The Animal Emotions 2022 Scholarship Program

This Scholarship Program is based on the honor system.

I offer a lot of free resources to help pet owners and animal professionals get happier animals that are reasonably well behaved and thrive with people.

But some of my courses are paid.  These paid courses constitute my living and fund the production of my free courses and all the other free educational content that I create. I’m really grateful to host a global audience, and I’m acutely aware of the vast range of economic realities that my audience is facing.

So, I’m offering a handful of scholarships – I don’t want financial constraints to limit people’s access to this information!

This Animal Emotions 2022 Scholarship program is based on the honor system. Please, only submit an entry for a potential scholarship if it’s truly needs-based. I’m entrusting you — on your honor — to apply for a scholarship because without it, taking the course would not be financially possible right now.

In my selection efforts, I’ll strive to focus on finding candidates that can somehow make an impact in their community – among animals and people. Check out the details below, and get to it. (Act fast, because the deadline is Wednesday, January 26th at midnight PST)

The Animal Emotions 2022 Scholarship Program.

What it is: Complimentary access to the 2022 Animal Emotions Course.

How to be considered: Read the following questions and post your answer in the comments below.

Make sure your response is 250 words or less.

  1. How many animals would directly or indirectly benefit from your taking the course?
  2. Do you do any animal-related teaching?
  3. If admission to the Animal Emotions course landed in your lap, how would it help you, the animals in your care or your community? What difference would it make to you and the animals and people around you?

Everything You Need to Know

  • You apply with a written comment below. Yes, it must be public. No email entries will count.
  • Keep the total word count below 250 words – longer applications will be disqualified. If you’re unsure of whether you’re at the limit, count them here. 
  • The entry deadline is Wednesday, January 26th at midnight PST, and the recipients will be announced within 12 hours, on Thursday!
  • No purchase is necessary to receive a scholarship.
  • I’m the judge and my decision is subjective and final.
  • I’ll award a handful of scholarship seats. A specific number is not predetermined.
  • Remember: I’m looking for heart, compassion, drive and the ability to follow directions. Show me how this course will help you  create meaningful change.

I can’t wait to see your entry!

ps – when you write your entry, it doesn’t become visible immediately – you’ll just be brought to the top of the page.  No worries, the comment is in limbo waiting for approval – and although that may take some time, I will see your entry.

The scholarships for 2022 have been awarded – welcome back next year!

60 Replies to “The Animal Emotions 2022 Scholarship Program”

  1. Hi Karolina,

    I am a behaviour consultant in Nova Scotia, Canada. I originally started my love of learning about dogs and helping dogs as a foster parent. I loved seeing the transformations of the dogs in my care! I was so smitten by the love of learning, I took a course to become a certified dog trainer. I really enjoy your courses. I have had a stroke of misfortune in October when I broke my Tibia. I am still rehabilitating, I am unable to work. I really enjoy your teaching style and I feel like I am learning more and more from you. Thank you for providing these courses to people like myself. It is an honour.

  2. Hi I am interested in a scholarship because I have a very nervous/fearful dog myself and I became a dog trainer because of him in 2019, my dog as taught me so much that I wanted to help other people with their pets,I had a few clients then Covid hit and because I have a speech impediment I lost my clients has they couldn’t understand me over the phone or Internet, I have decided that I want to become a volunteer in a rescue centre to up my knowledge and to help the animals so they can be rehomed, as I am my husbands carer I do not have the funds to pay for a course and I really like the way you present yourself, everything makes so much sense . I understand if I am not chosen and thank you so much for the mini course it was so enlightening and got so much from it. Thank you so much.

  3. Hi Karolina,
    Your mini course has brought so many different strands of my learning together in a coherent form. Thank you SO very much for the opportunity.
    I have been volunteering at a local rescue shelter for a little over a year. We generally house about 50 dogs and 30 cats with 10 – 20 dogs being fostered out with volunteers (of which I am one). I have fostered 2 dogs so far. The shelter has a strict minimum interaction policy (no play, no petting) for the dogs so I am allowed only to clean / feed and walk the dogs. However, I do train the dogs I’ve fostered (basic behaviour and trick training) and run a weekly informal play group for the English speaking dog owners at our local park (there’s usually about 3 to 8 of us but not always the same people every week. I use Jean Donaldson’s Train like a Pro and Sue Ailsby’s Training Levels as my main training guides and practise using games, play and R+ methods. I read everything possible (eg lots of Dogwise publications, Kathy Sdao/Leslie McDevitt / Grisha Stewart’s etc) as well as listen to podcasts (Denise Fenzi, DFTT, Cog-Dog) and follow dog trainers such as Kikopup on youtube.
    I’d love opportunity to go further in your course if a scholarship is available. But I’m grateful for everything that you have already freely shared.

  4. Hi Karolina,

    My name is Natalie, I am 21 and live in southern California. My intention is to become a Certified Horse Behavior Consultant through the IAABC (of which I am a supporting member) so that I can bring the science of behavior interpretation and modification to my local cowboy culture-dominated equestrian community. To call this a career goal would be an understatement; I have lived and breathed horses for 12 years now. I am passionately invested in positive reinforcement training and am currently a student of Peggy Hogan’s, whom I meet with consistently to build upon my clicker training skills.
    As a personal struggle last year, I sustained a head injury in July and was unable to work through the new year due to the slow resolution of my physical post-concussion symptoms. I would not take the gifting of this scholarship lightly as it would allow me to continue my advancement and growth in the profession of animal behavior consulting despite my lack of funds and geographical location. I have a lifelong commitment to learning and it is important to me that I possess the necessary qualifications and knowledge to properly serve owners and their horses. A greater understanding of animal emotion and how it pertains to behavior would immensely benefit my mission to improve equine lives through ethical behavior modification by applying LIMA-based training practices and holistic management techniques.

    Thank you for this opportunity!

  5. I am finding your content so useful. I changed careers in my mid-50’s . I left the world of finance and applied to a 2 year course to train to be a registered veterinary nurse. I graduated in 2019 and have been living my dream. I am currently the manager of a small consulting clinic in Diamond Harbour, New Zealand. I am also the Puppy Preschool Coordinator and find your lessons, ideas reinforce and help me when presenting my program to my clients. I also coordinate special community talks with guest speakers to discuss dog behaviour and training techniques. I find your content also helps with our clients regular clinic visits as I try to make them as comfortable and fear free as possible. I feel that being able to do this course would benefit and reinforce what I am already doing for the whole clinic, our wider community and really help in teaching our clients about animal welfare and creating lasting, happy emotional bonds.

