Our Speakers include:
(Please note that that we still have a number of speakers to add to our WOOF!2019 line up and we will confirm them over the next two weeks so watch this space!)
Eduardo J. Fernandez Ph.D
Emelie Johnson Vegh
Dr. Helen Zulch MRCVS
Dr. Lore Haug DVM
Dr. Marty Becker DVM
T. V. (Joe) Layng Ph.D
Find out about our amazing speakers below.
Chirag is the organiser of WOOF! and owner of Domesticated Manners. Chirag consults on the behaviour management and training of domestic animals kept as pets, exotics, zoo and laboratory animals. His passion is the application of behaviour change science and ethics to improve the life of animals living under human care, especially applying training principles to teach animals to be active participants in their own daily and veterinary care in a stress free manner.
Chirag also consults for Guides Dogs for the Blind Association and the Kong Company. In 2015, Chirag was invited to join the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums (BIAZA), Animal Training Focus group as the scientific officer and external consultant. He has also been invited and accepted as a Certified Parrot Behaviour Consultant (CPBC), with the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants (IAABC). Chirag has previously worked for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour.
Chirag earned his BSc(Hons) in Veterinary Sciences from the Royal Veterinary College in London and a Postgraduate Certificate in Clinical Animal Behaviour from the University of Lincoln, UK. He also holds an Advanced diploma in practical aspects of companion animal behaviour and training from the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology. Chirag is also currently continuing his education by studying further in the field of Applied Behaviour Analysis. In 2005, Chirag completed an internship in dog behaviour and training with a focus on aggressive behaviour under the mentorship of Jean Donaldson at the San Francisco SPCA and developed his understanding and skills in puppy training under the mentorship of Ian Dunbar PhD, BVetMed, MRCVS. He is also a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers UK (00923) and has previously served on their committee. Chirag is also proud to be on the faculty for Clicker Expo.
Chirag's Website: www.domesticatedmanners.com
Eduardo J. Fernandez Ph.D
Eduardo J. Fernandez graduated with his M.S. in Behavior Analysis from the University of North Texas, where he was the co-founder and President of the Organization for Reinforcement Contingencies with Animals (ORCA). Eduardo runs the Animal Reinforcement Forum (ARF) listserv, which is dedicated to group discussions on animal training and behavior from a scientific perspective, runs the IU Zoo research group, which focuses on behavioral research in zoo settings at Indiana University, edits for the Pets, Zoos, and Animals section on the Cambridge Center for Behavioral Studies website, is the Chair and Program Chair of the Association for Behavior Analysis’s Special Interest Group, the Animal Trainer’s Forum, and is a board member of the Animal Behavior Management Alliance (ABMA). He is currently working on a doctorate degree in Psychology with a minor in Animal Behavior and Neural Science at Indiana University in Bloomington, and spends much of his time conducting animal welfare, behavioral enrichment, and animal training/operant/respondent research in the laboratory and at the Indianapolis and Cincinnati Zoo.
Emelie Johnson Vegh
Emelie Johnson Vegh began training dogs as a teenager, after many years of involvement with horses. Her first dog was a mixed breed that competed successfully in both agility and obedience. Emelie's first Border terrier came into her life in 1994; all together she has had three terriers. The Border terriers have been involved in agility primarily, but also in some freestyle and ground work.
In 2009, a Kelpie made an entrance into the family. With her, Emelie is working in rally obedience, obedience, and freestyle, and they also enjoy urban mushing. Emelie and her dogs have won medals at the Swedish Nationals, both as youths and as adults, with a silver team medal as the best placement.
Together with business partner Eva Bertilsson, Emelie runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum. Emelie and Eva’s goal is to help people acquire knowledge and skills in science-based, modern, humane, and empowering teaching strategies for the benefit of learners of all species. They teach seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, and coach trainers in the art of structuring great training sessions regardless of the venue or the species.
“E&E” are the first TAGteach faculty in Europe, offering consultations and workshops about applying positive reinforcement techniques with human learners in all imaginable areas. The colleagues’ first book, Agility Right from the Start, was published by Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT) in 2010. The book outlines Emelie and Eva’s philosophy and structured approach to training, making it a worthy read not only for agility enthusiasts.
Emelie lives in the very south of Sweden, in the country's third largest city, Malmö. She shares her life with her husband, two sons, a daughter, and Kelpie, Scout. In addition to dog sports, she enjoys training in general, and is very interested in sports psychology, running, multisport, and yoga. Emelie is also an author of fiction novels.
