The ISCP affiliation programme has been set up with the aim of increasing cooperation and collaboration between students and teachers within all areas of canine study, for the benefit of all. The aim of this is to increase the support available for dogs, their carers and rescue organisations through encouraging the study of a wide range of subjects in the canine psychology, behaviour, training and complementary therapy arenas.
The ISCP actively encourages continuing professional development, and runs a CPD programme for professionals. Affiliations with other schools, training centres and centres for complementary therapies help to further broaden the skills that can make a significant difference to the lives and wellbeing of dogs and people.
The affiliation programme gives ISCP students opportunities to train and study with leaders in the field of dog psychology, behaviour and training, while also strengthening links with other organisations who promote positive, force-free methods. ISCP students choosing to take part in this programme can include their additional studies and gain extra practical study for their ISCP diploma course.
INTO Dogs is a members-only organisation for dog trainers, behaviourists and other dog professionals who promote only positive, force-free methods that enhance the quality of life for dogs and their owners. High ethical standards are expected of members, with the welfare and wellbeing of the dog and owner as the central focus. The exchange of ideas, support and advice between members, as well as continued professional development, are encouraged. INTO Dogs keeps members informed about all new regulations and teachings.
Wolf and dog expert and holistic behaviourist Dr Isla Fishburn founded Kachina Canine Communication. Isla has a BSc in Zoology, a Masters degree in Conservation and a PhD in Conservation Ecology. She teaches courses in dog and wolfdog behaviour and wellbeing. Isla is a member of the International Society for Anthrozoology (ISAZ) and the Association of INTO Dogs, and is on the Panel of Experts for the Dog Welfare Alliance.
Jo Pay has been training dogs for 18 years, starting many years ago with Hearing Dogs For Deaf People and is the European Manager for Victoria Stilwell Positively Dog Training. Having completed diploma courses with Compass Education and The Animal Care College, Jo has also been lucky enough to learn from leading experts in the field of dog training. Jo is part of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme working towards accreditation and runs Standish Dog Trainer, offering companion dog classes, puppy parties, Kennel Club Rally Obedience, agility classes, clicker and tricks classes and also offers 1-2-1 training and behaviour modification sessions.
Trainer Caroline Wilkinson is a certified dog trainer and Real Dog Yoga practioner and teacher, and runs Ruff Hounds training school. She gained her qualification through top pet behaviour counsellor, trainer and author Sarah Whitehead. The Clever Dog Company has a reputation as offering the very best in modern, fun dog training. Caroline runs classes in puppy training, mixed age dog training and Real Dog Yoga.
Dale McLelland is the owner and principal trainer at Being Canine in Ayrshire, Scotland. Dale gained an Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Management with distinction through Compass, and aims to foster a real partnership between dogs and owners and to encourage “thinking dogs.” Dale is a professional member of the Dog Welfare Alliance.
Georgina, our neuroscience expert, is the founder of Simply Behaviour and is engaged in an upcoming PhD in Affective Neuroscience. From her MSc in Applied Canine Behaviour she has a particular interest in how we can relate behaviour to the internal environment, with the added benefit of being able to measure brain and nervous system activity. Her excellent online courses cover a wide variety of subjects.
HumAnima CIC was founded by Kathryn Kimbley and is based in the West Midlands. This award-winning organisation provides counselling and tailor-made Animal Assisted Therapy and Animal Assisted Psychotherapy programmes, and also runs courses in Animal Assisted Therapy.
Dogs have always fascinated me. From the domestic dogs we share our lives with to their wild and feral counterparts. And then there are wolves, the very beasts that captivated my imagination as a young boy and have instilled a passion in me that has been strengthened with every passing year of my life.
My training methods and interactions with dogs are motivated by a deep love and respect for the animal. I am in a continuous search for further knowledge and learning experiences to deepen my appreciation for dogs and the lives they lead. I share this knowledge with the aim to help owners and their dogs live fuller lives together. I also host regular seminars & lectures with some of the world’s leading names in canine behaviour.
