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2018 Dog Courses & Seminars

April 28, 2018 - Introduction to Dog Sledding (NSW)

NSW Siberian Express will be holding their first welcome day to discover the sport of dog sledding on Saturday 28 April 2018 (1pm) at Wingello State Forest.

This open day is for anyone who would like to learn about dog sledding and dry mushing. All you need to bring along are your dog (all breeds are welcome!) and a bike helmet and their sledding committee will lend you their equipment. It also includes the annual Paws for a Cause event sponsored by EzyDog Australia with all proceeds donated to Guide Dogs.

For more information, please click here 

April 30, 2018 - How to Interact with Dogs, Information Night for Children (NSW)

This free informative night is presented by the Hills Dog Club Community and will cover the safety aspect of children and dogs. It will also discuss raising dogs in the family and help children to understand what their dog is telling them. Non-club members are welcome to attend.
NB: Children will be fully supervised during this event and a parent / guardian must remain on the Dog Club grounds.

When: Monday 30th April 2018, from 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Where: Castle Hill Showground Dog Rings (Lower Showground level), Castle Hill, NSW

Places are limited and to attend you need to RSVP, please click here

From May 1, 2018 - Professional Dog Grooming Course (NSW)

The TAFE NSW Statement of Attainment Professional Dog Grooming course will equip participants with the knowledge and skills to provide professional grooming services for companion animals. 

Topics covered will include how to handle and restrain dogs for grooming; identification of dog breeds; temperaments and grooming requirements for individual breeds; health and signs of ill health; parasite identification and control; animal first aid procedures; occupational health and safety for the groomer; legislation relating to the grooming industry; grooming equipment - and ultimately, how to bathe, clip and groom dogs according to industry standards.

Date: Tuesdays & Thursdays, from 9:30am to 4:00pm for 9 weeks commencing May 1.

Where: TAFE NSW Richmond, cnr. Blacktown Rd and Campus Drive, Richmond, NSW

Cost: $3,600

For more details, please click here

May 5, 2018 - Natural Therapies for Animals, Massage (NSW)

In this one day practical workshop you will learn how animal massage and natural therapies can benefit your animals, and how these practices may be applied in the home and in the animal workplace. Participants are encouraged to bring their own dog to the class. Topics will include:

• The history of massage and natural therapies including acupressure, cranio-sacral therapies and T Touch. • Basic techniques used to discover abnormalities, to calm and relax an animal, to rid an animal’s body of toxins and stimulate circulation. • Natural therapies in animal first aid

Date: Saturday 5th May 2018, from 9:30am to 4:00pm.

Where: TAFE NSW Richmond, cnr. Blacktown Rd and Campus Drive, Richmond, NSW

Cost: $165 (lunch provided for Saturday classes).

For more details, please click here

From May 9, 2018 - PetAware™ Webinars (8pm-9pm)

9 May Wed Your New Pet – the New Owner’s User Guide
13 June Wed Knowing Your Pet’s Health
11 July Wed Pet Poisons, Envenomations & Parasites 

plus other webcasts include:
Medicating Your Pet
Caring for your rehomed Greyhound etc.

Cost: $19.95 per Webinar (pay online)
Please note:  Buy 3 to 7 Webinar Packages  and receive between 25 and 30% off discount.

For details, please visit 

from May 20, 2018 - Pet First Aid Workshops (ACT, VIC, NSW, WA)
PIAA (Pet Industry Association) is excited to be offering Pet First Aid Courses across the country. Courses are designed for a caring Pet Owner, Walkers, Pet Minders, Pet Boarders, Groomers and anyone who is simply interested in learning about Pet Health & Pet Care.This course will include both practical and theory components. Topics covered will include: 

Control of bleeding ; Maintaining airways; Performing CPR, Recognising vital signs - RR, HR, MM, CRT, etc ; Signs of shock ; Handling distressed animals ; Fight wounds ; Accidental ingestation of drugs, alcohol, etc, Heat stress,Various chemical poisonings, Tick poisonings , Snake bitesCane toad poisoning (QLD only), Trauma/Hit by a car, Hypothermia, Various “do’s” & “don’ts” 


Thursday May 10
1.30pm - 4.30pm 
Hughes Community Centre, 2 Wisdom St, Hughes ACT


Friday May 11
1.00pm - 4.00pm 
Paws, Pamper & Play, 2 Giles St, Bairnsdale VIC


Thursday May 24
9.30am - 12.30pm
West Pymble Community Hall, Lofberg Rd, West Pymble

Friday May 25
9.30am - 12.30pm 
1st Merewether Scout Hall, Allworth Street, Merewether NSW


Saturday May 26
9.30am - 12.30pm
PawPals Daycare, 4/329 Collier Rd, Bassendean WA 

To register, please click here

May 19, 2018 - First Aid & Medication Techniques for Pets (NSW)

This seminar will provide pet owners and people working in the animal industry with the basic tools to be able to medicate their animal successfully. Issues discussed will include basic first aid techniques, how to prepare a pet First Aid kit, bandage a wound, perform CPR and what you can do in the first few minutes that could help save an animal’s life.

