Conferences and Webinars

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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Presented by Alasdair Bunyan<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\nPlay in animals is known to be an indicator of an individual&rsquo;s welfare, whether this is a cat or a dog, play defines the animals mental state. Although play has been studied in many animals, including felines, canine play continues to be one of the least studied concepts.<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\nIn order to use play to build a stronger relationship and to help with training a greater awareness of an individual&rsquo;s specific play styles must be understood.&nbsp; Alasdair will discuss the importance of play in the welfare environment, play styles, appropriate and inappropriate play and thoughts on motivation and how to use play as reinforcement to both the handlers and dog&rsquo;s benefit.<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\nPrice: APBC members &pound;10 Non-members &pound;30<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\nPLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.<br />\nPlease note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.</p>\n', created = 1490512429, expire = 1490598829, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '1:2cc417f12438f72580945335e87ba85b' in /home/jbellapbc/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 108.
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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><strong>Keep Calm and Carry On...Understanding and managing over-arousal in dogs</strong></p>\n<p>Many owners struggle with dogs that are over-aroused, whether this is the result of excitement, fear or frustration. This can lead to difficulties with work, training and many behaviour problems including recall problems, inappropriate chasing, barking and repetitive behaviours. Managing arousal and teaching dogs to be calm is an important aspect of dealing with many problem behaviours. This conference should be of interest to anyone living or working with dogs, whether they are wired Whippets, crazy Collies or even chilled Chihuahuas.</p>\n<p>During the day we will explore what arousal is, why some dogs seem to become over-aroused more easily than others and how this can influence a dog&rsquo;s physiology and ability to learn. We will look at practical strategies for reducing arousal and helping dogs to be calmer including appropriate management strategies, exercise, training and activities such as tracking and searching. We will explore the use and efficacy of calming medications, supplements and diets, and therapies such as massage and T touch.</p>\n<p>We will also look at achieving calmness in specific situations including within the multi-dog household.</p>\n<p>&nbsp;<strong style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;\">Dr Anne McBride&nbsp;</strong><span style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;\">BSc, PhD, Cert.Cons., MAPBC, Hon.Mem.TCBTS, Hon.Mem.BVNA</span></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong><img alt=\"Anne McBride\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/annemcbride-1.png\" height=\"140\" width=\"140\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/annemcbride-1.png\" style=\"cursor: default;\" /><br />\n</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Keep Calm and Carry on.... what is calmness, and why do we want it?</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">Given the limitations of time, the aim of this talk is to scene set for the day and thus I will briefly recap on what arousal is, be that a result of eustress or distress and some factors that can cause it. By implication we should then have an understanding of what is calmness. The talk will then consider the Three Bears and Porridge problem; namely how much or how little arousal calmness is needed for optimal learning and performance in any individual human or non-human animal. The principles of what might be causing too much or too little arousal and how it might be accommodated can be applied to all species involved in a training / performance / behaviour modification scenario. In all cases there are likely two species present, human and animal, in different roles of the professional, the client, and the client&rsquo;s animal. Others may also be involved e.g. stooge dog (and handler); other species such as horse / livestock; and children. Given the potential effects of arousal, thoughts of general issues that need to be considered in practice will complete this presentation.</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><em data-mce-style=\"color: #333333;\" style=\"color: rgb(51, 51, 51);\">Anne has a degree in Psychology and a PhD in rabbits! Her thesis was on their social and parental behaviour. She has worked with animals and people in a variety of contexts including laboratories, hill farming and zoo keeping and has been a dog trainer and behaviour counsellor since 1987. In 1994, Anne set up the first course of its kind, the postgraduate Diploma / MSc course in Companion Animal behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton and was its director until its closure in 2010. Alongside working with dogs and cats, Anne has always had a particular interest in exotics and promotion of their welfare through understanding their behaviour and meeting their behavioural needs. She has written, and continues to write about this subject in books, journal articles and specialist publications such as Rabbiting On &ndash; the members&rsquo; journal of the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF). Anne is a Senior lecturer in Psychology at Southampton, Honorary Associate Professor at the Veterinary School at the University of Nottingham, Honorary Member of both the British Veterinary Nursing Association and the Canine Behaviour and Training Society (previously known as the UKRCB). She is also a member of the Companion Animal Welfare Council. Anne teaches nationally and internationally on her areas of academic interest, namely animal behaviour and human-animal interactions and their effects on the welfare of humans and animals. Anne&rsquo;s central belief is that animal and human welfare will only be improved if we continue to educate and raise knowledge and skills standards of professionals working in the human-animal field, and thus, through them, of animal owners and keepers. She is a strong supporter of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) which is regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. She is the council representative for the RWAF and Chair of the ABTC Programme Recognition Committee.</em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Graham Thompson&nbsp;</strong><em data-mce-style=\"font-family: \'Helvetica Neue\', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;\">PG Dip CABC&nbsp;<em data-mce-style=\"font-family: \'Helvetica Neue\', Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px;\">MSc CABC</em></em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong><img alt=\"Graham Thompson\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/grahamthompson.jpg\" width=\"300\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/grahamthompson.jpg\" style=\"cursor: default;\" /></strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Slow, slow, quick, quick slow, the practical options for managing arousal and encouraging calm behaviour in dogs.</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">&quot;People are no longer human beings. We should be called human doings,&rdquo; said Richard Carlson in his 10 million selling book, Don\'t Sweat the Small Stuff. So the idea of relaxing and switching off is something many owners struggle with for themselves, so it is no surprise perhaps that we also struggle to relax our dogs. But by being more mindful of how we practically interact with our dogs and how we apply everyday activities such as walks, fetch games, food games and training we can encourage our dogs to relax. This presentation will explore the practical activities we can use with our dogs to help them relax and along the way pet owners will no doubt be more relaxed too!