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Conference and Club Seminars and Workshops

The Beautiful Balance – Dog Training with Nature’s Template™ – For Professionals

This lecture will be of interest to conference organizers catering to veterinarians, veterinary technicians, dog trainers, dog breeders, rescue employees, animal control officers and any other professional association interested in dogs. We’ll looks at dog training from an ethologist’s perspective rather then the clinical approach that has become so common in dog training. When there are no treats, clickers, leashes or collars how do they manage to survive and what can we take from that to make dog training easier on dogs and their owners. How do pet dogs see the world, how do they make connections between who’s the teacher and who’s the student, how they are similar to us, how they differ and how to bridge the gap. When the venue allows, you will have the opportunity to watch as an unruly dog learns to look and listen for cues, exert self control, develop an attention span and takes a large step towards civilized co-existence with its owner.

A 90 – 120 minute presentation.

The Beautiful Balance – Dog Training with Nature’s Template™ – For Dog Owners

The number one complaint of dog owners, is not unruly dogs, it’s conflicting dog training advice. Dog trainers, veterinarians and everyone under the sun that has a dog has an opinion and yet nothing seems to work well enough to get their dog to come when called so it can be off leash, walk calmly past people, dogs, small animals etc., or stay put on a mat when guests come in. Dog owners are invited to watch as John trains an untrained dog he his completely unfamiliar with and teach it while he explains how dogs see the world, how they make connections between who’s the teacher and who’s the student, how they are similar to us, how they differ and how to bridge the gap. He guarantees that you will take more out of this one workshop then you’ve taken from any book, television show or dog training class.

A 90 – 120 minute highly informative presentation that due to the unpredictability of the “guest” dog is usually quite funny as well.

Assessment Protocol for Surrendered and Abandoned Dogs + Surrender Interviews- For Shelters & Rescues

An efficient, structured protocol for the assessment of any dog surrendered or abandoned to a shelter or rescue. In addition a segment on extracting information that is often withheld during surrender interviews. Includes case studies and/or live demonstration.

A 60 minute workshop.

Balanced vs. All Positive Training – For Veterinarians, Registered Veterinarian Technicians, Shelter and Rescue Managers & Staff

An over view of balanced and all positive training from the perspective of how a dog sees the world and the ultimate impact methodology has on a companion dog’s long term lifestyle.

A 30 minute workshop – 60 minutes if demo dog is available.

Aggressive Dogs and Their Owners – For Professionals

Professionals will learn how to assess the behavior of a dog using the Wade Protocol; a set of 8 areas of significance in how a dog’s mental outlook is formed and with that assessment make a prognosis and provide a treatment strategy. This presentation is of value to anyone in a position for advising a dog owner with an aggressive dog whether they may be a veterinarian, technician, dog trainer, animal control officer etc.

A 90 minute to 2 hour presentation


A 90 minute presentation about what every breeder, veterinarian, veterinary technician, dog trainer and dog owner should know about puppy development and critical socialization but rarely does.

Employee Safety Around Dogs

Organizations and municipalities from coast to coast have hired John to provide information on safety protocols and training programs to protect employees from aggressive dogs. Canada Post, Children’s Aid, Housing Authorities, Animal Controls, Law Enforcement and many others have benefited from information and employee seminars he has provided.

A 90 minute employee presentation.

Speakers at the IACP 2009
L-R Stanley Coren, John Wade, Brother Christopher (Monks of New Skete)
Bottom L – R Sarah Wilson, Cheri Lucas, Kyra Sundance, Pam Loritzen

Stanley Coren and John Wade

Stanley Coren – author of The Intelligence of Dogs and many other dog books.

John Wade combines a hands-on understanding of dog behavior and misbehavior with an ability to communicate clearly and to hold the attention of an audience. He is well worth listening to.

– Stanley Coren, PhD, FRSC, author of “The Intelligence of Dogs,” “How Dogs Think,” and others.

