Topics for questions: All things business! Includes running or setting up a dog business (legal set up, marketing, setting rates and policies, structuring and selling your services, working with clients, etc.). Veronica and dog*tec work with dog trainers, dog walkers, dog daycares, boarding facilities, pet sitters, and other canine service providers. Continue reading Veronica Boutelle (pet business advice) Recording→
Don't miss our February interview with Dr. Helen Zulch, behaviorist from the UK, of Puppy Life Skills fame. February 23, 12 noon to 12:45 pm PST. We also have some great upcoming online and in-person seminars.
Topics for questions: Fundamental principles of learning and behavior (Behavior Analysis) and how to apply that learning to all species, Humane Hierarchy (she wrote it), bird care and training. Also see the research info below.
Topics for questions: TAGteach, teaching skills to people
"One of the things I love about Theresa is that she's not one to rest on her laurels. She is always looking for ways to keep improving. Her techniques for teaching people were outstanding 10 years ago, but now they are even better." - Grisha
Topics for questions: Crossover trainers (how and why to change to modern training, how to reach clients to help them cross over), general work with clients
"Eric Brad has a great training style and I like his focus on training competition dogs without turning them into robots in their everyday lives. I also wanted you to be able to be able to ask him questions because he is a crossover trainer and can help us communicate more clearly with people who haven't yet switched to training without intimidation, from the perspective of a man who has been there, done that." - Grisha
Topics for questions: Zookeeping, husbandry training (blood draws, nail trimming, etc.), big carnivore training, pet dog training. Also see the bio info below.
"Louise Ginman was kind enough to give me a tour when I spoke in Sydney a few years ago and I loved the training that her team was doing with the big cats, bears, and other carnivores. She showed me how they were training a big lion to present his side to them so that they could take a blood draw. I figure if they can do that with animals that can eat us, we can certainly teach our own pet dogs!" - Grisha
Topics for questions: Thyroid - including behavior, nutrition - including functional foods (see new book below), and any vaccine issue
"I invited Dr. Dodds to the Q&A because she's one of the greatest veterinarians of our time. If you have a dog with reactivity issues, you may or may not know that one of the reasons may be a thyroid issue. If you have ever had your vet send in a sample for a fancy thyroid test, you have Dr. Dodds to thank! She also has a brand new book about food that may change your world." - Grisha
Topics for questions: Social learning, functional imitation, ethology, breeding research
"I first heard of Claudia Fugazza at a seminar I was teaching in Italy. The trainers there couldn't stop gushing about her. I invited Claudia to be a guest on ABBA because she does research on one of the coolest ways to train - using imitation. How great is it that you can teach your dog to copy what you do?" - Grisha
Topics for questions: Dog reactivity, setting your human learner up for success, TAGteach, Pet loss, BAT, minimizing stress in a dog daycare, using scent activities to reduce stress
"I chose Joey Iversen as the first guest expert for this Animal World Superstars interview because she's one of my favorite trainers on the planet. She has a clear teaching style and communicates well with clients - not by accident, but by design. She has a lot of experience working with pet owners and trainers, she's smart, and she has her finger on the pulse of modern, ethical training." - Grisha