Find out about our amazing speakers below. 

 

Robert (Bob) Bailey, SCD

Bob Bailey is a biologist, chemist, and businessman who was CEO and COO of Animal Behavior Enterprises (ABE), the first commercial enterprise to use operant conditioning to train animals (1943). ABE and its staff of 40-plus full time personnel produced animal shows nationally and internationally. Bob and his wife, Marian Breland Bailey, a former B. F. Skinner student, retired from their business in 1990.

From 1990 until 1998 Marian and Bob conducted a “History of Modern Behavioral Practices” research program, interviewing over 300 behavioral practitioners, teachers and researchers from many fields, who all made use of applied behavioral principles. Over 1,000 hours of video interviews was collected on activities in applied settings. The Bailey’s produced several videos based on these interviews.

In 1995 Marian and Bob initiated a “how to” class on the practical application of operant conditioning using chickens as a behavioral model, a practice they developed and had used for many decades. These classes continued until Marian’s death in 2001. Bob continued the classes in the USA and in Europe, teaching thousands of animal trainers, and business professionals who wanted to learn more about behavior and effective procedures to positively influence animal and human behavior.

Bob continues to teach and consult on animal training and behavior. In his 55+ year career Bob has trained or supervised the training of more than 140 species, totaling over 10,000 individuals. He has worked and consulted for the military, the police and other governmental organizations of several governments, including the US Navy (as the first Director of Training, US Navy Marine Mammal Program), US Army, Air Force, The Netherlands, etc. Bob has experience training animals and personnel to perform tasks in operational environments.

Bob’s most recent publication is in the journal The Behavior Analyst in 2005: Operant Psychology Goes to the Fair: Marian and Keller Breland in the Popular Press, 1947–1966, describing some of the early work of Marian and Keller Breland and some early history of operant conditioning.

SEAN POGSON

I am the father of a 4 year old little girl with severe autism and a very rare genetic condition not much is known about  . We were not seeing much progress in our daughter’s development. We felt at a loss, and our beautiful little girl seemed lost to us. We struggled to reach her. No matter how hard we tried, our daughter couldn’t even cope with a cuddle or give eye contact. So we struggled to be able to teach her anything. That was until learning how to teach our rescue dog . We discovered that the same principles of behaviour we were teaching our dog also applied to our daughter . From learning to teach our dog with clicker training , we discovered there was a variation of this that worked with humans too, called TAGteach ( teaching with acoustical guidance ) . We learned how to help her take control whilst having meltdowns. We watched in total awe as our screaming, frustrated little girl’s tears turned into laughs and giggles. We learned to help her cope with sensory processing issues. We learned to teach her to feed herself . We learned to teach her to pull-to-stand . We taught her to give eye contact and to engage with the world around her . We are only just really starting this journey of learning to teach our daughter . Yet what we have learned is that we can learn and so can she . Thanks to those who engaged with us , educated us and empowered us .

Presentation: The science of a fairytale

Learn how behaviour analysis and TAGteach helped Sean worked through his daughters meltdowns, screaming, frustration behaviours, sensory processing issues, and a lack of engagement with the world. Im sure this presentation will engage, educated and empowered us with information we can take home or to work to manage and modify the behaviours the non-human animals we are privileged to care for.

 

SARAH WHITEHEAD

Sarah Whitehead is an international lecturer and pet behaviour counsellor who specialises in seeing dogs and cats with behavioural problems. She has an MSc in Animal Behaviour and is a member of the APBC (Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors), and a member and past public relations executive for the APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers). 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 a leading authority on puppy training, development and behaviour, aggression, and canine body language. She is the author of 24 behavioural and training books, booklets and DVDs, including ‘Clever Dog – the Secrets Your Dog Wants You to Know’. Sarah appears regularly as a consultant on TV and radio, and she has just launched a new on-line dog training programme www.trainyourdogonline.com.

Sarah 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 eighteen branches now established across the UK.

