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2016 Conference Agenda and Schedule

Last updated: August 19, 2016 (schedule subject to change)

tuesday, October 11, 2016

4:00 pm –
7:00 pm
Registration Open
Hours: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

GENERAL SESSIONS
7:00 am –
6:00 pm
Registration Open
Hours: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
8:00 am –
8:45 am
Conference Orientation
Khara Schuetzner, MA, CNWI
8:45 am –
9:00 am
BREAK
9:00 am –
9:30 am
Welcome
Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA
9:30 am –
10:45 am
Keynote
Sara Carson and Hero
10:45 am –
11:00 am
Awards Ceremony presented by Ian Dunbar, founder of APDT
11:00 am –
11:15 am
BREAK
11:15 am –
12:00 pm
APDT SHORTS
12:00 pm –
1:30 pm
LUNCH
1:30 pm –
3:30 pm
Empowered Puppy Training - Where to Focus and What to Save for Later
Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

The Pet Dog – Is He Going Extinct?
Sue Sternberg
John Rogerson, KCA, (ADV. WT., ADV BEH)

Rabbit Clicker Training - Beginner
Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
SOLD OUT
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee
$40 for Participants
(limit 10)

SOLD OUT
3:30 pm –
3:45 pm
BREAK
3:45 pm –
5:00 pm
A to Z of Canine Nutrition
Jennifer Adolphe, Ph.D., RD
Practical Desensitization and Counterconditioning for Aggressive Dogs
Dr. Melissa Bain

Social Learning in Dogs: Do as I Do for Beginners
Claudia Fugazza, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the APDT Foundation

5:00 pm –
7:00 pm
Welcome Reception and Exhibit Hall Grand Opening

Thursday, October 13, 2016

7:00 am –
6:00 pm
Registration Open
Hours: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
8:00 am –
8:45 am
APDT SHORTS
9:00 am –
11:00 am
Beginners Guide to Canine Fitness Training
Krista Wickens

Do as I Do
Claudia Fugazza, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the APDT Foundation

Animal Behavior: Making, and Breaking, the Human-Animal Bond
Dr. Melissa Bain
11:00 am –
11:15 am
BREAK
10:30 am –
1:30 pm
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
11:15 am –
12:15 pm
Building Better Marketing Projects
Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC
Gina Pharis, BSc Comms, CTC
Panel - Chat with the Pros on Using Positive Reinforcement
Laura Nativo
Sara Carson
Kyra Sundance
Justine Schuurmans, CPDT-KA
A to Z of Canine Nutrition
Jennifer Adolphe, Ph.D., RD
12:15 pm –
1:30 pm
LUNCH
1:30 pm –
3:30 pm
Barking Up the Right Tree - Using Language That Works to Keep the Peace
Debra Vey Voda Hamilton, JD
BAT 2.0 - Behavior Adjustment Training is Empowered Socialization for All Dogs
Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP
When Training JUST the Dog Isn't Enough: What Families Need to Know
Justine Schuurmans, CPDT-KA
Leah Hatley, CPDT-KA
  Rabbit Clicker Training - Advanced
Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
SOLD OUT
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee
$40 for Participants
(limit 10)

SOLD OUT

3:00 pm –
3:45 pm
BREAK
3:00 pm –
6:00 pm
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
3:45 pm –
5:00 pm
Loose Leash Philosophy
Josh Pitts
On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Nutrition for Canine Athletes
Jennifer Adolphe, Ph.D., RD
Canine Life and Social Skills A Unique Multi-Level Program
Paula Nowak
6:00 pm

Grand Reception
RIO VooDoo Beach Pool

Friday, October 14, 2016

7:00 am –
6:00 pm
Registration Open
Hours: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
8:00 am –
8:45 am

APDT SHORTS

9:00 am –
11:00 am

Inside Your Dog's Mind
Victoria Stilwell

 

 

Social Learning In Dogs: Do as I Do (Sponsored by APDT Foundation)
Claudia Fugazza, Ph.D.

Sponsored by the APDT Foundation

Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions
Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Michael Shikashio, CDBC

Track Co-sponsored by IAABC

IAABC

Rabbit Clicker Training - Beginner
Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

Go Fish! Workshop
Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Sponsored by Petco

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)
11:00 am –
11:15 am
BREAK
10:00 am –
2:00 pm
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
11:15 am –
12:15 pm
Positive PR for Dog Trainers
Laura Nativo, CPDT-KA
Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions
Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Michael Shikashio, CDBC

Track Co-sponsored by IAABC

IAABC

Panel - Aggression, Liability and the Law - How to Legally Protect Yourself
Speakers:
David Pearsall CIC, CWCA
Debra Vey Voda Hamilton, JD

Susan Briggs, CPA, Moderator
Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA,CNWI

12:15 pm –
1:30 pm
LUNCH
1:30 pm –
3:30 pm

Innovating Dog Training Industry for Social Change
Josh Pitts

Session Your Numbers Made Easy
Susan Briggs, CPA

Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions
Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Michael Shikashio, CDBC

Track Co-sponsored by IAABC

IAABC

Rabbit Clicker Training - Advanced
Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA

SOLD OUT Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
SOLD OUT


Free for Observers (limit 20)

Go Fish! Workshop
Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP,
CDBC, CPDT-KA

Sponsored by Petco
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)
3:30 pm –
3:45 pm
BREAK
3:00 pm –
6:00 pm
EXHIBIT HALL OPEN
3:45 pm –
5:00 pm
Ultimate Recall
John Rogerson, KCA, (ADV. WT., ADV BEH)
Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions
Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC
Michael Shikashio, CDBC

Track Co-sponsored by IAABC

IAABC

The Low Threshold Resource Guarder
Sue Sternberg

Saturday, October 15, 2016

7:00 am –
3:00 pm
Registration Open
Hours: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
8:00 am –
10:00 am
Rabbit Clicker Training - Beginner
Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

Go Fish! Workshop
Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Sponsored by Petco

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)
 
8:00 am –
12:00 pm
The Lost Art of Dog Training
John Rogerson, KCAI, (ADV. WT., ADV BEH)
Medical Alert Dog Training Principles & Practical Exercises
Debbie Kay
Are you Prepared if a Disaster Strikes?
Wesley Bissett, DVM, Ph.D.
12:00 pm –
1:30 pm
LUNCH
1:30 pm –
3:30 pm
Furry Funding: Fundraising and Grant Basics for Shelters and Rescues
Ericka Harney, CAE, CFRE, GPC, CVA
Starting Your Dog Biz
Gina Pharis, BSc Comms, CTC
Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC
Dog Tricks as a Tool to Becoming a Better Trainer
Kyra Sundance
Rabbit Clicker Training - Advanced
Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

Go Fish! Workshop
Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA

Sponsored by Petco

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)
3:30 pm –
3:45 pm
BREAK
3:45 pm –
5:00 pm
CLOSING KEYNOTE: Positive Training with High-Drive Working Dogs
Victoria Stillwell

Registration Open

Location: TBA
Date: Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Time: 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Come pick up your badge and awesome SWAG bag put together by our amazing sponsors!

