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Practical skills for dog training instructors

The first ever APDT practical educational course was completed in June, with 25 APDT members passing the OCN accreditation.

The course took place over a period of six months and students enjoyed lectures from a wide range of tutors on a variety of topics, including Tony Orchard on presentation skills, Val Strong on diet and behaviour, Pam Mackinnon on training rehomed dogs and John Rogerson on difficult dogs in class.

Each unit incorporated a range of learning activities including experiential and open learning, directed reading, written work, and topic presentation - all geared towards practical class instruction for APDT members and the Open College Network accreditation.

At the same time, the preliminary practical course saw another 18 students complete two weekends of introductory practical training sessions and interactive lectures. This course is open to all and is designed to focus on practical skills for those who are assisting in classes or hope to become class instructors.

APDT education in 2003!

Next year’s APDT courses will take place from February to June, and will be held in York.

Enrolment is now taking place. For more details please send a SAE to APDT (Education), Peacocks Farm, Northchapel, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9JB, call 01428 707620, or download the application form from the website at www.apdt.co.uk