Past Events

2017


23
Mar

Segmented Reinforcers
"How we can get more bang for our buck with reinforcers"

presented by
Shannon Mc Kay

The use of reinforcers in animal training has grown tremendously over the last two decades. As with any behaviour modification tool a better understanding of the underlying principles can show us ways to improve and use these tools with even greater effect. This talk defines reinforcers and the reinforcement process, discusses the various stages of reinforcement and explores how it is possible to manipulate the animal's perception of these stages to increase the impact of the reinforcer as perceived by the animal. The information in this talk would be of value to any person involved in the training or behaviour modification of animals.

The talk (open to members and non-members) will be an hour long and followed by our Annual General Meeting. We would very much like to encourage our members to stay for the AGM as we value your input.

DATE:  23 March 2017- Thursday
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    18:30 for 19:00
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

About Shannon McKay
MSc (Zoology), Snr Acc Beh Cons (ABC of SA©)

Shannon holds a MSc zoology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a senior accredited animal behaviour consultant (canine: 1998) with the ABC of SA©TM and holds a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Pretoria. Shannon has completed various courses in psychology, anatomy, physiology and biopsychology, featured on numerous television and radio shows and has written extensively for the dog press, both locally and abroad. She lectures on dog behaviour and training to both canine professionals and enthusiasts.

At present Shannon operates the McKaynine Training Centre in Gauteng consisting of three branches. She initiated and manages the nation-wide Super Pup trainer certification programme in conjunction with Royal Canin. Shannon trained the first dog in South Africa to be used as a wildlife scat detection dog. Additional scat dogs have since been trained in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. She has authored a research project on vagrant in-utero testosterone and the effect on behaviour, co-authored a Master's thesis on scat detection dogs and conducted a research study on early experience in puppies and the effect on social attraction towards humans when adult. Most recently Shannon co-authored a cryptic olfaction paper (using dogs to test a scent hypothesis). Her MSc dissertation reported on a unique biological survey technique in which dogs were trained to match biologicalsamples via a scented proxy.

Shannon has served on various dog related committees over the years. She has bred and campaigned harlequin Great Danes, earning the top harlequin kennel in South Africa from 2005 – 2009. Shannon has made up 12 breed champions and has attained canine good citizen status with numerous others. She also competed occasionally in the working disciplines, mainly agility and dog jumping, gaining qualifications in these disciplines.

   

2016


16
FEB

Inter-dog Fighting in the home environment

presented by
Dr Quixi Sonntag

"Canines are a social species; however this does not mean that all dogs get on together. Tension between dogs living under the same roof can be very stressful for the owners and for the dogs. Learn how to identify triggers, reduce possible stress factors, work on building harmonious relationships, and keep expectations realistic."

DATE:  16 February 2017- Thursday
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

About Dr Quixi Sonntag

Quixi qualified as a vet in 1986 and completed her BVSc honours in 1993. Subsequently she completed the ethology honours course with Prof Odendaal while running her own small animal practice in Pretoria. She started a veterinary behaviour practice, the first of its kind in South Africa, in 1999. In 2008 she was appointed lecturer in ethology, animal welfare and behavioural medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria and to date still enjoys training prospective veterinarians and veterinary nurses. Quixi consults with pet owners about their pets' behaviour disorders under the auspices of the Onderstepoort Behaviour Clinic, at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital. She has written two books and produced two videos on dog training and behaviour, has presented papers at numerous veterinary congresses and has appeared on TV and radio. Her interests include human-animal interaction and community engagement and she enjoys cycling, hiking, reading and wine in her free time.

   

2016


15
sep

Educational Talk on Working with a Therapy Dogs

by Dr Conor Hughes
followed by
Louise Thompson

The Expectations and the Reality of a Therapy Dog

Working with a Therapy Dog - Dr Conor Hughes

'Ordinary' companion dogs are increasingly being used as Therapy Dogs in stressful situations of all kinds. They cheer, they calm, they help humans relax. They offer comfort without judgment, and they don't need words. In the USA in particular, Therapy Dog work is growing rapidly into new and inventive areas. Here in South Africa we are a much smaller community with a smaller range of activities, but we are growing quickly and expanding both our reach and the types of work that we do as volunteers. Conor will discuss aspects of what Therapy Dog work can do, and look at some of the scientific research about what actually happens to humans and dogs during a visit. She will give a firsthand view of the stresses and satisfactions of being a Therapy Dog handler, and reflect on the skills required by the human, and the characteristics that make a great Therapy Dog.

The Expectations and the Reality of a Therapy Dog - Louise Thompson

Louise will be discussing responsibilities of an Evaluator; how an evaluation is conducted; the dog handler; and the behavioural aspects of the dog.

DATE:  Thursday 15 September 2016
VENUE:    Fourways Veterinary Hospital
Corner Witkoppen Road & The Straight
Pinesloapes, Fourways
TIME:   

19:00 for 19:30

COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

IMPORTANT notice for those who are attending

When you turn right into the FVH grounds, there are parking bays on either side of the road which have been allocated to the function. No cars will be allowed to park directly outside the Hospital reception area. Walk through the pedestrian side gate leading to the garden/training area to access the venue room.

