Recorded Webinars

Canine Conditioning for the Sports Dog

A webinar with Ria Acciani, MPT, CCRP

Exercising your dog means so much more than letting them run through the woods or practicing the sport of your choice. Ria Acciani, MPT, CCRP has decades of experience helping some of the country’s top canine athletes perform their best. Ria will offer an introduction on canine conditioning principles to help you make your dog the best he or she can be. She will offer instruction on some basic exercises and how to use exercise to help address common underlying canine weakness and muscle imbalances. The results can increase your dog’s performance, speed, and endurance.

Ria Acciani is a licensed Master in Physical Therapy and a Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner. She serves as the official physical therapist for several agility world teams including the AKC, WAO, EO, and IFCS. She has been a practicing physical therapist of people and dogs since 1997. Ria shares her home with husband David, also a canine physical therapist, three kids, and four dogs.

PLEASE NOTE:

Webinar will be presented via Zoom. The presentation will be about one hour, with 30 minutes for questions. For this webinar, all participants will receive a PowerPoint with the complete webinar content as well as a conditioning worksheet. A link to the recorded webinar will be available for participants for a limited time and available for purchase following the webinar.
Cost: $30 for Y2K9s members; $35 for all others.

Class Session Start - End Location
Canine Conditioning for the Sports Dog - Ria Acciani, MPT, CCRP - Recorded November 11, 2020 - December 31, 2020 Online Register

You’re hooked! You, your dog, and the chemically mediated reward system

A webinar with Tim Lewis, PhD

Deep inside our dog’s brains is a chemically mediated reward system triggered by positive reinforcements. The drugs that are created by this system rival street versions of opiates--AND are no less addicting. In this session, we will look into the dog’s brain to see how the built-in reward system works, how it builds the bonds we have with our dogs, and how you can use that knowledge towards more successful interactions with your dogs. In addition, we’ll take a look deep inside our own brains at the human version of the chemically mediated reward system that is triggered by positive reinforcements. You’ll gain insight into how your dog learns to train you, and why you are so addicted to dogs and the canine activities you are involved in.

Tim Lewis approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. With a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tim taught for two decades at Wittenberg University in Ohio where he was an award-winning Professor of Biology. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where his classes include ecology, evolution, mammalian ecology, and forest biology. Dogs have shared the Lewis household for years, and Tim taught a semester class completely built around dog biology for university students and friends of dogs. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and, of course, dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 30 years. Tim hovers on the edges of the dog agility and canine freestyle worlds with his wife, Ruth, who teaches and competes in those sports. He is working on a series with APDT and his book about canine biology is to be released by Dogwise Publishing this fall.

PLEASE NOTE:

This webinar will be provided to you on a Google Drive link. After purchase, please allow up to 24 hours to be granted access to the link. You will receive an email, with the link, when your access is activated. Link access will expire ONE WEEK after activation.
Cost: $20 for Y2K9s members; $25 for all others.

Class Session Start - End Location
You’re hooked! You, your dog, and the chemically mediated reward system - Tim Lewis, PhD - Recorded October 17, 2020 - December 31, 2020 Online Register

A Biological Look at the Canine Brain: the good, the bad, and the…squirrel!

A webinar with Tim Lewis, PhD

Using the latest in brain research combined with the wealth of canine behavioral data, this webinar will explore the biological basis of behavior. Topics include brain function, the other brain (the endocrine or hormone system), and what we know about how mammalian brains process information. Participants will gain a better knowledge of the incredibly complicated biological mechanisms that interact with behavior. Knowing what shapes behavior will help participants in their interactions with dogs and the people who live with them.

Tim Lewis approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. With a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tim taught for two decades at Wittenberg University in Ohio where he was an award-winning Professor of Biology. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where his classes include ecology, evolution, mammalian ecology, and forest biology. Dogs have shared the Lewis household for years, and Tim taught a semester class completely built around dog biology for university students and friends of dogs. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and, of course, dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 30 years. Tim hovers on the edges of the dog agility and canine freestyle worlds with his wife, Ruth, who teaches and competes in those sports. He is working on a series with APDT and his book about canine biology is to be released by Dogwise Publishing this fall.

PLEASE NOTE:

This webinar will be provided to you on a Google Drive link. After purchase, please allow up to 24 hours to be granted access to the link. You will receive an email, with the link, when your access is activated. Link access will expire ONE WEEK after activation.
Cost: $20 for Y2K9s members; $25 for all others.

Class Session Start - End Location
A Biological Look at the Canine Brain - Tim Lewis, PhD - Recorded August 24, 2020 - December 31, 2020 Online Register

Canine Body Language

A two-part webinar with Sue Sternberg

Body Language Part 1: What Does “Friendly” Look Like?

What does it mean when we call a dog “friendly”? What, exactly, does “friendliness” look like to humans and to other dogs? Is “friendly “ a way to describe a relaxed greeting? Is “friendly” an action, or a state of mind, or is it a fleeting state or a permanent description? In this webinar, through extensive video footage, Sue Sternberg will explore and define “friendliness” in dogs, both as it applies to humans and also to other dogs.