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Registration Open

Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Come pick up your badge and awesome SWAG bag put together by our amazing sponsors!

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Conference Orientation

Speaker: Khara Schuetzner, MA, CNWI
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 8:45 am

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Welcome

Speaker: Robin Bennett, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 9:30 am

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Keynote

Speaker: Sara Carson and Hero
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 9:30 am – 11:00 am

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Shorts

Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Presenters and Topics:

Presenter Title Room Time
Dr. Joseph Lancia
Explorations of Trauma and Recovery in Dog's with Fear Aggression
Amazon
11:15-12:00
Laura Ryder, CPDT-KA
Creating a Canine Adventure Course-A Novel Way to Play
Palm
11:15-12:00
Irith Bloom, CPDT-KSACDBC, KPACTP, VSPDT, CBATI
Cues: Beyond Words and Gestures
Tropical
11:15-12:00
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Empowered Puppy Training - Where to Focus and What to Save for Later

Speaker: Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: Puppy classes can be very useful for dogs, but classes can be so much better. By looking at our priorities and focusing on the right set of skills, we can have an even more profound and beneficial impact on our students' lives. This seminar will explore the lessons and skills that should be in every puppy class, like the More Please Signal, as well as some common lessons that are learned in puppy class that are a waste of time or even detrimental to the puppies' wellbeing. The current puppy class model is a puppy-fied version of standard obedience classes, which isn't necessarily the best idea for dogs. Come prepared to put some heavy thought into the structure of puppy classes and how to teach them.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn a philosophy to prioritize puppy training and socialization skills.
  • Understand the More Please Signal and how to use it for cooperative care.
  • Start thinking about how puppy classes can be modified to better suit the way dogs learn social skills.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have seen and/or taught puppy training classes
  • Are familiar with clicker training
  • Are familiar with lure-reward, capturing, and shaping
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When Training JUST the Dog Isn't Enough: What Families Need to Know

Speakers: Justine Schuurmans, CPDT-KA & Leah Hatley, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: They may have read a couple of books and taken training classes but behind the scenes so many parents still really struggle to keep their head above water after adding a dog into the mix. Their dream family picture with their kids and perfect puppy soon disappears when reality strikes.  Kids screaming, dog chasing, food flying and sneakers disappearing is what they're actually faced with every day - and YOU can be their HERO in their hour of need to give them the PRACTICAL solutions that they desperately need.

In this fun, interactive session you will discover the six most important things EVERY parent needs to know to be successful with their family dog and how to implement them.  You'll walk away with new material specifically designed for parents and be able to attract a whole new client base by using this new content in your private sessions or group classes.

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Behavior Mod in the Real World Assessing Clients

Speaker: Trish King , CPDT-KA, CDBC
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: It's all about dogs. Well, no, it's really all about people. Understanding what a dog needs to improve his or her behavior is only a small percentage of our challenge. The rest is convincing the client to commit to the task. Some clients balk at doing any work at all, others think they can do much more than they can, and some - the ones we love - actually dedicate a great deal off their time and attention to helping their dog. In this session, we'll discuss the art of assessing how much a client is willing and able to do, and what you and the client may decide is a successful outcome. Using video and case histories with a variety of different behavior problems, we will go over different plans for different client knowledge levels, and discuss how to overcome obstacles...canine or human.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Have a greater knowledge of how to set themselves and their clients up for success by understanding human motivations, as well as human limitations
  • Understand how to organize their consultations/lessons for maximum understanding and a high level of success

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have a working knowledge of the fundamentals of operant conditioning
  • Understand the basics of classical conditioning
  • Have worked with members of the public
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Rabbit Clicker Training - Beginner

Speaker: Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: Beginning Rabbit Clicker Training Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the art and science of clicker training using rabbits as our target species. We will be covering the basics of how to use a clicker to mark behaviors, how to reinforce behaviors and learning ways to get rabbits to behave using capturing, luring and shaping. Rabbits are the third most common household pet in the USA and the third most common animal being abandoned at animal shelters. They are fun to train and can be full of surprises.

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The Pet Dog – Is He Going Extinct?

Speakers: Sue Sternberg and John Rogerson, KCA, (ADV. WT., ADV BEH)
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: The Pet Dog - Is He Going Extinct?

1. What is a 'Pet' Dog? a. What behaviors are 'natural'? b. Do people really just want a stuffed animal?

2. The Inseparable Triad: Human-Environment-Dog

3. Today's Environment: a. More crowded b. Less open space/access to natural world c. Aerobic exercise limitations d. Less access to free movement/galloping e. More bull breeds f. More dominant/tough dogs g. Are shelters/rescues promoting placement of low-threshold dogs (in particular RG and dog-dog aggression)

4. Today's Human a. Less time b. More people own more than one dog c. Less handling/touch d. 'All Positive' or reward based methods e. Puzzle toys and stuffed Kongs ™ and constant mild stimulation/arousal f. Dog parks g. 'All dogs should meet and play' subculture h. The outcry to save serious biters and blame children or victims i. Obesity as a means to flatten behavior, attitude and energy levels

5. Today's Dog a. More shelter/rescue dogs, very chic to adopt/'rescue' b. More guarding and fighting dogs and mixes c. More arousal d. Lower aggression thresholds e. Less sociability f. Purebred health deterioration g. AKC including more and more inappropriate non-pet dogs from other countries h. 'Soft' dogs are becoming extinct i. The most successful pet dogs are being sterilized