As well as animal behaviour, Sarah has a special interest in human psychology. She is an NLP Master Practitioner (a branch of cognitive psychology) and has a passion for successful strategies in adult learning and group dynamics.

Sarah and her husband live in Berkshire, UK, with three rescue dogs – Tao the Battersea crossbreed, Jackson the Chihuahua/JRT, Skye the Collie-cross, and two Maine Coon cats.

Sarahs' Website: www.cleverdogcompany.com

Presentation: Barking Up The Wrong Tree?

It’s not long ago that most trainers and behaviourists would nod and smile when dominance theory was discussed. Now we know different. 

But how many other theories do we accept without question? What if we are wrong about some of the most basic and imperative foundations of everyday canine behaviour? What if we haven’t been asking the right questions concerning puppy biting, dog-dog play and canine body language? 

Come with an open mind and the desire to give those little grey cells a gentle poke, while focusing all the time on our collective passion: creating the best possible future relationships for dogs and owners, through great training, insightful behavioural understanding and impactful practical application. 

SUSAN FRIEDMAN

Susan G. Friedman, Ph.D. is a professor emeritus in the Department of Psychology at Utah State University. She has helped pioneer the cross-species application of behavior analysis to animals, using the same humane philosophy and scientifically sound teaching technology that has been so effective with human learners. Susan has co-authored chapters on behavior change in four veterinary texts, and her popular articles have been translated into 13 languages. She gives seminars on animal learning at conferences and zoos around the world, is a member of Karen Pryor’s Clicker Expo faculty, and teaches yearly hands-on animal training workshops with Steve Martin. Susan was the Parrot Division Chairperson of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) for 2015, the Chairman of the Scientific Advisory Committee of American Humane Association (AHA) Film and TV Unit, and a member in good standing of ABAI, AZA, ABMA and IAATE. Susan’s acclaimed on-line course, Living and Learning with Animals for behavior professionals, has provided even wider dissemination of effective, humane behavior change practices to students in over 30 countries.

Susans' Website: www.behaviorworks.org

Presentation: Hot Topics in Perspective

The need to know sometimes exceeds our knowledge about how to best help the animals in our care. This results in a knowledge gap that is easily filled with information that may not be as relevant to effective, humane training as it first appears. This information is what I call “hot topics” in training. Some of the hot topics on my list, which will be discussed in this presentation, include the neuroscience approach to behavior change, the relevance of differential diagnoses in behavior consulting, the common assertion that punishment is faster than positive reinforcement procedures, and the practices of blazing clickers and shaping without prompts.

Presentation: Walking The WOOF! 

3 days of information provides a lot of opportunity for learning. Often we leave events like WOOF! full of inspiration, information and best intensions but then day to day life can take over and before you know it your at the next event and haven't even had time to make the most of what you learned from the previous one. 

Fear not, Dr. Friedman is at hand to lead you on a journey to ‘Walking the WOOF! 2017’. Helping you setting up an environment to promote behaviours that functions to make practical use of information you have learned over the last 3 days. So when you come back to WOOF!2018 you will be ready to take home a whole bunch of new things to do for another year. 

 

STEVE MARTIN

An internationally-known animal trainer, Steve Martin has pioneered the art of training a variety of birds and animals through positive reinforcement. He is has been a master falconer for over 40 years and a parrot trainer for more than 45.

Steve’s training experience includes hundreds of species of birds and mammals. He is a Trustee with the World Parrot Trust, served for 12 years as a Core Team Member of The California Condor Recovery Team, and has served as a behavior consultant for the Hawaiian Crow and Hawaiian Hawk conservation projects. Steve serves on Association of Zoos and Aquariums’s Animal Welfare Committee and teaches AZA animal training workshops. He is an organizational team member and instructor for the RECON: Reconnecting with Elephants in Protected Contact Workshop. He is also the founder of IAATE (International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators) and has served as its President multiple times. Steve spends approximately 200 days a year traveling to zoological facilities around the world serving as a behavior and visitor experience consultant, or producing educational animal programs. He has now worked at over 120 zoological facilities in more than 20 different countries. Steve has been certified as a professional bird trainer (CPBT-KA) by the International Avian Trainers Certification Board and is a Certified Avian Behavior Consultant.

