Professional Courses, Consultancy & Seminars

Professional & Enthusiast Level Courses:

Dog training and positive reinforcement

Emotional Contagion & Empathy- A Neuroscience Approach (Dogs)

  • 20 Minute video including the abstract and discussion on emotional contagion
  • Dog dogs show empathy? What does this mean and how is it measured cognitively and neurologically
  • What concepts can dogs grasp when training them to copy your behaviour
  • All current research from a neuroscience and psychological perspective
  • Information on the neural mechanisms involved in brain networks when animals communicate
  • A philosophical discussion on the interpretation of the information presented in the data
  • A personalised certificate to show your attendance
  • All references provided for further reading and research
  • Gaining you (CPD) CEU’s (9) points towards your behaviour accreditation
  • After this course, you should be able to write with confidence on the subjects surrounding emotional contagion, empathy and how this relates to the brain activity and the socialisation of animals and understand how the brain is involved with empathy and emotional contagion.
  • Certificate & CEU’s
  • Find out more or Sign-up now
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Puppies & Beginners Instructor Course (10 weeks)

Puppy & Beginners Instructor Course is for instructors and people who want to run puppy classes. This course is modular, contains schedules, hand-outs, posters and resources that you can use in your practice. We have detailed habituation schedules, critical period sheets, training, potty, socialisation, ladder of aggression explanation, clicker introduction and we cover learning theory. Each module contains step by step instructions, trouble shoots, video explanations and guides to help you cover every eventuality.

  • Puppy Instructor: Resources For Your Clients- Articles, Posters, Schedules & Hand-Outs
  • Learning Theory- Understanding The Complexities Of Relationships
  • Training and Habituation Schedules
  • Why We Need To Be Quick About Puppy Socialisation.
  • Handling Techniques: The Science Behind Somatosensory Development & Psychobiological Substrates Of Bonding
  • Dog to dog and dog to human play training
  • Dog to dog and dog to human play training.
  • Play Sessions – Human & Dog
  • Getting Outside With Young Dogs & How To Help Them Make Good Decisions
  • Essential life training
  • Recall, Leave it and Down
  • Essential Behaviour Problem Prevention
  • Teaching your dog to come when he’s called, to leave something alone and showing how to not reinforce jumping up
  • Crate & Safe Place Training
  • Health and Diet (Resources)
  • Your Dog’s Health- Fleas, Ticks, Worms & Vaccinations (Guidelines)
  • Neutering- What Are The Options/Consequences?
  • Dog Law & Etiquette (Resources)
  • Crate, Potty, Clicker
  • Playing Games To Get Him Used To His Equipment
  • Games, Biting, Chewing & Behaviour Training
  • Handling, Socialisation & Habituation
  • Teaching A Dog To Like Being Left
  • Separation Anxiety Checklist & Schedules
  • Teaching Him To Be Left- The basics of Cognitive theory
  • Recall
  • Basic Foundations, Setting Him Up To Succeed & Appropriate Play
  • Handling Techniques & Opposition Reflex
  • Teaching The Emergency Stop
  • Body Language, Socialisation
  • Certificate & 25 CEU’s
  • Interested? Sign up for this course
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Recall Instructor Course

Recall is being able to call your dog to you and away from any object. If a dog is not reliable with this there are many behavioural, legal and health related implications. A good recall is the single most important thing anyone can train their dog. This course is for training instructors from any discipline who want to use positive reinforcement training (ONLY) to help their clients get the best recall. We provide advice, resources, videos, posters, behaviour tips, up to date research, practical tips, troubleshoots, how to manage client parameters, learning theory & reinforcement protocols. Please keep your certificate to gain CPD points towards your professional certification. (access to this course is for life).

  • Learning & Behaviour
  • Recommended Equipment & Treats
  • Emergency stop, Stop in motion
  • Impulse control
  • What behaviours signal stress and how this affects his learning
  • Dog-Dog interaction video step by step explanation in context
  • Reinforcement schedules- The Science Behind Reliability
  • Clicker Training
  • Practical Handling Techniques
  • Prevention Of Behaviour Problems
  • Premack Principle
  • Prey Drive In Recall
  • Proofing your training
  • Whistle Training
  • Thorndike’s Law
  • Summary & Certificate
  • 9 CEU points
  • Interested? Sign up for this course
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Heelwork (how to stop a dog pulling on the lead)
 
