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 Jun 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Kathy Sdao

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


    But my dog isn't food motivated!. When clients say this in an initial interview, my response is “not yet.” Eating is an operant behavior. Therefore, we can increase its probability and intensity and lower its latency through structured training procedures. While this might seem laughable if you have a ravenous Rottweiler or always-hungry hound, situations abound which require skilled intervention: a senior dog whose appetite is fading; a wary dog who has learned to distrust treats; a little dog who is fussy about meals; or a dog whose health is threatened by conditioned anorexia. While various medical conditions (requiring veterinary expertise) may create finicky eaters, so can unwise behavioral practices. We’ll review several common mistakes and provide alternatives.

    About The Presenter

    Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist who has spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, initially with marine mammals and currently with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii, she received a Master’s as part of a research team which trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for open-ocean tasks. Next, Sdao worked as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. After leaving the zoo world, she and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog day care facility where she began teaching clicker training classes for dog owners. For the past 17 years, Sdao has owned Bright Spot Dog Training in Tacoma. Services include consulting with families about their challenging dogs, teaching private lessons, and mentoring professional trainers who want to maximize the power of positive reinforcement training. Sdao is an original faculty member for Karen Pryor’s ClickerExpos and has taught at 29 of these popular conferences since 2003. She also has traveled extensively educating students about the science of animal training. Her first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace, was published in 2012.

    • 05 Jul 2017
    • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Jean Donaldson

    CEUs: PPAB 1.5, CCPDT (pending), IAABC 1


    “Know Your Enemy.”  This webinar zooms out from our day to day fight against the use of aversives in dog training to the broader context of the use of aversives by humans on other humans.  It will survey the use of corporal punishment over recorded human history, where we currently stand, and outline the research on the adaptive significance of the human tendency to use punishment.  Understanding the human tendency to punish will help us combat it.

    Learning Objectives

    • Appreciation of the pervasiveness of the use of aversive stimuli by humans and its various contexts
    • Knowledge of the arc over time of the prevalence of use of corporal punishment in human culture
    • Recognition of the parallel attitudes regarding corporal punishment use on family members to those we in the force-free training movement experience
    • Improved understanding of the evolutionary roots of punishment


    About The Presenter


    Jean is the founder and principle instructor of The Academy for Dog Trainers. The Academy has trained and certified over 600 trainers in evidence-based dog behavior, training and private behavior counseling since 1999. She is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her books include The Culture Clash, Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker, and Train Like a Pro.

    Born in Montreal, Canada, Jean founded the Montreal Flyball Association, and Renaissance Dog Training, the first positive reinforcement-based school and counseling service in the province. Her own dogs and dogs she has trained have earned numerous titles and wins in various dog sports including OTCh (Obedience Trial Champion), UD (Utility Dog), TDX (Tracking Dog Excellent), FDCh (Flyball Champion), CGC (Canine Good Citizen) and HIT (High In Trial). While a student, she worked as an adoption counselor at the Montreal SPCA and later served on its Board of Directors. Before founding The Academy, Jean did exclusively referral aggression cases for six years. She lives in Oakland with her dog, Brian, adopted in 2015.

    • 24 Aug 2017
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Live Webinar

    Presented by Tristan Flynn

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

    Dog parks and dog daycare's are becoming increasing popular in North America. It is common place for pet owners, daycare workers, and trainers to be around large (40+) groups of off leash dogs. Having a large playgroup results in different interactions, behaviors, risks and management strategies than dogs who are in smaller groups.

    This webinar will outline how to manage larger off leash groups, breed behavior in large groups, dangerous situations to watch for and avoid and an overall blueprint for how to successfully manage large playgroups for safe and healthy interactions off leash.

    Objectives

    • Learn breed specific behaviors when managing a large off leash group
    • Identify dangerous situations in large groups and how to avoid and control them
    • How to manage dog play in large play groups
    • The role of status and dominance in large play groups
    • Key Body Language to look for in off leash groups
    • How to deal with aggression and conflict in large play groups


    About The Presenter


    Tristan Flynn, CDBC, CPDT-KA is a certified trainer and behavior consultant. He owns Jollytails, Halifax's largest dog daycare, training, grooming and retail facility. Jollytails has roughly 140 dogs between their two locations daily for dog daycare.

    Tristan has lectured for PPG in several webinars and at the 2016 Summit and will be a presenter at the 2017 Summit in Orlando. Tristan has a training DVD, “The Leash Reactivity Blueprint” available through Tawzer Dog and Dogwise.

    Tristan has been featured on a variety of TV segments for Global News, CTV News and hosted a Radio show called the K9 Connection, which was heard in Atlantic Canada from 2013-2016.

    Tristan lives with his 9 year old Bernese Mountain Dog Freyja in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada



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