6. What Can We Do? a. Should the shelter world contribute? b. In ten years, where will your next dog come from?

Subject Areas: Canine Behavior, Health and nutrition

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be presented with some of the most pressing issues in the dog world today.
  • Hear observations from the field from two dog trainers who have, between the two of them, travelled all over the globe studying dogs and behavior.
  • Help shape a future for the pet dog.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Any level of experience welcome. Open minds and critical thinkers encouraged.
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A to Z of Canine Nutrition

Speaker: Jennifer Adolphe, Ph.D., RD
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Description: Description: It is currently on trend to choose pet foods that are high in animal sources of protein, moderate in fat, low in carbohydrates, and grain-free. However, these popular nutrient profiles are not consistent with recommendations from leading nutrition authorities. This session will cover the basics of dog nutrition with a focus on macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and will discuss some related hot topics: Are high protein, low carbohydrate diets the best option for dogs?  What is the optimal amount or ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in pet food? Is glycemic index a useful measure of the carbohydrate quality in pet food?

Subject Areas: Health and nutrition

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the importance of each of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) in canine health.
  • To identify ingredients that are excellent sources of protein, fat and carbohydrate, along with some of the advantages and disadvantages of common pet food ingredients.
  • To understand the various perspectives and controversies surrounding the nutritional requirements of protein, fat and carbohydrates for dogs.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have a basic understanding of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate).
  • Are familiar with some of the current trends in canine nutrition.
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Practical Desensitization and Counterconditioning for Aggressive Dogs

Speaker: Dr. Melissa Bain
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Description: Aggression in dogs can present a potential danger for owners, the public, and trainers. Proper behavior modification is comprised of many necessary foundational steps: management; owner leadership; pre-trained cues; proper tools. The step that changes the underlying motivation is desensitization and counterconditioning. This talk will give an overview of the science behind this technique, as well as case examples of it in action

Subject Areas: Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to understand the scientific basis of desensitization and counterconditioning
  • Be able to understand that desensitization and counterconditioning is one part of an entire behavior modification plan
  • Be able to list some specific tools and techniques that are utilized during the process of desensitization and counterconditioning

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Are at a high level of knowledge of behavior modification principles
  • Understand limitations of working with aggressive dogs
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Social Learning in Dogs: Do as I Do for Beginners - Sponsored by APDT Foundation

Speaker: Claudia Fugazza, Ph.D.
Location: TBA
Date: Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Description: Social learning means acquiring new behaviors from the observation of others. Dogs are predisposed to learn socially form humans. During this talk I will describe the results of the most recent scientific research on the use of social learning in the applied field of dog training with the Do as I Do method. This is a training method based on dog's social cognitive skills, particularly on his imitative ability.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about social learning and imitation in dogs
  • Learn about the use of the Do as I Do method for training dogs

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Studied the learning theory (individual associative learning processes) and their use in dog training.

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Registration Open

Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
Come pick up your badge and awesome SWAG bag put together by our amazing sponsors!

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Shorts

Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Presenters and Topics:

Presenter Title Room Time
Patricia Tirrell, Ms CPDT-KA,CRA
Research to Canine Practitioner to Client
Tropical
8:00-8:45am
Peggy Swager
Identifying and Resolving Conditioned Fear Responses
Amazon

8:00-8:45am
Miya Guo
The Changing Culture of Dogs and Dog Training in China
Palm
8:00-8:45am
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Beginners Guide to Canine Fitness Training

Speaker: Krista Wickens
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Description: As a dog trainer, you have developed expertise and likely built outstanding relationships with your clients. What if you were able to offer more? What if, as part of your current dog training services, you were able to combine basic training and fitness to give more to your clients that positively impacted their daily lives both behaviorally and physically? This session will help you explore the world of Canine Fitness and its opportunities. You will learn how to become a respected Canine Fitness Trainer, the basic structure of a good canine fitness program, how a fitness assessment can help structure and validate your program, the importance of good equipment and facility choices, and a live demonstration of proper form and techniques for basic exercises.

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Animal Behavior: Making, and Breaking, the Human-Animal Bond

Speaker: Dr. Melissa Bain
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Description: Animals provide us with great joy, but often give us great heartache when their behaviors are annoying, stress-inducing, or even dangerous. How can we help owners understand and improve the human-animal bond? Conversely, how can we help owners identify the underlying problems that fracture this bond? We will discuss the elephant in the room…how to honor an owner's ultimate decision and help them through the process.

Subject Areas: Canine Behavior, Health & Nutrition

Learning Outcomes:

  • Be able to list positive outcomes of the human-animal bond, on both dogs and people.
  • Be able to understand the interrelationships between individual dogs, their owners, and their environment.
  • Be able to identify basic risks and welfare issues associated with owning a dog with problem behaviors.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Already have professional interactions with dog owners.
  • Have a basic knowledge of problem behaviors in dog.
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Do as I Do - Sponsored by APDT Foundation

Speaker: Claudia Fugazza, Ph.D.
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Description: Social learning means acquiring new behaviors from the observation of others. Recent ethological studies revealed that dogs are not only able but also predisposed to learn socially from humans. I will describe the results of the most recent scientific research on dogs' social learning ability and on its use in the applied field of dog training with the Do as I Do method. This is a training method based on dog's social cognitive skills, particularly on his imitative ability.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn about social learning and imitation in dogs
  • Learn about the use of the Do as I Do method for training dogs

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Studied the learning theory (individual associative learning processes) and their use in dog training.

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Demos

Location: Demonstration Area
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

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Building Better Marketing Projects

Speaker: Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC and Gina Pharis, BSc Comms, CTC
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: Get inspired to take a whole new approach to marketing your dog business. Forget business cards and class fliers and don't waste money on online advertising schemes or stress yourself out begging for referrals. Instead, learn how to put together marketing projects that:

  • Actually work to bring you clients and students • Are designed to increase your community's canine IQ while tastefully promoting your services
  • You can feel really good about—and maybe even enjoy doing

Whether you're looking for new marketing ideas or just trying to get started, Veronica and Gina of dog*tec will show you how to make marketing fun, effective, and valuable.

