After six sold-out years of in-person conferences held throughout the UK, the 2020 International Dog Behaviour Conference (DBC) will be held as a global online event available to dog lovers around the world on May 9-10, 2020.

The DBC brings together the most influential, progressive and inspirational pet industry experts with dog lovers, owners, trainers, and professionals from around the world. Attendees of this premium two-day online conference will receive full entry to stream all of its live presentations, downloadable PDF resources, exclusive access to special promotions, and lifetime access to video recordings of each presentation from the conference.

See presenters and presentations below.

The International Dog Behaviour Conference has converted to an online-only event due to the coronavirus pandemic in order to:

  1. Ensure the safety of all attendees
  2. Increase the roster of presenters
  3. Reduce the conference registration fee by more than half
  4. Expand the quality and quantity of resources available to registrants


  • The registration fee for the entire conference is $125 (approx £100) and covers both days – single-day purchase is not available.
  • Each attendee must register for the conference individually – there are no group registrations.
  • Each registration locks conference online access only to the email address provided during registration.
  • Registrants from the in-person DBC in Coventry must register for the online DBC separately – your registration will not automatically convert.
  • Registrants from the in-person DBC will have their previous Eventbrite registration fees refunded in full automatically.
  • The conference will run from noon-8pm UK time each day (7am-3pm ET).
  • All presentations will be recorded and registrants will have lifetime access to the recordings.
  • PDF resources, additional information, general communications and special promotions will be sent only to the email address used during conference registration.
  • Attendees will receive 12 CEU credits from IAABC.
  • Attendees will receive 12 CEU credits from CPDT (8 for trainers, 4 for behavior consultants)

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More Information:

Previous in-person versions of this unique two-day event made it the UK’s preeminent dog training and behaviour-related conference, featuring a world-class lineup of presenters, a breadth of unique topics and concepts covered which is unmatched in the industry, and a commitment to providing education and inspiration for all attendees. For the seventh straight year, renowned TV dog behaviour expert Victoria Stilwell is bringing together many of the world’s top canine behaviour experts, university scholars, specialists and thought leaders to explore topical animal-related concepts, the social and behavioural issue of dog bite prevention, innovative approaches to understanding and communicating with our domestic dogs and more.

See presenters and topic descriptions below.

The International Dog Behaviour Conference (DBC) fosters and celebrates an inspirational sense of community among like-minded attendees and is open to everyone including dog lovers, dog trainers, groomers, pet sitters and dog walkers, animal shelter workers and other animal care professionals, as well as dog wardens, law enforcement, educators, veterinarians and legal and medical professionals.

Seats are limited, so don’t delay in registering for this online conference now to ensure you have a spot at this industry-leading annual event!

2020 DBC Conference Speakers & Presentations*

Victoria Stilwell

Dog behaviour expert, creator of It’s Me or the Dog, founder of VSPDT and the founder/president of the Victoria Stilwell Academy

BRAVE: Essential Coping Strategies for Every Dog
The vast majority of existing dog training strategies which relate to canine fear and anxiety are designed to help ‘fearful’ dogs, but all dogs encounter a crisis of confidence at some point in their lives. For example, a breeding dog rescued from a puppy mill will likely have specific challenges to overcome, especially when compared to a dog that has been raised with a family. But every single companion and working dog will face situations that test their resilience. How a dog copes with these life challenges and how their families interact with them, will determine everyone’s future success.

Victoria will reveal a set of new essential dog training protocols which can be specifically adapted for all dogs regardless of their level of anxiety or fear. From the confident canine to the most fearful pup, every dog requires some level of support at some point in their life, and these protocols can be utilized to help all dogs successfully negotiate any challenge that lies in their path.

Sarah Fisher 

T-touch practitioner and behaviour counselor

Become an ACE Dog Detective: How to hone your observation skills and deepen your understanding of the only dog experts that exist
Sarah will be sharing tips and techniques to enable you to add more layers to your existing skills. Topics in this presentation will include:

  • ACE Free Work; watch more, ‘do’ less
  • Are our interactions triggering the behaviours we wish to modify or change?
  • The link between posture and behaviour
  • Nervous system responses
  • How to establish a body contact contract

Holly Root-Gutteridge

Post Doctoral Researcher, University of Sussex

Sounds, Sights, Sniffs, and Science: A researcher’s perspective on dog behaviour and cognition
In this overview of modern dog science Holly shares her unique view about what science can tell us about how dogs think including:

  • Science behind training methods
  • Understanding dogs’ perception of sound and speech
  • Using brain scans to understand dog cognition
  • Future research discussions

J. Nichole Smith 

Founder of Working With Dog, pet business marketing and branding expert

Find Your Magic: Discover how to leverage your unique skills & resources to change more dogs’ lives positively
In this dynamic workshop Nic will take you into the wilds of your own mind: first to explore and then to leverage your unique skills, resources and personal experiences in order to increase your overall impact on behalf of dogs.

