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Day 1

Day 1: 16th February 2019





Welcome to the conference and intro to the keynote speaker.

Robin Simpson/Hollee James


The emotional motivational systems identified by Jaak Panksepp will be explained in relation to pet dogs in order to increase our understanding of how to improve canine learning.

Dr Sarah Heath

10:30am - 11:00am - Morning Tea



Understanding the concept of emotional arousal and motivation and the role of classical conditioning in altering emotional drives and resulting behavioural responses. Dr Sarah Heath

12:15pm - 1:15pm - Lunch

1:15pm- 2:00pm

The Role of the Trainer in Geriatric Care - advice trainers can provide to clients to help them care for their geriatric dog’s emotional welfare, how to help them recognise changes in their animal’s behaviour, how to modify their household and environment to help improve the quality of life for their geriatric dog and the importance of establishing a good relationship with their vet.  Natalie Watson

2:00pm - 2:30pm – Afternoon Tea



The importance of emotional relaxation and how it differs from physical stillness. Dr Sarah Heath


Panel discussion with Dr Sarah Heath, Dr Gaille Perry & Natalie Watson - Summary and wrap up of the day.

4:30pm - 5:30pm - NETWORKING - Drinks & Nibbles