Thoughtful Treating

11 AM to 1:30PM EDT (USA and Canada)

Join Leslie and Dr. Hekman as they go down a rabbit hole exploring how the use of food and eating behaviors influence Leslie's counter conditioning work with Pattern Games.
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The webinar is suitable for pet owners, veterinary professionals, animal trainers, animal behaviorists, pet guardians, shelter and rescue staff and volunteers, and anyone with an interest in evidence-based behavior and training.

In this Webinar: 

Revolutionize how you think about using food in your training! Come take a deep dive with Leslie McDevitt and Dr Jessica Hekman as they explore how to activate the gut/brain axis by harnessing the power of eating behaviors that calm the nervous system.

Learn all about Leslie's BRAND NEW Pattern Game, Flip the Script which uses these behaviors to lower arousal and soothe reactivity. Leslie's newest pattern game is fast, easy and effective and will inspire you to see how you use food and eating on a whole new level.

Then join Dr. Jessica Hekman for a deep dive into the connections between the gut and the brain, and how to use probiotics for a behaviorally healthy dog.

Join us in using both an outside-in (Leslie) and inside-out (Jessica) approach to using food for optimal learning and wellbeing. 

 2.0 CEUs pending:
  • KPA
  • PPAB
  • CPDT

  • General Admission Tickets – after March 6th: $69
  • Early Bird Tickets – before March 6th: $45
  • Shelter/Rescue/Vet Student/Vet Tech Tickets - no expiration date: 30% off general admission ticket (discount code is SDFWBV)

Discounts are available for groups of 5 or more - please contact [email protected] for more information.

Cancellation policy: No refunds

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Meet the instructor

Leslie McDevitt, MLA, CDBC, CPDT

Leslie McDevitt is a popular international speaker, author and dog behavior consultant. She is the author of the Control Unleashed series of books, videos and webinars.

Leslie runs a certification program where she mentors animal trainers around the world to become CCUIS (Certified Control Unleashed Instructors).

Leslie is focused on using operant counter conditioning procedures and her well known Pattern Games to improve the lives of dogs, cats, horses, and other animals who need support feeling confident and comfortable in a variety of potentially challenging environments.
Patrick Jones - Course author
Meet the instructor

Dr. Jessica Hekman

Jessica Hekman, DVM, PhD, is a behavioral geneticist. She is one of the founders of the Functional Dog Collaborative (, a non-profit which seeks to change the conversation around dog breeding in the dog loving community.

She also teaches behavioral biology at the Virginia Tech online Masters program for Applied Animal Behavior and Welfare, and offers webinars online and consults with breeders about genetic testing and breeding choices.

Jessica lives in Raymond, NH with her husband and three dogs.
Patrick Jones - Course author