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    • Thursday, July 20, 2017
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Sunday, July 14, 2019
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
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    Presented by Debra Millikan 





    The Pet Dog Ambassador Program (PDA) has been created by experienced Australian PPG members drawing from their knowledge of other pet dog assessment programs (both locally and internationally) and complimented by their vast, collective knowledge of training in the real world.  Their knowledge of what is important to pet dog guardians and to trainers alike has helped formulate a program that allows instructors and assessors the autonomy to create scenarios that are client and location specific.

     

    The PDA webinar outlines the aims and benefits of the Pet Dog Ambassador Program.  Details will be given about how PPG members can become  PDA Instructors and/or Assessors together with the simple way members' clients can become involved.  The webinar will travel through each level of the PDA Program with video footage of some exercises from each level.  An explanation of the assessment marker system will be given.  Information about the Program's flexibility with regards to exercise modification for disability or location difficulties will be discussed.  The webinar will conclude with time for members' questions to be answered.



    Learning Objectives

    • To inform members about the Pet Dog Ambassador Program, its aims and its benefits
    • To ensure members know how they can get involved with the Program
    • To ensure members know how their clients can get involved with the Program
    • To ensure members feel comfortable about the assessment marking system
    • To ensure members are aware of how to use the Program modification system if it is needed
    • To answer any questions members might have about the Program


    About The Presenter




    Debra was born in Adelaide, South Australia, where she happily resides with her husband and her two wonderful canine teachers Mace the Bouvier des Flandres and the Roux the rescue Griffon Bruxellois. Deb's first dog, Scruffy, a Border Collie mix was part of her family before she was born and there have been very few months since that time that she has been without a dog.

    Having spent 40 years training dogs, 13 years as an obedience judge and many years in formal canine studies, Deb has a passion for helping others to better understand dogs and how to train them. She established her own training centre in 1979, back in the days when aversive training was the only way known in Australia. She was ahead of her time in seeking out new and better ways of building relationships with dogs.Her travels in the UK and Europe enabled her to learn new techniques and and become part of the wonderful world of force-free training.

    There was no going back to the old ways.

    Although Deb is slowly relinquishing some of her practical dog training persuits, her interest in education remains. Her focus now is ensuring that as many dogs as possible come under the care and guidance of trainers who have been taught, tested and found competent in force-free training techniques. She has recently joined the faculty of DogNostics Career College.

    Here are just some of Debra's many qualifications:

    Professional Canine Behavior Consultant - Accredited (PCBC- A)

    Diploma of Animal Behavior Science & Technology with Distinction 

    Diploma of Dog Training & Behavior Consulting with Distinction

    Certified Animal Behavior Technologist (CABT)

    Certificate IV in Dog Behaviour Training


    • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
    • 7:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Friday, September 13, 2019
    • 8:40 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Webinars, Puppy Education
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    Presented by Josephine Atkins, Tricia Dunlop & Margaret Gray 



    New puppy owners  find some of the things that their puppy does to be embarrassing, distressing, worrying or at least disconcerting! This is especially true of people who have never had a baby puppy before or had one many years ago.


    In this hour long webinar, 3 experienced dog owner/trainers discuss the most common worries that people have about their pups and offer sensible & comforting advice on how to deal with these issues. They look at embarrassing things, yucky things, annoying & scary things, naughty things & just plain bad mannered things that puppies do. They will also talk about what socialization really means and how to socialize your puppy kindly and with courtesy & consideration.

    Learning Objectives

    • To help new puppy owners (& people who are planning on getting one soon) understand why puppies do some of the things they do:
    • To offer some simple solutions to common but sometimes embarrassing behaviours such as house training, "humping", nipping, "stealing" and witching hour "Zoomies";
    • To guide you in grooming your puppy now and as your grown up dog, whether you have a long haired or short coated breed;
    • To bust a few myths about how you should handle unacceptable behaviours in your puppy;
    • To discuss with you what socialization really means for pups and how each pup needs respect as an individual with individual needs & preferences.

