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COURSES OVERVIEW

APDT Pet Dog Training Instructors’ Courses 

 

 Our instructors’ courses consist of two long weekends (Thursday – Sunday).  In 2024 we will be offering a Foundation, Advanced and a Part Two online, and a Foundation, Advanced and Part Two residential course at Moulton College.

After each weekend you will receive homework in the form of essays which will need to be completed by a given due date.  You must join online/attend Moulton College on both weekends, submit your homework assingments and read the required books, to complete the course.

Once you are registered, we will send you the course reading list.  We ask you to complete the reading list by the end of the second weekend, but some – like learning theory books – will be particularly useful in answering your first weekend’s homework.  Access to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Students’ Library is included in the course fee, you just have to pay postage to return the books.

We have a FAQ’s section on our website which should answer all your questions, but if they don’t please email  

Dates for 2024 can be accessed through the links further down this page.

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We always ask for feed-back from our students; scroll down the page for some of their comments.

 

 

APDT Courses

FOUNDATION COURSE

Our Foundation Course is for people who have little or no experience of dog training instructing.

PART TWO COURSE

Our Part Two course is for people who have successfully completed the Foundation course.

ADVANCED COURSE

Our Advanced course is for instructors with at least one year’s experience of teaching classes.

COURSES FAQ's

FAQ's and Information to help you make an informed decision about which course is right for you.

What do you get for your course fee?

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Tuition from experienced Association of Pet Dog Trainers members

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Support from tutors both in and away from class.

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Maximum 25 students per class

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Opportunity to meet, talk to and work with like-minded people.

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Homework – this is an important way to consolidate what you have learnt, highlight any gaps in your understanding and encourage you to ‘read around’ the subjects.

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Access to the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Student Library from registration until the end of your course. You just have to pay return postage

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Facebook and email support while on the course and for as long as you need afterwards

Where are the courses held?

 

Our residential courses are held at Moulton College in Northampton.

Our online courses are delivered via Zoom

Reviews from our Students

‘This is an excellent course on which to build a foundation (aptly named!) to progress onto more detailed learning of dogs and teaching methods.’

‘I wasn’t sure how I’d cope with 3 days on zoom, but with the breaks and mix of interactive sessions, I didn’t find myself flagging until the last day, in the afternoon. I see this as a huge compliment to the team running the course, as delivering content via a screen, and keeping everyone awake and engaged is a special skill!’

‘Fantastic course’

‘I have enjoyed the course and feel I have been given the opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills. After this course I feel more confident in myself with regards to speaking and helping other owners when assisting at my local dog training class.’

‘Was full on but brilliant and I really enjoyed it and think I will have got a lot out of it.’

‘All the tutors are great and make you feel so supported and I felt very comfortable asking any questions.’

‘Course was great for moving on my knowledge and making me think about solutions, choice-based, etc’

“Humour, friendship, support, information, detail, all lent itself to knowing I chose the right course and excited to participate in the next few years of training”

“Structure of weekend was great – felt like I got enough out of each session without being completely overwhelmed with information”

‘Loved it! Thank you all so much! Wish it could go on’

“Fantastic quality of lecturing from all lecturers – Conveyed information exceptionally well, at a manageable pace; Kept lectures interesting; Patient, approachable and responded well to all questions”

‘The tutors were friendly and informal and yet very experienced and able to explain things patiently. I was impressed with their ability to teach online.’

‘Enjoyable and informative, thank you and all the team for a great weekend.’

‘I have enjoyed the course and feel I have been given the opportunity to improve my knowledge and skills. After this course I feel more confident in myself with regards to speaking and helping other owners when assisting at my local dog training class.’

‘Enjoyable and informative, thank you and all the team for a great weekend.’

‘The timings worked well; the course was intense, but we had good breaks and teaching was resumed punctually with no unnecessary chit chat.’

 ‘I have really loved the APDT curriculum. When I speak to people in the industry who haven’t been through the course, I don’t think they understand how thorough it is.’

‘Lovely rapport with tutors and class helped make the college an ideal learning environment’

“All Tutors were lovely – huge amount of knowledge and expertise and absolutely no judgement from anyone and I was instantly made to feel comfortable to ask questions”. 

‘I had a lovely weekend and honestly could not fault anything. All the tutors and other students were so friendly and welcoming. The course was structured well and included sessions that were all so valuable and important. Being able to borrow books and the organisation of the course before hand was so nice and made me feel relaxed before the course even started.’

 ‘Very well delivered sessions’

‘The course has given me a great start to my desire to be a dog trainer – looking forward to Part Two’

APDT Courses

FOUNDATION COURSE

Our Foundation Course is for people who have little or no experience of dog training instructing.

PART TWO COURSE

Our Part Two course is for people who have successfully completed the Foundation course.

ADVANCED COURSE

Our Advanced course is for instructors with at least one year’s experience of teaching classes.

COURSES FAQ's

FAQ's and Information to help you make an informed decision about which course is right for you.