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UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists symposium

The 12th Annual UKRCB Symposium will be held on Sunday, October 3rd 2004 at the Connexion, Ryton-on-Dunsmore, Coventry. The subject this year will be: PEOPLE, PETS and PROBLEMS

How often do we as trainers and behaviourists remark that the owner/dog relationship is making successful training more difficult than it needs to be? Are there really no bad dogs, only bad owners? How has a family let a situation with its dog go as far as it has before seeking help? These are all questions we have asked ourselves whilst working with people and pets. If we are to offer effective help, then we need first of all to look at the problem holistically and recognise that a difficult owner/dog relationship may well reflect personal issues. We need to get a measure of the whole picture, rather than relying on quick, and often ultimately unsatisfactory, fixes.

To help us realistically reappraise difficult situations and advise us how to design an acceptable behaviour modification programme, the UKRCB is delighted to welcome from the USA Joel Gavriele-Gold PhD., author of the bestselling WHEN PETS COME BETWEEN PARTNERS and Dr. Anne McBride, BSc, PhD., director of the Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling Diploma Course at The University of Southampton. They will jointly present an exploration of case studies based on actual situations, with full discussion on how problems can successfully be resolved for both ends of the lead. Both speakers are widely experienced in both dog and human psychology.

Tickets available from Bob Haynes, The Larches, Brach Oak Lane, Corley, Near Coventry, Warks CV7 8AU. Tel: 01676 541155. Email: Ticket prices: £45 which includes a buffet lunch and refreshments during the day. Concessions: £40 each for groups of 8 people or more, bookings taken by August 1st and UKRCB members.