</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><em>Graham Thompson gained the Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (PG Dip CABC), with Distinction, from the University of Southampton and also the degree of Master of Science in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (MSc CABC), with Distinction, from the University of Southampton. He sees cats and dogs on behavioural referral from veterinary surgeons. Graham is based in Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District in Cumbria, but has seen clients from all over the UK. Graham is particularly interested in the behaviour of dogs and their owners in the countryside. During his under-graduate studies in Applied Animal Behaviour at the University of Southampton he investigated factors affecting the distance dogs roam from their owners in recreational environments through the use of GPS technology. He researched the effects of play on the roaming behaviour of dogs for his MSc at the University of Southampton. Most recently Graham has taken a greater interest in how practitioners can most effectively bring about changes in the behaviour pet owners, to facilitate improvements in pet welfare and training. He is an ASAB Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist. Varied numbers of rescued dogs and cats live with Graham in the Lake District.</em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Caroline Warnes&nbsp;</strong>BVSc MSc MRCVS CCAB</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><img alt=\"Caroline Warnes\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/carolinewarnes.jpg\" width=\"200\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/carolinewarnes.jpg\" style=\"cursor: default;\" /></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Take a chill-pill. Calming drugs, diets and supplements: how they work and how we can use them to address arousal-related problems in dogs.</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">When dogs are over-aroused it is very tempting to reach for a quick solution, and in some cases behaviour modification is difficult or ineffective on its own. In addition to a range of arousal-reducing drugs there are variety of diets and supplements promoted as having calming effects in dogs. This talk will explore how these work in theory, how effective they are likely to be in different situations and how they can be used in practice to address arousal-related problems in dogs.</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><em>Caroline qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Bristol and worked for nearly ten years in general practice before developing a special interest in companion animal behaviour. She completed the Diploma/MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton, and her MSc project looked at the effects of spaying on behaviour in bitches. Caroline is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, an ASAB accredited Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and is registered as both a Veterinary Behaviourist and Clinical Animal Behaviourist through the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She is co-owner and administrator of a small animal veterinary practice in Swindon, Wiltshire and also runs her own companion animal behaviour referral practice. Caroline enjoys teaching and in addition to giving lectures and webinars she is has been a visiting lecturer at both the University of Southampton and more recently the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science.</em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Pat Tagg</strong><em>&nbsp;</em>BSc (Hons) Psych (Open), MSc (CABC)</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><img alt=\"Pat Tagg\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/pattagg.jpg\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/pattagg.jpg\" style=\"cursor: default;\" />&nbsp;</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Tracking, some of the key behavioural benefits.</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">If we consider that macrosmatic animals, such as dogs, are already gifted in olfactory tracking and that tracking provides almost limitless flexibility for &lsquo;travelling&rsquo; throughout multiple environments, couldn&rsquo;t, or shouldn&rsquo;t we consider how to utilise it in the field of behavioural rehabilitation? In this talk some of the key considerations for the use of tracking in an applied situation are presented. The intrinsic nature of tracking, what it is and how dogs do it, its position with regards to &lsquo;field effects&rsquo; (see Gadbois and Reeve), the emotional &lsquo;picture\' and the powerful possibilities with regard to learning and behaviour change will be discussed. Pre requisite human skills, the threats and opportunities that human involvement present will be touched upon and a brief introduction to some basic track structures that enable systematic gradual exposure therapy and counter conditioning to be implemented.<em>Pat has parallel career experience in the behaviour and training of companion and agricultural animals and the training and development of people. Pat has over 35 years practical experience of handling and training companion and agricultural animals, extensive experience of resolving behaviour issues and of coaching interpersonal skills for professional personnel.</em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><em>After studying agriculture Pat launched a pig farming business with a difference. The farm featured large scale positive training programmes, resulting in autonomy over a number of circumstances for the sows (500 of them, living outdoors on the Dorset Downs). The sows were cared for with the help of working GSDs. Pat worked for eighteen years in a regional management role for the National Farmers&rsquo; Union, with responsibility for training and developing a large and progressively accomplished team. She has (and continues to) run her own companion animal behaviour referral business since 1998 and was for many years visiting lecturer at the University of Southampton.</em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><em>&nbsp;Currently Pat is developing the &ldquo;Dogtaggs&rdquo; suite of services which include training and practical development programmes for pet professionals and owners alike, communication skills workshops for business and private individuals. She is in the process of building a flock of 150 wonderful Poll Dorset sheep; this enables, for the first time in the UK, the teaching of German style sheep tending with GSDs.&nbsp;</em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Toni Shelbourne</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong><img alt=\"Toni Shelbourne\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/tonishelbourne.jpg\" width=\"200\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/tonishelbourne.jpg\" style=\"cursor: default;\" /></strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Tellington TTouch Training &ndash; The perfect training partner to preventing, managing and reducing over-arousal in dogs.</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">Self-carriage, self-confidence and self-control are intrinsically linked. When a dog is highly aroused due to excitement or fear, learning is inhibited. The ability to act rather than re-act is impaired as the body deals with the heightened state on a physiological level. In short we stop thinking. For dogs who can&rsquo;t focus, cooperate or concentrate, putting them into any learning environment can be challenging but how do you help them be successful? Simple -change the posture, change the behaviour. In this talk by Toni Shelbourne, Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner, learn how incorporating Tellington TTouch Training, (TTouch for short), can enhance and shorten your training programme with highly aroused dogs.</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><em>Toni Shelbourne: Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Real Dog Yoga Instructor, author and former wolf handler, expert panel member for the Dog Welfare Alliance, Affiliated Member of The International School for Canine Psychology &amp; Behaviour. Toni Shelbourne has worked with domesticated and wild canids for over 27 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, she is one of the highest qualified Practitioners in the UK. In 2001 her work took her 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. Over the last 10 years Toni has been developing her writing. She spent two years editing and writing features for Wolf Print, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust&rsquo;s international magazine. She went on to write for national dog magazines, rescue society newsletters and website blogs. Her first book, The Truth about Wolves &amp; Dogs, was published in 2012. Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler came out in June 2015. Toni also writes a series of eBooks and paperbacks called Help! My Dog is Scared of Fireworks, (Co-authored with Karen Bush), was released in 2015 and entered the top 10 books in the dog category in the Kindle store. Their latest book, released in Jan 17 called HELP! My Dog Doesn\'t Travel Well In The Car: Solving motion sickness and other travelling issues, is set to exceed the first. Other titles are planned. In 2015 Toni enhanced her skill set by training as a Real Dog Yoga Instructor; a method which fits really well with the Tellington TTouch Training. Toni works privately with clients, teaches workshops, and give demos and talks all over the UK and abroad. She lives in Berkshire with her partner and their rescue lurcher Mr P, who came home with them after meeting him Battersea whist attending the Real Dog Yoga course. Find out more about Toni and Tellington TTouch by visiting&nbsp;<a href=\"http://www.tonishelbourne.co.uk/\" target=\"_blank\" data-mce-href=\"http://www.tonishelbourne.co.uk\">www.tonishelbourne.co.uk</a></em></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">&nbsp;<strong>Sian Ryan</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><img alt=\"Sian Ryan\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/sianryanmultidogs.jpg\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/sianryanmultidogs.jpg\" style=\"cursor: default;\" /></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Managing the Madness in Multi-dog Households&nbsp;</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">There are days when meeting the needs and managing your interactions with a single dog can be exhausting; add one or more dogs to the mix and the difficulties can increase exponentially. With video examples from her own group of 4 rescue dogs with very different personalities, Sian will highlight some of her priorities for restoring calm, staying sane, and meeting needs with particular emphasis on creating context-based behaviours that become habits rather than instructions. With these in place, the amazing upsides of multiple dogs become more apparent.&nbsp;</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">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&nbsp;<a href=\"https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/(<a href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8\" title=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8\">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8</a>)\" target=\"_blank\" data-mce-href=\"(<a href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8\" title=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8\">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8</a>)\">(<a href=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8\" title=\"http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8\">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8</a>)&nbsp;and was consulted during the making of Inside the Animal Mind with Chris Packham.<br />\nSian has recently completed an exciting project for the BBC but can\'t give details as yet. Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Sponsors</strong>:</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">Many thanks to our sponsors:</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><img alt=\"\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/vetoquinolgreenlogo.jpg\" height=\"84\" width=\"200\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/vetoquinolgreenlogo.jpg\" style=\"cursor: default;\" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt=\"\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/petremedylogonov2015a.jpg\" width=\"200\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/petremedylogonov2015a.jpg\" style=\"cursor: default;\" />&nbsp; &nbsp;<img alt=\"Dog Games\" src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/doggames.jpg\" height=\"103\" width=\"100\" data-mce-src=\"https://cdn.evbuc.com/eventlogos/69700157/doggames.jpg\" data-mce-selected=\"1\" style=\"cursor: default; outline: black solid 1px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255);\" />&nbsp;<strong>&nbsp;</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\"><strong>Exhibitors</strong>:</p>\n<p style=\"font-family: &quot;Helvetica Neue&quot;, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13px; line-height: 1.6em;\">Dogs Trust</p>\n<p><strong>Nitty Gritty</strong></p>\n<p>Early bird rate for everyone: &pound;55 (book before 2 March 2017)<br />\nStandard non-member price: &pound;65 <br />\nStandard member price: &pound;60 <br />\nPlease make sure you register at the correct rate as mistakes cannot be rectified afterwards.</p>\n<p>Everyone (members and non-members) should register at Early Bird rate until 2 March&nbsp;2017. </p>\n<p>FEES INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS AND A PACKED LUNCH</p>\n<p>A group discount is available for animal welfare and assistance dogs charities if sending four or more attendees. 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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Presented by Tamsin Durston The webinar will examine how to approach and handle cats, dogs and rabbits in such a way that minimises any stress associated with handling. We will explore the natural behaviour of these animals in order to understand how they feel about being handled, how to recognise when they are worried and how to react in order to optimise your interaction with them. Tamsin Durston has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for the past 19 years and, having studied small animal behaviour, have applied a behavioural understanding of small animals to vet practice in order to minimise stress within this emotionally and physically challenging environment for our pets. She is currently working delivering a dog training service for Dogs Trust&rsquo;s Dog School across London, again teaching owners to understand their dogs&rsquo; communication and feelings in order to minimise stress within their lives.<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\nPrice: APBC members &pound;10 Non-members &pound;30<br />\nPLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE WEB ADDRESS YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST.<br />\nIT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.<br />\nPlease note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.</p>\n', created = 1490512429, expire = 1490598829, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '1:14275d8062c7726a42d93ff1d255dd94' in /home/jbellapbc/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 108.
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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Evangelos (Vangelis) Diamantakos is giving the first presentation of his Project titled: </p>\n<p>Challenging the Present – Creating the Future.</p>\n<p>The webinar will look at:</p>\n<p>1. Dog – Human Interactions</p>\n<p>2. Patterns of Dog – Staff Interactions</p>\n<p>3. Effects on Dog Behaviour</p>\n<p>4. Consequences for possible adopters</p>\n<p>5. Targeted Change of Behavioural Patterns</p>\n<p>6. Procedure (through text and some videos)</p>\n<p>7. Expected Results </p>\n<p>8. The importance of Statistics</p>\n<p> Vangelis is a freelance consultant, both in Greece and the UK, with broad experience in dog behaviour, training, welfare and management. He has senior managerial experience in operational and educational design, management and evaluation of personnel working in dog programmes. He is the author of three books about dogs and is currently researching Dog Assisted Interventions, human – dog bond and welfare. </p>\n<p>Vangelis began his career as a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler 26 years ago, culminating in his being appointed the Head Manager of the MWD programme of the Hellenic (Greek) Air Force. In parallel, he has continuously sought to gain a holistic view of the human – dog relationship. This endeavour lead him to study in the UK and attain a BSc in Social Sciences with Psychological Studies and a MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. Vangelis is currently a PhD candidate and a visiting lecturer at the University of Thessaly in Greece. He sees dogs and occasionally cats and horses on behavioural referral from veterinary surgeons. </p>\n<p>More information at: <a href=\"http://www.evangelosdiamantakos.gr\" title=\"www.evangelosdiamantakos.gr\">www.evangelosdiamantakos.gr</a></p>\n<p>Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30<br />\nPLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.</p>\n<p>THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.<br />\nPlease note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.</p>\n', created = 1490512429, expire = 1490598829, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '1:6074496f4eea46672c204e607e0e263e' in /home/jbellapbc/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 108.
