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APDT Conference 2019 - November 14 to 17


The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) invites you to their 2019 Conference at the Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort in the Hunter Valley (NSW, Australia) from Thursday 14th November until Sunday 17th November.

This event is open to anyone with a strong interest in dog behaviour and training or considering working in that field, and of course dog trainers and pet industry professionals. 

Each year the APDT Australia Conference strives to bring you a conference packed full of new information, interesting and informative topics and world class speakers who will reinforce and update your skills and stretch or challenge your current beliefs. 


Optional workshops on Thursday and every morning  “breakfast with a speaker” sessions where you can enjoy breakfast with one of the guest speakers offer the opportunity to learn more about topics that are not covered in the main program.

You can access the full program at apdt2019.conferenceworks.com.au/program/

Situated in the picturesque Hunter Valley NSW, this is going to be a conference you won't want to miss!

Confirmed speakers for the 2019 Conference include:

Peta Clarke

Peta Clarke lives and breathes the animals she works with. 


With over twenty years experience working as a professional animal trainer in a variety of settings both in Australia and America, she has engulfed herself during that time in the practical and theoretical application of reinforcement training in the training and care of literally thousands of animals. 

While Peta’s first love is working with dogs, her experiences in the field of animal training range from elephants to goldfish. As a trainer and presenter of animal shows in zoos on several continents, she has had the opportunity to work with many exotic animals, but has focused her work in this area on working with free-flighted birds and marine mammals.

Peta also runs her own animal training and consultancy business, Animal Training Solutions based out of Sydney, Australia. 

Kate Mornement


Dr Kate Mornement is an Applied Animal Behaviourist, consultant, expert witness, educator and media spokesperson. She has a PhD in canine behaviour, from Monash University, and a Bachelor of Science with first class honours in zoology (Animal Behaviour) from La Trobe University. 

Kate’s PhD investigated the assessment of shelter dog behaviour to determine adoption suitability, particularly in Australia. She has presented her research at national and international conferences and has published four papers on her findings in the scientific literature. Since 2004, Kate has consulted pet owners experiencing behavioural difficulties with their dogs, cats and parrots through her business Pets Behaving Badly

Ken Ramirez


Ken Ramirez is the Executive Vice-President and Chief Training Officer of Karen Pryor Clicker Training where he oversees the vision, development and implementation of training education programs for the organisation, including ClickerExpo, Karen Pryor Academy, and The Ranch. This allows Ken to help bring positive reinforcement training to all corners of the animal training world.

A 40+ year veteran of animal care and training, Ramirez is a biologist and animal behaviourist who served nine years at Marineworld of Texas. He also was a trainer and coordinator at Ocean Safari in South Padre Island, Texas, as well as acting as a consultant to many zoo and aquarium programs throughout the world. He began his training career working with guide dogs for the visually impaired and has maintained a close affiliation to pet training throughout his career. 

He hosted two successful seasons of the pet training television series Talk to the Animals that compared pet training to the important work done with training and caring for animals in zoological facilities. He also works closely with several search and rescue dog organisations, service dog groups, as well as with bomb and narcotic dogs.

Dr Vanessa Rohlf

Dr Vanessa Rohlf is a consultant, counsellor and educator to those who work with and care for animals. She has a PhD with a specialisation in psychology (human-animal interactions), a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology and has worked in the animal industry for over 20 years including veterinary nursing and animal welfare research. 

She is a certified compassion fatigue therapist and educator and has additional qualifications in mindfulness and animal bereavement. Vanessa is a member of the Green Cross Academy of Traumatology and has lectured and tutored psychology and human behaviour for 7 years at Monash University. She holds an honorary role at La Trobe University and regularly presents her work in peer reviewed journal articles, as well as international and national conferences.

Michael Shikashio



Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working exclusively with dog aggression cases through his business Complete Canines LLC

Michael is fully certified through the IAABC and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT). He also offers mentoring and training to other professionals.

He is a featured speaker at conferences and seminars around the world, and offers numerous webinars and online courses on the topic of canine aggression.

For all the speakers' full biography, click here


When:  Thursday 14 - Sunday 17 November, 2019 at 5:00pm

Where: Oaks Cypress Lakes Resort Hunter Valley, 15 Thompsons Rd, Pokolbin, NSW, 2320

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