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Saturday 7th March 2015

10.00 - 11.00 - SOLD OUT
Commercial Dog Walking – More Than Just a Walk in the Park! 
Steve Jenkinson MSc - Kennel Club Access Advisor

Stephen Jenkinson has been the KC’s access advisor for 12 years. He works across the UK and internationally, helping land managers and local councils provide quality access to the countryside and green spaces around towns for responsible walkers with dogs. From seeing first-hand the extensive restrictions on all dog walkers in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, he’s keen to ensure a minority of irresponsible people in the UK do not cause ever-more restrictions for us all. Target audience: – anyone interested in walking other people’s dogs for payment in the countryside, parks and open spaces around towns. Especially relevant for those looking to enter the profession or improve their services, and anyone referring, recommending, or affected by, commercial dog walkers.

If you love dogs and the great outdoors, getting paid for walking other people’s pets sounds like a dream job. It can also help many people and dogs enjoy happier and healthier lives during times when ‘walkies’ can’t be as often as owners would like, due to disability, changes in personal circumstances or work commitments.

But compared to walking several of your own dogs, commercial dog walking presents a wide range of personal and professional risks and challenges that must be addressed, when taking responsibility of what is often an owner’s most precious possession and ‘best friend’.  From being trusted with the keys to someone’s house, to ensuring dogs from different homes can be walked happily and safely together, responsible commercial dog walking requires a significant level of skill and care.

This session will highlight a range of issues to consider if you are contemplating setting-up in business - and opportunities for established dog walkers to get an edge over their competitors - from health care and safe travel, to where you can go and what you can do to avoid ever-more restrictions.  

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11.00 - 12.00 - SOLD OUT
Preventing Parasites - Protecting Pets
Bizzy Allen-McClure RVN MBVNA

Bizzy started her career in veterinary nursing ten years ago and is a Head nurse in a small animal practice in Portsmouth. Her clinical interests include preventative medicine and running nurse clinics.  She is also currently a council member for the British Veterinary Nursing Association.       

What are parasites?  And how do dogs become infected by these pesky critters? This lecture will give you an overview of everything you need to know including detailing the most common pet parasites, signs and symptoms to look out for (including how humans can become infected!) and hints and tips for treatment and prevention.

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12.00 - 13.00 - SOLD OUT
PRO PLAN Lecture - Nutritional Requirements of the Senior Dog    
Esther Rawlinson, BVMS MRCVS - Purina PRO PLAN

Esther qualified as a vet from the Glasgow Vet School in 1991 and spent 10 years in mixed, then small animal practice with a particular interest in internal medicine and ultrasonography. She spent a further 10 years with an animal health pharmaceutical company as the global technical manager for heart, kidney and skin diseases of dogs and cats. Esther joined Nestlé Purina PetCare in 2011 as Veterinary Affairs Manager, providing  technical support for Purina Veterinary Diets® and PRO PLAN® and is responsible in particular for working with veterinary schools and specialists.

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13.00 - 14.00 - SOLD OUT
The Truth About Wolves and Dogs
Toni Shelbourne 

Toni Shelbourne has worked with domesticated and wild canids for over twenty five years. After a long and successful career with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, she started her own business as a Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner. After seventeen years she is one of the highest qualified Practitioners in the UK. In 2001 her work took Toni to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust were she meet a pack of socialised wolves. She went on to work with them for over a decade as a Senior Wolf Handler and Education Officer for the organisation.  Through observing the wolves she has a unique insight into their behaviour.  This led to her questioning the ingrained ideas about the alpha theory with dogs, ideas that were often in conflict with her own knowledge and observations.

Re-educating our clients why they can stop striving to be the alpha. (Suitable for all levels) As dog trainers we battle against misconceptions on a daily basis. Our clients are bombarded with conflicting information.   After ten years of working with wolves Toni Shelbourne wanted to put the record straight. She knew how wolves behaved and that often conflicted with owners perceptions. Her book, The Truth about Wolves and Dogs took Toni on a journey to discover the real beginnings of dominance dog training. In this lecture Toni, discusses the findings of her research and the true nature of the wolf. If there was anything you wanted to know about wolves, this is your chance to find out.

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14.00 - 15.00 - SOLD OUT
Getting in TTouch with Dogs 
Sarah Fisher- Ttouch Instructor and Behaviour Counsellor   

Sarah Fisher is a Tellington TTouch Instructor and has worked with a wide variety of animals for almost twenty years.  She trained in the USA with Linda Tellington Jones and Linda’s sister Robyn Hood after reading about the Tellington TTouch in a book.  It was Linda’s recognition that an animal’s behaviour is often linked to postural traits that really sparked Sarah’s interest in the technique and Sarah has researched this link in greater detail over the years.  Sarah works with private clients and teaches workshops in the UK and abroad for members of the public, professionals and re-homing centre staff.  She has given presentations, demonstrations and talks at many events and for animal welfare groups, behaviour counsellors, breed clubs, and trainers both in the UK and abroad.  She is a regular speaker at the annual International Companion Animal Welfare Conference hosted by Dogs Trust and teaches six day Tellington TTouch Practitioner Training Clinics at Tilley Farm, the UK Tellington TTouch Centre.

