Knowledge is power when it comes to fostering a healthy, happy dog and literally thousands of households across NSW have welcomed a new fur-kid during the pandemic.
So with this in mind we have pulled together some of the nation’s most qualified vets and companion animal experts to help educate and entertain visitors on the Main Stage and to ensure you leave the event with all the information and inspiration you need to give your pooch it’s best life.
Much-loved TV vet Dr Katrina Warren, together with renowned animal trainer Kelly Gill and the amazing Wonderdogs will be returning with an illuminating talk on how to train your dog at home including some of the tricks made famous by the beautiful Wonderdogs.
In their second talk they will provide essential tips for raising a happy Covid puppy as whilst we all know how adorable pups can be and what wonderful (and sometimes challenging!) companions they make, it is important to raise them properly to ensure they are confident, social adult dogs. Dr Katrina & Kelly’s talk will provide you with a range of really important tips to help set your puppy up for life.
Lara Shannon from Channel Ten’s Pooches at Play TV program will also be presenting a couple of highly informative talks on the Main Stage on ‘what you really need to know about adopting a dog’ and ‘brain games to boost your dog’s mental health’.
For the very first time, some of the biggest ‘Fur Stars of Instagram’ will be strutting their stuff on the Main Stage where visitors can meet, cuddle and snap selfies with these high-maintenance hounds – full details on our Insta-Pooch line-up will be posted here very soon and on the dedicated InstaPooch page with the entertaining session MC’d by K9-tragic Brodie Young!
Leading animal behaviour expert Rose Horton will be presenting a hilarious, interactive and educational talk that is aptly titled: Are you smarter than a (Working) Dog? Lucky audience members will be selected to come up on stage to compare their skills to a working dog by competing on a variety of challenges such as catching popcorn in the mouth, treat detection under cups and some balance tests… If you want to volunteer we suggest you start training now to hone your human dog skills!
Renowned animal behaviourist, Dr Jo Righetti will round out the program on a high talking on how to solve the Top 10 Dog Behaviour Problems and unless you have a perfectly behaved hound, you cannot afford to miss this fantastic session!
Following is a quick overview of our presenters and the full timetable is posted below – just keep scrolling down (same timetable Saturday & Sunday)…
About Dr Katrina Warren, Kelly Gill & The Wonderdogs: Popular television vet, Dr Katrina Warren has teamed up with professional trainer, Kelly Gill and the Wonderdogs – a team of impeccably trained chocolate Border Collies and new kid on the block Alex the Papillon!
Meet the MC: Brodie Young is returning to the Sydney Dog Lovers Show in his role as MC of the Main Stage. Brodie has developed a reputation as a vibrant, energetic and enthusiastic MC by securing TV hosting and acting roles, spots as an on-ground sports host, television commercials and radio announcements all around Australia. Sadly, he does not barrack for the Bulldogs…
Rosalie (‘Rose’) Horton is a highly qualified and experienced animal advocate with a passion for canine and feline behaviour. She has worked in many areas of the animal industry; as a qualified animal scientist, zoo keeper, behaviourist, veterinary nurse, and animal trainer as well as in conservation of big cats in Africa. She teaches animal behaviour at TAFE NSW and hands on workshops in Feline Behaviour. Rose is a behavioural consultant for the animal industry and is the founder of ‘Animal Behaviour Experts’ which is an animal behaviour consultancy that provides behavioural advice and trains animals for film and television work. She is widely known in the animal industry and is a popular and sought after educator and has regular media appearances to spread the word about helping animals. She has been instrumental in changing many practises in shelter animal management and has been a driving force in lowering euthanasia rates in shelters and pounds.
Lara Shannon is passionate animal welfare advocate and been a regular on Australian and TV stations for the past two decades. She has worked across TV, Radio and Press as a Presenter, Producer and Writer, with a strong focus on conservation and animal welfare issues.
After completing a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour & Training with the National Dog Trainers’ Federation, Lara created and is the Executive Producer and Co-Host of Pooches at Play that airs nationally on the TEN Network and is Editor of PoochesatPlay.com.
Never far from her side is the cheeky ‘Dynamite Darcy’, her adorable ‘bitzer’ who was re-homed twice before finding his forever home with Lara… just in time to make his TV debut as her canine co-host at Pooches at Play. Lara also runs her own local dog training and minding business in Melbourne.
Dr Jo Righetti is a PhD animal behaviourist, helping people understand pets and the human-animal relationship. Jo loves pets and lives with many! Jo consults through vet clinics, also with local government, commercial companies, universities and non-for-profit organisations. Dr Jo was host of the popular Talking Lifestyle radio segment, Talking Pets, and loves to talk to pet owners through this and all social media channels. She is proud to be an Ambassador of the Animal Welfare League, Assistance Dogs Australia and Nestle Purina. Jo lives with a dog, 3 cats, 3 chickens, 3 sons and a husband!