Animal behaviour experts from the University of Lincoln are gearing up to run their world-leading Life Skills for Puppies trainers’ course.

Following its huge success in 2013, the Animal Behaviour Clinic Team, from the School of Life Sciences, is holding the five-day course from 9th to 13th June.

Aimed at anyone interested in puppy education and behaviour, it is taught by the Life Skills team and led by veterinary behaviourist Helen Zulch.

Years of experience training dogs, teaching others, raising a number of her own dogs and seeing clinical behaviour cases led Helen to recognise that many of the problems seen in pet dogs result from a lack of broader skills such as frustration tolerance or confidence.

Being a veterinarian, behaviourist, trainer and dog owner, has given Helen a unique multidimensional view that has allowed her to develop theories and practical interventions that aim to educate puppies in ten key areas, or ‘life skills’.

It is believed that if these ten skills are developed and practiced, dogs will have the best possible chance at succeeding in human society.

The University of Lincoln has developed an outstanding international reputation for its quality of teaching and research in the field of companion animal behaviour. The MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour, launched in 2009, is now the most sought after post-graduate qualification in the field.

Helen said: “There are many courses available in the UK aimed at teaching practical dog training and instructing skills. However the ‘Life Skills for Puppies: Training for Trainers’ course is unique.

“It is delivered by staff that not only have excellent practical dog training skills, but who are also experienced teachers and researchers working at the forefront of scientific research, and who in addition work with clinical behaviour cases on an on-going basis. The content will be underpinned by scientific theory, including the latest research and current thinking in the field of dog behaviour.”

Throughout the five days attendees will take part in workshops and practical sessions with puppies and adult dogs; and will receive a full set of lesson hand-outs with detailed explanations on how to teach the 10 life skills, lunch and refreshments, a certificate of attendance and membership of the Life Skills Trainers group.

The course takes place at the Behaviour and Welfare training facility, Riseholme Park, University of Lincoln, LN2 2LG.

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