Eva Bertilsson has a master’s degree in behavior analysis and a passion for all things related to behavior, learning and animal welfare. She grew up with horses, rabbits, and other animals, and ventured into dog training in the early 1990s. For many years Eva spent most of her time on the agility field, earning top merits with phalènes Misty and Soya. She has always been fascinated by the processes of learning and teaching. For the past ten years, Eva has been working full time as an educator in a wide variety of settings—from puppy classes at the local dog club to husbandry training in zoological settings to seminars for teachers on the science of behavior.
Together with business partner Emelie Johnson Vegh, Eva runs their collaboration Carpe Momentum. Eva and Emelie's goal is to help people acquire knowledge and skills in science-based, modern, humane and empowering teaching strategies for the benefit of learners of all species. They teach seminars on the general principles of behavior and learning, and coach trainers in the art of structuring great training sessions regardless of the venue or the species.
“E&E” are the first TAGteach faculty members in Europe, offering consultations and workshops about applying positive-reinforcement techniques with human learners in all imaginable areas. The colleagues’ first book, Agility Right from the Start, was published by Karen Pryor Clicker Training (KPCT) in 2010. The book outlines Emelie and Eva’s philosophy and structured approach to training, making it a worthy read not only for agility enthusiasts.
Eva is also directing a Swedish regional government project aimed at improving behavior management practices in the animal-care industry, with missions ranging from teaching positive reinforcement training to high school students and their teachers, to building a Fear Free™ veterinary care community in Scandinavia.
Eva lives in the village Ljungskile, on the west coast of Sweden and north of Gothenburg, but spends much of her time traveling. Border collie Tizla makes sure Eva’s free time is filled with outdoor activities and enriching training projects.
Dr. Helen Zulch MRCVS
Helen Zulch is a veterinarian and European Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. She currently works for The Dogs Trust and has previously held posts as a senior lecturer in clinical animal behaviour in the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln and an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Helen has worked in the field of companion animal behaviour for over 13 years and was instrumental in developing the Life Skills for Puppies programme. Her research interests include problem prevention in pets, olfaction in dogs and the sciences explaining learning and their application in and implications for training animals.
Julia brought Canine Myotherapy to the UK. She is the expert within this modality and has treated over 8,000 dogs, developing the therapy from this extensive authentic experience.
She is an award winning therapist, a published author of three books and 2 x DVD’s and a sought after International Speaker. (India, Taiwan, Australia, USA. Many countries in Europe, Scandinavia, Czech Republic). Due to travel in 2018 to China, Mexico, Southern Ireland and Poland.
Julia works with other canine luminaries, one of which is Turid Rugaas, whose learning and subsequent teaching has changed our understanding of canine language and signals.
Julia established Galen Therapy Centre in 2002 and gained the full external accreditation on the Galen Myotherapy Diploma in 2006.
The Diploma course has now been running for over 10 successful years.
- Certificate in Education (Cert Ed)
- Dip. Canine Myotherapy (OCN)
- Dip. Canine Exercise Physiology
- Dip. Sports and Remedial Massage (ITEC)
- Dip. Equine Sports and Remedial Massage (ITEC)
- Canine Massage ITT (NCTMB) U.S.A
- Reiki (second degree)
Kay Laurence started Learning About Dogs as a registered business in 2000. Although learning about dogs was her main aim for the previous 25 years, registering the company began the focus of a strong organisation now recognised around the world.
Learning About Dogs is a training and education business in the Cotswolds at the Wagmore Barn Centre of most excellent training, thinking and canine enjoyment. She holds workshops at her own training facility in the UK, across the US and around the world teaching a wide range of training skills and encouraging trainers to enjoy the expansive views outside the box.
For those unable to reach Wagmore Barn you can learn with her online courses.
Kay has lived intimately with many dogs over many years observing their daily interactions, their puppy rearing and sharing in their activities. They skilfully teach the art of living as a harmonious group and developing connection. This understanding and skill is shared through the book Every Dog Every Day and the workshops where a consistent high quality of results with a range of different dogs and people is achieved.
With her passion for understanding dogs and her experience of teaching, Kay leads the way in developing practical techniques that will leave you with a great sense of personal achievement and connection to your dog.
Kay is a presenter at the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo and continues to enjoy exploring new cities in the US as part of the Expo Faculty. Kay is also a regular presenter at the ORCA "Wicked Minds" Conference at the University of North Texas. She also presented at the Australia APDT Conference, Sydney 2011.