As she walks you through her signature ‘why mapping’ exercise, you’ll discover what truly drives you (you might be surprised what you find), and how you are uniquely positioned to leverage your wonderful weirdness to build a more profitable, sustainable pet business, and/or a more powerful platform to change dogs’ lives positively. 

Sarah Heath

Renowned veterinary behaviourist

Emotional arousal – its influence on onset, maintenance and resolution of problematic behaviour
In this presentation Sarah will explore the subject of emotional arousal and its influence on behaviour. Is high arousal a good or a bad thing? Is a high level of positive emotional motivation always beneficial? How does arousal influence the ability to learn and what are the implications for behavioural modification programmes?

These questions and others will be explored using a combination of behavioural theory and clinical cases.

Sherry Woodard

Animal behavior consultant and dog trainer

Helping from Hello: Working with Rescue & Shelter Dogs
Many animals come to us with challenges. The journey of helping shelter and rescue dogs starts as soon as we meet them, and continues as we build their team and support them long-term.

Dogs come to us with labels, some with written histories, many come with no information. I ask questions, read everything that has been written, use caution, watch the dog and ask the dog. Knowing every animal is an individual and every relationship can be different, your experience may be unique from the start.

Let’s talk about how to make friends, how to ask dogs questions, how to help them quickly, and to help the people who take them home!

Clive Wynne

Author, Professor of Psychology and founder/director of Arizona State University’s Canine Science Collaboratory

Dog Is Love
For decades scientists have been trying to understand what makes dogs special. One popular theory claims that dogs possess special kinds of smarts:  Dogs go where people point., they sniff out explosives, a handful of dogs can even understand hundreds of spoken words. But the truth is – The secret to dogs’ success isn’t their intelligence, it’s their ability to make friends.

Dogs have an unprecedented – in fact quite abnormal – enthusiasm for forming emotional bonds. It is their ability to get people to care about them, and not their really quite pedestrian intelligence, that has made them the most widespread mammal on the surface of this planet. Clive will share how he came to realize that it is dogs’ capacity to form emotional bonds that has made them so successful and the new science that shows how this is possible.

Zazie Todd

Dog behavior expert, author and founder of Companion Animal Pyschology

Helping Dogs Be Happy (or Even Happier)
Did you know that positive emotions are now an important part of dog welfare, and that this has consequences for dog training and behaviour? Zazie will review the science of animal welfare and how it applies to our relationship with pet dogs. In particular she will look at dog behaviour and welfare in the context of the human-animal bond, play, dogs and children, and the vet and grooming, and the implications for training and enrichment. She will include actionable tips for anyone who works with or lives with dogs.

 International Dog Behaviour Conference Key Facts

  • Conference is held only online – there is no in-person version of the event.
  • Registration grants access to all conference presentations on both days of the event.
  • Single-day registrations are not available.
  • Lifetime access will be available to re-watch all presentations via recording.
  • Group registrations not available – must be purchased separately.
  • Registration separate from original in-person DBC registration (which will be refunded in full automatically.)
  • The registration fee will be charged to your Paypal or credit/debit card account as ‘Victoria Stilwell Academy’ or ‘VS Academy’.
  • Attendees will receive a digital certificate of attendance after the event.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q:  Can I attend just one of the two DBC days?
Due to space and registration limitations, attendees are not able to register for only one day of the conference. All registrations are for the full, two-day conference.

Q:  What time does the conference begin and end each day?
The first presentations each day will begin at approximately 12pm (noon) UK time, while the final presentation each day will end by 8pm UK time (3pm ET).

Q:  Will I get CEU’s?
Yes. The online International Dog Behaviour Conference has been approved for 12 CEU’s via IAABC, CPDT, and PPAB (PPG).

Q:  Are there discounts for group or rescue organizations?
Costs for the conference are already underwritten and further discounts are unfortunately not available.

Q:  What is the refund policy?
Refunds are available up to 10 days before the event, after which refunds will only be granted upon request if there is a waitlist for the conference.

Q:  Is VAT included in the ticket price?
No VAT is collected on the ticket purchases, as the organizing entity is a US company with no VAT exposure. Therefore, VAT receipts are not available for attendees.

Q:  My registration was bought for me by someone else. Does my name and email need to be on the registration?
Yes. Each ticket must be purchased separately and results in a unique access code to the conference, so each person attending must register individually. Note that the email provided during registration will be the only email to receive login instructions and conference access, so be sure to use the name and email address of the person who will be attending the conference.

Q: What if I need to leave a presentation partway through it?
No problem. You can leave and rejoin the conference as many times as you like, and all presentations will be recorded (audio and video) so that you can catch up on what you missed later.

Q: Will I get a certificate for this?
Yes. All attendees will be emailed a digital certificate of completion after the event.

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