Subject Areas: Business

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will learn what works for marketing dog businesses-- and what doesn't.
  • Attendees will learn creative approaches to marketing that have value for their community and help dogs.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • No prior knowledge necessary.
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Panel - Chat with the Pros on Using Positive Reinforcement

Speakers: Laura Nativo, Sara Carson, Kyra Sundance, Justine Schuurmans, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: Chat with the pros on how they have used positive reinforcement in their high-profile jobs, and how you can make a difference!   Hear how they have exposed individuals to +R both on the set and off the set. Learn how to encourage +R to those who normally would not use it.

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A to Z of Canine Nutrition

Speakers: Jennifer Adolphe, Ph.D., RD
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm

Description: It is currently on trend to choose pet foods that are high in animal sources of protein, moderate in fat, low in carbohydrates, and grain-free. However, these popular nutrient profiles are not consistent with recommendations from leading nutrition authorities. This session will cover the basics of dog nutrition with a focus on macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrates) and will discuss some related hot topics: Are high protein, low carbohydrate diets the best option for dogs?  What is the optimal amount or ratio of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids in pet food? Is glycemic index a useful measure of the carbohydrate quality in pet food?

Subject Areas: Health and nutrition

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the importance of each of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate) in canine health.
  • To identify ingredients that are excellent sources of protein, fat and carbohydrate, along with some of the advantages and disadvantages of common pet food ingredients.
  • To understand the various perspectives and controversies surrounding the nutritional requirements of protein, fat and carbohydrates for dogs.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have a basic understanding of the macronutrients (protein, fat and carbohydrate).
  • Are familiar with some of the current trends in canine nutrition.
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Barking Up The Right Tree Learning to Address Client Concerns

Speakers: Debra Vey Voda Hamilton, JD
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: This program introduces attendees to a new way of facilitating conversations among colleagues, staff and clients to better assist client retention, workplace satisfaction and revenue increase.

Subject Areas: Learning (Human), Business, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Techniques to maintain peaceful communication understanding triggers of dispute
  • Ways of addressing issues that arise keeping relationships intact/letting relationships go peacefully
  • Financial impact of losing client/staff/colleague systems to put in place to appreciate staff/client/colleagues

Target Level of Knowledge:

  1. Are owners/managers/staff of dog training facilities
  2. The facility desires to retain clients and staff.
  3. The participants are open to using different approaches to resolving disagreements.
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Behavior Adjustment Training

BAT 2.0 - Behavior Adjustment Training is Empowered Socialization for All Dogs

Speaker: Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Description: In BAT 2, Stewart provides the essential answer to this all-important question: Behavior is to have an effect, that is, to be effective. By safely allowing dogs more control over their own outcomes, especially in challenging conditions where fearful, frustrated and aggressive behavior is most likely, caregivers will be more successful shaping independent, competent, confident companions."

If you aren't yet familiar with BAT 2.0, this is your opportunity to get started. Through videos and role-playing demos, you'll get a solid overview of this technique and will hopefully be inspired to learn more. It is very different from the first version, so even if you already think you know BAT, take a look.

Why try BAT 2.0?

  • BAT empowers dogs to choose calm behavior over undesired reactivity. For example, instead of barking and lunging, BAT dogs can proactively choose to engage in a calm behavior, allowing them and their handler the opportunity to adjust to a "trigger" that was once causing fear, frustration or aggression.
  • BAT builds confidence and reduces arousal. An animal that has greater control of its environment (i.e. behavior is effective) is less likely to be anxious, fearful, or over-the-top excited, resulting in less reactivity as well as the development of calm and confident behavior.
  • BAT builds communication and trust. When the communication channel is clear and accurate, the relationship between the dog and caregiver may then develop greater trust. BAT teaches people how to better understand a dog's body language, most especially before, during, and after the dog calmly experiences a "trigger." The goal is to empower the animal and handler to remain active in the calm, stress-free behavior vs. becoming reactive in the undesirable behavior.
  • BAT reduces stress. In a properly executed BAT training session, the animal exhibits little to no distress during the BAT experience. The absence of distress is a critical component to BAT.
  • BAT has a fast learning curve.

BAT works with an animal's natural repertoire of desirable behaviors, and doesn't require much pre-training for the human to begin the rehabilitation process for both them and their dog.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Become familiar with BAT 2.0 for socialization and reactivity rehabilitation.
  • Understand the reason various aspects of BAT 2.0 are used.
  • Learn about the BAT leash skills and how they are useful for all dogs.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  1. Can read and interpret dog body language, especially distance-increasing behavior.
  2. Are familiar with clicker training
  3. Are familiar with the basic laws of animal learning

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Animal Behavior: Making, and Breaking, the Human-Animal Bond

Speaker: Dr. Melissa Bain
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Subject Area(s): Canine Behavior, Health & Nutrition
Description: Animals provide us with great joy, but often give us great heartache when their behaviors are annoying, stress-inducing, or even dangerous. How can we help owners understand and improve the human-animal bond? Conversely, how can we help owners identify the underlying problems that fracture this bond? We will discuss the elephant in the room…how to honor an owner's ultimate decision and help them through the process.

Learning Outcomes:

  1. Be able to list positive outcomes of the human-animal bond, on both dogs and people.
  2. Be able to understand the interrelationships between individual dogs, their owners, and their environment.
  3. Be able to identify basic risks and welfare issues associated with owning a dog with problem behaviors.
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Rabbit Clicker Training - Advanced

SOLD OUT
Speaker:
Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee
$40 for Participants
(limit 10)
Description: Beginning Rabbit Clicker Training Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the art and science of clicker training using rabbits as our target species. We will be covering the basics of how to use a clicker to mark behaviors, how to reinforce behaviors and learning ways to get rabbits to behave using capturing, luring and shaping. Rabbits are the third most common household pet in the USA and the third most common animal being abandoned at animal shelters. They are fun to train and can be full of surprises.close the window

Demos

Location: Demonstration Area
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

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Loose Leash Philosophy

Speaker: Josh Pitts
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Description: Get a new leash on life with dog walking for the mind, body, spirit and soul. You will learn about the process used to train loose leash walking, as well as equipment recommendations, rules of the road, failure prevention and using dog walking as a socialization strategy.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Equipment and Process
  • Public Etiquette
  • Failure Prevention and Socialization Strategies

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have little to no understanding of dog walking
  • Already offer dog walking services
  • Have a basic understanding of operant conditioning
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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! Nutrition for Canine Athletes

Speaker: Jennifer Adolphe, Ph.D., RD
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Description: Canine sports are becoming increasingly popular throughout the world. From sled dogs running for hundreds of miles to flyball dogs sprinting a few meters, nutrition is an important factor to consider to maximize performance and keep dogs healthy. This session will discuss the role of nutrition for canine athletes and how nutrition can help to optimize athletic performance. The issues surrounding some common sports nutrition myths will also be addressed.