Steve is known for his commitment to conservation and education. He founded theNatural Encounters Conservation Fund (NECF) which to date has raised more $1 300 000 in support of conservation projects. Each show he produces has a strong conservation education message, and Earth Day is an official holiday at his company.

Steves' Website: www.naturalencounters.com

Presentation: Engage, Inspire and Empower

For many of us working with people, our aim is to engage, educate and empower them to act so they can better understand, manage and/or modify the behaviours of the animal(s) under their care. Steve Martin has been doing this through NEIs goals to "Engage, Inspire, and Empower" for over 45 years, Steve is the perfect person to present on this topic. 

This talk is a dinner talk: this means that we will provide you with a buffet dinner which will start at 18:30 and Steve will start his presentation at 19:00 ending at 20:30. This is all inclusive of your ticket price, so rather than pay out for dinner, come dine with us and enjoy what promises to be a fantastic presentation by Steve. 

 

CHIRAG PATEL

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. 

Currently as well as running Domesticated Manners, Chirag works for Dogs Trust as Assistant Head of Canine Training & Behaviour. 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 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 an invited speaker for Karen Pryors Clicker Expo. 

Chirags' Website: www.domesticatedmanners.com

Presentation: Smile & Have A Conversation

When many trainers are asking for more advanced tools to work to manage and modify behaviour, is this really what is needed or do we just need to “smile and have a conversation”. During this presentation Chirag will discuss what he calls the “advanced basics”. Bob Bailey sums it up excellently when he says advanced training is merely the precise application of the fundamentals. During this presentation we will think about and discuss how to practically apply these fundamental strategies to create many smile moments for animal learners and empower them to have meaningful behavioural conversations along the way. 

 

SUSAN M. SCHNEIDER

Susan M. Schneider, PhD, is a learning researcher and developmental psychobiologist who has clicker trained her pet rats and budgies. She obtained her graduate education from Brown University and the University of Kansas (behavior analysis). Currently a Visiting Scholar at the University of the Pacific in California, she has been a professor at St. Olaf College, Auburn University, and Florida International University, and a visiting research fellow at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.  Susan's twenty-five years of research and teaching have produced numerous scientific studies and theoretical articles, including pioneering work on generalization and choice. Her award-winning book for the public, The Science of Consequences: How They Affect Genes, Change the Brain, and Impact Our World, describes fundamental learning principles, their role in the larger realm of nature and nurture, and their many applications--including the benefits of positive reinforcement-based approaches to animal training and welfare. She keynoted ClickerExpo and the Art and Science of Animal Training conference as part of 100 book tour events across the US and Scandinavia.  The book received advance praise from well-known experts in genetics, neuroscience, and economics, as well as in psychology, behavior analysis, and animal training. It has received worldwide recognition, including coverage in the international scientific journal Nature, The Scientist magazine, and Science News.

Susans' website: www.scienceofconsequences.com

Presentation: The Science of Consequences: What We Share with Animals and Why It Matters

Many common behavior principles exist across species.  Those similarities apply for complex as well as basic principles, in the mathematical models that describe behavior, and in the underlying neurophysiology, genetics, and epigenetics.  Animal trainers are well aware of many of these commonalities, and have helped expand our knowledge of them.  This talk will survey the current status of a variety of these shared features, such as unusual consequences, biological bases, "instinct"‑operant interactions, enrichment, choice, learning through observing, and communication.  An "interacting systems" approach is taken.  Exploring the full range of what we share offers mutual benefits for animal trainers and for science.

