We are starting our 4th dog trainer school in Tallinn the 7th of May 2020.
Now open for applications.
DOG TRaINER SCHOOL
The course comprises 10 weekends of practical training and eight online theory classes.
All teachings, approximately 150 hours, will be in English, as will be the assignments and the reading list.
For the practical classes the students will be required to bring their own dogs (exceptions can be made for those living abroad). Participants are accepted from the age of 18yr. Upon successful completion of the course the participants will be awarded a diploma.
Special guest lecturer Turid Rugaas, the world famous author of “Calming signs”.
Be a part of our international environment with professional teachers, dog trainers, behaviourists
and physical therapists from Norway, Denmark and Belgium.
Over the past years we have had students from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Denmark, Finland, Russia, UK and USA.
The course and all reading materials and assignments are in English.
Is this for you?
Do you want to become a professional dog trainer and specialize in the field of behavior and a dog’s natural, silent language and calming signals?
Do you want to work part-time or full-time training dogs and owners and also work as a behaviorist helping owners through private consultations?
Or are you already a dog trainer and want to specialize and aquire more science based knowledge? If you answered yes to any of these questions, this education might be the right one for you! This high quality education will give you excellent practical and theoretical skills of dog training and dog behavior. Upon completion, you can start your own business or be qualified to work for other dog training schools and institutions.
We teach only positive training methods, with an emphasis on the dog’s natural behavior.
Information about the course
Dog behavior: the dog’s silent language, body language, communication, dog development and ethology, history, puppies, adolescent, mature dogs, social developments, critical periods, hormonal influences, breed characteristics, problem solving, stress, fears, aggression, health and nutrition.
Learning theory: positive training methods, desensitization, motivation, comparisons of dog learning to human learning, classical and operant conditioning, positive reinforcement.
Practical training: problem solving, observation, positive training methods teaching basic obedience and more challenging tasks like desensitization for stressed dogs and dog-to-dog aggression.
Physiology: anatomy, movement, how exercises influence behaviour and massage techniques.
The dog trainer: how to design your courses, counsel individuals and motivate owners, instruction and observation techniques as well as building confidence as a public speaker, marketing and running your own small business, customer service and pedagogy for humans.
Presentation of a project.
The course will be taught in English, and all reading materials and assignments will also be in English.
The course is based on the latest research and science of dog training and behaviour.
- Dog development, history and ethology
- Dominance and leadership: facts or fiction?
- Learning theory dogs
- Classical and operant conditioning
- Calming signals and body language
- Science based positive dog training
- Dog-to-dog communication
- Dog social organization
- Stress in dogs
- Critical periods and hormonal influences
- Behaviour problems: fear, anxiety and aggression
- Problem solving: desensitization
- Anatomy and movement
- Training techniques walking on loose leash
- Pedagogy for instructors
- Consultation techniques
- Instruction and observation techniques
- Observation of body language and calming signals
- Loose leash walking and passing other dogs nicely
- Training methods basic obedience
- Social walks and enriched environment
Interactive learning with practical training with dogs, class discussions, films, practical training, cases studies: problem solving, observation of dogs and behaviour. Group work and individual assignments.
The course will be taught in English, and all reading materials and assignments will also be in English.
The course syllabus may be subject to small changes.
Information in Estonian
Information in Estonian: Please note that all theachings and books will be in English.
Kas Sinu unistuseks on saada koeratreeneriks ja õppida põhjalikult tundma koerte kehakeelt,käitumismaneere ja nende põhjuseid? Kas Sa sooviksid tegeleda täis-või osalise tööajaga koerte treenimisega ning ka käitumisspetsialistina, aitamaks koeri ja koeraomanike läbi eratundide? Kui Sa vastasid jaatavalt kas või ühelegi nendest küsimustest, oled Sa jõudnud täpselt õigesse kohta!
Rahvusvaheline Koeratreenerite Kool annab Sulle põhjalikud teadmised ja oskused koerte treenimises, mis võimaldavad sul alustada tööd koeratreenerina omal käel või koertekoolis.
Me kasutame vaid positiivset treeningmeetodit ning põhirõhk langeb koera loomuliku käitumise mõistmisele, analüüsimisele ning selle kasutamisele treeningutel.
Ühe aastane kursus koosneb kümnest nädalavahetuse moodulist Tallinnas.
