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Advanced Course

Our advanced course is for instructors with at least one year’s experience of teaching classes.

If you choose to enrol on the advanced course your first residential weekend will be on Friday 3rd April (evening) until Monday 6th April 2020.

Your second residential weekend will be Thursday 27th August (Mid-day) until Sunday 30th August 2020.

The Advanced course includes:

  • Body language – how to understand what the dog is telling us
  • Business planning
  • 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 and classes
  • 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
  • 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

Cost (for both weekends): £1395 per student, including accommodation and meals Discount (£250) on the Foundation and Advanced courses for Association Pet Dog Trainers members and their Assistants.

Venue:   Moulton College, Northampton

T & C’s

  • I wish to apply for the Dog Training Instructor’s course (Advanced – Friday 3rd April (evening) until Monday 6th April 2020 and Thursday 27th August (Mid-day) until Sunday 30th August 2020 and enclose a non-refundable deposit of £250.
  • I understand that I must pay the complete fee (£1395) by 3rd March 2020, and that no fees will be refundable after that date. Euros cannot be accepted, please contact if you would like to make an international bank transfer.
  • I agree to abide by the Association Pet Dog Trainers Code of Practice whilst on the course
  • I have read the FAQ’s (Available by clicking here) regarding the course
  • If I do bring a dog with me to the course, I confirm that he/she is not aggressive towards people or dogs, is happy to spend time in the car while I am in classes, and understand that I will be responsible for my dog whilst we are attending the course and that he is not allowed off lead in the College Campus’
  • Once we have received payment you will be sent a registration form.
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