The Association of Professional Dog Trainers New Zealand Conference

Will I see you down under? (part 1).

The view over Wellington from the top of the cable car
Photo: Makalu/Pixabay

By Zazie Todd PhD

I’ll be presenting at the New Zealand Association of Professional Dog Trainers conference in June.

The conference takes place 8th – 9th June at the Silverstream Retreat, Lower Hutt, near Wellington. This year’s theme is Steady Paws, Calm Minds.

Steady Paws, Calm Minds: The flyer for the APDT NZ conference


I’ll be giving three talks at the conference:

  • How to help fearful dogs feel safe
  • Counter-conditioning for anxious and fearful dogs
  • The value of enrichment for dogs.

One of the other speakers at the conference will be Laura Ryder, the head dog trainer at Morley Vet Centre in Perth, Western Australia. I am really excited for the conference.

You can see the program and get more information on the APDT NZ conference web page.  

As well as the conference, I’m looking forward to doing some sight-seeing in New Zealand. The photo above shows the cable car which goes up to the botanical gardens in Wellington. I always love visiting gardens so, even though it will be winter, this is a must-see for me.

Let me know if you’ll be at the conference too!


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Zazie Todd, PhD, is the award-winning author of Wag: The Science of Making Your Dog Happy and Purr: The Science of Making Your Cat Happy. She is the creator of the popular blog, Companion Animal Psychology, and also has a column at Psychology Today. Todd lives in Maple Ridge, BC, with her husband, one dog, and one cat. 

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