   
10
sep

Legal Talk

Presented by Lizelle Brits-Chapman
Co-hosted by COAPE & CAPBT

Topics included are:

  • Validity of contracts
  • Indemnity vs Disclaimer
  • Record keeping
  • Accountability and when are you deemed to be an "expert" in the eyes of the Law
  • Dangers of Social media
  • Animal rights & welfare
DATE:  Saturday 10 September 2016
VENUE:    Cape Animal Medical Centre
TIME:    2 - 5 pm
COST:    R150 for members of the ThinkingPets Guild, CAPBT SA, ALL COAPE students and members of ABC SA
R190 for non-members
 

Booking essential: Contact us 083 336 1761 or email info@coapesa.com

Click here to download the brochure

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

Lizelle Brits-Chapman

Studied LLB at the University of Pretoria and graduated in 2013, then started articling at Victor & Partners Attorneys and passed her Attorney Admittance exams in 2014. She was admitted as an Attorney in the High Court of Pretoria in July 2015, where she has focussed her specialization on Administering of Estates, Conveyancing matters as well as Animal Law and Welfare. Lizelle does pro bono work with the Boksburg SPCA and assists them in drafting of contracts as well as prosecution matters. She is currently doing her Master's Degree at the University of Pretoria in Fraud Risk Management, as well as writing her Conveyancing Exams in May 2016.

On the animal side, Lizelle started with ThinkingPets in 2011 where she completed numerous courses and qualified as a trainer in 2012. She opened her puppy school, Polka Dog School in 2012, but was not formally registered as a private company until 2014. Polka Dog School is situated at the Kempton Park Animal Hospital, where they enjoy a close relationship with the vets in the practice assisting in the training and education of clients, but they do a lot of work throughout the East Rand. Lizelle started her COAPE Diploma in 2015, and if all goes well, will graduate as a qualified behaviourist in 2017.

   

19
may

A Movie and Popcorn evening
featuring Sarah Kalnajs Behavioural Assessments for re-homing – Am I Safe?

Learn how to conduct behaviour assessments including what to look for in the dogs behaviour, how to document areas of concern (forms and rating scales are included), and how to determine if problem areas can be improved using behaviour modification techniques. Rescue groups and shelters will find this information successful and safe to apply. For detailed information on understanding and reading canine body language see Sarah Kalnajs' companion DVD "The Language of Dogs".

Am I Safe also explores the validity of assessment protocols and why they are important for anyone involved in the re-homing of companion animals. This video is highly educational for dog professionals, not just those in a shelter or rescue environment, but also those who want to see the broad range of behaviours exhibited during behaviour assessments.

DATE:  Thursday 19 May 2016
VENUE:    Fourways Veterinary Hospital
Corner Witkoppen Road & The Straight
Pinesloapes, Fourways
TIME:   

18h30 for 19h00. Please note the video running time is 3.5 hours so we will be starting at 19h00 sharp. There will be a short interval and 15 min Q and A afterwards.

COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

Sarah Kalnajs

Sarah Kalnajs is a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant and Certified Pet Dog with over ten years' experience working in canine behaviour, training, and research. She is the owner of Blue Dog Training & Behaviour in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sarah is a professional member of the ABMA (Animal Behaviour Management Alliance), APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), IAABC (International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants), and the IIACAB (International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behaviour). She is one of the editors of the peer-reviewed Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behaviour and is a member of the advisory board and faculty of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. Sarah is also an instructor of courses on dog related topics for Raising Canine.

Sarah is an honours graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and has completed post- graduate work at Edgewood College and through the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Research Lab at the University of Hawaii. She is one of the first international students to complete the Canine Behaviour Program conducted through the Etologisk Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Abrantes in Denmark. Sarah is the producer of the popular and highly praised DVD series, "Language of Dogs" and "Am I Safe".

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Kalnajs is president of Wisconsin American Eskimo Rescue and political liaison for the Wisconsin Dog Rescue Coalition as well as an Executive Committee Member of AAFMED (Arf's Angel Fund Medical Assistance) which provides financial aid to rescued pets in need of medical help.

A popular speaker and freelance writer, Sarah presents seminars nationwide on topics relating to dog training and behaviour. She has been interviewed by BBC radio, NBC television, Wisconsin Public Radio, Women's Health & Fitness magazine, and Honolulu magazine, and has written articles for APDT Chronicle of the Dog, Madison magazine, Allpets and other publications.

She has extensive experience as an expert witness in both civil and criminal litigation relating to dog aggression.

Sarah serves as a consultant to a number of humane societies in Southern Wisconsin, training staff and implementing evaluation protocols and training and behaviour programs. She is well known for her evaluation protocol (the Blue Dog Behaviour Evaluation) as well as the Dog-Safe Waist Restraint System used by shelters and dog owners who need to evaluate or work with reactive, fearful or aggressive dogs. In addition to her work with dogs, Sarah has participated extensively in dolphin and humpback whale research.

Sarah shares her home with eight dogs, two cats, and a very nice (and quite necessary) vacuum cleaner!

   

 

13
april

Legal Talk

Presented by Lizelle Brits-Chapman
Co-hosted by COAPE & CAPBT

Topics included are:

  • Validity of contracts
  • Indemnity vs Disclaimer
  • Record keeping
  • Accountability and when are you deemed to be an "expert" in the eyes of the Law
  • Dangers of Social media
  • Animal rights & welfare
DATE:  Wednesday 13 April 2016
VENUE:    The Wanderers
TIME:    6 - 9 pm
COST:    R150 for members of the ThinkingPets Guild, CAPBT SA, ALL COAPE students and members of ABC SA
R190 for non-members
 

Booking essential: Contact us 083 336 1761 or email info@coapesa.com

Click here to download the brochure

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

Lizelle Brits-Chapman

Studied LLB at the University of Pretoria and graduated in 2013, then started articling at Victor & Partners Attorneys and passed her Attorney Admittance exams in 2014. She was admitted as an Attorney in the High Court of Pretoria in July 2015, where she has focussed her specialization on Administering of Estates, Conveyancing matters as well as Animal Law and Welfare. Lizelle does pro bono work with the Boksburg SPCA and assists them in drafting of contracts as well as prosecution matters. She is currently doing her Master's Degree at the University of Pretoria in Fraud Risk Management, as well as writing her Conveyancing Exams in May 2016.