Kay is considered one of the world’s top clicker trainers. With 10 titles published and translated into German, French and Spanish, her exciting course of books and videos brings you her unique combination of talents.
The unique perspective is the three fold mixture of education, experience and pioneering training methods run in our wonderful centre, the Wagmore Barn. This gives the knowledge to apply the training theories to our dogs and transfer the best of that experience to teaching others.
The business includes book and video publishing, classes, courses and seminars, virtual classes, practical hands-on workshops and the certification of trainers and teachers.
Kay's website: http://www.learningaboutdogs.com/
"Kim Monteith is one of those people so inspiring, it's hard to find the right words.
She serves as the Manager of Behavior and Welfare for the BC SPCA (BCSPCA) and calls Vancouver, BC her home base, but serves all the shelters within the British Columbia SPCA system.
Kim also goes above and beyond the call of duty by providing outreach to the homeless and their pets in downtown Vancouver through Supporters of Charlie's Food Bank. She's helped countless people keep their pets and provided much needed services to many of these animals. Her warmth and non-judgmental attitude has opened many doors and hearts.
Kim is truly an example of excellence in sheltering, as well as empathy in action and we are so lucky to call her one of our own." Jean Donaldson
Liam Landymore is the founder of Liam’s MOB, an organisation in the UK promoting positive reinforcement dog training and to help promote dog/child safety. Liam’s MOB was first set up to promote more men to get involved with positive training methods, which now has a women’s side, MOBettes, and soon a children’s side, MOBsters.
He is also the co-owner of The Haven Dog Centre in North Devon, UK. Liam came into the dog training world when he was 7 years old, he suffered a traumatic event which caused PTSD and severe depression. At Liam’s lowest point, 14 years, he tried to commit suicide. This was when Charlie, a Labrador x springer, came into his life and saved him by giving him a purpose, and a true best friend, with whom he could confide in and not be judged.
With the help of Sarah Fisher and DHK, Liam discovered he really enjoyed training and he’s never looked back. Liam has studied with Chirag Patel, Sarah Fisher, IMDT. In 2017 he travelled to Atlanta, USA, to see first-hand the jail dog programme, observed police K9 Units at work and travelled to shelters with Victoria Stilwell. Achievements to date, Dogs Today Unsung Hero 2015 BBC One Teen Award Finalist 2015, North Devon Journal Community Young Champion finalist 2015 The Daily Mirror and RSPCA Young Animal Enthusiast of the Year 2016 The Kennel Club Good Buddy Award 2017
Dr. Lore Haug DVM
I grew up surrounded by animals in a typical residential neighborhood. My brothers and I at some point accumulated almost every type of small animal you could imagine (dogs, cats, rabbits, a wide variety of rodents, ferrets, parrots, finches, fish, and various reptiles and amphibians), much to my father’s dismay. (He eventually adopted the “if you can’t beat’em, join’em” approach.) In addition to the usual “pets,” we also frequently rehabilitated wild birds and small mammals, of which the owls were most fascinating. Because my oldest brother was enraptured with reptiles and other creepy crawlies, I developed first an acceptance, and then absorption, of my own (in part to prevent him from being able to torture me through my entire childhood).
I began participating in competitive obedience with Doberman Pinschers in 1980. Over the next 20 years, I titled Dobermans and a Dalmatian. I also competed in conformation, and played around a little with tracking and agility. I instructed obedience classes for many years, both privately and in association with a club. I have had a long-term love of Doberman Pinschers. Since the death of my last wonderful Doberman, Obeah, in October 2012, I have opened my heart and home to a lovely pit bull mix rescue dog, Sunny.
Similar to many young girls, I grew up fascinated by horses but unable to own one. I have been fortunate to rectify this and now have friendship with a wonderful Polish Arabian gelding.
Making the decision to become a veterinarian was not hard. In fact, everyone around me assumed that was my career path before I even accepted it myself. Choosing behavioral medicine as a specialty was a little more difficult. Although I loved behavior, I was also rewardingly challenged by other medical disciplines such as critical care and neurology. In the end, the brain won. The brain is one of our last true frontiers. It is astonishing how much science has learned about the brain and the way it works. Yet despite this, we still have such a poor grasp on why humans and animals behave the way they do. The more questions that science answers, the more questions there are to answer. Behavioral medicine allows me to be a neurologist and internist as well. It also allows me to help people try to achieve the indescribably life-altering bond with their animals that I have had with mine.
