17. November 2020 - 9:15 till 17:30
Lilleshall Hall National Sports and Conferencing Centre, Near Newport, Shropshire
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Doing the Best for the Dogs in Our Care: UK Conference for Rehoming Centres | Tuesday, 17. November 2020

Dogs Trust is committed to increasing behaviour and training knowledge and developing best practice amongst staff both within our own centres and the wider community. We are often asked to assist other organisations with enhancing staff education, something which we already do overseas, and we believe that charities sharing knowledge and working together will ensure the best outcomes for all dogs which is, after all, what we are all here for!


The agenda is as follows:



08:30-09:15 -                                Registration


09:15-09:30 -                                Welcome: Owen Sharp – CEO Dogs Trust   


09:30-10:30 -                                Lecture: Rehoming practice – decision making theory and practice (Rachel Casey,                                                         Dogs Trust)               


10:30-11:00 -                                Coffee


11:00-11:30 -                                Lecture: The life of a police dog / detection dog (Speaker to be confirmed)


11:30-12:00 -                                Lecture: The life of an assistance dog (Speaker to be confirmed)       


12:00–13:00 -                               Workshop: Decision making when rehoming dogs (Steve Goward, Dogs                                                                        Trust)   


13:00–14:00 -                               Lunch


14:00–15:00 -                               Lecture: Understanding dogs that react badly to other dogs (Helen Zulch, Dogs                                                            Trust)    


15:00–16:00 -                               Lecture: Behaviour modification programmes for dogs that react badly to other                                                            dogs (Kris Glover, Dogs Trust)


16:00–16:30 -                               Coffee


16:30–17:30 -                               Workshop – planning a behaviour modification protocol for dog to dog                                                                          problems in a centre or home (Heather Wren, Dogs Trust)       


17:30                                            Close




Speaker Bios



Heather Wren



Heather is a Behaviour Officer working within the Professional Development team. She travels across the UK to Dogs Trust rehoming centres to mentor and training staff in aspects of dog training and behaviour. Prior to her current role Heather was a Senior Training and Behaviour Advisor for Dogs Trust and previously worked for various welfare organisations, both large and small, over the last 20 years.


 


Helen Zulch



Helen is a veterinarian and Royal College and European Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine. She is currently the head of Professional Development in Canine Behaviour at Dogs Trust where she has responsibility for staff education and professional development in dog behaviour and training. She is also a Visiting Fellow in the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK and an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science. Helen has worked in the field of companion animal behaviour for over 15 years lecturing on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes, consulting for pet owners and engaging with research across a range of areas in animal behaviour, learning and cognition. She has authored books and book chapters as well as scientific articles and was instrumental in developing the Life Skills for Puppies programme.



Kris Glover



Kris has been employed by Dogs Trust as a Clinical Animal Behaviourist since April 2018. In February 2019 she took on the role of Manager for the Clinical Animal Behaviour team.


Previous to her employment with Dogs Trust she was self-employed and ran a private behavioural and training practise based in Berkshire from 2004-2018.


During her 16 year career in the pet behaviour industry she has seen over 4000 dog behaviour cases, and around 1000 cat behaviour cases. Behaviour problems she has worked with range from separation related issues, sound phobias, people and dog aggression as well as some more unusual cases such as idiopathic overnight bed wetting.


She very much enjoys working with humans and their pets, and has a special interest in how the relationship between dog and owner influences the success of behavioural rehabilitation programmes.


Kris has a BA (Hons) degree in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and a MSc also in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist (accredited through ASAB).


 


Steve Goward


 


Steve started as a volunteer at Dogs Trust in Shrewsbury, Shropshire back in 2000 whilst studying animal welfare.  On completion of his diploma he became a full time canine carer where he built up his experience working with dogs in a kennel environment, and in 2004 he took over as the training and behaviour advisor for the Shrewsbury centre. After 6 years in this role he was promoted to Deputy Head of Canine Behaviour & Training. Recently Steve has taken on the new role of Behaviour Development Manager and now supports all the Dogs Trusts 21 centres across the UK and Ireland with staff training and development of behaviour and welfare knowledge. Steve has studied canine behaviour at Bristol University to enable him to help dogs that are struggling to cope, both in the kennel environment and once they go to new homes, as part of the aftercare offered by Dogs Trust.  Steve has presented workshops on training & behaviour at shelters in many countries all over the world. Steve lives with his wife and 2 children along with Hilda and Albus, 2 large hairy crossbreeds from Dogs Trust.


 


Rachel Casey


 


Rachel is the Director of Canine Behavior and Research at Dogs Trust. She was previously at the University of Bristol, where she led a group of researchers investigating aspects of veterinary epidemiology, companion animal behaviour and welfare.She lectures internationally on research and clinical behaviour topics, and has numerous scientific publications in dog behaviour and welfare.


Rachel has been specialising in veterinary behaviour for over 20 years, is a European and RCVS Recognised Specialist in Veterinary Behavioural Medicine, and a European Specialist in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.


