Conferences and Webinars

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Welcome the APBC’s Conference and Webinar page! See below for upcoming events.

If you are a member of the APBC and wish to view upcoming member-only events click here. You will need to log in for this link to work.

Food policy at events

Please note that it is the APBC’s policy to ensure that food provided at APBC events encourages welfare orientated farming methods. Wherever possible we aim to ensure:

  • Free range eggs are used
  • Meat is free range or as a minimum meets the Five Freedoms Welfare Code. If free range meat cannot be provided then all catering will be vegetarian.
  • Produce is locally sourced where possible.

Webinar requirements
If you are unsure whether your computer or broadband speed is suitable to view a webinar, you may like to run the following test. Please note you do not need to have a webcam or microphone enable, you just need to be able to see and hear the presentation:

You can test your connection before your session starts by joining a test session to check that your computer has everything required.

Join the test session as follows:

  1. To test your connection, join the test session via https://www3.gotomeeting.com/join/406552062.
  2. If you're on a desktop, you may need to download the Citrix Online Launcher file for Windows or Mac to launch GoToWebinar.
  3. If you see a "Successfully Connected" message on the "Waiting for Organizer" dialog, you've successfully joined the test session. You should be able to join GoToMeeting, GoToWebinar and GoToTraining sessions from this computer. Close the "Waiting for Organizer" dialog to exit the test session.

Upcoming Events

  • How to Run a Dog Business Successfully

    10/01/2017-10/01/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Veronica Boutelle

    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30
    PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.

    THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.
    Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable

    Click here to book:
  • Tracking - what the dog is trying to tell us and the value of this work for behaviour change

    31/01/2017-31/01/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Pat Tagg

    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30

    PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.

    THIS WEBINAR WILL NOT BE RECORDED

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  • Introducing the benefits of mindfulness for the pet behaviour counsellor

    28/02/2017-28/02/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Rachel Lilley

    Introducing the benefits of mindfulness for the pet behaviour counsellor.

    · Tangible benefits for pet behaviour counsellor

    · Tangible benefits for clients

    · Benefits also for the pets

    Improve our ability to pay attention and be more aware/present and open to what is going on in the behaviourist/client/pet relationship.

    - To consider what it is to be more present and how that may make the process of supporting the client and the pet more effective

    - A practice to become more aware of internal states and their effect on the client/behaviourist relationships and client pet relationship

    - A practice to enable the client to become more aware of their internal states and the effect on the pet

    - A tool for simply keeping calm and less subject to reactiveness (which helps builds relationships)

    - A tool for building emotional awareness and regulation to support both the work and well being.

    Will provide list of resources of potential benefit to behaviourist client and pet

    Rachel Lilley, MPhil, PGCE, PhD Cand. Aberystwyth University, Dept of Geography and Earth Sciences. Rachel is both an academic and a practitioner with extensive experience of delivering behaviour change and mindfulness to adults as a trainer, coach and consultant in the public, NGO and private sectors. She has 20 years experience as a mindfulness practitioner and teacher and trained to teach through Bangor Centre for Research and Mindfulness. https://www.aber.ac.uk/en/iges/staff/phd/ral17/. She is working with Claire Kirby to bring some her knowledge of behaviour and mindfulness with adults across to the world of pet behaviour.

    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30
    PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.

    THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.
    Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.

    Click here to book:
  • Differentials and treatment approaches for separation problems

    21/03/2017-21/03/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by David Appleby

    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30

    PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR.

    THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.
    Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable

    Click here to book:
  • The Power and Pleasure of Play

    11/04/2017-11/04/2017

    Venue: On your computer, anywhere. 8pm to 9.30pm.

    Presented by Alasdair Bunyan
     
    Play in animals is known to be an indicator of an individual’s welfare, whether this is a cat or a dog, play defines the animals mental state. Although play has been studied in many animals, including felines, canine play continues to be one of the least studied concepts.
     
    In order to use play to build a stronger relationship and to help with training a greater awareness of an individual’s specific play styles must be understood.  Alasdair will discuss the importance of play in the welfare environment, play styles, appropriate and inappropriate play and thoughts on motivation and how to use play as reinforcement to both the handlers and dog’s benefit.
     
    Price: APBC members £10 Non-members £30
     
    PLEASE NOTE YOUR AUTOMATED BOOKING CONFIRMATION WILL INCLUDE THE LOG IN YOU NEED TO VIEW THE WEBINAR. THIS WEBINAR WILL BE RECORDED AND SENT TO ALL REGISTRANTS TO VIEW FOR SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE LIVE BROADCAST. IT WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR APBC MEMBERS TO PURCHASE ON THE MEMBERS WEBSITE FOR VIEWING SEVEN DAYS AFTER THE BROADCAST.
    Please note: APBC and SPEAKERS CANNOT BE HELD RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY TECHNICAL FAILING IN THE RESULTING RECORDING. Purchases of live broadcast or recording are not refundable.

    Click here to book:
  • APBC Annual Conference 2017: Keep Calm and Carry On...

    30/04/2017-30/04/2017

    Venue: Kettering Conference Centre, Thurston Drive, Kettering, NN15 6PB

    Keep Calm and Carry On...Understanding and managing over-arousal in dogs

    Many owners struggle with dogs that are over-aroused, whether this is the result of excitement, fear or frustration. This can lead to difficulties with work, training and many behaviour problems including recall problems, inappropriate chasing, barking and repetitive behaviours. Managing arousal and teaching dogs to be calm is an important aspect of dealing with many problem behaviours. This conference should be of interest to anyone living or working with dogs, whether they are wired Whippets, crazy Collies or even chilled Chihuahuas.

    During the day we will explore what arousal is, why some dogs seem to become over-aroused more easily than others and how this can influence a dog’s physiology and ability to learn. We will look at practical strategies for reducing arousal and helping dogs to be calmer including appropriate management strategies, exercise, training and activities such as tracking and searching. We will explore the use and efficacy of calming medications, supplements and diets, and therapies such as massage and T touch.

    We will also look at achieving calmness in specific situations including within the multi-dog household.

    Speaker information following soon!

    Nitty Gritty

    Early bird rate for everyone: £55 (book before 28 February 2017)
    Standard non-member price: £65
    Standard member price: £60
    Please make sure you register at the correct rate as mistakes cannot be rectified afterwards.

    Everyone (members and non-members) should register at Early Bird rate until 28 February 2017.

    FEES INCLUDE REFRESHMENTS AND A PACKED LUNCH

    A group discount is available for animal welfare and assistance dogs charities if sending four or more attendees. Please email events [at] apbc [dot] org [dot] uk (subject: APBC%20Annual%20Conference%202017) to request details.

    Please note that other than assistance dogs, the venue does not permit dogs on the site.

    Please note that no refunds for cancellations can be given after 16 April 2017. Cancellations prior to 16 April 2017 are subject to an £8 cancellation fee. The organisers reserve the right to replace speakers in necessary.

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