Professional Education Courses

The Guild have a number of courses in regard to dog behaviour & dog training written by GoDT members who are specialist in their chosen discipline.

Throughout 2017, our education programme will increase at various levels and will include many new courses in Agility Training, scent work, dog psychology, canine behaviour and various levels of dog training.

Also included will be sheep herding and sheep awareness, Agility Instructor workshops, advanced dog training, clicker training workshops and many more.

The courses prefixed with a 1 (eg GC101) are easier to complete and generally made up of two elements (sections of work) in each course. Courses prefixed with a 2 (eg GC201) are a slightly more advanced level and may have 3 or more elements per course.  Where there is a ‘w’ at the end of the course name (eg GC207w) that indicates a workshop is included.

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The Guild of Dog Trainers Professional Education Courses

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    GC101- Starting a new career as a Dog Trainer


    Making the Leap

    There are many dog trainers who, whilst possessing excellent canine knowledge, skills and experience in dog training, lack the fundamental skills required to plan and run a successful business in dog training, and as such are unable to make the leap from a current job/profession into full time dog training – both in terms of confidence and in being able to build a reputation, client base, marketing etc.

    Tutor: Shanon Hochman

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    GC102 – Understanding the Human Psychological Element of Dog Training


    Both ends of the Lead

    Good dog trainers, it goes without saying, understand dogs. Great dog trainers, however, understand their owners too. As much as all professional dog trainers want to work with dogs we need to communicate effectively with their owners to carry out professional and high quality dog training and human coaching. Dog Training Instructors need to be facilitators rather than dictators, guiding clients to understand the best ways to motivate their dogs. On this course you will learn how to interpret what your clients really mean, modify your approach to helping them, tackle objections and work more closely with people to produce well trained dogs.

    The course will include; Setting goals for dog training, Barriers to dog and human learning, Building rapport, Active listening, Interpersonal communication skills and much more.

    Tutor: Helen Atton

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    GC103 – Educating and empowering the effective puppy owner


    Puppy Power

    Split into two elements, this course enables you to learn to recognise the psychology behind your owners behaviour and establish a solid means of educating them in canine behaviour and in particular puppy training. We will reflect on current puppy training methods and analyse why many puppies in today’s society require a higher level of management.

    Breeding, social ranking, environment, and owner perception will all be taken into consideration on this thought  provoking course designed to provide every canine professional with a further depth  of knowledge,  increased confidence and a solid means of teaching an owner effective puppy management techniques.

    Tutor: Jo Croft

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    GC104 – An introduction to Professional Dog Training Methods


    The Modern Dog Trainer

    Regardless of how you train a dog and regardless of what discipline you train them for, understanding the difference between classical and operant conditioning is absolutely vital.

    During this introduction to Dog Training course we will explore why we use rewards in training, the best way to use them and other motivational tools we have available to us.

    Upon completion of this distance learning course you will have the theory and the techniques needed to train a dog to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award level.

    Tutor: Lez Graham

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    GC105 – An introduction to Canine Behaviour Solutions for the Professional Dog Trainer


    Dog Trainer to Dog Behaviourist

    This course looks at Problem Behaviour in domestic dogs. Often, what constitutes as a problem behaviour is anything that a particular owner considers is a problem for them with their dog.

    Some dog owners may view certain behaviours as perfectly fine, whilst others may deem that unacceptable.

    Tutor: Pat White

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    GC202 – The effects of Human Emotion on the dog and its significance in anxiety related behaviours for the dog trainer


    Human Emotion & Anxiety and their role in dog training.

    This course contains three Elements which covers a detailed look at the parallels in human and canine psychology. How the canine individual is affected physiologically and what correlation this has with  canine anxiety related behaviours witnessed in some dogs.

    You will learn to recognise stress triggers, manifestation of anxiety and understand the fight, flight or freeze response on a chemical level.

    Students will be provided with all the background knowledge required to identify the early presence of canine anxiety, when it is appropriate to offer support and when interaction is futile. You will understand how to ensure a solid approach is applied to the positive treatment of such cases.

    Tutor: Jo Croft

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    GC204 – Advanced Canine Training for the Modern Dog Trainer


    Progressive Dog Training

    Shaping, marking and chaining are just three of the terms you’ll hear dog trainers and dog behaviourists use, but what are they and more importantly how and when do you apply them?

    Buzz words and technical terms feature in this thought provoking distance learning course as well as practical application of how to deal with the most common and basic dog behaviour problems that crop up in the dog training class situation.

    Upon completion of this distance learning course you will have the theory and the techniques needed to train a dog to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Gold Award level and beyond.

    Tutor: Lez Graham

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    GC205 – A detailed understanding of up-to-date dog law and legislation


    UK Dog Law

    Dog law can be and is very confusing at times, there are Acts of Parliament relating to dogs, Acts of parliament relating to animals generally, and statutory orders and regulations in place concerning dogs and animals alike.

    This course looks specifically at dog related matters; laws, legislation statutory orders and regulations, some of which are covered by the criminal law, and other parts coming under Civil law.

    There are many people and professionals who can and do become involved with dogs, for example the dog owner, dog trainers, dog behaviourists, dog councillors, dog therapists, veterinary staff, vets, dog groomers, dog walkers, dog sitters, kennel owners, kennel staff, and the dog security industry to name a few, not forgetting the Police and local authorities, RSPCA, and rescue centres, dog charities, and specially trained dogs to help with the disabled.

    Tutor: Colin Spender

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    GC206w – Looking at dogs from the inside out – understanding canine anatomy and physiology for dog trainers


    The Physical Dog

    A truly fascinating one day workshop which ‘peels away’ the layers of your dog and teaches you about the mechanics of man’s best friend is preceded by a home-study element which introduces you to the various anatomical systems which really help you to understand not only the dog you see, but the bit under the skin that you don’t.

    Canine movement (both generally and breed type specific), gait, posture analysis and the various organ systems are all covered; not only from an anatomical and physiological perspective, but also from a behaviour and training viewpoint.

    Tutor: Lez Graham

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    GC207w – Equipment and Dog training & The Canine Athlete


    Canine Anatomy Double Bill

    The equipment that we use when training our dogs is rapidly becoming a multi-million pound industry and it’s getting more and more difficult to work out which piece of equipment to use and when.

    During the morning of this fabulous workshop you’ll learn how to analyse the various pieces of equipment in order to choose the best one for the dog you are currently working with and why.

    The afternoon is spent analysing and reviewing the various dog sports that have become popular in the last decade, from flyball and working trials to gundog training and competition obedience.

    All of these activities have an impact on our dog and during an enlightening afternoon we’ll work through what we can do to help our canine athlete’s stay fit, healthy and injury free.

    Tutor: Lez Graham

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    GC208w – An Introduction to Gundog Training


    The Gundog; Pet or Working 

    Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced handler, it’s always a good idea to go back to basics; basic heel work, basic whistle work and basic retrieving.

    And that’s exactly what this course is about, putting in place and reinforcing, the foundation training for your gundog.

    Following on from a day on the training field, you’ll analyse the exercises trained and the techniques used as well as devising a plan for consolidating and advancing the training.

    Tutor: Lez Graham