On the animal side, Lizelle started with ThinkingPets in 2011 where she completed numerous courses and qualified as a trainer in 2012. She opened her puppy school, Polka Dog School in 2012, but was not formally registered as a private company until 2014. Polka Dog School is situated at the Kempton Park Animal Hospital, where they enjoy a close relationship with the vets in the practice assisting in the training and education of clients, but they do a lot of work throughout the East Rand. Lizelle started her COAPE Diploma in 2015, and if all goes well, will graduate as a qualified behaviourist in 2017.

   

14
apr

Optimal Adoption Strategies

Presented by Michelle Mol

"Optimal Adoption Strategies" is an interactive workshop that is presented to Animal Welfare and Rescue Organisations.

It aims to provide AWS employees with the tools to effectively place shelter animals in to the home that will best suit them, both physically and psychologically.

It covers correct identification of the surrendered/stray animal, observation strategies for stress behaviour, establishing the animals profile with regard to fears, reactivity and intra- & inter- species relationships.

Then interviewing potential adopters to establish their family dynamics, lifestyle and expectations of said animal. The objective is to match up adopter and adoptee, as well as providing post adoption support.

DATE:  Thursday 14 April 2016
VENUE:    Fourways Veterinary Hospital
Corner Witkoppen Road & The Straight
Pinesloapes, Fourways
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

Michelle Moll

Michelle Moll has actively worked with animals for 38 years.

She started off in Nature Conservation, moved onto Veterinary Nutritional Research at Epol, then to the Directorate of Public Safety Dog and Equestrian Units where she qualified as a Patrol Dog Instructor, Dog Master and Stable Manager. She became a Senior Inspector for the NSPCA and now runs Animal Handling Support Systems.

   

 


31
mar

Judging a Book by its Cover

Presented by Shannon Mc Kay

Interpretation of canine body language can be a highly incisive behaviour management tool. However, as with all observer-biased methods there are pitfalls, which could result in faulty diagnosis. This talk covers canine body language observations skills, logical deductions, Occam's Razor and "big picture thinking".

The talk (open to members and non-members) will be an hour long and followed by our Annual General Meeting. We would very much like to encourage our members to stay for the AGM as we value your input.

DATE:  Thursday 31 March 2016
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

Shannon McKay
MSc (Zoology), Snr Acc Beh Cons (ABC of SA©)

Shannon holds a MSc zoology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a senior accredited animal behaviour consultant (canine: 1998) with the ABC of SA©TM and holds a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Pretoria. Shannon has completed various courses in psychology, anatomy, physiology and biopsychology, featured on numerous television and radio shows and has written extensively for the dog press, both locally and abroad. She lectures on dog behaviour and training to both canine professionals and enthusiasts.

At present Shannon operates the McKaynine Training Centre in Gauteng consisting of three branches. She initiated and manages the nation-wide Super Pup trainer certification programme in conjunction with Royal Canin. Shannon trained the first dog in South Africa to be used as a wildlife scat detection dog. Additional scat dogs have since been trained in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. She has authored a research project on vagrant in-utero testosterone and the effect on behaviour, co-authored a Master's thesis on scat detection dogs and conducted a research study on early experience in puppies and the effect on social attraction towards humans when adult. Most recently Shannon co-authored a cryptic olfaction paper (using dogs to test a scent hypothesis). Her MSc dissertation reported on a unique biological survey technique in which dogs were trained to match biologicalsamples via a scented proxy.

Shannon has served on various dog related committees over the years. She has bred and campaigned harlequin Great Danes, earning the top harlequin kennel in South Africa from 2005 – 2009. Shannon has made up 12 breed champions and has attained canine good citizen status with numerous others. She also competed occasionally in the working disciplines, mainly agility and dog jumping, gaining qualifications in these disciplines.

   

FEB
2016

DOGTOWN

   

 

2015


29
oct

A Movie evening featuring Sarah Kalnajs
The Language of Dogs – Are you listening?

The previously advertised event has been rescheduled. Please see details below – if you would like to attend please book your seats. Due to numbers being capped we will not be accepting walk-in bookings on the evening.

What is your dog's body language saying to you and to other dogs? Is he showing friendliness, fear, or stress? When does play turn to aggression? Watch a variety of breeds and mixes showing dozens of examples of canine behaviour and body language. Learn how to read these signals so that you develop a better understanding of canine behaviour. For dog owners, trainers, behaviourists, veterinarians and shelters.

DATE:  Thursday 19 November 2015
VENUE:   

Fourways Veterinary Hospital: Cnr. Witkoppen Road & The Straight. Pineslopes, Fourways

When you turn right into the FVH grounds, there are parking bays on either side of the road which have been allocated to the function. No cars will be allowed to park directly outside the Hospital reception area. Walk through the metal gate leading to the garden/training area to access the venue room.

TIME:   

19:00 for 19:30

The movie is 2h 13 minutes long. There will be a short interval in the middle as well as an opportunity to ask Questions.

COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Tea, coffee, popcorn and cordials.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

About Sarah Kalnajs

Sarah Kalnajs is a Certified Dog Behaviour Consultant and Certified Pet Dog with over ten years' experience working in canine behavior, training, and research. She is the owner of Blue Dog Training & Behaviour in Madison, Wisconsin.

Sarah is a professional member of the ABMA (Animal Behaviour Management Alliance), APDT (Association of Pet Dog Trainers), IAABC (International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants), and the IIACAB (International Institute for Applied Companion Animal Behaviour). She is one of the editors of the peer-reviewed Journal of Applied Companion Animal Behaviour and is a member of the advisory board and faculty of the Companion Animal Sciences Institute. Sarah is also an instructor of courses on dog related topics for Raising Canine.

