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    • Friday, October 18, 2019
    • 9:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    CEUs: PPAB 1

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    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.

      • Thursday, October 24, 2019
      • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      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/


      • Thursday, November 14, 2019
      • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1.5

      Loose leash walking might just be one of the hardest skills to teach - to clients or to our dogs. It’s one that impacts the dog’s life. Why is it so hard? Because it is a skill with many elements. Clients needs to get dogs out from day one - well before the dog has learned to walk nicely on leash. So there’s often a reinforcement history for pulling. Humans can be inconsistent. And let’s face it, it can hurt when dogs pull on people. Emotions run high. Learn the many components and drills that can help you start saying, “Nailed it” and get training success for your clients and for your dogs.

      Learning Objectives

      • How to lower arousal
      • How to beat an old reinforcement history of pulling
      • Drill the Elements - split, don’t lump.
      • Learn why doorways are deadly to leash walking
      • Distractions - an opportunity to train
      • Moving feet and position of feeding
      • Chase Turns - it’s all in the hips
      • It’s a sequence, not a chain. The basics of sequencing.



      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/


      • Wednesday, January 29, 2020
      • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 1


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      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”.


       
      • Thursday, February 20, 2020
      • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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      CEUs: PPAB 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.

    Past events

    Wednesday, April 24, 2019 Brains, Bowls & Bull. Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson
    Thursday, December 20, 2018 Epigenetics and Puppies Presented by Dr. Lynn Honeckman
    Tuesday, December 11, 2018 "It's Mine!" - Object Guarder Cases Studies: Two DSCC and a DRI. Presented by Jean Donaldson
    Tuesday, November 13, 2018 Is Loose Lead Walking a Self Control Behaviour? Presented by Sian Ryan
    Thursday, October 11, 2018 Pestering Pooches: Helping Dogs go from Crazy and Wild to Mannered and Mild. Presented by Kristi Benson
    Wednesday, September 26, 2018 Sugar, Serotonin and Schmackos: Raw Food and Canine Behaviour. Presented by Dr. Nick Thompson
    Thursday, September 20, 2018 Understanding Animal Welfare: The Five Freedoms to the Five Domains and Beyond Presented by Frania Shelley-Grielen
    Wednesday, August 08, 2018 Interactive Play Presented by Craig Ogilvie
    Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Managing the Canine Arthritic - Those Free of Charge Additions That Really Count! Presented by Hannah Capon
    Thursday, May 17, 2018 A Taste of the Foundations for Clicker Gundog Training
    Wednesday, May 09, 2018 Canine Nail Care: Creating Cooperative Care through Training
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018 Total Recall
    Thursday, March 22, 2018 Scent-work Planning and Problem Solving
    Wednesday, March 21, 2018 So You Want to Help Shelter Dogs? Presented by Amy Sutherland
    Friday, March 16, 2018 A Step In Time - Practical Suggestions for Loose Lead Walking
    Wednesday, March 07, 2018 Canine Health Seminar: Thyroid Disorders Presented by Dr. Jean Dodds
    Friday, March 02, 2018 Equine Clicker Training - Getting Started Part 1/3 Presented by Jessica Gonzalez
    Monday, February 19, 2018 Keeping Future Generations Safe - How Best to Promote Your Dog Bite Safety, or Any Advocacy Message to Your Local Community Presented by Niki Tudge
    Thursday, January 18, 2018 Litter Box Basics Presented by Beth Adelman
    Thursday, December 14, 2017 A Webinar on Solutions for Working with Shy, Fearful, or Anxious Dogs Presented by Kathy Cascade, PT, PCT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor
    Thursday, November 09, 2017 Restricted Activity for Dogs. Presented by Sian Ryan
    Wednesday, October 11, 2017 Platform Training - Step Up to The Mark. Presented by Kay Attwood
    Tuesday, October 03, 2017 Predatory Behaviour - What is it and can it be stopped? Presented by Dr. Tiffani Howell
    Thursday, July 27, 2017 Risk Assessment & Safely Handling Multiple Dogs. Presented by Claire Staines.
    Tuesday, June 27, 2017 A One Day Educational "Round-Up" Hosted by PPGBI
    Friday, June 16, 2017 Platform Training. Presented by Kay Attwood
    Thursday, May 25, 2017 Deaf Dog Activities. Presented by Morag Heirs.
    Saturday, April 01, 2017 Training Meister Master- The Comprehensive Dog Training Course. Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell
    Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Scent & The Assistance Dog - the development within PTSD. Presented by Robert Hewings
    Friday, February 03, 2017 Errorless Learning: Setting Up For Success. Presented by Kate Mallatratt
    Thursday, January 12, 2017 The Effective Use of Toys as Rewards. Presented by Kamal Fernandez
    Friday, December 02, 2016 The Human Factor in Pet Behaviour. Presented by Karen Wild CCAB
    Friday, October 14, 2016 Living with High Drive Dogs in Domestic Situations. Presented by Kamal Fernandez
    Saturday, September 10, 2016 A Two Day Force-Free Educational "Get Together" Hosted by PPGBI
    Friday, August 26, 2016 Free Member Webinar - Home-Alone Training: Necessity, Not Luxury. Presented by Kate Mallatratt
    Thursday, August 11, 2016 2016 Virtual Pet Care Summit
    Tuesday, July 12, 2016 Getting Your Puppy Off to the Right Start in Life with Maxwell Muir
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 The Whys & Wherefores of Behavioural Data with Karen Wild
    Friday, May 27, 2016 Understand How To Use Respondent Conditioning As A Practical View to Behaviour Modification. with Claudia Estanislau
    Thursday, April 28, 2016 Understand the "Learn to Train" Protocol: Building and Reinforcing the Canine Bond. with Alasdair Bunyan
    Friday, March 04, 2016 Learn the Benefits of Daily Enrichment & Stimulation for Your Dog. with Maxwell Muir
    Friday, February 05, 2016 Dog Cognition - Learn How Dogs' Cognitive Skills May Have Evolved. with Dr. Juliane Kaminski