The BS of BSL

MONDAY, APRIL 10, 11:15AM-12:00PM
TRACK: ANIMAL LAW & ENFORCEMENT

SPEAKER: Barbara Walmer, Department Head of Behaviour, Calgary Humane Society

Breed Specific Legislation is a hot topic in many Canadian cities. With community safety as a top priority and the transfer of information largely non-factual, BSL is an issue clouded with uncertainty. Calgary Humane Society opposes BSL. We work actively in the community to educate the public about dog safety and to help set up realistic expectations around dog behaviour and debunk some of the myths associated with BSL. Through a 90-minute presentation, attendees will focus their learnings on three key areas.

Three Key Learnings:
1. What is the BS of BSL? Why are some communities adopting BSL? What do the stats tell us? And why is living in a community with these types of bans or restrictions creating a false sense of security?
2. What has Calgary Humane Society done to help educate the community to prevent BSL and increase safe dog interactions?
3. What can your organization do to align its message and help avoid BSL and even work to change the mindset of those who believe it is the only option?

SPEAKER BIO
Barbara Walmer has been with Calgary Humane Society since 2002, dedicating herself to the understanding and betterment of animal behaviour within the shelter and community. She and her team of Animal Behaviour counsellors help owners and their dogs overcome barriers through group classes and private consultations, as well as by guiding and developing shelter policies and philosophies on animal behaviour protocols. Barbara’s professional experience working with dogs dates back to when she was just 14 years old, working in a local veterinary clinic as a vet assistant, which included developing behaviour information resources for clients.

From there, Barbara began her professional dog training career competing in Canadian Kennel Club obedience trials and expanding her knowledge and understanding of the science behind how animals learn. Barbara is a proud life-long learner and has trained and certified many professional dog trainers in Calgary.

Some of her credentials and qualifications include:
Certified Pet Dog Trainer Knowledge & Skills Assessed (CPDT-KSA), First year offered
Tellington TTouch Practitioner Level 2
Karen Pryor Academy (KPA) Certified Training Partner (CTP)
TAGteach Level 1 First year offered
Certified Behaviour Consultant Canine – Knowledge Assessed. First year
Member of: Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), and Canadian Kennel Club (CKC)

Barbara also presents and speaks internationally on animal behaviour at animal welfare agencies and conferences, as well as professional dog training conferences. Barbara is often requested to speak on talk radio and television news in regards to BSL and will also be appearing in an upcoming documentary called BSL MTL.

Outside of work, Barbara enjoys training and competing with her own dogs and shares her home with four Golden Retrievers and a Papillion.