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.

Courses for 2015

***International Programme for Applied Canine Studies (IPACS) 2015-2016***

 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.  

Press link in the title or use the menu above or the purple button on the right for more details.

****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.


****New for 2015****

Doglaw: what every responsible dog owner needs to know

Staffordshire Evening Seminar : 9th May 2015 (6.30pm)

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.


****New for 2015****  

 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.


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.


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!


Lead Aggression      North York Moors National Park 24th-25th October 2015

If you have a dog that is reactive on lead or you work with dogs who are reactive then this is the course for you.


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