The Canine Conference 2019

April 6, 2019
Bishop burton, United Kingdom

The Canine Conference 2019

£89 - £121

This event brings together four UK speakers, each specialists within their field, to provide you with an educational and thought provoking weekend.

canine cognition
dog reactivity
April 6, 2019
09:00 - 16:00
April 7, 2019
09:00 - 16:00

York road
Bishop Burton
HU17 8QG
United Kingdom

Dog trainers

Morag Heirs

Clinical Animal Behaviourist at Well Connected Canine Ltd

Dr Janet Finlay

Janet Finlay is a Tellington TTouch Instructor for Companion Animals, a dog trainer, a qualified leadership coach for humans, and was for many years a university professor, specialising in online learning.

Lynda Taylor

Lynda has been working within training, for both people and dogs, for over 25 years.

Kay Attwood

Kay runs her very successful Dog Training school – Kay9 Services - offering an array of weekly classes, workshops and lectures to members of the public as well as other dog training professionals.

Day 1
Day 2
Canine Cognition
Cognitive development is the ability to think and understand. It is the part of the brain responsible for problem solving, processing information, conceptual learning, perceptual skills, memory, creativity and brain development.

This session will present the games that can be played, including discrimination skills (visual, sensual, scent and audio), which will develop you and your dog’s ability to work as a team and problem to solve. These are not only impressive skills for your dog to demonstrate but they can also help your dog through behavioural issues and contribute towards their general wellbeing.
The Targeted Approach Protocol for Fearful Dogs
The world can be an unpredictable and difficult place to be for fearful dogs. Often, by necessity, the choices they can make when faced with fear inducing stimuli are limited to those which we decide upon for them and that in turn can increase the sense of anxiety if we don’t choose carefully.

The Targeted Approach Protocol was initially designed for rescue dogs who demonstrated immense fear when in close proximity to people. Those dogs who ‘tie themselves in knots’ when a treat is offered; terrified to step closer but still wanting to drive forward and grab the food.

This session will describe the protocol, present case studies accompanied by video clips and then discuss how the approach can be applied towards a range of fear based behaviours.
Reactivity: a two-way street
Why can it be so hard for guardians of reactive dogs to make the progress they want, even sometimes seeming to sabotage their own efforts? What is it about reactivity that makes even experienced trainers struggle with their own dogs? As a trainer, do you get frustrated when your reactivity clients can’t seem to follow your instructions? And do you sometimes even secretly feel that they themselves are more of the problem than their dog?

When we work with reactive dogs, we naturally tend to focus on how to change the dog’s behaviour but reactivity is a two-way street. Having a reactive dog is an isolating and stressful experience, which frequently leaves guardians feeling helpless, inadequate and increasingly reactive themselves.

This session will explore reactivity from the human end of the lead and look at how we can support and coach reactive dog guardians effectively, without blame.

The Your End of the Lead programme enables guardians to understand and change their mindset, posture and behaviour so that they can help their dog more effectively.

The session will highlight the science behind this unique programme and leave you with practical tools that you can use to transform Your - or Your Client’s! - End of the Lead.
Sniffing for Success: scentwork solutions for common behavioural problems
Scentwork has taken off across the world as a fun activity to share with your dog, and there are a whole range of methods and approaches.
While some methods concentrate on competition, there’s increasing interest in the use of scentwork and nose games within behaviour modification programmes.

We’ll refresh your knowledge of basic scentwork approaches and their effects on the canine brain before using a mixture of case studies and video to explore how scentwork can play a key role in behaviour modification for a range of commonly presenting problems in dogs.