  6. Hi! This course really sound like a wonderful opportunity to learn about animals. I have been Dog Sitting for 20years and Love ever minute. I also have a Dog and two Cats. My husband and I are on a fixed income so extra things are hard to pay for. People have called a Dog Whisperer. It would be so amazing to have education like this and to understand their behavior more. Animals are so important to me. They make my heart so full.
    Thank You so much!

  7. Hi Karolina
    I have really enjoyed your mini course.
    I am a Danish woman and I am working on my 6st year as a volunteer (almost full time) at a pound in southern Spain. We have about 250 dogs, about 20-30 new ones arrive every month (luckily we have about the same number of adoptions a month). I am always trying to think of ways that will make their stay at the pound a little bit better – some have unfortunately been there for years. These dogs are my life!
    I am a certified behaviorist and dog trainer, and I help our local adoptions, if there is any settling challenges. I don’t do paid consultations or training classes anymore, only free help for our pound dogs.
    I hope with your course I will be able to help the dogs better at the pound and I hope I will be able to explain the adopters, what is going on with the dogs emotions and how to help the dogs settle better.
    Thank you for taking your time to read a little bit about me.

  8. I am a Biologist specialized in Ethology and Animal Welfare from Uruguay, in South America. I’ve worked with many different animals under different condition throughout my career, but I´ve been focused on dogs for the past 11 years. I work with therapy dogs (+100 people /year) and in private consulting helping pet dogs and their families to navigate the difficulties of living together (more than 200 cases a year The biggest proportion of my work is with dog with aggression issues, trying to give them another chance to be happy and live safely in a home environment (as euthanasia unfortunately seems to keep being the easiest solution for this cases). I also do professional teaching to trainers and behavior consultant (aprox 50 student/year), free webinars about dog behavior for owners (+100 Students/year), and educational talks about animal behavior and welfare for public primary school children (+50 groups/year).
    My main goal in life is helping animals to have a better life and teach people to know, love and care appropriately for them. Here in South America the economic reality is not the same as Europe or USA (being now even worse with the pandemic) so the opportunities to access the high quality information and knowledge (as yours amazing courses) are very limited for us. Thank you so much for that.

  9. Hello Karolina,
    I live in Petra, a small village on the Lesbos island, Greece, since my retirement in 2014.
    When I came to Petra, I realized that the street cats were living in awful conditions. Especially, in autumn, my heart broke seeing a lot of kittens wandering, begging for food and some warm corner to sleep.

    Today, I feed more than a 100 street cats 365/365, I have street cats neutered, I take care for their medical treatment.
    At any given time, I foster 15-20 kittens (which I have saved from the streets) until they are re-homed. Most of them are sick or wounded. I have to give them medication or keep them in a bench. And here the difficulties arise. Some of the kittens are very afraid; they flee when I approach them. Then, it is difficult for me to give them medication; furthermore, they cannot be adopted. They cannot stay with me forever, either. Kittens stay with me as long as a nice home is found for them; they leave and, then, I am able to help other kittens.

    This is a voluntary work and although I am supported by organizations for the welfare of animals, I also spend a lot of money out of my pension, plus my time and energy, plus the hard/dirty work.

    People – animal lovers in the village often ask me to help them, especially for fearful kittens! They too will benefit from my education.

    Thank you.

  10. I am a 32-year-old veterinary student from Finland. I teach agility in an agility society (8 dogs in my group now) and SAR skills to an enthusiast group established by me and my friend (dog number varies >5). I am also intensively involved in an organized SAR dog society where I train my two dogs and where we solve one another’s training puzzles together. All activities are non-profitable.
    I have worked in a vet hospital a little already and will do more in the future. Already now I have successfully showed with my own example how a fearful animal can be handled so that he can even start trusting. One needs skills to interpret the animal’s emotions and a will and patience to move on trustworthy and patient based. Number of animals benefiting will be significant during my future years in both veterinary field and as a volunteer dog trainer.
    Not all are willing to take advice in animal handling. Last time I had to witness this in an animal hospital. Some have strong preconceptions how dogs or horses are trained and handled. The same people tend to categorize cats as crazy beasts. Restraining seems an easy and the only way. In my opinion, for those the best influence is to show how animals behave when they have a choice, and they can gain something positive, and their negative emotions are successfully eliminated. How this option is the low-stress way for everybody. This is my goal.

  11. What a great opportunity, thank you so much for making this type of scholarship possible!

    I think my own three dogs and all my current and future clients and their dogs would benefit from taking the course. I am currently building my self-employment as a dog trainer/behavior consultant in an area of Germany where modern, science-based dog training is not yet a given.

    I am always impressed by how fundamentally important emotions are for learning and overall well-being. I want my training to be effective, but at the same time to make dogs and their people feel good. I believe this is how training can be most successful.

    There is so much to learn and I think that with the content of the course I could significantly improve my understanding of emotions.

    Of course, I would love to share these insights with the people around me and hopefully pave the way for friendly, science-based training a little more.

  12. Hi Karolina,
    Thank you for offering this lovely opportunity.
    I live in a small town in rural Queensland, Australia, and am starting a new business. The area I live in is very full of traditional views on animals and behaviour, deeply rooted in constructs and dominance theories. As a child I was constantly exposed to these types of views and the resulting cruelty that goes hand in hand with it.
    I am starting a program for young people to come learn about positive reinforcement and force free training in a fun and relaxed environment with the animals on my farm. The students will get to work with an assortment of animals; sheep, ponies, miniature pigs, chickens, dogs and parrots, as well as sharing videos of their pets from home. I hope that the experience of finding that a wide variety of animals respond so well and show such astounding ability to learn when given agency and the opportunity to gain from the interaction will be a powerful influence.
    I would love to have the opportunity to take your course and deepen my knowledge as I hope to help inspire the next generation of animal trainers into kinder and more understanding training who will go on to influence those in their lives and care.


  13. Thank you for your consideration, Karolina. I’d love the opportunity to complete the Animal Emotions course, but unfortunately my income has been severely impacted by the pandemic and time off recovering from surgery.

    If I’m lucky enough to be awarded a scholarship, the six rescue cats that share my home would benefit directly, so would the many cats I volunteer with in the rehoming centre each year – these cats are often experiencing negative emotions, e.g. fear, grief, and frustration. Furthering my knowledge of animal emotions and their impact on behaviour would empower me to improve their welfare by better identifying stressors, working to diminish or prevent negative emotions, increase positive emotions, build stronger cat-human relationships, and make the cats more adoptable.

