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Sunday Seminars

Dog Owner Seminars

Do You Really Know What You’re Feeding Your Dog?

Dr. Rick Kesler - Eukanuba

A closer look at what should and shouldn’t be in your dog’s food and how it can impact different aspects of their lives.

Lights, Camera, Bark! Show Your Talent!

Chrissy Joy & Christina McCauley - Bone-A-Fied Talent Group

Have you ever wondered how to get your dog on the big screen? Well wonder no more! The Bone-A-Fied Talent Group will answer all your questions. In this seminar, they will work with you and your dog on just how to get into show biz and show you tips and tricks to do so!

How Dogs See the World

Ron Levi - DogTV

TV has gone to the dogs: how we created a scientifically designed channel just for dogs.

The Benefits of CBD Oil for Dogs

Sean Raub - KuraPet

CBD Oil is becoming more popular in today’s world. Learn from the experts everything you need to know about CBD Oil for your dogs and all its benefits!

Mobility Assistance Aids to Keep Your Dog Moving!

Mark Robinson - Walkin' Pets by HandicappedPets.com

Join Mark C. Robinson for a lively discussion of when and why a mobility assistance device might be indicated for your dog, whether due to injury or disease. Learn about the uses and effectiveness of the latest in assistance aids, such as wraps, back braces, harnesses, and dog wheelchairs. All types of mobility assistance aids will all be on hand as Mark explains the progression from minimal to maximal support. The practicalities of living with a mobility impaired dog will be discussed, with ample time for questions and answers so that your particular needs can be addressed.

Understanding Dog Body Communication

Andrew Hyle - Harrisburg's Great Dog Program

Do you know what your dog’s body language is telling you? Your dog could be telling you something and you might not even realize it. Dogs have slight (and not so slight) body movements and postures that they use to tell you, a stranger or another dog exactly what they are thinking. Learn how to tell when your dog is stressed, happy or nervous. Andrew will give you the 101 on what your dog is trying to tell you.

From Passion to Profits: How to Get into the Pet Business Seminars

How to Become a Dog Trainer

Fernando Camacho - FernDog Training

Do you love working with dogs? Do you have a knack with handling dogs well? Have you ever thought about becoming a dog trainer?! In Fern’s seminar, he will teach you the ups and downs of being a dog trainer and how to become one of the best!

How to Launch a Responsible Dog Ownership Class in Your Community

Nancy Hassel - American Pet Professionals, LLC

The dog training world is a lot more crowded than say 10 or 15 years ago.  So how do you make your business stand out? How can you reach more dog parents to help them, and also get them to be potential customers? Learn how to host a responsible dog ownership educational class in this seminar. Nancy created and hosted a responsible dog ownership class for 5 years, teaching over 2,500 people in that time, all without ever having a dog in any of the classes! Working with dog trainers and veterinarians in each class, and promoting it properly, helped everyone involved get new clients, press. And of course, helped dog parents on how to be a better, more responsible dog owner. A big bonus to this program was educating people to keep their dogs vs. relinquishing them to animal shelters because of a behavioral issue that was usually an easy training fix. 

Heroes for Healthy Pets Certification

Dr. Jill A. Richardson - Merck

The Heroes for Healthy Pets Certification in Infectious Disease Management is a program sponsored by the International Boarding and Pet Services Association (IBPSA), the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA), Pet Sitters International, Barkleigh Publications, Petvet Magazine, and powered by Clorox Healthcare and Merck Animal Health, makers of Nobivac® vaccines. The Heroes for Healthy Pet’s Certification is open to all pet and veterinary professionals. To become certified, both modules must be viewed. To apply for a business certification, please visit Heroes4HealthyPets.com- must have at least 50% of staff individually certified.

Module 1) Understanding Infectious Disease

Understanding Infectious Disease—This module discusses common transmissible diseases of dogs, such as pathogens of Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease Complex—including dog flu, leptospirosis, parvo, rabies and distemper. The module also gives an overview of the incidence rate, how to recognize the clinical signs of illness and how the pathogens are spread.

