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2017 UK Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

June 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am - June 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm

The fourth annual National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference will be held on the south London campus of Kingston University on June 24-25, 2017.

This unique two-day event is the UK’s preeminent dog training and behaviour-related conference, featuring a world-class lineup of presenters, a breadth of unique topics and concepts covered which is unmatched in the industry, and a commitment to providing education and inspiration for all attendees.

For the fourth straight year, renowned TV dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell is bringing together many of the world’s top canine behaviour experts, university scholars, specialists and thought leaders to explore topical animal-related concepts, the social and behavioural issue of dog bite prevention, innovative approaches to understanding and communicating with our domestic dogs and more.

The Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference (DBC) is unique among dog industry events in terms of the quality and scope of its presentations, while also fostering and celebrating an inspirational sense of community among like-minded dog owners, trainers, wardens, veterinary professionals, organizational leaders, groomers, responsible breeders, walkers and general animal lovers.

The 2017 DBC will also serve as the kickoff event for the UK’s 3rd annual Dog Bite Prevention Week, providing opportunities for attendees to engage in ways to affect meaningful change in their communities regarding the universal problem of aggression and dog bites through education and heightened awareness. The 2017 Dog Bite Prevention Week will run from June 25-July 2, 2017.

What’s New in 2017?

Due to popular demand, Victoria is bringing back many of the heralded speakers from previous conferences while also inviting some exciting new presenters. The format of the event has been enhanced from previous years to now include complimentary lunches as well as tea and coffee as part of the registration fee. The Victoria Stilwell Academy is also hosting a Saturday night cocktail social for all attendees with free drinks and canapes as part of standard registration.

For the first time, discounted ‘early bird’ tickets (£140) are available through the end of the year, at which point standard ticket prices (£160) will be in effect.

Spaces are limited, and this event has sold out for the past three years, so don't delay in registering for the conference now to ensure you have a seat at this industry-leading annual event!

2017 Conference Presenter* List:

  • Grisha Stewart, Dog behaviour expert and founder of B.A.T.
  • Chirag Patel, Certified pet behaviour expert
  • Niki Tudge, Founder and president of the Pet Professional Guild and director of the Doggone Safe program
  • Daniel Mills, Professor of Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, University of Lincoln
  • Guy Williams, Police dog trainer and author of Positive Police Dogs
  • Sarah Fisher, T-touch practitioner and behaviour counselor
  • Kamal Fernandez, Renowned dog trainer
  • Kendal Shepherd, Renowned veterinary surgeon and Clinical Animal Behaviourist
  • Victoria Stilwell, dog behaviour expert, creator of It’s Me or the Dog, founder of Victoria Stilwell Academy

The National Dog Bite Prevention and Behaviour Conference is open to everyone including dog lovers, dog trainers, groomers, pet sitters and dog walkers, animal shelter workers and other animal care professionals, as well as dog wardens, law enforcement, educators, veterinarians and legal and medical professionals.

Included Topics*:

  • Reducing frustration by giving dogs outlets for natural behaviours
  • Helping dogs make choices
  • Exploring the value of searching and tracking games for dogs
  • Benefits of positive training for apprehension law enforcement dogs
  • How unmet needs lead to behaviour problems
  • Techniques used to address fear in dogs (benefits of BAT 2.0)
  • Empowerment and communication as bite prevention tools
  • How professionals can teach children to be Doggone Safe - the fun way to learn!
  • What happens after a dog bite?
  • The dangerous dog dilemma
  • Danger zone: how to conduct a safe assessment of a dangerous dog
  • Effective communication with dogs under extreme stress
  • Interpreting the behaviour of kenneled dogs
  • Mislabeling dogs as dominant and/or stubborn
    How to effectively lobby for better legislation

Conference Details:

  • Free parking is available at the venue in the University car park.
  • Lunches, refreshments and tea/coffee are provided with registration.
  • A complimentary Saturday night social cocktail party will follow the first day’s presentations and is included with registration.
    Because of the subject matter this conference is not open to children under the age of 16.
  • Pet dogs are not permitted at this conference.

Local Accommodation

Kingston University is conveniently located about 30 minutes south of central London. The University is comprised of two campuses – the first (Penrhyn Road Campus, KT2 7EE) in the Kingston city centre, and the second (Kingston Hill Campus, KT2 7LB) about 10 minutes’ drive north of Kingston, across from Richmond Park. The Dog Bite Conference will be hosted at the Kingston Hill Campus on the A308 near Richmond Park. Go to the conference website for a partial list of recommended hotels.

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June 24, 2017 @ 9:00 am
June 25, 2017 @ 5:00 pm
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Kingston University
Penhryn road
Kingston upon Thames, KT1 1LQ United Kingdom


Victoria Stilwell


Grisha Stewart