involved in it (like cortisol) do in the body; the difference between acute and chronic stress and the different effects they have on dogs' health; and what we know about how long it takes the body to clear those hormones. You will definitely learn some cool stuff about how the brain works and what that means for your stressed-out dog!

        Learning Objectives:

        • Describe how the stress response functions and what its purpose is.
        • Describe health effects (both positive and negative!) for acute versus chronic stress.
        • Explain how the stress response affects the dog's brain and their ability to think clearly and behave normally.
        • Describe how long it takes the stress response to clear from the body, and list possible alternative explanations for dogs who display signs of stress longer than it takes for stress hormones to be cleared.

        About The Presenter


        Dr. Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD


        Jessica is a veterinary researcher who is fascinated by dog behavior. After eleven years working as a computer programmer, she decided to go back to school to research the causes of behavior problems in dogs. She received her veterinary degree in 2012 from the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts, where she also received a Master's degree for her work on stress behaviors in hospitalized dogs. After graduation, she completed a year-long internship specializing in shelter medicine at the University of Florida Maddie's Shelter Medicine Program. She received her PhD in genetics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaig