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Thursday 5th March 2015

10.00 - 11.00 - SOLD OUT
Gundog Training
Adrian Slater 

Adrian Slater is a UK renowned gun dog trainer, voted 'Gundog Trainer of the Year 2010' by the readers of The Countryman's Weekly and a regular performer with Caroline and their daughter Louise in the Main Arena at Crufts. Adrian will provide a perspective on setting up a gundog training class, looking into what is required when starting out, with useful hints and tips.

This seminar involves discussion around gundog training techniques, from beginner through to advanced.  It will appeal to trainers and behaviourists who have a particular interest in the world of gundogs or those who aspire to do so.  It could also assist KCAI Scheme Members in their Working Gundog B Module.

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11.00 - 12.00
Congenital Diseases: Introducing New Dog Owners and Testing         
Samantha Thompson

Sam qualified as a veterinary nurse in 2009. Almost immediately after qualifying she became a nurse at North Downs Specialist Referrals (NDSR), a large multidisciplinary hospital in Surrey with a variety of specialist clinicians, including neurologists. She spent 4 years here working her way up to Deputy Head of Ward and also completing her Graduate Diploma in Professional and Clinical Veterinary Nursing. Sam then became Head Medicine Nurse at Chester Gates Referral Hospital, another large veterinary hospital. 

This lecture will give you an overview of the common congenital diseases found within pedigree dogs, the diagnostic tests available and what they entail for your dog.  For new owners this will help you to select a reputable breeder and understand the screening processes.  For any owners with dogs already showing clinical signs this will help you understand the diagnostics that may be on offer to you.

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12.00 - 13.00 - SOLD OUT
PRO PLAN Lecture • Introduction to Canine Nutrition 
Esther Rawlinson, BVMS MRCVS - Purina PRO PLAN  

She has since had a change of career path and is now a lecturer of veterinary nursing at Hadlow College. She continues to locum at NDSR where she has a strong interest in medicine and also emergency and critical care. In addition to studying for a teaching qualification she is also completing her Certificate in Emergency and Critical Care. 

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13.00 - 14.00 - SOLD OUT
Core Stability v. Stability 
Julia Robertson - Lead Practitioner, Galen Myotherapist

Julia Robertson established the Galen Therapy Centre in 2002, specialising in Canine Myotherapy (muscular dysfunction and postural and loading disorders).  Running a busy consultancy treating working, performing and companion dogs, she has developed a range of courses from workshops to accredited diplomas.  As a passionate advocate of canine myotherapy, working closely with vets and other professionals, Julia has put together a team of dedicated Galen Myotherapists practising throughout the UK and abroad.  She regularly talks at seminars and has co-authored two books and written one and is a regular columnist for ‘Dog World’.

There is so much talk and exercises proffered to improve dogs’ core stability but do they work?  What else could we to do for our dogs’ initial and continued muscular health?  This talk will discuss briefly what core stability is and what else we should be looking at to achieve this. 

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14.00 - 15.00 - SOLD OUT
Fit for function? – A Scientific Approach to Ensuring Health and Welfare of the Performance Dog    
Dr Jacqueline Boyd, Nottingham Trent University 

Dr Jacqueline Boyd is a Lecturer in Animal Science at Nottingham Trent University with diverse teaching and research interests relating to animal science (parasitology, cryptobiosis, performance animal biology and anthrozoology). Jacqueline  holds a BSc (Hons) in Zoology (Parasitology), a MSc in Animal Nutrition, a PhD in Genetics and a PGCHE.  In addition to her academic background, Jacqueline has worked with production animals (dairy, beef cattle, pigs, game birds) and a range of domestic species, notably dogs and horses. She remains a keen equestrian, competing with her own horse at local level in dressage and also has working cocker spaniels who do agility, a little bit of gundog work and also get used in her teaching whenever possible!  At present, Jacqueline’s main research focus is examining aspects of the canine athlete including conformation and kinematic analyses and she is a member of the Kennel Club’s Activities Health and Welfare Sub Group.  Jacqueline feels privileged and is extremely excited by the opportunity to present in the Career Zone at Crufts 2015. 

This presentation would be suitable for anyone interested in how the performance output of canine athletes can be monitored, assessed and possibly enhanced with the help of scientific knowledge, analysis, approaches and technologies.  The presentation will cover current research in both canine and animal science and examine the applications of that research in areas as diverse as behaviour, nutrition, conformation, physical performance output, genetics and breeding.  The presentation will also consider how research findings can be applied to training, management and competitive strategies to maximise performance whilst minimising potential health and welfare issues for canine participants.

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15.00 - 16.00 - SOLD OUT
Gundog / Companion Dog Training    
Jane Hanshaw KCAI (CDA, BehA)

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.

“Help.....I’ve got working gundogs in my pet classes!”  This talk is primarily aimed at newer instructors who have little or no knowledge of just what makes a gundog tick and therefore can find them challenging in a pet class situation.  Jane has over 30 years’ experience of living with and training gundogs, for the field, competition and just to be happy companions. 

In this talk Jane will show video clips of working dogs and will discuss how to utilise the energy and drive of these fabulous dogs if they are not going to be trained for the field.  Learn practical tips and advice that you can use in your classes and gain valuable insight into the minds of the working dog!

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16.00 - 17.00 - SOLD OUT
Training and Behaviour - "No Walks No Worries"      
Sian Ryan, MSc CAB, MAPDT,UK 1090 - COAPE Tutor

Sian gained her MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln with distinction in 2011. Whilst finishing her dissertation on Self Control in Pet Dogs she worked as a behaviour counsellor and trainer in the Lincoln Animal Behaviour Clinic and went on to work as a researcher looking at novel ways of measuring emotions in dogs in 2012. With several years of dog training experience, Sian was the first course tutor for Life Skills for Puppies training classes and helped create and develop the course, as well as tutoring on the Life Skills for Puppies Trainers Courses offered by the University of Lincoln.

Sian writes for several organisations and her book No Walks? No Worries! (with co-author Helen Zulch and photographer Peter Baumber) was published in October 2014. Sian has also appeared as an animal training and behaviour expert on Bang Goes the Theory and was consulted during the making of Inside the Animal Mind with Chris Packham. Sian is a committee member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainer and owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training and Behaviour Centre in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.

“He’s going to need six weeks crate rest; just keep him quiet while he recovers.” These words can strike fear and dread into owners’ hearts and often form part of the treatment requirements for dogs undergoing surgery or requiring long term medical care. Often vets give only limited advice regarding keeping dogs appropriately mentally and emotionally supported whilst their walks are restricted and owners are left to manage as best they can. This may be stressful for both them and their dogs, and can lead to behaviour change and problems.

This seminar, and the associated book, gives ideas to help owners in this situation to identify the individual needs of their dog. In addition it aims to support owners in preparing their dog for a period of restricted exercise when surgical interventions are planned. Ideas and tips for mental stimulation and emotional support, as well as alternatives to physical exercise and guidance on how to teach specific skills are included. The seminar includes case studies, review of associated research on the topic and photos and videos to illustrate the points made.

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