Visit our online shop

Upcoming courses

    View all courses
    • We both loved the way Sheila Harper presented herself - not to 'tell' or 'advise' us on what to believe or not (like many trainers do in a sometimes intimidating manner) but to allow us to think...
    • It was superbly facilitated and directed with dog handling, case studies, and in-depth perspective being important.
    • Sheila is not into "Sit", "Down", "Stay". The concentration is on having a positive and gentle development with your dog - you are a team - so that you can both enjoy...
    • I have been to presentations before where your attention starts to wander and where you can’t wait for the course to end. I was completely focused on this course for the whole 2 days; there was...
    • “What a weekend that was! Will life with my dog ever be the same again? I hope not! I now have some tools for a new start with my first ever dog who, at 14 months, had lost his trust in me...
    • “I soon realised that my inexperience really didn’t matter, as what we had come to learn about was new to everyone. We all had a similar motivation for doing the course. To do the best...
    • “A wonderfully stimulating and well organised weekend. It exceeded my expectations both in content and presentation.”
    • “I admire Sheila’s passion, calm positive energy and tireless motivation for teaching and sharing her profound, pioneering and unique philosophy and knowledge of dogs and owners.”
    • “I learned a great deal and ‘Bod’ was so relaxed and stress free due to your fantastic organisation. I do so appreciate how much hard work and thought goes into the preparation of...
    • “At that time, I still believed in Pack Leadership, dominance, control and obedience. Sheila opened my eyes and mind to the possibility that there was a different way to work with my three...
    • “I wanted to say a big thank you for the hard work and time put into the courses and for the patience and understanding of where I am at and what I have still to learn. It could be quite...
    • “We haven't been able to stop thinking about what we learnt and we're hungry for more. We bought half a dozen books to keep us going!”

    International Programme for Applied Canine Studies

     

    Please contact us now for details of IPACS 2017

     

     

    The International Programme for Applied Canine Studies (formerly the IDBTS) aims to help provide students with a good understanding of dog behaviour, training and canine communication and to encourage an empathy for the dog. Handling and recognition of the dog’s needs are of paramount importance. Students will be encouraged to be creative and to develop critical analysis of research material including books, ideas and techniques.


    Practical work does not exclusively imply working with dogs, and includes planning and working through case studies is a part of the majority of areas of study. Students will be expected to participate in group and pair assignments with or without dogs, along with discussion and the occasional short presentation. However, there is no pressure on students to “perform” and tutors are particularly sensitive to both student and dog limitations.

    There is an extensive reading list and students are encouraged to read as widely as possible. Many of the suggested books will provide facts and theories that can be used and adapted during this course.

    The main aims of the programme are to get students to develop awareness, to think for themselves, to assess dogs, to question and analyse, to be logical and critical and to work on the premise that each dog, each situation and each scenario is different.

    "The IPACS (IDBTS) has helped me to understand my dog and accept her for who she is. I have far more empathy for all animals than I had previously. I now have a good idea of why many behaviour problems occur and how they can be helped. This course was not what I expected at all - it was much, much better! It really has changed my life and the way I see dogs."

    Sarah Cox, Warwickshire 2010