    I’m keen to share my knowledge with staff and other volunteers, and to develop educational materials for adopters. I’m a ‘supporting cat owners’ volunteer, working with owners considering relinquishing their cat due to behavioural issues, and a volunteer education speaker, delivering talks on cat behaviour and welfare to adults and children, so the knowledge I’d gain would be shared with hundreds of cat caregivers in my community, in turn improving the lives of hundreds of cats and kittens.

    Because feline body language and facial expressions are more subtle than canine, many people still believe that cats don’t experience the same range of emotions as dogs – I want to be an advocate for cats, teaching caregivers that they have real, complex emotions that motivate their behaviour.

  14. I have recently relocated to the USA from the U.K. and having rescued a dog from a shelter in the U.K. 11 years ago with behavioural issues. I had a quick learning curve of training and what a dog needs (and not just love) my dog was discriminated against due to being a bull breed. So I began to help raise awareness and Fudge became such an amazing ambassador for all bully breeds. I also worked (more a labour of love) with ex racehorses that would otherwise find themselves cast adrift without help. These animals are used by society and when they no longer serve a purpose cast aside. I am not perfect but do all that I can to help rehabilitate these beautiful animals. Now landing on the USA shore I find pit bulls and many horses facing the same fate and misunderstanding. My goal here will be to volunteer and help in rescue organisations, both equine and canine, and I want to be as prepared as possible to really help animals and understanding their emotional needs is key. They are sentient beings and having their own emotions is so often over looked. Changing any animals life is so worth it for that animal alone. Educating and helping others understand animal needs is also so important for me and that helps spread the word for a better life for all animals. The ultimate dream would be that there would be no need for rescues!

  15. This year I have chosen to become semi-retired, focusing on working part time for an organization that educates youth, mainly, about the importance of relationship with animals. Following a curriculum, participants observe how emotions can express themselves through human body language and learning to read those clues can increase empathy skills in ourselves and the same with our animal companions.

    As a Humane Educator, in the past, I have reached 8,000+ youth/adults a year (some with animals, some with not) with animal welfare information through school presentations, 4-H clubs, community service projects, and outreach events. In youth camp alone, over a ten-year period, we touched the lives of 3000+ shelter animals. With this new organization, we envision reaching at least half those numbers (since I am part time).

    This course, if it landed in my lap, would serve to inform myself about the role of emotions and how they can color the lens of our perceptions or underlie the labels we sometimes find ourselves giving to animals and how do we work with that. This information could be worked into existing curriculum I have written, or new curriculum could be developed that would be applicable to the communities we work in, enriching our relationships. Myself and those whose lives I touch, would be evolving in how we interact with each other and other species we work with, that is the difference this course would have. We live in a world of possibilities. Thank you.

  16. I am the pet parent of a young border collie, 4 horses and 4 cats so not only will they benefit but I am very excited to be redirecting my career into dog training as we speak. My young horse has also had the last 6 months off and I’m looking forward to bringing her back into work, putting into practice my new skills and knowledge.

    My current business is as a pet sitter and dog walker, i have been doing this for 15+ years and i have spent a lot of 2021 taking courses in reward and games based dog training. I firmly believe that training should be without fear and should be a lot of fun! My 12 month old border collie is awesome! And I’m desperate to pass on my knowledge and skills to other dog owners to make their dog owning dream an absolute reality. I’m always looking for further expansion to my knowledge – we will never stop learning! and your free course has already proved invaluable.

    Already, from the free course, I have passed on the invaluable information regarding contextual fear conditioning & latent inhibition to new puppy parents. So in this short time I’ve already helped 10 puppies! Exciting! By the end of 2022 that will be at least 120 puppies plus the older dogs that will need help and this is without all the other knowledge i will hopefully get to learn in the full course.

    Thank you for reading. Leigh

  17. I`m a dog trainer and behaviourist. Everybody who is getting my way will bennefit from me getting this course. It will be dog owners, other trainers and behaviourists. I come from a small town in Denmark and we don`t have many well educated people around here. And the animals are paying the price 🙁 Therefore I try to keep up with all the new stuff, but the good stuff cost a lot. If I got the course I would try to help and spread the word for as many I could, were ever I go. I work less than parttime because of a car accident and it is always a problem to find money for the good courses so I can keep up to date with important research .

  18. Firstly thank you for four amazing free sessions. I have learnt so much I them.
    I am not able to put a definite number on how many animals will be impacted as I work with dogs every day, I run classes and train people with their dogs and I also assist with both the SPCA and PARR (Pietermaritzburg animal rescue). In a week I work with no less than 50 dogs and owners.
    Because I strongly believe in building the human/animal bond there are, and will be many more animals impacted through my classes.
    I also foster rescue dogs and help them to learn to trust and cope with human environments and these sessions and COAPE have taught me so much about how to reach them and build their trust. My own dogs include 4 german shepherds, 2 mixed breed, a maltese and a daschund. My husband and I own and run a dog hotel (not a kennel) the dogs stay in our home with our dogs and what I have learnt from these sessions has been immediately implemented in our home.
    I am currently completing my last case study for my COAPE Diploma and I particularly work with aggressive dogs that need a very detailed approach and understanding of their emotions and plotting their emotions and mood states together with their hedonic budgets to help them to move from FEAR, RAGE and sometimes GRIEF to SEEKING, PLAY and CARE.

  19. Hi Karolina!

    1. Directly my own sensitive and fearful dog would benefit my growing knowledge about animal emotions. I also work part time in marketing for big veterinary corp. (~50 clinics/hospitals) and my awareness with animal emotions influences the content I and my team produce for all pet owners visiting our clinics. I also like to have conversations about animal behaviour and other related topics with my social circle.

    2. Not directly, but I can affect on how animals are shown publicly in media and how our attendants of social media are educated.

    3. The course admission would help me to deepen my relationship with my dog and to help so many others to understand their pets better. Financially it is impossible for me to take the course right now because we are looking for a new place to live farther away from traffic and city (now we do long dog walks at night for there is not so much people and dogs out there at the same time), so the admission would help me to focus my money to make our life practically easier and healthier.

    Thank you for this kind of help with important matter. And even if not having the scholarship myself I know there are many others who will get huge benefits from it. So thank you!

  20. By taking this course it would first help my dog that has an emotional response to most things in the world. I think that he is scary of the world most of the time. For example, when he hears and see flies, he starts to shake and want take food or toys.
    This course would also give me the tools to help my dog to live a better life and for me understand his behaviour and why. When I am running my business, I will encounter all different breeds and behaviours and it would be amazing to have to knowledge on how to train then better and to look out of the emotional response so the animal gets the right level of learning and also pass this knowledge onto my clients.
    I am in the process of starting my own dog business in scent work. I have also worked with different dogs in search and rescue and training then to finding human scent. All the dogs have different reactions and it would be great to be able to understand their behaviour on a much deeper level to help the dog have optimal learning.
    Being able to do this course would change my world and my dog’s life so much. I lost so much during the pandemic and trying to get life going again. This course would give me the knowledge and courage to make a different in many animal’s life and my business and clients.