Sarah is an honors graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Madison and has completed post-graduate work at Edgewood College and through the Kewalo Basin Marine Mammal Research Lab at the University of Hawaii. She is one of the first international students to complete the Canine Behaviour Program conducted through the Etologisk

Institute under the mentorship of Dr. Roger Abrantes in Denmark. Sarah is the producer of the popular and highly praised DVD series, "Language of Dogs" and "Am I Safe".

In addition to her private practice, Ms. Kalnajs is president of Wisconsin American Eskimo Rescue and political liaison for the Wisconsin Dog Rescue Coalition as well as an Executive Committee Member of AAFMED (Arf's Angel Fund Medical Assistance) which provides financial aid to rescued pets in need of medical help.

A popular speaker and freelance writer, Sarah presents seminars nationwide on topics relating to dog training and behaviour. She has been interviewed by BBC radio, NBC television, Wisconsin Public Radio, Women's Health & Fitness magazine, and Honolulu magazine, and has written articles for APDT Chronicle of the Dog, Madison magazine, Allpets, and other publications. She has extensive experience as an expert witness in both civil and criminal litigation relating to dog aggression.

Sarah serves as a consultant to a number of humane societies in Southern Wisconsin, training staff and implementing evaluation protocols and training and behaviour programs. She is well known for her evaluation protocol (the Blue Dog Behaviour Evaluation) as well as the Dog-Safe Waist Restraint System used by shelters and dog owners who need to evaluate or work with reactive, fearful or aggressive dogs. In addition to her work with dogs, Sarah has participated extensively in dolphin and humpback whale research. Sarah shares her home with eight dogs, two cats, and a very nice (and quite necessary) vacuum cleaner!

   

3
SEP

Medication to treat behaviour problems in pets . Why, how and when?

presented by

Dr Quixi Sonntag

Different modalities are used to treat behaviour problems in dogs and cats and one of them is medication. The presentation will focus on why it is necessary to include medication in the holistic behaviour tool kit, how these drugs work in the animal and when it is appropriate to use medication. Principles of drug use and the practical applications for the behaviourist, trainer and pet owner will be discussed.

DATE:  3 September 2015 - Thursday
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

About Dr Quixi Sonntag

Quixi qualified as a vet in 1986 and completed her BVSc honours in 1993. Subsequently she completed the ethology honours course with Prof Odendaal while running her own small animal practice in Pretoria. She started a veterinary behaviour practice, the first of its kind in South Africa, in 1999. In 2008 she was appointed lecturer in ethology, animal welfare and behavioural medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria and to date still enjoys training prospective veterinarians and veterinary nurses. Quixi consults with pet owners about their pets' behaviour disorders under the auspices of the Onderstepoort Behaviour Clinic, at the Onderstepoort Veterinary Academic Hospital. She has written two books and produced two videos on dog training and behaviour, has presented papers at numerous veterinary congresses and has appeared on TV and radio. Her interests include human-animal interaction and community engagement and she enjoys cycling, hiking, reading and wine in her free time.

   

2
JUL

Dr Conor Hughes
Better Problem Solving For Impressed Clients and Happier Dogs

Problems are puzzles with serious consequences. Whether you are a professional behaviourist, a trainer, or just a dog enthusiast – dogs are often puzzling. We all spend considerable energy trying to solve those puzzles. Sometimes we do, sometimes we don't. And sometimes we think we do, but it feels like a lot of effort for a fairly lukewarm result.

When the stakes are high – your safety and happiness, or the dog's – it is important that we all use every tactic at our disposal to figure things out. Some people spend years training themselves and their dog in order to get some desired change. Others look at the original puzzle differently, then make a simple change, and get an effective solution to their problem. Problem-solving is a skill you can work on and improve. In this talk, Dr Conor Hughes will show you some easily used but sneakily effective ways of thinking about problem solving around your dog.

&

Shannon McKay
Using Science In Dog Behaviour & Training

While the recent trend towards using scientific information in understanding dog behaviour is commendable, it is important to understand how and when science should be used. It is also important to consider the philosophy of science and "where it is coming from" in order to use this information to best effect.

This talk will cover basic philosophies of science, the dangers of incomplete knowledge, the importance of experimental design and the fundamentals of critical thinking. This talk will be of most benefit to dog behaviour professionals and will also be of interest to dog owners.

DATE:  Thursday 2 July 2015
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

Dr Conor Hughes

Conor is a professional consultant and change-coach in the area of Skills Transference and web- based coaching. She likes most dogs better than she likes most people, and is endlessly excited by the insights of modern zoology and evolutionary science. She believes in the easiness of change, when you apply the right little push at the right spot at the right time – and that goes for any living thing, including dogs and humans. She is also an NLP Master

Practitioner and Trainer, which probably accounts for a lot. Conor's academic background includes physics, metallurgy, cognitive science and artificial intelligence.

Shannon McKay
MSc (Zoology), Snr Acc Beh Cons (ABC of SA©)

Shannon holds a MSc zoology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a senior accredited animal behaviour consultant (canine: 1998) with the ABC of SA©TM and holds a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Pretoria. Shannon has completed various courses in psychology, anatomy, physiology and biopsychology, featured on numerous television and radio shows and has written extensively for the dog press, both locally and abroad. She lectures on dog behaviour and training to both canine professionals and enthusiasts.

