The Pet Professional Guild Australia

The Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals


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    • Saturday, April 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, August 01, 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 5 sessions
    • Online Course via Webinar

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    CEUs PPAB,15. IAABC 12.5, CCPDT 7.5.

    A five session program over five months.
    Note: If you register for the program and cannot make all the live webinars you automatically receive a recording of each session in time to prepare your lesson homework.

    Training Meister – Mastering Fun and Increasing Your Team Knowledge & Skills is a unique program aimed at increasing the knowledge and training skills of both dog guardians and pet professionals. The aim of the Training Meister courses is to teach the science behind the training as well as all the skills needed to train a pet dog, with a big emphasis on enjoyment.  We firmly believe that all training should be fun but knowledge based.  We also believe in setting the learner up for success.  This applies both to our human learners and their canine buddies!

      Master Course Overview

    Master is the Level Three Course.  The Master course builds on the solid foundation of skills and knowledge you and your partner have acquired in the Apprentice and Journeyman courses.  In this advanced level course, you will learn how to teach your dog to carry out complex tasks.  You will refine your ability to communicate with your learner.  You will build on your knowledge of behavioral psychology – both operant and classical conditioning – by taking a look into the world of canine cognition.

    Your confident learner will amaze you with their ability to learn.  The knowledge and skills you gain in Training Meister Master will be indispensable in all your future training.  As you practice the new methods and tricks that you learn, your student will acquire new skills, as well as demonstrating their innate ability to work alongside their human partner.

    Training Meister Master is the final stage on the road to becoming a Master in the art and craft of rewards based, science based force-free training and tricks.

    You do not need to have taken the Training Meister Apprentice Course or the Journeyman Course to enroll on the Master Course, however, it is advisable to check the learning objectives and assessment criteria from the first two levels, to ensure that you have the foundation knowledge and skill-set that will be required for this advanced course.

    Program Inclusion

    • Five live webinar e-learning sessions per level.  Each webinar includes a question and answer session.  The recorded webinar links will be sent to all applicants to watch at their own pace (after live broadcast)
    • PDF of all webinars sent to all applicants
    • Additional Learning:  Additional reading material and supplementary videos will be made available to all applicants via email.
    • Homework tasks: 
    • Open book/multiple choice exams. 
    • Homework video submission assessment. 
    • Video Submission Assessment
    • Training Meister Course Facebook group

    The Webinar Dates

    1. 1, April 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    2. 1, May 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    3. 1, June 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    4. 1, July 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST
    5. 1, August 2017 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM EST

    Checkout the course content here

    Are you ready to learn the art, craft and science of

    teaching and training?

    Sponsored by DogNostics eLearning

    About The Program Instructor

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    B.A. Hons. PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Trainer - Accredited (through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board).  Certified Trick Dog Instructor. Fun Scent Games Instructor.  Clicker Competency Assessment Program Level 3 Distinction. Force-Free Instructor's Award and K9 First Aid Certification. Super Trainer Clicker Trainer. Animal Behavior and Welfare. Dog Emotion and Cognition.  Pet Dog Ambassador Instructor and Assessor.
    Louise is a passionate advocate of force-free training.  She believes that everyone should know how to teach their dog using science based, rewards based, force-free training methods.
    Louise is both a Steering Committee Member and the Membership Manager of The Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild.  Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe and Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain; Co-Presenter of PPG World Services Radio and Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College.

    • Thursday, May 25, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Morag Heirs
    CEUs PPAB 1.5. IAABC 1.5. CCPDT 1.5.

    Deaf Dog Activities - adapting agility, scentwork, canicross and rally obedience for deaf dogs

    This webinar will provide an overview of working with deaf (and visually impaired) dogs in class and 1-2-1 situations and answer common questions about choosing signs, reward markers and vibration collars.

    We’ll then move on to consider some of the more popular dog sports (Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more) and explore how to adapt foundation skills training to suit the needs of deaf dogs. Where possible we’ll use video examples, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions.

    Webinar Objectives

    • Appreciate how deaf dogs’ learning needs may differ from hearing dogs, and where visual impairment fits into the picture
    • Consider adaptations to class layout which will benefit deaf dogs (and hearing dogs)
    • Understand how to teach the core skills for the following disciplines to a deaf dog: TD Rally/Competition Obedience, Agility, TD Scentwork, Cani-cross and more

    About The Presenter

    Morag K Heirs PhD, MSc, MA(hons)(SocSci), PGCAP

    Director of Well Connected Canine Ltd (York, UK), Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across the North of England. Morag has an extensive academic background in psychology (including how animals, and humans, learn) and evidence-based practice and further qualifications in teaching.
    Adopting her first deaf collie in 2006 led her to explore the world of deaf dogs, and she is now the behaviour advisor for the Deaf Dog Network (UK). Alongside her regular behaviour work, Morag provides deaf dog specific advice to behaviourists and trainers via articles, videos and private mentoring. In her spare time, Morag competes in TD Rally with her deaf/part blind collie Bronte and enjoys challenging trail races with her dogs – she hopes to complete her second Ultra (55miles) in 2017.
    • Monday, June 05, 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Louise Ginman  