  21. 1. Most probably – many in the future. For now, my senior dog because I want nothing but the best for him.
    2. I work as Biology and Chemistry teacher in a public elementary school, so only within these subjects.
    3. I am interested in topics such as ethology, positive reinforcement training, animal emotions, and animal welfare, since I got my dog, 12 years ago. But, I would like to be able to upgrade and organize my knowledge so I can improve my self-confidence in integrating this content into my regular school teachings. My teaching philosophy is based on connecting facts with everyday life, on encouraging my students to apply new knowledge in their environment even if it seems „weird” at first because not many people are doing the same (for example recognizing calming signals…), and to live their kindness and compassion – inside out, and this course can be a huge part of it.

  22. Hi Karolina!

    A strong interest in life and its building blocks had me complete a B.Sc. in molecular biology in 2017. This allowed me to be accepted to a M.Sc. in neuro- and behavioural biology (completed Jan 2021) – a programme that truly hit the nail on its head when it comes to my core field of interest.
    My spare time has been used on studying dog training and behaviour in specific: This has involved quite a number of books and articles, webinars and courses, including some of your short online courses. I am truly fascinated by the “magic” of applying scientific theory in modifying dog behaviour, and have successfully done so with my own and other people’s dogs.
    Fulfilling my dream, I have recently started a dog training business in Denmark. Through my one on one sessions for behavioural modification, my knowledge will impact the lives of a multitude of dogs. Additionally, I will soon be giving a talk on dog training methods in a hunting club: The hope is to promote force- and punishment free training methods in a rather conservative community. More such jobs will hopefully be on their way.
    Thus, knowledge from your course would be spread to numerous people. Specifically, attending the course will help me develop a more holistic approach to dog behaviour modification, enabling me to help owners understand their dogs better and to promote an increase in welfare for a large number of dogs.

    Thank you for your time.

    Best, Cecilia

    1. Dear Karolina,
      May God bless and reward you for your goodness and expertise in offering this course.

      The amount of animals not to mention people that would be helped by my taking this course is potentially thousands, if God grants our Community to thrive.

      Currently I am teaching another Sister to act as facilitator and am forming an animal assisted therapy program based on positive reinforcement training. I am also preparing a therapy dog team for therapy visits as part of my being accepted as a trainer and evaluator of therapy teams under Renea Dahm’s Therapy Animals Unleashed program. Since our therapy program is based on training I consider our pro gram to be teaching based. I also work with dog owners who are having problems with their dogs to work through the difficulties as therapy. I also teach about cat handling, so people can learn better understanding of and handling of all felines.

      If I were to get this scholarship and be able to be a part of this Animal Emotions Course I believe I and others in our program would understand animals and their emotions better. With this knowledge we would be better able to communicate with, honor and bond with animals and people, (including ourselves.) Our therapy program is about relationships so I believe it would be deeply enriched by the Animal Emotions Course.

      May God bless and reward you for your consideration. Prayers and love always,

      Sister Mary Veronica

  23. I have already applied for the scholarship option & have been listening to the free videos over & over again since applying. Your loving & caring approach towards animals suits me so well.
    If I were to fail to receive a scholarship, I wondered whether there could possibly be an easier way to manage the payments perhaps in smaller increments over a longer period of time. My heart mind & soul really want to pursue this course this year. Thank you

  24. An indefinite amount of animals and people would directly and indirectly benefit from me taking this course since I am starting my own animal behavior consulting business, but would immediately affect myself, my two dogs, 4 reptiles, and current clients. If I was granted admission to the Animal Emotions course, I would particularly benefit from a greater understanding of how emotions affect each other and how stress in the recent past affects current behavior, since I struggle understanding my own emotions sometimes. The people and animals I work with would benefit since when teaching behavior change, I focus on conveying the importance in providing opportunities for an animal to express their species specific behaviors and meet their specific needs. My ability to teach others would benefit from a more well rounded view of emotions in animals as I tend to focus on fear and rage, but understand enriching all areas of emotion for an animal is beneficial for their overall welfare and ability to emotionally regulate. Being able to more effectively communicate about animal emotions and how we can use it to help people understand behavior would benefit them and their companions, since it can be difficult to relate to companion animals experiencing behavioral difficulties.

  25. I am a student of canine behaviour aiming to become a behaviour consultant on a professional basis. I’m one of those millennials struggling to make ends meet financially while finding meaningful livelihood that has a positive impact in my community. A year and a half back I brought my dog Ronja back after 10 years without living other animals in my home and a childhood passion was rekindled. Daily I speak with local dog people and am honestly appalled by the missinformation out there as well as the misguided trainers and behaviour consultants that my neighbours are turning to. I am determined to seek learning with care so that I will be in a better position of supporting more dogs (and maybe other animals too!?) and their people on a path to better relationships. My reach currently is through my volunteering at a dog day care where I have a chance to share some of my experience and up the enrichment in place as well as daily conversations with my neighbours. I have already started to share games, books and bits of info on body language, enrichment and so on and can’t wait to be able to share more about emotions too. My vision with taking this course is to build my knowledge base up right from the start and have an ever more solid foundation to stand on when I step into taking on clients as well as being the best Ronja momma I can be of course!

  26. Recently I have started Auntie Joyce’s Happy Dogs and have been busy reaching out to animal adoption centers as possible in my area to give people and animals the best life together. No human and animal relationship need be lost. To fund my efforts I plan to take a maximum of 2 dogs into my household while their people are on vacation. Part of the money I hope to earn will be donated among numerous animal shelters and the local animal ambulance. Also I offer free initial online training for adopted dogs from particular websites. Paying clients will fund those that need the help. While styles have changed, I have always practice a gentle and honest approach. Currently I use a concept games based approach and encourage my people and pets to give-up the feeding bowl and play! Love learning and absorb free knowledge that people offer. Your knowledge and approach has significantly added to my growth. The Animal Emotion course will feed that geek in me and reinforce my training approach. All animals are basically the same in their wants: love, respect, understanding, food, water and shelter. Having already (re)learned from the free 4 video sessions I look forward to the full course. Earning the scholarship will allow the use of the fee to support an animal adoption in my area.

    1. As a newly started dogbehaviour- and clickerinstructor, there are not much finances to new courses.

      In my work lots of dogs will get help, and i hope to help hundreds or thousands dogs through the years to come.
      Home my own dog, my cat, children and husband will benefit from the course.

