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APDT, UK Education

 

Please read these FAQs before filling out your application form: FAQs-2017.pdf

For enquiries about the Instructor's courses, please email apdteducation@gmail.com

Venue: Moulton College, Northampton


APDT, UK Pet Dog Traning Instructor's Courses 2017

Residential Courses

 

Foundation: If you have had little or no experience of dog training instructing

Part Two: If you have successfully completed the Foundation course

Advanced: For instructions with a least one year's experience of teaching classes

Foundation:

There will be two Foundation courses in 2017.

The first one: Thursday (evening) 6 April - Sunday 9 April, and Thursday (mid-day) 3 August - Sunday 6 August 2017

The second one: Thursday (evening) 13 July - Sunday 16 July and Thursday (mid-day) 31 August - Sunday 3 September 2017

Part Two:

Thursday (evening) 13 July - Sunday 16 July and Thursday (evening) 31 August - Sunday 3 September 2017

Advanced:

Thursday (evening) 6 April - Sunday 9 April, and Thursday (evening) 3 August - Sunday 6 August 2017

Cost (for both weekends): £1375 per student, including accommodation and meals Discount (£250) on the Foundation and Advanced courses for APDT, UK members and their Assistants. Part Two course is £1000 (no discount available)

Our instructor's courses consist of two residential long weekends (Thursday -Sunday). Because there is so much information that you need, the course is primarily classroom based with a one and a half to two hours practical session each day. Homework - in the form of essays - will need to be completed after each weekend. You must attend the college on both weekends, to complete the course.


What Do You Get For Your Course Fee?

  • Tuition from a number of experienced APDT, UK members
  • Accommodation in Halls of Residence for Thursday, Friday and Saturday night
  • Cooked breakfast, light lunch, dinner; tea, coffee and biscuits throughout the day
  • Support from tutors both in and away from class while staying at Moulton
  • Maximum 25 students per class
  • Opportunity to socialise with like-minded people
  • Homework – this is an important way to consolidate what you have learnt, highlight any gaps in your understanding, and encourage you to ‘read round’ the subjects.
  • Access to the APDT, UK’s Student Library from registration until the end of your course. You just have to pay return postage
  • Facebook and email support while on the course and for as long as you need afterwards

Details Of The Courses

The Foundation course includes:

  • Learning Theory - Understanding how a dog learns
  • Class planning – venue, exercises, equipment
  • Presentation - delivering your message in a professional way
  • Communication - how to make sure that what you say is understood by your owner
  • Challenging dogs and owners and how to deal with some common problems in class
  • Equipment - what is available, what should you recommend (or avoid) and why
  • How to teach various exercises - basic exercises explained, and how to progress them
  • Diet - understand what is in various dog foods
  • Teaching the disabled owner - how to adapt exercises to the physical needs of your owners
  • Body language – how to understand what the dogs are telling us
  • Business basics
  • Clicker training – the why’s and wherefore’s
  • Health and how it may impact on your clients
  • Ethics
  • Punishment – you need to be aware of how this works even though we do not use punitive or aversive methods
  • Fun and games for class

The Advanced course includes:

  • Body language – how to understand what the dog is telling us
  • Business basics
  • Clicker training – teaching novel behaviour
  • Training vs behaviour – where does training stop and behaviour start?
  • Learning styles (people)
  • Health of the dog and how it may impact on your clients
  • Avoiding burnout
  • Punishment – you need to be aware of how this works even though we do not use punitive or aversive methods
  • Progressing exercises and proofing the cue - taking it to the next level, and ensuring the dog really understands
  • Stress in dogs and owners - recognising stress, dealing with it and avoiding it
  • Diet and effects on behaviour - 'you are what you eat' and so is your dog
  • Training the assistance dog - fun exercises for dog and owner
  • Breed specific challenges – understanding the need for different approaches
  • Reviewing the class - are your classes the best they can be?
  • Challenging dogs and owners and how to deal with some common problems in class
  • Teaching the disabled owner - how to adapt exercises to the physical needs of your clients
  • Fun and games for class

Part Two

Students will study the Advanced course syllabus except for sessions that are duplicated from Foundation (ie Diet and Health) when they will be taught about Tellington Touch.

Following the first weekend you will receive two sets of homework (2 assignments in each set) and you will have four weeks to submit each set of homework. After the second weekend you have another two sets of homework (2 assignments in each set) and again four weeks in which to submit them.

Once you are registered we will send you the course reading list. We ask you to complete the reading list by the end of the second weekend, but some – like learning theory books – will be particularly useful in answering your first weekend’s homework. Access to the APDT,UK Student’s Library is included in the course fee, you just have to pay postage to return the books.


    

  • 'Life changing - thank you!'
  • 'Tutors very knowledgeable, approachable and available'
  • 'Was an invaluable weekend that I have really enjoyed'
  • 'It's been awesome. I feel I have a lot to carry forward and implement'
  • 'Instructors were very good at delivering information'
  • 'Had an amazing time! Very valuable information'
  • 'The practicals were amazing'    

  

Click Here For the APDTUK Code of Practice


Application Forms

Foundation-July-and-August-2017.pdf

Advanced--2017.pdf

Part-Two-2017.pdf
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