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There are a number of individuals and organisations offering pet related educational courses for owners and pets / animals.

Pet Related Courses 2009


January

 


February

How To Have A Calmer Dog
Friday 27 February 2009
at
All Saints Church Hall Complex
Chapel Green, Church Road,
Crowborough, East Sussex TN6 1ED
Sheila Harper

Following on from her one-day course in Crowborough last year on how to reduce stress in dogs, Sheila Harper presents a brand new seminar. This time she will consider some of the more practical aspects of reducing hyperactivity and having a calmer dog.

Every aspect of the time spent with a dog can make a difference to the overall balance and well-being of the individual. You cannot tell a dog to calm down or teach him by training, but by working towards reducing stress levels and improving the bond between you a state of calmness and confidence can be achieved..

Learn more about how dogs communicate, implementing our philosophy in your interaction with dogs. Learn an innovative, gentle and positive approach to understanding and working with dogs.

Join us to find out more about
• handling techniques to promote calmness
• lead work to avoid pulling and consequently health issues
• calming strategies
• quiet yet stimulating games and activities to build self-confidence
• how enrichment can provide a dog with coping strategies
• why choice can make a real difference
• how to form a true partnership promoting trust and self-esteem
Have the opportunity to discuss the pros and cons of various types of equipment and their effects on the dog’s well being and ability to communicate with other dogs.
The day will also include some practical demonstrations on enriched environments, nose work games, lead work and calming handling techniques and body work.

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Living with a Dog with a Past
28 February & 1 March 2009
at
Rake Village Hall, Brewells Lane, Rake, Nr. Liss GU33 7JA
Sheila Harper
£99.00 (No handler places)

Living with a dog with a troubled past or even an unknown past can be both challenging and rewarding, depending upon our expectations and demands. It is vital to consider how much we are prepared to take the time to understand him as an individual and to recognise his specific needs.Introducing a new dog into the home can be a sensitive time for the dog and for other family members whether they have two legs or four.

Despite even the most careful planning, expectations may not match reality. As well as helping you to understand your dog and his past, Sheila will give you some pointers to consider, particularly in relation to stress management for all and possible strategies to make the transition as smooth as possible.

This course will also endeavour to cover:
• Needs including exercise and nutrition
• Enrichment
• Building relationships
• How to build a balanced life for your dog
• When to start training and what form it should take
• How to deal with common behaviour problems
• What these dogs can bring us

You will be taken on a journey looking at a range of issues from behaviour to health, from needs to fulfilment, culminating in the examination of what having a dog with a past is all about. Included are practical suggestions to ensure that the dog becomes a happy member of the family.

Whether pet owner or professional involved with re-homing, this course provides a fascinating insight into why dogs behave as they do and how common mistakes can be avoided.

Sheila has shared her life with a number of “difficult” dogs during the last 20+ years. She has learned a huge amount from each one through trials and tribulations to joy and delight - this knowledge she can now pass on to you.


March


April

Lead Aggression &
Canine Communication
18th and 19th April 2009
At
Milland Valley Memorial Hall, Iping Road, Milland, GU30 7NA
Turid Rugaas
£125.00 (No handler places)

Presented by Turid Rugaas, one of the worlds leading experts on dog behaviour who has made a huge impact throughout the world with her insight into canine communication and understanding of dog behaviour. Essential knowledge for anyone who has anything to do with dogs either on a professional basis, such as vets, behaviourists, dog trainers and those working in rescue kennels, or for pet owners.

The body language of dogs is often misunderstood and misinterpreted and our interaction can lead to conflict or even confrontation. By nature dogs are conflict solvers, and correct handling is extremely effective with dogs showing defensive behaviours, normally labelled by most of us as aggressive. Simply by using the correct body language we can help reduce a build-up of stress, consequently helping fearful, excitable and hyperactive dogs. Learn what you dog is thinking, learn how to communication with him and make a start on solving your problems!Many dogs for example, are quite happy off lead but often their behaviour seems to deteriorate once they are on lead as they often lunge, bark and can be difficult to calm down.. Why do they behave in a manner that society perceives as unacceptable and what can we do to help them to change their behaviour?Turid will deal with these questions during these two days and the following topics will also be discussed in more detail:
• How to recognise body language and signals
• When working on lead, how does the handler influence situations?
• How does the way in which the dog is handled influence on-lead behaviour?

