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    • We both loved the way Sheila Harper presented herself - not to 'tell' or 'advise' us on what to believe or not (like many trainers do in a sometimes intimidating manner) but to allow us to think...
    • It was superbly facilitated and directed with dog handling, case studies, and in-depth perspective being important.
    • Sheila is not into "Sit", "Down", "Stay". The concentration is on having a positive and gentle development with your dog - you are a team - so that you can both enjoy...
    • I have been to presentations before where your attention starts to wander and where you can’t wait for the course to end. I was completely focused on this course for the whole 2 days; there was...
    • “What a weekend that was! Will life with my dog ever be the same again? I hope not! I now have some tools for a new start with my first ever dog who, at 14 months, had lost his trust in me...
    • “I soon realised that my inexperience really didn’t matter, as what we had come to learn about was new to everyone. We all had a similar motivation for doing the course. To do the best...
    • “A wonderfully stimulating and well organised weekend. It exceeded my expectations both in content and presentation.”
    • “I admire Sheila’s passion, calm positive energy and tireless motivation for teaching and sharing her profound, pioneering and unique philosophy and knowledge of dogs and owners.”
    • “I learned a great deal and ‘Bod’ was so relaxed and stress free due to your fantastic organisation. I do so appreciate how much hard work and thought goes into the preparation of...
    • “At that time, I still believed in Pack Leadership, dominance, control and obedience. Sheila opened my eyes and mind to the possibility that there was a different way to work with my three...
    • “I wanted to say a big thank you for the hard work and time put into the courses and for the patience and understanding of where I am at and what I have still to learn. It could be quite...
    • “We haven't been able to stop thinking about what we learnt and we're hungry for more. We bought half a dozen books to keep us going!”

    Course Tutors

    Sheila Harper BEd, BA leads the IPACS course. She has a large amount of handling and behavioural experience as well as theoretical knowledge and has worked with dogs in a professional capacity since the late 1980s.

    Sheila has lived with a number of rescue dogs where management and rehabilitation have been essential, and she has a great deal of hands-on experience of problem solving both individually and within a group. Before working as a full time professional behaviour counsellor, dog trainer and lecturer, Sheila taught in a middle school for over 20 years, bringing many skills to her work with dogs.

    An international speaker lecturing extensively in a variety of countries, Sheila reaches audiences throughout Europe, the USA and New Zealand. In addition to international speaking a large part of her work involves counselling and teaching students and dog owners on a supportive, on-going basis. This ensures that she keeps her feet on the ground in the “real world”.
    Sheila is supported by a team of highly qualified professionals and volunteers with interests in complementary therapies, most notably Bowen Therapy and Bach Flower remedies. All team members regularly update their knowledge of advanced pet behaviour therapy and related fields along with new training methods, thus ensuring they can offer the best possible guidance and teaching.

    Brief history of membership of canine-related organisations: In the late 1990's Sheila was invited to become an associate of Turid Rugaas. Sheila was a founder member of the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE), having been granted honorary membership in 2006. Her membership of various organisations has included the UK Registry of Canine Behaviourists, APDT, NADOI and the International Association of Animal Behaviour Consultants. Today Sheila tends to go her own way, believing that it is most important to support those who live and breathe in accordance with the highest level of ethics.
     

    Winny Boerman B.App.Sc takes an active role particularly in teaching practical work and guidance throughout the case studies. She is highly skilled and provides direction and support in all aspects of the IPACS. Formerly a research analyst in molecular biology, Winny is also qualified as a Veterinary Nurse. She has been involved for more than 20 years, working in rescue shelters and spending over 3 years as a shelter manager. Of Dutch origin, she attended the first IPACS course (formerly IDBTS) in the Netherlands, subsequently moving to the UK to help Sheila and is Internal Verifier for our OCN(WMR) programme.
    Winny has worked through many problems with rescue dogs. She has rehabilitated several dogs, her most challenging being a highly stressed crossbreed named Perry. Putting into practice the principles learned mostly through the IPACS in conjunction with her studies in animal welfare and nursing and her empathetic viewpoint, Winny has systematically applied theory to practical situations, and is completely committed to the ideals of living this philosophy.


    Since 2006 Winny has become a key part of the team, not only counselling clients who have dogs with behaviour problems but also teaching students about behaviour. Her particular interests are in handling, problem solving and working with natural abilities. Winny encourages dogs to regain their social skills through the mediums of scent work and quality socialisation in order to help them better fit into society.


    Sheila and Winny are currently involved in delivering a high quality, practical in-depth 'sister' course course to the IPACS in Austria, specifically for rescue shelter staff.