PACT Mini Conference 2020

Canine Behavioural Genetics


Date: Saturday 26 September 2020
Time: 9:30am to 4pm
Venue: Birmingham Dogs Home, Catherine-de-Barnes Lane, Catherine-de-Barnes, Solihull, B92 0DJ


Will be updated as situation develops



Aspects of behavioural genetics in dogs

  • Behaviour and genetics basics
  • DNA, phenotype and behaviour
  • Identifying genes that control behaviour
  • Drawing from behavioural genetics in humans and other animals
  • Canid behavioural genetics
  • Genes and the main behaviours of dogs
  • How are genetic aspects of behaviour studied in dogs?
  • Canine genomics
  • Implications for working dogs and pet dogs
  • Relevance and implications for training and behaviour

The above topics will be delivered in an easy to understand media-rich format

• CPD information coming soon •

Muriel Brasseur BSc (Hons), PhD, PACT-KSA (ABTC)

Muriel is a zoologist, animal behaviourist and accredited dog trainer with a PhD in Animal Behaviour and Genetics. The niece of police dog trainers and a vet’s daughter, she has a lifetime’s experience with animals and over twenty five years experience in canine and animal behaviour. She was the director of Oxfordshire Animal Behaviour and Training (formerly Oxfordshire Animal Behaviour Centre) which she founded and ran for over ten years. She is the founder and director of the Professional Association of Canine Trainers (PACT) and until recently taught companion animal behaviour courses at the University of Oxford, which she sadly had to give up to focus solely on running PACT.


Early Bird: £95 (until 26 December 2019)

Standard Rate: £105 (after 26 December 2020)

PACT Students* and Members: £90

* Please note, applies to students enrolled with PACT only

Fee includes:

  • Attendance
  • Delegate bag
  • Handout
  • Morning tea, afternoon tea, biscuits, fruit, lunch and cake
  • Certificate of attendance

Birmingham Dogs Home

Birmingham Centre

Birmingham Dogs Home
Catherine-de-Barnes Lane
B92 0DJ


  • The cancellation charge for all events (whether one, two or three days) before the cut-off date is £35.
  • Overseas bookings are strictly non-refundable.
  • There will be strictly no refunds from 60 days prior to any event.
  • Places can be transferred but please email us to to let us know
  • In the event of an event having to be rescheduled, the same Terms and Conditions will apply, and a new deadline for refunds 60 days prior to the rescheduled date will become effective upon acceptance of the new date. A refund will not be issued should a delegate be unable to attend a rescheduled event. However, a credit coupon will be issued for the purchase amount, to be redeemed for any other PACT event or product.
  • Refunds will not be issued if an event has to be rescheduled or cancelled due to a speaker visa or travel issues while travelling to the UK/venue. However, every attempt will be made to reschedule the event and places will be transferred to the rescheduled event. In cases where delegates cannot attend the rescheduled event, a credit coupon will be issued for the purchase amount, to be redeemed for any other PACT event or product. If an event has to be cancelled with no future rescheduled date, due to a speaker’s health, hospitalisation, death or other adverse event, e.g. natural disaster, incurring during travel to the UK and/or venue, refunds will not be issued, however, a credit coupon will be issued for the purchase amount, to be redeemed for any other PACT event or product.
  • If an event has to be rescheduled or cancelled, PACT will not be held responsible for financial loss incurred by delegates who purchased non-transferable and/or non-refundable travel and accommodation, or any other related expense. Because some of our speakers may travel from overseas, we strongly recommend delegates consider transferable/refundable travel and accommodation wherever possible.
  • PACT and any venue at which any seminar is held will not be held responsible for dogs being kept in vehicles in car parks, or harm incurred to any dog(s), as a result of being left unattended in vehicles at any of our events.