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WORKSHOPS


COURSES


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.

Online

Courses are run in our virtual environment (a Moodle system).

Format

Courses are held over 6, 8, 12 or 24 lessons.

The lessons are usually held 2 weeks apart, and may consist of reading material in pdf format to download and keep, videos, and a ClassRoom for discussion. The lesson topics are discussed in individual threads. There are usually practical exercises for participants between the classes.

The ClassRoom times will be published with the course details. The Classroom is held twice to begin the lesson to allow for individual  availability.

Directly following each Classroom an additional Homework forum is available for individual posting of videos, progress reports etc, for feedback from the course tutors and other participants.

All ClassRooms and Homework are forum based and available throughout the course. You do not need to attend the ClassRoom to partake in the course.

Feedback

Feedback will be given from videos posted to the ClassRoom forums. Each lesson may develop into different topics and questions that can be discussed before the next lesson’s Classroom.

Only material relevant to the lesson for that period will receive feedback. Material presented later in the course will not receive feedback unless there are exceptional circumstances

Post course access

The course will stay open for a set number of weeks after the last lesson for you to access the lessons. A 6 lesson course will have 6 weeks, and 8 lesson course 8 weeks etc.
Feedback during this time will be limited to a 3 minute video per lesson. For the 6 lesson course you may request feedback 6 times.

Resources and Video production

Participants should be able to video their own training, edit for feeback, and upload to a suitable streaming service (such as Vimeo or YouTube).

Privacy and security

The course environment is held on a site with SSL encryption.

During the course you may choose to share information with other course participants. This will be kept within the course and not available outside the course. When the course closes this information will be deleted.

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. This applies to posting video of a client that is training their dog or under your supervision in the video when teaching.

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 Learning About Dogs Ltd, the Content owner and person(s) identified in the Content.

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.

As a student, you will be expected to have internet access. You will also need the ability to video, edit and upload your training sessions to our website. Personal tutors within the course can assist with technology. On some of our courses, individual learning activities (ILAs) you complete will be reviewed directly by the course assessor.

Certifications

Each course will provide details of certification and what is required. Certification may vary from acknowledging attendance to participation. Certificates may be based on providing evidence of competency.

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

For information about what information we hold about you, and how we use and keep your information safe, please see our Privacy Policy.

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