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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><strong>Behaviour essentials for veterinary practices: effective strategies to support your canine clients throughout their lifetimes, from pups to pensioners.</strong><br />\nUnderstanding behaviour can benefit veterinary practices in many ways. Being able to give appropriate behavioural advice can reduce the chances of behaviour problems occurring or help owners deal with problems effectively. This is important both for the welfare of the animal and also for maintaining the pet-owner bond which helps to keep pets in the home. Behavioural awareness can also improve how animals are handled and managed in the veterinary surgery, helping to ensure they remain happy to come into, and be handled in, the surgery. This makes it easier to give them the veterinary care they need, encouraging owners to remain bonded to your practice and to bring their pets in for treatment when it is needed.<br />\nFocusing on dogs, this day will cover the most important aspects of behaviour at different stages of life from before birth through puppyhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. We will include plenty of practical strategies to help you support your canine clients, including breeders and owners, to ensure the well-being of their dogs and reduce the chances of behaviour problems occurring.<br />\nThis day is aimed at enabling vets and nurses in general practice to provide a whole practice behavioural support package for dogs and their owners.<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\n<strong>Speakers</strong>:<br />\n<strong>Elaine Henley:</strong>&nbsp;Advice for breeders - Care of the bitch and pups from before birth and during early puppyhood<br />\n<strong>Claire Hargrave</strong>:&nbsp;Pups - From entering new home until around 20 weeks of age<br />\n<strong>Helen Zulch</strong>: From puberty to maturity<br />\n<strong>Caroline Warnes:&nbsp;</strong>Behaviour in elderly dogs<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\n<strong>Conference \'Nitty Gritty\'</strong><br />\n<strong>Prices</strong><br />\nVeterinary Surgeons and Standard non-Member Early Bird rate (to 25 August 2017): &pound;80<br />\nAPBC Member Early Bird rate (to 25 August 2017): &pound;60<br />\nVeterinary Surgeons and Standard non-member price: &pound;90<br />\nAPBC member price: &pound;70<br />\nVeterinary Nurse with Bursary: &pound;75 - APBC has made available a limited number of bursary places to reduce the cost of the event for veterinary nurses. To apply for a place please email <span class=\"spamspan\"><span class=\"u\">events</span> [at] <span class=\"d\">apbc [dot] org [dot] uk</span></span> to check availability and request the promotional code.<br />\n&nbsp;<br />\n<strong>FEES INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS AND 4 COURSE HOT &amp; COLD LUNCH BUFFET!</strong><br />\n&nbsp;<br />\nRefunds may be given for cancellations made no less than 14 days prior to the event less an &pound;8 admin fee. If cancelling 14 days or less from the event, no refund can be made however substitutions can be made at any time by emailing the change of name to: <span class=\"spamspan\"><span class=\"u\">events</span> [at] <span class=\"d\">apbc [dot] org [dot] uk</span><span class=\"h\"> (subject: APBC%20Behaviour%20Essentials) </span></span>.<br />\nThe organisers reserve the right to substitute speakers and programme details if necessary. A final reminder will be sent by email a few days prior to the event.<br />\nPlease note that other than assistance dogs, the venue does not permit dogs on the site.</p>\n', created = 1490512429, expire = 1490598829, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '1:a0e4737a7aaf3934362a33b4366bc0d7' in /home/jbellapbc/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 108.
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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p><strong>Welcome the APBC’s Conference and Webinar page! See below for upcoming events.</strong></p>\n<p>If you are a member of the APBC and wish to <a href=\"http://www.apbc.org.uk/members/events\">view upcoming member-only events click here</a>. You will need to log in for this link to work.</p>\n<p><strong>Food policy at events</strong></p>\n<p style=\"font-size:10pt\"><img src=\"/sites/default/files/images/speech.jpg\" class=\"img-right-border\" />Please note that it is the APBC’s policy to ensure that food provided at APBC events encourages welfare orientated farming methods. Wherever possible we aim to ensure:</p>\n<ul style=\"list-style-type:disc;margin-left:20px; font-size:10pt\">\n<li>Free range eggs are used</li>\n<li> Meat is free range or as a minimum meets the Five Freedoms Welfare Code. If free range meat cannot be provided then all catering will be vegetarian.</li>\n<li>Produce is locally sourced where possible.</li>\n</ul>\n<p style=\"font-size:10pt\"><strong>Webinar requirements</strong><br />\nIf you are unsure whether your computer or broadband speed is suitable to view a webinar, you may like to run the following test. Please note you do not need to have a webcam or microphone enable, you just need to be able to see and hear the presentation:</p>\n<p style=\"font-size:10pt\">You can test your connection before your session starts by joining a test session to check that your computer has everything required. </p>\n<p style=\"font-size:10pt\">Join the test session as follows:</p>\n<ol style=\"font-size:10pt\">\n<li>To test your connection, join the test session via <a href=\"https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/406552062\">https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/406552062</a>.</li>\n<li>If you\'re on a desktop, you may need to download the Citrix Online Launcher file for Windows or Mac to launch GoToWebinar.</li>\n<li>If you see a \"Successfully Connected\" message on the \"Waiting for Organizer\" dialog, you\'ve successfully joined the test session. You should be able to join GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining sessions from this computer. Close the \"Waiting for Organizer\" dialog to exit the test session.</li>\n</ol>\n<hr/>\n<h2>Upcoming Events</h2>\n</hr/>', created = 1490512429, expire = 1490598829, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:22d0e614f6a5574876b9a33a13cd4b03' in /home/jbellapbc/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 108.
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  • user warning: Table './apbc_org_uk_@002d_member/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and last (automatic?) repair failed query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>Helps new owners find the right puppy for them and educate it successfully using gentle, positive methods that are fast effective and fun. (Please note that this book was first published in 2000 titled The Ideal Puppy). Price includes UK P&amp;P. Please email <span class=\"spamspan\"><span class=\"u\">info</span> [at] <span class=\"d\">apbc [dot] org [dot] uk</span></span> for international postage.</p>\n', created = 1490512429, expire = 1490598829, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '1:0f748e982fb42adad5dd260d9f2ecd5f' in /home/jbellapbc/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 108.