Turid now spends most of her time spreading her message worldwide. She is president of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe, an organisation devoted to teaching through kindness and respect.

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May


June

The Kingdom of Scent
Exploring the World through your Dog’s Senses
5th, 6th and 7th June 2009
Rake Village Hall, Brewells Lane, Rake, Nr. Liss, GU33 7JA
Anne-Lill Kvam
£180.00 (Handler places £15.00 supplement)

Scent work is one of the most enjoyable ways for all dogs to spend their time and encouraging them to engage their natural instincts allows us to see our best friends in a new light. Only through observing the capabilities of the dog at work can we begin to have any understanding of just how well adapted they are for survival and social co-operation. Did you know that your dog’s sense of smell is so finely tuned that he can detect two grains of sand in a beach 500 metres long by 50 metres wide by 50 centimetres deep? How incredible is that!

So, what is “scent discrimination”? Quite simply, it is the ability to discriminate between smells or to pick one scent among others.. A drugs dog can recognise the smell of a certain drug amongst the scents of food, sweat, leather, oil, tobacco, practically anything, in fact. Do you have a food allergy? You can teach your dog to detect, for example, traces of gluten, soya or peanuts in your food. Or in these days of the “credit crunch“, how about you and your dog teaming up to search for truffles - could be a nice little earner!!

Whether you are a professional or a pet dog owner wanting to share fun activities with your dog, why not join us for a stimulating and unforgettable three days? All ages and abilities will be catered for and don’t worry if you think your dog doesn’t know that he’s got a nose - there will be help at hand!

Anne-Lill runs her own dog training school in Norway, situated on a wooded farm. She is in high demand throughout Europe and Japan as a stimulating speaker and her new book, “Kingdom of Scent” is one of our best sellers. Not only has Anne Lill trained dogs in search and rescue, but she also spent two and a half years in Angola training dogs to detect land mines. She has an unusual gift, a real passion for her work and a wonderful understanding of how dogs learn and how best to teach them. Anne-Lill understands their body language and takes into account how dogs feel. This in itself gives her a distinct advantage over other trainers, and means that she can achieve results with dogs that other professional would be hard-pressed to emulate.

 


July

An Invitation to Play!
4th and 5th July 2009
Christina Sondermann
Little Haywood Village Hall, Chilwell Avenue,
Little Haywood, Staffordshire, ST18 0QZ

You are invited to come and play with us this weekend! This course is based on Christina’s hugely successful book “Playtime for your dog”.

Playing with your dog not only enhances the bond between you, but also forms and important part in the development of his well-being by building self confidence, on top of which it’s fun!
This course will help you discover games and activities that both you and your dog can enjoy on an everyday basis with little financial outlay and no previous experience. Amongst other ideas, you will
• Be amazed at your dog’s sense of smell
• Surprise him with amusing chew games
• Master a living room agility course
• Turn your walks into exciting adventures

The ideas are easy to do, can be integrated into your normal life without much time needed for complex training. Everybody, two or four-legged, who enjoys joint activities can join in independent of height, fitness or knowledge. Suitable for all ages of dogs, from puppies to old age.

Christina Sondermann has worked with deas on how to provide for and fulfil dogs’ needs for many years now. She is involved with dog friendly, stress free training methods and creating a harmonious relationship between dogs and their owners with her internet project www.fun-with-dogs.com She organises seminars and workships for dog owners and trainers, and also works as an author for a dog magazine.