Kursusel käsitletakse järgnevaid teemasid:
Koerte käitumine: Vaikimisi signaalid, kehakeel, suhtlemine, koerte arenemine ja etoloogia, ajalugu, kutsikaiga, “teismeliseiga”, täiskasvanud koerad, sotsiaalne areng, kriitilised perioodid, hormonaalsed mõjud käitumisele ja õppele, tõugude erinevused, käitumisprobleemide lahendamine, stress, hirmud, agressiivsus, tervis ja toitumine.
Koerte treenimine: Positiivsed treeningmeetodid, tundlikus ning olukordade, esemete, häälte jms reageerimise vähendamine, motivatsioon, inimeste ja koerte õppimise võrdlemine,
Praktilised harjutused: probleemide lahendamine, koerte käitumise,kehakeele ja signaalide jälgimine, positiivne treeningmeetod, põhikäsklused ja ka keerukamad ülesanded, nagu stressi ja koertele suunatud agressiivsuse vähendamine.
Koerte treenimine: Kuidas kursusi ja seminare üles ehitada, eratunnid ja omanike motiveerimine,publiku ees rääkimine, turundus ja oma ettevõtte juhtumine, klienditeenindus ja koeraomanike õpetamise pedagoogika.
Kestvus: 9 nädalavahetust (laupäev ja pühapäev)
Hind: 1650 EUR
Õpe toimub inglise keeles.
Norrast pärit koeratreener Lisbeth Borg de Waard (MA, BBA), omab edukat koertekooli Innlandet Hundesenter. Ta abistab sadu koeraomanikke aastas, läbi erinevate kursuste, teooriatundide ja seminaride. Lisaks sellele, on Lisbeth kirjutanud raamatu “Title”, praegustele ja tulevastele koeratreeneritele, treeningmeetoditest ja printsiipidest, millest Lisbeth on ka loonud seminari seeria Norras ja mujal maailmas.
Lisbethil on 14 aastat tegelenud koertetreenimise ning käitumise analüüsimisega ning elab oma maakodus oma abikaasa, 5 koera, 5 kassi ja kanaga.
Enne koeratreeneriks saamist, töötas Lisbeth õpetajana, nii ülikooli kui ka gümnaasiumi tasemel. Ta kolis tagasi Norra aastal 2000, peale 11 aastat välismaal elamist, millal Lisbeth õppis ja töötas erinevates riikides üle maailma. Lisbeth on diplomeeritud koeratreener ja on omandanud koeratreeneri hariduse tuntud Turid Rugas käe all ning lisaks sellele on spetsialiseerunud koerte käitumisele.
Price and payment
Price: Euro 1 700,-
Non-refundable deposit Euro 100,- upon application.
Euro 1600,- due April 1, 2020 at the latest.
- 20 hours online theory course
- 9 practical units (Saturday + Sunday)
- a 2 day seminar with guest speaker Turid Rugaas
Tuition does not include: travel expenses, books and lunch.
All our students gets a student-discount on all our external courses in Estonia and other countries.
It is possible to pay the tuition in 2 parts:
800 Euro due April 1, 2020
800 Euro due August 1, 2020
Please note that there will be an additonal cost of 50 Euro per part payment if you choose the paymentplan.
Practical information and course dates
For 8 of the practical units (weekends), you need to bring your dog. If you don’t have your own dog, you can bring one that you borrow from a familymember/friend.
Course dates 2020/21:
8 weeks online theory course start the 7th of May.
Online teaching every Thursday 19.00 – 21.00 EET until the 25th of June.
9. – 10. May 2020
20. – 21. June
8. – 9. August seminar with guest lecture Turid Rugaas
12. – 13. September
24. – 25. October
5. – 6. December
16. – 17. January (2021)
20. – 21. February (2021)
18. – 18. April (2021)
15. – 16. May (2021)
Saturdays 10.00 – 17.00
Sundays: 10.00 – 16.00
Place: Tallinn, Estonia
Rugaas, Turid (2005). On talking terms with dogs: Calming Signals.
Shelia Harper Ltd.
Eaton, Barry (2010). Dominance in dogs: Fact or Fiction? Dogwise Publishing
Bekoff, Marc (2018). Canine Confidential. University of Chicago Press.
Bekoff, M., Pierce, J. (2019). Unleashing Your Dog. New World Library.
