Welcome to Sheila Harper Ltd


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 dog 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.

Canine Courses 201616 

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

Continued Professional Development can be gained by attending our courses.

We issue standard certificates of attendance which can then be applied to a variety of organisations’ CPD programmes dependant on their individual CPD requirements.

If you would like a Certificate of Attendance as proof of your CPD hours please do ask us to create one for you as soon as your place on a course has been purchased

International Programme for Applied Canine Studies (IPACS)

In-Depth Dog Behaviour course with the option for accreditation by OCN(WMR) – level 4

If you are looking for an in depth course in dog behaviour then look no further. Whether you currently work with dogs, want to work with dogs or just want to understand your own pet better this course is for you. Enrolling now for September 2016!

Attendance based, this part-time course consists of10 areas of study each comprising 4 days, total 40 days (approx.. 1 block every two months).

Although dog-related courses are widely available, behaviour is often dealt with theoretically or through correspondence courses, and few address the implementation of practical skills in any detail. Many continue to advocate out-dated methods. Huge advances have been made in animal behaviour and psychology in recent years, including the understanding of the link between body and mind, and physical and mental health. The whole approach of the IPACS is unlike any other: it is an up-to-date, applied educational programme.

Through attending the IPACS you should gain insight into how dogs communicate and an understanding of their behaviour. Whether you wish to have a better relationship with your dog, gain tools for overcoming problem behaviour, whether you are active in handling dogs on a day to day basis, or wish to work towards a more professional approach to teaching or behaviour counselling, this course will give you sound information to help you achieve your goals, along with an independent accreditation.

This is an outstanding and unique course which is widely recognised as giving students a sound basis in applied canine behaviour.



Canine Play - 12th-13th March 2016

Brand new for 2016.

Learn how the right play and mental stimulation will leave your dog satisfied and content.



An Introduction to Canine Body Language and Stress Reduction - 23rd March 2016

Do you understand what is happening in the picture above? Do you really understand the subtle body language your dog shows you? Do you know when to support your dog or when to let him handle the situation? This seminar will start to give you these building blocks.




An Introduction to Effective Lead Handling - 24th April 2016

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 workshop shows how an approach incorporating sensitivity and awareness can help you and your dog work together to achieve harmony on lead. Good handling can lead to dramatic changes in body and mind, reducing the likelihood of unwanted behaviour creeping in and minimising insecurity and reactivity.




Teaching Life Skills for Dogs of All Ages - 28th-29th May 2016

In this practical workshop Sheila will show us that a good, respectful relationship between dog and person means a better quality of life for both. We will see how it is possible to lead a dog step by step through the challenges of everyday life in a gentle, positive and effective way.

Your dog is never too old or too young to develop the social and life skills needed to thrive in our demanding world. This course will start to give you the skills to teach and help your dog to develop these much needed skills.


Lead Handling Workshop - 3rd-5th June 2016

Find out how much more there is to know about how handling can make a difference to your dog’s behaviour.

Handling is a really important part of everyday life with our dogs, and one that can easily lead to conflict situations, with both dog and owner feeling uncomfortable. Awareness and understanding of good handling will increase your dog’s trust in you, build confidence and reduce anxiety. This practical workshop is about two-way communication between you and your dog, and we will help you to recognise and act on it.


Dog Centred Holidays

Improving Social Skills - 19th-23rd July 2016 and Nosework Naturally! - 25th-29th July 2016

Our ever popular Dog Centred Holidays are back.  This year we have organised holidays in Staffordshire, around Cannock Chase which focus on Social Skills -full of stimulating yet relaxing activities that make sense to your dog and Nosework -your dog's window to the world.


To Find out more and book a place on any of our courses please use the 'IPACS' or 'Sheila Harper Courses' tab in the top navigation bar