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25-27 September


This year the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe is hosting its first ever online summit! Join us for three days of learning and connection with keynote speakers, interactive workshops and activities focused on social connection, fun and wellbeing.



Friday 25 September
Day 1

Healthy dogs,

happy dogs

Day one focuses on physical health and wellbeing. Exploring topics such as physiology, nutrition, pain and holistic approaches towards optimal health.

Saturday 26 September
Day 2

Human animal connection

Dogs and humans have been inextricably linked throughout history. On day two we explore behaviour, training and our relationship with this amazing species.

Sunday 27 September
Day 3

Building healthy livelihoods

How can we work together to build better lives for dogs? On day three we examine business skills, online marketing, community building and working with clients.

The PDTE Online Summit is a 'choose your own adventure' experience. We have an engaging schedule with multiple topic streams running over three days. You will be able to choose the sessions and workshops that best suit you and spark your interest. Some speakers and sessions will be recorded and available to watch afterward however smaller interactive workshops won't be to ensure comfortable spaces for participation.

Get your ticket early to ensure you have access to the most popular workshops before they fill up!



The PDTE Online Summit is so much more than a three-day broadcast. Your ticket includes access to an online platform that you can use before, during and after the summit. On this platform you can receive updates, book directly into workshops as they are scheduled, watch recordings and connect with other summit attendees.

PDTE Members and Friend ticket

$70 USD

+ tax (location dependent)

Discounted ticket for PDTE Members and registered Friends ONLY (details will be checked)

General public summit ticket

$110 USD

+ tax (location dependent)

All-access ticket to the online summit for non-PDTE members

Please note that scholarship applications are now closed due to the high volume of applications received.





We have an engaging list of speakers who will be sharing their ideas and expertise during the summit.

  • Marc Bekoff, Ph.D (USA)

    Marc Bekoff is professor emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He has published 31 books, won many awards for his research on animal behaviour, animal emotions, compassionate conservation, and animal protection, has worked closely with Jane Goodall, and is a former Guggenheim Fellow. Marc's latest books are Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do and Unleashing Your Dog: A Field Guide to Giving Your Canine Companion the Best Life Possible (with Jessica Pierce) and he also publishes regularly for Psychology Today

  • Dr. Risë VanFleet (USA)

    Risë VanFleet, PhD, RPT-S, CDBC is a licensed psychologist, registered play therapist-supervisor, and certified dog behavior consultant from Boiling Springs, Pennsylvania USA. She is the author of several award-winning books as well as dozens of chapters, articles, and online courses. She works with children and families with mental health or relationship challenges, and also with dogs, specialising in dogs who exhibit extreme fear. With Tracie Faa-Thompson of the UK, she has co-created the field of Animal Assisted Play Therapy® which represents the integration of several fields and uses a goodness-of-fit model to ensure choices and enjoyment of any animals involved. She credits Turid with inspiring her to observe and learn the body language of a variety of species, including dogs, horses, goats, and Alaskan brown bears!

  • Winkie Spiers (UK)

    Based in London, Winkie Spiers has been working with dogs and their humans for decades and is a sought after speaker and behaviour consultant, as well as being the author of How to Handle Living with your Dog. She attributes much of her knowledge to her late terrier Dennis as well as her lurchers Pete and Maisie and podenco mix Artie. She is the Chair and an Honorary Member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe and devotes much of her time to mentoring and supporting other trainers. She is passionate about helping young people step into the industry and championing methods based on kindness and empathy.

  • Dr. Conor Brady (Ireland)

    Having graduated with a degree in zoology in 2002, Conor obtained a doctorate from University College Dublin, studying the effects of nutrition on the behaviour and gut morphology of mammals. While in Australia he encountered the raw movement in earnest and soon after, the Natural Dog Seminar was born and Conor took it on the road. In 2011, he returned home to form Ireland's first raw dog food company in 2012. Following some success on the TV show Dragons Den in 2013 he moved the company on two years later. Since then, Conor has been back to full-time research on all things canine nutrition and health. His speaking engagements now take him world wide. His forthcoming book, Raw Science is to be the first independent, scientific appraisal of the dry versus raw debate. You can check out his content at

  • Sindhoor Pangal (India)

    Sindhoor is a canine behaviour consultant, canine myotherapist and an engineer by qualification. She quit her corporate life to pursue a career with dogs after her dog Nishi met with an accident and needed special physical and emotional care. Her passion is ethological studies of free ranging dogs in India and her studies have been published in the IAABC journal and PPG blog in the US, were presented at the PDTE Annual Conference in the UK and have been mentioned in the book Canine Confidential by Marc Bekoff. She is the principal and director of BHARCS, which offers a one of its kind, UK accredited level 4 diploma on canine behaviour and ethology and attracts students from all over the country and the world. While she wears many hats, being mommy to two amazing dogs - Nishi and Cheeru - is her favourite role. 

  • Franklin D. McMillan, DVM (USA)

    Frank has been the director of well-being studies at Best Friends Animal Society since 2007.  Prior to this he was in private practice for 23 years as well as clinical professor of medicine at the Western University of Health Sciences College of Veterinary Medicine. His research concerns animal quality of life and the mental health and emotional well-being of animals who have endured hardship, adversity, and psychological trauma. Frank lectures worldwide and has published dozens of scientific journal articles and is the author of the textbook Mental Health and Well-Being in Animals, (2nd edition just released) and a book for the general public titled Unlocking the Animal Mind. 