Presenter of this seminar is a fully qualified Veterinary Nurse employed in an animal emergency and critical care environment.

Date: Saturday 19 May 2018, from 9:30am to 4:00pm

Where: TAFE NSW Richmond, cnr. Blacktown Rd and Campus Drive, Richmond, NSW

Cost: $165

For more details, please click here

May 21 to June 25, 2018 - Course for Reactive Dogs (NSW)
This course is presented by Louise Ginman from Positive Dogs and has been specifically designed for dogs that bark at, growl, lunge, snarl at things they are worried about. 

This 6-week course will provide you with a number of tools to help your dog cope with changes in the environment or remain calm when they see something that worries them. This course is suitable for dogs that are worried/get over-excited about dogs and people or things e.g cars, bicycles, vacuums etc.

Note: If your dog has a bite history (that caused injury) with humans or dogs then this class is not suitable for your dog.

Hudson Oval, Mitchell Rd, Strathfield, NSW, 2135 

For more details, please click here 

May 28, 2018 - Start your own Pet Industry Business Seminar (NSW)

Do you have a dream of running your own pet business? Do you want to be your own boss and indulge your passion and love for animals? This informative workshop will help get you started in establishing your own pet-related business. Learn how to create your niche business whilst adhering to legislative, tax, and Animal Welfare requirements. 

Your Presenter is Kathy Reidy who has 30+ years’ experience in companion animal business operations, and has been running her own consulting business on animal training and advice services for pet industry businesses. 

Topics covered will include: Introduction to Marketing your business; Registering a business name; ABN numbers; Indemnity insurance; Tax obligations; Industry Associations and Memberships Council regulations; How to link into Government assistance Animal Welfare Legislation etc.

Date: Monday 28 May 2018, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: TAFE NSW Richmond, cnr. Blacktown Rd and Campus Drive, Richmond, NSW

Cost: $65

For more details, please click here 

May 31, 2018 - Seeing Eye Dogs, Puppy & Foster Carer Information Evening (VIC)

Could you care for a Seeing Eye Dog?

Come along to this information evening to meet some of the dogs and hear clients stories. See how you can help Seeing Eye Dogs Australia (SEDA) make a difference! Everyone is welcome!

Date: Thursday 31 May 2018, from 6-7pm

Location: 17 Barrett Street, Kensington VIC, 3031

For registration and questions, phone 1800 03 77 73 or email

June 2, 2018 - Making Dogs Happy Symposium (NSW)

This one-day symposium is presented by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia (APDT) with presentations and workshops to help you better understand your canine companion. 
Professor Paul McGreevy from The University of Sydney
Topics covered will include:
Recognising normal dog behaviour; optimism in dogs; oxytocin in dogs and humans; effects of age-at-castration on dog behaviour; expectations of dog adopters; factors that influence working dog success; working breeds as happy pets; how arousal and affective state affect training; how does good dogmanship make dogs happy?

When: Saturday 2nd June, from 9:00am to 4:15pm

Where: CPC Lecture Theatre, University of Sydney, Camperdown, NSW, 2006

Cost: $120 (General Public); $90 (APDT members).

For more details, please click here

June 2, 2018 - Pet First Aid and CPR (NSW) 

Ever wanted to learn how to read dog behaviour and to understand dog communication? Do you want to go on to a career working with dogs or just learn how to care better for your canine companion?…

then this Pet First Aid and CPR course presented by Veterinarian David Horan is for you. 
You can learn all these valuable pet life saving techniques and much more in this invaluable course, whether you want to work as a vet nurse, animal trainer or carer or just learn how to better care for your own pet animal. This course will take you right through the First Aid care of your pet.