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How to be a Dog Detective
18th and 19th July 2009
At
Little Haywood Village Hall, Chilwell Avenue,
Little Haywood, Staffordshire, ST18 0QZ
Sally Askew BSc (Hons), C&G SAN, GEOTA Cert, MBTER

Aimed at all the budding Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watsons out there, no matter how much detective work you have already undertaken! Bring along your magnifying glass and deer stalker (you can leave your pipe at home!) to unearth the mysteries behind dog behaviour. Gather together the tools you need and find out how to collect the evidence to make a thorough investigation into canine behaviour and misbehaviour.

What happens when our dogs “commit crimes”? Is it intentional? Is it behaviour we can expect? Or could there be reasons behind it that mean that they might not be able to help acting in this way? When problems arise, we tend to search for the most obvious solutions and then become frustrated when we only get a limited response. Join Sally to find out why this is. Often we see short term improvements but then the pattern of behaviour begins to slip back. Sally aims to explore the reasons behind this.

Take bullying, for example. Did you know that this behaviour could arise from a mineral imbalance? Or that it could be learnt from inappropriate play? And how can we help a dog who is either a bully or who has been bullied? What about a dog that won’t perform in the ring? Could there be more to this than just being “stubborn”?

Let’s search for the clues and analyse the evidence together! It’s important to be thorough and to look at every possible angle in order to understand the underlying cause of any problems rather than looking at the symptoms.

This course will include the role of many of the following when making deductions: social contact; socialisation; health; nutrition; mineral balance; relationships; training; mental stimulation; breed; body work.

Sally has worked tirelessly over the past few years to improve the lives of dogs physically, emotionally and behaviourally. With interests in complementary therapies, health and behaviour she has a whole toolbox to draw on, along with a real empathy for dogs. Sally is a qualified teacher and trainer of people and dogs. She is a full member of the PDTE and the APDT, a qualified Bowen Technique practitioner for humans and dogs and a member of the Guild of Essential Oil Therapists for animals. She is a human nutritionist and is one of the few outside of the veterinary profession to have a qualification in small animal nutrition. Sally offers a truly holistic approach to living with dogs.


August

Meat and Two Veg? - A Guide to Canine Nutrition
1st and 2nd August 2009
Sally Askew BSc (Hons), C&G SAN, GEOTA Cert, MBTER
Little Haywood Village Hall, Chilwell Avenue,
Little Haywood, Staffordshire, ST18 0QZ

Many of us are now becoming aware that if we feed our dogs better food they are more likely to live a longer and healthier life. Unfortunately, there are so many conflicting opinions as to how to feed our dogs to best satisfy their needs and to keep them in optimum health it can be very confusing. We now know that the food we feed our pets can also affect their behaviour, yet many dogs are being put through unnecessary behavioural modification programmes when they really need dietary help. This workshop will guide you through some of the nutritional mazes and should provide one of your best investments towards your dog’s health and may even promote better behaviour!

This course is for anyone who wants to find out more - whether you are a pet owner, vet, trainer or behaviourist or work with rescue dogs. Topics are likely to include as many of the following as Sally can cover in the time
* Facts on diet and well-balanced diets
* Problems arising from feeding the wrong diet
* Comparisons between commercial, home prepared and raw food diets
* Factors to consider in choosing the right diet for your dog

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Canine Activity Holiday
6th - 10th August 2009 inclusive
At
The Lamp Room, Museum of Cannock Chase,
Valley Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire WS12 1TD
Sheila Harper

A fun learning holiday that you can share with or without your dog, surrounded by like-minded people, staying in local accommodation.

This could be entitled, “Training for Life” - stress-free activities including natural obstacle courses, walks, fun nose work, tracking, training your dog to help you, fun and games and much more! Activities may included a treasure hunt, or an organised dog walk on Cannock Chase.

Learn more about how dogs communicate, implementing our philosophy in your interaction with dogs. Learn an innovative, gentle and positive approach to understanding and working with dogs.

We have been running similar events since the mid-1990’s. They provide a unique opportunity to extend your knowledge, learn new techniques or to enjoy each other’s company at a slow, relaxed pace in an informal atmosphere. Make new friends or meet old ones, exchange ideas, network, relax and socialise. Our holiday will be held in English but we often have international flavour with previous visitors coming from as far afield as the USA and Israel. Whether you are a handler or spectator you are bound to have a great time!