      One of my dreams is also to teach school classes about animals, so the children and there pets will also benefit from this course in secomd hand.

      Secondly i hope to train my dog to be af reading dog. Going to schools or library and be reading partner for children having hard times learning to read. Help give the children a positve reading experience.
      To be abel setting my self in a position understanding, the emotions the child are going through.

      To do that even better, your course will help me be better.
      Hope to learn even more about Animal emotions, and how to teach other people.
      But first learning more, so i can help my own dog in the best way possible.

      As an instructor, this course will help me to be able sett up the enviorment, and teach the owners about how to prevent unwanted behaviour in a positive stress free enviorement.
      To get the best learning and training possible.

  27. I’m working as a volunteer at the local dogclub. I teach Rally obidience and am a dog behaviorist (also voluntary, as everyone should be able to get help with their dogs) Taking your course will help me to get even better to understand dogs emotions, and to be a better teacher. I’ll never stop learning new skills and do what I can to help dogs to have a good life.

  28. Hi Karolina, thanks for the possibility to apply. I came to training with positive reinforcement after buying my first horse – a young filly – in 2017. Thanks to her very clear communication about what she likes and what she doesn’t like, it was clear to me very soon that I didn’t want to work with her as I had learned so far. As there was a huge lack of horse trainers working with positive reinforcement, I had to become a professional myself. I attended four chicken camps and also courses designated to R+ horse trainers. But all the courses were mainly about how to get behavior and less about how the horse feels. From your Animal Emotion Course, I hope to gain more knowledge to recognize how the animal feels and also to learn more about possibilities to make the animal feel as comfortable as possible in everyday life as well as in training. I work as a horse trainer as a side job (, so that not only my horse but also the horses of my clients would benefit. Also, I hope to transfer gained knowledge to humans, so that everyone feels comfortable during my coaching.

  29. I’m a last year vet student from University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. I’ve always focused on studying animal behaviour and welfare, an area which I’m passionate about. It seems hard to predict a number of animals that would benefit, but since I am very optimistic, I am hoping that it reaches thousands of animals at least, since that is something that I have already been working to achieve, especially in my country, which unfortunately is still underdeveloped when it comes to the understanding of Animal Emotions through a science-based approach.
    Since 2017 I am a member of two study groups on animal behaviour and welfare, where we organize seminars and social programs. I have been developing research with automated methods for pain assessment in horses, (recently published on PlosOne), and since 2020 started a page on Instagram (@gabriel.lencioni.bea) to bring reliable information about dogs and horses’ behaviour, welfare, positive reinforcement training, etc.
    I have just finished the free animal emotions course and loved it, the concepts were very clear, and I learned a lot, so I believe this course would be extremely useful for me in order to learn more and consequently help other people and animals around. I am passionate about learning and have recently participated in ISAE, ISES, AWJAC, Animal behaviour and positive reinforcement courses and certified as a Fear-free professional.
    I’ll now be doing an internship at Cambridge University to improve my research. And being a student, and from Brazil, this has been financially challenging right now.

  30. When I read various other applications for the scholarship from people I truly admire who work with hundreds of animals in shelters, I feel embarrassed to answer your first question – only my therapy dog… and a hundred children patients in Psychiatric hospital in Zagreb, Croatia, where I work as a Clinical Psychologist with my dog. We conduct group and individual psychotherapy. Presence of dog improves greatly children’s motivation during therapy and afterwards outside sessions. They are very curious about everything related the dog. For instance, when I talk about therapy dog’s feelings, children learn about their own feelings – animal related teaching is a very big part of my job, dog is truly indispensible.
    Looking at “Animal emotions” courses’ outline I find precisely the topics I discuss with children, absolving education about emotions is the first step in recovering from mental illnesses. Parallels in feeling in dogs and people, presented to patients using knowledge gained from your course, would surely inspire children to learn about their own emotions – and help them recognize, regulate and control them.
    Beside direct benefit my therapy dog would receive from your course, my main goal is to use the knowledge gained to help hundreds of children to deal with their often severe mental illnesses. In times since Covid pandemic started, we have seen a major escalation in youth mental health disorders. I’m positive that knowledge about how emotional experiences impact animals, and that happy animals thrive with people, will lead to many happier children as well.

  31. Volunteering in an online community with around 180 thousand members, I would estimate that it’s possible that my content reaches, and helps, between 150-200 thousand people and their pets, and I get daily feedback that my content has been very helpful.

    I do not do animal teaching for a living, but I do it in my capacity as a volunteer and I am in the process of building my website with free resources for pet parents and dog professionals. I initially wanted to create a training business, but I have found that I like creating free educational content more than I would care for running a business again. I currently create content such as videos, blogs, infographics, handouts, and memes. I would love to include more mental welfare in my content, and I believe that the emotions course can help me achieve that.

    Most of my current knowledge is centered around technical training and teaching practical behaviours. And while technical training and teaching behaviours aren’t bad things to know, I hear that many people need more than that, even if they’re not saying it directly. I wish to be able to help people get in sync with the emotions of their animals before they give up. Because understanding what the animal feels in a situation can help prevent and solve many common issues. In short, the Animal Emotions course will help me create content that will help the average pet parent live in harmony with their dogs.

  32. Hello Karolina. My name is María. I live in Argentina, South America. I was just 10 when I got my first Animal Behaviour book. My mother took me to a bookstore as a birthday present and asked me to choose the book I most wanted to read. I carefully selected one on Cat Behaviour. I am 52 years old now and that passion is still on. I have been a Dog Trainer for 15 years and I also run a Dog Assisted Emotional Education Programme, that is, I teach Emotional Education at schools with my two trained dogs. This course would not only help the dogs I train, but also the children I teach and how I affect the bond with their dogs. I am also a partner in a multi species rescue programme. I foster and help train to rehome or release (ultimate goal whenever possible) different species. I also run a programme called Mindfulness on Horseback, where I teach children and adults to connect with their emotions through Mindfulness Techniques while on horseback (I am both a Midnfulness Instructor and a rider).
    I have no doubt that this course will directly influence the way I view, connect and teach my whole community, both the animals and humans in it. I would be honored to take this opportunity. Thank you for reading!