Welcome the APBC’s Conference and Webinar page! See below for upcoming events.

If you are a member of the APBC and wish to view upcoming member-only events click here. You will need to log in for this link to work.

Food policy at events

Please note that it is the APBC’s policy to ensure that food provided at APBC events encourages welfare orientated farming methods. Wherever possible we aim to ensure:

  • Free range eggs are used
  • Meat is free range or as a minimum meets the Five Freedoms Welfare Code. If free range meat cannot be provided then all catering will be vegetarian.
  • Produce is locally sourced where possible.

Webinar requirements
If you are unsure whether your computer or broadband speed is suitable to view a webinar, you may like to run the following test. Please note you do not need to have a webcam or microphone enable, you just need to be able to see and hear the presentation:

You can test your connection before your session starts by joining a test session to check that your computer has everything required.

Join the test session as follows:

  1. To test your connection, join the test session via https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/406552062.
  2. If you're on a desktop, you may need to download the Citrix Online Launcher file for Windows or Mac to launch GoToWebinar.
  3. If you see a "Successfully Connected" message on the "Waiting for Organizer" dialog, you've successfully joined the test session. You should be able to join GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining sessions from this computer. Close the "Waiting for Organizer" dialog to exit the test session.

Upcoming Events

  • The Power and Pleasure of Play

    11/04/2017-11/04/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Alasdair Bunyan
     
    Play in animals is known to be an indicator of an individual’s welfare, whether this is a cat or a dog, play defines the animals mental state. Although play has been studied in many animals, including felines, canine play continues to be one of the least studied concepts.
     
    In order to use play to build a stronger relationship and to help with training a greater awareness of an individual’s specific play styles must be understood.  Alasdair will discuss the importance of play in the welfare environment, play styles, appropriate and inappropriate play and thoughts on motivation and how to use play as reinforcement to both the handlers and dog’s benefit.
     
    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30
     
    PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.
    Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.

    Click here to book:
  • APBC Annual Conference 2017: Keep Calm and Carry On...

    30/04/2017-30/04/2017

    Venue: Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, NN15 6PB

    Keep Calm and Carry On...Understanding and managing over-arousal in dogs

    Many owners struggle with dogs that are over-aroused, whether this is the result of excitement, fear or frustration. This can lead to difficulties with work, training and many behaviour problems including recall problems, inappropriate chasing, barking and repetitive behaviours. Managing arousal and teaching dogs to be calm is an important aspect of dealing with many problem behaviours. This conference should be of interest to anyone living or working with dogs, whether they are wired Whippets, crazy Collies or even chilled Chihuahuas.

    During the day we will explore what arousal is, why some dogs seem to become over-aroused more easily than others and how this can influence a dog’s physiology and ability to learn. We will look at practical strategies for reducing arousal and helping dogs to be calmer including appropriate management strategies, exercise, training and activities such as tracking and searching. We will explore the use and efficacy of calming medications, supplements and diets, and therapies such as massage and T touch.

