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

    • 30 Nov 2017
    • 08 Nov 2018

    3.5 Day Educational Summit

    Doggone safe sponsored the T-Shirts at the PPG Summit in Orlando, FL.

     As a sponsor we are now able to provide to you at a great rate, 66 hours of educational audio files and presenter PDFs

    Sessions Included in Your Downloads

    Audio Files supported by PDF's of the presentations. Listen anytime, anywhere and anyplace!

    Sessions Included in Your Downloads

    Friday November 16, 2017

    1. Opening Address (Niki Tudge)

    2. Why balanced training can unbalance dogs (Dr. Karen Overall)

    3. Craft to technology- the evolution of science-based training from 1938 to 2010 (Bob Bailey)

    4. Research on the Behavioral Differences between Puppies Obtained from Pet Stores and those Obtained from Non-commercial (non-puppy mill) Breeders (Dr. Frank McMillan)

    5. Canine Stereotypic Behavior: Research on Causes and Treatment (Dr. Nathaniel Hall)

    6. A Team of Experts Discuss the Topic of the Day (Panel Discussion)

    Saturday November 17, 2017

    1. Ethical Dilemmas Working Session (Pat Miller)

    2. Behavior Principles: What They Are and How to Apply Them (Bob Bailey)

    3. "How Should I Say This?" Handle Sticky Situations with Clients in Writing - with Confidence! (Nancy Tucker)

    4. Dog Bites and Children. A Behavioral Perspective (Dr. Ilana Reisner)

    5. A Canine Cognition Working Lab (Pat Miller)

    6. Trick Dogging - With a Focus on an Equal Partnership (Emily Larlham)

    7. Being on Target: Finding your target market and catering to their needs (Dr. Robert King)

    8. Bridging the Gap – What Makes Training “Click” (Ken McCort)

    9. Psychological Trauma and Posttraumatic Stress in Dogs (Dr. Frank McMillan)

    10. Collaborating with Veterinary Behaviorists (Irith Bloom)

    11. Finding, Assessing and Recruiting Canines for Careers (Sherry Woodard)

    12. BSL - Community Safety through Breed Bans? (Deirdre Franklin)

    13. Going for a Bumble (Helen Phillips)

    14. Profitable Puppy Programs (Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas)

    15. The Nitty Gritty of Cat Training (Jacqueline Munera)

    Sunday November 19, 2017

    1. Canine Sense and Scent Ability: An Overview of Research on Canine Odor Detection and Future Directions (Dr. Nathaniel Hall)

    2. The Business of Getting Behavior: The Business of Teaching Training to Others (Bob Bailey)

    3. Dog Bites and Children. A Behavioral Perspective (Dr. Ilana Reisner)

    4. A Canine Cognition Working Lab (Pat Miller)

    5. Trick Dogging - With a Focus on an Equal Partnership (Emily Larlham)

    6. The Top Five Low Stress Handling Techniques for Canines (Dr. Sally Foote)

    7. Keep'em Happy! Animal Welfare for Dog Trainers. (Jennifer Gailis)

    8. Horse of a Different Color -Case Study on Equine Behavior (Dr. Soraya Juarbe Diaz)

    9. Positive Psychology for Behavior Change (Angelica Steinker)

    10. Do Alternative Therapies, Supplements, Pheromones, Diets, Essential Oils, Really Work? (Dr. Sally Foote)

    11. Going for a Bumble (Helen Phillips)

    12. Help! The Dogs Aren’t Getting Along! (Ken McCort)

    13. Un-cat-fur-able Surroundings (Dr. Lynn Bahr)

    14. The Art and Science of Non-Auditory Communication (Terrie Hayward)

    15. A Team of Experts Discuss the Topic of the Day (Panel Discussion)

    Monday November 20, 2017

    1. In Defense of Anthropomorphism: When is a Dog Like a Person (Janis Bradley)

    2. Threshold Learning (Dr. Sally Foote)

    3. Simple Things You Can Do to Make More Money and Help More Dogs (Veronica Boutelle and Gina Phairas)

    • 27 Jan 2018
    • 9:00 AM
    • 28 Jan 2018
    • 4:00 PM
    • Tampa, FL

    Presented by Kathy Cascade

    CEUs: PPAB 11, IAABC 11

    S.A.N.E Solutions

    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

    • 19 Feb 2018
    • 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Live Webinar

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

    Presented by Niki Tudge

    This presentation will outline how you can become the go-to expert on dog bite safety education in your community. The importance of dog bite safety education is not the focus of this presentation but rather, how we can ensure that the important message of dog bite safety resonates with our clients and educates future generations. The messages portrayed in this webinar apply to any service or product you want to effectively educate your community on

    Through the use and implementation of some change engineering in your approach you can see immediate results in how your message resonates with your community. We will look at four components that are mission critical if we are to make an impact in our local communities

    Learning Objectives:

    1. Ignite your passion. A look at how Positive Psychology, the scientific study of strengths can enable you to thrive

    2. Match the desire. let’s learn how to develop products that are desired by the market place and you are excited to be a part of because you are working to your strengths

    3. Get out of the dog fight. Establish yourself as the most trusted advisor and influencer

    4. Solve don’t sell. Learn how sales can be positive and upbeat, and to support others in their differences and celebrate these quirks and help them find solutions to their problems – the reason we are all here!

