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Educational Events

Events listed here are hosted by Doggone Safe members or Doggone Safe members are otherwise involved with the event. To be listed an event must have an educational purpose consistent with the mandate of Doggone Safe. Eligible events include positive reinforcement-based dog training seminars, dog behavior seminars and events related to education about dog bite prevention. Fundraising events that do not provide public education are not eligible for listing here (dog walks, adoption events or spay/neuter clinics for example). Doggone Safe reserves the right to decide which events to list.

There is a selection of webinars, online programs and live events

Upcoming events

    • 28 Sep 2017
    • 5:00 PM
    • 28 Sep 2019
    • 6:30 PM
    • Live

    Presented by Dr. Vanessa Rohlf

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT 1.5, IAABC 1.5


    Have you ever felt angry, irritable or sad because of the work that you do?  Have you ever questioned whether it’s all worthwhile? Or do you feel completely satisfied by your work yet emotionally and physically exhausted by it at the same time? You might be experiencing the signs of compassion fatigue. (secondary trauma and burnout).

    Animal care professionals may be particularly at risk because of their dual role of caring for both animals and their owners. Stressful interactions with the public, exposure to trauma and coping with the loss of animals through accidents, illness or euthanasia all contribute to compassion fatigue.

    This seminar is intended to help individuals recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue and identify evidence based strategies to prevent and manage the condition.

    Objectives

    • Recognize the signs and symptoms of compassion fatigue 
    • Learn evidence based tools to manage and prevent compassion fatigue

    About The Presenter



    Dr. Vanessa Rohlf is a consultant and educator specializing in compassion fatigue and stress management within the animal industry, dedicated to helping animal care professionals and organizations manage and overcome stress and physical and mental exhaustion.

    Dr. Rohlf’s formal qualifications, a PhD with a specialization in psychology and a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in psychology, combined with her work experience as a veterinary nurse and animal welfare researcher, has helped her fine tune her knowledge and skills in developing ways to support those who dedicate their lives to animals in need.

    Dr. Rohlf is an experienced lecturer and public speaker. She has lectured and tutored for over 7 years and has presented her research at international and national conferences.
    • 06 Oct 2017
    • 3:00 PM
    • 06 Oct 2019
    • 4:00 PM
    • Live

    Presented by Louise Stapleton-Frappell PCBC-A


    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, IAABC 1.5.


    Join Louise Stapleton-Frappell for this in depth presentation in which she delves into the complexities of linear behavior chains.

    In this webinar we will examine the best methods to build compound linear chains and we will take a look at different strategies that will help you improve your chains. You'll learn how to perform a task analysis and collect data that will facilitate errorless learning. We will look at the interplay between operant and respondent conditioning and you will learn about fun techniques such as the ‘Quick Cue’ game, which can be used to proof both the discreet and the complex behaviors that you teach

    The presentation will focus on a fun trick that is also a skill needed by many assistance dogs – How to fetch their guardian a drink - but in learning how to teach this 'trick', you will also learn some different strategies that focus on how to teach an amazing retrieve to hand!

    You don't want to miss out on this informative, thought-provoking, fun-filled session.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Understand why and how to perform a task analysis
    • Understand how to write a training plan and the importance of data collection
    • Deepen your understanding of behavior chains
    • Gain a deep understanding of how to forwards chain
    • Understand how and why to backwards chain compound behaviors that are linear chains.
    • Understand how to maintain a consistent high standard of 'tricks' (behaviors)
    • Learn different strategies for teaching and proofing an amazing retrieve to hand
    • Learn how to teach your dog to open a door
    • Learn how to teach your dog to close a door
    • Learn how to teach your training partner to fetch you a drink from the fridge


    About the Presenter

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell

    B.A. Hons. PCBC-A.  PCT-A. CAP3. CTDI. DN-FSG. DN-CPCT2

    DN-CPCT2
    DN-CPCT2

    Louise Stapleton-Frappell B.A.Hons. Professional Canine Behavior Consultant - Accredited.  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. Certified Pet Care Technician.  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 Pet Professional Guild British Isles; Steering Committee Member and Education Committee Member of The Pet Professional Guild. Steering Committee Member of Doggone Safe, Regional Coordinator of Doggone Safe in Spain and Co-Presenter of PPG World Service Radio.

    Louise is the owner of The DogSmith of Estepona. She is a Faculty Member of DogNostics Career College. and the author and instructor of the DogNostics Dog Training Certificate Program and TrickMeister Titles.

    • 17 Oct 2017
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • Live


    Presented by Yvette Van Veen

    CEUs: PPAB 1, CCPDT (pending), IAABC (pending)


    Many strategies in dog training involve creating a positive association.  The absence of reacting or fleeing does not mean that a dog likes something.  Knowing if you have successfully created a positive association is a critical question. There are ways in which we can ask an animal “do you like this?"  Failing to do so risks putting people and trainers in situations where the dog is pushed too early, triggering a fearful or aggressive response that could have been avoided.