Module 2) Infectious Disease Control

This module covers the topic of best practices of sanitation and prevention of infectious disease spread. The program is based on the 2016 Kennel and Boarding Recommendations and the 2017 AAHA Vaccination Guidelines for dogs.

Everything You Need to Know About Service and Emotional Support Animals

Shorty Rossi - Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss”

Shorty Rossi, from Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss,” has first hand experience with service dogs. He has used a service dog for years and is here to share everything you need to know about them. This seminar will be both for those who currently own one, or are looking to have one, and for those who own a business and want to know the do’s and don’ts about service animals. Don’t miss this great session so you can know everything about service dogs too!

How to Start a Rescue

Chelsey Hall - Miffy's Animal Rescue

This 50-minute seminar will cover the technicalities of starting and running a nonprofit animal rescue in a simplified fashion. I will go over topics such as articles of incorporation, creating a board of directors, taxes information, insurance as well as state and federal ordinances.

I will also cover best practices for keeping your animal rescue financially sound, animals safe and volunteers and foster homes happy.

Please feel free to bring questions and concerns with you! I am very exciting to spread my knowledge because the more animal rescues we have in the world, the more lives we can save.

Rescue Bootcamp Seminars

Tips for Keeping Your Volunteers Happy and Engaged

Stephanie Mattera - Pet Philanthropy Circle

Recruiting, engaging, and retaining volunteers is crucial to the success of animal shelters, rescue groups, and foster networks. This seminar will share some of the common obstacles encountered by rescue groups and provide key strategies and tactics for boosting group morale and managing rescue volunteers.

BSL - Community Safety through Breed Bans?!

Deirdre Franklin - Pinups for Pitbulls

This interactive discussion presents the scientific facts of why BSL (Breed Specific Legislation) does not make communities safer.  Deirdre Franklin provides a strong case as to why the focus should be on individual dog owners rather than entire breeds or types of dogs. BSL is a hot topic that affects dog owners, non-dog owners, dog trainers, and their clientele.  This presentation will provide solutions for effective community safety through breed neutral recommendations.

How to Make Dogs More Adoptable

Shorty Rossi - Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss”

Shorty Rossi, from Animal Planet’s “Pit Boss,” will discuss how to make your rescue dogs more adoptable. He has years of experience with rescuing and adopting out dogs to great families. He has years of experience that he will share with you on how you can make it so your rescue dogs can find homes too!

The Pitbull Power Hour

Mary Alverson - Pawsitive Energy, LLC

This lecture will cover all things related to the American Pit Bull Terrier, as well as social and political issues surrounding dogs who carry the label of "pit bull". Join us as these two experts and long time breed advocates with more than 50 years combined experience discuss behavior and temperament, history, breed and breed labels, considerations in evaluating and placing dogs labeled "pit bulls", and more!

This lecture is geared towards the rescue and shelter worker and those who work professionally with dogs, as well as anyone who wants to deepen their knowledge of these dogs.

Simple, Savvy, Shoestring Budget Marketing Tips for Rescues

Robbi Hess - Positively Woof

Running a shelter or rescue means that any additional money goes toward food and pet care, right? How can you devote time and precious resources to social media and marketing without breaking the already-stressed bank? In this session you will learn simply, savvy, shoestring budget marketing tips for your shelter or rescue group. How will local potential pet parents know whether their next furry family member is at your location if they don’t see you on social media? Participants will walk away with quick marketing tips and tricks, an editorial calendar template (this makes it easier to know what to post) and ways in which you can market your rescue or shelter in 30 minutes or fewer a day (15 minutes if you’re really organized!) Take the overwhelm out of marketing your shelter or rescue and finding the pets their forever homes.

Shelter Behavior & Enrichment

Adriana & Nicholas Bradley - NJ Strays

Enrichment is an important component in keeping shelter dogs adoptable. Animal shelters are an unnatural environment for dogs and providing them with outlets for species-specific behaviors has moved from being considered a bonus to being seen as a necessity. Enrichment can help minimize problem behaviors and improve quality of life, both in shelter and beyond.