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
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.
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
Canine Zoopharmacognosy Course 8th-9th October
This two days course at Sheffield RSPCA demonstrates this fascinating therapy where dogs self-select minerals, oils and plants that they need.
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