The day usually runs from 10am to 5pm although we may leave one afternoon free to allow you to explore the local area. Demonstrations or short theory sessions are interspersed with practical sessions and coffee breaks.

For any partners not intending to join in with the holiday there is a whole host of things to do in the area. From historic buildings such as Lord Lichfield’s estate, Shugborough Hall, museums and gardens to theme parks, shopping, playing golf, or just relaxing, this area is brimming with ways of spending time. There is a variety of walking/biking / horse riding terrain, ranging from forest, hills and heath land to canal towpaths and more gentle landscape. We can provide a guide to the area beforehand upon request.

Various types of accommodation are available, ranging from dog-friendly camping to cottages or B&B. Further information will be sent with confirmation of your place.

Venue: The Museum of Cannock Chase is situated right next to Cannock Chase, an ideal area for dog walking, and which is beautiful at any time of year

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Canine Activity Holiday
Exploring your dog’s natural abilities
13th - 17th August 2009 inclusive
At
The Lamp Room, Museum of Cannock Chase,
Valley Road, Hednesford, Staffordshire WS12 1TD
Sheila Harper

Calling all dogs!!

Bring along your humans and show them what you can do! This Activity Holiday is designed to explore your natural instincts and abilities with all sorts of challenges, puzzles and problem solving activities in an informal, relaxed and thoroughly enjoyable setting.

As every self-respecting dog knows, your sense of smell is truly amazing - but does your owner appreciate this? All kinds of nose work from tracking, searching and scent discrimination help to occupy and stimulate you as nature intended. In a true partnership between dog and human engaged in nose work where each trusts the other, an intense collaboration emerges providing a balanced team striving to achieve a united goal.
All your other senses will be challenged too, so if nose work is not your forte, don’t worry there will be plenty of other things that you can excel at and amaze your human! For those of you who are lacking in self confidence this holiday will really boost your self esteem and prove to you what a great dog you are!
You may even have the chance to increase your social network (you never know, your human may even make friends too!)
So, use your best powers of persuasion and get your human to book early for what we know will be a fun time. We look forward to seeing you all!

This part is for the humans:
We have been running similar events since the mid-1990’s. They provide a unique opportunity to extend your knowledge, learn new techniques or to enjoy each other’s company at a slow, relaxed pace in an informal atmosphere. Make new friends or meet old ones, exchange ideas, network, relax and socialise. Our holiday will be held in English but we often have international flavour with previous visitors coming from as far afield as the USA and Israel. Whether you are a handler or spectator you are bound to have a great time!

The day usually runs from 10am to 5pm although we may leave one afternoon free to allow you to explore the local area. Demonstrations or short theory sessions are interspersed with practical sessions and coffee breaks.

For any partners not intending to join in with the holiday there is a whole host of things to do in the area. From historic buildings such as Lord Lichfield’s estate, Shugborough Hall, museums and gardens to theme parks, shopping, playing golf, or just relaxing, this area is brimming with ways of spending time. There is a variety of walking/biking / horse riding terrain, ranging from forest, hills and heath land to canal towpaths and more gentle landscape. We can provide a guide to the area beforehand upon request.

Various types of accommodation are available, ranging from dog-friendly camping to cottages or B&B. Further information will be sent with confirmation of your place.

Venue: The Museum of Cannock Chase is situated right next to Cannock Chase, an ideal area for dog walking, and which is beautiful at any time of year


September

Building Relationships
5th and 6th September 2009
At
Rake Village Hall, Brewells Lane, Rake, Nr. Liss, GU33 7JA
Gerd Koehler
£99.00 (Handlers £15.00 supplement)

The dogs in our lives can be friends, partners, helpers and teachers but as in all relationships misunderstandings and stress can arise. Although we have a lot in common with dogs, both species perceive the world around us in different ways.

