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The Weekend with Kathy Sdao

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Hallmark Hotel Manchester Airport

Stanley Road



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Jo & Lucy are delighted to invite you to a weekend of learning with Kathy Sdao on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday 24th of September 2017 held at the Hallmark Hotel close to Manchester Airport.

Join us for this unique opportunity to hear Kathy speaking about the fundamentals of how animals learn.

About Kathy Sdao

Kathy Sdao is an applied animal behaviorist. She’s spent 30 years as a full-time animal trainer, first with marine mammals and now with dogs and their people. As a graduate student at the University of Hawaii in the 1980s, she was part of a research team that trained dolphins to solve complex cognitive puzzles. She received a master’s degree in experimental psychology and was then hired by the United States Navy to train dolphins for applied open-ocean tasks. After that, Kathy spent five years as a marine-mammal trainer at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma Washington. There she expanded her training skills by working with beluga whales, walruses, porpoises, sea lions, seals, otters and polar bears. After leaving the zoo world, Kathy and a colleague created Tacoma’s first dog-daycare facility, Puget Hound Daycare, where Kathy first began teaching clicker-training classes for pet owners. Since selling Puget Hound in 1998, Kathy has owned and managed BrightSpot Dog Training. Kathy is proud to be one of the original faculty members for Karen Pryor’s long-running Clicker Expos and has taught at thirty of these popular conferences since 2003. She’s taught more than 200 seminars, workshops, conference presentations & webinars, enjoying these opportunities to share her passion for the incredible power of positive-reinforcement training, confirmed over decades of working with dozens of species. Kathy’s first book, Plenty in Life Is Free: Reflections on Dogs, Training and Finding Grace,was published in 2012 and is available from Dogwise; please see Dogwise for details. To purchase videos of Kathy’s seminars and workshops, please see Tawzer Dog’s website.

About the weekend

Dogs will be welcome to attend this event with you free of charge :) On the Sunday a small handful will be able to take part in demonstrations. If you would like your dog to attend please check our policy in FAQs and book a Dog VIP Ticket.

Food and beverages will be supplied throughout the day. Patisserie, fruit and hot drinks will be available in the morning, a hot and cold buffet for lunch and further refreshments in the afternoon.

On Saturday evening there will be an opportunity to join us for a networking dinner. Our special guest for Saturday evening is Jane Ardern. Jane is the KCAI Trainer of the year for 2015 and will be speaking about Mindful Dog and Puppy Training.

You can book your place for this three course dinner by selecting "The Weekend with Dinner". Your dog is welcome to accompany you to this dinner.

The Hallmark Hotel has wonderful facilities and there are 20 rooms reserved for attendees with a a special rate of £89 bed and breakfast. Book quickly to avoid disappointment. You need to call the hotel to book, special rates can't be booked on-line. When booking, please quote: "Kathy Sdao Weekend".

Please note that only two dogs are allowed in each bedroom. Dogs do not need to be caged in the rooms. Each dog will cost you additional £15 per night to stay in the hotel, but dog treats are included!

What will we learn?

Saturday: Lecture, video & demo

Learning Theory: A Practical Overview for Trainers

  • Beginner Skinner

  • Pav-love

  • Premack Primer

  • Problems with Pairs

Sunday: Lecture & dog-training exercises with students

I-Cue: The Science of Signals

  • Make the whale jump: What cues can do
  • So much static: Maximizing clarity

  • Transferring cues: Tricks & triggers

  • How to put a behavior on cue: faded lures or temporal conditioning?

About Jane Arden

Jane owns Wagga-Wuffins Canine College, she has been training dogs for over 20 years and has been working full time as a professional for over 10 years.
Jane has a BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training from Hull University, an Advanced Diploma in the Practical Aspects of Companion Animal Behaviour and Training and CAP2. Jane has a City and Guilds Award in Education and Training

Jane is the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme Dog Trainer of the Year 2015 a prestigious award presented to her at Crufts 2016 in March

Jane is a member of the Coape Association of Pet Behaviourists and Trainers (CAPBT), The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT UK) Membership no. 1058 and a Registered Animal Trainer with the Animal Training and Behaviour Council (ATBC)

CurrentlyJane shares her home with five dogs, a 12 year old polish lowland sheepdog Snoopy, and four working cocker spaniels, Pickles, The Stig, Mia and Drift.

We all look forward to seeing you and your dogs in September 2017!


What is the dog policy?

We take our attending dog’s comfort and wellbeing very seriously so we ask that you don’t talk to, touch or feed dogs at the event without first having the handler’s permission. Dog's attending must have a VIP ticket and be friendly and relaxed in close proximity to dogs and people, and able to settle for chill time during the lecture. Dogs that are clearly uncomfortable will be asked to leave the seminar environment. We ask that dog handler's have water and a suitable drinking bowl on them at all times. We encourage owners not to forget their dog's food, a clicker, lots and lots of yummy treats, a treat bag / pouch and of course lots of poop bags. Dogs are not allowed off lead in the grounds of the hotel. Dogs may attend the networking dinner with their owners but won't be served the three course meal.

When does "Early-bird" pricing come to an end?

A limited number of Early-Bird tickets were released and when they're gone, they're gone. You can see the number remaining by clicking on "Tickets". Full price tickets will be opened when Early-birds have sold out.

Can I pay by installment?

Yes, if you select the option to Pay Deposit. You will pay £80 today, £60 in January and £60 in June, totalling £200 for The Weekend, excluding dinner and Eventbrite fees. Please note that the deposit is non-refundable and failure to pay installments on time will result in losing your place.

What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?

The hotel is close to Manchester Airport and offers a customer transfer service. It's easily accessed by road and rail, just off the M6 J2 exit, and a 22 minute walk from Handforth train station. 150 parking spaces are available in the hotel car park. Visit the hotel website for more details, directions and a map

What is the refund policy?

Deposits are excluded from the refund policy. For people paying in full and not by installments, the following breakdown applies;

10 months+, 100% money-back
6 months, 50% money-back
3 months, 25% money-back
1 month, 10% money-back

Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

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