When: Saturday 2nd June 2018
, from 10:00am to 2:00pm

Where: Macquarie Community College, Eastwood – Brush Farm Campus


For details and to book, please click here

June 9-10, 2018 - Health & Harmony Annual Dog Symposium (QLD)
The Complete Pet Company is excited to present their first annual Dog Symposium in Brisbane! A group of inspirational speakers will share their knowledge, experience and wisdom focusing on Health and Harmony from a natural perspective. This event is designed to cover topics for everyone from pet owners to industry professionals. Speakers/Topics covered include:
  • Anne Lill Kvam – Troll Hunderschole 
Topics - Nose work, Mental health, Stimulation and stress, The impact quality of life has on learning and performance, Canine communication and general behaviour.
  • Jenny Golsby – The Complete Pet Company & Complete Canine Communication
Topics - Introduction to 'The Complete Pet Company', Choice and curiosity for dogs. How to let go, encourage, allow and enjoy.
Topics -Nutrition the foundation of health. Everyday use of herbs, how to use them to maintain health and for chronic disease.
  • Dr Caroline Kim - Sydney Holistic Vet Service
Topics - Essential oils and their effect on Chinese meridians during applied Zoopharmocognosy sessions.
Topics- How to avoid / minimise toxic drugs and chemicals. How to support detoxification and why sleep / rest is so important.
Topics- Homeopathy explained in detail; what it is, how it works, how to use it and the benefits.
Topics - The importance of well-fitting equipment, including why a good fitting harness does matter.

When: Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th June 2018
Time: 10.00am – 5.30pm (doors open at 9:30am)

Location: Brisbane, Queensland. Venue: TBA

Cost: Early Bird Price: $355.00 until 31st March 2018; $395.00 from 1st April 2018

For more details, please click here

June 16, 2018 - Caring for the Older/Aged/Disabled Dog (NSW)
This workshop is designed to deliver fundamental information to Vet Nurses, Professionals in the canine industry and Owners of aged dogs on Caring for the Older/Aged/Disabled Dog, with natural and physical therapies associated with giving senior dogs a better quality of life and maintaining conditions associated with aging. 

Topics covered include: Anti-aging treatments; Diet and nutrition; Health checks; Diseases and conditions associated with aging; Complementary therapies; Hydrotherapy etc.  With qualifications from the National College of Traditional Medicine in Herbal Medicine and Equine Nutrition, Naturopathy and Myofunctional Therapy, Sharon Osmond will show you how aging dogs can have the best possible quality of life.

When: Saturday 16th June 2018

Where: TAFE NSW Richmond, cnr of Blacktown Rd and Campus Drive, Richmond, NSW

Cost: $165.00

For more details, please click here

June 16-19, 2018 - AusGroom 2018 (NSW)

June 16 & 17: Grooming Competitions
June 18 & 19: Seminars & Workshops

Where: Hawkesbury Racecourse, Clarendon, Sydney

For details, please visit  

July 27-29, 2018 - Pet Professional Guild's Sydney Summit (NSW)

Put the date in your diary! 

Registration is now open for the Pet Professional Guild Australia's Summit in Sydney on 27 – 29 July 2018 to be held at Bankstown Sports Centre. 

For more information, visit 

For registration, visit   

August 18-19, 2018 - Teaching Life Skills and Husbandry Handling to Dogs 
Presented by Dr Katrina Gregory from Creative Animal Solutions, this workshop will improve your understanding and application of learning theory, finesse training techniques and widen your repertoire for your puppy and dog training classes. 

Dr Kat will be using practical application and video footage to illustrate concepts. This is an informal platform which is interactive for all participants, with and without dogs. This course is suitable for Dog Trainers, Veterinary Staff, Animal Handlers and Animal LoversDr Katrina Gregory is a Veterinarian who trained further in Animal Behaviour and Anaesthetics and Critical Care. For 15+ years she has worked as an Applied Animal Ethologist and Animal Trainer, both in Australia and overseas.

When: Sat 18th August 2018 1pm – 5pm AND Sun 19th August 2018 9am - 4pm

Where: TBC (Southern Sunshine Coast)

Cost: Handlers $185 (with your dog); $100 (no dog)

For more information please email or call 0468 638 287  

September 25, 2018 - Alternatives to Punishment, Reprimand or Correction (VIC)

If you are new to positive reinforcement dog training, it is hard to let go of the idea that you have to use some form of correction in training. In this seminar presented by Kaye Hargreaves from Wagging School you will: 

  • Learn how to apply behaviour modification to common pet dog training problems 
  • Understand the “fallout” and unwanted side effects from punishment, reprimand and correction 
  • Motivate your dog to want to offer desirable behaviour 
  • Understand some of the myths about reward-based training 

When: Monday 25th September 2018, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Where: 450 Nicholson Street, North Fitzroy, VIC

Cost: $25 (or $100 for a group of 5) – refreshments included

For more information or to register your interest, please click here   

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