Tampa, FL – The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) has opened registrations for its inaugural educational convention, The Force Free Summit – Reaching for a Higher Standard, to take place at the Sheraton Tampa Riverwalk Hotel in Florida on November 11-13, 2015.
Aimed predominantly at pet industry training and behavior professionals and savvy pet owners, the principle goals of the summit are to build a greater awareness of PPG as the go-to organization for force-free training professionals, to build a stronger collaboration amongst said professionals, and to build communication and networking opportunities with the veterinary community.
Summit 2015 will feature more than 26 presenters over its three-day duration, and promises an enticing line-up of speakers. World-renowned vet, applied animal behaviorist and author, Dr. Karen Overall, will deliver the key note address, an unmissable presentation that will cover topics such as the canine brain, the neurobiology of reactivity and stress, assessing behavior and redefining humane behavioral care.
Dr. Overall is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists (DACVB) and is certified by the Animal Behavior Society as an Applied Animal Behaviorist (CAAB). She will be joined by an elite group of luminaries from the world of animal training and behavior, all of whom are aligned with PPG’s guiding principles of force-free, science-based, humane and modern training techniques for today’s companion animals. Other speakers at Summit 2015 include a who’s who of behavior and training professionals, such as Dr. Michelle Duda, Dr. Soraya Juarbe-Diaz, Chirag Patel, Ken McCort, Jacqueline Munera, Pamela Johnson, Theresa McKeon, Emily Larlham, Pat Miller and Nancy Tucker and many more, all of whom will contribute with lectures, working LABS, or smaller, more intimate, interactive sessions.
“We can guarantee that our first-ever Force-Free Summit will be a milestone as far as advocating for force-free, positive training techniques is concerned,” said Niki Tudge, PPG president. “We can also guarantee a highly interactive and fun format for all who attend. We have placed a huge emphasis on formulating an educational event that offers a combination of lectures and working LABS, where industry professionals will have the opportunity to work with their pets under the guidance of a highly skilled mentor.”
Registrations for Summit 2015 are now open. PPG has initiated three separate packages to ensure delegates have a range of convention experiences and payment options to choose from. These include the option to attend for one, two or all three days, meal options and financing plans. For more information, see: www.petprofessionalguild .com/Force-free-Summit.