From 1994-1999, I practiced general medicine with a special interest in behavior and exotic pet medicine. I also have 15 years of part-time and 2 years of full time emergency medicine experience. I like to think this gives me a broad perspective when working with my behavior patients.
In 1999, I returned to Texas A&M to complete my residency. After finishing this, I remained on faculty at Texas A&M to run the Animal Behavior Service until 2007. In the summer of 2007, I returned to Houston to begin a behavior referral practice. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at TAMU, but I have been able to provide a broader and more thorough service in my position here in Houston.
Dr. Marty Becker DVM
Dr. Marty Becker, “America’s Veterinarian,” has spent his life working toward better health for pets and the people who love them. He is the founder of Fear FreeSM, an initiative to “take the ‘pet’ out of ‘petrified’” and get pets back for veterinary visits by promoting considerate approach and gentle control techniques used in calming environments.
Dr. Becker was the resident veterinary contributor on “Good Morning America” for 17 years. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the American Humane Association as well as its Chief Veterinary Correspondent, a founding member of Core Team Oz for “The Dr. Oz Show,” and a member of the Dr. Oz Medical Advisory Panel.
He has written 25 books that have sold almost 8 million copies, including three New York Times best-sellers — one of which is the fastest-selling pet book of all time, Chicken Soup for the Pet-Lovers Soul. He has been a contributor to Parade magazine, Reader’s Digestand AARP.com. Animal Radio hosts him monthly as their Chief Veterinary Correspondent.
He also writes the weekly nationally syndicated newspaper feature Pet Connection with his writing partner, Kim Campbell Thornton, and is featured in Dogster, Catster, and on Vetstreet.com.
Dr. Becker is an adjunct professor at his alma mater, the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, and also at the Colleges of Veterinary Medicine at both Colorado State University and the University of Missouri. Additionally, he has lectured at every veterinary school in the United States, and is on the advisory board of World Vets, an international veterinary and disaster relief program to help animals.
A passionate advocate for the human-animal bond, Dr. Becker serves as an adjunct professor at the Research Center for Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine. He is an honorary board member of Pet Partners and the Humane Society of New York, as well as a past board member and strong supporter of his local pet rescue group, Second Chance Animal Adoption of Bonner Ferry, ID, and a supporter of the Panhandle Animal Shelter in Sandpoint, ID, the Kootenai Humane Society in Coeur d’Alene, ID, and the Whitman County Humane Society in Pullman, WA.
Dr. Becker also serves as the Chief Veterinary Correspondent for the American Humane Association, with a strong focus on supporting their efforts to end the use of gas chambers in animal shelters, a cause for which he has successfully advocated since his earliest days as a veterinarian. His special fondness for older pets has led him to a spot on the Advisory Board of The Grey Muzzle Organization, which is dedicated to helping homeless senior dogs.
He practices at North Idaho Animal Hospital because he loves veterinary medicine, pets and the people who care for them.
Nancy is a full-time pet dog trainer and behavior consultant in Sherbrooke, Quebec (Canada). She regularly teaches seminars, webinars, and workshops on dog training, dog behavior, and the business end of training to dog owners, trainers, and veterinary staff in Canada, the US, and in Europe.
Most of her time is spent doing private in-home behavior consultations with clients. She specializes in common behaviour issues that affect the family dog, and is skilled and experienced in treating aggression and anxiety cases.
Nancy has written numerous articles on dog behaviour for various French-language Quebec publications, and is a regular contributor of training and case study articles for the Whole Dog Journal.
Sarah Fisher is a TTouch Instructor and behaviour counsellor. She trained with Linda Tellington Jones and Robyn Hood and organises the TTouch trainings for the UK. She has worked with animals for over seventeen years and teaches staff workshops for many of the UK’s top animal shelters including Battersea Dogs and Cats Home, the Mayhew Animal Home, Blue Cross, Wood Green Animal Shelter and Dogs Trust working with their long stay dogs and other animals with behavioural issues. Sarah also fosters challenging puppies for Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and assesses dogs for court cases.