    Your Presenter


    Niki is the President and Founder of DogNostics eLearning, The DogSmith®, The Pet Professional Guild and Doggone Safe. Niki is a passionate educator and in her prior life held many roles where she was responsible for the education and growth of hundreds of senior management professionals across many disciplines. Niki is a certified people trainer, holding credentials from the International Training Board at three levels. Niki is also a certified facilitator through the Acuity Institute and holds numerous other qualifications in pet training and behavior. Niki has a business degree and MBA through Oxford Brooks University in England.

    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 8:00 AM
    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 6:00 PM
    • Kanab, UT

    A  Multi-Species Training & Behavior Event at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary.  

    APRIL. 23 - 26, 2018.  KANAB, UT.  

    This event will focus on how to help pets develop skills that will  support their successful  adoption and integration into their new home. Applicable for all professional trainers and behavior consultants.  

    Checkout the Full Schedule of Workshops and Presentations Here
    • You can attend this event just to participate in the full schedule of presentations each day or you can combine volunteer shifts with workshops and lectures. Your choice!

    • Presentations are scheduled each morning, afternoon and evening. 

    • The hands-on workshops will focus on how to help pets develop skills that will support their successful adoption and integration into their new home. These are important skills needed by many of the pets we encounter each and every day.

    Location: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

    4 Days of Hands on Clinics  & Presentations With Industry Experts Across Multiple Species. 

    Limited spaces available!

    Featuring :

     Janis Bradley, Emily Larlham, Chirag Patel, Jacqueline Munera, Emily Cassell, Louise Stapleton-Frappell,  Lara Joseph and  Vicki Ronchettesupported by Best Friends experts Dr Franklin McMillan, Sherry Woodard, Glenn Pierce and a special presentation by Best Friends Co-Founder,  Faith Maloney.

    Event Overview

    Day One  April  22nd 2018. 

    Registration 12 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.

    Welcome Party 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

    Opening Address 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

    Day Two to Day Four April 23rd to April 26 .

    Four full days of  lectures and workshops

    Your Daily Schedule

    1. Breakfast in your hotel of choice. ( make your own hotel reservation)
    2. Each day the registrants will be together for AM General Sessions from 8:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.
    3. At 11:45 a.m. those registered for the p.m. workshops will be transported the 5 miles in buses up to the sanctuary where they will first enjoy lunch($15.00)at theVillage Cafeand then be escorted to their training workshop with their assigned trainer and an assistant
    4. Afternoon presentations are scheduled each day  for those who prefer not to get involved in the hands on workshops
    5. Daily training and behavior workshops will vary between horses, donkeys, goats, dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, puppies, and wild things.  First come first served basis. 
    6. Each attendee will get the opportunity to sign up for 2  hands-on workshops on site in Kanab. This is a first come first served opportunity as places are limited. We will encourage you to choose different locations
    7. You can schedule volunteer projects each day by contacting the sanctuary directly. Full details are included  in your event confirmation email
    8. Hands on workshops will be finalized when we are on site in Kanab. Each person will have the opportunity to enroll in a minimum of two workshops or volunteer activities while in Kanab. See below for volunteer options. This is a first come first served basis. 
    9. Each evening there will also be  p.m. lecture sessions for those interested


    • Confirmation of   specific workshops will take place on site at the registration location. We will make this option available on line prior if logistics allow. 

    • To guarantee a volunteer slot for yourself during the four days at the Sanctuary, once you register and complete the volunteer orientation, you can then contact Best Friends directly and secure your spot.

    Bringing a Dog
    • You may bring your own dog and it will have access to the theater and the library where lectures and workshops are taking place.
    • There are pet friendly hotels in Kanab, one of the hotels we reference in our confirmation email allows dogs
    • Pets are not allowed access to the animal care areas at the sanctuary

    Evening  Activities 

    There will be a group evening activity organized during the program and this can be reserved nearer the date. 

    Financial Terms

    Need a payment program. Ask Rebekah King

    Please make sure you read and understand the financial terms for payment scheduled and cancellations.Click here

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