    We will also look at achieving calmness in specific situations including within the multi-dog household.

     Dr Anne McBride BSc, PhD, Cert.Cons., MAPBC, Hon.Mem.TCBTS, Hon.Mem.BVNA

    Anne McBride

    Keep Calm and Carry on.... what is calmness, and why do we want it?

    Given the limitations of time, the aim of this talk is to scene set for the day and thus I will briefly recap on what arousal is, be that a result of eustress or distress and some factors that can cause it. By implication we should then have an understanding of what is calmness. The talk will then consider the Three Bears and Porridge problem; namely how much or how little arousal calmness is needed for optimal learning and performance in any individual human or non-human animal. The principles of what might be causing too much or too little arousal and how it might be accommodated can be applied to all species involved in a training / performance / behaviour modification scenario. In all cases there are likely two species present, human and animal, in different roles of the professional, the client, and the client’s animal. Others may also be involved e.g. stooge dog (and handler); other species such as horse / livestock; and children. Given the potential effects of arousal, thoughts of general issues that need to be considered in practice will complete this presentation.

    Anne has a degree in Psychology and a PhD in rabbits! Her thesis was on their social and parental behaviour. She has worked with animals and people in a variety of contexts including laboratories, hill farming and zoo keeping and has been a dog trainer and behaviour counsellor since 1987. In 1994, Anne set up the first course of its kind, the postgraduate Diploma / MSc course in Companion Animal behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton and was its director until its closure in 2010. Alongside working with dogs and cats, Anne has always had a particular interest in exotics and promotion of their welfare through understanding their behaviour and meeting their behavioural needs. She has written, and continues to write about this subject in books, journal articles and specialist publications such as Rabbiting On – the members’ journal of the Rabbit Welfare Association and Fund (RWAF). Anne is a Senior lecturer in Psychology at Southampton, Honorary Associate Professor at the Veterinary School at the University of Nottingham, Honorary Member of both the British Veterinary Nursing Association and the Canine Behaviour and Training Society (previously known as the UKRCB). She is also a member of the Companion Animal Welfare Council. Anne teaches nationally and internationally on her areas of academic interest, namely animal behaviour and human-animal interactions and their effects on the welfare of humans and animals. Anne’s central belief is that animal and human welfare will only be improved if we continue to educate and raise knowledge and skills standards of professionals working in the human-animal field, and thus, through them, of animal owners and keepers. She is a strong supporter of the Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) which is regulatory body that represents animal trainers and animal behaviour therapists to both the public and to legislative bodies. She is the council representative for the RWAF and Chair of the ABTC Programme Recognition Committee.

    Graham Thompson PG Dip CABC MSc CABC

    Graham Thompson

    Slow, slow, quick, quick slow, the practical options for managing arousal and encouraging calm behaviour in dogs.

    "People are no longer human beings. We should be called human doings,” said Richard Carlson in his 10 million selling book, Don't Sweat the Small Stuff. So the idea of relaxing and switching off is something many owners struggle with for themselves, so it is no surprise perhaps that we also struggle to relax our dogs. But by being more mindful of how we practically interact with our dogs and how we apply everyday activities such as walks, fetch games, food games and training we can encourage our dogs to relax. This presentation will explore the practical activities we can use with our dogs to help them relax and along the way pet owners will no doubt be more relaxed too!

    Graham Thompson gained the Post-Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (PG Dip CABC), with Distinction, from the University of Southampton and also the degree of Master of Science in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling (MSc CABC), with Distinction, from the University of Southampton. He sees cats and dogs on behavioural referral from veterinary surgeons. Graham is based in Ambleside in the heart of the Lake District in Cumbria, but has seen clients from all over the UK. Graham is particularly interested in the behaviour of dogs and their owners in the countryside. During his under-graduate studies in Applied Animal Behaviour at the University of Southampton he investigated factors affecting the distance dogs roam from their owners in recreational environments through the use of GPS technology. He researched the effects of play on the roaming behaviour of dogs for his MSc at the University of Southampton. Most recently Graham has taken a greater interest in how practitioners can most effectively bring about changes in the behaviour pet owners, to facilitate improvements in pet welfare and training. He is an ASAB Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB), a Full Member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and an Animal Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist. Varied numbers of rescued dogs and cats live with Graham in the Lake District.

    Caroline Warnes BVSc MSc MRCVS CCAB

    Caroline Warnes

    Take a chill-pill. Calming drugs, diets and supplements: how they work and how we can use them to address arousal-related problems in dogs.

    When dogs are over-aroused it is very tempting to reach for a quick solution, and in some cases behaviour modification is difficult or ineffective on its own. In addition to a range of arousal-reducing drugs there are variety of diets and supplements promoted as having calming effects in dogs. This talk will explore how these work in theory, how effective they are likely to be in different situations and how they can be used in practice to address arousal-related problems in dogs.

    Caroline qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon from the University of Bristol and worked for nearly ten years in general practice before developing a special interest in companion animal behaviour. She completed the Diploma/MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling at the University of Southampton, and her MSc project looked at the effects of spaying on behaviour in bitches. Caroline is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors, an ASAB accredited Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist and is registered as both a Veterinary Behaviourist and Clinical Animal Behaviourist through the Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She is co-owner and administrator of a small animal veterinary practice in Swindon, Wiltshire and also runs her own companion animal behaviour referral practice. Caroline enjoys teaching and in addition to giving lectures and webinars she is has been a visiting lecturer at both the University of Southampton and more recently the University of Bristol School of Veterinary Science.