Sarah is the author of two books, Unlock Your Dogs Potential and Know Your Horse Inside Out and co-authored 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog and 100 Ways to Solve Your Dogs Problems with Marie Miller, and The Difficult Horse with Karen Bush.  She has recently been commissioned to write a book on donkeys with colleague and fellow TTouch Practitioner Trudy Affleck which will be published by Crowood Press in 2015.  Sarah has contributed many articles to national and international publications and has been a regular guest on television and radio shows.

Sarah runs the UK office for Tellington TTouch Training from her farm which is also the base for a new project called Cool to be Kind which was launched in January 2014.  She shares her life with her partner Anthony Head, their two daughters Emily and Daisy, twelve horses, six donkeys, and three dogs.

A fun and informative talk on the benefits of the Tellington TTouch for dogs.  Learn how this unique method can be of benefit to dogs and guardians alike.  Whether you work with dogs, or share your life with a four legged friend, you can incorporate some of the principles of TTouch into your daily management, teaching and handling and help improve the mental and physical well- being of your canine companions.  This talk will include an introduction to TTouch body work, TTouch groundwork, lead handling, observations, and use of specific equipment such as the TTouch harness and body wrap.

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15.00 - 16.00 - SOLD OUT
The Canine Collective Noun
Ross McCarthy & Lez Graham from the Dog Safety Education Executive / DogSEE

"Ross McCarthy holds a Master’s Degree in Canine Behaviour & Psychology after graduating from Middlesex University.  He is a full member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and a Fellow with the Canine and Feline Behaviour Association of Great Britain. He is acknowledged as a master dog trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers.

In addition to his full-time practice, Ross also finds time to contribute to a number of British Pet magazines and Newspapers including ‘Your Dog’ and the ‘Our Dogs Annual’ and he is a feature writer for ‘Dogs Monthly’ magazine often examining complex human/canine relationships.  He has also written for magazines such as Prima as a dog expert.

Lez is one of the founders of DogSEE.  She holds a Masters Degree in Canine Behaviour & Psychology and has been involved with DogSEE since it was established.  Lez is acknowledged as one of the UK's most respected Gundog trainers and Canine Behaviour Practitioners. Her background of project management and course delivery ensures that she meets our high standards of facilitation.

A published Author of two books, Lez runs Trained for Life behavioural consultancy working with private clients. Lez is a full member of the  Canine and Feline Behaviour Association of Great Britain and acknowledged as a master dog trainer with the Guild of Dog Trainers. Lez is also a tutor and lecturer with  the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training (CIDBT)

Are dogs really pack animals? Do they really form a hierarchy within their groups? What about this ‘dominance’ we hear so much about? Do dogs need leaders or do they need a friend? Why do dogs quite literally bite the hand that feeds them? What happens when a group is involved - does the attack mode change?  An interactive session that will explore these plus many more issues relating to why dogs attack and how we can keep ourselves, and our dogs, safe.

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16.00 - 17.00 - SOLD OUT
Dangerous Dogs – Are Puppy Parties to Blame?
Jane Hanshaw KCAI (CDA, BehA) and Jeannette Watson

Jane works with several veterinary practices as their behaviour specialist and Puppy Party Consultant - dealing with the full range of behavioural problems including aggression.  Jane is a COAPE practitioner and a Kennel Club Accredited Instructor in Behavioural Training in addition to Companion Dog Training, both at the Advanced Level.   Having previously lectured at Bishop Burton and IABTC, Jane has a passion for teaching and enjoys challenging people to think outside the box.

Some behaviourists have the viewpoint that puppy parties may  be one of the reasons we have so many dangerous dogs.  Lots of canine professionals would agree with this view and cite puppy parties, particularly those run in Veterinary Practices, as causing many behavioural problems in young dogs.  In a world where most Veterinary practices are endeavouring to do as much preventative medicine as possible it is pretty damning to be blamed for actually causing behaviour problems.  So...just why have puppy parties got this reputation and is it justified?  

Together Jane and Jeanette will show you just what makes their parties so successful.  There will be video clips of actual parties and you can hear from both speakers about why they feel their partnership offers the best service possible to both puppy and owner.  Jeanette will discuss how the parties impact upon the Practice, as well as looking at some of the practicalities involved.  

Puppy parties should be an amazing opportunity for the puppies, the owners and the Practice.  If you care about puppies and getting things right from the start, or if you want to ensure that your puppy owners become valued clients for life, then this seminar is for you.  

This seminar would suit trainers and those working in canine behaviour, as well as veterinary nurses, practice managers and vet students.  It would also assist KCAI Scheme Members in modules A4 and A5.

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