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For a limited time only, 20 webinar recordings will be made available for purchase to celebrate our three year webinar anniversary!


Featuring Instuctors:
Amy Cook, Bobbie Lyons, Christopher Pachel, Deb Jones, Denise Fenzi, Emily Strong, Helene Lawler,
Jessica Hekman, Julie Daniels, Julie Symons Kathy Sdao, Lori Stevens, Megan Foster, Michele Pouliot,
Nancy Tucker, Petra Ford, Sara Brueske, Sarah Stremming, Shade Whitesel, Suzanne Clothier

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Webinars will run approximately 1-2 hours including presentation and questions.
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Amy Cook -  Raising a Well-Adjusted Dog - September 19, 2019

You’ve just gotten a puppy or adopted a new adult dog and you’ve made so many plans about how it’s going to go! You want to try all the activities, be able to take them everywhere, and to have everyone in the family get along seamlessly! But sometimes you get lost in how to create the dog you want, making sure you lay a good emotional and behavioral foundation that supports their mental health and growth.

Just what building blocks do you need to make sure your dog can be a well-adjusted pet? In this webinar we’ll take a high-level view of challenges like handling environmental overstimulation, navigating social situations to keep them healthy, how to provide structure and predictability they can lean on, and when to set limits. We’ll go over many of the challenges of raising a dog and give you a roadmap to think through preventing problems and meeting their needs.

What does a mentally healthy dog need? Come hear about it with me!

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Bobbie Lyons - Design a Balanced K9 Fitness Plan - December 12, 2019

Guest Bio:  Bobbie Lyons

The webinar will cover:

  • A brief description of how to get started in fitness
  • A brief description of skills that could be trained to help communicate with your dog and make fitness more rewarding for both the dog and handler
  • Take what your dog knows and turn it into repetitious exercise
  • Focused exercise for the entire body
  • Focused exercise in all planes of motion
  • Exercise with and without balance equipment
  • How often should you change your K9 fitness plan

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Chris Pachel - Adolescent behavior and development: What's going on in those teenage brains and what can we do about it? - April 30th, 2020

Guest Bio: Dr. Christopher Pachel

It may come as no surprise that working with adolescent dogs comes with its own set of challenges. But, have you ever thought about what may be happening at the neurobiological level, and why these behavior patterns happen the way that they do? This presentation will take a look at what we think we know about what's happening in the brain during this developmental period, as well as how knowing this information can shape our training plans and our overall understanding of how to navigate this period successfully.

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Deb Jones - The 10 Minute Training Session: 5 Skill Sets You Can Teach From Your Couch - July 9th, 2020

Don’t have enough time to train your dog?

Don’t have enough space to get in a good training session?

Does your dog need more physical & mental activity than he’s currently getting?

Do you have issues with physical movement and flexibility?

Is the weather too lousy to get your dog out for some much needed activity?

This webinar can help! Join Deb as she discusses how “couch training” can be a huge boost to your work with your dog and to your dog’s well-being. As a self-proclaimed lazy trainer Deb has designed a number of training exercises that can work both the bodies and brains of her activity loving dogs while she sits on the sofa. Even the highest energy dog can be satisfied (at least temporarily!) with 10 minutes of focused mental & physical activity. Expect to get lots of ideas that can apply to you, and your dog’s, specific needs.

The skill sets that Deb will discuss and demonstrate include:

  • Focus
  • Impulse control
  • Distance work
  • Chin rest
  • Retrieves

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Denise Fenzi - Gaming the System: Develop Your Creative Training Potential! - January 9, 2020

Incorporating creativity into your training plan is critical if you want your dog to remain excited and focused on the training game even when there are no cookies or toys to magnetize your dog. Creative training gives your dog an innate reason to pay attention - the work is interesting! Your dog doesn’t know what might happen next! The solution to the puzzle may not be obvious! And while you’re at it, develop resilience and persistence - it’s okay to be wrong!

But wait, there’s more! There’s the handler as well. When you incorporate creative strategies into your training, you’ll begin to think in new ways and quite likely find holes in your training before they become problems. You will find yourself looking forward to your training, and enjoying the game that training should be!

This webinar will provide plenty of video examples of creative training, along with ideas to help you come up with your own creative training plans. You can learn to be more creative.

