Our TCBTS 2019 Conference

CANINE AGGRESSION AND PREDATION: Perspectives and Practical Solutions

Our two guest speakers were:

Sarah Whitehead, BA(Hons), MSc, CCAB

Sarah Fisher, Tellington TTouch Instructor, Canine & Equine Behaviour Advisor.

This fantastic conference was for behaviourists, trainers, and dog owners.

Sarah Whitehead will look at some of the most important questions we need to ask when dealing with dogs with aggression issues including what makes a dog choose to use an aggression strategy and how to help dogs choose alternative behavioural options, even in moments of ‘crisis’.  Sarah will discuss early developmental behaviours in the dog and some surprising findings she has made on puppy interactions during her own recent two-year study.  Sarah will also take a critical look at what may (or may not!) help to avoid aggression problems in our dogs in the future including her views on puppy classes and her new theory on the importance of adolescence.

Sarah Fisher will talk about predatory behaviour in dogs. Having shared her life with Sighthounds and being an on-going student of a terrier blend, Sarah is passionate about supporting guardians of dogs that chase and kill. There are patterns to both behaviour and posture, and the two are inextricably linked. This presentation will cover observations to help increase awareness of the more subtle changes in a dog’s posture and when they might occur, and tips and techniques to help lower levels of arousal and enable dogs to learn new skills.

The conference is on Sunday 6th October 2019 at the Holiday Inn Coventry M6, Jct2, Hinckley Road, Coventry, CV2 2HP. The Holiday Inn have kindly reserved 10 rooms at a discounted rate of £60.00 per night for a single room including VAT and breakfast and use of leisure facilities and £70.00 per night for a double room. For further information please call the hotel on 02476 587471 (Mon-Fri 9-5pm only) or email reservations@hicoventry.com and mention TCBTS.

CONCESSIONS FOR STUDENTS! Students will need to provide evidence of course by providing either a student card or letter from course provider. Please email these details to events@tcbts.co.uk

Prices are:

  • Members/ Student Early Bird price  £60 to the 31st May 2019
  • Early Bird Non Members £70 to the 31st May 2019
  • Members/Student £70 from the 1st June 2019
  • Non Members £80 from the 1st of June 2019

The ticket price includes lunch plus morning and afternoon refreshments.

When purchasing tickets please detail any special dietary requirements.

Please also list email addresses for individuals if buying more than one ticket. CPD certificates will be issued.

Programme (times subject to change): 

8.30 -9.00 Registration

9.00 -9.05 Introduction by TCBTS (Chair)

9.05 – 9.25  Talk by our sponsors Fish 4 Dogs

9.30 – 11.30 Sarah Whitehead

11.30 – 11.50 Break – Teas, coffees etc

11.50 – 13.00 Sarah Whitehead

13.00 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 15.30 Sarah Fisher

15.30 – 16.00 Break Teas, coffees etc

16.00 – 17.00 Sarah Fisher


We are proud to have Fish4dogs as our sponsors


Sarah Whitehead BA(Hons), MSc, CCAB is a creative speaker, an imaginative problem-solver, a prolific published author, and a down-to-earth positive reinforcement trainer.

For the past 25 years, Sarah has specialised in aggression in dogs. Her other specialities include weird and wonderful problems in cats, puppy development, and adolescent dog issues. She has a passion for canine and feline body language and facial expression.

Sarah has an MSc in Animal Behaviour, is a full member of the APBC and APDT and is also one of a small number of specialists to have achieved the status of Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB).

Sarah runs ThinkDog! – offering accredited education courses in animal behaviour and training, and is passionate about helping those people who know they should be out there doing the job (but lack the confidence!) to get started.

She also runs the ‘Clever Dog Company Method Licenced Trainer Scheme’ – mentoring and supporting other trainers and behaviourists to create a legacy of change and progress, and a unique online CPD Programme, called the ‘Inner Circle’, which is open to all who want to stay up-to-date with this fast-paced science.

Sarah has four dogs of her own: three wonderful rescue dogs from Battersea and the RSPCA,  and a Kooikerhondje called Quill. Oh, and a 10kg Maine Coon cat who teaches her something new about feline behaviour every day!

www.thinkdog.org  www.learntotalkdog.com www.swinnercircle.com

Sarah Fisher is a Tellington TTouch Instructor and canine and equine behaviour advisor. She has worked with animals for over twenty years. She is experienced with a wide range of breed types and teaches staff workshops for many of the UK’s animal shelters including Battersea. She has also worked in Europe teaching staff workshops for shelters including SPCA Malta and GIA (Romania) and has taught workshops and clinics in Holland, Greece, Switzerland, Italy, Austria, South Africa, Ireland, Romania and Poland. Sarah gives presentations on a variety of topics at dog training and behaviour seminars in the UK and abroad and is a regular speaker at the annual Dog Behaviour Conference. She also conducts behaviour assessments for private clients, animal welfare organisations and court cases.

Sarah is the author of Know Your Horse Inside Out and Unlock Your Dog’s Potential, and co-author of 100 Ways to Train the Perfect Dog and 100 Ways to Solve Your Dogs Problems, all published by David and Charles Ltd and co-author of The Difficult Horse and The Healthy Donkey published by The Crowood Press Ltd. She has contributed articles to many national magazines including Your Dog, Your Horse, Horse and Rider, Dogs Monthly, Our Dogs, and Dogs Today as well as many other international magazines and publications. She has participated in numerous television and radio programmes over the years including the recent Nightmare Pets SOS for BBC1.

Sarah runs educational courses from her farm near Bath for trainers, groomers, veterinary nurses, physiotherapists and animal behaviour counsellors who wish to broaden their expertise through observations, and incorporate low stress handling and low impact movement exercises into their work.