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The Real Dog Yoga

Instructors Course


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The Real Dog Yoga

Contents 1.Course details (date/location/price/criteria)
 2.About Jo-Rosie
 3.About the book
 4.About the venue
 5.Course aims
 6.Day 1
 7.Day 2
 8.Day 3
 9.Day 4
 10.What you will need
 11.Booking form


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The Real Dog Yoga

Course Details Date: July 11 - 14 2017
 Location: National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT Watford) Price: £450 for full participant place About You (criteria for undertaking The Real Dog Instructors Course): • We welcome everyone on this course from experienced dog behaviourists, to yoga instructors who want to add strings to their bow. • You must be passionate about dogs and have had experience handling dogs. • No formal qualifications in dog training are necessary as we will go through the relevant scientific studies and you will learn from the bottom upwards. • All that said, an understanding of force-free animal training is a must! If you haven’t done so already, grab a clicker and a dog start reading/practicing as much as you can. All participants will be expected to be able to demonstrate experience of having done some clicker training on application (even if it’s just a video of you clicker training your own dog). • All candidates must have read the book in full before the course. • Upon successful application you will be asked to write a profile of yourself so that you can be matched to another participant and a sanctuary dog.


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The Real Dog Yoga

About Jo-Rosie Jo-Rosie is an animal behaviourist with a degree in applied psychology and a post graduate in animal behaviour. Best known for her work co-presents channel 4‘s Rescue Dogs to Super Dogs, Jo-Rosie has enjoyed a range of other TV opportunities. She is currently working on a new project for ITV due for release 2017. After finishing her formal education, Jo-Rosie worked for a large animal charity where her work included a large project about the rehoming and welfare of bull breeds called RespectABull. After moving into a large private behaviour clinic and working mainly with section 1 and 3 dangerous dogs, she became an independent expert witness and then went on to work for herself. Jo-Rosie set up a Sussex based behaviour and training company which is still thriving. In 2014 Jo-Rosie published popular training book ‘The Real Dog Yoga’ and is currently cowriting another title for the same publisher called ‘Desperate House Dogs’ which is set for release in 2017. Her passion for rescue dogs and in particular Pit Bull Terriers, has lead her to be one of the countries leading experts on the breed and as such she has been asked to talk on mainstream national TV, international and local radio as well as write for National and local papers on the subject. For the last year Jo-Rosie has enjoyed her role as Head of Behaviour for the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers lecturing both in the UK and Internationally and writing the level IV OCN accredited process for assessing behaviourists. Earlier this year herself and partner, Nando Brown, decided to stop lecturing for the IMDT to set up The School of Canine Science. A company which aims to help dog enthusiasts, dog trainers and dog behaviourists develop skills, evolve their knowledge base and thrive in business.


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The Real Dog Yoga

About The Book The book covers the whole training protocol as developed for real dog yoga and takes owners, step by step, through each of the 30 postures, 15 actions and 10 expression in basic dog yoga. "The Real Dog Yoga is a refreshing look at the effect of movement on emotion. Jo-Rosie creatively integrates force-free dog training with relaxation. The book helps you create a common language with your dog about body movements, not for the sake of tricks you can show off, but for the sake of the dog’s own wellbeing." - Grisha Stewart, empowered animals/BAT

There is a chapter on set-up and environment and the book concludes with a section regarding the application of real dog yoga for dogs in challenging environments and dog presenting with "Dog Yoga is not about ‘training’ nor is it challenging behaviour. Available in the UK and Europe from April 2015 The Real Dog Yoga is a book written by the founder of real dog yoga, Jo-Rosie Haffenden. Published by First Stone Publishing and then co-published for the European market by Kynos, this book is available to buy in English and German.

about forcing a dog to participate in pointless and/or potentially stressful activities for personal gain. It is about education and teaching good life-skills that will benefit every dog, regardless of their age or experience. It reminds guardians to look for and acknowledge possibility, and liberates humans and dogs alike from limitation." - Sarah Fisher, TTouch


