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The Dog’s Nose Knows

Speakers: Dr Claire Guest & Pat Tagg

The Dog’s Nose Knows - TCBTS 2017 Conference

This fantastic conference is suitable for trainers and dog owners and is on Sunday 1st October 2017 at the Hilton Hotel, Coventry. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW.

VENUE: Hilton Coventry Hotel, Paradise Way, Walsgrave Triangle, Coventry CV2 2ST (please see below for discounted room rates)

Tel: 02476-603000

Ticket prices are:

  • Early Bird Non Members £70 to the 31st May 2017
  • Non Members £80 from the 1st of June
  • Members £70


  • 09:00:  Registration and Coffee.
  • 09:45:  Welcome by Sheila Hamilton-Andrews, MSc, CCAB Chairman TCBTS
  • 10:00:  Morning Speaker – Dr Claire Guest Bsc (Hons), Msc HonDSc, DHP BCAh
  • 13:00:  Lunch
  • 14:00:  Afternoon Speaker – Pat Tagg BSc (hons), Psych (Open), MSc (CABC)
  • 17:00:  Close

About Dr Claire Guest

Dr Claire Guest BSc.(Hons) MSc. HonDSc. DHP BCAh

Co-Founder, Chief Executive and Director of Operations

Claire Guest has been involved in the training of dogs for tasks involving scent for over twenty years; trained working gun-dogs and participated in both competitive working trials and national gun-dog tests and trials. Since 2002 she has been professionally involved in training dogs in the detection of human disease through scent.

She is Chief Executive and Director of Operations for the charity Medical Detection Dogs, an organisation that trains dogs to identify human disease by odour, as well as projects including training dogs to detect cancer, malaria, blood sugar changes, and Addison’s disease.

Whilst traditionally dogs have been trained to hunt, herd and guard, more recently canine roles have grown to a range of medical support and olfactory disease detection tasks.

Medical Detection Dogs (MDD) are currently working on a range of trials, MDD are currently working on a range of NHS approved proof-of- principle trials, exploring dogs’ ability to locate breast cancer, urological cancers – with a promising prostate cancer trial ongoing. Durham University are also exploring the possibility of dogs detecting Malaria and Parkinsons.

The other arm of MDD, Medical Alert Assistance Dogs, uses olfactory alerting ability for day to day support for people living with chronic conditions. Games that can be used to encourage these behaviours will be highlighted.

About Pat Tagg

Pat Tagg BSc (Hons) Psych (Open), MSc (CABC)

Pat holds an Open University BSc in Psychology and an MSc from the University of Southampton in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling. She has over 35 years practical experience of handling and training both companion and agricultural animals with extensive experience of resolving behaviour issues, combined with 18 year’s experience as a regional manager for a national organization, coaching interpersonal skills for professional personnel. She has run a large Pig farming business and currently runs a flock of 100 Dorset Poll sheep. Both with the help of her German Shepherd dogs. She uses large scale positive training programmes giving the animals control over a number of essential husbandry tasks. Since 1998, she has run her own companion animal behaviour referral business and has been a visiting lecturer at the University of Southampton and the University of Waikato, lecturing in applied learning theory.

Pat owns “Dogtaggs”, a company specialising in training people with an interest in learning about working with the skills which are intrinsic to dogs. She will speak about her relationship based approach to rehabilitation and prevention of behaviour problems which includes activities such as tracking, searching and herding (traditional Shepherding) utilised as bases to learn about developing autonomous control, engagement of motivation, enhancement of relationship and respect for and recognition of skills, both their own and those of their dogs.

Discounted Room Rates

The Hilton Hotel is kindly offering 20 rooms at a discounted rate £70 for a single room including breakfast and £80 for a double or twin including breakfast Anyone wanting a room needs to call the reservations desk (02476-603000) and quote code ATCBA. Rooms are allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will need to quote the code to claim this discount.

Once the 20 rooms have been taken, delegates can quote code ATCBB to book rooms. Singles will be £75 including breakfast double/twin will be £85 including breakfast. After 30th Aug, if rooms are not taken up from the allocation they will be released back into the hotel’s system to resell.