Are you a dog trainer? Are you a rescue worker? Do you work with exotic animals? Are you a veterinarian or do you work in a veterinary practice? Are you a new or long term pet caregiver? Are you an animal lover? If you have answered, “yes!” to any of these questions, then this event is for you. We will be covering a wide array of topics on animal training, behavior, and communication. Improve your skills, learn something new, and sharpen your knowledge!
This exciting, information filled weekend in a paradisiacal (it IS the Caribbean!) venue has an “early bird” special price until January 7th.
Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 13 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at conferences and consults with zoos around the world. Susan is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin (www.naturalencouters.com). Susan was appointed to the F&WS Condor Recovery Team from 2002 – 2010, after which time the team was retired due to the success of the birds in the wild. She is the Chairperson of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA, IAABC and IAATE. This year she was included on the Vet Tech College’s list of “15 Animal Professors to Know.” Susan’s acclaimed on-line course, Living and Learning with Animals for behavior professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 30 countries (www.behaviorworks.org).
Lori Stevens, CPDT-KA, SAMP, CCFT is an animal behavior consultant, a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, a Certified Canine Fitness Trainer, an animal massage practitioner, and a senior Tellington TTouch® Training practitioner. She continually studies the interactions among animal behavior, movement, learning, and health. Her continuing education includes conferences (e.g. Clicker Expo) and seminars on animal behavior (e.g. Dr. Susan Friedman), positive-reinforcement-based training, canine fitness, and rehabilitation techniques. She uses humane, friendly, scientific, and innovative methods, in an educational environment, to improve the health, behavior, performance, and fitness of animals. Lori’s most recent of 3 DVDs By Tawzer Dog Videos is co-presented with Kathy Sdao and called ‘The Gift of a Gray Muzzle: Active Care for Senior Dogs’ –it focuses on improving the life of senior dogs. Lori gives workshops worldwide and has a private practice in Seattle, WA. Lori is also the creator of the Balance Harness™. See SeattleTTouch.com for more information.
Terrie Hayward M.Ed, KPA-CTP, CSAT, CPDT, ACDBC is a Karen Pryor Academy faculty member and certified training partner (CTP) as well as the owner and lead trainer for PAW-Positive Animal Wellness. She is a professional dog trainer specializing in working with dogs with hearing impairments and also with dogs who suffer from separation anxiety. Terrie is a member of the Pet Professional Guild, and has written articles on training and behavior modification for BARKS magazine, Karen Pryor Academy, Pet Business, and Grooming Business magazine and is the author of the pocket guide to working with deaf dogs: A Deaf Dog Joins the Family. For additional information please see: positiveanimalwellness.com
Have you struggled to locate a professional dog trainer nearby with great credentials, experience, skills, and education? Did you know that PAW-Positive Animal Wellness offers online dog training using Skype or Zoom. From the comfort of your own home and on your schedule, you have access to world class animal training education and behavior from Terrie Hayward.
PAW works frequently via online training and behavioral modification lessons. As at least half of the training is for the people, using technology to talk and observe and guide makes perfect sense. We can teach you where to place hands or treats or what body language to look for or project from across the town or across the globe.
Schedule lessons in the comfort of your home with a laptop or mobile device! Have a certified, professional trainer join you in your own house to assess, educate, and advise on ways to modify behaviors via modern, science based methods.
Is your dog reactive with other people or animals? Is your schedule very full? Is commuting a problem? Bring the dog trainer to you! Contact us today for more information/pricing! http://positiveanimalwellness.com/contact/.
Would you like to improve your communication and animal training skills? How about doing that at an incredible location in the Caribbean?
WHO: Join Dr. Susan Friedman, Lori Stevens, and host, Terrie Hayward for a weekend filled with informative talks, interactive learning, and professional networking.
WHAT: Join industry leading animal behavior and training experts for an intimate three day event to strengthen your understanding of the science of behavior, animal training, and effective communication.
Space is limited! Early bird pricing for registration prior to January 7, 2017 is $349. Starting January 7, 2017 the price will increase to $365. Local pricing is available for Puerto Rico residents—please enquire directly.
