Welcome

At the heart of our work is an holistic approach aimed at building skills and maintaining a balanced canine-human partnership, through a comprehensive understanding of dogs’ behaviour, psychology and communication.


Our broad programme of short or longer in-depth courses, applied workshops and holidays cater for pet-owners and professionals alike. In addition we offer hands-on, tailor-made behavioural and practical sessions for anyone wishing to become more skilled at handling or working with their dog on a one-to-one or small group basis.


Each dog deserves to be understood. Sharing two-way communication through awareness and appropriate response to canine body language, along with understanding canine behaviour and psychology, will help dog and owner build a deeper relationship based on mutual trust and respect.


However much we may love our dogs, from time to time problems can arise. This may be due to a wide variety of reasons ranging from health issues to traumatic past experiences. Some dogs may develop issues related to “aggression”, socialisation or separation, or may be struggling in their environment with fear, insecurity, stress or hyperactivity. Whatever the case, we offer practical guidance and support for the specific needs of each individual, dog and owner alike.

Courses for 2015

****New for 2015****  

Choices and Boundaries  Staffordshire. 21st-22nd February 2015

This theoretical course is designed to give you the skills to allow your dog to make measured choices where appropriate and to put in fair boundaries where required.  A must for any dog owner and suitable for everyone from pet owner to professional.

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****New for 2015****

 Inter-Dog Conflict: Understading and Preventing Bullying Part 1  Staffordshire 14th-15th March 2015

This two part course (second part 2nd-3rd May 2015) is new for 2015.  

With negative dog stories never far from the news these day we look to redress the balance.  This course tackles the issue of bullies and bullying behaviour, we look at how this behaviour arises, what we can do to prevent it and how to help whether your dog is the bully or the one sought out to be bullied.

This seminar can be attended as a stand-alone course, or as the first of a two-part course.
The second part is practical, where concepts and handling techniques are put into practice.

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A Practical Approach to Problems on Lead     Rake, Hampshire/West Sussex border 18th-19th April 2015

Walking a dog on lead should be a pleasure, but all too often is thought of as a chore with dog and owner frequently having completely different agendas.

This course will help you develop the skills necessary to begin the process of empowering both dog and handler to move away from common problems on lead towards being able to develop comfortable alternative and appropriate courses of action. 

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****New for 2015****  

Inter-Dog Conflict: Understanding and Preventing Bullying Part 2      Staffordshire 2nd-3rd May 2015

This two part course (first part 14th-15th March 2015) is new for 2015.

Continuing from the issues raised on the first part of this course, we help you start the process of applying practical techniques to help your dog.

This is the second of a two-part course. Please note that those wishing to attend must have already completed either the first part of this course, or a theoretical seminar on lead aggression with the Sheila Harper team within the last three years.

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****New for 2015****

Doglaw: what every responsible dog owner needs to know

Solicitor Trevor Cooper delivers an informative and entertaining seminar on the legal issues facing dog owners today, from noise nuisance to liability if your dog harms a person or other animal and lots more besides.

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 Practical Taster Workshop for You and Your Dog    Staffordshire 27th-28th June 2015

If you have not been on a Sheila Harper Ltd course before or you wish to delevop skills that give you a different approach then this infomative and fun course is the one for you.  It consists of four themed taster sessions:

• An introduction to innovative lead handling
• A walk with individual support based on social skills
• Relaxed nosework activities
• Enjoyable problem solving activities

A great opportunity to learn and do things you may not have experienced before.

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Improving Social Skills Dog Centred Holiday    Staffordshire 28th July-1st August 2015

This fun and infomative course is back again for 2015!

Help your dog to gain more confidence around other dogs and people, and to become more relaxed in different environments.

Learn some of the tools that will help you to recognise when your dog needs help, how to support him and how to help him have good experiences.

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Dog Centred Holiday    Staffordshire 5th-9th August 2015

This fun and infomative course is back again for 2015!

Share activities that are closest to your dog’s nature in the relaxed atmosphere and beautiful natural environment of Cannock Chase.

Enjoy spending time with your dog and exploring his natural abilities - you'll be amazed!
 

 Please see the Special Offers link on the right for details of how to save money on our courses.