Canine Perspective CIC is a social enterprise dedicated to utilising positive dog training and the human-canine bond in order to train you, from your dog’s point of view. Alongside dog training and behavioural consultations, predominantly in and around South Wales, we work to achieve our social mission. This mission centres around utilising the unique abilities of dogs as a catalyst for positive change. Our signature project is Canine Hope, a programme designed for survivors of rape and sexual violence with a link to our book, Reggie and Me, the first book in The Dani Moore Trilogy.
Chris Kent is the Project Founder and Programme Lead of the K9 Project, and author of the inspirational book “Hounds Who Heal”.
The K9 Project brings the magic of people and dogs together to create better outcomes for both. Working alongside their project dogs (all ex shelter dogs) Their unique range of programmes focusing on enhancing emotional well-being include animal assisted personal development coaching for adults, animal assisted education and activities for vulnerable young people and support and guidance for disadvantaged dog owners and their family pets. From children and young people who are not benefiting from conventional education to adults who want to change their lives for the better, we have facilitated numerous workshops, programmes, individual and group sessions to help them find new directions on their way through life. At K9 we believe everyone deserves at least a second chance, and by working alongside our lovely team of dogs we can help them find that opportunity, and grab it with both paws. (Sorry…hands!)
Modern Dog Group consists of several Facebook groups dedicated to sharing modern, science-based information with their members. The MDG Community Magazine contains a wealth of information and articles about all aspects of dog training, behaviour and health. You can join the Modern Dog Training & Behaviour Group on Facebook, too.
Dog Decoder is a smartphone app about dog body language. In the name of safety and humane education between dogs and humans, I was inspired to create this app because of the large numbers of people being bitten by dogs because of the lack of understanding about how to read dogs, furthermore these dogs end up in shelters to be re-homed again and again or worse, euthanized.
For over 35 years, as a dog trainer I have devoted myself to coaching clients about the nature of dogs i.e, their body language and energy- as it relates to effective training for both dogs and humans alike.
Sally is a renowned behaviourist, trainer and lecturer, and co-founder (with her husband, Sean Hopkins) of Dog Games Ltd. As the inventor and designer of dog harnesses, collars and leads, the Dog Games Fleece Lined Harnesses and Perfect Fit Harnesses have transformed the lives of dogs and their carers and resulted in Sally becoming a highly respected canine consultant for the global pet industry. Sprinkles TM, Sally’s method of helping dogs to learn how to be calm and focussed, has revolutionised our understanding of dogs. The Dog Games Ltd website contains a wealth of information about a wide range of dog-related subjects in the areas of behaviour, research and training.
Toni Shelbourne has worked with domesticated and wild canids since 1989. After a long and successful career with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, she started her own business as a Tellington TTouch Companion Animal Practitioner. She is now one of the highest qualified Practitioners in the UK. In 2001 her skills in TTouch took Toni to the UK Wolf Conservation Trust were she meet a pack of socialised wolves. She went on to work with them for over a decade as a Senior Wolf Handler and Education Officer for the organisation. Through observing the wolves she has a unique insight into their behaviour. This led to her questioning the ingrained ideas about the alpha theory with dogs, ideas that were often in conflict with her own knowledge and observations. Today she advises wolf organisations and zoos on wolf behaviour and management.
Over the last decade Toni has been developing her writing. She spent two years editing and writing features for Wolf Print, the UK Wolf Conservation Trust’s international magazine. She went on to write for national dog magazines, rescue society newsletters and websites. Her first book, The Truth about Wolves & Dogs, was published in 2012 and followed in 2015 by Among the Wolves: Memoirs of a Wolf Handler. Since then she has published a number of books with more in the planning and writing stages. Her latest writing collaboration with author Karen Bush sees a series of books entitled Help… My Dog is. The first, Help…My Dog is Scared of Fireworks was a great success. More titles are planned. Visit the books website or the Facebook page for more details.
