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The 2022 Conservation Dog Conference

The Australasian Conservation Dog Network is organising our inaugural Conservation Dog Conference to be held on the 18-19 of August 2022, in Canberra.

The conference will bring together a diverse range of around 100 scientists, ecologists, government officials, land managers, industry dog handlers and trainers on an international scale to discuss key topics on the use of working dogs in conservation.

The 2022 Conservation Dog Conference theme is “Working Together: a scientific and practitioner-based exploration of working dogs within conservation.”

Working Together.

– An examination of the oldest working relationships; human and canine.

– Bringing together leading scientists, ecologists, dog handlers and trainers in discussions around the use of conservation dogs.

– The Conservation Dog Conference is expected to bring together approximately 100 delegates and attendees from across Australasia and around the world, for this event.

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Use this link to secure your spot at the 2022 Conservation Dog Conference:

Conference Running Sheet


*Conference Lineup Announcement*




Keynote Speakers

Dr. Megan Parker, Center for Large Landscape Conservation

Dr. Parker began pioneering training methods for conservation detection dogs in 1996 and has worked on projects across the globe to end wildlife trafficking, stop invasive species and protect wild populations and places.  We are thrilled to have Megan over to Australia to talk about her work with conservation dogs.


Megan and her dog Pepin (Credit: Dave Hamman)



Dr. Romane Cristescu, USC Detection Dogs for Conservation

Dr. Cristescu pioneered the use of conservation detection dogs to detect koalas through scat in Australia, and co-founded (with Dr Celine Frere) the Detection Dogs for Conservation initiative at USC.



Romane and her dog Maya (credit: Marie Colibri)




Our conference is proudly supported by Foundation Sponsors: Zoos Victoria and IFAW Australia. Both organisations have generously supported the ACDN since its inception in 2017. Conference sponsors include:




The ACDN Conference is doing its part to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions through Carbon Neutral’s Plant-a-Tree program.


Photograph Competition

Do you love taking photographs of your dog? Would you like to win an online ticket to the ACDN Conference happening next month?  What about a bespoke, handmade ‘Luther’ leather patrol lead for your dog?

If the answer is yes, then do we have the competition for you!


Australasian Conservation Dog Network Conference – Photo Competition is open to everyone who wishes to share their favourite photo of their dog working or in training.

Terms and Conditions

Competition dates: 23 July 2022 – 12 August 2022

Competition is available on the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter social media platforms.

Enter as many photographs as you like.

Add the following actions to ensure your post is eligible:

  1. Share an image of your dog either working or in training.
  2. Your image / post must be made visible to a public audience.
  3. Include the following link in your post
  4. Add the hashtag #ACDN22 in the post. Without this hashtag we won’t be able to find your entry.

Please note, if these post actions are not included in the post, the post will be deemed failing to comply with the terms and conditions and therefore deemed invalid for the competition.

Prize 1 – Handmade leather ‘Luther’ patrol lead (Valued at $100) – KS Leads and Leather are Australian made and owned. They make every product by hand with top quality Australian cowhide leather, the same leather used to make horse reins and harness (sometimes referred to as English leather). Strong and soft, their leather dog leads are made with bevelled edges for a silky, smooth and soft feel.

Prize 2 – Online ticket to the Australasian Conservation Dog Network Conference. (Valued at $300) – The online conference is available during the conference or on demand in the weeks following the event.

Entries will be viewed by a panel of ACDN Conference Team members, chaired by photographer Marcia Riederer.

The successful winner will be notified directly and announced on the Australasian Conservation Dog Network social media platforms on 13 August 2022.

Competition entrants confirm they are the owner and creator of the shared image, and agree to allow the Australasian Conservation Dog Network to share their nominated image on its various social media platforms and at the conference.

The winner will have until 31 August 2022 to claim their prize. Prizes are not redeemable in cash payments.

Please note, this competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with the social media platforms Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Don’t forget to add the hashtag #ACDN22 so we can see your entry.

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