Rate includes three full days of workshop talks, morning snack and coffee, and welcome gathering (Saturday evening).
Informative topics including the following:
Learning from the Science POV: presented by Susan Friedman
WTF? What’s the Function!: presented by Susan Friedman
Strengthening Behavior Without Steroids: presented by Susan Friedman
Solving Problem Behavior Situations: A Double Bullseye Approach: presented by Susan Friedman
Provide to Thrive: presented by Lori Stevens
De-stress that Pup: Giving Animals Choices & Voices: presented by Lori Stevens
Foundation Behaviors that are Useful in Everyday Life: presented by Lori Stevens
The Joy of Movement & Sharpening our Observation Skills: presented by Lori Stevens
Alternatives for Communication/Working with Dogs with Unique Gifts: presented by Terrie Hayward
Party or Panic? (Separation Anxiety): presented by Terrie Hayward
WHEN: November 10, 11, & 12, 2017
WHERE: Rincon, Puerto Rico. (Americans-no passport needed!)
Come to learn and expand your knowledge and deeper understanding of behavioral science and training. Then stay for a few days of holiday. Rincon is known for its incredible sunsets, remarkable beaches, and vibrant snorkeling. It is a quiet town on the West coast of Puerto Rico (US Territory).
Rincon is a short 2 hour flight from Florida or a quick 4 hour direct plane ride from New York. Puerto Rico is the hub of the Caribbean.
WHY:Expand your animal behavior knowledge and training skills. Learn to train better by acquiring new skills! Learn to train smarter via a more in depth understanding of the science of behavior! Learn to communicate more effectively by considering choices and responses in your repertoire!
Come to learn, stay to play! Enjoy the diverse culture of the island, wonderful food, and great temperatures.
AIRPORT: San Juan International (SJU) is 2.5 hours by car or a 30 minute flight to Rincon. Connecting flights run via Cape Air (https://www.capeair.com/) from SJU to Mayaguez. Then a taxi, Uber, or rental car to Rincon (15 minutes). A rental car is recommended to get around Rincon.
Aguadilla airport (BQN) is located on the west side of the island and is a 30 (approximate depending on time of day/night) ride to Rincon. Taxi or rental car to Rincon from Aguadilla Airport. United & JetBlue service this airport. Note often flights are overnight, so *double check* arrival/departure dates.
WEATHER: November is warm and sunny. Puerto Rico is located in the tropics, so expect humidity. The event venue is air conditioned, so you may want a light sweater for this space (only). Temperatures for November range from 75-90’ F, so accommodation with air conditioning is suggested. As Rincon is in the tropics, mosquito repellent for dusk/dark may be handy.
VENUE: The behavior and training event is located at our local community activity center (“salon de actividades”). Bring a pen and notebook and/or your tablet or laptop. Still photos are fine, however please refrain from videoing the event. Rincon is a very relaxed, beach-side community, so casual wear is perfect.
ACCOMMODATIONS: As a thriving town with a diverse tourism market, Rincon boasts many options for accommodation. From vacation rentals, to small guesthouses, to some larger (no chain) hotels there are many choices for various budgets.
Please email with any questions you may have about local accommodations.
AREA INFO:“Rincon” translates to “corner” in Spanish, a nod to the town’s location at the corner of the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Rincon is famous for its picturesque sunsets and miles of beaches, and is a haven for surfers of all ages and skill levels. The relaxed coastal town hosts an array of annual festivals and events, and although a small and intimate town by nature, Rincon boasts a medley of divergent atmospheres and venues, from the charm of secluded beaches to the active triathlon and surfing communities.
CANCELLATION POLICY: For cancellations made more than 60 days prior to the event, a refund (less a $50 dollar processing fee) will be given. Because of the financial commitment necessary as the event date approaches we cannot offer refunds within 60 days of the event.
PAW Positive Animal Wellness reserves the right to cancel the event, if necessary, because of circumstances beyond our control or in the rare circumstance when enrollment is deemed insufficient. In this case, ALL deposits, tuition and processing fees will be fully refunded. Participants are encouraged to consider flight and hotel insurance.