  33. I have about 35 horses on the farm, I also visit up to 40 people/horses a week. My aim is to educate people that there is another way to communicate and understand their horse/s. I work with horses and people, I help by opening the lines of communication, showing people how to read the signs and how to respond to these signs . Many look past or don’t know what they are looking for they can’t see the emotions or cues that these beautiful beings are exhibiting. So I help explain and educate on what they are trying to tell us. I also work with young people who struggle with daily life by helping them connect with another being, this helps them feel connected and heard. Most find coming to the farm a way to decompress, relax & feel accepted, It gives them something to look forward to. This course will be a great way for me to educate myself further, I believe we never stop learning and that we should always continue to add to our knowledge base. everyone has something to teach you, so I choose to do as many courses, certifications or lessons that I can afford. The more education/knowledge I have the more I can pass down to my horses, clients and friends. having more education in my chosen field will help me continue my journey and allow me to change as many horses and human lives as possible. Thank you Amanda 4 Aces Equine

  34. As a dog trainer who recently left a training facility that did not value animals’ emotions, (living in the rural SE US), I have seen the difference between just training and training with regard for emotion. I have 6 dogs and 4 cats of my own, foster rescue animals, train dogs (and other pets) professionally, and co-own DogWorld Dog Park – a 17-acre membership based park that strives to create a safe, enriching space for dogs to socialize and practice natural behaviors.
    I have just begun my own training business (worked professionally for 6 years prior), and am in charge of training employees and Social Media for DogWorld. DogWorld has a social media reach of 22 thousand and gets hundreds of visitors over the summer from all over the US (and even some from Canada!). I am also working with our local school system to create an animal safety course for our county schools. I want to use these platforms to educate animal owners on training and husbandry that takes into account emotions, nutrition, exercise, enrichment – treating the whole animal, not just fixing the “bad” behaviors.
    Admission to the course would give me science-backed information to bring to my community and training clients. For the last year, I have had a limited income from DogWorld, but have not have any income since the fall – between that and establishing my business, money is quite tight. Continuing education is very important to me, and I would love to use this class to share more knowledge with all the animals and owners I meet, virtually, indirectly, and in person.

  35. I am a horse trainer. We have 15 horses on site. In addition, In a year with clinics and demos I will help well over 100 horses both personally and by helping owners to become aware of how their horses feel.
    Yes, I teach/clinics on liberty, tricks, obstacles and basic Horsemanship for the everyday rider to build confidence in horse and handler.
    How would it help? Oh my gosh. The better I understand horse’s emotions, the better I can help them and their owners. Society, the horse world, is becoming more aware.
    My anticipation in the course is that I would develop a better insight to how they feel and pass that on making it a better world for each horse, one horse at a time.
    As people become more aware of a horse’s emotions, as they become more intune and start to listen to their horse, I believe they will also be more in tuned to the people around them.

  36. Hey Karolina, I am a dog trainer, behavior consultant (6yrs) and canine nutrition adviser (2yrs). I live in rural Texas, it’s a harsh life for a lot of animals out here. I work one on one with clients helping them understand their dogs behavior and emotions. Trying to explain that emotions change constantly and they need to be aware of this and how it affects behavior. I also starting to work at the local shelter helping to assess dogs and share knowledge with the staff and volunteers on body language and bite prevention and I hope to create something for the community again to help educate and prevent animals being relinquished due to behavior.
    Right now I maybe reach several people a week but starting to reach more through the shelter and I want to reach many more people, educate and save lives. I love your work and feel my learning will never end, I would love to join you and like minded individuals on this course so I can learn more and use my knowledge for good. I am still recovering from barely working over Covid (I struggle with virtual sessions due to where I live and the lack of internet) and I am working at the shelter for a hugely discounted rate because I want to make change in my community and the world. I know it’s big want.
    I appreciate you and everything you share and for taking the time to read this .

  37. I’m a middle aged finnish female who just two years ago was working as an engineer and architectural planning on a building industry field. Then something happened and the change was inevitable. Went to school to become an animal trainer and now I am working only with animals (dogs mainly). School and the knowlegde that I received from there was ok but I am so eager to learn more! Feels like there is so much to learn and hundreds and thousands of places where to find information – little a bit overwhelming! But that I know that I have to study more because the animals that I work with (there is about 70 – 90 dogs in my circle of education), need more than just practise for that sport that we do (nosework and husbandry etc). Even tough nosework is very good for many dogs, there is a lot that I don’t yet understand about behaviour and what I should do differently in order to find the best possible state of mind to practise. And in everyday life also, there is so many dogs that suffer from all kinds of emotion based problems that in order to work in my field of expertise, I have to know more. And by helping animals coping in their every day life, I would help their owners too.
    I hope to become better at this emotion field in order to understand why is what happening and why animals behave like they do.

  38. Hi 🙂

    I volunteer in a large shelter in Australia. I volunteer in both the Foster Program and with the Behaviour Support Team on a weekly basis. I also train the majority of the Behaviour Support Volunteers as they make their way into the program (the majority have reached top level of the animal care volunteer program already, so are ready for the next stage of learning!). Anything more that I can learn and then pass onto other volunteers would be amazing! It would benefit the whole shelter, in particular the 150 odd doggos in shelter at any point in time.
    I’ve just finished watching Part 4 of your mini-course and it already has me thinking about how we might set up animals coming into shelter best for success – that all important first exposure to the kennels/condos and the animal hospital!
    And how we might incorporate the use of moods and perspective to achieve more positive emotional responses by ‘infecting’ backwards in time. So much that can be used to improve the welfare of so many animals!!! It has really got my brain thinking! 🙂

  39. I feel so lucky to have come across your amazing mini course, it has been really inspiring. I run my own dog training / walking business in the UK. Working with many that others turn away. I run classes and try to educate all owners about their animals emotions and not just how to control them. I am a Tellington TTouch Practitioner currently helping a lot of fearful dogs whom are misunderstood.
    I would like to think that a lot of what I learn from the full course if given the chance to participate can be used to enrich more relationships through better understanding.
    One of my favourite things is putting a smile on peoples faces when they finally understand a little bit of what their animals are going through.
    Thank you so much for this scholarship opportunity,

  40. Thank you for this opportunity! I am a cat behavior consultant and trainer and currently work with cat guardians in my area and via Zoom as my full time job. I help keep cats in their homes by providing a pretty niche service and am the only person in my area currently able to handle complex behavior issues in cats such as human-directed aggression and litter box issues. I work with roughly 5-10 clients a week, all of whom have one or more cats. My ideal clients are dedicated cat lovers who go on to spread the word about positive reinforcement training for cats within my community, which has been wonderful to see!

    In addition to private behavior consulting, I give webinars, have spoken at conferences, and do lunch and learns at veterinary clinics. Teaching others about cats is one of my favorite things!

    This course would help me better understand the motivations behind the way my feline clients behave and put me in touch with what they are feeling and thinking. In a world where cats are STILL often viewed as “spiteful assholes,” explaining the why and the how behind their behavior to humans is ultra important and my passion. I hope to be able to improve my communication and knowledge so that I can change the way people think about their cats.