Join Denise in this workshop/webinar, and find yourself itching to train your dog.

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Emily Strong - Using Enrichment to Improve Your Relationship With Your Dog - March 19, 2020

Guest Bio: Emily Strong

What do you think of when you hear the word "enrichment"? Most people think of toys, play, and exercise--which are all important aspects of enrichment, to be sure! However, when we understand more about the history and full scope of enrichment, it means so much more than that. By learning what enrichment means in the broader sense, and learning how to objectively assess our enrichment strategies, we can not only improve our dogs' quality of life, but also deepen and strengthen our relationship with them. And best of all, we can do all of this in a sustainable way that improves our quality of life, too!

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Helene Lawler - Success with Sensitive Dogs - August 22, 2019

Does your dog melt like ice cream on a hot day at the first sign of pressure? Does she shut down, quit, or otherwise avoid training despite how much fun you try to make things? Are you worried that you’ll never see the inside of a competition ring as a team, or even a training hall?

Don’t despair! Sensitive dogs can seem tricky to work with, but they offer an incredible opportunity to grow and expand our understanding of working with dogs. In fact, sensitive dogs have become my favourite type of dogs to both live and work with! I have a house full of them.

Join me in this exploration of how to build a strong and confident relationship to bring out the best in your sensitive dog.

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Jessica Hekman - Probiotics for Behavioral Health - April 16, 2020

Probiotics are starting to be recommended by veterinarians to help manage behavioral issues in dogs, either as support in addition to behavioral medication or just on their own. Are they actually effective? How could adding bacteria to the GI system affect the brain? How long term must they be given? What changes might you expect, and what diagnoses are they helpful for? Are there side effects? What's the best brand to buy, or can you make your own?

Join Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, a research scientist who specializes in the biology of behavior, for a deep dive into the crazy new findings coming out about probiotics and behavior in dogs.

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Julie Daniels - Train This Now! The Short List for Your New Puppy - January 9, 2020

 Five core concepts that a baby can learn. Each one offers several tangents of training that will expand your puppy's readiness for the world.

We used to train all the things as young as possible, and puppies were often overwhelmed. Nowadays we tend to train very little while we let the relationship take shape. Our babies are learning at a phenomenal rate whether we like it or not, so it's important to teach them some things and it's important to choose wisely! What to train when? Which things can wait a little longer and which things are best to teach while your puppy is very young?

Each of these five lessons can be built over the next few weeks and you can build the more advanced elements over the next few months. You and your puppy will benefit immediately when you get started. Life skills and convenience, confidence, manners and learning to learn. This is a core group of compatible concepts that even a baby can master. You and your puppy will love the fun and games approach, and you'll enjoy a lifetime benefit from starting young.

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Julie Symons - Nosework Challenge Series: Introducing Advanced Concepts Early in Training - June 11th, 2020

It is very common in any sport to train advanced skills before you ever compete. Baby go-outs in Obedience or back side jumps in Agility. The same is true for Nosework! When the sport of Nosework first rolled out we were careful not to train skills required at the highest levels like blank areas, multiple hides, and lower degree inaccessible hides. We wanted our dogs to be solid on novice skills. With time we discovered that waiting too long to teach higher level skills made those concepts more difficult to learn. We dramatically changed the rules to our dogs mid-stream.

Although we can NOT rush foundations, once our dog has confidence, motivation and HIGH value for odor we can absolutely introduce them to advanced concepts before we have trialed. We can teach our dogs that Nosework is not just about finding hides or searching objects but clearing blank areas and searching areas void of “things”. By removing parameters early on, our dogs won’t always think there HAS to be a hide or it will ONLY be on an object. Dogs are capable of so much! We will create stronger understanding and resilience because of this approach! This webinar will show you how to introduce some of the advanced concepts early in your training career.

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Kathy Sdao - Practical Premack - December 19, 2019

Guest Bio: Kathy Sdao

To maximize the power of positive reinforcement, a trainer must thoroughly understand what reinforcement means. Too often, we equate positive reinforcement with a piece of food. While this often works, it’s useless when an animal is too full, frightened or aroused to eat. Also, at times, food can be an inconvenient reinforcer for the trainer to use. 

