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Seminar with Dr. Sophia Yin, Simon Prins, Sabrina Brando & Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy

Harness the power of science in your training and you’ll be able to change behavior faster than ever before. From dogs who are fearful or aggressive on walks, to difficult pets at the veterinary hospital, to training of dogs for service, a sound science-based approach leads to the fastest, most effective training. In this 3-day seminar, you’ll hear from a complement of acclaimed lecturers on topics they are passionate about.

The Power of Science: Dealing with Fear, Aggression & Other Behavioral or Training issues in Dogs and Cats, at Home, in the Field, or in the Hospital or Shelter Setting

On Day 1 and Day 2 (3 PE points per day), Dr. Sophia Yin will guide you through the principles of learning needed to handle 90% of behavioral issues like a professional. Then, in subsequent lectures which build upon each other, she’ll reveal the subtle body language signs that point to fear and imminent aggression, illustrate the methods to reverse these issues efficiently and show why it’s best to avoid punishment. She will also present in detail her version of the Learn to Earn Program for teaching impeccable focus and developing impulse control. She will cover using an integrative approach to dealing with fear and aggression and the importance of taking measures when developing training protocols. Lastly, Dr. Yin will lecture on Low Stress Handling of dogs and cats, her innovative handling methods are changing the face of how veterinary medicine is practiced in the U.S.

On Day 3 (2 PE points), Sabrina Brando, Simon Prins and Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy round out the perspective by focusing on the application of a zoo approach to the enrichment and training of pets, operational dogs and the importance of data collection and analysis and lastly, case reports on pathological behavior in a series of young Dutch dogs. This dynamic line-up of speakers and lectures are a once in a lifetime opportunity that you do not want to miss!

The detailed provisional program can be downloaded HERE

Alpha members get 8 points for attending this seminar.



Dr. Yin will speak on the 20th and 21st and the other speakers on the 22nd of May, 2014.

Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, MS, is a veterinarian, applied animal behaviorist, and the author of many books and textbooks, including Perfect Puppy in 7 Days, How to Behave So Your Dog Behaves, and Low Stress Handling, Restraint and Behavior Modification of Dogs & Cats. She’s also the inventor of the Treat&Train® or “MannersMinder®” Remote Controlled Reward-based Dog Training System, and was for five years the award-winning pet columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle. She has consulted for several zoos and served as a behavior expert for TV shows such as Animal Planet’s Dogs 101 and Weird, True & Freaky. Dr. Yin is also on the executive board for the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior and was on the American Association of Feline Practitioners’ (AAFP) Handling Guidelines Committee. Learn more at her animal behavior website

Simon Prins - Specialist Expertise at KLPD (National Crime Squad) - “When I started as a trainer in a new innovative special police project (1996), I discovered the power of operant conditioning (OC). With the focus on positive reinforcement, creating a safe learning environments and setting up data systems it was possible to set and reach new goals. Clear communication and defined criteria to achieve a high rate of reinforcement will change behavior into wanted behavior. This in not only working for animals but definitely for humans too! Training and developing special trained animals into high risk operations lead to a whole new concept of animal training. Development of protocol training and training materials / equipment made it possible to train and deploy animals beyond the known limits. Although similar goals may be obtained by using positive reinforcement techniques as well as through the use the traditional methods of punishing or negative reinforcement, there is still much confusion of the different terminology and their mechanisms, as well as the related behaviors and underlying affective states. In this presentation I will highlight the advantages of the use of positive reinforcement and hope to persuade all to focus on this method when training animals to collaborate with us.” Simon will also give a presentation on the importance of data collection and record keeping, and how this can increase the success of animal training programs.

Sabrina Brando is owner of AnimalConcepts and a full bio can be found by clicking HERE

Valerie Jonckheer-Sheehy graduated from the Veterinary College of Ireland, University College Dublin in 2003. She worked as a veterinarian in mixed practice in Wales; the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE) and Eurogroup for Animals in Brussels; for a local horse racing track (flat racers) and a companion animal clinic in Mumbai, India. She was also an invited expert at several local animal shelters and a riding club in India. In 2006 she attained a Masters in Laboratory Animal Science (Ghent University, Belgium) her Masters thesis was on “The care and use of horses and ponies as research animals” with a focus on behaviour and welfare. During that time Valerie visited equine research centres in India, The Netherlands and the UK. In 2010 Valerie attained a Certificate in Animal Welfare Science, Ethics and Law (Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons, UK). After her time in India, Valerie spent almost 4 years at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Utrecht University in the Netherlands where she worked as a behaviour veterinarian, behaviour/welfare researcher and lecturer. Valerie now owns and runs Animalytics Veterinary Behavioural Medicine and Animal Welfare Consultancy in the Netherlands. Under the flagship of Animalytics Valerie sees all of her cat and dog behaviour cases at V.S.C. de Wagenrenk a specialist veterinary referral clinic in the Netherlands. Horse behaviour and animal welfare consultations/expert opinions are by private appointment only. Valerie also conducts scientific research and is a well known lecturer on both the national and international circuit.


Full registration Euro 345.00 + 21% VAT
Student registration Euro 185 + 21% VAT (Undergraduate only)
1-day registration Euro 150 + 21% VAT

For the Martin Gaus Hondenscholen and students of the Martin Gaus Academie there is a 10% discount! Note: Only on full registrations

Registration includes all lectures and materials, icebreaker, coffee breaks & snacks, lunch, and certificate of attendance.

The handling fee of Euro 10 will be added to the invoice upon check out.

Please note: There are no free press registrations available for this seminar, sorry.

Please note: For multiple registrations from the same institutions, please register ONE person at a time.
Do not put multiple names in the same registration. Thank you!

To register please click HERE

Note: As soon as we have the required number of participants for the seminar we will email a go-ahead.
We advice to wait for the go-ahead before booking your travels, hotel and other bookings, in case we have to cancel the seminar due to low participant numbers.
After the go-ahead we will send more information and the invoice.

This seminar will be held in English.


It will be possible to buy DVDs and books during this seminar.


Landal Landgoed ’t Loo
Looweg 47
8095 PS ’t Loo (gem. Oldebroek)
The Netherlands

Travel and Accommodation Information:

Participants should book their travels and hotel independently from the seminar.
Information can also be found by following the links below:

General information
Amsterdam Schiphol Airport
Train travel

Accommodation option at seminar location:

Landal Landgoed ’t Loo
Looweg 47
8095 PS ’t Loo (gem. Oldebroek)
The Netherlands

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Refunds and Cancellations Policy:
Participants will receive a confirmation upon reception of the registration form. You are then officially registered. Cancellations received at least 3 month prior to the first day of the conference or workshop will be honoured and fees, if already paid, refunded, less a processing fee. Cancellations made after this date up to 2 months before the start will be refunded at 50%. Cancellations made less then 1 month before the seminar are not refunded. In fairness to all attendees, confirmed participants who do not attend their scheduled workshop or conference are liable for the entire fee unless other arrangements have been made with AnimalConcepts prior to the start of the event.
AnimalConcepts is a registered company under Dutch law, and by accepting the cancellation policy at registration you agree and are bound to these laws, regardless of your geographically area.
All payments have to be received prior to the start of the seminar, if this is not possible then only a cash payment on the day will allow access to the event.

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