At present Shannon operates the McKaynine Training Centre in Gauteng consisting of three branches. She initiated and manages the nation-wide Super Pup trainer certification programme in conjunction with Royal Canin. Shannon trained the first dog in South Africa to be used as a wildlife scat detection dog. Additional scat dogs have since been trained in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. She has authored a research project on vagrant in-utero testosterone and the effect on behaviour, co-authored a Master's thesis on scat detection dogs and conducted a research study on early experience in puppies and the effect on social attraction towards humans when adult. Most recently Shannon co-authored a cryptic olfaction paper (using dogs to test a scent hypothesis). Her MSc dissertation reported on a unique biological survey technique in which dogs were trained to match biologicalsamples via a scented proxy.

Shannon has served on various dog related committees over the years. She has bred and campaigned harlequin Great Danes, earning the top harlequin kennel in South Africa from 2005 – 2009. Shannon has made up 12 breed champions and has attained canine good citizen status with numerous others. She also competed occasionally in the working disciplines, mainly agility and dog jumping, gaining qualifications in these disciplines.

   

ABIG 2015


18
SEP

Dog Park Etiquette and Safety

presented by

Julia Davies-Carter

Dog parks are an excellent resource for a daily dose of exercise; however, it also comes with potential hazards such as dog fights, injured dogs, injured humans, dog owners fighting like children, terrified dogs behaving in a way owners cannot recognise and dogs who have learnt to be bullies. Learn the simple rules of dog park walking; know what your dog is saying through its body language. Have realistic expectations about your dog's suitability for dog parks. Learn how to recognise your dogs stress, tension, fear, play, threats and aggression. Learn when to intervene and when not to. Understand canine behaviour BEFORE you go to a dog park. We humans are responsible for our dog's behaviours; hence we play a critically important role in making sure proper etiquette is adhered to by our dogs as well as ourselves.
Support and protect your dog, be responsible for YOUR dog.

DATE:  Thursday 26 February 2015
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

About Julia Davies-Carter

Julia Davies –Carter is an accredited animal behaviourist having worked in the field since 2003 specialising in Canines and Felines. She has a National Diploma in Horticulture from Cape Technikon (1998) and a Diploma in Advanced Animal Behaviour - Dogs and Cats from Technikon Pretoria (2003). Julia continues to attend seminars, courses and workshops keeping up with scientific based changes in her chosen career. Julia runs a very successful Puppy School in Greenside. She is the main behaviourist for Border Collie Rescue assisting with assessments and pre and post adoption support and education. Her main focus is behavioural dog walking and home consultations assisting both dogs and owners develop healthier bonds. Julia has successfully competed in Fly Ball; Agility and Obedience, and currently has three Border Collies and two horses.

   

 

2014


18
SEP

The Effect of Diet on Behaviour

by : Karin Pienaar (Landsberg)


There is a lot of truth in the saying "we are what we eat", but does that rule apply to our pet dogs?  This talk focuses on the impact of diet on a dog's behaviour.  It's not a discussion on raw vs. commercial or about brands of dog food, but rather about how each component of what dogs are fed affect how they behave.   Daily meals form a relatively small part of what dogs actually get to ingest – many owners give treats or 'special add-ins' to meals, for example biltong, cookies, bones, eggs, liver bread and   tinned food or pet's mince on top of whatever they are feeding their dogs, be it balanced or not.  The impact of the combination of these on a dog's behaviour can be enormous, and can manifest in many different ways.  In this talk, we unpack everything in the lunch basket to have a closer look at what's really going on in a dog's digestive system.

DATE:  Thursday 18 September 2014
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

About Karin Pienaar/ (Landsberg)

Karin has been working in the field of animal behaviour and behaviour therapy in South Africa since 1997. She studied Animal Behaviour in the UK, and completed her Diploma in Animal Behaviour through the Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (COAPE). She is a qualified international Practitioner member of the CAPBT, as well as a fully Accredited Animal Behaviour Consultant.
She worked as a Behaviour Practitioner in Cape Town for 9 years, but then moved to Johannesburg in 2007 where she and her business partners established the highly successful COAPE SA along with its sister business – ThinkingPets.

After 17 years of consulting, Karin's main focus now is presenting the two and a half year COAPE Diploma and tutoring students, but when she has a spare moment she still enjoys helping clients with their pet behaviour problems. Karin is one of only two Practitioners licensed internationally to offer COAPE's prestigious courses (www.coapesa.com). In addition to frequently appearing on Talk Radio 702/567 Cape Talk and in the media (50/50, Dieremaniere and SABC 2), she was also part of the "Animal Talk" radio team. She writes for Animal Talk, Cat's Life and several overseas magazines. Karin is contracted to Eukanuba as their Behaviour Specialist, presenting seminars across South Africa and helping clients with any behavioural problems they are experiencing with their pets.

   

 

 

7
Aug

The Will to Please – Fact or Fiction?

By: Shannon McKay
MSc (Zoology), Snr Acc Beh Cons (ABC of SA©)


In past and present dog culture, viewpoints on the emotional range of the dog have included a concept of the "will to please" – whereby the dog is thought to have an inherent desire to please their owner, sometimes even to the disadvantage of the dog. This concept is explored with examples from multiple social species arguing that altruism is never performed without some benefit to the "giver" and presents evidence to suggest that expecting dogs to behave altruistically can create unhealthy expectations resulting in damage to the human-dog bond.

DATE:  Thursday 7 August 2014
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AND TALK AS REFERENCE

ABOUT SHANNON MC KAY

Shannon holds a MSc zoology degree from the University of the Witwatersrand. She is a senior accredited animal behaviour consultant (canine: 1998) with the ABC of SA©™ and holds a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Pretoria. Shannon has completed various courses in psychology, anatomy, physiology and biopsychology, featured on numerous television and radio shows and has written extensively for the dog press, both locally and abroad. She lectures on dog behaviour and training to both canine professionals and enthusiasts.

