A learning journey for people that ‘care about’ as well as ‘care for’ dogs

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The Roots Programme

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Our Roots programme will ground you in the fundamentals of the A.P.E.T.S philosophy. We focus on helping people to develop an understanding of their relationship with dogs and fuse this with a good grounding in the science and practice of being able to communicate and work ethically with them. We will explore topics as wide ranging as the story of domestication and how dogs perceive the world and how to teach them to live (safely and happily) in ours. In addition, we’ll bring in cutting edge research from the field of anthrozoology (the study of human-animal interactions) on the inner minds and lives of dogs.

The course will be a combination of theory and practice, at A.P.E.T.S’s purpose-built and recently refurbished training venue in Cardiff. We will spend ‘classroom time’ in group discussions, working through examples and case studies and exploring some of the theory that is relevant to spending time in the company of dogs. There is also a significant practical element to this programme, as we practice some of the dog communication and training skills that we have learnt with the help of some of our friends and colleagues at Action Petz (of the furry variety!).

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The Roots programme is a comprehensive competence-assessed learning programme that comprises 60 hours of learning (10 days of contact time, plus 10 hours of self-guided study including project work) over a two-week period (Mon – Fri, 10am – 4pm) and you will need to achieve 80% attendance to be awarded the A.P.E.T.S certificate.

All learners will also undertake a formal assessment at the end of the programme, and be awarded an A.P.E.T.S certificate of competence, upon successful completion. The Roots programme has been mapped to the relevant National Occupational Standards for Dog Trainers and Behaviourists, and also meets professional standards set by the Animal Behaviour and Training Council.

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This is a modular program comprising of 5 modules fusing together theory and practice from across the fields of behaviourism, animal welfare and anthrozoology. A full set of training materials will be provided, in addition to ongoing support, guidance and individualised feedback via the A.P.E.T.S closed Facebook page and forum for learners and graduates.

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The roots program is designed for people whose work and/ or volunteer role involves interacting with and communicating with dogs. It is ideally suited for rescue shelter staff, dog park assistants and day care assistants, in addition to dog walkers/ boarders and fosterers. The roots course offers learners a unique opportunity to learn how to develop positive working relationships with dogs, built on empathy, trust and kindness. In addition to delving into the most up-to-date research on how dogs think and learn, learners will also use and develop practical skills and gain tools that will enable them to communicate effectively with dogs.

There are no formal entry requirements other than a demonstrable enthusiasm for learning about dogs and a desire to want to improve life for them. However, all prospective learners will need to undergo an interview by the A.P.E.T.S selection panel and teaching team, to determine suitability for the programme. Please note our Admissions policy above.

Programme Outline

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The aim of this module is to explore the fundamentals of the spaces and places that dogs inhabit in modern society.

(5 Hours)

Learning outcomes:

  • Examine the history of domestication

  • Explore the role of working dogs in a variety of settings

  • Uncover breed traits, dog personalities, breed myths and stereotypes​​

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The aim of this module is to encourage learners to reflect on the lives of modern companion dogs, to promote healthy relationships between dogs and humans.

(10 hours)

Learning outcomes:

  • Explore ‘what’s in it for the dogs’ 

  • Define language and terminology in regards to how we relate to companion dogs

  • Analyse a range of mental and physical enrichment activities for companion dogs

  • Examine our legal and ethical responsibilities to companion dogs

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The aim of this module is to engage learners in philosophical thinking about dogs, developing both skills and knowledge designed to foster empathic relations with companion dogs.

(15 hours)

Learning outcomes:

  • Examine dog-training philosophies and their impact on human-dog relationships

  • Explore and develop key relationship-building skills

  • Explore therapeutic ways of being with dogs

  • Create a personal philosophy for living/working with dogs

  • Determine various life stages for dogs and relate these to their needs

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The aim of this module is to ground learners in the science of how dogs learn, in order to translate learning theory into practical skills.

(10 hours)

Learning outcomes:

  • Analyse the work of Skinner and Pavlov and the science of behaviourism in relation to how dogs learn

  • Consider the ethics of reinforcement Vs. punishment of behaviour

  • Examine calming signals and how dogs communicate with us and each other

  • Explore ethological research on the inner minds and mental states of dogs

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The aim of this module is to equip learners with the fundamental practical skills necessary to interact and communicate with dogs.

(10 Hours)

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduce the principles of clicker training including ‘shape’, ‘lure’ and ‘capture’ techniques for teaching behaviours

  • Practice teaching a range of behavioural cues including ‘sit’, ‘down’, ‘watch me’ and ‘touch’.

  • Install muzzle/ Halti training and loose lead walking

Upon successful completion and assessment, you will be awarded the A.P.E.T.S Certificate which may be used as admission to further learning courses with A.P.E.T.S.

Two week course – 60 hours of practical and theoretical learning – Introductory Price – £990 (Normally £1990) including VAT

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