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2017 National Dog Bite Prevention & Behaviour Conference

Victoria Stilwell Positively

Saturday, 24 June 2017 at 09:00 - Sunday, 25 June 2017 at 17:00 (BST)

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Dog Bite Conference Registration   more info 25 Jun 2017 £160.00 £0.00

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2016 DBC Group ShotThe 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.

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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 FisherT-touch practitioner and behaviour counselor
  • Kamal FernandezRenowned 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


Victoria at the 2016 DBC

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

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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. Click here for a partial list of recommended hotels.


Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Can I attend just one of the two days?
Due to space and registration limitations, attendees are not able to register for only one day of the conference. All registrations are for the the full, two-day conference.

Q:  Is lunch included?
Yes! Refreshments and lunches are included in the cost of registration.

Q:  Is there free parking?
Yes. Complimentary parking is available in a Kingston University car park just steps from the conference venue.

Q:  Can I reach the conference via public transport?
Yes. Kingston-upon-Thames is on several main train lines, and buses regularly run on a route passing the conference venue. The nearest train line in the town centre is approximately a 45 minute walk to the conference venue.

Q:  What time does the conference begin and end each day?
Saturday, June 24 will begin at 9am (registration and check in open at 8am) and end at 6pm. Sunday, June 25 will begin at 9am and end at 5pm. All times are subject to change.

Q:  Are there discounts for group or rescue organisations?
Costs for the conference are already underwritten and further discounts are unfortunately not available. Discounted ‘early bird’ rates are available for those purchasing tickets before Jan 1, 2017.

Q:  What is the refund policy?
Due to space restrictions, refunds will only be granted upon request if there is a waitlist for the conference.

Q:  Is VAT included in the ticket price?
No VAT is collected on the ticket purchases, as the organising entity is a US company with no VAT exposure. Therefore, VAT receipts are not available for delegates.

Q:  My ticket was bought for me by someone else. Does my name need to be on the ticket?
Yes. The ticket registration process requires the purchaser to list each attendee by name, however if this changes or for some reason there is a different name on your ticket from the person who will be attending, please contact us at and let us know the names of each attendee that will be attending with each ticket.

Q:  Do I need to bring my printed ticket with me to the conference?
Yes. Please bring the ticket that was automatically sent to you when you registered.

Q:  What are my hotel options near the conference?
There are many affordable lodging options near the Kingston University Campus. Click here for a partial list of recommended hotels.


A percentage of all proceeds will be donated to the Victoria Stilwell Foundation. 

* Conference speakers and presentation titles subject to change.


 2016 DBC attendees

Testimonials from Attendees of the 2016 Dog Bite Conference:

Pretty overwhelmed with your fantastic line-up.


A brilliant conference. I brought so much away with me; expanding personal knowledge, practical things that I can implement on a day to day basis and ideas for areas in which I can improve my own dog training business.


It was my first Dog Bite conference and loved it. Came away a lot more knowledgeable with links to useful sources of information. The conference is sharing a great message and the more we can spread the word to help prevent children getting bitten, the better.


This was my first attendance and I thought it was brilliant, I will certainly encourage people to attend, this information needs to be filtered through to pet owners not just dog trainers.


As a veterinary nurse I have a very basic knowledge of dog behaviour but after this weekend I have really seen how behavior is an essential part of caring for dogs with in the veterinary practice. I will 100% be looking into ways of getting the information out to clients, especially regarding children and dogs. I learnt something from every speaker and overall thought the conference was amazing. Can't wait for next year!


I came away from it totally motivated and to put into practice what knowledge I had gained. It was a lot to take in but hopefully the notes I wrote down will make sense to me.


The conference gave me so much information to think about. I've been to lots of conferences for Veterinary nursing but never have I come out and thought Wow!


Truly inspiring and informative


I felt everyone was very welcoming and open, it is a great group to "feel a part of". Very well run. Thank you to the whole team.


A Great experience, the speakers were incredible informative but also meeting all the other attendees taught me a lot about all sides of the dog world.


Just starting out in the dog world having been a People trainer for the last 20 years. For me this conference was invaluable. It has opened my eyes up to so many things and my head hasn't stopped spinning yet. Thank you for such an amazing experience.


The speakers were excellent and entertaining when appropriate. As always I learnt something new and became inspired to want to do more.




Thoroughly enjoyed the experience, thank you so much for bringing it all together. Fabulous range of excellent speakers. Learned a great deal and has given me lots to consider and reflect upon. Was not sure how relevant this was going to be to me, but am so glad I attended and will help to make sure that Pets As Therapy staff & volunteers get to attend next year.


The conference was great, really motivational and informative. It has a great mix of speakers and had a lot of practical knowledge and help


The conference was brilliant I have learn so much and I feel that what I have learn will make me a better person in my job. Thank you again for running a brilliant conference and I will be at next year's conference.


An inspirational 2 days of lectures, great to see so many people working hard to change the lives of both dogs and people.


The DBC is an excellent opportunity to network. I attended initially as an interested party (being on my second people-reactive dog) and out of my networking, I have ended up enrolled on a canine behaviour and training degree programme, planning a future in canine welfare. I love the mix of academic and practical that the conference provides and think it found the 'just right' balance of the two.

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Kingston University London
Kingston Hill Campus
KT2 7LB Kingston upon Thames
United Kingdom

Saturday, 24 June 2017 at 09:00 - Sunday, 25 June 2017 at 17:00 (BST)

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