Linda Michaels, M. A., Experimental Psychology (Hons), focuses on the psychological aspects of dog behavior that often mirror human psychological conditions, such as: fear, separation/attachment disorders and aggression as well as animal wellness. Her laboratory research experience in behavioral neurobiology examined the interface between behavior and the brain. Linda’s unique combination of scientific training and hands-on experience with dogs and wolfdogs creates a bridge between the worlds of research, dog trainers and pet parents as demonstrated in her presentation at the Pet 2015 Professional Guild (PPG) inaugural summit: Understanding Research: Making the case for force-free training. Linda was recently rated one of the top ten dog trainers in the United States, by Top Ten Magazine.
Linda’s worked with some of the most difficult cases at the San Diego Humane Society and SPCA across five years, and is an outspoken animal welfare advocate opposing dominance-based dog training methods and aversive collar devices.
The development of the Hierarchy of Dog Needs ™ (HDN) — A wellness and force-free behavior modification guide — is one of Linda’s most significant contributions to animal welfare and training. The HDN closes the door on the perceived need and advisability of using punitive or aversive methods to train our pet dogs, offering a clear, easy-to-use force-free alternative to some of the most popular teaching paradigms now available. The HDN is in use internationally by veterinary behaviorists, veterinarians, dog trainers (including working-dog trainers), groomers, shelters, rescues, animal welfare advocates, as well as pet parents, and will be available in Spanish soon (Dogalia).
Simons Soldiers Foundation employs veterans to find and train homeless dogs as emotional support companions for veterans disabled by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The foundation uses cost-efficient, fast-track protocols to train rescue dogs to better meet the overwhelming demand for PTSD Emotional Support Companion Canines.
Simons Soldiers is Central Command for a network of cost-efficient, regional non-profit Training Centers to help PTSD vets and homeless dogs team to build productive, interactive lives.
This non-profit organization provides economy of scale, proven protocols, and a communications center for PTSD dog organizations to share ideas, improve programs, boost cost-efficiency, generate buying power and assist the most veterans possible. Most importantly, it dramatically expands training capabilities and significantly boosts the supply of specially-trained PTSD dogs for combat veterans.
You can also find Simons Soldiers on Facebook page.
Carole Justice Gray is the UK Co-coordinator of the European Guild of Canine Bowen Therapists (EGCBT) and authorised teacher of Canine Bowen Technique for EGCBT. She has been working as a Bowen Practitioner since 2009 in Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire as well as travelling far afield working with dogs. In 2014 after working with and shadowing Sally & Ron Askew for two years in UK and Switzerland, Carole began running and teaching the established EGCBT Canine Bowen Technique self-Interest and practitioner course in the UK with fellow Canine Bowen Technique practitioner Eileen Smith. In 2016 Carole will be teaching in Holland and assisting Nicole Frohlich with her EGCBT Canine Bowen Technique course in Switzerland.
For further information about Carole, Canine Bowen Technique and the training courses available please see www.caninebowentherapist.co.uk.
Kathie Gregory is a qualified animal behaviourist specialising in advanced cognitive awareness and emotional intelligence. She has developed freewillteaching® a revolutionary new approach to teaching animals. Kathie regularly writes for PPG’s Barks from the Guild and Kennel & Cattery Magazine. Her first book, A tale of two horses: a passion for free will teaching, published by Hubble & Hattie is available from major booksellers online and instore.
Tom Candy BSc (Hons) MSc CAB. Full member of the Association of INTO Dogs, and a member of the INTO Dogs committee. Full member of the British Veterinary Behaviour Association. Accredited Animal Behaviourist, Animal Behaviour and Training council.
Following the completion of his degrees Tom is now a Training and Behaviour advisor at Dogs Trust in Ilfracombe, North Devon, working with dogs both in kennels and in home environments with a range of training and behaviour problems.
Katie Scott-Dyer APDT,UK, IMDT, TAGteach and ISAP has owned and operated Love Dog Training for the past 11 years. Based in South Gloucestershire, the business specialises in fun life skills puppy and dog training courses, and offers support far beyond the end of class. She also offers behaviour consultations.
