TCBTS 2022 Online Conference

Impulsivity and Frustration in Dogs: Understanding Principles and Applying Them to Practice
with Helen Zulch

Part 1:October 23rd 2022 10am-2pm
Part 2:November 6th 2022 10am-2pm

An accurate assessment of the underlying cause of behaviour is key to constructing an appropriate intervention when we would like to change that behaviour. Understanding aspects such as emotion, motivation and temperament, as well as being able to measure them can help us to make more precise behavioural assessments. This conference will consider the development and use of some behaviour measurement instruments pertaining to temperament and affect before considering in more detail two of these; impulsivity and frustration. After covering theoretical aspects, their application in clinical behaviour will be discussed.
Day 1 Summary:
The day will start by considering the range of influences on behaviour and present an overview of the contextual, motivational, emotional approach to clinical behaviour. Different ways of assessing behaviour will then be covered before the development and use of psychometric scales for assessing affect, impulsivity and frustration is discussed.

Day 2 Summary:
After a consideration of background theory pertaining to impulsivity and self control as well as frustration, the day will focus on what this means for the practice of clinical behaviour. We will consider how being impulsive or intolerant of frustration may impact on behaviours shown as well as treatment decisions. Finally, we will consider whether or not we can build self control and frustration tolerance in animals.

Helen Zulch

Helen is a veterinarian, a Diplomat of the European College of Animal Welfare and Behavioural Medicine and a Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Recognised Specialist in Behavioural Medicine. She is currently the Head of Professional Development in Canine Behaviour at Dogs Trust where she has responsibility for staff education and professional development in dog behaviour and training. She is also a Visiting Fellow in the School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln, UK and an Honorary Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, UK. Helen worked in a range of areas of veterinary medicine before moving into companion animal behaviour in 1998. She has lectured on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in South Africa and in the UK and co-developed the University of Lincoln MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour, a programmethat she led for a number of years. She has spent many years consulting for pet owners and engaging with research across a range of areas in animal behaviour, learning and cognition. She is a speaker at national and international events, has authored books and book chapters as well as scientific articles and was instrumental in developing the Life Skills for Puppies programme.

General Admission £85 / £75 Early bird
ABTC members £75 / £65 Early bird
TCBTS members £55 / £45 Early bird
Early bird rates end 30th June 2022.

(One ticket gives access to both parts of the conference. Recordings of conference will be available to watch for 1 month )

TCBTS WEBINAR: Understanding and Applying the LIMA Approach

to Animal Behaviour & Training

With Helen Zulch 

Tuesday 23rd November 2021 7pm

When developing a training or treatment plan for any animal, it is important to ensure that it is targeted to the individual and the social and environmental system in which they live. In addition, it is essential that the approach and techniques prescribed are evidence based and chosen to maximise welfare and minimise risk to the patient and all other individuals coming into contact with them. This talk will explain how I approach patient care and animal training from a "least intrusive, minimally aversive" perspective. 


Identifying Traumatised Dogs and How to Support Them

with speakers
Debbie Busby & Amber Batson

17th October 2021 – Part 1 – 10am-2pm – Debbie Busby
7th November 2021 – Part 2 – 10am-2pm – Amber Batson

A fascinating and revealing exploration into the major impacts of PTSD in dogs and what differentiates this from other anxiety disorders and conditions. Our speakers will examine strategies that best support the PTSD dog and owner, from behaviour modification to medication.
Debbie will introduce PTSD and explore research on humans and dogs suffering from this disorder. Her presentation will include differences between post trauma stress and post traumatic stress disorder, behavioural differentials that might need to be ruled out, how PTSD might be experienced by dogs including behavioural signs and how to differentiate this behaviourally from other disorders. She will also include treatment strategies for dogs with PTSD, including approaches to training and the impact on the owner of secondary trauma experienced by care givers in response to how they feel about the trauma their dog has had.
Amber will discuss veterinary differentials that need to be ruled out before concluding the dog is suffering from PTSD, the neurobiology of trauma, the effects of the environment on trauma neurobiology, medications and how these can be used to help with recovery from trauma.