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Open Paw: The kennel program with Kelly Dunbar

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Yorkshire - 24th and 25th July 2017

Hertfordshire - 27th and 28th July 2017


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*20% discount applies to the standard ticket element of the price

Open Paw: The kennel program with Kelly Dunbar

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Open Paw: The kennel program with Kelly Dunbar

Note for charity workers:

People who work for or volunteer for a charity are entitled to a 20% discount on this seminar, just select one of the 'charity worker' options. IMPORTANT: all charity attendees will need to send in something before the event (e.g. a photo or scan of a letter from the organsisation, or a photo of an id card, or an email to us at hello@dog-and-bone.co.uk from someone with an email address from the charity) to prove they are a charity worker or volunteer. 

What is Open Paw?

Imagine walking into an animal shelter where all is quiet and it smells good. The dogs are peacefully, lounging on beds chewing away on delectable food-stuffed chew toys or sitting calmly at the front of their kennels wagging “Hello” at every passer by. Volunteers are busily training dogs throughout the facility and Cat Cuddlers are patiently teaching young playful cats to retract their claws before getting over-excited. This is a shelter where people come for miles, clamoring to adopt the friendly, well-trained residents. These are dogs that will easily settle into their new, permanent homes. This is a shelter where everyone that walks in, walks out just a little bit smarter, more aware of their animal companion’s needs. This is an Open Paw shelter.

Open Paw was created in January of 2000 with the goal of preventing the unwanted animal problem at its source. Most shelter animals were once perfectly normal, lovable and loved puppies and kittens. Yet many are surrendered to shelters or abandoned when they are six months to two years old. Why have these animals become unwanted? In most cases because of behaviour, temperament, or training problems, all of which could easily have been prevented. Sadly, having come to the shelter with behavioral baggage already, many animals rapidly deteriorate after only a short time in the shelter environment. They often become de-housetrained, hyperactive, noisy, anxious, and lonely. Unless a vigorous socialization and training program is in effect, the animals, particularly puppies and kittens, become less and less adoptable, and less likely to remain in a home if they do become adopted, with each day that they stay in the shelter. Open Paw is about avoiding such problems in the first place.

Prices for this event are as follows:

Day 1 (overview) - £79 [with charity discount = £63.20]

Day 1 and 2 (overview and practical) - £158 [with charity discount = £126.40]

Please select your option carefully.


Day 1

This day will give attendees an overview and explanation of the full Open Paw scheme. Attendees will leave with the knowledge of the benefits of the scheme and how to implement it in their own centres, such as rescue or boarding kennels. 

Kelly Gorman Dunbar will explain:

* History of Open Paw and why it was developed

* Overview of the Open Paw kennel program

* Introduction and review of the levels training

* Implementation of the Open Paw scheme

Clare Williams will discuss

* Why NAWT decided to use Open Paw and how it was promoted to and received by staff

* Implementing Open Paw in a rescue (managing change, problems encountered, barriers to implementation, lessons learnt, costs of equipment etc)

The day will end with a Q&A panel discussion for questions


Day 2

Those attending Day 2 must have attended Day 1.

Practical implementation day at a centre using Open Paw.  This day is strictly limited to 30 people at each location. It allows participants to experience the technique 'in action' to ensure they understand it fully.  Organisations may wish to send one or two people to attend so that they return even better equipped to assist other staff in implementation at their centres. 

There will be plenty of Q&A time during this day. Much of the day will be outside so please come prepared for the weather! 


Yorkshire - 24th and 25th July 2017

Day 1 (Overview) Monday 24th 2017 - 9:30 registration for 10am start, 5pm finish - Sowerby Parochial Hall,  Flats Ln, Sowerby, Thirsk YO7 2BD

Day 2 (Practical workshop) - Tuesday 25th 2017 - 9:30 registration for 10am start, 5pm finish - Jerry Green Dog Rescue, Catton, Thirsk YO7 4SG

An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £5 per person per day, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event. 


Hertfordshire - 27th and 28th July 2017

Day 1 (Overview) Thursday 27th - 9:30 registration for 10am start, 5pm finish - Flaunden VIllage Hall, Flaunden, Hemel Hempstead HP3 0PW

Day 2 (Practical workshop) Friday 28th - 9:30 registration for 10am start, 5pm finish - National Animal Welfare Trust, Tyler's Way, Watford Bypass, Watford WD25 8WT

An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £5 per person per day, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event.


Accommodation suggestions

Please visit www.dog-and-bone.co.uk/accommodation for nearby accommodation suggestions. 