At present Shannon operates the McKaynine Training Centre in Gauteng consisting of three branches. She initiated and manages the nation-wide Super Pup trainer certification programme in conjunction with Royal Canin.

Shannon trained the first dog in South Africa to be used as a wildlife scat detection dog. Additional scat dogs have since been trained in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. She has authored a research project on vagrant in-utero testosterone and the effect on behaviour, co-authored a Master's thesis on scat detection dogs and conducted a research study on early experience in puppies and the effect on social attraction towards humans when adult. Most recently Shannon co-authored a cryptic olfaction paper (using dogs to test a scent hypothesis). Her MSc dissertation reported on a unique biological survey technique in which dogs were trained to match biological samples via a scented proxy.

Shannon has served on various dog related committees over the years. She has bred and campaigned harlequin Great Danes, earning the top harlequin kennel in South Africa from 2005 – 2009. Shannon has made up 12 breed champions and has attained canine good citizen status with numerous others. She also competed occasionally in the working disciplines, mainly agility and dog jumping, gaining qualifications in these disciplines.

   
26
June

Leash Reactivity

By: Louise Thompson
Paws Abilities Behaviour & Learning Centre


What is a leash reactive  dog"? The term "reactive" is commonly used in the dog training world, the term can have various connotations to a dog owner. Reactivity in dogs can manifest itself as lunging, jumping, rearing up, snarling, growling, barking and overexcitement. A leash-reactive dog is one that is especially reactive while on a leash. Interestingly, many leash reactive or leash aggressive dogs are perfectly fine off-leash and many of them play well in dog parks. So why are dogs more reactive on leash than off-leash? How can you change this behaviour?

DATE:  Thursday 26 June 2014
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Celia McCulla, celia@happypack.co.za, 083 407 1316

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AS REFERENCE

ABOUT LOUISE THOMPSON

Louise has various achievements in academic studies and nearly 40 years practical “hands on” experience with different species, and various animal related fields, training and disciplines. Louise was amongst the first competent trainers, to run non-confrontational, “early education” puppy learning groups.  She has tirelessly campaigned against the use of cruelty/punishment and force as a method of dog training. Having served many years on the Committee of the Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA (©TM), Louise is now the ABC Chairperson.

Louise runs her own school Paws Abilities which includes training, behavioural consultations, animal assisted human therapy, and is an Honorary Life Member of Top Dogs. She has been involved in education (“Prevent a Bite” programmes) in the previously disadvantaged areas at school and preschool levels for many years. Louise presents talks all over the country on animal behaviour, training and pet care, and regularly publishes booklets and articles on behaviour modification, training and pet care. 

  • Accredited with the Animal Behaviour Consultants of SA (©TM) in 1996​
  • Accredited Senior Animal Behaviour Consultant (2012) & Professional Dog Trainer
  • Certified Companion Animal Behaviourist - South African Board for
  • Companion Animal Professionals (Reg No AB/063)
  • Member of the International Pet Professional Guild promoting force free training
  • Certificate of Companion Animal Behaviour (Faculty of Veterinary Science, Department of Ethology, University of Pretoria
  • Certificate of Advanced Companion Animal Behaviour (Pretoria Technikon)
   
17
MAY

ABIG South African Veterinary Associations Animal Behaviour & Interaction Group

Conference 2014 (17 & 18 May 2014)
Have no fear about anxiety!

For the FIRST time in the history of South Af- rican veterinary congresses, The Animal Be- haviour and Interaction Group presents a full day programme open to non-veterinarians!

We have long recognised the important contribution of non-veterinary animal behaviourists and vet practice front staff to strengthening the pet-owner bond.
Don't miss this wonderful opportunity to learn from a world renowned veterinary be- haviour specialist as well as a star-studded line-up of proudly South African veterinary behaviourists.

More Details: Click to download

 

10
APR

ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR CONSULTANTS OF SA

PRESENTS

Jeanette Erasmus (President of the PBFSA) and Lins Rautenbach (Underdogs SA)

Underdogs – Care In Action

The American Pit Bull Terrier – the most feared and misunderstood member of the canine family.

The APBT is considered to be the most abused and misunderstood of all canine breeds, and in South Africa we are seeing this more and more as the breed gains popularity. Dog Fighting is on the increase in South Africa and with it came the need for a dedicated rehabilitation facility that specialises solely in the rescue and rehabilitation of abused, neglected pit bulls as well as those who have been rescued from off of the fighting circuit. Underdogs SA also takes the breeds limitations into account when rehoming and by so doing the dogs are not set up for failure. Headed by Estelle Smith, Underdogs SA has grown from strength to strength since its inception in 2010. The centre is a registered NPO with the department of social welfare and receives no government funding. Underdogs SA’s main focus is on the rehabilitation of APBTs and APBT crosses that would otherwise be deemed unadoptable by other shelters and ultimately euthanized. The Underdogs slogan “care-In-action” best describes how we tackle each case. The team assesses each dog that comes into the shelter; vets and behaviourists are consulted and so then begins the rehabilitation process. Each dog is worked with every day and through dedication and patience as well as gentle work these APBTs learn to love life again. Many dogs have come into Underdogs SA as broken dogs, and leave the shelter and go on to become loved family members.

DATE: Thursday 10th April 2014

VENUE: SA Guide Dogs Association, 126 Wroxham Rd (off Witkoppen Road) Gauteng - S 26.0269 E 28.0326

TIME: 19:00 for 19:30

COST: EFT: R85 (ABC members) & R120 (non-members)

Cash on night: R150

Bank Details: ABC of SA; Standard Bank, Fourways Crossing; Branch Code: 009953; Account: 426691679; Reference: Underdogs

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, e-mail our membership secretary Joanne Broom for details)

Tea, coffee and snacks will be served.