Katie collaborates regularly with other local dog training professionals, writing and presenting workshops and seminars to dog guardians and professionals alike. Always learning, Katie is currently studying at undergraduate level and has ASD, autism spectrum disorder, which her work with canines and other species has greatly increased her abilities and confidence around people. She rides horses in her spare time and dreams of owning her own horse someday!
Dog First Aid Ltd specialises in providing certified training for dog professionals and is the UK’s leading Dog First Aid Franchise. Our Dog First Aid programmes are unique, UK courses teaching canine first aid designed specifically for those working with dogs. We are the only qualified UK company to offer the Continued Professional Development (CPD) accredited Emergency Canine Care™ (ECC) Course.
Our Core Purpose is to provide those working with dogs veterinary approved emergency dog first aid skills and the confidence to act appropriately and correctly when required. Please visit www.dog-first-aid.com for more information.
Rachel Bean is a Qualified Veterinary Nurse and has worked in Veterinary Practice for 20 years. With the support of the Practice Veterinarians in the Greater Manchester and Lancashire area Rachel has for many years consulted with owners who encounter problem behaviour with their Dogs. Rachel works with clients in their home on a One to One basis and helps them achieve a better understanding of their dog’s behaviour.
Before qualifying as a Veterinary Nurse, Rachel was an Assistant Kennel Manager for the Dogs Trust and has a good deal of experience in the rescue, rehabilitation and re-homing of dogs.
Rachel won Pet Health Counsellor of the Year in 2004 and has a certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour issued by The British Veterinary Nurse Association. Rachel is a listed and Registered Veterinary Nurse with The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and is a Full Member of The Canine and Feline Behaviour Association as this enables Rachel to work with Vets via Referral.
Rachel has recently become very involved with The Soi Dog Foundation, the street dog Shelter based in Phuket in Thailand and has visited four times in the last 2 years.
Sindhoor is a canine behaviour consultant educated by Turid Rugaas. She set up Bangalore Hundeskole in Bangalore, India with the goal of providing holistic and scientific care for our dogs, which attempts to improve a dog’s quality of life by altering the living environment, improving non-verbal communication between dogs and humans, improving diet and optimizing the lifestyle based on the individual needs of the dog and his/her humans. Bangalore Hundeskole recently opened Bangalore Hundeskole Academy which aims at providing several different courses that range from single weekend courses to year-long courses, catering to the different needs to pet parents, pet professionals and aspiring behaviour consultants.
Sindhoor also writes on related topics in her own blog, as well as for other journals like Bark Magazine and PDTE Journal. She maintained, for two years, a weekly column on the topic in a local newspaper with a circulation of 156,000 daily. She is also the founder of Bombat Dawgz, a special interest group of dog lovers in the city with more than 10,000 members. Sindhoor is currently a full member of Pet Dog Trainers of Europe and is the editor for the PDTE Journal.
Lives of Streeties is a special project of Sindhoor’s, that aims to identify the activity budget of free ranging dogs. The larger goal of this project is to enable more studies on free ranging dogs, as a way to understand their “natural behaviour”.
I have been lucky enough to be able to tap into some of the top trainers and behaviourists, being there at the start of science based training and attending the earliest conferences in the subject. I have completed the Think Dog course run by Sarah Whitehead to become a qualified behaviourist.
People soon started asking me to recommend a dog groomer or a walker, or other pet services. These are all areas that anyone can set up in, as the only pet service that is regulated is Veterinary Practice.
I was made redundant (from Groundwork Northamptonshire) in 2011 and used the money to attend a practical dog grooming course alongside doing a paper based level 3 course. Once I had completed the practical course I set up Cloverleaf, offering a mobile grooming service while I looked for suitable premises to work from. Cloverleaf Canine Centre opened in Corby, Northants, in March 2012, offering grooming, day care, behaviour consultations and training all under one roof.
I completed the paper based grooming course in October 2012, gaining a diploma with a Distinction and am now proud to have the initials S.A.C. Dip after my name.