To build a deep and stable relationship with our dogs, we need to understand how the dog experiences the world in which we live and try to understand his communication both with us and with his own species.

The theoretical and practical themes during this weekend will cover, amongst others:
• How dogs experience the world
• Suggestions as to how to work towards having a balanced, stable relationship
• What kind of activities can help to build trust between dogs and humans?
• How to educate and train dogs without destroying trust and friendship?
• How to build trust with rescue or re-homed dogs
• How to help dogs suffering from insecurity and fear after having previous bad experiences with people or other dogs
• How to build confidence in order to improve the chances of rehabilitation
As humans we have a choice but our dogs do not have this luxury. It is our responsibility to make sure we do everything we can to understand their world.

Gerd Koehler - Gerd Koehler has been involved with human communication for many years. His cats and dogs have taught him to read even subtle body signals enabling him to understand human body language more clearly. Gerd lives in Germany working in animal shelters and dog clubs where he trains people to communicate with dogs. He also works as an animal photographer where his love of all creatures is very much apparent. Gerd has completed the IDTS in Germany with Sheila Harper and is a member of the PDTE. He uses dog friendly and stress free training methods.


October

Help! I Can’t Cope!
An Introduction to Stress in Dogs
2 October 2009
At
Little Haywood Village Hall, Chilwell Avenue,
Little Haywood, Staffordshire, ST16 0QZ
Sheila Harper

A one day course designed to increase awareness of the issues surrounding stress in dogs. It is important to appreciate both the physical and mental affects of stress in dogs and to understand the contributory factors. From dogs that have difficulty competing, to those that become sound sensitive or reactive with other dogs, it is important to examine the issues that result in this behaviour and to offer strategies to help them live a more balanced life.

Do you have a dog who is a “Jekyll and Hyde” character - can behave beautifully in some situations and be a nightmare in others; hyper-active, pacing up and down and however much exercise and play you give him he never seems to tire out and is rarely able to settle; is always on the go - demanding and determined to get your attention? Or, do you have a dog that has shut down and retreated from the world; has high energy one minute and then flops the next; has little or no tolerance, no energy and doesn’t like being touched; is also sight and sound sensitive, barking at or reacting to anything and everything?

Other pointers to possible stress issues are:
• Dogs that bite the leash, jump up or bite trouser legs or feet
• Dogs with skin allergies, digestive problems or other illnesses that never seem to clear up, or those that are always at the vets
• Dogs that chase shadows, flies or dig at light patches, or those that are constantly licking their feet or chasing their tail.

Often just a few minor changes can made a huge impact to the dog’s ability to cope and also can build up our relationship with dogs. Sheila offers a real insight into the reasons behind such extreme behaviour ranges including a number of useful tried and tested practical strategies for making life easier for you and your dog. Unique techniques that have proven to be extremely effective have been developed over the years.

This course is theoretical although case studies will be used along with video footage and some discussion or group work. Included will be practical techniques for reducing conflict, strategies for management and problem solving, stress reduction and handling techniques. We will help you maximise your dog’s learning potential.

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Canine Aggression
3rd and 4th October, 2009
At
Little Haywood Village Hall, Chilwell Avenue,
Little Haywood, Staffordshire, ST18 0QZ
Sheila Harper

As behaviour advisors and trainers we have been working with defensive dogs for years on a regular basis with a huge amount of success. With an ever-increasing number of methods constantly presenting themselves we have a reputation for approaching this subject from a different aspect each time, using gentle methods to encourage appropriate behaviour.
Our approach works for real dogs in the real world. We take care to understand the needs of each dog and provide an appropriate programme according to those needs..

We begin with putting the dog in a position to learn, building trust whilst reducing the likelihood of reactivity. Working outside the dog’s critical distance from the feared object - be it human or unfamiliar dog - allows the dog to build confidence in his abilities to cope without suppressing the fear and offering choices improves his coping strategies.