Does your dog pull? Have you tried everything to try and stop him? Are you beginning to think there isn’t a solution? The best way to get any dog to walk with you is to make it fun (works for humans too). For those with a puppy, for instance, part of this course is called Leads and collars are fun. This shows you how to introduce leads and collars to your puppy before training begins. Most importantly, remember that this training will take time. Heelwork training should be increased gradually, so your dog associates going for walks with having fun.
  • Clicker introduction and using to mark behaviour
  • What the science says
  • How to make it interesting
  • Learning theory & reinforcement
  • Tips & techniques
  • Equipment
  • Interested? Sign up for this course

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Introduction to the Neuroscience of Behaviour- Degree Or Other

This (89 minutes) online seminar assumes that you will have an understanding of nerve impulse transmission, basic DNA knowledge and some idea of functional anatomy. Here we look at some of the current evidence relating to neuroscience and behaviour.  We look at evidence relating to behaviour functions for behaviour analysts to consider during observation. This is useful when using ABA techniques to look at functions of behaviour.

  • Introduction to the central nervous system & its anatomy
  • Chemical messengers/Neuromodulation, neurotransmitters, endocrine system and cranial nerves
  • DNA replication and its implication in behaviour modification particularly learning and plasticity (mechanisms of plasticity not covered or HRE relating to protein synthesis)
  • Brain anatomy relating to function, fear, emotion & function
  • Stress reduction techniques, why we use love and play and not suppression
  • Current research into mammal brains and behaviour
  • Interested? Sign up for this course
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Neuroscience of Behaviour- Beginner

This is a 1 hours seminar and discussion on the evidence and research relating to neuroscience, epigenetics and behaviour. It covers some of the basic concepts in neuroscience, current research findings, applications for modification techniques. This is useful for behaviour analysts who want to look at some of the distant antecedents, motivating operations and functions of the behaviour. We cover current research behind some of the important aspects of neuroscience, genetics, epigenetics and physiology.

  • Introduction to the central nervous system
  • Chemical messengers/Neuromodulation
  • DNA replication, its role in learning
  • Brain anatomy relating to function, fear, emotion
  • Stress reduction techniques, why we use love and play instead of suppression of function
  • Current research into mammal brains and behaviour
  • Interested? Sign up for this course

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7 Day Puppy Survival Guide

Just bought a puppy? This course bridges the gap between getting him and taking him to classes. Step-by-step guide to toilet, crate, chew training & basic life skills. This sets your dog up with everything he needs to start him on the right tracks. The first 7 days are the hardest.

  • Downloadable interactive training schedules (schedules are part of Essential Training Resource Guide)
  • Short video each day which can be viewed anywhere
  • Essential life training basic commands
  • Crate training
  • Potty Training
  • Safety
  • Socialisation
  • Habituation
  • Games
  • How to read his body language
  • Equipment recommendations and demonstrations
  • Clicker (what is it and what does it do)
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Exclusive free food give away (and registration with a puppy health club for every participant-UK only)
  • Exclusive Free Kong Toy starter bundle for one lucky winner
  • Getting him used to noises, surfaces, people etc
  • Step-by-step video socialisation guide when meeting other dogs to help you read his body language
  • Access is for life
  • What is appropriate play
  • How to read stress in your dog
  • If everyone did this course we would not have so many dogs end up in rescue. these early critical stages are absolutely crucial for the development of a well rounded dog
  • Find out more or Sign-up now

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7 Day Recall Survival Guide

Does he come back when called? Do you just call his name and expect him to return? Is he starting to get a bit deaf on walks? If you cannot call your dog away from other dogs you should not have him off the lead. This course covers the basics of recall. The first 7 days, setting the foundations and putting the process in place.

  • Downloadable training schedules (part of the Essential Training Resource Guide)
  • Getting him in and out of the car
  • How to travel with him to avoid barking in the car
  • How to get him out of he car
  • Equipment to use
  • How to handle the equipment
  • Setting him up with the right foundations for a recall process
  • Proofing and getting him to engage with you
  • Changing direction on walks
  • Teaching “too far”
  • Teaching the emergency stop from scratch (facing owner) on a recall
  • Being exciting
  • Being unpredictable (to change the psychology of he situation so he wants to know where you are)
  • Step by step body language explained (video interaction) with another dog) and things to watch out for when he interacts
  • Find out more or Sign-up now

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7 Day Separation Anxiety Survival Guide

This is a short 7 day course designed to help you set your puppy up to be left. We start with activities for him to do whilst you are there and build them up. Separation anxiety is often a complex thing to diagnose so we believe that prevention is better than cure. If your dog is displaying panic, stressful or destructive behaviour already you will need to see a vet and a behaviourist. Please go to www.iaabc.org or www.abtcouncil.org.uk to find someone suitable in your area. We do offer behaviour consultations, please go to: Behaviour Consultations, to find out more.