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The Real Dog Yoga

About the venue

We are very lucky to be running this course at the National Animal Welfare Trust. NAWT started rescuing animals independently in 1971 and now operates over five centers. The Hertfordshire center operates in Watford and rehomes around 500 animals a year. They rehome dogs and cats but also guinea pigs and rabbits. The kennel uses the Open Paw program which is a fantastic animal welfare program which was started in 2000. This involves innovative and well researched routines and practices which reduce kennel stress, increase enrichment and keep them kennels a quieter and happier place! During the five days we will be working with selected NAWT dogs and helping them to learn skills which will definitely make them easier for NAWT to rehome. Some of the dogs we will be working with may have had a trickier history and it will be paramount that all members of the course listen closely to details regarding the dogs history as well as particular do’s and dont’s for the individuals we will be working with. The dogs at Old Windsor come from a vast array of backgrounds with many stray, abandoned, neglected and abused dogs looking for homes. This is a fantastic opportunity, to meet and assess a selection of rescue dogs and then train the dogs you have selected for the helper dog role. During their time with us we hope that you will all take plenty of photos and videos of the dogs which will help to attract potential new owners for the dogs we are working with. Each group of four will be given two human case studies. During the course you will select and assess a dog to work with each case study. Pairs will then take one of the case studies and one dog to work with for the entirety of the course. We will have access to non public areas of the site during the course and we will brief everyone with rules to follow during our visit but it is important to remember we will be guests. This also means you will not be able to bring your own dogs onto the site beyond the small car park.


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The Real Dog Yoga

Course Aims This course aims to teach participants so they come away feeling confident to teach small classes of dogs and their carers the 30 postures, 10 expressions and 15 actions in basic dog yoga using a method called option training. 
 The instructors course looks to teach each participant: • The importance of teaching calmness and stillness. • The benefits of option training. • The benefits of teaching real dog yoga. • The basic principles of break theory and how it it is used to create a better training atmosphere for dogs and their carers. • A full understanding of why we teach each of the 30 postures, 15 actions and 10 expressions. • How to use the clicker and option training to teach postures, actions and expressions using shaping, luring and context stimulants. • How to set up an environment suitable for option training. • with their own dog • in a 121 setting • in a class setting • with dogs in more challenging environments • How to recognise dog and human opt-outs and break protocols in 121 and class settings The course also aims to: • Help the sanctuary dogs to become calm and practice calmness • Train the sanctuary dogs postures, actions and expressions which will help them in their lives to come


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The Real Dog Yoga

Day 1

9:00am THEORY OF LEARNING - Option training and context learning - Errorless learning - How dogs learn - Why dogs fail: stress and the brain - Why people fail: pace, expectation and frustration - Breaks and the importance of processing 10:30 BREAK FOR COFFEE 10:45 Contra feedloading and why dogs choose to learn 12:00 The rules of the mat 12: 15 Each participant is matched another participant and then the pair are given the dog they will be working 12:30 - 1:15pm LUNCH During lunch each pair will be given a time slot to go and meet their dog and to spend a few minutes carefully getting to know them a little. 1:30 PRACTICAL SESSION Each pair will plan a space and then create an environment for another pair to teach in based on this mornings learning. Each participant will practice break protocol with their partner in the space designed for them Each participant will use the methods learnt to teach their given base posture to their dog 4:30 TEA AND SNACK 4:45: DEBRIEF 5:00 - 5:30: GROUP DISCUSSION How might our learning today be used to plan an environment for group learning?


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The Real Dog Yoga

Day 2

9:00am PRACTICAL SESSION Instructor Jo-Rosie guides Group 1 a given posture in a class set up with Group 2 observing 10:00am DEBRIEF 10:30 Instructor Jo-Rosie teaches Group 2 a given posture in a class set up 11:30 DEBRIEF 12:30 LUNCH 1:30 POSTURE, ACTION AND EXPRESSION THEORY - The law of effect and associated science - What yoga does to the brain - Why teach dogs functional postures - Functional rewards and dialogue 14:15 FIFTY SHADES OF DOG - Video analysis and discussion: what does this dog mean? - How can we use yoga to create dialogue - What does the caregiver learn and how can we teach them - What do yoga sessions with clients look like? - Opting people and dogs out HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENTS: Tomorrow - each pair will be given a dog to work with and a posture to teach their dog. Each pair will talk the group through set up - why and where they have set up and what they have learnt about their dog so far. The group will then watch each pair use the method to work their dog through the base steps and teach them something.


