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Things new puppy owners want to know - and are sometimes too embarrassed to ask.

  • Wednesday, September 13, 2017
  • 7:30 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • Friday, September 13, 2019
  • 8:40 PM (UTC+10:00)
  • Webinars, Puppy Education

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Presented by Josephine Atkins, Tricia Dunlop & Margaret Gray 



New puppy owners  find some of the things that their puppy does to be embarrassing, distressing, worrying or at least disconcerting! This is especially true of people who have never had a baby puppy before or had one many years ago.


In this hour long webinar, 3 experienced dog owner/trainers discuss the most common worries that people have about their pups and offer sensible & comforting advice on how to deal with these issues. They look at embarrassing things, yucky things, annoying & scary things, naughty things & just plain bad mannered things that puppies do. They will also talk about what socialization really means and how to socialize your puppy kindly and with courtesy & consideration.

Learning Objectives

  • To help new puppy owners (& people who are planning on getting one soon) understand why puppies do some of the things they do:
  • To offer some simple solutions to common but sometimes embarrassing behaviours such as house training, "humping", nipping, "stealing" and witching hour "Zoomies";
  • To guide you in grooming your puppy now and as your grown up dog, whether you have a long haired or short coated breed;
  • To bust a few myths about how you should handle unacceptable behaviours in your puppy;
  • To discuss with you what socialization really means for pups and how each pup needs respect as an individual with individual needs & preferences.

About The Presenters


Jo Atkins is a multi-faceted animal carer & trainer. She lives on a small family cattle & sheep farm with her husband, two children aged 9 & 7, four dogs, five horses and numerous other pets. She is passionate about harm-free dog and horse training, stress free dog grooming and stress free animal farming. 

Jo has been a dog groomer for 25 years, has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Management from the Delta Society, is a Certificate IV vet nurse and has a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Arts. She runs adult dog and puppy classes and does private consultations in rural Tasmania.


Tricia has always had dogs in her life.  It wasn’t until she had a fearful dog that she realised she did not really know what to do about it.  Her journey into the world of dogs and educating herself about the science of animal learning had begun and her passion now is educating others in the science of animal learning without needing to use harsh, aversive methods. 

Through her business, Dogspeak, she has been professionally educating owners and their dogs since 2005, running various classes and private consultations for more serious behavioural problems.  Some of the other work she is involved in to help educate, by liaising with local council, writing a regular column for the local paper, and presenting at various dog clubs and public forums. 

In 2005 she gained a Certificate 111 Dog Training & Behaviour from NDTF and moved on from there, achieving the LLA Certificate from Dr Susan Friedman’s Course. In 2016 she gained the KPA-CTP having completed the Karen Pryor Academy Certification for Animal Training & Behaviour.  2012 and 2013 she attended Chicken Camps with Terry Ryan as well as numerous seminars and workshops with people such as Bob Bailey, Dr Patricia McConnell, Dr Ian Dunbar, Susan Clothier & Kathy Sdao.  A highlight was attending the PPG Conference held in Florida USA in 2016 and meeting so many wonderful people, all passionate about Force Free Training.



Margaret has trained her own dogs and dogs of colleagues & friends for many years, having been unable to stomach the methods used to train dogs in days gone by. On retiring from full time employment she established Tails Up Dog Training as a hobby that has now become a full time business. She loves long European holidays but can't bear to leave her own dogs for too long. Margaret has a Certificate IV in Companion Animal Management through the Delta Society, a Diploma of Canine Behavior, Science & Technology from Canada's Companion Animal Sciences Institute, a B.A. & a Dip.Ed.




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