So that my clients know I am offering a great service I have joined the Pet Care Trust, am a member of the British Dog Groomer’s Association, and am on the sub committee of The Association of INTODogs. I am working on my own education all the time, attending courses and Continuous Professional Development training I am half way through doing a Foundation Degree in Canine Behaviour Management, looking forward to a future where all pet care is regulated. I am a member of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructors and will be taking the test this year to become a full member.
Cloverleaf grooming is a spa for dogs; with a hydrobath power shower for dogs, giving them a deep clean with a stimulating water massage, I offer pawdicures and facials for those who need a tidy up between full grooms. And as a qualified behaviourist I am able to work with dogs that have been banned from elsewhere.
More recently I am starting to specialise in remedial grooming for dogs that have issues at the groomers, I am finding that this is a growing problem and am taking referrals from other behaviourists that have had dogs referred via the vet. I am having to refer back to the vet in a lot of these cases as the dogs appear to be acting out of pain which has gone unnoticed by the dog’s usual care group, having a fresh pair of eyes is of obvious benefit to them. Once the pain has been managed I am able to work on counter conditioning and desensitisation to get the dog back to being comfortable with the process.
I have also started up Pawsitive Ringcraft, because of some of the practices I was seeing at ring craft classes while taking my dogs training.
I currently have 3 border collies; Faie, who was gifted to me by her breeder and her offspring Tatty and Storm. Faie is the face of Cloverleaf and helps me run day care, she is happy to play with other dogs or just to hang out with them, depending on their needs. Tatty is blue merle and as nutty as they come. She is loves the show ring and was at Crufts at only 9 months old. Storm was sold at 10 weeks old but came back at 6 months because of some behaviour issues he’d acquired. He’s still got some work to do but is shaping up to be a good stooge dog. Both Faie and Tatty have done the Good Citizens Bronze test.
Rachael has four dogs, Fly, Charlie ( DHK Personal Support School Dog), both Lab x springers, Menace, a rescue sprocker from Dogs Trust and Sprout, a podenco x, rescued from Spain. Rachael first found her love of training when she took Fly, her eldest dog, to training classes, she loved the bond that was formed by kind training methods with Fly and she never looked back, her love of training has been passed down to her two sons who are actively involved in training all four of the family’s canine companions. Her aim is to help others form a truly unique bond with their dogs through training.
Rachael is a Tellington TTouch Practitioner Apprentice. Learning about dog training is certainly never ending and she is always looking to further her knowledge and skills. She recently graduated from Victoria Stilwell’s Dog Training Academy, and passed with a distinction.
Mighty Dog Graphics is an Irish based company owned and run by Denise O’Moore ADipCBM, MIACE – whose background includes over 20 years experience in: Film, Animation, Comics, Graphic illustrations, Stage and Interior design work, along with being a trainer qualified in Canine behaviour management working with pet and assistance dogs. A professional member of PPGBI, supporting member of IAABC and certified Fear Free Professional.
Our ethics: MDG believes in and promotes positive training for all animals be it via graphic communication or physical association. We strongly look at education as the key to forwarding the area of dog training and look forward to being part of it as best we can.
Butternut Box cook and deliver boxes of fresh dog food to homes across the UK. Using human grade ingredients and cooking and low temperatures, Butternut Box have made it easy to serve your dog home cooked food safe in the knowledge that all of their meals are nutritionally complete and balanced.
Kevin and David, the founders of Butternut Box, focus on three things; making great dog food, providing an amazing customer experience, and giving back along the way. For every dog that signs up, they donate a meal to a homeless or sheltered dog.
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Elaine Stavert from Animal Therapy Works is a Canine Holistic Consultant. Educated by Turid Rugaas – IDTE Canine Behaviour and Training, Elaine is also a therapist practising Canine Merishia Massage, Indirect Myofascial Release, Acupoint Therapy, Photizo LED Red Light Therapy, Reiki Master and Herbal Choices (Zoopharmacognosy.