  




How to get there:


By Road


Sat Nav Post Code: TF10 9LQ


Approach the main gates (known as the Golden Gates) which are situated on Pave Lane (the old A41, Wolverhampton - Whitchurch Road) about 1.5 miles South of Newport. The Centre is signposted from the new A41 Newport-by-pass. Please note: The Centre is approximately 2 miles from the main gate. The Centre is most easily reached as follows:


From The South: Via M1 / M6 / M5 - From Birmingham / London


Travel north along the M6, leaving at Junction 10A (M54) towards Telford Leave the M54 at Junction 3 and follow the A41 north towards Whitchurch. Continue north along the A41 until the beginning of the A41 Newport-by-pass. Lilleshall National Sports Centre is signposted left off this road south of Newport. Proceed along this road for about 1 mile. The Centre entrance is signposted left opposite Rubens Nursing Home.


From The North: Via M6


Leave the M6 motorway at Junction 15. Take the A519 signposted towards Eccleshall and then follow this road through Eccleshall itself and continue - following signposts for Newport. At the roundabout junction with the A41 (Newport Bypass), turn left following signs for Wolverhampton and Stafford. At the second roundabout turn right (signposted A518 Telford). On the corner to your right will be a factory called Classic Furniture. Follow this road to the next roundabout and then turn left. The entrance to Lilleshall NSC is approximately 1/2 mile along this road on your right.


Via A41:


The A41 trunk road bypasses Newport and Lilleshall National Sports Centre. Follow the bypass around Newport town until you reach a roundabout where A518 Telford is signposted off to your right. At this roundabout turn right (signposted A518 Telford). On the corner to your right will be a factory call Classic Furniture. Follow this road to the next roundabout and then turn left. The entrance to Lilleshall NSC is approximately 1/2 mile along this road on your right.


From The East: Via Derby


From Derby ring road, follow signs for the A50 to Uttoxeter. When you reach Uttoxter take the A518 towards Stafford and then on to Newport. At the roundabout junction with the A41 (Newport Bypass), turn left following signs for Wolverhampton and Telford. At the next roundabout turn right (signposted A518 Telford). On the corner to your right will be a factory named Classic Furniture. Follow this road to the next roundabout and then turn left. The entrance to Lilleshall NSC is approximately 1/2 mile along this road on your right.


From The West: Via Shrewsbury / M54


From Shrewsbury, follow the A5 / M54 motorway towards Telford. Leave the motorway at Junction 6 and take the first exit at the roundabout interchange. The road goes down an incline with a Tesco and a Retail Park to your right. Go over the small roundabout (entrance to the retail park) and at the large roundabout at the bottom of the hill take the second exit, signposted towards Hadley. Continue along this road until you reach another roundabout (to your immediate left will be a Texaco petrol station and opposite left will be a Ford car dealer - Furrows). At this roundabout turn right. Continue along this road (through Hadley) until you reach the roundabout junction with the A442 Queensway. Turn left - the road goes under a bridge and immediately joins another roundabout at the other side. Take the last exit from this roundabout (signposted A518 Stafford & Newport). Follow this road alongside the Hortonwood Industrial Estate and out of Telford continuing along the A518 towards Newport & Stafford. You will reach a roundabout where on the opposite left corner is a pub/restaurant called the Red House. Go straight over this and the next island and at the following roundabout turn right onto Pave Lane. The entrance to Lilleshall NSC is approximately 1/2 mile along this road on the right.


By Public Transport


The closest airport to Lilleshall is Birmingham International which is approximately 35 miles away. There is a rail link from the airport via Birmingham New Street and on to Telford. A taxi from Telford to Lilleshall is approximately 8 miles. Manchester is the next closest airport about 70 miles away.


The nearest main line rail stations are Stafford and Telford.


There is a bus service from Stafford to Telford. The bus stop is situated directly opposite the train station and you catch the number 481 service.


Local Taxi Numbers


Central Taxis: 01952 501050. Approximate single fare costs: Birmingham Airport to Lilleshall £46; Wolverhampton Train Station to Lilleshall £20; Telford Train Station to Lilleshall £9.20.


Ultimate Taxis: 01952 813636. Approximate single fare costs: Birmingham Airport to Lilleshall £42; Wolverhampton Train Station to Lilleshall £20; Telford Train Station to Lilleshall £10.


There is plenty of on site parking at the centre.


Accommodation


Here are some suggestions for hotels in the surrounding area:


• Holiday Inn Express Shrewsbury, Shrewsbury Business Park, Sitka Dr, Shrewsbury SY2 6LG


• The Haughmond, Shropshire, SY4 4TZ


• Lord Hill Hotel, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6AX


• St Nicholas Boutique Hotel & Spa, 24 Castle St, Shrewsbury SY1 2BQ


• Premier Inn Shrewsbury Town Centre, Smithfield Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 1PG


• The Corbet Arms, Church Rd, Uffington, Shrewsbury SY4 4SN


• Brompton Farmhouse B&B, Brompton Farmhouse, Brompton, Near Cross Houses, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY5 6LE


• Mytton and Mermaid, Atcham, Shrewsbury SY5 6QG


• The Wroxeter Hotel, Wroxeter, Shrewsbury SY5 6PH