It’s a dog’s life: managing expectation of pet dogs in a modern society
Saturday 21st April 2018
Price: £20, £15 LAA members,and £18 early bird (bookings before March 1st). Or £25
with the facilitated session for professionals afterwards too.
When: Arrive 9.45 for a 10 am start, finish around 1 pm (or around 3pm with professionals
Where: West Horsley Village Hall, Surrey KT24 6DD
“It's a dogs life: managing expectation of pet dogs in modern society"
The dog training and behaviour sector has undergone massive change in the past few
decades, with the methods that we choose to train our dogs and the general expectations
of how dogs should behave in public being two of the hottest topics. This talk aims
to discuss the changes in attitudes towards pet dog training and how modern societal
'norms' are often at odds with the needs and wants of the dogs we share our homes
We will look at what influences dog owners to choose the dogs they choose, how, why
and if they seek out formal training and how professionals working with pet dog owners
can manage expectations to help owners see their dogs as individuals with species-specific
This event will be followed by an optional facilitated learning circle discussion
for dog professionals (extra cost, see above). We will discuss the challenges and
share tips on the topic of working with clients. Suzanne will give a short presentation
on ‘human behaviour change skills for people working with clients’ and then facilitate
a session exploring the concepts.
To book: Pay by PayPal using the links below or send a cheque, payable to ‘Learning
About Animals’, to: Suzanne Rogers, 6 Fern Cottages, Dorking Road, Abinger Hammer,
Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6SA. E-mail: Suzanne@learningaboutanimals.co.uk
Please let me know at time of booking if you require a certificate of attendance
of the course for your records.
The speaker: Natalie runs her own animal behaviour consultancy in Hampshire, working
with humans and dogs to better understand one another and live together harmoniously.
She has a BSc in Zoology from University of Southampton and a PGDip in Applied Animal
Welfare & Behaviour from Newcastle University. Nat is a Full Member of the Association
of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and an Animal Training & Behaviour Council Registered
Clinical Animal Behaviourist and Animal Training Instructor. Alongside her pet dog
clients, Natalie works with local government, charities and landowners to provide
training and promote responsible dog walking practices in the countryside and how
to stay safe around dogs. She is currently undertaking a PhD research project at
University of Winchester looking into the 'Changing trends and attitudes towards
pet dog training: 1970 to present day". Natalie lives in Hampshire with her husband,
3 dogs; border collie Jack, lurcher Gru, jack russell Mouse and their 3 Indian Runner
ducks; Mari, Fawn & Blue.