    About The Presenters


    Jo Atkins is a multi-faceted animal carer & trainer. She lives on a small family cattle & sheep farm with her husband, two children aged 9 & 7, four dogs, five horses and numerous other pets. She is passionate about harm-free dog and horse training, stress free dog grooming and stress free animal farming. 

    Jo has been a dog groomer for 25 years, has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Management from the Delta Society, is a Certificate IV vet nurse and has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. She runs adult dog and puppy classes and does private consultations in rural Tasmania.


    Tricia has always had dogs in her life.  It wasn’t until she had a fearful dog that she realised she did not really know what to do about it.  Her journey into the world of dogs and educating herself about the science of animal learning had begun and her passion now is educating others in the science of animal learning without needing to use harsh, aversive methods. 

    Through her business, Dogspeak, she has been professionally educating owners and their dogs since 2005, running various classes and private consultations for more serious behavioural problems.  Some of the other work she is involved in to help educate, by liaising with local council, writing a regular column for the local paper, and presenting at various dog clubs and public forums. 

    In 2005 she gained a Certificate 111 Dog Training & Behaviour from NDTF and moved on from there, achieving the LLA Certificate from Dr Susan Friedman’s Course. In 2016 she gained the KPA-CTP having completed the Karen Pryor Academy Certification for Animal Training & Behaviour.  2012 and 2013 she attended Chicken Camps with Terry Ryan as well as numerous seminars and workshops with people such as Bob Bailey, Dr Patricia McConnell, Dr Ian Dunbar, Susan Clothier & Kathy Sdao.  A highlight was attending the PPG Conference held in Florida USA in 2016 and meeting so many wonderful people, all passionate about Force Free Training.



    Margaret has trained her own dogs and dogs of colleagues & friends for many years, having been unable to stomach the methods used to train dogs in days gone by. On retiring from full time employment she established Tails Up Dog Training as a hobby that has now become a full time business. She loves long European holidays but can't bear to leave her own dogs for too long. Margaret has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Management through the Delta Society, a Diploma of Canine Behavior, Science & Technology from Canada's Companion Animal Sciences Institute, a B.A. & a Dip.Ed.




    • Thursday, February 15, 2018
    • 5:00 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • Friday, February 14, 2020
    • 8:30 PM (UTC+11:00)
    • free member webinar, recorded webinar,
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    Presented by Barbara Hodel & Margaret Gray





    Pet Professional Guild Australia offers its members at least one webinar per month. Anyone can present these webinars, provided the content is in line with our guiding principles of No Pain, No Force, No Fear. PPG Australia aims to increase the number of presenters & the range of topics. This webinar will be free to anyone interested in either hosting a webinar or being the facilitator of someone else's webinar.

    It will be a comprehensive coverage of every stage in the development and presentation of webinars, from physical technology requirements, through writing the presentation, to organisation of the live webinar and how the individual components come together.



    Learning Objectives

    Participants will be able either to host or to facilitate a webinar, through gaining knowledge of the following processes and how they fit together:

    • hardware and software requirements;
    • making application to host a webinar;
    • length of time between their application and the event;
    • how their material fits into the overall event;
    • how the webinar software works;
    • help provided by a PPG Australia committee member;
    • how questions from attendees are handled;
    • how & when they get paid.

    About The Presenters



    Barbara Hodel is the president of PPG Australia. In 2015 she completed her Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada (http://casinstitute.com). But she has been involved in dog training for the last 15 years and completed a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as a Delta-accredited instructor in 2007. She has been running Goodog Positive Dog Training on the Northern Beaches Sydney for the last 10 years, running classes on all levels as well as workshops and agility fun classes. She also does in home consultations.She competes on excellent and master levels Agility and Rally O with Shellbe her five year old German Shorthaired Pointer. Zorbas a Kelpie/Ridgeback cross is retired now but enjoys it at almost 14 years of age. Barbara had a life before dogs and holds a Master's Degree in Modern European History and Economics from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Cross University Australia. She has in-depth experience in adult education and training, having taught high school and university students in Bern, college students in Sydney, as well as middle and top management employees of a large public corporation in Switzerland.


