There are two things that I absolutely love: talking about dogs and sharing what I know.
I just love getting in front of people eager for information and talking dogs for a while. Usually the problem isn’t getting me to talk, it’s trying to eventually shut me up. I have spoken to both small and large audiences and enjoy an intimate chat with a handful of people, as well as, long workshops and discussions with a large groups.
Knowledge is only useful when shared.
I speak on a variety of dog behavior and training topics, as well as business talks for dog professionals and companies. I’ve also spoken to a number of dog rescues and shelters
Here are some of the most popular topics:
Understanding Dog Communication – Learn the language of dog so you can better understand how dogs are feeling and finally know what they’ve been trying to tell you all this time. We’ll go through the 3 main ways dogs communicate and how you can recognize the signs so you can better predict behavior.
How To Become A Dog Trainer – Learn how you can turn your passion for dogs into a successful career as a dog trainer. We’ll explore the dog training industry and the steps to take to, not only make it a career path, but to see your business thrive long term.
How To NOT Get Bitten By A Dog – Most dog bites are actually our fault – not the dogs. Learn exactly what you need to do to create good interactions with dogs that encourage positive encounters and keep all those pointy teeth off you. I’ll show you how to recognize the warning signs and set up the situation so that dog’s don’t get into a position they shouldn’t be in.
Dog Fights: How To Prevent & Break Them Up – Many altercations between dogs can be avoided if you understand the warning signs and take action early. I’ll show you what to look out for you can stop fights before they start, what you should (and shouldn’t) to keep safe and how to handle things if you have to break up a dog fight.
How To Manage A Pack At Daycare – When you’re trying to control a pack of playful, high energy dogs, things can get out of hand pretty quickly. If you do things the right way, however, you are much more likely to get the dogs to listen to you and keep everyone safe and well behaved. In this seminar we’ll discuss the do’s and don’ts of working with dog play groups, safety tips and best practices to create a positive environment for both staff and dogs.
Working With Shy, Anxious and Fearful Dogs – Timid dogs require very special interactions if you want to gain their trust and help them overcome their fears. In this seminar, we’ll go over how you can make shy dogs more comfortable and the exercises you can do to help them overcome their fears.
Feel free to contact me to discuss your specific event and what would be the best subject for your audience. Just fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
Some of the places I’ve spoken at:
As a show planner, collecting speaker information and waiting for replies can be a daunting task. But not with Fern! Fern is super responsive, always accommodating and enthusiastic. He has spoken at our largest Grooming expo and largest Boarding expo, and we have received nothing but positive feedback from attendees. I’m looking forward to working with him on future speaking opportunities as well as other opportunities that may present themselves.Rebecca Shipman
Fern responded to our cry for help as our cadre of inexperienced volunteer dog walkers grew at our township shelter. He came to the rescue with a fabulous seminar. With great animation demonstrating “dog language” (using his own body) he held the class’s attention during each section of his training agenda. Fern skillfully and hilariously demonstrated dog postures and how to interpret them, how to redirect and correct. I believe Fern must have been a dog in a previous life. You could have heard a pin drop as Fern described some of his dog training experiences. Thank you Fern – you have enhanced our dog-walking program and adopt-ability of our shelter dogs beyond our expectations!Celia Trembulak
If you’re interested in have me speak at your event, just fill out the below form and I’ll be in touch to discuss it with you.