My experience in Dog Law with Trevor Cooper…

June was indeed a busy month for me. However, busy for me is a great thing because I feel in my element when I’m busy and productive, there was no doubt that I felt busy and productive when I was working for Trevor Cooper with DogLaw LTD. People have been asking me what I did while I was there, what was my role? My role was to be his Personal Assistant and Organiser for his seminars, making sure everything is prepared so both Trevor and the attendees were happy so all Trevor had to do was focus on his talk when he walked in.

How it started…

I was approached by Trevor Cooper a few months back, knowing I was looking for work and experience in the area, Trevor gave me a opportunity to work with him during the summer. Having attended 3 of his previous seminars before, actually being given the opportunity to work with him blew me away to put it mildly! I was given a huge list of seminars he was preparing, sponsored by Petlog for the next coming months including those in Herne Bay to Stoneleigh and Harrogate. These seminars were a range of talks for dog clubs and dog owners, to dog specialists in various industries in the dog world. I think the big problem people may have is to assume that these law seminars would be a boring, endless lecture on legislation, actually it’s quite the opposite.

Meeting Dog Law Specialist Trevor Cooper at Crufts 2013
Meeting Dog Law Specialist Trevor Cooper at Crufts 2013

I think what appeals to everyone who attends his seminars is just how well he transfers a somewhat dull and tedious subject into something that’s very entertaining and most importantly, informative to the everyday dog owner. You don’t need any previous knowledge of current legislation to attend these seminars which is quite remarkable because you do leave the room with your eyes opened to the current legislation and the obvious loopholes it has. No one offers a service quite like it, it seems to me that if you are in the animal industry, these seminars are just as vital as taking a First Aid for Animals course. If anything does happen, having the knowledge if an incident occurs is incredibly useful and highly valuable.

He also uses many examples of previous cases that relates to these legislations (many of whom Trevor was involved in) which makes it much easier to digest the knowledge and find out how they can apply to different situations. If anyone decides to work with dogs as a career, whether that means working as a independent dog groomer to a Animal Welfare Officer for the Council or RSPCA, these legislations apply.

They also include future proposals that will effect every dog owner such as compulsory microchipping that will come to effect in April 6th 2013 (see my microchipping blog here)

While working away at these seminars, I’m still taking down notes and picking up on a few pointers I might have missed out at the previous seminars. Lots of really interesting questions were raised and I learned a lot from them too.

I’ll do my best to separate my memory of the seminars, as it stands, when you move from one hotel to another it all seems to phase in. In all likelihood,  doing this blog will be just as good for my memory as it is to make sure the reader enjoys it!

Dog Law for Professionals: An Update

So, what happened?

Hard to know where to start, I travelled from hotel to hotel and often woke up in bed thinking for a split second where I was, at this rate I could review hotels as a second occupation! The year before Trevor made a list of seminars for professionals “Dog Law for Professionals” which I attended before I met Trevor personally. For people who have attended those seminars, Trevor wanted to set the update seminars a one-off for free, mainly because of the lack of funding a number of councils and organisations get in these recent times I’m sure you know. The proposals set in place are huge, especially for those working among these laws on a daily basis so going to these were exceptionally valuable in many ways (plus you get a cuppa tea and biscuits, what’s not to like??)

Either way, from my point of view there is no excuse for me not to know my dog legislations after this. Better get a notepad and pen ready…

Our locations include London, Bristol, Birmingham, Harrogate, Milton Keynes, Manchester and Herne Bay.

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One of the more memorable locations was Manchester where we probably had our biggest audience. As some of you may know, dog attacks are a controversial subject up north. The majority of dog related attacks happen in the North of England, including the recent tragic case of Jade Anderson in Greater Manchester on the 26th of March. Because of this, Trevor was interviewed by BBCs “Inside Out” which will report on these issues and the legislation that surrounds them. That should air some point this year (see featured picture).

After 2/3 weeks of almost non-stop travelling and seminars I’m glad to say every one of them was a success! We were very pleased at the turnout for these talks and look forward to doing some more hopefully in the future.

Meanwhile, Trevor is doing a new range of talks called “DogLaw: What every responsible dog owner needs to know.” for dog owners and clubs around the UK. These seminars are great fun and last for a couple of hours, provided with tea, coffee and biscuits. From my point of view, it’s worth the price alone for the networking opportunities you can get out of them.

For a PDF copy of the leaflet with all the information about the seminars to print out click here

Here is the list that are booked from their website;

  •  Saturday 6th July 2013 – 2.00pm – Church Crookham, Hants.
  • Thursday 11th July 2013 – 7.00pm – Redbourn, Nr. St Albans
  • Sunday 14th July 2013 – 2.00pm – Frampton Cotterell, Nr. Bristol
  • Saturday 20th July 2013 – 6.00pm – Halifax, Yorks.
  • Monday 22nd July 2013 – 7.00pm – Elham, Nr. Canterbury (for bookings please use the attached form but inform us of the preferred venue in writing after your name).
  • Wednesday 21st August 2013 – 7.00pm – Aylesford, Kent
  • Sunday 1st September 2013 – 2.00pm – Near Alfreton, Derbys.
  • Sunday 29th September 2013 – 10.30am – Ely, Cambs.
  • Monday 30th September 2013 – 7.00pm – Ashford, Kent
  • Saturday 5th October 2013 – 4.00pm – Stelling Minnis, Nr. Canterbury
  • Wednesday 9th October 2013 – 7.00pm – Hatfield, Herts.
  • Saturday 12th October 2013 – 6.00pm – Harrow Weald, N. London
  • Saturday 19th October 2013 – 7.00pm – Norwich
  • Saturday 26th October 2013 – 6.00pm – Wirral
  • Saturday 2nd November 2013 – 2.00pm – Great Barton, Nr. Bury St Edmunds

Interested in attending any of the venues above? Visit www.doglaw.co.uk/seminars-owners-clubs.php call 01227 469603 or email Nik at nik@doglaw.co.uk


3 thoughts on “My experience in Dog Law with Trevor Cooper…

  1. very interesting and certainly alot of hard work and dedication. Glad you enjoyed it Mark, and super experience for you to take onto whatever comes next for you 🙂

  2. Thanks for posting this, have you attended one before? This might be a stupid question given the duration of the seminar, but how in depth is the seminar? Only, I’ve attended things like this before (although non specifically focused on dog law, more seminars on other things with a section on dog law) and they have always pretty much been common sense; ie, pick up dog poo, leash by roads, in control, tag details ect. Does this go into much more depth? What sort of areas does it cover, working dogs, private property ect?

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