    Margaret Gray is on the committee of PPG Australia and is the person responsible for organising our webinars. Margaret also holds a Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada (http://casinstitute.com) as well as a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services from the Delta Society. She is based in the Southern Highlands of NSW where she runs Tails Up Dog Training. Her two Poodles, Saxon & Kuzu, might not run Tails Up but they do run the household. Except when they are learning new things or performing tricks, or running around their own agility for fun setup - all of which they love, they are thought to be amazingly naughty. (She doesn't agree with this assessment.) Margaret has been involved with dog all of her life but became interested in training when she retired from teaching high school students. As well as her dog training qualifications, Margaret has a B.A & a Dip. Ed. both from the University of New England.
     





    • Tuesday, April 24, 2018
    • 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • Thursday, April 23, 2020
    • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
    • recorded webinar
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    Presented by Barbara Hodel 


    To Dog Park or not to Dog Park?


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    To dog park or not to dog park is an important question for many dog owners

    A lot of owners assume the dog park is the best place to exercise their dogs. However, while dog parks can be a great place for some dogs not every dog enjoys the park or is suitable to spend time in off leash areas and engage in play.

    There are many suitable alternatives for dogs who do not enjoy rough play or need a bit more space. And these are good dogs, too!



    Learning Objectives

    • Explain which dogs are suitable for the dog parks and how to raise dogs who can go to the dog park
    • Cover which behaviours need to be in place for dogs to be able to join off leash play
    • Covers common misconceptions about dog parks
    • Explain problems that can arise at the off leash area and how to deal with them
    • Explore different set ups for dog parks and which ones are better options
    • Explain responsible owner behaviour at the park
    • Show exercise options for dogs who are not suitable
    • Trouble shooting and emergency recalls

      About The Presenter




      Barbara Hodel is the president of PPG Australia. In 2015 she completed her Diploma in Canine Behaviour Science and Technology at the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada (http://casinstitute.com). But she has been involved in dog training for the last 15 years and completed a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services as a Delta-accredited instructor in 2007. She has been running Goodog Positive Dog Training on the Northern Beaches Sydney for the last 10 years, running classes on all levels as well as workshops and agility fun classes. She also does in home consultations.She competes on excellent and master levels Agility and Rally O with Shellbe her five year old German Shorthaired Pointer. Zorbas a Kelpie/Ridgeback cross is retired now but enjoys it at almost 14 years of age. Barbara had a life before dogs and holds a Master's Degree in Modern European History and Economics from the University of Bern (Switzerland) and a MBA (Master of Business Administration) from Southern Cross University Australia. She has in-depth experience in adult education and training, having taught high school and university students in Bern, college students in Sydney, as well as middle and top management employees of a large public corporation in Switzerland.


        

      • Monday, May 21, 2018
      • 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
      • Thursday, May 21, 2020
      • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
      • recorded webinar
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      Presented by Margaret Gray


      The Australian $Billion Pet Industry:
      Not always as Friendly as it Seems!




      Over the past 40 to 60 years, our relationship with dogs has changed dramatically. It has gone from having a dog who was a pal, who would come home for dinner (when he had finished doing his own doggie things), who would play with us & our kids & have a great time with us (when he was around). It has gone to having animals who cost us enormous amounts of money (to buy & to maintain), who sleep in our homes every night, whom we dress up (or at least, put jackets on in the cold weather) and who cannot go out in public without us. What things have cause this enormous change & what implications do these changes have for people wanting to parent a dog and maintain her or him in the best possible health & happiness?

