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Pet Professional Guild Australia Conference - June 2024

Learn, Grow, Influence at PPGA's June 2024 Conference 

This 3-day event guarantees high-level education, workshops and networking opportunities for pet training and behaviour professionals. Plus pet owners are welcome!

Australia’s leading dog training organisation Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA) has opened registrations for its biennial conference themed Learn, Grow, Influence in Sydney from 14 to 16 June 2024. PPGA represents pet industry professionals who are committed to results and science-based, force-free training and pet care, and offer educational resources for pet lovers.

“The pet training industry continues to be unregulated and PPGA is one of the very few organisations in Australia that requires their professional members to do ongoing further education to keep up with best practices and scientific research to maintain their membership,” says PPGA Vice President Barbara Hodel.

PPGA prides itself in using force free methods based on the latest research and science on the ethical treatment of animals! We encourage professionals across the pet industry to attend this special event to learn from our presenters, grow professionally and influence the wider community.”

The conference offers a unique learning experience for pet professionals and pet owners alike through lectures and practical workshops by globally renowned pet training and behaviour experts.

“Attendees will be spoilt for choice with an assortment of workshops designed to provide a 'taster' of new and innovative ideas for trainers, their animals and their clients,” says Hodel.

The morning workshops will be presented by two international experts and one Australian leading expert in their field. The afternoon sessions will feature six local talents covering a diverse range of topics.

“There will also be networking opportunities among like-minded professionals and pet lovers to be inspired, motivated and create new ideas!” says Hodel.

The practical workshops will run on June 14 at St Ives Showground (transport from the city is organised) and the lectures are scheduled for June 15 and 16 at the Rydges World Square in the CBD.

For the full Conference schedule, visit

International Speakers & Workshop Presenters

  • UK’s Dr Robert Hewings is a former police dog handler and trainer in explosive search and narcotics, and will share his expertise in canine scent detection plus recent research and training of assistance dogs in scent work.
  • Barbara Buchmayer from the US will come to Australia for the first time to present a workshop and presentations covering all things positive herding! Whether you’re interested in the sport or looking for fabulous exercises and strategies to incorporate into pet dog life, Buchmayer will share her 30 years knowledge in herding training methods using positive reinforcement.
  • UK’s Dr Zazie Todd PhD (Psych), creator of the Companion Animal Psychology blog and award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy, will cover counter-conditioning, the role of emotions in animal welfare, how to prevent and resolve common cat behaviour issues; strategies for the human side of fearful/reactive dogs and changing minds on training methods.

The Australian line-up is as impressive with many workshops on offer
  • At the ‘Un-Chase!® - In Action!’ workshop, Alexis Davison will help to set clients up for success, teach key alternate behaviours, build calmness, and change chase triggers to cues.
  • Ian Shivers' workshop is all about incorporating enrichment in your training plan.
  • If you want to train a different species, Noeline Cassettari’s trick training with a donkey and a miniature horse might be your choice. (Her miniature horse Rose holds a Guinness World Record for ‘the most tricks performed by a horse in one minute!).
  • Improve your training techniques with ‘Mission Precision’ by Laura Ryder, ‘Clicker Games Tournament’ by Jari Castle and ‘Mechanical Skills’ by Jade Fountain.
  • You’ll have lots of fun while learning new skills at ‘Hoopers for the Inner City Trainer’ with Louise Newman and Shelley Aukett!

The conference is packed with learning and networking opportunities and in addition to the international presenters, the Australians present new and exciting topics!

  • University of Adelaide’s Dr Eduardo Fernandez will introduce the LIFE (Least Inhibitive, Functionally Effective) approach to animal training methods, the new best practice model for teaching and training.
  • In ‘Pet Bereavement – Pr√©cis of a Complex Journey’, Debra Milikan will talk about grief, which comes in many forms when losing a pet.
  • Alex Matsoukas will help you drum up more business with her talk on SEO and website analytics and Jari Castle will explain how to run seminars for reactive dog owners.

Registration Details

3 days entire conference and workshops:
  • Members $700 | Early bird $550*
  • Non-members $800 | Early bird $750*

* Hurry! Early bird pricing ends April 30, 2024.

To register, visit

If you’re unable to make the entire three days, you can select other ticketing options.

For more ticketing information and conference registration details register here.

Thank you to PPGA 2024 Biennial Conference Sponsors!

Thank you to our major sponsor Antinol and our stall sponsors Association of Pet Dog Trainers Australia Inc (APDT), Assistance Animals International, Pet Behaviour Vet, Karen Pryor Academy, Harbour City Dog Gear, Pet Perspective, Safe4 and Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT).

About the Pet Professional Guild Australia

The Pet Professional Guild Australia (PPGA) is a membership organisation representing pet industry professionals who are committed to science-based, force-free training and pet care.

We are an official branch of the Pet Professional Guild, a worldwide organisation committed to advocating, educating and encouraging improvements in companion animal welfare through the use of fear free techniques.

Currently PPGA has over 350 professional members, many of these professional trainers in the animal industry, mostly with companion animals such as dogs, cats, horses, birds and pocket pets. Our PPGA members include some of the most well renowned veterinary behaviourists and trainers, many of which have worked with rescues and councils in the past and have a wealth of knowledge in behavioural modification.

The PPGA members and affiliates focus on a pet’s physical, mental, environmental and nutritional well-being, a holistic approach to the care and training of family pets.

To learn more, visit

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