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  special event with chirag patel

understanding, managing and modifying problem behaviors 5-day workshop

during this 5-day workshop students will work with chirag to explore understanding, managing and modifying problem behaviors from a practical science based approach. using presentations, practicals, case studies and group work, this workshop is designed to explore this topic in detail. limited to 12 students (must have two years of training experience).
about the speaker:
chirag entered the field professionally in 2004 and has since become a leading figure in the profession around the world. he is highly sought after for consulting with private clients and organizations, as well as running workshops for professionals internationally. chirag consults on the behavior management and training of domestic animals kept as pets, exotics, zoo and laboratory animals. his passion is the application of behavior changes, science and ethics to improve the life of animals living under human care, especially applying training principles to teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care, in a stress free manner. chirag earned his BSC in veterinary sciences from the royal veterinary college in london and a postgraduate certificate in clinical animal behavior from the university of lincoln, UK. he also holds an advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behavior and training from the centre of applied pet ethology. chirag is also currently continuing his education by studying further in the field of applied behavior analysis. in 2005, chirag completed an internship in dog behavior and training with a focus on aggressive behavior under the mentorship of jean donaldson at the san francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of ian dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. he is also a member of the association of pet dog trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  CEUs: CCPDT – 11 CEUs for trainers and 5 CEUs for behavior consultants, IAABC – 25 CEUs, PPG – 6 CEUs


dates: wednesday, may 2 – sunday, may 6, 2018, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm every day


$900.00 early sign-up by march 15, 2018 – use coupon code EARLYPUP

$1, 000.00 beyond march 15, 2018

payment plans and group discounts (3 or more) available, per request

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   canine cpr and first aid workshop

be prepared to help treat your pet in the case of an emergency, such as accidental poisoning, choking or heat stroke. through lecture, demonstration and hands-on practice, denise fleck of sunny-dog ink will teach you the skills necessary to help save your dog’s life. you’ll earn a pet first aid/cpr certification upon completion of class. humans only.

topics included:

  • temporary muzzling and safe approach
  • checking vitals: how to find your pet’s pulse, respiration, temperature, capillary refill time and hydration
  • how to perform a head-to-tail check-up
  • rescue breathing and cpr
  • bandaging and splinting
  • what to do for:  bloat, burns, choking, constipation, diarrhea, drowning, electric shock, frostbite, heatstroke, insect stings, poisoning, seizures, shock and snake bites
  • how to use the items in your pet first-aid kit
  • pet disaster preparedness

denise’s class is priceless for dog parents. not only do you learn how to administer canine cpr but also how to react in so many emergency situations. one class gives you critical, life-saving information. hoping i never have to put any of the knowledge into action but so thankful i have it if my dog needs me!
— jenny, enzo’s mom


denise fleck of sunny-dog ink has trained with seven national organizations in animal life-saving skills as well as having been a long-time rescue volunteer and animal response team member. she has assisted homeland security with their k9 border patrol first aid program, has developed her own line of pet first aid kits, writes weekly columns for a variety of magazines and has made several national television appearances. she is the instructor of the dog’s best friend first aid workshops.

next date: tba


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  what to expect when you’re expecting…a puppy! webinar

what to expect when you’re expecting…a puppy! was created for anyone planning on or considering taking the leap into puppy parenthood.

in this 2-hour webinar, we will discuss not only the joys of being a puppy parent, but the extreme challenges that bringing a fluff ball into your home can bring.

we’ll talk about:

  • selecting a puppy (both from rescue groups and breeders)
  • pre-puppy preparation
  • the first day home
  • house/crate training
  • puppy nipping
  • puppy development stages
  • the importance of proper puppy socialization
  • how compassion and patience are required in order to raise a happy, healthy puppy


rebecca mandell started dog’s best friend in 2004 when she became increasingly alarmed by the physically and emotionally damaging methods utilized by many dog trainers.

as a positive reinforcement dog trainer, rebecca believes in training dogs with compassion and understanding, helping to build the bond between dogs and humans, so the dogs do what we ask of them because they want to, not because they are frightened or intimidated.

rebecca was voted “best dog trainer” in the 2012 south bay locals’ choice awards. she is a long time resident of hermosa beach, alongside her husband, corey, and two rascals, rusty and cooper.