    Pat Tagg BSc (Hons) Psych (Open), MSc (CABC)

    Pat Tagg 

    Tracking, some of the key behavioural benefits.

    If we consider that macrosmatic animals, such as dogs, are already gifted in olfactory tracking and that tracking provides almost limitless flexibility for ‘travelling’ throughout multiple environments, couldn’t, or shouldn’t we consider how to utilise it in the field of behavioural rehabilitation? In this talk some of the key considerations for the use of tracking in an applied situation are presented. The intrinsic nature of tracking, what it is and how dogs do it, its position with regards to ‘field effects’ (see Gadbois and Reeve), the emotional ‘picture' and the powerful possibilities with regard to learning and behaviour change will be discussed. Pre requisite human skills, the threats and opportunities that human involvement present will be touched upon and a brief introduction to some basic track structures that enable systematic gradual exposure therapy and counter conditioning to be implemented.Pat has parallel career experience in the behaviour and training of companion and agricultural animals and the training and development of people. Pat has over 35 years practical experience of handling and training companion and agricultural animals, extensive experience of resolving behaviour issues and of coaching interpersonal skills for professional personnel.

    After studying agriculture Pat launched a pig farming business with a difference. The farm featured large scale positive training programmes, resulting in autonomy over a number of circumstances for the sows (500 of them, living outdoors on the Dorset Downs). The sows were cared for with the help of working GSDs. Pat worked for eighteen years in a regional management role for the National Farmers’ Union, with responsibility for training and developing a large and progressively accomplished team. She has (and continues to) run her own companion animal behaviour referral business since 1998 and was for many years visiting lecturer at the University of Southampton.

     Currently Pat is developing the “Dogtaggs” suite of services which include training and practical development programmes for pet professionals and owners alike, communication skills workshops for business and private individuals. She is in the process of building a flock of 150 wonderful Poll Dorset sheep; this enables, for the first time in the UK, the teaching of German style sheep tending with GSDs. 

    Toni Shelbourne

    Toni Shelbourne

    Tellington TTouch Training – The perfect training partner to preventing, managing and reducing over-arousal in dogs.

    Self-carriage, self-confidence and self-control are intrinsically linked. When a dog is highly aroused due to excitement or fear, learning is inhibited. The ability to act rather than re-act is impaired as the body deals with the heightened state on a physiological level. In short we stop thinking. For dogs who can’t focus, cooperate or concentrate, putting them into any learning environment can be challenging but how do you help them be successful? Simple -change the posture, change the behaviour. In this talk by Toni Shelbourne, Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner, learn how incorporating Tellington TTouch Training, (TTouch for short), can enhance and shorten your training programme with highly aroused dogs.

    Toni Shelbourne: Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Real Dog Yoga Instructor, author and former wolf handler, expert panel member for the Dog Welfare Alliance, Affiliated Member of The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour. Toni Shelbourne has worked with domesticated and wild canids for over 27 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, she is one of the highest qualified Practitioners in the UK. In 2001 her work took her 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. Over the last 10 years Toni has been developing her writing. She spent two years editing and writing features for Wolf Print, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust’s international magazine. She went on to write for national dog magazines, rescue society newsletters and website blogs. Her first book, The Truth about Wolves & Dogs, was published in 2012. Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler came out in June 2015. Toni also writes a series of eBooks and paperbacks called Help! My Dog is Scared of Fireworks, (Co-authored with Karen Bush), was released in 2015 and entered the top 10 books in the dog category in the Kindle store. Their latest book, released in Jan 17 called HELP! My Dog Doesn't Travel Well In The Car: Solving motion sickness and other travelling issues, is set to exceed the first. Other titles are planned. In 2015 Toni enhanced her skill set by training as a Real Dog Yoga Instructor; a method which fits really well with the Tellington TTouch Training. Toni works privately with clients, teaches workshops, and give demos and talks all over the UK and abroad. She lives in Berkshire with her partner and their rescue lurcher Mr P, who came home with them after meeting him Battersea whist attending the Real Dog Yoga course. Find out more about Toni and Tellington TTouch by visiting www.tonishelbourne.co.uk

     Sian Ryan

    Sian Ryan

    Managing the Madness in Multi-dog Households 

    There are days when meeting the needs and managing your interactions with a single dog can be exhausting; add one or more dogs to the mix and the difficulties can increase exponentially. With video examples from her own group of 4 rescue dogs with very different personalities, Sian will highlight some of her priorities for restoring calm, staying sane, and meeting needs with particular emphasis on creating context-based behaviours that become habits rather than instructions. With these in place, the amazing upsides of multiple dogs become more apparent. 

    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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8)" target="_blank" data-mce-href="(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8)">(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7Rl55wdMr8) and was consulted during the making of Inside the Animal Mind with Chris Packham.
    Sian has recently completed an exciting project for the BBC but can't give details as yet. Sian owns and runs the Developing Dogs Training Centre and Holiday Cottages in Cambridgeshire, as well as giving seminars and workshops across the country.

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    Early bird rate for everyone: £55 (book before 2 March 2017)
    Standard non-member price: £65
    Standard member price: £60
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    Everyone (members and non-members) should register at Early Bird rate until 2 March 2017.

    FEES INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS AND A PACKED LUNCH

    A group discount is available for animal welfare and assistance dogs charities if sending four or more attendees. Please email events [at] apbc [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: APBC%20Annual%20Conference%202017) to request details.

