Saturday, 09. May 2020, DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry, 2020 National Dog Behaviour Conference

from 09. May 2020 - 9:00
till 10. May 2020 - 17:00

DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry

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2019 DBC attendees have special access to heavily discounted Super Earlybird rates by using the promo code provided during the conference.
The seventh annual National Dog Behaviour Conference will be held on May 9-10, 2020 in Coventry, England.
This unique two-day event has become the UK’s preeminent dog training and behaviour-related conference, featuring a world-class lineup of presenters, a breadth of unique topics and concepts covered which is unmatched in the industry, and a commitment to providing education and inspiration for all attendees. For the seventh straight year, renowned TV dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell is bringing together many of the world’s top canine behaviour experts, university scholars, specialists and thought leaders to explore topical animal-related concepts, the social and behavioural issue of dog **** prevention, innovative approaches to understanding and communicating with our domestic dogs and more.
The Dog Behaviour Conference (DBC) is unique among dog industry events in terms of the quality and scope of its presentations, while also fostering and celebrating an inspirational sense of community among like-minded dog owners, trainers, wardens, veterinary professionals, organizational leaders, groomers, responsible breeders, walkers and general animal lovers.
Spaces are limited, and this event has sold out for the past five years, so don't delay in registering for the conference now to ensure you have a seat at this industry-leading annual event!
2020 Speakers to be announced later this summer
2019 DBC Conference Presenters*:

Victoria Stilwell, dog behaviour expert, creator of It’s Me or the Dog, founder of VSPDT and the Victoria Stilwell Academy
Sian Ryan, Renowned dog trainer and behaviour consultant
Sarah Fisher,  T-touch practitioner and behaviour counselor
Sarah Heath, Renowned veterinary behaviourist

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Craig Ogilvie, Renowned dog trainer, behaviour consultant and author
Jennifer Arnold, Founder and Executive Director of Canine Assistants

The National Dog Behaviour Conference is open to everyone including dog lovers, dog trainers, groomers, pet sitters and dog walkers, animal shelter workers and other animal care professionals, as well as dog wardens, law enforcement, educators, veterinarians and legal and medical professionals.
2019 DBC Presentation Titles (2020 presentation titles available in late 2019):

How to Successfully Transition Rescue Dogs into Homes: Victoria Stilwell
The Bond-Based Approach® to Working and Living with Service Dogs: Jennifer Arnold
Understanding the Triad of Canine Health – Emotional, Cognitive and Physical: Sarah Heath
Interactive Play: Craig Ogilvie
Creative Puppy Classes: Sian Ryan
The Adolescent Dog: Engage the Brain, Reduce the Pain: Sarah Fisher

SampleTopics Covered:

Easing the stress of shelter life for dogs
Transitioning dogs from puppy farms, back yard breeders and hoarding situations
Finding the right family for rescue dogs
Setting expectations for rehomed rescue dogs
Relationship building with rescue dogs
The importance of choice and confidence
Teaching life skills to dogs
Solving behaviour problemsUnderstanding the interplay between physical, emotional and cognitive health
Understanding the importance of considering physical and emotional health in a dog training context
The importance of encouraging respectful co-operation between veterinary surgeons, dog trainers and canine behaviourists
How to successfully gain your dog’s interest in toy play by adjusting your techniques to suit your dog and allowing them to make the choice to play.
How to avoid some of the common mistakes that can be made during toy play, which can inadvertently lead to problematic behaviours.
How to tailor your play technique and thought process to create a uniquely enriching experience to share with your dog.
What are puppy classes really for?
What skills actually need to be learned by puppies?
What does a good puppy class look like?
How can we best engage puppy owners?
At a time when dogs are potentially at their most vulnerable should we really be intensifying or accelerating ‘socialisation and training’ as some professionals suggest?
Might it be more appropriate to support both the canines and their guardians with a more fluid NAtO (No Attachment to Outcome) approach?
Is the behaviour of the adolescent dog indicative of how he will ******?
Should we be assessing adolescent dogs in shelters? If yes, then why, when and how?
The ethics of service dogs
Why we must focus on cooperation rather than coercion in dog training
The neurobiology of interspecies collaboration
How to help dogs develop secure attachments
What our dogs need to make 'good' choices
Creating a miraculous shift in perspective

Hotel Info:
A limited numbe of discounted rooms at the conference hotel will soon be available to book, and those registering now will receive a special email to be the first to be able to reserve.
Estimated rates (may vary):

Single occupancy - £78/night
Double occupancy - £88/night
Bed & breakfast included
Free Parking
Free wifi
£20 pet fee

Hotel Details:

DoubleTree by Hilton Coventry
Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry, CV2 2ST
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Conference Details:

Free parking is available at the venue in the hotel car park.
Hot lunches, refreshments and tea/coffee are provided with registration.
Dogs are welcome in the conference hotel but are not permitted in the actual conference room during presentations.