    Taronga Zoo’s Carnivore Unit is focussed on animal husbandry and management. Twelve carnivore species are cared for ranging from Meerkats to Sunbears. The primary focus of staff is on providing high levels of animal husbandry with regards to exhibitory, diet and enrichment as well as providing high level animal management in terms of behavioural, health and reproductive requirements.
    Animal husbandry routines make up approximately 80% of the carnivore keepers day. During this time the keepers are cleaning exhibits/ holding facilities, preparing/ providing daily diets, making and providing enrichment, performing maintenance tasks and various other duties to provide high levels of animal husbandry and health care. Once all animal husbandry duties have been performed, staff generally have approximately one hour during the day for other work such as attending meetings, administration work and training.
    The Carnivore Unit is not considered to be an ‘animal training unit’. Due to time constraints, most training is incorporated into daily work routines eg Frontline® is applied in the morning when feeding the Red Pandas or Binturong. All of the essential training outlined in this talk was performed by a single keeper taking from 1 – 10 minutes daily. Where more complex behaviours are required, two keepers attend the training session for 10 -15 minutes. During the presentation you will discover the how and why of training of co-operative care behaviours of Carnivores eg. training different species to accept handfeeding, weighing, den conditioning, Frontline® and Revolution® application as well as specialised programs such as ultrasound training for Sunbears, claw trimming, teeth brushing and pole or hand injection training for big cats and bears. 

    Learning Objectives·         

    Participants will:

    • Gain an understanding of why training is  required in the care of carnivores;
    • Learn about the challenges keepers face when caring for exotic species;
    • Learn how to build a rapport before training begins;
    • Learn what training tools keepers use and why;
    • Gain an understanding of  the types of co-operative care behaviours used with carnivores; and
    • Gain an understanding of training methods used to train each behaviour.

    About The Presenter


    Louise Ginman PCT-A is a Delta Accredited  and Professional Canine Trainer – Accredited Dog Behavioural Trainer who runs a dog training business ‘Positive Dogs’ in Sydney, Australia. She has served on APDT Australia committee since 2008 and been President since 2012. Louise also serves on the PPG Australia committee. Louise has several qualifications including a Bachelor of Science Degree and Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services. Louise has over 21 years’ experience with both domestic and exotic species in both a training and husbandry/management capacity. Louise worked as a veterinary nurse, dog and cat groomer and animal attendant in a busy and large practice in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney for several years before moving to Taronga Zoo to work on the Carnivore Unit where she is the Unit Supervisor. Her role is varied and covers duties such as carnivore husbandry and management, animal training and enrichment, diets and nutrition, staff training and supervision, media work, conference presentations and other forms of public speaking, research, education and conservation work.

    Louise’s involvement with dogs and dog behaviour spans over 26 years. She currently is guardian of a Shetland Sheepdog and Siberian Husky and competes at both agility and obedience. Louise is author of ‘The art of introducing dogs. A guide to conducting dog to dog introductions’ (Balboa Press, 2013). Dogs have always been Louise’s passion and she continues today to educate people about living in harmony with their dog through her writing and pet dog training courses. 

    • Friday, June 16, 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Kay Attwood

    CEUs PPAB 1. IAABC 1.

    Platform training is quite new to dog training, but not to training animals per se.  It has been used in zoos etc for many years as a stationing technique whilst the animals were not in use, but for dog training, we use them for maximum benefit during training!

    By magnetizing the dog to the platform, we can teach precision for position, as well as expand on focus, impulse control and so much more.  It's an exciting new way of learning for the dog because the dog easily understands exactly where it should be standing!  Once you’ve started this training, you won’t look back!

    Learning Objectives

    • Capture Focus
    • Impulse Control
    • Perfect Positioning around your whole body
    • Distance skills & Tricks
    • Cues to positions
    • Use of Multi Platforms
    • Developing movement fluidity
    • Have Lots of Fun!

    About The Presenter

    Kay Attwood is the owner and head trainer at Kay9® Services, one of the largest dog training schools in Surrey, UK.

    Kay is a Gold Instructor with the Academy of Dog Training and Behaviour, as well as being a Kennel Club Assessor for the Good Citizens Dog Scheme and member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors student scheme. She is a founder member of D.O.G Local and a member of The Registration Council for Dog Training and Behaviour Practitioners. With a particular interest in cognitive learning, Kay specializes in dog aggression, behavior problems and rescue dog rehabilitation.

    "Dogs have always been a major factor in my life from early childhood.  I am fascinated by behavior in all living things.
    I have 2 rescue dogs of my own, Gibson, a Jack Russell cross Basenji, and Flynn a Jack Russell cross Collie. They both have lots of character and I adore them for it!
    I love working with dogs and studying their behavior. I try to attend as many seminars, workshops and conferences as possible and have attended many given by the world’s leading trainers.
    I travel far and wide presenting workshops on Platforms and Cognition.
    I use only force-free methods to train, involving no pressure, pain or intimidation and I adhere to a strict Code of Conduct at all times."
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