  • Aurélien and Cristina Budzinski (France)

    Cristina and Aurélien Budzinski are behaviourists who are passionate about understanding canine well-being, particularly from a scientific perspective. They have been carrying out field studies for several years, observing dogs while measuring their pulse rates. Emotions are a big part of how dogs cope with life and the aim of their studies is to observe behaviour and offer another way of seeing how dogs feel. They have presented their work in several countries (Norway, Italy, Austria, Belgium, France and Taïwan) and they are continuing with more field studies and observations in different contexts. Their aim is to understand dogs, keep learning from them and respect their true nature and individuality.

  • Dr. Amber Batson (UK)

    Amber Batson graduated from the Royal Veterinary College, London in 1999 and started specific additional animal behaviour qualifications soon afterwards. Amber believes strongly that education based on up to date science, presented in a practical user-friendly manner, is the best way to help prevent and to resolve behaviour issues in our pets. We are delighted to have Amber joining us at the summit and sharing her insights.

  • Karen Webb (UK)

    Karen has lived with, trained and studied dogs for many years. She is passionate about animal welfare and has completed a number of courses relating to canine behaviour. Her biggest teachers have been and continue to be her own dogs. She has a love of Airedales and shares her life with Roobarb, Crumble and Holly Bobs, as well as two donkeys named Shadow and Princess Pushy. Karen is a qualified Practitioner of Applied Zoopharmacognosy and has worked with many species, including dogs, horses, donkeys, cats, baboons, lemurs and Capuchin monkeys. She also teaches workshops on this topic. She is on the Board of the PDTE and speaks regularly at events in the UK and internationally. 

  • Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE (UK)
    Founder - the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace 

    Dr. Jane Goodall DBE is an ethologist and environmentalist, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and a United Nations Messenger of Peace. In July 1960, at the age of 26, she travelled to Gombe in western Tanzania to begin what has become a 60 year research programme into the lives of the wild chimpanzees living there. Today there are 23 Jane Goodall Institutes working to support the core programmes including ongoing research, TACARE – our community centred conservation programme and two sanctuaries for orphan chimpanzees. Roots & Shoots is JGI’s environmental and humanitarian programme empowering young people of all ages to become involved in hands-on projects for their community, animals and the environment in more than 65 countries. Dr. Goodall will share her stories of hope and the fact that all our actions make a difference and it is up to each one of us to consider the kind of difference we make.



The summit will have a range of workshops on key topics hosted by specialists from the PDTE community. These smaller sessions must be booked in advance to ensure your place.

  • Natasha Bystrova (Latvia)

    Applied Animal Behaviorist, Dog and Human Trainer

  • Birgitta Geerlings-Wensveen (Sweden)

    Natural dog trainer, founder of Friends4ever and snuffle garden project in the Netherlands and Belgium. Love dogs!

  • Leticia Sanchez Moral (Spain)

    Canine myotherapist and educator dedicated to helping dog and people relationships thrive

  • Marina Gates Fleming (Belgium)

    Canine consultant obsessed with making the world a better place for dogs and their humans

  • Laura Dobb (UK)

    Founder of Dog Sense @Lalahumandogcoach and passionate about spreading the word about SLOWING down with dogs

  • Sindhoor Pangal (India)

    Principal and director of BHARCS

  • Winkie Spiers (UK)

    Behaviour consultant based in London dedicated to supporting great relationships between dogs and humans

  • Harriet Alexander (Australia)

    Educator, Founder of All Dogs Are Good and mad about sighthounds

  • Jenny Golsby (Australia)

    Offering motivated and passionate owners an alternative understanding and respect for the dog


  • Steph Rousseau (Ireland)

    Author of ‘Office Dogs: The Manual’, founder of Happy Office Dogs, and passionate about improving canine welfare

  • Lisbeth Borg de Waard (Norway)

    Founder and principal of Nordic Education Centre for Dog Trainers, International Dog Trainer School


  • Sarina Kriechbaum-Young (Austria)

    Passionate teacher and learner who believes that change is necessary

  • Caroline Lewis (UK)

    Behaviourist and Teacher, Owner of Help at Hand For Dogs and passionate about deaf and rescue dogs


  • Astrid Verkuyl (Netherlands)

    Dog behaviorist at dog school Hondenschool Feedback, educator at the education 'Well-being together with the dog'


  • Cristina Budzinsk (France)

    Nature lover, dog behaviorist, citizen science researcher, mantrailing instructor and applied herbal choice practitioner

  • Ena Kobentar (Slovenia)

    Dog trainer, animal welfare volunteer and part of the Smiling Leash team, dedicated to helping dogs through education and inspiration

  • Lyubov Elupova (Bulgaria)

    Young dog trainer currently based in Sofia, Bulgaria. Smiling Leash team member.

  • Karen Webb (UK)

    Dog behaviourist and Practitioner of Applied Zoopharmacognosy at Let Your Animal Lead. Passionate about all dogs especially Airedales.

  • Pauline Lanting (Netherlands)

    Behaviourist at dog school Hondenschool Feedback and educator at the education 'Well-being together with the dog'

  • Pennie Clayton (UK)

    Equine and canine obsessed (especially greyhounds and thoroughbreds) and I love teaching!

  • Simone Mueller (Germany)

    Teacher, dog trainer and author

Image by Jf Brou


The Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) was founded in 1998 by Norwegian dog expert Turid Rugaas, who has been at the forefront of canine communication for many years. The PDTE is a global network of dog lovers and professionals committed to promoting progressive and ethical approaches towards dogs and their humans. The PDTE's vision is a world in which dogs are understood, respected and treated with kindness and empathy.

The PDTE Online Summit is hosted by All Dogs Are Good
All Dogs Are Good works with experts from around the world to put ideas into action, delivering learning opportunities, products and resources to create happier, healthier dogs.
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