    Classical conditioning may be a simple process but there are many variations and combinations of factors that impact what a positive association looks like.

    • Learn what a positive association is
    • Learn what a positive association look like and how to recognize one
    • Understand how different pairings lead to different physical manifestations
    • Learn how to test so you are not interfering with results
    • Understand the difference between “non-reactive” and “positive association”
    • Learn how to use the process of elimination to remove extraneous factors, thus ensuring the dog makes an association with the relevant stimulus.


    About The Presenter



    Yvette Van Veen is a member of the Pet Professional Guild and a professional canine trainer - accredited through the Pet Professional Accreditation Board. She is a multiple Dog Writers Association of America award nominee, pet columnist for the Toronto Star and owner and operator of Awesome Dogs in Dorchester, Ontario, Canada. Her business specializes in training and problem solving for the companion dog.  She has worked with various Humane Societies and rescue organizations including Animal Rescue Foundation Ontario. Van Veen shares her life with two dogs, Kip the rescue dog who serves as her primary decoy dog, and Karma the border collie. Karma is Van Veen’s community canine and visits schools for dog bite prevention education and student stress relief programs.
    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tampa, FL

    S.A.N.E. Solutions for Shy and Fearful Dogs®

    Presented by Kathy Cascade

    CEUs: PPAB 11, IAABC 11


    This seminar will be helpful for owners of dogs who exhibit shy, fearful, or anxious behaviors, and dog trainers, rescue and animal welfare professionals, or other pet care professionals who work with dogs with these behavior issues.

    Kathy will present an effective and positive approach to working with dogs who exhibit difficult behavior issues such as extreme fearfulness, anxiety, reactivity to new environments, noise phobias, and hyper-arousal. “S.A.N.E. Solutions” is simply a collection of tools and creative exercises designed to help dogs reduce tension and arousal while building confidence and coping skills. The goal is to give the dog a new experience of feeling safe, calm, and in control while in a challenging environment or in the presence of other dogs or people, which previously would have elicited a fearful response. Based on the principles of Tellington TTouch Training and sensory integration, this approach employs the use of novel sensory experiences to enhance learning.


    Seminar Schedule

    Day 1: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

    Day 2: 9 AM - 4 PM, with breaks 10:30-10:45 (refreshments), 12-1 (lunch) and 2:30-2:45 (refreshments).

    Learning Objectives

    • Recognize and correctly interpret canine body language and communication signals.
    • Understand the significant link between posture, physical balance, and behavior.
    • Identify the four primary coping strategies dogs employ when feeling threatened or stressed.
    • Learn how to apply a sensory approach to reducing arousal through specific forms of touch and purposeful movement exercises.
    • Understand and apply the mechanics of using the leash with two points of contact to eliminate pressure on the neck and influence physical balance. (Lead a dog on leash in balance).
    • Learn how to use unique leading exercises designed to introduce new people to fearful dogs.
    • Learn the rationale and application of light pressure wraps or garments to help dogs reduce anxiety and touch sensitivity.
    • Observe and learn to build trust with a fearful dog using the concept of “giving choice.”
    • Observe and learn specific exercises to reduce separation anxiety and build confidence.

    About Your Presenter

    Kathy Cascade, PT, PT-A, Tellington TTouch Instructor

    Kathy's introduction to dog training began in 1991 when a slightly wild and wonderful Alaskan Malamute puppy came into her life. Kathy and Spirit's partnership lead them to competition obedience trials, participation in fly ball, and as a visiting Therapy Dog/Handler team in hospitals and nursing homes. Searching for a truly respectful and gentle approach to working with animals, Kathy completed the two-year Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner Certification Program, graduating in October 1996 and later becoming an instructor in the program in 2003.

    With her professional training and experience as a Physical Therapist, Kathy offers a unique perspective on the neurophysiologic and sensory aspects of dog behavior to her students. Known for her creative, engaging, and often humorous teaching style, Kathy has presented workshops and seminars throughout the US, Canada, and in Europe.

    Kathy’s skillful approach to working with dogs with aggression and fear issues led her to develop a series of seminars titled S.A.N.E. Solutions for Challenging Dog Behavior. Her calm, confident demeanor serves her especially well in working with these cases. Kathy states, "Helping dogs learn to cope with the demands of living in our often chaotic human world is a passion of mine. Creating a sense of calm and safety for the dog is the first step to eliminating reactive and fearful behavior. We can do this with humane, effective tools for reducing stress and building confidence. It gives me great joy to see these dogs make the transformation from living in a state of fear to feeling safe in the world."

    Kathy recently relocated back to her home state of Oregon. Living in the Central Oregon region allows her to pursue her other passions of hiking, skiing, and kayaking. She shares her life with two dogs, one cat, and two horses.

    Sponsored and Hosted at the DogSmith Training Center


    9122 Kenton Road, Wesley Chapel. FL 33545

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