  41. I have been involved in animal care, rescue and training in some capacity for most of my life and 3 years ago I was able to pursue my dream of becoming a dog trainer full time in ON, Canada. I am always looking to learn and upgrade my skill set.
    I see upwards of 50 clients a week, and have a passion for working with dogs who have “struggles”. I too, own dogs who have particular issues and would greatly benefit from this course along with most of my clientele.
    Especially since the pandemic, I am seeing so many more dogs that are in desperate need of help, with well meaning owners who just don’t know what to do.
    I am also on the board of Benevolent Bully Rescue and would love to share what I learn with our fosters, adopters and fellow volunteers. Most of our dogs come into rescue with behavioural struggles and being able to effectively communicate with them and their caregivers is huge. They way you were able to explain and educate in the mini course was so helpful and leaves me wanting more! Unfortunately things are rather tight financially right now, and being able to obtain a scholarship would make a world of difference. I am so thankful a fellow trainer sent me the link to the mini course!

  42. Suffering ill-health, I cannot work so I lack financial resources. Of course Pablo, my Afghan Hound would be the primary beneficiary of our learning & then all of those that cross our path online & in person. I’m a member of many dog groups, reactive & anxious dog groups, holistic natural health groups etc online & Pablo is like a magnet that draws new people & animals to us everyday. He is highly sensitive & thus a natural therapy dog whom loves to connect with people & animals. I trained extensively as a professional counsellor/psychotherapist in the past & I’ve been searching for an animal course that makes sense & I feel that your course seamlessly follows my learning curve & makes very good sense to me. It has already helped me to make some beneficial changes to my relationship with Pablo which makes my heart sing. I love people & their animals & naturally share my knowledge to help people & animals in any way I can. Thank you for all that you are doing to help us to care for the animal kingdom.

  43. I work with dogs and cats as a volunteer since 2005. Since then I manage to help rehome more than 2000 animals. I run a shelter with 22 dogs, and I have 10 dogs and 8 cats in foster families waiting for adoption. Annually we help probably 200 animals more or less. We are a small charity that never had any financial support from the municipality. Since 2005, I started to search for good education on all the subjects around animals. Rehoming is not enough, we have to educate people on understanding animals and their emotions, after a good evaluation of their motivation to adopt, to have forever homes for the animals. I do some lessons with the adopters (free of charge) to help them in the beginning. I also help the adopters with any behavior issues during the life of the animal. I also help other charities on improving animal welfare. I have a page were I share also info on animal behavior, welfare, enrichment, … I do actions on schools for children. Therefore, this course would definitely help me improve my impact on the lives of animals and people in Portugal.

  44. I am Autistic and have Generalised Anxiety Disorder, and have a beautiful assistance dog. I am studying Bachelor of Speech Pathology with the long term goal of providing animal assisted therapy (canine and equine assisted). This course would help me better understand my assistance dog and working effectively as a team. I am also planning to get another dog in the future to train as a therapy dog so this course would be invaluable teaching for us. The course would better equip me as a speech pathologist to understand my animals’ emotional states and ensure their welfare is being maintained. This includes when I am in public with my assistance dog. Furthermore, it would help my clients interpret animal behaviours and understand the underlying moods and emotions associated with them, which may support their own self-awareness. Thank you for considering me.

  45. Hello there
    I’m a dog Walker / dog trainer 5 years ago I obtained a diploma in dog psychology and went on to gain a games based professional dog trainer qualification last year, I run group classes and 1:2:1 sessions I’m based in the UK, here there are hundreds of thousands of dogs and owners with many struggles from fear reactivity frustration lead reactivity separation Anxiety, resulting in many dogs being surrendered to shelters due to a lack of professional help. I would like to gain as much knowledge as i possibly can to help keep these dogs out of shelters, by helping owners understand their canines and their needs to live in harmony together. However I still feel I need to learn so much more and the courses I have taken still hasn’t given me skills to help and resolve many dog owning common struggles.
    I would therefore love you to consider me for a scholarship on your course as in feel your course can fulfil my needs I’m not in a financial situation to be able to fund this myself at this moment in time.

  46. On a daily basis I am in close contact with dogs either with my clients or dogs from our local shelter. I am a dog trainer who to strives to teach pet parents humane ways to empower their dogs many of which have fear based behaviors. As a dog trainer I am always looking for ways to learn and educate myself on how emotions affect the well being and welfare of our canine companions. After watching the mini course I am eager to learn more about the core affect space and the other core emotions. This knowledge which you present and the knowledge I learn will be shared with others to help them understand why their dogs often do the things they do. Helping those in my community realise and understand emotions really do matter and that they affect their dogs personality and their ability to learn is huge! Many in my area still feel the dog is stubborn or being dominate. This course will educate me further and in turn help others. Thanks for the possible opportunity

    1. I am a proud dog guardian of Kimmy and Lexi who help me heal and make my life beautiful. I am a medical doctor but also energy medicine practitioner which I feel is my calling, and I would like to understand animal emotions and behaviour so that I can help them in their healing process. Also, my goal is to help people understand that animals are emotional beings with a soul, that can sense, feel and pick up our energy just to help us, and that we as human beings can help animals just by understanding this and by being empathic. Right now I am in a turning point in my life, I am planning on leaving my job and embracing my new path as energy medicine practitioner, with two credit loans, lower salary and higher life expences, so that’s why I applied for scholarship. I understand that there are people who are in worse situation and if there is someone who needs it more I would gladly give it away! I am grateful for this opportunity to share my beliefs and dreams with you!

  47. I’m an office receptionist/assistant to a mobile vet in Manitoba Canada. I grew up in the 4H program, became an Equine Coach, worked at an equine boarding stable, a chicken barn, an equine pmu farm. I had a diverse hobby farm that was my full time job. We had horses, cats, dogs, raised calves, pasture pigs, goats, laying hens, pasture raised turkeys and meat chickens, as well as mice and rats. I also delivered small animals to pet stores on the side – rabbits, hedgehogs, hamsters, birds, reptiles etc.

    I’ve trained my own horses, love coaching people with their own horses and hope to become involved with working with people to heal with animals. I enjoy pet/farm sitting for people and volunteer with local horse clubs.

    I am now a single mother with a few pets and love my job at the vet clinic where they say I’m the “doer of everything.” The owner has a strong interest in behaviour and uses low stress handling for our patients. I had enjoyed low stress livestock handling workshops and have learned a lot in just the last 16 months working with her with just cats and dogs.

    Every animal I encounter after this course will benefit from me taking this course as I think every time you interact with an animal you are training or untraining them. I have always believed you can never stop learning and improving.