Body Language Part 2: How to Tell A Dog is Going to Bite, Before He Actually Bites

Sometimes a bite seems to come “out of the blue,” with what seems like no warning. Whether it’s biting another dog or biting a person, in reality dogs give many clues that they are feeling more and more like biting. In this webinar Sue Sternberg will detail, through extensive video footage, the many signs that a dog is getting ready to bite—whether it’s a person or another dog.

About Sue

Sue Sternberg has been involved with canine behavior for more than 3 decades. Her experiences include animal control officer, behavioral consultant at the ASPCA, shelter owner, and teacher of dog trainers. She has been involved with her own dogs in a variety of dog sports including agility, nosework, and musical freestyle. In demand as a speaker and consultant worldwide, Sue’s passion for providing quality of life for dogs in their communities is evident in her Training Wheels® program, her involvement with animal shelters, and her work towards developing protocols for safe adoptions. She is the recipient of the APDT’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

PLEASE NOTE:

This recorded webinar will be provided to you on a Google Drive link. After purchase, please allow up to 24 hours to be granted access to the link. You will receive an email, with the link, when your access is activated. Link access will expire ONE WEEK after activation.

Cost per individual webinar part: $20 for Y2K9s members; $25 for all others.

Class Session Start - End Location
Canine Body Language Part 1 - Sue Sternberg - Recorded July 9, 2020 - December 31, 2020 Online Register
Canine Body Language Part 2 - Sue Sternberg - Recorded July 23, 2020 - December 31, 2020 Online Register

A Dog’s View of the World

A webinar with Tim Lewis, PhD

Dogs are readily distinguished from people. They not only look different, they evolved quite independently from humans. Like humans, they functioned as pursuit predators living in social groups. Each species, however, developed along very different paths. In this presentation, Dr. Lewis will focus on the ways in which dogs are optimized for a sense of smell, good vision in dim to low light, and hearing in ranges that best detect prey. Because dogs do not experience the world the way we do, learning how their senses differ from ours will help you understand your dog better. This understanding will strengthen your bond and allow for specific adjustments to improve your training and interactions with your dog.

Tim Lewis approaches canine research through the lens of an evolutionary ecologist. With a PhD in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Tim taught for two decades at Wittenberg University in Ohio where he was an award-winning Professor of Biology. He is now a Professor of Biology at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where his classes include ecology, evolution, mammalian ecology, and forest biology. Dogs have shared the Lewis household for years, and Tim taught a semester class completely built around dog biology for university students and friends of dogs. His research ranges across many species, including wolves, deer, squirrels, turtles and, of course, dogs. He has presented findings of his research in journals, at conferences, and as an invited speaker for more than 30 years. Tim hovers on the edges of the dog agility and canine freestyle worlds with his wife, Ruth, who teaches and competes in those sports. He is working on a series with APDT and his book about canine biology is to be released by Dogwise Publishing this fall.

PLEASE NOTE:

This webinar will be provided to you on a Google Drive link. After purchase, please allow up to 24 hours to be granted access to the link. You will receive an email, with the link, when your access is activated. Link access will expire ONE WEEK after activation.

Cost: $20 for Y2K9s members; $25 for all others.

Class Session Start - End Location
A Dog’s View of the World - Tim Lewis, PhD - Recorded June 25, 2020 - December 31, 2020 Online Register


Power of the Pattern:
Using the Control Unleashed Pattern Games

A webinar with Leslie McDevitt

Got a dog that worries about stuff? Or can’t focus on you because of spooky things in the environment? World-renowned Leslie McDevitt will share with you how to quickly and effectively help your dog feel and function better using the Pattern Games from her most recent book Control Unleashed: Reactive to Relaxed.

In this webinar you will learn many variations of Pattern Games and the different contexts in which you can use them. Patterns are a predictable, repetitive set of rules that lower anxiety by telling the dog what to expect and when. They are a way for an anxious dog to control his experience, enabling him to direct his behavior modification by communicating start, stop, or go towards or away from something. Leslie makes these games fun, simple, and confidence-building for participants at both ends of the leash.

A longtime Y2K9s instructor, Leslie McDevitt MLA, CDBC, CPDT-KA is the author of the internationally-acclaimed Control Unleashed series of books and DVDs. Her books have been translated into many languages, and she has helped people all over the world learn how to use her science-based and empowering methods to help companion, performance, and working dogs learn how to functional optimally, without stress, in very challenging environments. Control Unleashed has helped reactive companion dogs on neighborhood walks to highly competitive performance dogs to K9 patrol and detection dogs. Leslie is also proud to be a guest speaker for the Clicker Expo and a consultant for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

PLEASE NOTE:

This webinar will be provided to you on a Google Drive link. After purchase, please allow up to 24 hours to be granted access to the link. You will receive an email, with the link, when your access is activated. Link access will expire ONE WEEK after activation.

The presentation is approximately one hour, with an additional 30 minutes for questions.

Cost: $20 for Y2K9s members; $25 for all others.

Class Session Start - End Location
Power of the Pattern: Using the Control Unleashed Pattern Games Webinar - Leslie McDevitt - Recorded June 23, 2020 - December 31, 2020 Online Register