Kelly Gorman Dunbar

Kelly DunbarKelly Gorman Dunbar is a co-founder and the executive editor of dogstardaily.com a free online dog training resource.

She is the Founder and President of Open Paw, a non-profit organization devoted to addressing the unwanted animal problem both by streamlining the shelter animal residents/staff/volunteer process for optimum efficiency/enrichment and also by arming communities worldwide with valuable user-and-animal friendly training and behavior information with the goal of keeping cats and dogs out of shelters by keeping them in their original homes.

Kelly lectures internationally on the principles of Open Paw and consults for animal shelters regarding layout, and staff-and-animal training protocols and procedures. She is the C.O.O. of the Center for Applied Animal Behavior, a multi-faceted business that focuses on teaching people how to train their dogs to be the best canine citizens possible via fun and efficient training techniques involving games and environmental enrichment as rewards for desired behavior.

Kelly also recruits and trains the instructors for SIRIUS Puppy & Dog Training, the largest dog training organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. She is the creator of the SIRIUS Sniffers scent-detection curriculum, the SIRIUS Puppy Kindergarten Program, and the SIRIUS Essential Life Skills Series.

Kelly was one of the very first Certified Nose Work Instructors in the United States and has served as a judge for several scent work titling organizations.

Her goal is to expand awareness about dog behavior and teach people how to live with dogs in harmony while also honoring a dog's inherent dogginess. Kelly lives in California with her “fluffinois” boys, Lazaretto and Mars.

Clare Williams

Clare WilliamsChief Executive – National Animal Welfare Trust

After a long career in the commercial world, Clare was Operations Director responsible for NAWT’s five rescue and rehoming centres for 6 years before becoming Chief Executive in 2013. Clare is particularly proud of the fact that NAWT is the first rescue in the UK to implement Open Paw for Dogs and more recently, they have developed the Open Paw for Cats programme.

Animals are a large part of Clare's life. She has owned cats, dogs, horses, guinea pigs and rabbits – the majority of which were rescued. Clare has a particular interest in the world of dog training and behaviour and currently owns a GSD and a Staffie cross. Clare instructs at her local dog training club each week and is working towards accreditation in the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme.



Dayle Pierce will also be assisting at this event

Dayle Pierce

Dayle is the Training & Behaviour Advisor at Canine Wizardry. He became involved in dog training, like many others, because he owned a GSD with ‘issues’. After instructing classes for someone else for several years he, along with Anna-Marie Brocchi and Elizabeth McAllister, decided to set up Canine Wizardry so that they could offer pet dog training classes that were much more positive than the classes they had attended with their own dogs.

In 2008 Anna and Dayle began working with NAWT – assessing dogs at all 5 centres and devising training plans for them, and training staff and volunteers. NAWT have been very proactive in offering their services to owners too – they pride themselves on offering excellent post-homing backup. In 9 years of working with NAWT they have spread their training wings to include, amongst others, cats, goats, horses and alpacas. They were very excited when Clare Williams proposed using the Open Paw program at the centres as it fits perfectly with their training & welfare ethics.


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Frequently Asked Questions:

Q. Can I come to just one part?
A. Yes, you can come to just Day 1, or you can add on the more practical Day 2 as well. It is not possible to attend just Day 2 as it requries information from Day 1. 

Q. I have a specific question, can I contact you?
A. Yes, send an e-mail to info@dog-and-bone.co.uk or phone us on 01763 256917. Leave a message on the answerphone, if necessary, and someone will get back to you.

Q:  Are there discounts for groups, students or rescue organisations?
A. Discounts are available for Charity workers and volutneers, students and Naturally Happy Dogs members. Contact us for the code to use at the checkout. Charity worker/volunteer or student evidence will be required on the door.

Q:  If I can’t come, can someone else come in my place?
A: Yes, that’s perfectly fine, we’d just need their name and contact details, ideally a week before the event (or they may not receive an amended certificate)

Q:  Will I receive a certificate of attendance?
A: Yes, all attendees receive a certificate of attendance which can be used as evidence of CPD.

Q: Will I receive a printed ticket?
A: No, but you will receive confirmation of your place via e-mail and further information nearer the time of the event.

Q:  Is lunch included?
A. Complementary tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. An optional sandwich buffet lunch is available at £5 per person, payable on the day. We need to book in advance so please let us know at least 2 weeks before the event. 

Q:  What is the refund policy?
A. For information about refunds and other terms, please visit our Terms and Conditions page

Q:  Will the event be recorded / will photos be taken?
A. Photos and videos are often taken by Dog & bone at their events, either for social media, advertising or for DVDs of the events. If you do not want to appear on any photos, please let us know at the beginning of each day. 

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