Ways of keeping people and dogs safe around each other will come under the spotlight at a conference this spring.

The Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) has dedicated its 2015 conference in March to this subject, bringing together five experts in their fields.

An APBC spokesman said: “In the light of the number of fatal dog attacks that have hit the headlines and the changes to the dangerous dog legislation in the UK, there has never been a more important time to examine the subject of safety of people around dogs.

“The conference should be of interest to anyone working in these fields, and to anyone else who would like to learn more about how to keep dogs and people safe around each other.”

The speakers will explore various aspects of safety from the points of view of dogs, dog owners and professionals working with dogs in a range of capacities including behaviour counsellors, trainers, veterinary and rescue centre professionals and those involved in assessing dogs for fostering and adoption.

The experts are:

  • Stephanie Hedges, who will discuss the role of canine behaviour professionals in the multi-agency approach to safeguarding children;
  • Sam Gaines, on the role of the RSPCA in promoting safety of people around dogs;
  • Rosie Barclay, on teaching children how to stay safe around dogs;
  • Allyson Tohme, on conducting risk assessments to ensure the safety of people and dogs from different perspectives including dog owners, dogs, the public and professionals working with dogs in a range of capacities, including behaviourists, trainers, boarding kennels and veterinary staff; and
  • Carri Westgarth, on scientific perspectives on dog bite risk.

The conference will be held on March 8 from 9.30am to 4pm at Kettering Conference Centre in Northamptonshire. Tickets cost £60 for APBC members, £65 for non-members.

For more information and to book, go to http://bit.ly/1xYiNMU

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