  • Downloadable interactive training schedules (schedules are part of Essential Training Resource Guide)
  • Short video each day which can be viewed anywhere
  • Essential life training basic commands
  • Crate training
  • Potty Training
  • Safety
  • Socialisation
  • Habituation
  • Games
  • How to read his body language
  • Equipment recommendations and demonstrations
  • Clicker (what is it and what does it do)
  • Exclusive discounts
  • Exclusive free food give away (and registration with a puppy health club for every participant-UK only)
  • Exclusive Free Kong Toy starter bundle for one lucky winner
  • Getting him used to noises, surfaces, people etc
  • Step-by-step video socialisation guide when meeting other dogs to help you read his body language
  • Access is for life
  • What is appropriate play
  • How to read stress in your dog
  • If everyone did this course we would not have so many dogs end up in rescue. these early critical stages are absolutely crucial for the development of a well rounded dog
  • Find out more or Sign-up now

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7 Day Retrieve Survival Guide

Does he drop the ball too soon, does he run off with it, is he scared of it even? We show you how to teach a nice retrieve in just 7 days. This will set you up with the foundations for gun dog work or just having fun stimulating fun with your dog.

  • Treats and recommended equipment for you
  • Downloadable training schedules (part of the Essential Training Resource Guide)
  • Introduction to clicker and how to start the shaping process
  • How to progress the exercise in different environments
  • Introduction to a scent item
  • Using the whistle
  • Introduction to hand signals
  • Progression of back, left and right hand signals
  • Retrieve with recall over obstacles
  • Proofing the trainingIntroduction of blind retrieves
  • Find out more or Sign-up now

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Essential Dog Professionals Resource Guide

Are you a Vet, Rescue, Training or Behaviour Establishment, School, Pet Shop or Groomer?

Our Essential Training Resource Guide is an invaluable resource for pet businesses. We are happy to announce that we include (in this pack) for free, the IAABC series of posters designed by the Lili Chin. We have designed the following posters, handouts, schedules and resources so that you can display them in your organisation and give out to your clients.

  • Socialisation Poster
  • Critical Periods
  • Ladder Of Aggression
  • When Does He Need To Go Out?
  • Potty Training Schedule
  • Training Schedule
  • Dog Owners Fun Training Schedule
  • Habituation Schedule (PDF ONLY- the most extensive list you will find)
  • Separation Anxiety Checklist & Schedule
  • Muzzle Awareness Posters
  • What Would You Like Your Dog To Do Instead?
  • Say NO To Onlead Greetings
  • Is Your Dog Scared- Dog Park Etiquette Series English/French
  • What To Do If Your Dog Is Scared
  • Is Your Dog Being Pushy?
  • How To Deal With Your Dog When He Is Being Pushy
  •  Sign-up now
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Behaviour Consultations

  • Using applied ABA, functional & motivational assessments to implement behaviour changed based on FAID. We use SSR (single study research) to collect data and track progress. We work with clients to set target behaviour outcomes, using questionnaires and other recording methods. We have developed protocols to help guide people through the process of behaviour change.

We help identify, understand, prevent and treat:

  • Panic Disorder (PD)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorer (GAD)
  • Impulse Control Disorder (ICD)
  • Aggression related to impulse control
  • Fear related aggression
  • Resource aggression
  • Dog-Dog aggression
  • Territorial aggression
  • Separation anxiety
  • OCD
  • Redirected or Frustration Aggression
  • Attention Seeking behaviour
  • Using medication
  • Equipment to use
  • How to deal with household changes that affect the animal
  • Assessing pain or stress dogs & cats
  • Basic behaviour protocols for puppy or new dog
  • Introducing a new household member (dog, cat, other animal & baby)
  • Teaching appropriate play for household members dogs & cats
  • Toys & activities for dogs and cats
  • To get in touch and book your consult please go to: Behaviour Consultancy