Presentation: Pushing the Limits: Unexpected Findings about Instincts, Consequences, and Complex Skills

The more that researchers explore animal capabilities, the more flexibility we find. That applies to instincts as well as to complex skills like learning through observing.  This talk will highlight classic and current findings from this world of innovative research.  From instincts that change in five minutes, to dogs who learn hundreds of words, to birds that use tools, see how animals are pushing the limits of what we thought was possible.

Presentation: From Your Backyard to Harvard Yard: How Animal Trainers Can Contribute to Science

Newton's apocryphal apple may be the most famous example of a long tradition in science: Make use of ordinary observations for scientific progress. These days, organized "citizen science" is everything from a minor assist to a transformational trend.  As applied scientists in effect, animal trainers are in a unique position to contribute to our understanding of behavior principles. From superstitions to unusual reinforcers to high‑tech learning blitzes, our animals do the darndest things. What might you look for and how might you go about it? Dr. Susan Schneider will give you some ideas.

 

Shelley Wood

Shelley is the owner of ABC Training Systems a company dedicated to producing educational material to improve the quality of lives of animals living under human care and to promote career building in the marine mammal training profession. She is the author of ABC Animal Training and Director of ABC Dolphin Trainer Academy.

Shelley has been training marine mammals, terrestrial animals and educating trainers for 26 years. In 1994 she moved to Cancun, Mexico where she played an important role in the development and opening of Dolphin Discovery. Her career with Dolphin Discovery has seen Shelley evolve from hands on animal trainer to Corporate Trainer Educator (CTE) for all Dolphin Discovery facilities. As CTE she was responsible for the development of curricula, courses, and guidelines used in Dolphin Discovery's continuing trainer education program.

Shelley has been with the leadership of the International Marine Animal Trainers’ Association  (IMATA) serving on the Board of Directors as Secretary and President from 2008-2013 and for the last 3 years has continued to serve as Member Services Co-Chair.  Shelley has presented several career building, animal training workshops, and Operant Conditioning formal presentations to IMATA and the training community over the last 14 years.

Shelleys' website: www.abcanimaltraining.com

Presentation: It's not a Fluke! The success of established positive reinforcement techniques to care for marine animals and how try can empower the lives of companion animals under your care.

The care of marine animals is founded on technology that focuses on how animals choose to participate in their own care and learning. During this presentation Shelley will share practical examples from her over 25 years of experience. This is sure to be an inspiring presentation leaving delegates with lots of empowering ideas to try with the animals under their care.

 

Jacqueline Munera

Owner of Positive Cattitudes, Jacqueline Munera coaches human clients on how to live in harmony with their cats and dogs, while encouraging people to push the boundaries of what they think cats are capable of.

She is an IAABC Certified Cat Behavior Consultant and is co-instructor of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute’s Diploma of Feline Behavior program. She has a B.A. in Honors Biological Psychology from New College of Florida, where she pursued studies on animal cognition and behavior, and finished her thesis work on coat color as an indicator of cat personality. Jacqueline presents nationally and internationally on a variety of cat training and behavior topics and has published multiple cat related articles. She is especially interested in helping cats in shelter organizations and has helped multiple shelters design and implement cat behavior and training programs.

Her own adopted rescue cat, Jazzmanda, is the first feline Delta Society Pet Partner registered in the Tampa Bay area. Jacqueline and Jazzmanda are also the first human-cat team in the world to pass level 2 of Kay Laurence’s challenging test of clicker training skills, the Competency Assessment Programme (CAP). Another of Jacqueline’s rescue cats, Pedro, starred in the clicker training video Ankle Attack, the winner of the 2007 Karen Pryor Canis Film Festival’s feline division.  A second feline clicker training video, Cat Burger-lar, was a finalist in the 2009 film festival.