Subject Areas: Health & Nutrition

Learning Outcomes:

  • To understand the role of macronutrients in energy production and athletic performance.
  • To identify the factors that affect energy and nutrient requirements of canine athletes.
  • To be able to determine the type of food most suitable for different types of canine sports.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Understand basic nutrition concepts, including macronutrient, micronutrient and energy requirements.
  • Able to understand pet food labels.
  • Participate in or teach one or more dog sports (e.g. flyball, agility, search and rescue, herding).
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Canine Life and Social Skills A Unique Multi-Level Program

Speaker: Paula Nowak
Location: TBA
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm

Description: The Canine Life and Social Skills program was developed by a group of trainers and APDT to implement a multi-level program that focused on "Life" skills. Now the program is being relaunched to bring even more awareness to this unique program. In this presentation, we will review the benefits of utilizing this program in your training services (privately and group classes) as well as in shelter/rescue groups. We will outline how to help your clients/students/organization take their training to the next level by focusing on the B.A., M.A. and Ph.D levels. As well as show how this program can inject fun into the typical obedience skills. While this program is still gaining awareness in the dog world we feel confident it will be a very valued program as we continue to educate both the training and companion dog world through various channels.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Business

Learning Outcomes:

  • What the Canine Life and Social Skills program is all about.
  • How to implement the program into existing or new training services and shelter/rescue organizations.
  • What types of fun activities can be incorporated in training these skills.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Currently offer Canine Life and Social Skills classes or evaluations.
  • Don't currently teach Canine Life and Social Skills classes, but are considering it.
  • Only teach privately, but would like to start focusing on more "Life" skills.
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Grand Reception

Location: RIO VooDoo Beach Pool
Date: Thursday, October 13, 2016
Time: 6:00 pm

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Registration Open

Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
Come pick up your badge and awesome SWAG bag put together by our amazing sponsors!

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Shorts

Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 8:45 am
Presenters and Topics:

Presenter Title Room Time
Hailee Dix, CPDT-KSA
Steps to ensure Your Group Classes Run Smoothly
Tropical
8:00-8:45am
Alexis Davison, KPA,CTP, CPDT-KA
Un-Chase
Palm

8:00-8:45am
Shirin Merchant, KCAI
Dog Training In India- The Land of Curry, Karma and Kutta!
Amazon

8:00-8:45am
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Social Learning in Dogs: Do as I Do - Sponsored by APDT Foundation

Speaker: Claudia Fugazza, Ph.D.
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Description: Social learning means acquiring new behaviours from the observation of others. Recent ethological studies revealed that dogs are not only able but also predisposed to learn socially from humans. I will describe the results of the most recent scientific research on dogs' social learning ability and on its use in the applied field of dog training with the Do as I Do method. This is a training method based on dog’s social cognitive skills, particularly on his imitative ability.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • learn about social learning and imitation in dogs
  • learn about the use of the Do as I Do method for training dogs

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Studied the learning theory (individual associative learning processes) and their use in dog training.
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Rabbit Clicker Training - Beginner

Speaker: Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)
Description: Beginning Rabbit Clicker Training Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the art and science of clicker training using rabbits as our target species. We will be covering the basics of how to use a clicker to mark behaviors, how to reinforce behaviors and learning ways to get rabbits to behave using capturing, luring and shaping. Rabbits are the third most common household pet in the USA and the third most common animal being abandoned at animal shelters. They are fun to train and can be full of surprises.close the window

Go Fish! Workshop

Speaker: Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Description: Go Fish! Workshop Take your observation and teaching skills to the next level with the help of Betta fish (Betta splendens). This workshop offers hands-on practice to enhance an improved understanding of animal and trainer learning. Join Laura to learn more about how an animal's environment, in complement to careful planning, directly contributes to animal care and training success. Workshop goals include: pre-session planning, conducting an ethogram, capturing, shaping, and targeting techniques, as well as the importance of post-session review. Join us to learn how fish can help enhance our dog training skills!

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess and Implement Effective Antecedent Arrangement Learn how to set the stage for improved implementation of training goals.
  • Apply Capturing, Targeting, and Shaping Techniques Learn about the similarities between teaching fish and its relevance to puppies and dogs.
  • Integrate Post-session Review into Successful Program Development Learn how to apply data collection and session assessment into successful planning.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Basic working knowledge of canine communication behaviors
  • Basic understanding of marker-based training (clicker, verbal, visual, tactile markers)
  • Basic understanding of positive reinforcement techniques
  • Basic understanding of how to capture, target, and shape behavior
Sponsored by Petco
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)
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Positive PR for Dog Trainers

Speaker: Laura Nativo, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Description: The media is a powerful tool that can positively benefit your business. Learn the steps to create positive PR as a dog trainer by having a clear message, building media contacts and more. Learn from a professional on how to present yourself, your training techniques and your business to make a lasting impression.

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Innovating the Industry for Social Change

Speaker: Josh Pitts
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Your Numbers Made Easy

Speaker: Susan Briggs, CPA
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

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Rabbit Clicker Training - Advanced

Speaker: Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

Description: Beginning Rabbit Clicker Training Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the art and science of clicker training using rabbits as our target species. We will be covering the basics of how to use a clicker to mark behaviors, how to reinforce behaviors and learning ways to get rabbits to behave using capturing, luring and shaping. Rabbits are the third most common household pet in the USA and the third most common animal being abandoned at animal shelters. They are fun to train and can be full of surprises.

