Continuing Education

As a lifelong learner, Maria eagerly seeks out and maximizes opportunities to expand her knowledge of pet care, animal behaviour, and dog training. She enjoys listening to animal training podcasts, reading about science-based animal behaviour and training techniques, attending courses and seminars, as well as learning from the amazing trainers and veterinary behaviourists who generously offer to share their time and expertise. Below is a detailed list of seminars and courses attended.

  • The Academy for Dog Trainers – A two year in-depth, comprehensive training program in dog training and behavioural counseling. Currently completing coursework for the Freshman level of the Certificate in Training and Counseling. (Expected Graduation: April 2022)
  • Do More With Your Dog – Completed the Certified Trick Dog Instructor program (Dec 2020)
  • The Lemonade Conference – Attended all 3 days of the online conference. (May 2020)
    • “Treating Separation Anxiety” a seminar by Nancy Tucker
    • “Intro to Behaviour Medications” a seminar by Jennifer Summerfield, DVM
    • “Stress in Dogs” a seminar by Dr. Kristina Spaulding
    • “Concept Training: An Introduction and Overview” a seminar by Ken Ramirez
    • “Navigating Difficult Conversations: Client Communication with Compassion and Efficacy” a seminar by Dr. Christopher Pachel
    • “Making Patterns Out of Lemons” a seminar by Leslie McDevitt
    • “The Play Way” a seminar by Amy Cook, PhD
    • “Tricks with a Purpose” a seminar by Sara Brueske
    • “All the World’s a Stage: Antecedents – Our Secret Weapon” a seminar by Peta Clarke
    • “Enrichment for Geriatric Dogs and Cats” a seminar by Steve Dale
    • “But My Dog Isn’t Food Motivated” a seminar by Kathy Sdao
    • “Desensitization and Counterconditioning” a seminar by Nancy Tucker
    • “Training Principles and Practices” a seminar by Bob Bailey, ScD
    • “Anxiety: The Whole Story” a seminar by Jessica Hekman, DVM, Phd
    • “Success with Sensitive Dogs” a seminar by Helene-Marie Lawler
    • “4 Steps to a Training and Behaviour Modification Plan” a seminar by Ruth LaRocque
    • “Seeking Therapy – What’s so Therapeutic About Nose Work?” a seminar by Peta Clarke
    • “Close the Loop: Training for Optimal Reinforcement” a seminar by Hannah Branigan
    • “Classical Conditioning” a seminar by Dr Lore Haug
    • “Shaping the Future” a seminar by Lisa Clifton-Bumpass
    • “Ideas that Should Die: Training Myths & Misconceptions” a seminar by Dr Susan Friedman
    • “A History of Animal Training & the Brelands” a seminar by Bob Bailey, ScD
    • “Zen and the Art of Impulse Control” a seminar by Deb Jones, PhD
    • “Happy Crating” a seminar by Sarah Stremming
    • “Fitness & Movement Behaviours for Life & Sports” a seminar by Lori Stevens
  • The University of Edinburgh – The Truth About Cats & Dogs (Mar – Apr 2020)
  • The University of Edinburgh – Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Feb – Mar 2020)
  • Clicker Expo – Attended all 3 days of the conference. (Jan 2020)
    • “Inside their Shells: Working with ‘Shy or Skittish Animals’” a seminar by Ken Ramirez, Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training.
    • “Make the Transfer: Problem-Solving Through Cue Transfer” a seminar by Laura Monaca Torelli, KPA Faculty, KPA CTP, CPDT-KA, CPBC, TAGteach Level 2, CGC Evaluator
    • “Naked and Afraid: What If We Are Wrong About Counter-Conditioning?” a seminar by Lindsay Wood Brown, KPA Faculty, ACAAB, MA Animal Behavior
    • “Psychopharmacology and the Trainer” a seminar by Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
    • “What a Cue Can Do: Developing Cueing Skills” a seminar by Kathy Sado, Applied Animal Behaviourist
    • “What a Cue Can Do: In Action!” a training session with Sarah Owings, Sarah Owings KPA CTP. (Participated in the lab with Penny.)
    • “Solving Husbandry Dilemmas” a seminar by Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
    • “You Are Not Uncoordinated! (Just Not Fluent — Yet.)” a training session with Laura VanArendonk Baugh, CPDT-KA, KPACTP. (Participated in the lab.)
    • “Safe and Skilled Behaviors that Defuse Dangerous Situations” a seminar by Emma Parsons, KPA CTP, APDT, CDBC.
    • “Fifty Shades Deeper: The Sequel to Arousal” a seminar by Lindsay Wood Brown, KPA Faculty, ACAAB, MA Animal Behavior
    • “Animals in Control: Start Button Case Studies” a seminar by Emelie Johnson Vegh and Eva Bertilsson, TAGteach Level 3, KPA CTP,  MA Behavior Analysis
    • “Animals in Control: Start Button Case Studies” a training session with Emelie Johnson Vegh and Eva Bertilsson, TAGteach Level 3, KPA CTP,  MA Behavior Analysis (Observed the lab.)
    • “All Ears Protocol for Dogs with Sound Sensitivity.” a seminar by Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid, level 1 & 2 certification renewal (Jan 2020)
  • Karen Pryor Academy – Dog Trainer Foundations course (Aug 2019 – Sept 2019)
  • “Canine First Aid and CPR” a training session by Laurie McPhee (Feb 2016)
  • “Preventing and Dealing with Compassion Fatigue, Vicarious Trauma, and Burn-Out” a seminar by James Sullivan and Mandy Cunnington, RP. (Jun 2016)
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid, level 1 & 2 certification (May 2013)
  • “Helping Fearful Dogs” seminar by Nicole Wilde (Jun 2013)
  • “Separation Anxiety” seminar by Nicole Wilde (Jun 2013)
  • “Dynamic Dog-Dog Play” seminar by Nicole Wilde (Jun 2013)