Our Roots programme will ground you in the fundamentals of the APETS philosophy. We focus on helping people to develop an understanding of their relationship with dogs and fuse this with a good grounding in the science and practice of being able to communicate and work ethically with them. We will explore topics as wide ranging as the story of domestication and how dogs perceive the world and how to teach them to live (safely and happily) in ours. In addition, we’ll bring in cutting edge research from the field of anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions) on the inner minds and lives of dogs.
The Shoots program will aim to focus you into more advanced training for dogs and people. Building onto the fundamentals of APETS philosophy taught in Roots programme. We Focus on Skills and techniques for assessing dog behaviour, Completing behavioural assessments (e.g. dog intake assessments in shelters, day care, foster – can be adapted to any setting), Training plans, factors the influence stress in our canine partners, triggers and trigger stacking, reactivity, body handling and changing the emotion of fear. We focus on teaching specific techniques for training behaviours (shaping, capturing and luring).
The Blooms program will further your understanding taught in the Roots and Shoots programs. The course will continue to teach you in understanding and modifying behaviour, including fear, aggression, Separation anxiety and socialisation.