Jacquelines' website: https://positivecattitudes.wordpress.com

Presentation: Meow! Your Crash Course In Cat Talk: Part 1

Many professionals working with dogs are uncomfortable working with cats because they don’t understand the communication signals of the species or they don’t know how to recognise when a cat is in need of help. Some are just, well, nervous around cats! Others would love to add cats to their consulting repertoire but don’t know if there is a market for it. However, cats are one of the most popular pets in the world which means most dog trainers and consultants will meet up with at least a few cats if they do in-home consults. Impress your clients and expand your clientele by winning over those cats! In this session, we will learn appropriate ways to interact with a cat and how to recognise what a cat is ‘saying’ about a situation.

Presentation: Meow! Your Crash Course In Cat Talk: Part 2

People with either cat-only or multi species households are now demanding the same services, such as behavior help, pet sitting and low-stress veterinary handling techniques, for their cat family members as they have for their dogs. Additionally, the growth of reward based training techniques has paved the way for busting the ‘Cats can’t be trained’ myth.  Impress your clients and expand your clientele by winning over those cats! In this session, we will explore what cats need for a happy life in a multi species household and basic cat-dog integration strategies. Become even more valuable to your clients, and their cats, by addressing needs they didn’t even know they had! 

 

Clive D. L. Wynne, Ph.D.,

Clive D. L. Wynne, Ph.D., is currently Professor of Psychology and director of the Canine Science Collaboratory at the Department of Psychology, Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, and Director of Research at Wolf Park, Indiana. 

He was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland and has studied animal behavior in Britain, Germany, the U.S. and Australia in species ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse-sized marsupial). Several years ago he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab dedicated to understanding the behavior of dogs and their wild relatives with the aim of improving the relationship between people and dogs. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology Today, American Scientist, the New York Times, and other outlets. He is often quoted in print media and radio, and his science has been featured on several TV shows such as National Geographic, Nova ScienceNow and others. He is the author of a textbook Animal Cognition now in a new edition, and editor in chief of the journal Behavioural Processes. His most recent books are Do Animals Think? (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004) & Animal Cognition: Evolution, Behavior and Cognition (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013).

Clives' website: http://www.clivewynne.com/psychology/Welcome.html

Presentation: Dogs in Difficulties

Hundreds of millions of dogs lead contented lives among humans, but a significant minority are trapped in stressful shelters faced with the prospect of euthanasia or a life sentence in a kennel, and millions more suffer behavioral problems in the home that diminish their own quality of life and that of their human hosts too. I shall review research from my group that attempts to develop cost-effective ways of helping shelter dogs find human homes, and several new directions we have taken in helping dogs with behavioral problems in the home.

 

Alexandra Kurland

Alexandra Kurland is the author of “Clicker Training for your Horse,” “The Click That Teaches: A Step-By-Step Guide in Pictures,” “The Click That Teaches: Riding with the Clicker” and “The Click That Teaches Video Lesson Series.” Kurland earned her degree from Cornell University where she specialized in animal behavior. She has been teaching and training horses since the mid-1980s. A pioneer in the development of humane training methods, Kurland began clicker training in the early 1990s. She very quickly recognized the power of clicker training for improving performance, for enhancing the relationship people have with their horses, and for just plain putting fun back into training. Today through her books, videos, clinics and many articles, she has become a leading voice in the development of clicker training in the horse community.

Alexs' website: http://www.theclickercenter.com/

Presentation: The Origins of Excellence

No one attends a conference to learn to be a mediocre trainer.  We come because we are curious, because we love to learn, because we want a deeper connection with our animals.  

We don’t want to be just good trainers. We want to be GREAT trainers.  The question is how do we improve our skills?  If someone keeps practicing clicking the clicker, will that get them to their goals?  In his book "Perfect Practice", Doug Lemov makes a great statement:  "Practice doesn’t make perfect.  Practice makes permanent." Think of some of the things you do every day - such as brushing your teeth.  You have done this multiple times every day, all your life and how good are you at it - really?  Do your teeth brushing skills continue to improve?  Just doing something over and over again does not guarantee that you’ll get better.  In fact what it guarantees is your mistakes will become more deeply entrenched.