Sarah works with private clients, and lectures around the UK and internationally and has given talks and demonstrations on dog and horse handling and behaviour for a variety of organisations including the United Kingdom Register of Canine Behaviourists, the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the British Veterinary Nurses Congress, the International Companion Animal Welfare Conference (Czech Republic, Slovenia, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Latvia), Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, the Association of Dogs and Cats Homes, Canine Partners for Independence, Dogs for the Disabled Association, the Association of Chartered Animal Physiotherapists, the McTimoney Chiropractic Conference, Harper Adams University vet physio course, The Kennel Club (Discover Dogs), the Dog Groomers Association, Pet Care Trade Association, The Association of Behaviour Counsellors (South Africa), the Tellington TTouch Organisation (USA) the veterinary nursing staff at the Queen Mother Hospital RVC, dog breed clubs, dog training centres, riding clubs and the Irish Horse Welfare Trust.
Sarah is a regular teacher on the Dogs Trust International Training Programme and teaches workshops both here and abroad. In 2011 she went to Romania where she worked with many traumatised and neglected horses that were in the care of GIA (Group Initiative for Animals). She also teaches on the TTouch Equine Practitioner Training Clinics in the UK and South Africa. Rescue work is closest to her heart and Sarah has taught workshops in Poland, Romania and Holland for rescue organisations and has created a new series of workshops under the title Cool to be Kind with Marie Miller promoting kind and effective handling and training techniques for dogs and horses.
Sarah Whitehead is an international lecturer and pet behaviour counsellor seeing dogs and cats with behavioural problems on referral from veterinary surgeons across the south of England.
Sarah has an MSc in Animal Behaviour and is a full member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors) and APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers, no 00156).
She is also one of only a small number of specialists to have achieved the status of Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and is an Animal Behaviour Training Council (ABTC) Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist.
Sarah is MD of Alpha Education – an organisation providing accredited education in the field of behaviour and training.
Sarah also runs the Clever Dog Company® chain of puppy and dog training classes, all based on the most modern methods of teaching both people and their pets with several branches now established across the South of England.
Theresa McKeon, BA, cofounder TAGteach International
In 1998, Theresa, a national-level gymnastics coach, was determined to find a way to speed up skill acquisition for her athletes (which as a fortuitous byproduct would reduce coach frustration). The answer came when she combined her 30 years of coaching, with principles she learned from clicker training her horses. As it turns out, clear communication, feedback, and a focus on positive reinforcement was not an ‘animal training’ thing, it was smart teacher thing.
The TAGteach tools were later modified by Theresa and Joan Orr to make use of human language (or to make up for the overuse of human language) and the methodology continued to prove itself effective.
Theresa now travels the world presenting workshops and seminars and designing and presenting TAGteach programs for an unending variety of applications including: the largest commercial fishing/processing company in the United States, Orthopedic surgeons at Montefiore Teaching Hospital, corporate trainings for Mercer-Marsh Voluntary Benefits, PGA golf instructors, Karen Pryor Academy, education and special education classroom, and finally rounding back to where it started, to those who teach people to train animals.
Theresa's website: http://www.tagteach.com/
T. V. (Joe) Layng Ph.D
T. V. (Joe) Layng received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of Israel Goldiamond. Dr. Layng is the co-founder of Headsprout and was its senior scientist. At Headsprout, Dr. Layng and his colleagues designed, tested, and implemented highly successful Early Reading and Reading Comprehension programs, which are based on behavior analytic instructional technology. They also produced a comprehensive interactive whiteboard science curriculum for grades 3–8. He currently is a partner in Generategy, an interactive technologies company that provides educational software based on principles of generative instruction. Through Generategy, Dr. Layng and his colleagues have recently launched Music Learning Lab for iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch that teaches children music fundamentals. These programs have greatly expanded behavioral technology and have directly benefited countless children.
Dr. Layng has published more than 30 articles describing, documenting, and analyzing these instructional programs, and has given more than 50 invited presentations of his work in this area both in the U.S. and abroad. He has four patents that reflect his work related to educational applications of behavior analysis.
Dr. Layng has held a number of positions in schools, universities, and other public institutions related to instructional design, educational technology, large-scale performance improvement, and clinical behavior analysis. His work also has been well received outside behavior analysis, as exemplified the receipt in 2010 of the CODiE Award for best “online instructional solution” from the Software Industry and Information Association for the Reading Comprehension program, and two different public service awards from the city of Chicago. He also serves on the boards of a number of organizations dedicated to advancing both education and behavior analysis, including the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and Pacific Oaks College. Dr. Layng is a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and his far-reaching work applying behavior analysis in education and other areas brings positive visibility to our discipline as a whole.