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    This course is offered as an accredited course in England and accreditation is currently available in Austria and Netherlands / Germany. From time to time similar non-accredited courses are also offered in other countries delivered by Sheila Harper.

    International Locations: Courses proposed for 2015-2016

    UK, near Cannock Chase, Staffs
    Tel: +44 (0)1543 878989
    Start date:  November 2017 PLACES AVAILABLE

    (start date brought forward from January 2018)

    Austria, near Vienna
    Host: Susi Lehr
    Address: Schirrmanngasse 1-3/20, 1220 Vienna, Austria
    Tel: +43 (0) 650 73 13 588.

    Hosts: Katrin Bargheer & Rosee Riggs
    Tel: +4344 - 412 248
    Start date: TBA


    The Netherlands, Amstelveen, Holland
    Hosts: Jana Kalenda, Dogs & People
    Tel: 06-22085477
    Start date: 5th October 2017



    In England, all sessions are based in Staffordshire.  A full list of venues for each block will be provided well in advance.

    Venues are on the doorstep of the forest of Cannock Chase, providing endless walking, and interesting physical and mental exercise for dogs, and information about which venue we are using will be supplied well in advance. Some practical sessions take place on Cannock Chase, which provides a range of beautiful spots to visit, and a variety of woodland and heath land. There is also an abundance of deer and although dogs are allowed off lead in many areas they should be kept under control at all times, particularly during the fawning and rutting times of May / June and October / November. Distant gunshot can occasionally be heard at the Colwich and Little Haywood Village Hall, but is rarely noticeable.

    Students may like to bring their own lunch, and there are local pubs providing meals, other snacks are available locally and supermarkets are within a relatively short drive. Light refreshments are available at each venue, and breaks are frequent.  Further information on facilities available will be provided prior to each block.


    For those who are bringing partners expecting to explore the area, Staffordshire contains a huge variety of attractions to suit all tastes, including Alton Towers, numerous castles, museums, and gardens and varied walking.


    Also within a few minutes’ walk and drive is Shugborough Hall and Estate, which until his death in 2005 was the home of royal photographer Patrick Lichfield. The Staffs & Worcester canal meets the Trent and Mersey in Great Haywood providing some beautiful walks.


    Overseas venues vary according to the choices available to the host. Students are invited to contact the host in their chosen country to find out further information. 


    UK Accommodation


    Students will need to arrange their own accommodation, a suggested list of which will be provided upon acceptance onto the course. Several local guesthouses allow dogs. Previous students have made recommendations about some of the accommodation available, and several have shared self-catering accommodation in order to keep costs down.


    German Accomodation


    Students will need to arrange their own accommodation, a suggested list of which will be provided upon acceptance onto the course. Several local guesthouses allow dogs.