Reach into your pocket ahead of the click and that habit pattern will become locked in and harder to break.  You can practice every day with your horse, your dog, your guinea pig, but if you are practicing skills that have errors built into them, that is what you will make permanent.  

So what is the solution?  Where does excellence come from?  Is it simply a gift the lucky few are born with, or is it something that can be nurtured and developed? And if so how?  Those are the questions we’ll be exploring in this talk as we look at some of the new findings in neuroscience that provide powerful metaphors for changing habit patterns.  These metaphors lead to practice techniques that develop excellence.  We’ll be looking at techniques that don’t just make skills permanent.  They make them better.  And the good news is they aren’t just for the lucky few. They are for everyone. 

 

Jean Donaldson

Jean Donaldson founded The Academy for Dog Trainers in 1999. She ran it for ten years as a residential program at The San Francisco SPCA before spending a year and a half re-inventing the curriculum as a two-year e-learning course. The new format broadens the scope and content of the original program, includes the latest research on behavior and training, and allows students a much longer enrolment time so that they may study, train and fit their course work around other life commitments.

Jean is one of the top dog trainers in the world and has lectured extensively in the US, Canada, the UK, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Japan. Jean is a four-time winner of The Dog Writers' Association of America's Maxwell Award, and her seminal book The Culture Clash was named number one training and behavior book by The Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Her other titles are Mine! A Guide to Resource Guarding in Dogs, Fight! A Guide to Dog-Dog Aggression, Dogs Are From Neptune, and Oh Behave! Dogs From Pavlov to Premack to Pinker. Her latest book, Train Like a Pro, was her first written training guide for a lay audience.

Before transitioning full-time to pet dog training, Jean competed in dog sports with dogs of various breeds, earning numerous titles and wins including OTCh, HIT, TDX, and FDCh, as well as a CGC. She ran a successful training school for fifteen years, and spent six years doing primarily referral aggression cases. She holds a degree in comparative psychology and is a keen student of evolutionary biology.

Jeans' website: https://academyfordogtrainers.com/

Presentation: You get to choose what Jean will present. Please submit your votes below by the 1st of July 2016. 

Option 1: Transparency and Consumer Protection

Soup manufacturers are required by law to list the ingredients in order of percentage on the can.  Dog trainers, by contrast, can use obfuscating language in their marketing and in direct client communication.  How might dog trainers list "what's in the can?"

Option 2: Client-Friendly Instruction

How can we apply best practices of incremental plans and criteria setting to our human charges?  

Option 3: Trainer Burnout

Dog training is a care-giving profession and we are at high risk for compassion fatigue and burnout.  We best serve our clients and their dogs, and have long, fulfilling careers if we know we are at risk, and take steps to care for ourselves.

Options: *

Theresa McKeon

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.

Theresas' website: http://www.tagteach.com/

Presentation: A WOOF! Special TAGteach Practical - Attendees In Action!
Due to the remarkable level of knowledge and experience of the presenters at WOOF 2017, many of us expect to hit maximum brain capacity by the end of the second day. Never fear, this light session will have you out of your seats and playing with the most adventurous of animals, the conference attendee. Hidden within this diversion will be important skills you can use to communicate more efficiently with students, clients, coworkers, even family members.
Hint - The last thing a human student wants to hear before attempting a new skill? WOOF! 

 

Mike Simmons

Mike Simmons is the owner of A World of Wings, a multi award winning company that provides services primarily utilising free flighted birds. Whilst offering great services to both clients and audiences the key focus is the avian ambassadors in which the company relies upon. The focus is to promote the different species of bird for their futures to be conserved, whilst ensuring a close to natural life for the birds being born in captivity. 

"As a child I was privileged to encounter wildlife of many forms, from domesticated house pets to the tiny birds and mighty elephants at my local zoo. It was these encounters that created my passion for the animals we share our planet with and its these encounters I strive to create for others to witness too". 

