Instructor Training Programme

Wagga-Wuffins Endorsed Instructor Training Programme

 

Over the last few years the availability of internet distance and theory based courses has increased. During our time teaching we have seen that the main areas that students in the field lack skills in, is the practical application of training dogs successfully, the skills to motivate and inspire people, and being able to apply this in the real world with real dogs.

This is the reason for the development of our training programme. The full programme will give you all the skills to become a successful confident and competent dog trainer and teacher. We understand that a good trainer not only should be good at training dogs they equally need skills to teach, motivate and inspire people, as the role involves teaching people how to train their dogs..

We are a NOCN (National Open College Network) Recognised Centre and the Course we run is an Endorsed programme.

The training programme has been through a robust quality assurance process enabling us to receive an endorsement from a leading awarding organisation that is OfQual regulated. You will receive a Certificate from Wagga-Wuffins Canine College and the NOCN on successful completion of the programme.

 

 

Wagga-Wuffins Canine College tutors have to meet certain standards of education and experience:

 

Jane Ardern BSc (Hons) in Canine Behaviour and Training, Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training, Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

Belinda Melvin BSc (Hons) in Animal Behaviour and Training, Advanced Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour and Training, PGCE

Jane and Belinda have lectured, tutored, assessed and written courses for degree programmes and OfQual regulated courses. Along with these qualifications as Behaviourists/Trainers and Teachers all tutors are hands on ‘in the trenches’ dog trainers.

They say a course is only as good as the people who teach it and you will be hard pushed to find this standard of education and experience anywhere else.

The College has been specifically designed internally for training dogs and teaching people. The College is conducive to learning using successful and modern teaching approaches.

 

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The Practical Application of Teaching People and Training Dogs

 

NOCN Endorsed Training Programme

The Course begins February 2017, upon enrolment you will receive your student pack, with a reading list, further details and relevant information.

The Cost of the course is £1380 + Vat ( £1656 Inc vat ) plus £20 NOCN Registration Fee

 

Total : £1676.00

 

Payment Options:

 

1) Paid in full

 

2) The Course can be paid in four Instalments of £419 over the 4 months prior to the course start date and must be paid in full before the course commences

 

Cancellations and refunds will only be accepted 2 calendar months before the first weekend, a £120 administration charge will be incurred. Weekend attendance is a compulsory part of the course and you are advised to ensure your availability before booking.

 

About the Course

The course has been written to provide in-depth practical skills to those wanting to embark on a new career; those already working in the industry wanting to expand their skills; and those looking to increase their current skill set.

Each weekend is limited to 12 students working on a ratio of 6 students per tutor, making sure you get lots of support and guidance throughout the weekends

Students are not permitted to bring their own dogs to the weekends, there will be plenty of dogs provided to train enabling lots of experience in handling different breeds.

It is advised that suitable care is arranged for students own dogs and they are not brought and left in vehicles unattended.

 

Module 1 - Teaching and Coaching Skills for Instructors (17th and 19th February 2018)

The workshop aim is to develop modern and current teaching and coaching skills in a practical setting, taking you steps ahead of the competition. This course is about teaching people, understanding different learning styles, understanding hidden disabilities and people with special needs and setting up practical based learning sessions.

Course presentation format – presentations, practical tutor led group activities

Assessment Information - This module is assessed using a written assignment, group discussions and practical assessment.

Module 2 - Canine Communication and Stress in Dogs (17th and 18th March 2018)

This workshop covers learning how to understand and read canine body language and understand other communication systems. It includes communication between dogs and also dog to human communication including understanding social relationships and canine development stages.

Course presentation format – presentations, video, real life observations

Assessment information – This module is assessed using a written assignment, group discussion and tutor testimony

Module 3 – Part 1 Beginner Obedience, Life Skills and Handler Skills (14th and 15th April 2018)

The workshop covers basic training skills, teaching different approaches to different exercises. It covers building handler skills such as timing, luring, marking, capturing, and building duration along with traditional obedience exercises such as sit, stay, heel. We incorporate The Kennel Club Good Citizen Exercises for Puppy Foundation and the Bronze Award. You will learn pet dog life skills such as settle, basic self-control and manners. You will be taught different methods and ideas to approach various exercises. These are exercises to use in puppy classes and beginner training classes using an empathetic approach to the training of dogs.

 

Course presentation format – presentations, real life demonstrations

Assessment information – This module is assessed using a written assignment, group discussion and practical assessment

Module 3 – Part 2 Intermediate Obedience, Life Skills and Handler Skills (19th and 20th May 2018)

This is taking the first weekend of this module to the next stage. Handler Skills will include fading food/toy use during exercises, conditioning other rewards and shaping more complex behaviours. Obedience skills will cover The Kennel Clubs Good Citizen Silver and Gold Award exercises and the life skills will be more challenging. You will also learn more complexed self-control exercises and how to apply the three D’s and PaLS in your training.

 

 

Course Presentation Format – Presentations, video, real life observations

Assessment Information – This module is assessed using a written assignment, group discussion and practical assessment

Module 3 – Part 3 Advanced Obedience, Life Skills and Handler Skills (16th and 17th June 2018)

This weekend is designed to support those who have advanced classes and often run out of ideas beyond general obedience and Kennel Club Gold. It builds on more challenging exercises to teach in class such as advanced shaping, building sequences, merges, chains and precision training. You will also learn more advanced trick training, self-control exercises and how to build stimulus control.

 

Course presentation format – Presentations, video, real life observations

Assessment information – This module is assessed using a written assignment, group discussion and practical assessment

Module 4 – Running Successful Classes and One to One Obedience Training Sessions (14th and 15th July 2018)

This weekend looks at putting together all the skills developed in the previous modules to build successful, structured and effective lessons both group and one to one. You will learn how to assess dogs for suitability for classes and different management techniques for disruptive dogs. You will gain an appreciation of socialisation working with common training class problems as well as understanding relevant legal, safety and ethical implications. You will learn how to create an environment conducive to learning.

Course presentation format – Presentations, video, real life observations

Assessment Information – This module is assessed using a written assignment, group discussion and a practical assessment of your choice either running a class or a one to one or both which will be stated on your certificate from Wagga-Wuffins Canine College.

 

2108 Weekend Dates

 

 

Practical Weekends - 17th/18th February, 17th/18th March, 14th/15th April, 19th/20th May, 16th/17th June, 14th/15th July

 

Installment Dates - November 1st 2017, December 1st 2017, January 1st 2018, February 1st 2018

 

 

What happens after completion of the Course?

After a celebratory drink …………………………..

Upon successful completion of the programme and passing the assessments you will be awarded a certificate from Wagga-Wuffins Canine College and also The NOCN (National Open College Network)

If you have been awarded an overall Distinction Grade 85% plus you will be entitled to apply for membership of Wagga-Wuffins Canine College as an Approved Instructor. Members are required to follow the College Membership Code of Ethics and Conduct and pay an annual membership fee.

Important Note: This course is designed to give you practical dog training skills for general obedience and life skill training for pet dogs to an advanced level. The training programme will not give you the skills or qualification to become a behaviourist to work with complex cases such as aggression or other highly emotive disorders in dogs. As a member of the College and an Approved Instructor you will be unable to practice as a behaviourist or take on this type of case unless you can provide evidence to support your behavioural capability through relevant experience. Applicants with membership of organisations such as CAPBT, APBC, UKRCB, CFBA, KCAI (Beh) will be welcomed. All applications will be taken on a case by case basis. Our intention is not to exclude qualified and competent practicing behaviourists.

 

To book a place on this Training Programme Email: jane@waggawuffins.com, for more information call Jane on 07817771585

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