Some information presented will reflect that included in previous seminars of this nature but we aim to include a number of case studies in addition. Whenever dealing with behaviour problems of any kind, we always assume an holistic approach within the limits of our skills and knowledge. An adage by which we live is “First, do no harm.”

The following is implicit in our work:
• Understanding the dog, its needs and aggression from the dog’s point of view
• Sympathetic consideration of the emotional state and feelings of the dog
• First-aid for decreasing aggression
• Techniques to prevent escalation of unwanted behaviours
• Teaching alternative behaviours and allowing the dog to make appropriate choices
• Developing observational skills
• Handling skills to avoid conflict and to manage difficult situations
• Coping mechanisms and levels at which the dog can cope for optimum learning
• Stress reduction programmes
Focus will be on the theoretical during this course although slides and video footage will feature prominently in the material presented and will provide a basis for analysis.

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Rescue and Rehoming
10th and 11th October 2009
At
Rake Village Hall, Brewells Lane, Rake, Nr Liss, GU33 7JA
Sandra Lockwood
£99.00 (No handler places)

This course is for anyone interested in the challenges and joys of rescue dogs. Find out how to make the transition between homes as easy as possible and about the importance of environment and contact, whether it be in the kennel or home. Each rescue dog has specific needs and it is essential that staff and new owners do their utmost to fulfil these needs and consequently to improve life quality both for the dog and the owner.

This course is suitable for pet owners considering or already owning a rescue dog, as well as for professionals working in a rescue environment and wishing to find examples of good practice or even to network.

Course content is likely to include:
• Admissions into kennels, priorities
• Home to home and foster homes
• Housing for life quality - environmental enrichment
• Choices: cleanliness or quality time for dogs
• Stress management and recovery time
• Good practice and its unexpected rewards
• Re-homing - benefits and pitfalls
• First impressions - are they important, for whom and why
• Progressing at the dog’s pace
• The role of volunteers
• Thought provoking case studies on the initial assessment of dogs

Sandra Lockwood - Sandra runs the pioneering Millstream Animal Shelter in Manchester. She is committed to providing the best possible experience for the animals in her care and works tirelessly to educate people on how to successfully rehabilitate animals and help them become happy family members. Sandra completed the IDTS with Sheila in 2000 - 2002, taking her newly gained knowledge on stress reduction and environmental enrichment back to the animal shelter. Subsequently making sweeping changes throughout Millstream, she has created an environment that provides the best possible psychological and physical care that is unrivalled even by the best-known and most highly-funded rescue kennels world-wide. Her work also involves educating the public on how to keep a happier, healthier dog. She guides prospective owners to choose the right dog for their circumstances, provides follow up support for both them and their dog, and also sets up foster homes for puppies and older dogs.

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Solving Behaviour Problems
16th , 17th and 18th October 2009
Sheila Harper
Little Haywood Village Hall, Chilwell Avenue,
Little Haywood, Staffordshire, ST18 0QZ

A much requested course that offers the opportunity to consider how behaviour problems can be analysed and considerations that should be taken into account. It is intended that this course will provide a more practical aspect to solving problems and those attending will be guided towards working together in groups to discuss video footage and various case studies. Although genuine case histories may be provided by Sheila, it is also hoped that there will be two real life case studies presented for students to work through.

So, what really is a behaviour problem? Sheila will guide you through the reasons behind these challenges and the possible stress issues. Solving the problem means looking for the root cause and not just reacting to the symptoms, but it is important to understand the difference between the symptoms and the root cause. Once the whole process has been thoroughly explored then a programme can be set up to teach both dog and owner to work towards a better relationship and understanding.

Where appropriate, the following will be included:
• Information gathering
• Considering various lines of enquiry
• Observation and assessment of the dog, its emotional state and stress issues
• Examination of the relationship between dog and owner
• Analysis of information
• Considering the necessary skills required by the dog and the handler
• Strategies for helping clients
• Specifying the steps necessary to achieve the desire alteration in behaviour, analysing their likely effect, with a few thoughts on “quick fixes” and their long term effects.
• Teaching alternative behaviours
• Practical handling strategies


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