Please RSVP for catering purposes: Celia McCulla -celia@happypack.co.za 083 407 1316

 

2013

29
AUG

Altering Dog Behaviour

By: Shannon McKay (click for info on Shannon)

Behaviourists are often faced with an owner’s need to alter their dog’s behaviour. Many owners have a perception of how a dog behaves and this perception is projected onto the dog, regardless of the dog’s genetic and developmental behavioural constraints. Does the behaviourist have an ethical obligation to respect the dog’s limitations or should all dogs be expected to conform to some type of social norm in respect of dog behaviour?

ENENT FULLY BOOKED, NO MORE SPACES AVAILABLE
DATE:  Thursday 29th August 2013
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R120 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Joanne Broom, joanne@paws4us.co.za, 072 576 2365

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AS REFERENCE

ABOUT SHANNON McKAY

Shannon holds a cum laude BSc Honours Zoology Degree from the University of the Witwatersrand.  She is a senior accredited animal behaviour consultant (canine: 1998) with the ABC of SA©™ and holds a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Pretoria.  Shannon has completed various courses in psychology, anatomy, physiology and biopsychology, has featured on numerous television and radio shows and has written extensively for the dog press, both locally and abroad. She lectures on dog behaviour and training to both canine professionals and enthusiasts.

At present Shannon operates the McKaynine Training Centre in Gauteng consisting of three branches.  She initiated and manages the nation-wide Super Pup trainer certification programme in conjunction with Royal Canin.

Shannon trained the first dog in South Africa to be used as a wildlife scat detection dog.  Additional scat dogs have since been trained in collaboration with the University of Pretoria. She has authored a research project on vagrant in-utero testosterone and the effect on behaviour, co-authored a Master’s thesis on scat detection dogs and conducted a research study on early experience in puppies and the effect on social attraction towards humans when adult. Most recently Shannon co-authored a cryptic olfaction paper (using dogs to test a scent hypothesis) and is currently completing her MSc on a unique biological survey technique under the auspices of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Shannon has served on various dog related committees over the years. She has bred and campaigned harlequin Great Danes, earning the top harlequin kennel in South Africa from 2005 – 2009.  Shannon has made up 12 breed champions and has attained canine good citizen status with numerous others. She also competed occasionally in the working disciplines, mainly agility and dog jumping, gaining qualifications in these disciplines.

 

28
feb

Dog Health Red Flags

Dr Tanya Grantham  
B.Sc (Hons) B.V.Sc Cert SCVA 
Certified Canine Rehabilitation Practitioner CCRP

When a new puppy or adult dog joins your group, proof of inoculation is not enough.  Learn about the warning signs, symptoms, and treatments to many common dog diseases.  Know what red flag health signs to look out for in order to protect existing clients.

Dr Grantham will be speaking about infectious diseases in our dogs such as Parvo virus; Rabies and kennel cough.  Essential information on wounds, lameness and skin conditions, as well as the latest research in vaccinations and vaccination protocol.  Invaluable knowledge for dog trainers, behaviourists, AWA’s, and  kennel businesses.

Dr Tanya Grantham qualified as a veterinarian in 1994 thereafter managing her own small animal practice for 13 years.  Dr Grantham ventured into physical rehabilitation of dogs and cats following injury or surgery, as well as management of chronic pain.  She incorporates hands on modalities including exercise, hydrotherapy and acupuncture to achieve a balanced and content patient.

DATE:  Thursday 13th June 2013
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R100 for non-members
R150 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Joanne Broom, joanne@paws4us.co.za, 072 576 2365

(To qualify for the reduced rate become a member of the ABC, click here for details) 

BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AS REFERENCE

 

28
feb

DOGS IN PAIN
The effect of physical discomfort on canine behaviour

Ansie Van der Walt MSc (Physio)

There are many causes of bad behaviour in our dogs. An important and often overlooked reason for behaviour change is physical discomfort. Join us as we explore the possible causes, and solutions, for pain-related behaviour issues in dogs.

Ansi van der Walt MSc (Physio) has been treating dogs in pain for more than 10 years. As a dog owner and avid competitor in canine sports, Ansi has had ample opportunity to observe the effect of physical changes in dogs on their interaction with humans and other dogs. Ansi runs her own multi-species physiotherapy practice in Kyalami, Johannesburg, where she treats mostly canine patients.

DATE:  Thursday 28 February 2013
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R100 for non-members
R120 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Joanne Broom, joanne@paws4us.co.za, 072 576 2365

 BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AS REFERENCE

2012

15
NOV

A TALK ON FELINE BEHAVIOUR

Dr F Hurley (BVSc, MPhil, Veterinary Behavioural Medicine)

  • Urine spraying in cats, marking behaviours, causes, treatment and outcome
  • Feline communication, body language, social behaviours
DATE:  Thursday 15th November 2012
VENUE:    SA Guide Dogs Association
126 Wroxham Rd, off Witkoppen.
Gauteng
S 26.0269             E 28.0326
TIME:    19:00 for 19:30
COST:    R85 for ABC members
R100 for non-members
R120 FOR CASH PAYMENTS ON THE EVENING ON ENTRANCE
 

Refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP for catering purposes:
Joanne Broom, joanne@paws4us.co.za, 072 576 2365
or
Samantha Walpole, sam@bethedog.co.za, 083 775 1400

 BANK DETAILS for EFT: ABC of SA; Standard Bank;  Fourways Crossing; Account No. : 42 669 167 9;  Branch Code: 00 99 53 PLEASE USE YOUR NAME AS REFERENCE

Dr Frederique Hurly qualified as a veterinarian in 1997 from the University of Pretoria. She has been in small animal practice for 12 years, selling her own practice to enable her to spend more time with her family. During this time she also established a sterilisation clinic at the Boksburg SPCA and has done many sterilisations for them.

