We often meet people who are keen to instruct, learn more and who are studying an academic course in canine behaviour or training. What they often lack or have no availability to practice is the practical side of training......... No matter how much you study or read nothing compares to practical skills and learning through observation in my opinion. My aim is to do a 9 week course, the first week without dogs and then 8 weeks of a real class with real clients. Plus book reviews, dvd's and small assignments for during the week between classes. There will be discussion time before and after class and everyone will be encouraged to discuss methods and ideas. The classes will be small with the number of instructors matching the clients so lots of chances to practice. The methods used will be mine but as stated above discussion on why and other methods will be encouraged. My opinion is that having a socially under control dog when out in public is the main priority for pet dog owners and this is what I choose to teach. Email me for an application form via my Contact page.
I have been working with dogs for the last 12 years, originally by running a dog walking business which I eventually gave up last year. I have been studying dogs and their behaviour since the start and also partaking in workshops, seminars and courses. I have a level 5 university diploma in Canine Behaviour and Management from Harper Adams University. I attend several workshops, courses and seminars every year to keep my training up to date and ever evolving. I am a member of the KCAI and will be doing my final assessment later this year to become fully accredited. I run classes at 2 venues in Ashford for pet obedience and also run classes in scent work, Hoopers and Shaping. I run social group training on Saturdays for dogs with issues around other dogs. I like my classes to be fun and engaging with real emphasis on the bond between dog and owner.
What will you Gain?
So you may ask what is the point in me doing this ......... Well I want instructors of the future to be challenging the way we teach in todays society, learning new methods, questioning methods you already know, researching breeds and how that can influence the way you teach them. The main aim is to get some practical experience in what I hope you will find to be an open and relaxed atmosphere with humour and creativity. You will receive a Certificate of Achievement at the end of the course and at this point I must make it clear that this is not an accredited course but it will hopefully give you the confidence you need to further your career, interest or ability to train your own dogs to a higher standard. The curriculum is as follows: 9 weeks on Tuesdays from 5.30pm until 9pm - including the class and discussions. 2 Saturdays - to be agreed with everyone Research homework, book reading and dvd watching. The cost of this course in £300, a £100 deposit will be required to secure your place and a payment plan can be discussed if needed.