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Go Fish! Workshop

Speaker: Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Go Fish! Workshop Take your observation and teaching skills to the next level with the help of Betta fish (Betta splendens). This workshop offers hands-on practice to enhance an improved understanding of animal and trainer learning. Join Laura to learn more about how an animal's environment, in complement to careful planning, directly contributes to animal care and training success. Workshop goals include: pre-session planning, conducting an ethogram, capturing, shaping, and targeting techniques, as well as the importance of post-session review. Join us to learn how fish can help enhance our dog training skills!

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess and Implement Effective Antecedent Arrangement Learn how to set the stage for improved implementation of training goals.
  • Apply Capturing, Targeting, and Shaping Techniques Learn about the similarities between teaching fish and its relevance to puppies and dogs.
  • Integrate Post-session Review into Successful Program Development Learn how to apply data collection and session assessment into successful planning.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Basic working knowledge of canine communication behaviors
  • Basic understanding of marker-based training (clicker, verbal, visual, tactile markers)
  • Basic understanding of positive reinforcement techniques
  • Basic understanding of how to capture, target, and shape behavior
Sponsored by Petco
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

 

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Panel - Aggression, Liability and the Law - How to Legally Protect Yourself

Speakers: David Pearsall CIC, CWCA, Debra Vey Voda Hamilton, JD, Susan Briggs, CPA, Moderator Heidi Meinzer, JD, CPDT-KA,CNWI
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Description: This panel discussion is from the perspective of the dog trainer, insurance agent, and attorney. Everything you ever wanted to know about protecting yourself and your business as a dog trainer. The audience will have a Q & A period, This session will be one that you don't want to miss!

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Registration Open

Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 7:00 am – 3:00 pm
Come pick up your badge and awesome SWAG bag put together by our amazing sponsors!

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Rabbit Clicker Training - Beginner

Speaker: Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)
Description: Beginning Rabbit Clicker Training Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the art and science of clicker training using rabbits as our target species. We will be covering the basics of how to use a clicker to mark behaviors, how to reinforce behaviors and learning ways to get rabbits to behave using capturing, luring and shaping. Rabbits are the third most common household pet in the USA and the third most common animal being abandoned at animal shelters. They are fun to train and can be full of surprises.close the window

Go Fish! Workshop

Speaker: Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Description: Go Fish! Workshop Take your observation and teaching skills to the next level with the help of Betta fish (Betta splendens). This workshop offers hands-on practice to enhance an improved understanding of animal and trainer learning. Join Laura to learn more about how an animal's environment, in complement to careful planning, directly contributes to animal care and training success. Workshop goals include: pre-session planning, conducting an ethogram, capturing, shaping, and targeting techniques, as well as the importance of post-session review. Join us to learn how fish can help enhance our dog training skills!

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess and Implement Effective Antecedent Arrangement Learn how to set the stage for improved implementation of training goals.
  • Apply Capturing, Targeting, and Shaping Techniques Learn about the similarities between teaching fish and its relevance to puppies and dogs.
  • Integrate Post-session Review into Successful Program Development Learn how to apply data collection and session assessment into successful planning.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Basic working knowledge of canine communication behaviors
  • Basic understanding of marker-based training (clicker, verbal, visual, tactile markers)
  • Basic understanding of positive reinforcement techniques
  • Basic understanding of how to capture, target, and shape behavior
Sponsored by Petco
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

 

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Medical Alert Dog Training Principles & Practical Exercises

Speaker: Debbie Kay
Location:
TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Description: This half-day session is designed to introduce trainers and others interested to the world of the specialized medical alert dogs. The workshop is divided into three parts starting with an overview on how this all works for the dog and how this training is different from any other type of training done with dogs. The training methodology will be discussed and demonstrated through videos, with practical applications to real world conditions. Trainers will develop an understanding of the skills and resources needed to train alert dogs. There will be hands on work with any and all dogs brought to the session to allow people to experience first hand how to do things. Then the session will end with lecture about the testing protocols and some thoughts on practical applications for dog trainers.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn how the scent memory is developed in the medical alert dog
  • Understand the complexities of medical alert training vs. other types of scent/obedience training for dogs
  • Assess how to test the scent understanding of a dog using acceptable protocols

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have a basic understanding of how dogs learn
  • Have knowledge of the AKC's Canine Good Citizen program at all levels
  • Suitable for all levels of training experience
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Are you Prepared if a Disaster Strikes?

Speaker: Wesley Bissett, DVM, Ph.D.
Location:
TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Description: It is never a bad time to be prepared! This session will provide information on how to make a plan and build an emergency kit for pets. You will also learn about what resources are available to you and your community to be papered when a disaster strikes. "Serving our state and nation every day" this is the motto of the Veterinary Emergency Team (VET) at Texas A&M University. They deploy the largest and most sophisticated veterinary medical disaster response team in the country, developing and providing cutting edge emergency management education, development of new knowledge in emergency preparedness education and response. This presentation will provide you with the understanding of the response, outreach, education, service, and research provided by VET.

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Furry Funding: Fundraising and Grant Basics for Shelters and Rescues

Speaker: Ericka Harney, CAE, CFRE, GPC, CVA
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Looking for funding does not have to be an overwhelming task for staff and volunteers. But funding is very necessary to achieving your mission. Let's take some frustrations out of the process and make a solid plan. In this session learn basics of fundraising principles and grant development as well as funding research methods. We will dive in to a variety of funding mechanisms as well as what makes a grant application successful to address your needs.

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Starting Your Dog Biz

Speakers: Gina Pharis, BSc Comms, CTC and Veronica Boutelle, MA Ed., CTC
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Congratulations! You've decided to turn your love of dogs into your profession. Now what? Whether you've decided to make a living training dogs or are looking to transform your passion into a hobby business, there are a few steps you need to take to make your business "official." This step-by-step presentation by the business consultants at dog*tec will walk you through the basics of setting up your business. They'll cover all of the legal paperwork requirements and liability protection options to keep you safe, help you define the right services to match your clients' needs, and show you how to set your rates for maximum success. No need to worry if the whole business thing gives you the jitters - Gina and Veronica will take the mystery out of the paperwork so you can focus on training dogs.