Aside from from the presentation services offered to leisure and tourism facility's in the UK, Mike writes for specialist magazines and also runs courses for owners of companion birds. The above said is based on 15 years of professional work within zoological institutions and previous animal training roles. Other evolvements as a LANTRA falconry assessor and a husbandry and welfare consultant to a private breeding facility has lead to Mike presenting his experience in a multitude of fields from the pet industry to conservation centres. 

Mikes' website: http://www.aworldofwings.com/index.html

Presentation: One Man and His Eagle: The Power of Positive Relationships

The birds from A World of Wings reside at Mikes home in Norfolk, where they live alongside him and his family. One bird that shares her life at the home of the Simmons family is Georgia, an American Bald Eagle. At Woof 2016, Mike will present the trials and tribulations of working with this majestic creature that has proved to be so challenging but also so rewarding. This is a story of empowerment and trust you won’t want to miss!

 

Kay Laurence

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 our 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 and a with great sense of personal achievement and connection to your dog.

Kay has been a presenter at the Karen Pryor Clicker Expo over 15 times and continues to enjoy exploring new cities in the US as part of the Expo Faculty. A regular presenter at the ORCA "Wicked Minds" Conference at the University of North Texas. Presenter 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. 

Kays' website: http://www.learningaboutdogs.com/

Presentation: Microshaping

Shaping is one of our cornerstone protocols for building new behaviours and building learners. It can be elegant or clumsy. It can be effective or frustrating. It can be powerful or destroying. Shaping always presents us with questions: when to prevent errors and when to use errors to supply information.

Micro-shaping protocols are designed to support the learner whilst they fully explore their options and make changes at the micro-level. It takes skilled teaching to enable learning that wakens the power of choice, sets alight the desire to learn and facilitates a mutually enjoyable experience. This presentation will take a closer look at the required skills and exercises needed to achieve a microshaping experience.

 

Pam Mackinnon

In her time as a Royal Air Force trained drug detector dog handler for HM Customs & Excise Pam adored the teamwork between her and her dog. The pure joy of working together for a common purpose was magical.  They searched everything from planes to cars, postal depots to houses, oil rigs to ships. They worked at many airports including Heathrow and Glasgow, ferry terminals at Dover and Stranraer plus docks at  Liverpool, Hull and Greenock, and even caves and islands off the West Coast of Scotland. A few years ago she started introducing scentwork in her dog training classes. Much to her delight owners and dogs loved it as much as she did. The demand for pet dog scentwork has exploded since those early days, hence the formation of Talking Dogs Scentwork® in 2011.

Since then she’s been working hard to keep up with demand, such is the interest in scentwork. TDS has quickly grown into the go-to scentwork training providers in Britain, with the TDS Turn Your Pet Dog into a Detector Dog manual proving more popular than Pam could have ever imagined, selling well both in the UK and USA. Scent 1: Learning to Sniff! DVD was launched in December 2014 and Scent 2: Handling Skills DVD came out in August 2015. Pam spends the majority of her time travelling around the UK teaching Talking Dogs Scentwork® from Devon to Edinburgh and everywhere in between. Pam is privileged to be asked to share her skillls with major organisations, including Dogs Trust where she presented at their staff training conference in 2015. 

Pam is co-founder of the sport Talking Dogs Rally®, the  most popular canine rally organisation in the UK. She has worked as a professional trainer and behaviourist for nearly 30 years working full time for charities Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Wood Green Animal Shelters. Her goal is to help increase the welfare and understanding of dogs through workshops, classes, private training, writing, products and media appearances, for pet dog owners and professionals.

Pams' website: www.scentwork.com

Presentation: The Keys To Success – A Nose Job For Your Dog.

Whether teaching for fun or function, scentwork is a discipline where it’s remarkably easy for trainers to get it wrong. Pam will talk you through the practicalities of getting the most from scentwork, teaching the dog in front of you rather than trying to impose a ‘system’ and how to utilise this great skill every day for both you and your dog’s benefit.