Many trainers talk about “life rewards,” those everyday goodies (e.g., the opportunity to go outside, to sniff a tree or to greet an approaching dog) which can be used to reinforce desired behaviors. This approach is similar to the Premack Principle, named after animal-learning researcher David Premack, but doesn’t fully take advantage of his revolutionary insight. Premack said much more than, “If you eat your vegetables, you can have dessert” (a paraphrase of his principle commonly used in the dog-training community).

Learn how Premack’s laboratory-derived theory can help you and your clients expand your animals’ motivational menus. We’ll look at real-life training applications of this scientific principle. You’ll be inspired to think about positive reinforcement more creatively and to develop additional reinforcers.

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Lori Stevens - Fitness for Aging Dogs: Keeping Your Senior Dog Active and Functioning - September 5, 2019

This webinar will provide helpful information to everyone living with older dogs. As dogs age they slow down just as we do. They typically lose hind-end strength and proprioception. Mental and sensory functioning often decline as well. As the aging process continues, many dogs lose the ability to function in life’s daily activities, e.g. going up and down stairs. This loss is partially due to muscle weakness. Weak muscles can be strengthened by doing fitness exercises resulting in older dogs being able to function again. This webinar will cover fitness exercises and useful equipment for specifically for older dogs.

You will be introduced to how to keep aging dogs functioning and active. You’ll learn what you can do to support your aging dog's aging process and help them regain strength and confidence. This information is empowering in an area where we often feel helpless. Applying these techniques will make life easier for your aging dog. It will also make caring for them easier, more joyful, and enriching for both of you.

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Megan Foster - #meatballfeelings: Creative Uses of Food Rewards - July 30th, 2020

Calling all foodies! Well, I mean foodie dogs, of course! A lot of times, trainers will use toys for easily rewarding at a distance or for increasing arousal, especially in agility. But, what if your dog doesn’t like toys? What if toys create so much conflict for your learner that it’s counterproductive to your training? In this webinar, Megan will go over how she uses food in all the same ways she could use a toy. If you’re feeling like all you ever do is hand your dog a cookie, and would like to add more variety, then this webinar is for you!

Megan’s video examples will be agility-related, but these clever & creative cookie applications can be applied to any type of training session!

Megan will talk about the application of:

  • Food Robots
  • Different types of Food Toys
  • Creating or Lowering Arousal with Food Reinforcers
  • Dish, Cookie Jars, & Stashing
  • Comparisons of using Toys vs Food

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Michele Pouliot - Introduction to Platform Training: STEP UP to Platform Power - September 12, 2019

Guest Bio: Michele Pouliot

Have you heard of platform training, but never used it? Maybe you have used platforms some, but didn’t fully apply the tool? Having difficulty getting dogs to mount a narrow position platform?

In this webinar, Michele Pouliot will demonstrate how to effectively introduce foundation platform skills that will provide powerful tools for many aspects of training with your dogs. In 2010, Michele originated a detailed system for using raised platforms to train a variety of behaviors. After 9 years of experiences with hundreds of dogs, she has enhanced her methods of first introducing dogs to raised platforms. Learn how to best establish foundation platform skills with your dog and reap the benefits those skills will provide for many training scenarios.

Have a new puppy or dog you are training? Do you teach others how to train their dogs? This is the webinar for you!

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Nancy Tucker - Help your dog overcome fear with Desensitization and Counter-conditioning - September 19, 2019

Learn what these techniques are, and how to use them to address your dog’s fear of something. This webinar will also shed a light on these questions:

  • How operant learning fits into the equation (Are we just changing feelings or are we changing behaviours too?)
  • To click or not to click – Is using a marker necessary?
  • Sequence of events and Timing– Learn how to make sure things happen in the proper order to be effective
  • How long does it take to help a dog overcome his fear?
  • How can I tell if it’s working?

This webinar is ideal for trainers and dog owners. The techniques discussed in this webinar are useful to address any fears ranging from the fear of the vacuum cleaner to being afraid of strangers, vet visits, nail trimming, and car rides. 

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Petra Ford - Swift & Accurate Halts in Heeling - June 4th, 2020

There are multiple halts with heeling in every obedience class. This webinar will teach you how to get halts that are consistently straight and fast. First, we will create a motor pattern for fast, tucked up sits. We will discuss how to cue your dog that the halt is coming and make sure your dog understands and reads the cue. Your dog needs to be in perfect position for a straight halt. We will introduce some games that reinforce position. Finally, we will look at how to teach your dog to square up their front feet on every halt. When taught properly, getting great halts is a fun game for your dog!

