Maria’s 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 are some of the conferences, seminars, and courses I’ve completed in recent years.

  • Clicker Expo Live 2024 – Attended all 3 days of the Karen Pryor Academy conference. (Jan 26-28 2024)
  • “Addressing Noise Aversion in Dogs” webinar by Dr Kenneth Martin, DVM, DACVB and Debbie Martin, CPDT-KA, KPA CTP, LVT, VTS (Behavior), hosted by Fear Free Pets (Jan 2024)
  • “Conquering Nose Fears – How to help your fearful dog based on science” webinar by Stefanie Riemer PdD, hosted by the Pet Professional Guild (November 2023)
  • Separation Anxiety 3-part webinar series by DeMartini, hosted by the Pet Professional Guild (June 2023)
  • “Changing Behaviour by Arranging Antecedents” webinar by Kathy Sdao, hosted by the Pet Professional Guild (March 2023)
  • Clicker Expo Live 2023 – Attended all 3 days of the Karen Pryor Academy conference. (Jan 27-29 2023)
  • Dogsafe Canine First Aid, level 1 & 2 re-certification (Jan 2023)
  • “Dogs with Big Feelings!” – Attended the one-day online seminar hosted by the Fenzi Dog Sports Academy. Topics included pattern games, multiple marker systems, underlying causes for over-arousal in dogs, antecedent arrangement for staying under threshold, and calming games. (July 16, 2022)
  • Fear Free Animal Trainer Certification – Completed the comprehensive training program which focuses on skills and knowledge to prevent and alleviate fear, anxiety, and stress and improve an animal’s emotional wellbeing during veterinary care and home care. (Feb 2022)
  • The Lemonade Conference – Attended all 3 days of the online IAABC conference. (Feb 2022)
  • Clicker Expo Live 2022 – Attended all 3 days of the Karen Pryor Academy conference. (Jan 2022)
  • The Academy for Dog Trainers – Completed a two-year, in-depth, comprehensive training program and practicum in dog training and behavioural counselling. (Mar 2020-Nov 2021)
  • The Lemonade Conference – Attended all 3 days of the online IAABC conference. (May 2021)
  • Do More With Your Dog – Completed the Certified Trick Dog Instructor program (Dec 2020)
  • The Lemonade Conference – Attended all 3 days of the online IAABC conference. (May 2020)
  • The University of Edinburgh – Animal Behaviour and Welfare (Feb – Mar 2020)
  • Clicker Expo – Attended all 3 days of the Karen Pryor Academy conference in Washington. (Jan 2020)