– “John packed the theatre and received rave reviews with what was the most frequently cited session at the conference.”– Cass Bayley CMP, The Bayley Group and Event Management

Brother Christopher from The Monks of New Skete and John Wade
Brother Christopher (The MONKS OF NEW SKETE) At the 2009 IACP Conference
“John’s presentation on dog aggression at the ’09 IACP Conference was very strong, integrating clear understanding of canine aggression with obvious experience in dealing with owners and their dogs. His discussion about interviewing the client was comprehensive and enlightening, and his good humor and wit kept his audience smiling and interested. A very fine talk, indeed.”
– Brother Christopher – The Monks of New Skete.

Martin and Ceasar

Martin Deeley (and Ceasar Milan), 2008 Gun Dog Trainer of Year for Great Britain & CEO International Association of Canine Professional

John Wade brings a down to earth practical approach to the art of dog training and living with dogs. Based on years of experience dealing with all dogs and especially difficult ones John knows what works and what does not work. He can explain the theory and compare it with the practical results that has you saying “That is the way it should be!”

His analytical approach to determining the causes of behavior problems and straight speaking regarding dog owners and, how to build a relationship with them to bring about change, is what every dog professional needs to know.

Educational, entertaining and humorous, John is a speaker I would recommend to any group who really want to know what happens in the real world, where experience and results are the main ingredient.

-Martin Deeley

Your workshops on canine behavior were key to our success in offering attendees a world class product. They were extremely well received by the audience which included student and practicing veterinarians, veterinary technicians, humane officers and other persons working in the animal care field.”

Dr. Jeffrey A. Rau, DVM, M.Sc., B.Sc (Agr), President of the Ontario Veterinary College Animal Welfare Club

Kyra Sundance - Trick Trainer Extraordinaire
Kyra Sundance – Stunt Dog Trainer, author of “101 Dog Tricks” and “The Dog Rules” Kyra has been on Ellen, The Tonight Show and many more.
“John is a captivating speaker who deals with the difficult topic of dog aggression in a positive and encouraging tone. John’s methods empower his audience with knowledge, and challenge them to consider the tough ethical questions of doing what is best for the dog and also the people surrounding the dog. John’s energy and humor keeps the audience entertained and engaged. If you have the opportunity to attend his seminar, you won’t want to miss it! – Kyra Sundance

Robin MacFarlane and John Wade

Robin MacFarlane – Executive Director, Canine Political Action Corps
John Wade is exactly the type of educator the dog industry needs more of. He engages the audience with entertaining stories and wit. But more importantly, his breath of knowledge and theory is backed up by practical, hands on experience. It is a win/win combination. Dog owners and dog professionals alike will benefit from time in John’s audience. – Robin MacFarlane

Evaluation Comments From Registered Veterinary Technicians at the Ontario Association of Registered Veterinary Technicians 2009 Annual Conference
  • Really enjoyed listening to him speak.
  • Amazing presentation, great information, would like more time.(so much info)
  • Very knowledgeable & fun!
  • Very talented speaker. Had the ability to capture our attention and teach exactly what we needed to hear.
  • Excellent speaker. Very engaging, uses excellent examples.
  • Very energetic and fun to listen to.
  • Very interesting 3 funny, 4 good info
  • Needs a larger room 2 because there were so many people! Easy to follow steps and John made the information fun to learn with his jokes and sense of humour!
  • Awesome speaker.
  • Keeps you enthralled.
  • Very enthusiastic, great, learned a lot!
  • Engaging speaker
  • A great speaker
  • Awesome speaker. Very interesting and engaging. Would like a whole day seminar – not enough time to get all details & info
  • I enjoyed the videos and slides. John is a great speaker, he is very humorous. I liked how he told about situations at work.

“Our student’s exposure through John, to the world of canine behavior modification will help them address one of the most common practice enquiries and that is canine behavior problems. His willingness to participate in our program is a valuable asset.”Dr. John Tait DVM, MBA, CFP, Coordinator of the Externship/Electives Program, Ontario Veterinary College.

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