My journey into canine psychology began in the late 1990s and after working with worst case rescue dogs in the difficult rescue centre environment I developed a simple and effective way of integrating your dog into your home and family. More importantly, my methods encourage the dog to become naturally adaptive (instead of reactive) to all situations in a manner easily understandable by both pet and owner.
As part of my ongoing theory work I have so far earned;
Advanced Canine Behaviour & Psychology Diploma - Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council of Great Britain.
"This diploma is accredited by the PETbc and recognised in the UK as the premier qualification for canine behaviourists, trainers and instructors. Holders of this Diploma will be acknowledged as being highly competent within their field of expertise" - Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council of Great Britain.
Canine Communication Diploma (distinction) - Compass Education and Training, covering subjects such as; what makes a social animal, acoustic communication, body language, visual communication, communication via scent, taste and why touch is important to canines.
"This diploma is designed to equip the student with the knowledge to 'read' and understand how and what dogs communicate to each other and to humans. This is essential if one is to be working with dogs or engaged in training or behaviour therapy." - Compass Education and Training.
Modifying Canine Aggression Diploma (distinction) - Animal Care College, covering subjects such as; aggression types - development of and treatments of, neuropsychology (neurotransmitter and endocrine function), effects of stress and arousal, effects of diet and medical conditions.
"This diploma has been written for trainers and behaviourists. It summarises the reasons for aggressive behaviour, the backgrounds and the current thinking about the treatment of canine aggression and suggests ways in which aggressive behaviour can be modified." - The Animal Care College.
Neuropsychology Diploma Course (distinction) – accredited by Centre of Excellence, registered with the CMA.
Neuropsychology is a branch of psychology that is concerned with how the brain and the rest of the nervous system influences cognition and behaviours.
In order to progress dogs through behavioural issues a sound understanding of neuropsychology can facilitate accurate diagnoses of the underlying causalities thus avoiding focussing only on symptoms. This approach ensures reliable long-term results, as opposed to short term symptom suppression, creating a mutual human-canine relationship built on trust and confidence.
“This course covers areas such as; Neuropsychology, Brain and central nervous system structure, research methods, consciousness and awareness, perception, communication, memory, developmental disorders, psychiatric disorders and emotion.” – Centre of excellence.
Neuroplasticity Diploma (distinction) - accredited by Center of Excellence, registered with the CMA.
This course covers topics such as; Neuroplasticity,
neurobiology, neurogenesis, recovery from psychological trauma, recovery from
brain injury, attachment theories on the developing brain, overcoming
attachment disruption and insecure attachment, harnessing neuroplasticity to
enhance sociability and promote positivity.
“Neuroplasticity is a powerful tool that allows the brain to rewire itself to its advantage. It can heal from trauma, overcome insecure attachment, and change personality traits for the better.” - Centre of excellence.
Canine Health and Nutrition Diploma (distinction) - British College of Canine Studies, covering subjects such as, the effects of high quality or low quality diet and nutrition on a dogs health, well-being and development, canine body functions and systems, common conditions/bacteria/virus and defences against them, conventional medicines, alternative and holistic therapies, first aid, exercise and how life stages are affected.
"Canine health and nutrition is a topic not enough people know about and the demand for canine nutritionists is growing. Nutrition is a vital part of your dogs health. There are so many different foods on the market for dogs it can be very confusing choosing the right one for your dog. However if you know what nutrients they need, you can make an informed decision. Canine health and nutrition can be very scientific, there are a variety of variables which can affect the health of our dog". - British College of Canine Studies Education and Training.
Canine First Aid certificate - Compass Education and Training, "Canine first aid is important for all people working with dogs in any professional capacity as well as private owners." - Compass Education and Training.
Canine Feline Behaviour Association modules (CFBA) in conjunction with the Cambridge Institute of Canine Behaviour & Training;
CIDBT 5002p Advanced Dog on Dog Aggression - Through the Canine Feline Behaviour Association this two day practical workshop module covers; the mental causes of dog aggression, the different aspects of triggers, other contributing factors such as situation and location. Also, training strategies, rehabilitation programs are covered as well the consultation and information gathering aspect of the process.
CIDBT 5003p Advanced Dog on Human Aggression - Through the Canine Feline Behaviour Association this two day practical workshop module covers; the mental causes of dog to human aggression, the different aspects of triggers, other contributing factors such as situation and location. Also incorporated are; training strategies, rehabilitation programs and the ramifications, both legally and morally, of advice offered. The consultation and information gathering aspect of the process is also covered.