    Thank you for offering this opportunity!

  48. I’ve been a volunteer for HSUS for the past 9 years, deploying 1-2 weeks a month in several different states. I’ve worked with dogs/cats from cases of hoarding, neglect/abuse, dog fighting, and dogs rescued from S.Korean meat markets. I have fostered and have owned animals all my life. But, I have no professional training. The number of animals I assist at most times ranges from mini 50-200+ (dogs and/or cats) and range from 2-225 lbs, newborns to elderly, severely ill/injured (physically, emotionally), friendly to horrified of people.

    I’ve also volunteered for American Rescue Corp, Second Chance Ranch and worked the Butte County fire shelter in CA.

    This class would greatly help me learn new techniques that I could pass on to the new volunteers I train when placed under my lead. Many people I talk to ask me for my opinion about their personal dog/cat. I would love to be able to be more knowledgeable in more areas so that I could give more advice to those wanting or needing it. Knowledge is so valuable and important in the animal world.

    My responsibilities with the animals I care for include, feeding, cleaning kennels with animals in them, enrichment activities, socialization skills.

    The more knowledge I have, the better animal volunteer I can be to the animals I work with.

    I would be honored to be a recipient of a scholarship.

    My ultimate goal–be the best animal volunteer and activists I can be.

    1. How do I know if I have received a scholarship for this class? I submitted my response to your questions already. Not sure what to do now.

      1. Linda – once the deadline is passed on Wednesday! 🙂 Sorry if that was unclear!

  49. We just lost our 11 yo Rott, Kobe. We got him in 2010 as a 10 week-old. Prior to retiring in 2013, I trained him and he was certified as a Therapy dog and he did about 800 therapy dog visits, mostly at VA Hospitals but other venues as well. Therapy dog visits are unbelievable and I want restart them with a 3 yo Pitt mix rescue we will be getting on the 29th. I know enough about the issues with emotions to understand how, as a result of a 3yo animals past, there may be latent inhibitions in a such a rescue and serious counter-conditioning is likely needed.

    Watching this free series has explained, at a surface level, the mistakes I’ve made and the impact of those mistakes on Kobe and on several other dogs in my past. I am convinced this course will be a godsend in making me a better handler not only for my new rescue but for the many ppl who will encounter her and ask the same question I was asked about Kobe: “how did you get him to be so well behaved.” I know I have helped other dog owners with at least the concept of counter-conditioning as well as other techniques but this course will raise the bar

    I’m retired and income is limited so affording this course is a luxury that should be avoided.

  50. As a former student, I understand if you don’t approve my scholarship request to help someone who needs this class more! But also, as a former student, I know how amazing an opportunity it would be to be able to attend this class.

    As a part time dog trainer, I average 6-10 clients at any given time. I’m in the process of growing my online, virtual presence as a dog trainer so that I may help even more people. I specialize in advanced teamwork training for Therapy Dog and Service Dog teams. Living in a rural area without other +R Trainers nearby, I am much needed in my community yet have limited earning potential.

    Emotions have always been a huge focus of mine, for people and animals. I was new to the concept of Core Effect Space when I took your previous course. But I’m excited with the possibilities of learning better ways to apply this knowledge to my dogs and my clients. If I was chosen to receive a scholarship, I would be better able to help all of those who come to me with science and application to real life situations, both for my own dogs and those in my community. Sharing +R training methods to those who need them most is my passion in life. My outreach might be small, but it continues to have a lasting impact on those that I touch and I wouldn’t be able to grow that outreach without opportunities to learn.

  51. I am a canine and feline holistic bodywork practitioner and work and volunteer at 3 rescues and 1 shelter. My background is in wildlife rescue and rehabilitation from South Africa and I have been so fortunate to have been brought up on a farm with animals.

    I would be honoured if I was considered for this scholarship.

    Countless animals in my care would benefit immeasurably. In my holistic bodywork practitioner work and rescue/shelter work.

    When I become a vet nurse I will use this course!
    I support and guide/teach my customers and students pertaining to animals’’ life quality and many aspects of how nutrition, bodywork. behaviour, training and the animals’ emotions all work together symbiotically and meaningfully.

    This course would be an incredible tool and enabler for me to incorporate into;
    – explaining to customers, colleagues and others working with animals.
    – defining situations with emotionally related issues.
    – the bodywork I do – acupressure, laser treatment, energy work. sound healing and all aspects of helping animals rehabilitate and recover physically, mentally and emotionally from trauma, anxiety, injuries and other challenges they face.
    – I will be using this course to improve the welfare of animals in my care.
    – The knowledge and awareness I will gain in order to be better equipped to make the animals lives and those who care for them so much more beautiful.


  52. I am in the process of setting up my business as a behaviourist. I retrained over the last 2 years as tragically my lurcher was seized by the police and destroyed 3 years ago due to escalating fear that turned to aggression and ultimately injury to a person. No-one was there to help my dog or support me to understand how to help him. Since then, I have made it my mission to stop this happening to any other dog and to help as many people as I can to understand how to communicate with and support their dogs.
    I work 2 days a week at greyhound rescue kennels where we have 12 dogs with us at any one time. All would benefit from me talking this course as they are institutionalised and need help transitioning into being pets. Some have bounced back to us as they have had issues in the home – often due to anxiety that has turned to aggression. I will be running puppy classes and 1-2-1 sessions and will pass this information onto all owners to ensure they understand about their dog’s emotions as well as their physical and mental well-being. It would mean so much to me to have access to this information so I could help not only my own dogs but any that I work with and their owners. I would love to spread the message far and wide as with lockdown there are many dogs with anxiety related behaviours that need help.

  53. I am a primary school teacher, living on a dairy farm in South Africa. The family I am subletting my little cottage from takes care of about 350 cows. The farm is also home to 2 Donkeys, some 6 chickens, a herd of geese. My now 8-month-old puppy (Isla) and I are exploring the fields of the farm, often together with the dogs of the farm family. We also like to do positive-response training with a lot of treats. Recently I got more involved in taking care of the well-being of the calves and the pregnant cows. I started researching animal needs and how they express them in their behaviour. I was intrigued by how similar animals are to humans. In my experience on farms, animals are often seen as livestock. However, the young farmer who is currently taking over the daily business from his father is very open to exploring new concepts. Hopefully, in future implement them in the daily routine with the caretaking of the animals. I am very eager to offer my support in gaining new knowledge through your course and looking forward to passing on the ideas also to my students through life skill classes and to the larger farming community in this traditional farming town. I am sure together we can improve human attitude towards animals in a more positive attitude because as partners we share this wonderful world.

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