Subject Areas: Business

Learning Outcomes:

  • Attendees will understand the legal requirements of owning a business, and how to protect their liability.
  • Attendees will understand how to set themselves up for success, including how to match their services to their intended clients and set their rates to serve both themselves and their clients.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • No prior knowledge or experience is necessary
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Rabbit Clicker Training - Advanced

Speaker: Andrea Bratt, BS, CPDT-KSA
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

Description: Beginning Rabbit Clicker Training Workshop: This workshop will introduce participants to the art and science of clicker training using rabbits as our target species. We will be covering the basics of how to use a clicker to mark behaviors, how to reinforce behaviors and learning ways to get rabbits to behave using capturing, luring and shaping. Rabbits are the third most common household pet in the USA and the third most common animal being abandoned at animal shelters. They are fun to train and can be full of surprises.

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Go Fish! Workshop

Speaker: Laura Monaco Torelli, KPA-CTP, CDBC, CPDT-KA
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Go Fish! Workshop Take your observation and teaching skills to the next level with the help of Betta fish (Betta splendens). This workshop offers hands-on practice to enhance an improved understanding of animal and trainer learning. Join Laura to learn more about how an animal's environment, in complement to careful planning, directly contributes to animal care and training success. Workshop goals include: pre-session planning, conducting an ethogram, capturing, shaping, and targeting techniques, as well as the importance of post-session review. Join us to learn how fish can help enhance our dog training skills!

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human)

Learning Outcomes:

  • Assess and Implement Effective Antecedent Arrangement Learn how to set the stage for improved implementation of training goals.
  • Apply Capturing, Targeting, and Shaping Techniques Learn about the similarities between teaching fish and its relevance to puppies and dogs.
  • Integrate Post-session Review into Successful Program Development Learn how to apply data collection and session assessment into successful planning.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Basic working knowledge of canine communication behaviors
  • Basic understanding of marker-based training (clicker, verbal, visual, tactile markers)
  • Basic understanding of positive reinforcement techniques
  • Basic understanding of how to capture, target, and shape behavior
Sponsored by Petco
Requires additional pre-registration and workshop fee to register as a participant.
$40 for Participants (limit 20)
Free for Observers (limit 20)

 

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Positive Training with High-Drive Working Dogs

Speaker: Victoria Stillwell
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Description: Victoria recounts her experience over the past several years being embedded with an elite police K-9 unit and explores whether traditional aversive and compulsion training techniques can successfully be replaced with progressive, reward-based positive training without compromising the unit's ability to maintain a high level of effectiveness and success in the field. Since the advent of the working dog training industry decades ago, compulsion-based methods including those espoused by Kohler have been the norm in police dog training. More recently, however, law enforcement forces in Europe have made huge advances in implementing positive training techniques and philosophies with great success. Using her hands-on experience and high-level discussions with working K-9 officers as a backdrop, Victoria digs into the state of the debate over training methods as it relates to the working dog industry.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Canine Behavior, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Gain a better understanding of the real world of police K-9 work.
  • Appreciate the issues involved with applying modern dog training philosophies in high-drive working dogs.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Available for all.
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The Lost Art of Dog Training

Speaker: John Rogerson, KCA, (ADV. WT., ADV BEH)
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Description: "Dog training is an art that is easily acquired" - Hutchinson, 1848. Despite the fact that we now have more dog trainers in the world than ever before, why is general dog behavior in most countries of the world getting worse? We now have 'science based dog training', force-free dog training, positive reinforcement dog training, ethological dog training, and many other ways that we have tried to turn dog training into a 'painting by numbers' art form. We more and more train dogs behind closed doors and tend to attract only dog enthusiasts to our training classes and even use outdated training exercises that have more to do with obedience type competitions than they have to do with raising and training a well-behaved family companion. Even the language of dog training has changed and is becoming further and further removed from the language of dogs and their owners. During this session we will examine the ART of dog training and canine communication. There are many different ways to train a dog but by now we should have surely come up with the BEST way? We all claim that our way is the best but the only true test of this is to look at why dog behavior is getting worse in our communities and why we have so many laws denying access to places where dogs have been allowed for hundreds of years. This presentation is designed to question everything that you thought was true about dogs training and behaviour and will be CONTRAVERSIAL! But unless we change something in our attitudes to dog training and behaviour then the future of the companion dog in society is questionable.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand the history of dog training and the evolution of dogs in society
  • Understand where (in the presenters opinion) we have and still are going wrong in our approach to training.
  • The presentation will challenge accepted myths in dog training and behavior and hopefully leave the way clear for us to re evaluate what we teach and how we deal with behavior problems.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have owned a dog
  • Have an interest in how to make a difference to dogs in society
  • Are in any way involved in canine education within the community in which you live
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Dog Tricks as a Tool to Becoming a Better Trainer

Speaker: Kyra Sundance
Location: TBA
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Dog tricks are a rapidly growing interest in the dog training community. Tricks help owners bond with their dogs, and teaching tricks teaches humans the valuable skills of consistency, timing, and motivation through positive reinforcement.

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Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions - Co-sponsored by IAABC

Speakers: Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio, CDBC
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Description: Co-sponsored by the IAABC, "Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions" will be an all day session presented by Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio CDBC. Attendees will learn how to safely work with dogs with a history of aggressive behavior using proactive planning, defensive handling techniques, and leash handling skills. Case studies demonstrating application of various behavior modification approaches and safety protocols will be included.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Summarize knowledge and skill set needed before taking aggression cases
  • Compare various defensive handling skills and apply various leash handling techniques in aggression cases
  • Analyze and review aggression cases and discuss techniques used with each case

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have an interest in working safely with aggressive dogs
  • Currently take or plan to take aggression cases

IAABC

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Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions - Co-sponsored by IAABC

Speakers: Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio, CDBC
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Description: Co-sponsored by the IAABC, "Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions" will be an all day session presented by Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio CDBC. Attendees will learn how to safely work with dogs with a history of aggressive behavior using proactive planning, defensive handling techniques, and leash handling skills. Case studies demonstrating application of various behavior modification approaches and safety protocols will be included.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Summarize knowledge and skill set needed before taking aggression cases
  • Compare various defensive handling skills and apply various leash handling techniques in aggression cases
  • Analyze and review aggression cases and discuss techniques used with each case

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have an interest in working safely with aggressive dogs
  • Currently take or plan to take aggression cases

IAABC

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Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions - Co-sponsored by IAABC

