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COURSES


Learning About Dogs courses are compiled by Kay Laurence with assistance from several four legged friends. Some of this assistance began over 40 years ago, and many, many contributions were made by the friends of friends, or students, learners and colleagues with their own dogs.

Extensive opportunities to test the protocols, principles, strategies on so many people and so many different dogs have produced a wide range of original, solid and proven processes.

Training for a broad range of outcomes from every day living with dogs to high level performance expectations.

Training for a wide range of learners, with different capacities, preferences and skills.

A library of courses is continually growing with dynamic updates as our learning increases. You are able to choose your own pathway through the courses to suit your interest, your current situation with lifetime access.

Self-Paced

You can follow the course at your own pace, and either choose to read the whole course and then start training, or train as you go, or if it suits your style pick and mix.
The course progress is open for free access in any order.

Format

Courses are generally 3-6 lessons and a mixture of reading, diagrams and videos broken into short topics within the lesson.

There are links to other courses where additional information or progress is recommended.

Coaching

If you getting stuck we are happy to help, in the last topic or the last lesson are links to request some assistance.

Coaching is available for Setter-Members, where you can book hourly consultation and feedback for your videos.

Life-time access

For as long as the course exists, for as long as we have a website, and for as long as the internet survives, you will always be able to re-visit the course at any time, for your next puppy and the one after that.

Completion certificate

At the end of each course you can download a certificate of completion. This will not be available until you have marked complete all topics and lessons.

The Certificate will be created in the name you used during enrollment.

WORKSHOPS


Workshops will hopefully begin again late in 2020

Locations

Workshops are held at training different venues around the country. Please check individual events for details.
Details for  Forest Oak Farm

Times

We usually start at 9.30, please do not arrive before 9am, and finish by 5pm. We have a short break mid-morning and mid-afternoon, with lunch for 45 minutes.

What to bring
The dogs usually train one at a time which means your dog may not be active all day and you must make arrangements for them to rest. You can bring a crate or leave your dog in your car, provided they can rest without continually barking, and you are prepared for all weather conditions.
Please bring food for training. We recommend chopped sandwich meats, home made treats, cooked chicken pieces, sausage, but not packet treats. Your dog may be eating large quantities so please select appropriate foods.
If you are bringing non-participating dogs they should be familiar with resting all day.
You may arrange to video your own training. At no time can you video, or record, anyone else training or teaching.
Lunch Refreshment

We do not provide lunch, but tea and coffee will be free flowing.
We stop for about 45 minutes midday, with a break mid-morning and mid-afternoon.
Lunch can be ordered on arrival at workshops held at Forest Oak Farm

Refunds
If your dog is unwell please do not attend the workshop, some diseases are highly infectious, particularly kennel cough.
You can still attend as a spectator, and maintain the option to transfer your place to the next similar event.
Please do not bring bitches in season.
Refunds can only be given if notification is more than:
3 months before: 100%; 28 days before: 75%
Where possible we will try to transfer you onto a similar course. Refunds and transfers administration fee is £5.

Please contact us for BACS Payment by Bank Transfer (IBAN) and Internet Banking

Booking your place

Choose your workshop selection and go to the check out to complete the order. You can participate with your own dog or book a place as a spectator.
We accept credit and debit cards and PayPAL.
The confirmation of the transaction is sent via email and indicates that we have received your booking and that you agree to the Terms and Conditions
We reserve the right to postpone or cancel a course, workshop or seminar if numbers are insufficient. The only reason we have ever needed to postpone and event is due to extreme weather. In the case of a change of price, we will always contact you first to ensure that the price is acceptable.
Workshops reminders will be sent 7 days prior to the event.

Terms and Conditions

By using any services offered by Learning About Dogs Ltd., you agree to adhere to the Terms and Conditions stated in this document.

These Terms and Conditions apply to all services offered by Learning About Dogs Ltd., including:

  • Memberships to Learning About Dogs community
  • Online Forums
  • Courses (with or without membership)
  • Workshops / Seminar / presentations
  • Books & Videos

Principles of the Learning About Dogs Community

If you join our membership, you will be expected to share our principles of living with and training dogs –

based on science and understanding

with empathy and thoughtfulness

reinforced with passion, joy and enthusiasm.

We believe in the rights of dogs to be trained and able to enjoy a suitable lifestyle. We believe in learner-centric training, where neither the dog’s or person’s welfare or well-being is compromised for the benefit of the other.

Equal Opportunity

Learning About Dogs is a global community with a common set of principles. We encourage diversity in students and staff members in regard to race, colour, religion, national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, age, and other status.

Courses

Courses are open for all types of people interested in learning about dogs, from anywhere in the world. If a course has a specific prerequisite this will be detailed. Some courses require activities with a dog, or other suitable animal, on a regular basis.

Courses may be limited to a specific number of participants, and may or may not include learners who are not seeking feedback on their own training progress.

Membership is not required to enrol in courses.

Course Format

Global group learning brings a richness to the experience where different lifestyles, different learners and relationships will share their journey.

Our courses encourage self-directed learning and critical thinking. Our goal is for you to develop a new mind-set that will project forward to every dog you share your life with in the future. There is very little space for branded training recipes, off the shelf solutions or quick-fixes.

What you get out of studying in this environment depends on your personal investment. As your “inner learner” awakens, you may begin to have serious thought processes whilst you do the housework, walk the dog, drive and try to get to sleep.

 

Online Forums 

Forums are available on both the Learning About Dogs Community Site (https://www.learningaboutdogs.com/members) and Virtual Courses (https://virtual.learningaboutdogs.com/)

If you use Forums on the site, you should be aware that any personally identifiable information you submit there can be read, collected, or used by other users of these Forums, and could be used to send you unsolicited messages. We are not responsible for the personally identifiable information you choose to submit in these Forums. In addition, all users of our forums must adhere to the provisions of our “Forum User Conduct” section.

Forum User Conduct

Learning About Dogs websites may contain intellectual property and personally identifiable information. All information, data, text, messages, photos, video and other materials (“Content”), whether publicly or privately posted, are the sole responsibility of the person who posted the Content.

You are expected to adhere to copyright law. Do not post Content that you do not own and do not have explicit permission to post.

You are expected to adhere to privacy laws for personally identifiable information.

Do not copy or otherwise share Content (text, photos, video, screen shots of forum posts, etc.) without explicit permission from the Content owner and person(s) identified in the Content.

Workshop Attendance

Please do not bring your dog to a workshop if unwell, as some diseases (particularly kennel cough) are highly infectious. Please do not bring bitches in season.

If you are unable to bring your dog, you can still attend as a spectator, and maintain the option to transfer your place to the next similar event.

Workshop and Course Refunds

Refunds for workshops and courses can only be given if notification is more than: 3 months before: 100%; 28 days before: 75%.

Where possible we will try to transfer you onto a similar course. Refunds and transfers administration fee is £5.

Privacy Policy

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