Dr Hurly has always had a passion for animal behaviour and completed the Advanced Ethology behaviour course in 2002, then continued with an MPhil in wildlife management in 2009 and completed the Veterinary Behaviour Medicine Course from the University of Pretoria in 2010. This year she is doing the Veterinary Behavioural Medicine Course from the University of Sydney. Currently Dr Hurly is the Cat Course coordinator, seminar presenter as well as a consultant for the Ethology Academy. She was an invited speaker at the World Veterinary Congress in Cape Town in 2012. She does behaviour consultations, presents seminars and lectures on various topics and she is also the Veterinarian on the radio program Dieremaniere on RSG and has appeared in the TV program Woef en Kie.  Dr Hurly is the chairperson for the Animal Behaviour and Interest Group of the SAVA and a member of the Golden Key Honours Society.

 

 

18
oct

A TALK ON HERBS AND ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

An overview of herbs and their effects on animal behaviour.

We will explore major behaviour herbs – including their chemistry, effects on the mind and nervous, immune and endocrine systems – and their usefulness in supporting behaviour modification programs.

DR JIMMY SYMMONDS BSc, BVSc


Jimmy’s professional background includes Zoology, Veterinary Medicine, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine. He has 15 years’ experience in integrated veterinary medicine, establishing referral veterinary clinics, and developing herbal medicine courses and workshops for veterinarians and animal owners.  While in the UK Jimmy established a course for vets in herbal medicine and co-founded the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists (BAVH).
Jimmy now lives in Cape Town. With business partner Cara Harris, Jimmy directs Happiness Is, a social enterprise creating workshops and products that promote the wellbeing of animals. They also run the Happy Animal Clinic, a referral veterinary practice offering herbal medicine, acupuncture and behavioural therapy.

Jimmy encourages a natural, common-sense approach to animal health and wellbeing – a synthesis of modern science and ancient wisdom, grounded in an awareness of true nature.

DATE:                         Thursday 18th October 2012

VENUE:                     SA Guide Dogs Association

TIME:                         19:00 for 19:30

COST:                         R85 for ABC members
                                    R100 for non-members

Tea and coffee will be served.

Please RSVP for catering purposes:    Joanne Broom /     joanne@paws4us.co.za / 072 576 2365

 

12
jul

A TALK ON RABIES

PROFESSOR ANDREW LEISEWITZ

This talk is aimed at veterinarians, animal behaviour consultants, nurses, receptionists, dog trainers, animal welfare workers, shelter staff/volunteers, and kennel owners etc. in fact, anyone that comes into contact with animals. There are only 200 seats so act fast!

  • How do you differentiate a rabid dog from one with a panic disorder, displaced aggression or claustrophobia?
  • What are your responsibilities picking up stray animals?
  • Once infected, humans are incurable! What you need to know will be in the presentation where questions can be asked.

PROFESSOR ANDREW LEISEWITZ

  • Qualified as a veterinarian at Onderstepoort in 1987
  • Attained Honours (1990) and Master degrees (1995) in Veterinary Medicine
  • Teach and Research emphasis on a small animal dermatology, immunology and infectious diseases
  • Published 23 scientific papers, authored several text book chapters and supervised 14 post-graduate students
  • Rated with the National Research Fund as a category C1 researcher
  • Based in Department of Veterinary Tropical Diseases at Onderstepoort

DATE:                 12 July 2012

VENUE:               INDABA HOTEL and CONFERENCE CENTRE

TIME:                  19:00 pm for 19:30

COST:                  R85 for ABC members, R100 for non-members. Refreshments will be served.

RSVP:                  Joanne Broom joanne@paws4us.co.za / 0725762365

 

24
May

TRACKS AND TRACKING DOGS

Presented by Dr Hannes Strydom

DATE:                  24th May 2012

VENUE:               South African Guide Dogs Association

TIME:                   7:00 pm for 7:30 pm

COST:                   Members R50:00 
                                   Non-members R75:00

 

 

29
mar

The Annual General Meeting of the ABC of SA was held on the 29th March 2012.

2011

12
NOV

Tune in to 702 on 12 November 2011 at 8:30am

Mr Eva of KUSA (Kennel Union of South Africa) will be on 702 on 12 November at 8:30am

  • Learn about responsible dog breeding and what questions to ask breeders when looking for a purebred puppy.

 

27
Oct
The ABC of SA hosted a talk on Separation Anxiety
Read More

 

22
JULY
The ABC Stand at The World of WODAC WODAC PET EXHIBITION , Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg
Read More

 

11
may
So you've adopted a shelter dog, now what?
Guest Speaker: Louise Thompson (Accredited Animal Behaviour Consultant
Read More

 


31
mar
17th Annual General Meeting of the ABC
Notice of the 17th Annual General Meeting of the Animal Behaviour Consultants of Southern Africa© to be held on Thursday 31st March 2011 at 8 Disa Drive, Morningside Manor Ext 2, at 19h00 for 19h30
Read More

 

26
feb
Companion Animal Behaviour Seminar
Dr Frederique Hurly (BVSc, MPhil, Veterinary Behavioural Medicine) presents a seminar on Companion Animal Behaviour
Read More

 

2010


30
sep
My Dog is itchy? What can I do?
Dr Simon Rigby will be giving an overview on the Veterinary Approach to an itchy dog/cat. Read More

 

15
jul
Breed Compatibility Workshop
Workshop detailing the most compatible dog breeds Read More

 

21
apr
The Abc presents Sarah Fisher
UK’s highest qualified Equine and Companion animal instructor, Sarah makes regular appearances on TV and writes for National magazines. Read More

 

 
 
 
 

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