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 15th).
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 session afterwards.

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 with.


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 needs.


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.

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