About Mara Velez, MA, CPDT-KA

Attending seminars and workshops is an important part of continuing my professional development.  I am always eager to learn from others so that I can better serve shelter dogs, my clients' dogs, and my own dogs.  Below are the seminars and workshops that I have attended since becoming a professional dog trainer.  To date, I've completed 1,444 hours of continuing education.

2020 (192 hours)

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Seattle, WA

  • 3-day seminar with Susan Friedman in Marin, CA

  • 2-day Art and Science of Animal Training (ORCA) Conference in Dallas, TX

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Louisville, KY

  • 4-day IAABC Conference in Boston, MA

  • 3-day Shelter Playgroup Summit in Sacramento, CA (presenter)

  • 2-day Northeastern States Animal Welfare Conference (presenter)

  • 4-day Association of Pet Dog Professionals Conference in Cincinnati, OH (presenter)

2019 (136 hours)

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Portland, OR

  • 2-day Canine Wellness workshop in Marin, CA

  • 2-day Art and Science of Animal Training (ORCA) Conference in Dallas, TX

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Washington, DC

  • 4-day IAABC Conference in Houston, TX

  • 2-day Canine Science Symposium in San Francisco, CA

  • 4-day Humane Society of the United States Animal Care Expo in New Orleans, LA

  • 3-day Shelter Playgroup Summit in Sacramento, CA

  • 2-day Animal Welfare Conference in Santa Clara, CA

  • 2-day Convergence of Animal and Human Training Conference in Seattle, WA

  • 3-day Colorado Animal Welfare Conference in Boulder, CO

  • 5-day Professional Training Workshop at Natural Encounters with Steve Martin and Dr. Susan Friedman in Winter Haven, FL

2018 (336 hours)

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Southern California

  • 3-day Living and Learning with Animals (LLA) with Dr. Susan Friedman at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, CA

  • 2-day Art and Science of Animal Training (ORCA) Conference in Dallas, TX

  • 2-day Canine Science Symposium in San Francisco, CA

  • 5-day PPG Conference at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT, including rabbit and bird training workshops

  • 5-day Chirag Patel workshop in the Los Angeles area

  • 2-day Shelter Playgroup Summit at the Sacramento SPCA in Sacramento, CA

  • 2-day Convergence of Animal and Human Training Conference in Seattle, WA

  • 2-day Emotional World of Dogs seminar with Dr. Daniel Mills in Oakland, CA

  • 3-day Training and Technology seminar with Dr. Susan Friedman at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN

  • 5-day Deep Dive: An Advanced Training Course with Ken Ramirez at The Karen Pryor National Training Center (the Ranch) in Graham, WA

  • 3-day Animal Training & Behavioral Wellness Caribbean Event with Dr. Susan Friedman, Lori Stevens and Terrie Hayward in Rincon, PR

  • 5-day Professional Training Workshop at Natural Encounters with Steve Martin and Dr. Susan Friedman in Winter Haven, FL

2017 (296 hours)

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Portland, OR

  • 3-day Sue Sternberg seminar in Petaluma, CA

  • 2-day Art and Science of Animal Training (ORCA) Conference in Dallas, TX

  • 2-day Canine Science Symposium in San Francisco, CA

  • 2-day IAABC Conference in Southern California

  • 5-day Summer Shelter Institute with Drs. Lisa Gunter and Erica Fuererbacher in Helena, MT

  • 5-day Training for Professionals at the Ranch with Ken Ramirez at The Karen Pryor National Training Center (the Ranch) in Graham, WA

  • 5-day APDT Conference in Richmond, VA, including a one-day shelter dog nosework workshop

  • 3-day Enrichment seminar with Dr. Lindsay Mehrkam at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN

  • 2-day Turid Ruugas seminar in Sylmar, CA

  • 5-day Ranch Experience at the Ranch with Ken Ramirez at The Karen Pryor National Training Center (the Ranch) in Graham, WA

2016 (216 hours)

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Reno, NV

  • 2-day Art and Science of Animal Training (ORCA) Conference in Dallas, TX

  • 2-day IAABC Conference in Anaheim, CA

  • 2-day Canine Science Symposium in San Francisco, CA

  • 5-day seminar with Kay Laurence at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, CA

  • 3-day Advanced Training Seminar with Ken McCort at Wolf Park (with wolves, coyotes, buffalo, and foxes) in Battle Ground, IN

  • 5-day APDT Conference in Las Vegas, NV, including rabbit and fish training workshops

  • 5-day Pet Professional Guild (PPG) Summit in Tampa, FL

2015 (200 hours)

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Portland, OR

  • 2-day Weekend with Ken Ramirez at the Marin Humane Society in Novato, CA

  • 2-day Canine Science Symposium in San Francisco, CA

  • 5-day Five Go to Sea workshops on a cruise to Alaska with Ken Ramirez, Alexandra Kurland and Kay Laurence

  • 2-day Chill Out Fido with Nan Arthur in Oakland, CA

  • 2-day Separation Anxiety seminar with Malena deMartini-Price in the San Jose area, CA

  • 2-day Dog-Dog Play and Separation Anxiety seminar with Nicole Wilde in Burbank, CA

  • 5-day APDT Conference in Dallas, TX, including a one-day guinea pig scent training workshop with Roger Abrantes and a one-day behavior modification workshop with Dr. Lore Haug

  • 2-day SPARCS Conference in Phoenix, AZ

2014 (160 hours)

  • 3-day ClickerExpo in Long Beach, CA

  • 2-day iCue seminar with Kathy Sdao in Oakland, CA

  • 2-day seminar with Suzanne Clothier at Wolf Park in Battle Ground, IN

  • 2-day Get SMART about Training seminar with Kathy Sdao at Marin Humane Society in Novato, CA

  • 6-day TTouch Workshop with Linda Tellington-Jones in Oakland, CA

  • 5-day APDT Conference in Hartford, CT, including one-day dog-dog play workshop

2013 (52 hours)

  • 2-day TAG teach workshop with Theresa McKeon in Dublin, CA

  • 2-day BAT (Behavior Adjustment Training) Workshop with Grisha Stewart in Dublin, CA

  • 6-day TTouch Workshop with Linda Tellington-Jones in Portland, OR

 

2012 (48 hours)

  • 6-day TTouch Workshop with Edie Jane Eaton in Oakland, CA

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