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The Real Dog Yoga

Day 3

9:00am HOW TO USE YOGA WITH DOGS WITH ISSUES -How to use mats and base positions to counter-condition dogs to noises and objects - How to use the active postures to reduce threshold and increase deescalation around triggers for reactive dogs - How to use dog yoga to increase confidence and bonding for scared dogs - How to use dog yoga to help dogs who suffer with high arousal and hyperactivity/fixation behaviour - How to use dog yoga to help dogs who don’t want to be touched or picked up 12:30 EARLY LUNCH 1:30 PRACTICAL SESSION Each pair will talk through how they are setting up their space and will then tell us what they have found out about their dogs learning. Each pair will then tell us why they are teaching the posture they are teaching their dog. Each pair will then get their dog our and will practice base then teach a posture of their choice. END OF DAY: ASSESSMENT TOMORROW Each participant will be paired to a new participant and a new dog to handle Each participant will be allocated a posture to teach a handler and their dog Each participant will be allocated a teacher and a dog to handle while their teacher teaches them a posture Homework will be to get prepared for the assessment and write a lesson plan ready for the following day


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The Real Dog Yoga

Day 4

9:00am A day of training assessments INFORMAL ASSESSMENT: Each participant will be allocated a handler to teach with their dog They will be given 10 minutes to set up the space for their particular dog They will then be given 20 minutes to formally work through a yoga session to teach their handler and their handler’s dog to do the posture they were allocated The teacher will be assessed on their knowledge, understanding and application of dog yoga and associated methods. The handler will also be assessed on their ability to read, command and break the dog. 5:00pm Each participant will then say goodbye to their dog and their new friends and go home. Emails will be received regarding the assessments and so long as the criteria is met, each participant will receive: - a certificate of attendance - permission and digital copies of branding to be used on material - lesson plan pdfs for a full term of Dog Yoga and handouts for class - Branded leaflet pdfs to be handed out to shops/vets/ groomers etc - Their name and location to be listed under the Find An Instructor page on the website


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The Real Dog Yoga

What you will need Tea and coffee facilities as well as lots of water and some yummy snacks will be provided but you will be responsible for your own lunch and dinner. You will be responsible for finding accommodation and/or travel to the venue although I will be sending our details of reduced rate accommodation nearer the time. You will need to bring with you: • • • • • • • •

4 days worth of clothing appropriate to working outside and with dogs A note book and pens to take notes A copy of The Real Dog Yoga (read) A clicker A whole range of treats to be used with your dog Prior knowledge using a clicker to train dogs An open mind No dogs to be bought on site of this course. Instead each participant will be matched with a suitable rescue dog to train throughout the course. Whilst risk assessments and checks will be taken to ensure the safety of all participants, you will be choosing to come to the course at your own risk and should ensure you feel comfortable throughout the course that you are safe.

RULES: • People who are found participating in the following activities will be removed from the course: • Practicing forceful or physical handling methods • Being rude, abusive or cruel either verbally or physically to human or dog • Taking unprescribed drugs • Being unsafe or causing others to be unsafe • Not following the rules as laid out by your instructor or any of the rescue kennel staff


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The Real Dog Yoga

Booking form Name: Telephone number: Address: Postcode: Email address: Should I be offered a place on the course I am happy to pay a non refundable deposit of ÂŁ150 to confirm the place. I understand that this deposit will be returned if the course is cancelled but should I cancel this deposit in non refundable: Yes [ ] No [ ] Please describe below your current experience working and/or handling dogs (feel free to continue on another sheet) :

Please list any courses or qualifications you have that you feel are relevant to the course (feel free to continue on another sheet):

Please list any other information you wish us to have including any physical disabilities/ allergies or injuries (feel free to continue on another sheet):

We aim to confirm bookings within 5 working days of application. Thanks!


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