Speakers: Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio, CDBC
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Co-sponsored by the IAABC, "Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions" will be an all day session presented by Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio CDBC. Attendees will learn how to safely work with dogs with a history of aggressive behavior using proactive planning, defensive handling techniques, and leash handling skills. Case studies demonstrating application of various behavior modification approaches and safety protocols will be included.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Summarize knowledge and skill set needed before taking aggression cases
  • Compare various defensive handling skills and apply various leash handling techniques in aggression cases
  • Analyze and review aggression cases and discuss techniques used with each case

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have an interest in working safely with aggressive dogs
  • Currently take or plan to take aggression cases

IAABC

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Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions - Co-sponsored by IAABC

Speakers: Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio, CDBC
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Co-sponsored by the IAABC, "Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions" will be an all day session presented by Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio CDBC. Attendees will learn how to safely work with dogs with a history of aggressive behavior using proactive planning, defensive handling techniques, and leash handling skills. Case studies demonstrating application of various behavior modification approaches and safety protocols will be included.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Summarize knowledge and skill set needed before taking aggression cases
  • Compare various defensive handling skills and apply various leash handling techniques in aggression cases
  • Analyze and review aggression cases and discuss techniques used with each case

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have an interest in working safely with aggressive dogs
  • Currently take or plan to take aggression cases

IAABC

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Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions - Co-sponsored by IAABC

Speakers: Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio, CDBC
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Description: Co-sponsored by the IAABC, "Aggression Cases: Safety, Defensive Handling, and Case Resolutions" will be an all day session presented by Trish McMillan Loehr, MSc, CPDT-KA, CDBC and Michael Shikashio CDBC. Attendees will learn how to safely work with dogs with a history of aggressive behavior using proactive planning, defensive handling techniques, and leash handling skills. Case studies demonstrating application of various behavior modification approaches and safety protocols will be included.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Canine Behavior, Laws and Regulations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Summarize knowledge and skill set needed before taking aggression cases
  • Compare various defensive handling skills and apply various leash handling techniques in aggression cases
  • Analyze and review aggression cases and discuss techniques used with each case

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have an interest in working safely with aggressive dogs
  • Currently take or plan to take aggression cases

IAABC

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Ultimate Recall

Speakers: John Rogerson, KCA, (ADV. WT., ADV BEH)
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Description: In this presentation, attendees will learn about the foundation training of the recall along with various types of recalls and when and for what purposed they should be used. These include: reality recall, chasing/emergency recall, sit and/or down recall, freeze/stop on recall/running weight, distance/direction control and many more.

 

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Inside Your Dog's Mind

Speakers: Victoria Stilwell
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Description: Delve deep into the dog's mind and learn how you can enhance your dog's learning and cognitive abilities using the latest discoveries made by modern behavioral and cognitive science. This seminar by It's Me or the Dog creator Victoria Stilwell will give you a deeper understanding of your dog's skills, abilities and intelligence as well as enhancing your own teaching skills. Whether you are a dog lover, trainer, shelter worker, veterinarian, or other animal care professional, this fascinating exploration is not to be missed.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Better understand the emotional life of dogs and how it affects training and behavior.
  • Learn the value of various 'brain games' to play with dogs to better target training protocols.
  • Delve into the concept of Sensory Education for dogs - teaching through all the senses.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have a general understanding of dog training concepts and methods.
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Innovating Dog Training Industry for Social Change

Speakers: Josh Pitts
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: Dog training is a luxury service that excludes as much as 92.5% of over 60 million dog owning households. There is estimated less than 20,000 professional trainers to meet the demand in this growing sector of the pet industry and many trainers in small markets can struggle to make a living and maintain a viable business. As a result, there are many societal problems that occur, such as the ever increasing number of dog bites, shelter and tax-payer burden, puppy mills and more.

This topic explores the intricate paradigm of problems facing pet industry that result from lack of quality educational programs, their implications and how we as dog training professionals can innovate together to shape the future standards of animal training in the United States.

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Learning (Human), Business

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn fun way to provide enrichment for reactive dogs. Review the activities in the camp, and learn how they are adapted for the needs of reactive dogs.
  • Gain concrete ideas for how to structure a reactive dog camp supporting dogs and handlers with wide range of training background, and gain an understand screening criteria and safety considerations for running such a camp.
  • Understand the emotional benefits to the handler of this type of camp.

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Have little to no understanding of dog walking
  • Already offer dog walking services
  • Have a basic understanding of operant conditioning
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Your Numbers Made Easy

Speakers: Susan Briggs, CPA
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Description: The secret to increasing your pay and making easy business decisions is an understanding of your financial data. In this seminar you'll learn from a business owner's point of view how numbers help you really understand your business.

Subject Areas: Business

Learning Outcomes:

  • Know the key risk areas in your financial system to prevent theft and costly mistakes in your business
  • Learn how to request meaningful reports from your accountant
  • Understand how to determine which programs you offer are most profitable

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • No prior knowledge or experience
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The Low Threshold Resource Guarder

Speakers: Sue Sternberg
Location: TBA
Date: Friday, October 14, 2016
Time: 3:45 pm – 5:00 pm
Description:

1. Introduction: There has been a lot of chatter in the shelter world recently about not only placing dogs who resource guard, but also a strong push to discard and discontinue altogether testing dogs for resource guarding thresholds. In this talk I will take a closer look at the resource guarding dog and how this low threshold manifests itself.

2. The Assess-A-Pet Testing Procedures—How and Why a. The hesitant communication between children and/or inexperienced adults b. Assess-A-Pet procedures c. A resource guarding ethogram d. Sociability and resource guarding

3. The Sled Dog? a. Why bring up sled dogs? What might they teach us about the resource guarding pet dog?

4. Pet Dogs and Aggression Thresholds a. Manifestations in the home and environment b. Most common behavior problems observed

5. From the Adopter Side a. Obesity and its correlation with resource guarding b. Overall problematic behaviors c. Separation problems d. Territorial problems e. Dog-dog problems

6. Should Shelters Stop Assessing Dogs for Resource Guarding? a. A commitment to a humane society for all

Subject Areas: Learning (Canine), Canine Behavior

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand more about aggression thresholds in dogs
  • Learn to better read body language and temperament
  • Get a broader perspective of resource guarding in dogs

Target Level of Knowledge:

  • Any level
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