Elaine has an extensive canine herb garden at her home in Buckinghamshire where she makes aromatic waters (hydrosols), and herbal extracts for use in client sessions. Elaine particularly likes to work with senior dogs, and having survived a stroke, has a special interest in those with neurological issues.
Elaine is most interested in neuroplasticity, the gut microbiome and the brain-gut connection, and is continuing further research on these subjects whilst helping to educate people by taking her Happy, Healthy Dog talk to as many places as possible. As an herbalist, Elaine is author of 5 books for GMC (The Guild of Master Craftsmen) – how to make various herbal products – and advises clients on how to safely use essential oils and herbs with their dogs.
My name is Rachel Birt and I am the owner and teacher at Four Paws Learning and I share my life with six dogs and one very understanding husband.
I am passionate about teaching dogs and their people how to have fun and enjoy life together, in a gentle, mindful and positive way.
I have had dogs in my life for over forty years and have spent the last twenty years working hard to gain my reputation as a responsible and reputable breeder of working dogs under my affix Raezhaven. I started out with border collies and currently specialise in breeding, rearing and teaching the working variety of cocker spaniel.
I am a Dog Training Professional Full Member of the PPGBI, a Talking Dogs Scentwork(R) Accredited Trainer and studying as a Tellington Ttouch Training Practitioner at Tilley Farm and a student at The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour (ISCP).
Puppies are my passion and are such a joy to teach and it is no surprise to anyone that knows me to reveal that their needs are at the heart of developing my learning programme at Four Paws Learning. I am passionate about teaching them and their guardians how to develop the skills they need to fit into today’s society and learn in a fun, gentle way that is mindful and positive for all concerned both canine and human.
Finding a way to balance all the teaching that has influenced me over the years, especially in the last two years, and create a learning pathway that has a holistic approach, has been a journey of discovery and experimenting with synergy that fits, is most productive and rewarding in its outcome. The aim has been to empower the learner and enrich the canine human relationship by providing the tools and knowledge necessary to achieve their goals.
The feedback I have received from friends and clients has encouraged me to move forward in my thinking, formulate the skills I have learnt, use the experiences I have had and as a result I am excited at the opportunities that are unfolding and excited to see what is around the corner.
Jane Miller works in private practice as a licensed psychotherapist/clinical social worker, with a particular interest in holistic modalities of healing. Miller earned her BA in psychology and biology from Oberlin College, and her MA in Clinical Social Work from Case Western Reserve University. She received the Irene Sogg Gross Award for Humanitarian Services and has contributed scholarly essays for professional journals and anthologies in the field of clinical social work.
Author of Healing Companions: Ordinary Dogs and Their Extraordinary Power to Transform Lives, Miller currently focuses on educating others about the legal, ethical, and practical criteria of working with Psychiatric Service Dogs (PSDs). In her clinical practice, Miller provides assessments for clients for PSDs, assists them in finding potential PSDs (from shelter/rescue or foster homes), and works with the client through foundational training, public access training and task training.
Miller’s experience led her to establish the non-profit organization, Healing Companions, Inc., to fund the growing demand for PSD assessment, education, and training. Donations will implement scientific research to demonstrate how PSDs impact the lives of those that are severely limited in their abilities to function due to mental illness. WHAT WE DO:
Our Mission is built on Three Pillars:
Jane Miller’s lifelong passion for healing has emphasized the human-animal connection, culminating in her certification as a Canine Massotherapist, Reiki practitioner, and as a Certified Dog Behavior Consultant by the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC-CDBC) and the Association of Animal Behavior Professionals ( AABP-CDBC).
Jane’s work and passion as a psychotherapist is to eradicate the stigma in our society surrounding mental illness. Jane believes we need to share stories of those with mental illness who are living productive, independent lives filled with integrity, joy, struggles, and courage. Her passion is to change perceptions, taking the “I” out of mental Illness and changing it to “WE’” in mental Wellness, through training shelter dogs in the role of psychiatric service dogs and placing them with those coping with mental illness. In this process, both the dog and human can live productive, independent lives, a win-win situation transforming the lives of so many.