Practical work includes observation, discussion, group and pair work, handling skills, training for good behaviour, planning for training and altering behaviour, and problem solving. The term “practical work” does not necessarily imply work with dogs, although we aim to have either observation, handling or training sessions with dogs during the course of each seminar. The first two areas of work will mainly involve observation and assessment of dogs, and as the course progresses there will be opportunity for behavioural training.
Handling is likely to include some of the following:
· Handling skills
· Practical uses of training
· Exercises for the dog’s brain; nose work, mental stimulation
· Use of games and fun tasks
· Effective intervention and splitting up
· Socialisation walks
· Practical stress reduction skills
· Dealing with undesirable influences in a social environment
· Applied behavioural training
· Building relationships
APPLIED PRACTICAL TRAINING: Case studies
This course is unique in its approach to the practical work it covers. Students are invited to have the opportunity to bring their dog in order to go through a behavioural / training process based on their needs and those of their dog. This work is shared by the course tutor and students alike, working in groups to give the best possible care and practical help. Led and guided by Sheila Harper, responsibility is gradually given over to each group, ensuring that students have every opportunity to complete real, valuable work in the best interests of everyone concerned. Observation, assessment, planning programmes of behaviour and training and working through issues as well as offering support are all essential parts of the course. This gives each student an opportunity to be on the receiving and supportive ends, ensuring practical experience, and providing a variety of modification techniques to be understood at first hand.