WVCC 2020 Keynote speaker, Grisha Stewart, MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

 Grisha Stewart is an author, international speaker, and dog trainer based in Oregon, USA, who specializes in dog reactivity. She founded Empowered Animals and the online Animal Building Blocks Academy, as well as Ahimsa Dog Training in Seattle, which she sold to a staff member in 2015. Grisha's Ahimsa team earned many awards, including Best of Seattle and Best of Western Washington.

You can visit her online at grishastewart.com


Lauren Rubin, KPA, CTP, CPTD-KA

Terrible Teens: Understanding (and Working With) Adolescent Pups


What happened to my adorable puppy?! Canine adolescence (or “the teen years”) brings with it a series of headaches: apparent stubbornness (he does know how to sit, I swear!), increased energy (goodbye cute puppy chewing and hello teenage wrecking ball), and a total lack of self-control. What on earth can you do to survive these trying months? Turns out…quite a lot! In this class, you’ll earn why your dog is behaving this way and what you can do about it. We’ll cover brain development, fear periods, common mistakes (and how to fix them), and how to thrive through this troubling time. 

About the presenter:
Lauren Rubin is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Knowledge Assessed, and a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner. She specializes in rehabilitating dogs with reactivity and anxiety, as well as helping pet parents get a leash on their unruly teenage and adult dogs!

In her free time, she enjoys watching sci-fi shows, reading novels, and going hiking with her husband and dog, Fenrir. She’s also lucky enough to share her home with a rescued Persian-mix cat named Sindri, who is a tolerant roommate. 


You can visit her online at www.creativecaninesolutions.com


Debbie Schaefer, CPDT

Super Dog: Games that build Canine Confidence

Does you think your dog lacks confidence?  Maybe is just under certain circumstances (when you pick it up, when it sees something unfamiliar, at the vet office)?  Or maybe you feel your dog is a low confidence dog in general.  Either way, this presentation will teach you games you can start playing today to build your dog's confidence.  Some of the games we will introduce will include:
• Kiss the kitty

• Bang it
• Get me
• Under, on, around and through

• and many more

About the Presenter

Debbie has been helping dog lovers just like you change chaotic doggie misbehavior into calm, polite behavior for 32 years.  All this is accomplished with positive training that teaches you how to gain gentle control while teaching your dog to choose “good behaviors” over naughty behaviors.  

What Debbie loves most about her job is knowing she is helping people and dogs alike, live calmer, happier lives.  Lives that are peaceful!  

With 32 years of experience Debbie has the extensive experience of working with all types of dogs, their unique difficulties and personalities and the education to help you get the results you want, a dog you trust to behave at home and in public.

You can see more of what Debbie offers @ https://www.humanedogtraining.com/