Bekoff, Mark (2008). The emotional lives of animals. New World Library
Hallgren, Anders (2015). Ethics and ethology for a happy dog. Cadmos Publishing Limited
Hallgren, Anders (2012). Stress, anxiety and aggression in Dogs. Cadmos Publishing Limited
Lowry, Rosie (2011). Understanding the scilent communication of dogs. Lowry Industries Ltd
Rugaas, Turid (2008). My dog pulls. What do I do? Dogwise Publishing
Rugaas, Turid (2008). Barking, the sound of a language. Dogwise Publishing
These are books that I recommend, but you do not have to read them for the course.
Spiers, Winkie (2009). How to handle living with your dog. Short Stack Publishing
Bradshaw, John (2011). Dog Sense. Basic books
VanFleet, Risë (2013). The human half of dog training. Dogwise Publishing
Donaldson, Jean (2013). The culture clash. Dogwise Publishing
Bradshaw, John (2011). In defence of dogs. Penguin Books
Robertson, Julia (2011). Exercising your puppy: a gentle & natural approach. Veloce Publishing Ltd
Robertson, Julia (2010). A complete massage manual: Gentle dog care. Veloce Publishing Ltd
Hallgren, Anders (2007). Mental activation. Cadmos Equestrian
Jensen, Per (2009). The ethology of domestic animals. CABI Publishing
Cutka, Dagmar (2010). Safe and sound with dog and child. Cadmos Books
Mary R. Burch.(1999). How dogs learn. Macmillian
Adams, J., Miller, A. (2012). Between dog and wolf. Understanding the connection and the confusion. Dogwise Publishing
Donaldson, Jean (2010). Dogs are from Neptune. Dogwise Publishing
Bekoff, Mark (2013). Why dogs hump and bees get depressed. New World Library
Stilwell, Victoria (2014). Train your dog positively. Teen Speed Press
Bekoff, Marc (2007). Animals matter. Shambhal
Sapolsky, Robert M. (2004). Why zebras don’t get ulcers. St. Martin’s Griffin
During the course this list can be revised and you can get other recommended readings as new books are published.
Say hello to our teachers
Meet the team
Principal for the International Dog Trainer School. 18 years experience with problem solving and problem behaviour in dogs. Sertified dog trainer from the world famous international dog trainer Turid Rugaas. Former college-university teacher in Norway.
Els is a trained physiotherapist and osteopath and director of the Belgium based organisation, FreeDogz Education Dog School.
Els is passionate about canine welfare and improving relationships between dogs and their owners.
Special guest lecturer:
Turid Rugaas is a Norwegian author and dog trainer. In 1992 she started educating other dog trainers and giving seminars. Since then she has conducted workshops in 12 different countries with students from 24 countries.
Turid has published several books and DVDs including the popular best seller On Talking Terms with Dogs. She has identified some 30 calming signals to explain the communication of dogs, that have since helped many dog trainers, behaviourists and ethologists understand dog language.
She founded the Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) and is the current president of the organization that is leading the concept of humane dog training in Europe.
On 27th Nov, 2017, Rugaas was awarded the King’s Badge of Honour, by the Norwegian King, HM Harald V|I for her contributions over the last 40 years in the field of canine behaviour.
Rugaas has been focusing on developing new methods and natural methods of training to solve behavioural problems. These activities includes:
- nosework and activities activating the celebral cortex via the dogs natural curiosity
- using the dogs natural social skills to develop in neural networks
- focusing on understanding dog communication
Rugaas has observed and documented several signals that the dogs use in their communications, thus being the “founder” of the expression calming signals.
Developing courses for the Norwegian army, police and paramedics in addition to teaching at the Norwegian dog trainer education.
Specialises in pedagogy, instruction methods, course quality and first aid for humans and for dogs.
Working for Innlandet Dog Center and as a teacher in high school.
Specialities: animal welfare, dogs and childeren, dog language and behaviour and writing skills for professionals in English and Norwegian.
Anne Lill Kvam’s passion has been training dogs for search and rescue sinde 1986.
Student of Turid Rugaas’s school, she has worked as a full time instructor since 1996. From 1997 to 2000 she worked in Angola for the “Norwegian Peoples Aid” organization for the clearing of anti-man mines.
Anne Lill has her own dog training school in Norway, China and Taiwan and is a highly sought after international speaker in the fields of scent discrimination, behaviour and problem solving.
International Dog Trainer School
Starts it’s 4th course in Tallinn the 7th of May 2020.