Renowned pet trainer (and dear friend) Victoria Stilwell (It’s Me or the Dog), renowned canine cognitive scientist Adam Miklosi and leading dog behaviour experts Sarah Fisher and Chirag Patel, are just a few of the presenters that are returning to Lincoln University on June 11-12, 2016 to take part in the UK’s third annual National Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference presented by the Victoria Stilwell Academy for Dog Training & Behaviour.
Since 1998 hospital admissions from dog bites have increased by approximately 50% in the UK and more people, including children, are being bitten by dogs or losing their lives because of a dog bite. The tragedy is that in most of these cases and others, such bites and fatalities are utterly preventable.
In response to the reports of dog bites and attacks which continue to drive news cycles in cities across the country, celebrity dog trainer, TV personality and best-selling author Victoria Stilwell founded the Dog Bite Prevention Task force with other leaders in the fields of animal behaviour, forensics and legislation to highlight the need for education and awareness and prevent these largely avoidable tragedies from occurring.
First held in 2014, the Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference has quickly become the ‘must attend’ event of the year in the dog world for those committed to reducing the number of aggressive dog attacks and better understanding our canine companions.
“I am devastated each time I hear about people, including children, being bitten, mauled or killed, especially when most of these incidences could have been prevented,” Stilwell states. “Education is key, not just for parents and kids, but for professionals and educators who must all work together to spread awareness and encourage responsible dog ownership.”
The National Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference is designed for and open to all animal industry professionals, child educators, shelter workers, medical professionals, police and other first responders, dog wardens, delivery personnel, trainers and dog lovers.
The two day conference features dynamic presentations from Stilwell, Miklosi, Fisher and other leading canine experts. Topics include:
• Understanding aggression
• Demystifying dominance – exploring the many misunderstandings and misuses of the term ‘dominance’ in relation to dog behaviour.
• Getting the right perspective on the ethology and genetics of dog aggression
• Common problems with high drive dogs in domestic situations.
• ‘Don’t Hug the Dog!’ – everything professionals and parents need to teach kids safe dog handling
• Giving animal training back to the animals
• How to build a better line of communication with your dog by understanding posture, behaviour and learning techniques to improve physical, mental and emotional wellbeing
• The importance of effective human communication in dealing with dog behaviour.
Stilwell will also discuss in detail her recent experience being on the receiving end of an extreme dog bite while filming with working K-9 units for her upcoming series, Guardians of the Night. While not the result of negligence or an aggressive domestic dog, Stilwell will share her perspective throughout the experience, including the first-hand awareness she has developed regarding both the physical and emotional toll dog bite victims endure.
Space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register or for more event details, click here.