Frequently Asked Questions:
Q:  Can I attend just one of the two DBC days? Due to space and registration limitations, attendees are not able to register for only one day of the conference. All registrations are for the the full, two-day conference.
Q:  Is lunch included? Yes! Refreshments and lunches are included in the cost of registration.
Q:  Is there free parking? Yes. Complimentary parking is available in the conference hotel car park.
Q:  What time does the conference begin and end each day? Saturday will begin at 9am (registration and check in open at 8am) and end at 6pm. Sunday will begin at 9am and end at 5pm. All times are subject to change.
Q:  Are there discounts for group or rescue organisations? Costs for the conference are already underwritten and further discounts are unfortunately not available. Discounted ‘early bird’ rates are available for those purchasing tickets before Jan 1, 2019.
Q:  What is the refund policy? Refunds are available up to 30 days before the event, after which refunds will only be granted upon request if there is a waitlist for the conference.
Q:  Is VAT included in the ticket price? No VAT is collected on the ticket purchases, as the organising entity is a US company with no VAT exposure. Therefore, VAT receipts are not available for delegates.
Q:  My ticket was bought for me by someone else. Does my name need to be on the ticket? Yes. The ticket registration process requires the purchaser to list each attendee by name, however if this changes or for some reason there is a different name on your ticket from the person who will be attending, please contact us at and let us know the names of each attendee that will be attending with each ticket.
Q:  Do I need to bring my printed ticket with me to the conference? Yes. Please bring the ticket that was automatically sent to you when you registered.
Testimonials from Attendees of previous Dog Behaviour Conferences:
Pretty overwhelmed with your fantastic line-up.
A brilliant conference. I brought so much away with me; expanding personal knowledge, practical things that I can implement on a day to day basis and ideas for areas in which I can improve my own dog training business.
It was my first Dog **** conference and loved it. Came away a lot more knowledgeable with links to useful sources of information. The conference is sharing a great message and the more we can spread the word to help prevent children getting bitten, the better.
This was my first attendance and I thought it was brilliant, I will certainly encourage people to attend, this information needs to be filtered through to pet owners not just dog trainers.
As a veterinary nurse I have a very basic knowledge of dog behaviour but after this weekend I have really seen how behavior is an essential part of caring for dogs with in the veterinary practice. I will 100% be looking into ways of getting the information out to clients, especially regarding children and dogs. I learnt something from every speaker and overall thought the conference was amazing. Can't wait for next year!
I came away from it totally motivated and to put into practice what knowledge I had gained. It was a lot to take in but hopefully the notes I wrote down will make sense to me.
The conference gave me so much information to think about. I've been to lots of conferences for Veterinary nursing but never have I come out and thought Wow!
Truly inspiring and informative
I felt everyone was very welcoming and open, it is a great group to "feel a part of". Very well run. Thank you to the whole team.
A Great experience, the speakers were incredible informative but also meeting all the other attendees taught me a lot about all sides of the dog world.
Just starting out in the dog world having been a People trainer for the last 20 years. For me this conference was invaluable. It has opened my eyes up to so many things and my head hasn't stopped spinning yet. Thank you for such an amazing experience.
The speakers were excellent and entertaining when appropriate. As always I learnt something new and became inspired to want to do more.
Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, thank you so much for bringing it all together. Fabulous range of excellent speakers. Learned a great deal and has given me lots to consider and reflect upon. Was not sure how relevant this was going to be to me, but am so glad I attended and will help to make sure that Pets As Therapy staff & volunteers get to attend next year.
The conference was great, really motivational and informative. It has a great mix of speakers and had a lot of practical knowledge and help
The conference was brilliant I have learn so much and I feel that what I have learn will make me a better person in my job. Thank you again for running a brilliant conference and I will be at next year's conference.
An inspirational 2 days of lectures, great to see so many people working hard to change the lives of both dogs and people.
The DBC is an excellent opportunity to network. I attended initially as an interested party (being on my second people-reactive dog) and out of my networking, I have ended up enrolled on a canine behaviour and training degree programme, planning a future in canine welfare. I love the mix of academic and practical that the conference provides and think it found the 'just right' balance of the two.

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