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    IPACS 1: International Programme for Applied Canine Studies 1 - Netherlands

    with Sheila Harper B ED, BA
    Date: In-depth 18 month Course. Starts October 2017
    Venue: Amstelveen, Holland
    Cost: * See Below (bottom of listing)

    Jana Kalenda

    Telephone: 06-22085477


    It has never been more important to find an independently accredited course to help you become a professional. The International Dog Behaviour and Training Programme, taught by Sheila Harper, is accredited by the Open College Network. Attendance- based, this part-time course fills the demand for an in- depth nationally recognised course, incorporating four certificates at Level 3: Communication and Handling, Training, Canine Behaviour and Instructing Dog Training Classes. Training, behaviour and communication should go hand in hand, as often the symptoms of problem behaviour, stress and the inability to learn are targeted for modification, ignoring the underlying causes. At the core of this in-depth educational programme is not the method, nor what the trainer or behaviourist “wants”, but the needs and individuality of each dog and owner.

    Course Content

    The course is divided into four units. A “unit” pulls together elements from various areas of study to form the basis for accreditation purposes.

    Unit titles: Credits at Level 3 and Level 4) OCN(WMR)

    Communication and Stress (9 credits)
    Canine Behaviour and Training (9 credits)
    Behavioural Training Practice (9 credits)
    Canine Handling Teaching Techniques (6 credits) Total: 33 credits

    To complete the whole course students need attend each area of study only once. Areas 1 and 2 are key and are compulsory for any unit to be successfully completed.

    The course has been carefully structured so that each topic builds upon the previous ones. It may prove difficult to follow if individual topic areas are omitted; however, as it is intended to repeat them in the future there may be an opportunity to attend that area at a later date for students missing a seminar due to unforeseen circumstances.

    This is the proposed outline of the course; however changes may be made at our discretion.


    1: Body Language & Communication (Study type: Theoretical bias)
    · Canine observation
    · Understanding the escalation towards signs of fear, defence & “aggression”
    · An introduction to ethology and instincts
    Main Tutor: Sheila Harper

    2: Life Balance (Study type: Theoretical bias)
    · The physiology of stress
    · Recognition and causes of health & behaviour issues
    · Influences on physical & mental health
    · Getting back into balance
    Main Tutor: Sheila Harper

    3: Practical Handling Skills (Study type: Practical bias)
    · General handling and awareness
    · Lead work
    · Handling for problem solving
    · Preventing aggression & defensive behaviours
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    4: Relationships & Natural Abilities (Study type: Practical bias)
    · The dog’s senses
    · The dog’s viewpoint. Life rewards
    · Confidence building, creativity and environmental enrichment
    · Nose work and mental stimulation
    · Building relationships
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    5: The Holistic Approach (Study type: Theoretical & Practical)
    · Assessing dogs
    · Movement, nutrition, health issues
    · Complementary health
    · Handling for administering therapies & general care
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    6: Learning Principles (Study type: mixed, practical with case studies)
    · Questioning the purpose of training
    · Critical evaluation of what is really being learnt
    · Practical applications of learning theory
    · Understanding rewards: their use and abuse
    · Implications of operant conditioning
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    7: Puppies and Adolescents (Study type: mixed, practical with case studies)
    · The role of the breeder
    · Social and behavioural development
    · Associated issues
    · The question of puppy testing
    · Introduction to the new home
    · Programmes for quality socialisation
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    8: Behaviour Problems (Study type: mixed, practical with case studies)
    · Causes, indications and consequences of behaviour problems
    · First steps towards solving problems
    · Canine skills for conflict solving
    · Behaviour modification and the holistic approach
    · Therapy and rehabilitation
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    9: Teaching and Life Skills (Study type: mixed, practical with case studies)
    · Teaching and people skills
    · Curriculum content
    · Planning and running classes, expectations and compromise
    · Needs of dog and owner
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    10: Behavioural Case Studies (Study type: mixed, practical with case studies)
    · Stopping techniques
    · Counselling skills and information gathering
    · Case histories and their systematic evaluation
    Tutors: Sheila Harper & Winny Boerman

    *Course fees (including lunches, excluding accommodation)

    The registration will be definite when the registration form and the admission payment of € 250 is received. When payment is made in full by one payment the costs of the course are € 5250,-- (€250 + € 5000,--) When payment is made in installment the costs of the course are € 5500,-- (€250 and four installments of € 1312,50).

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