The Big Weekend

By December 8, 2015
March 19, 2016 9:00 am - March 20, 2016 5:00 pm Quest Flemington Serviced Apartments 600 Epsom Road Flemington, Vic

Saturday 19th March
9:00am to 5:00pm

Dominance and Aggression

Saturday 19th March, 9:00am to 12:00pm

Dissecting the dominance theory:

  • Dominance – is it a dirty word??
  • Does dominance play a part in owners relationships with their dogs

Aggression

  • Underlying motivators for aggression in dogs
  • How genetics, learning and environmental factors play a part in aggression
  • Implications for breeding and training
  • Predatory behaviour vs. social motivated aggression

Suitable For:

Dog trainers, behaviourists, obedience club instructors, animal rescue workers/volunteers, foster carers and dog walkers

Dr Gabrielle Carter, BVSc (Hons), MSc, MANZCVSc (Behaviour), DACVB

Dr. Gabrielle Carter is a Melbourne veterinarian with a special education in the field of Animal Behaviour.

After 20 years as a veterinarian and practice owner in general small animal practice, Gabrielle completed a three year residency program and Masters Degree in Veterinary Behaviour at Purdue University in Indiana, USA. She is a member of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists by examination in Veterinary Behaviour, and is a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Behaviorists—one of only two specialists in Australia with this qualification.

Gabrielle has worked with owners who have pets with behaviour problems for over 10 years, offering her services through Advanced Vetcare in Melbourne, the University of Melbourne Veterinary Clinic in Werribee, and Good Pet Behaviour.
She regularly teaches veterinarians, veterinary nurses and trainers about animal behaviour and the treatment of mental health issues. Offering extensive knowledge of normal behaviour in different species, science-based concepts of behaviour modification, and a veterinary approach to understanding and treating behavioural problems, she is one of Australia’s best-equipped veterinarians to help you manage your pet’s behaviour.
She currently works as Chief Veterinarian at the RSPCA Victoria, improving the quality pf life for shelter and private animals and their carers. 

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Saturday 19th March, 1:00pm to 3:00pm

  • What is separation anxiety?
  • Common symptoms – How to tell whether your dog has separation anxiety
  • From the dog’s perspective
  • Teaching your dog to be home alone
  • Tips and management techniques
  • Training Demonstrations

Suitable For:

Dog trainers, behaviourists, obedience club instructors, animal rescue workers/volunteers, foster carers and dog walkers, dog enthusiasts

Tamara Forth – Canine Focus

Tamara began working in the pet industry in 2008, and is the head trainer and operator of Canine Focus, a successful obedience training business located in Eden Park Victoria.

In addition to obedience training, Tamara specialises in Separation Anxiety after adopting Xena, an ex-breeding German Short Haired Pointer back in 2009 and discovering that she had severe separation anxiety. Research, patience, and dedication to Xena over the years lead Tamara to complete a certificate III in Dog Training and Behaviour through the National Dog Trainers Federation in 2012.

After gaining her qualification, Tamara pursued her passion in dog training and behaviour by opening Canine Focus, which provides various group training classes as well as one on one in home training consultations.

Working with Deaf Dogs

Vanessa Lenarcic – Canine Focus

Vanessa has worked in many aspects of the animal industry over the last 7 years, some of which include grooming and vet nursing.

While studying Animal and Veterinary Bioscience at La Trobe University, Vanessa also completed a certificate III with the National Dog Trainers Federation, and became a trainer at Four Paws K9 training as well as a Puppy School instructor for a pet store chain for many years.

Vanessa is the owner of 3 very loved dogs, 2 of which are deaf.

Saturday 19th March, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

  • Variations in deafness
  • How to effectively communicate with your dog
  • Effects on obedience & Behaviour
  • Basic Obedience exercises
  • Training Aids
  • Training Demonstrations

Suitable For:

Dog trainers, behaviourists, obedience club instructors, animal rescue workers/volunteers, foster carers and dog walkers, dog enthusiasts

Sunday 20th March
10:00am to 5:00pm

Aggression in Dogs

Trish Harris – Four Paws K9 Training

Trish Harris is co-founder and director of Four Paws K9 Training which is one of the largest, privately owned dog training schools operating in 4 locations around Melbourne. Four Paws K9 Training is also one of 6 dog training establishments in Victoria to receive Victorian Government recognition under the Domestic Animals Act of 2005, Reg 49.

Trish specialises in aggression and anxiety cases, particularly dog to dog aggression and has been sought after as an expert witness and reference/assessor for a couple of court cases which involved dog bites and attacks in Melbourne.

In addition to this, Trish is a lecturer/presenter for the National Dog Trainer’s Federation, has written and presents her own Puppy School Instructor’s Course in various states of Australia, runs seminars and workshops for foster carers who work with shelters and rescue groups, and also performs behaviour evaluations for a number of rescue groups around Victoria and ACT.

Sunday 20th March, 10:00am to 3:00pm

Gain a solid understanding of Aggression with:

  • Leash Reactivity
  • Resource Guarding
  • Fighting between dogs in the home

Topics Covered:

  • Canine Communication/Body language
  • Counter Conditioning/Desensitisation
  • Prevention & Management Techniques
  • Case Studies

Suitable For:

Dog trainers, behaviourists, obedience club instructors, animal rescue workers/volunteers, foster carers and dog walkers

Nutrition for Dogs

Sunday 20th March, 3:30pm to 5:00pm

  • Foods for various life stages of your dog
  • Affects of nutrition on behaviour
  • What to consider when purchasing commercial foods
  • Practical food preparation demonstrations for preparing homemade meals for your dog

Suitable For:

Dog trainers, behaviourists, obedience club instructors, animal rescue workers/volunteers, foster carers and dog walkers, dog enthusiasts, those with an interest in canine nutrition

Kerri Bradley – Doggiedom

As a professional communications expert with a certification in dog training,
small animal nutrition and herbal medicine , Kerri is passionate about
integrative health and animal welfare.

She aims to transform the lives of dogs and help people to build an even stronger bond with their fur companion by sharing knowledge about nutritious food, positive training, preventative health care and lifestyles that help both dog and their humans achieve ultimate wellbeing.

Kerri is also a pet parent to two beautiful dogs Rupert and Leila, who regularly
feature in her presentations, blogs and social media posts with their adventures living the Doggiedom way.