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.

Our education programme will continue to 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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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: David Drew

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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 – Intermediate Canine Training for the Modern Dog Trainer


    Progressive Dog Training

    Teaching life skills to the modern dog and learning to deal with challenges within the training class is some of what you will discover in this course. On completion of this distance learning  course you will emerge with a  general understanding of more advanced training exercises and guidance on running your training classes.

    Tutor: David Drew

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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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    GC209w – Stop Chasing and Stock Socialisation


    Stop Chasing and Stock Socialisation

    This course is ideal for Dog Trainers and experienced dog handlers who want to learn more about how to stop the chasing instinct and prey drive but do not have access to livestock. You will learn how to train a dog to behave appropriately around other animals using positive reinforcement training and will be using horses, sheep and chickens during the workshop.

    Tutor: Mike Bacon

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    GC304 – Advanced Canine Training for the Modern Dog Trainer


    Advanced Canine Training for the Modern Dog Trainer

    Tutor: David Drew