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Sara Brueske - Clear Communication Tools: Marker Systems and Reverse Luring - March 12, 2020

Training would be so much easier if only we could talk to our dogs. While we still don't have the technology to explain exactly what we want our dogs to do, we do have a few other tools to help clear up our communication during training process. Marker systems and reverse luring help to create concepts, control emotions and specify intent to our dogs. We can use these tools to train duration, clarify details as well as many other applications. Clear communication is vital for the training of any discipline and this webinar will include a variety of sport applications. 

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Sarah Stremming - Worked Up: Assessing and Soothing Arousal - June 11th, 2020

The six week course, Worked Up, condensed into need-to-know basics. You'll learn how to ask your dog if he is able to work, and how to help him if he says no. This is useful for all dog sports, and all dogs whose responses tend toward the barky-spinny-crazy type!

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Shade Whitesel - Connection: How to build Loose Leash walking in the sport environment or real life - June 25th, 2020

Wouldn’t it be awesome to let your dog out of the crate at the sports venue, have them orientate directly to you with nary a glance around at the busy surroundings and walk perfectly with you to the ring entrance?

Wouldn’t it be awesome to snap the leash onto your dog, exit the front door and go for a nice neighborhood walk, saying hi to the neighbors, passing dogs, cats and bicycles, stopping for your dog to sniff every once in a while?

Instead, your arm and shoulder hurts from the constant pulling, the constant yanking, you keep a death grip on the leash 6 inches from the dog’s collar on the way to the ring, you are embarrassed to exit the driveway, let alone go for a walk around the neighborhood, and you are looking sideways at different equipment in the pet store aisle every time you go in to buy dog food.

Want some strategies? Want some joint relief? Want the dog to act like they are following you, rather than you following them?

I’m not a total miracle worker, but join me for this webinar and I’ll give you some skills to work on that will make walking much more enjoyable, whether that is from point A to B in the competition venue or outside in the real world.

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Suzanne Clothier - Really Real Relaxation - April 23rd, 2020

Guest Bio: Suzanne Clothier

Really Real Relaxation (RRR) is one of Suzanne Clothier's Relationship Centered Training (RCT) techniques. RRR is a simple but effective technique helps you & your dog shift into real relaxation together.

Forget months of tiny steps, or protocols that go on for pages but don't actually result in authentic relaxation. Learn how to put the power of social engagement and alignment to work for you and your dog -- or your clients and their dogs. RRR can be taught in as little as just one session, and taught almost anywhere as long as the dog is in the Think & Learn zone, making it ideal for class and workshop settings as well as one-on-one sessions. Handlers do not need to be particularly skillful or knowledgeable, just willing to relax themselves.

RRR is not about cued or prompted behavior. It is about the power of choice. When a dog chooses to lay himself down, he is in control of his own arousal, something we cannot achieve with chicken or cheese. When we meet the dog with our coherent, congruent relaxed behavior, it looks like magic!

RRR has a few simple goals:

  • Teaching your dog to find authentic relaxation through his own choices
  • Teaching you to relax yourself which tells your dog “We are relaxing” so the dog can relax with you

Benefits:

  • Dog learns to self modulate through volunteered, not prompted, behaviors
  • Dog learns to remain connected & attentive to you even when relaxed
  • You learn to stay connected, and are able to easily transition up and down, from active or intense to relaxed & quiet.

Perfect for puppies and beginner classes as well as highly trained competitive dogs and even reactive dog classes, RRR is a must-have in any trainer's tool box.

RRR is a great gift for any dog and any handler. It is readily generalized, giving dog & handler a powerful skill they can apply almost anywhere without needing months of practice. Best of all, RRR helps handler & dog maintain connection without disengagement, making it ideal for competitors who want to be able to adjust arousal and intensity up or down as is suitable for the moment. Imagine having your dog's mind and skills available at a moment's notice while you and your dog relax prior to a run!

This webinar will focus on the basic Really Real Relaxation protocol in use all over the world, and will include troubleshooting for common issues that may arise. Join us, and find out how simple it can be when we tap into the dog's natural desire for social alignment and connection.

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