      This webinar looks at the enormous changes in the style of dogs, in the way we feed them, in how we relate to them and how we go about buying them. In particular, it looks at the numerous pitfalls in wait for prospective buyers because of the unscrupulous people who pose as sellers or who pose as humane breeders. It also offers practical ideas as to how to navigate the hazards so as to buy only from responsible, caring breeders.  




      Learning Objectives

      • To appreciate the size & scope of the present day pet industry;
      • To learn how this has developed;
      • To become aware of the different sources of puppy & adult dog purchase;
      • To become aware of the safety of buying from each;
      • To learn to differentiate between responsible & irresponsible breeders;
      • To learn how to assess shelters & rescue groups; 
      •  To understand how to interview breeders & shelters to ensure you get the best dog or puppy.

        About The Presenter




        Margaret Gray is on the committee of PPG Australia and is the person responsible for organising our webinars. Margaret also holds a Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada (http://casinstitute.com) as well as a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services from the Delta Society. She is based in the Southern Highlands of NSW where she runs Tails Up Dog Training. Her two Poodles, Saxon & Kuzu, might not run Tails Up but they do run the household. Except when they are learning new things or performing tricks, or running around their own agility for fun setup - all of which they love, they are thought to be amazingly naughty. (She doesn't agree with this assessment.) Margaret has been involved with dog all of her life but became interested in training when she retired from teaching high school students. As well as her dog training qualifications, Margaret has a B.A & a Dip. Ed. both from the University of New England.



          

        • Friday, June 15, 2018
        • 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
        • Monday, June 15, 2020
        • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
        • recorded webinar
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        Presented by Louise Ginman


        Enrichment for Dogs



        From puppies, to adolescents to rescues to adults - all dogs need something to do and this can be particularly so when we leave them alone while we go off to work or out for extended periods. If every time you come home, you wonder as you step through the doorway what destruction you'll find today – then your dog needs enrichment.

        So what is enrichment and how do you give it safely to your dog when you are not home? Or maybe you give some enrichment already but it doesn't seem effective.  This webinar will teach you everything you need to know to set up an effective enrichment program for your dog (or cat or bird), including monitoring and a whole life plan. Make enrichment a part of your dog's life – you won't regret it.



        Learning Objectives

        • What is enrichment?
        • How can enrichment be incorporated into a home alone plan
        • What items are safe to leave with your dog and what aren't
        • Learn how to teach your dog to use enrichment
        • Understand the types of enrichment items available from free to expensive
        • Learn how to develop and monitor an enrichment program
        • Learn strategies for multi dog enrichment

          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 26 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 in 1994 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, Rally O 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.


            

          • Wednesday, July 11, 2018
          • 7:00 PM (EDT)
          • Friday, July 10, 2020
          • 8:00 PM (EDT)
          • recorded webinar
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          Presented by Josephine Atkins Darcy


          Myth-busting Force Free Horse Training



          After a life time of horses, where Jo was always questioning "how" to train a horse and mostly coming away from every lesson feeling like it wasn't quite "right" she finally found, through her work as a Force Free dog trainer, that the same principles can effectively be applied to working with horses. Not only did she feel more at peace with her horses, but finally found they trusted her more than ever. 

          Previously she'd been involved in jumping, hunting to hounds, endurance, eventing, showing, and natural horsemanship. Now she's busy experimenting with what can be done with a horse’s cooperation and best interests at heart through the power of Positive Reinforcement


          Learning Objectives

          • To help experienced and novice horse people discern between force free and pressure based horse training so they can make educated decisions about the training techniques they employ. 
          • To explore common misconceptions about using positive reinforcement with horses 
           

              About The Presenter


              Jo Atkins Darcy

              Jo is a multi-faceted animal carer & trainer. She lives on a small family cattle & sheep farm in Tasmania with her husband, two children aged 9 & 7, four dogs, five horses and numerous other pets. She is passionate about harm-free dog and horse training, stress free dog grooming and stress free animal farming. Jo has been a dog groomer for 25 years, has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Management from the Delta Society, is a Certificate IV vet nurse and has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. She runs adult dog and puppy classes and does private consultations. Jo says that what she is passionate about is "harm free dog & horse training, stress free farming of animals and stress free dog grooming.  


