Registrations are now open for Pet Professional Guild Australia’s (PPGA) pet industry conference Learn, Grow, Influence on 14-16 June 2024.

The conference offers a unique learning experience for pet owners through lectures and practical workshops by globally renowned pet training and behaviour experts. Attendees can learn how to teach their pup herding, scent work or even try hoopers from some of the best animal trainers in the world.

Barbara Hodel, Vice President of PPGA, said attendees will be spoilt for choice with an assortment of workshops designed to provide a ‘taster’ of new and innovative ideas for owners and their pets.

“PPGA prides itself in using force-free methods based on the latest research and science on the ethical treatment of animals. We encourage pet owners to attend this special event to learn from our presenters, grow their skills and influence their community.”

Barbara Buchmayer, one of the world’s leading developers and advocates for positive herding training, will be coming from the USA for the first time to present a workshop and presentations on positive herding.

“My workshops will cater to both the average pet owner and those passionate about positive herding, welcoming all breeds from Poodles to Border Collies. The beauty of these games is that they teach valuable skills such as self-control, cueing and timing in a fun and relaxed way.”

Ian Shivers, Bondi Behaviourist, will present a workshop which will teach owners how to meet their dog’s needs and resolve unwanted behaviours through enrichment.

“You don’t have to be a pet professional to get a lot out of this one. The goal is for everyone that attends to walk away with a real insight into how to effectively apply their knowledge of enrichment into their dog’s life. In my workshop, we’ll be diving deep into enrichment, what it is, how to apply it and what the benefits of it really are.”

The practical workshops will run on June 14 at St Ives Showground and the lectures are scheduled for June 15 and 16 at the Rydges World Square in the CBD. PPGA Members tickets are $700 and non-members are $800.

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