    Please note that other than assistance dogs, the venue does not permit dogs on the site.

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  • Safe Handling – Approaches to Animals in the safest ways possible

    20/06/2017-20/06/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Tamsin Durston The webinar will examine how to approach and handle cats, dogs and rabbits in such a way that minimises any stress associated with handling. We will explore the natural behaviour of these animals in order to understand how they feel about being handled, how to recognise when they are worried and how to react in order to optimise your interaction with them. Tamsin Durston has worked as a Veterinary Nurse for the past 19 years and, having studied small animal behaviour, have applied a behavioural understanding of small animals to vet practice in order to minimise stress within this emotionally and physically challenging environment for our pets. She is currently working delivering a dog training service for Dogs Trust’s Dog School across London, again teaching owners to understand their dogs’ communication and feelings in order to minimise stress within their lives.
     
    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30
    PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE WEB ADDRESS YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST.
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  • SHELTER/KENNELED DOGS (PART I) OPTIMISING DOG – STAFF INTERACTION

    04/07/2017-04/07/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Evangelos (Vangelis) Diamantakos is giving the first presentation of his Project titled:

    Challenging the Present – Creating the Future.

    The webinar will look at:

    1. Dog – Human Interactions

    2. Patterns of Dog – Staff Interactions

    3. Effects on Dog Behaviour

    4. Consequences for possible adopters

    5. Targeted Change of Behavioural Patterns

    6. Procedure (through text and some videos)

    7. Expected Results

    8. The importance of Statistics

    Vangelis is a freelance consultant, both in Greece and the UK, with broad experience in dog behaviour, training, welfare and management. He has senior managerial experience in operational and educational design, management and evaluation of personnel working in dog programmes. He is the author of three books about dogs and is currently researching Dog Assisted Interventions, human – dog bond and welfare.

    Vangelis began his career as a Military Working Dog (MWD) handler 26 years ago, culminating in his being appointed the Head Manager of the MWD programme of the Hellenic (Greek) Air Force. In parallel, he has continuously sought to gain a holistic view of the human – dog relationship. This endeavour lead him to study in the UK and attain a BSc in Social Sciences with Psychological Studies and a MSc in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. Vangelis is currently a PhD candidate and a visiting lecturer at the University of Thessaly in Greece. He sees dogs and occasionally cats and horses on behavioural referral from veterinary surgeons.

    More information at: www.evangelosdiamantakos.gr

    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30
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    THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.
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  • Use of drug therapy in the safe handling and management of animals with behaviour issues

    12/09/2017-12/09/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm

    Presented by Kevin McPeake
    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30 PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE WEB ADDRESSYOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.
    THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST.
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  • APBC: Behaviour Essentials for Veterinary Practices: Effective strategies to support your canine clients throughout their lifetimes, from pups to pensioners

    25/10/2017-25/10/2017

    Venue: Holiday Inn Coventry M6 J2, Hinckley Road, Walsgrave, Coventry CV2 2HP

    Behaviour essentials for veterinary practices: effective strategies to support your canine clients throughout their lifetimes, from pups to pensioners.
    Understanding behaviour can benefit veterinary practices in many ways. Being able to give appropriate behavioural advice can reduce the chances of behaviour problems occurring or help owners deal with problems effectively. This is important both for the welfare of the animal and also for maintaining the pet-owner bond which helps to keep pets in the home. Behavioural awareness can also improve how animals are handled and managed in the veterinary surgery, helping to ensure they remain happy to come into, and be handled in, the surgery. This makes it easier to give them the veterinary care they need, encouraging owners to remain bonded to your practice and to bring their pets in for treatment when it is needed.
    Focusing on dogs, this day will cover the most important aspects of behaviour at different stages of life from before birth through puppyhood, adolescence, adulthood and into old age. We will include plenty of practical strategies to help you support your canine clients, including breeders and owners, to ensure the well-being of their dogs and reduce the chances of behaviour problems occurring.
    This day is aimed at enabling vets and nurses in general practice to provide a whole practice behavioural support package for dogs and their owners.
     
    Speakers:
    Elaine Henley: Advice for breeders - Care of the bitch and pups from before birth and during early puppyhood
    Claire Hargrave: Pups - From entering new home until around 20 weeks of age
    Helen Zulch: From puberty to maturity
    Caroline Warnes: Behaviour in elderly dogs
     
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    Prices
    Veterinary Surgeons and Standard non-Member Early Bird rate (to 25 August 2017): £80
    APBC Member Early Bird rate (to 25 August 2017): £60
    Veterinary Surgeons and Standard non-member price: £90
    APBC member price: £70
    Veterinary Nurse with Bursary: £75 - APBC has made available a limited number of bursary places to reduce the cost of the event for veterinary nurses. To apply for a place please email events [at] apbc [dot] org [dot] uk to check availability and request the promotional code.
     
    FEES INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS AND 4 COURSE HOT & COLD LUNCH BUFFET!
     
    Refunds may be given for cancellations made no less than 14 days prior to the event less an £8 admin fee. If cancelling 14 days or less from the event, no refund can be made however substitutions can be made at any time by emailing the change of name to: events [at] apbc [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: APBC%20Behaviour%20Essentials) .
    The organisers reserve the right to substitute speakers and programme details if necessary. A final reminder will be sent by email a few days prior to the event.
    Please note that other than assistance dogs, the venue does not permit dogs on the site.

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