              • Friday, July 13, 2018
              • 7:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
              • Sunday, July 12, 2020
              • 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
              • recorded webinar
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              Presented by Anita Marchesani


              Building a Client Focused Business:
              What you need to do to Improve Client Retention and Satisfaction.



              As small business owners, we are in the uniquely privileged position to be able to create our own utopia; to design and build our business just how we want it to be. And that's a good thing. Once we get going and find our feet, it time to start looking at ways to improve our profitability, the efficiency of the way we work, and, as always, how we improve our client's experience and the results they get by working with us.

              By shifting our inquiry towards Building a Client Focused Business it opens up a fresh perspective, and a profitable one at that. This webinar will guide you through the principles involved in developing your business into one that your clients and customers will love to interact with, while delivering you more time and bigger profits


              Learning Objectives

              This webinar will share strategies and tactics to: 

              • increase the customer retention rates for dog training businesses
              • improve customer satisfaction and engagement, 
              • increase the profitability of the business,
              • get better results for the client

                About The Presenter



                Anita Marchesani is a geek, a writer, an obsessive and a coach. She built one business that failed, and an online business from scratch to become an international brand, by focusing on just One Thing that was of value to her customers, and getting that One Thing very, very right. 

                Anita teaches that success is whatever you define it to be, that "working smarter not harder" actually means being rewarded for the work you do, that the customer is NOT always right, and that self-care is really quite boring (but vital) if you want to leave a real impact on your world.

                She mentors a small group of dedicated and driven business owners in the Pet and Equine industries to help them find their own One Thing, so that they can build their own business filled with purpose, profits and joy.



                  

                • Monday, August 20, 2018
                • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM (UTC+10:00)
                • webinars, Puppy Education
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                Presented by Margaret Gray


                Ten Commandments of Dog Training
                (from a dog's side of things)



                Do you already have a dog that you love but that you wished would fit in a little better with your lifestyle? Or perhaps you are about to get a new dog or puppy.What sort of relationship would you like to have with your new dog? What things would you like it to be able to do and what are the activities you would like to do with your dog?

                This webinar asks questions about what we really want from our dogs, what we are prepared to give to them and how we want our lives to blend. Once the questions have been asked, we will get down to answering them with solid, practical, do-able tactics. Ten steps that you can take to help shape the dog you want in your life.



                Learning Objectives

                • To be able to decide exactly what it is you want in your dog;
                • To understand that your dog has preferences too, and how the two of you can come to a happy understanding about any differences;
                • To put your relationship with your dog in harmonious perspective with your life as you actually live it;
                • To learn how to establish rules & guidelines for your dog, yourself, your family & friends;
                • To be able to choose activities suitable for you & your family to do with your dog. 

                  About The Presenter



                  Margaret Gray is on the committee of PPG Australia and is the person responsible for organising our webinars. Margaret also holds a Diploma of Canine Behaviour Science and Technology from the Companion Animal Sciences Institute in Canada (http://casinstitute.com) as well as a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Services from the Delta Society. She is based in the Southern Highlands of NSW where she runs Tails Up Dog Training. Her two Poodles, Saxon & Kuzu, might not run Tails Up but they do run the household. Except when they are learning new things or performing tricks, or running around their own agility for fun setup - all of which they love, they are thought to be amazingly naughty. (She doesn't agree with this assessment.) Margaret has been involved with dog all of her life but became interested in training when she retired from teaching high school students. As well as her dog training qualifications, Margaret has a B.A & a Dip. Ed. both from the University of New England.


                    



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