Getting Behaviour Scholarships

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 scholarships – I don’t want financial constraints to limit people’s access to this information!

This Getting Emotions 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.

The Getting Behaviour Scholarship Program.

What it is: Complimentary access to the Getting Behaviour Course – the Foundations of Animal Training.

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 Getting Behaviour 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.
  • Answer the three questions above.
  • Limit your total word count to 250 – longer applications will be disqualified. If you’re unsure of whether you’re at the limit, count them here. 
  • I’ll award a number of scholarship seats every three months. A specific number is not predetermined.
  • The entry deadline for this scholarship round is Friday, November 27th at midnight PST, and the recipients will be notified on the following Monday.
  • All applications from this scholarship round will be removed after the deadline – but you can always apply again if you didn’t win the scholarship in this round. 
  • No purchase is necessary to receive a scholarship.
  • I’m the judge and my decision is subjective and final.
  • 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 – I will see it!

42 Replies to “Getting Behaviour Scholarships”

  1. I am currently trying to foster dogs rescued from “puppy mill” life. I have a 4 month old pup from a backyard breeder who has anxiety and aggression that I am working with. It has come very close to surrendering this pup because of his behavior issues I am ill equipped to deal with. I live in a neighborhood with many animals and I would help my neighbors with their training issues and obstacles so that we can reduce the number of animals in our shelters. I would make the most of this awesome opportunity and I am eager to learn so I can take your generosity and pay it forward.

  2. Make sure your response is 250 words or less.

    How many animals would directly or indirectly benefit from your taking the course? About 80
    Do you do any animal-related teaching? Yes work w my dog, and other people and their puppies , some behavior issues, every day impulse control and joy
    If admission to the Getting Behaviour course landed in your lap, how would it help you, the animals in your care or your community? I have not trained w you but hope it would give me new tools to decrease frustration when i get stuck, and give more for me to share What difference would it make to you and the animals and people around you? Hope it would help us all enjoy our lives together. And give us more avenues for fun and o problem solve ❤ together

  3. 1. I work for a pet services company offering 1-on-1 walks, petsitting, training for reactivity, special needs, & dogs with bite histories. All clients + dogs from Rescues I volunteer with will be beneficiaries of my learning. Dogs discussed with co-workers, colleagues, & programs I help to shape will also be influenced.

    2. Yes, with clients & volunteer fosters and walkers. Dogs benefit when their humans are also set up for success! I start by active listening and meeting the dog & human where they are.

    3. I’ve taken numerous courses & have extensive dog work experience but no professional certification in training. I aspire to pursue this & further study in Canine Behaviour once my paid work hours are fully restored & stability returns to our industry. Now, I seek a solid foundation in the mechanics of training. I need to fill gaps in my education. I crave to fill my tool-box with a wealth of info I can access to fit the dog in front of me for training & doing assessments. I am keen to improve my skills & always hungry for more! Making training fun for dogs & easy to implement for clients/fosters will help develop capable fosters, better adoptable dogs & more responsible guardians. Training is such a significant part of enrichment because trainers must be responsive to dogs’ needs; an enlightened teacher can help repair/deepen dog/human bonds, keep all dogs & community safe, & raise the bar for dog literacy–my ongoing mission!

  4. Lot of animals would benefit from those knowledge. Most of all my own horses.
    Its quite ok in the field of dog training in my culture but sadly ther are wery poor knowledges in horse training and wellbeing. Unfortunately the biggest wow moment from emotion course was understanding how quickly mare effect takes over good knowledges. My “devil inside” pony traveled to another country and spent a week in vet. clinic No pain, no bad behaviour… But lot of welfare explaining to do at stable.

    I work as narcotic detection dog handler. Lecturer for AAI and doing trainings for problem dog.

    I’m a big fan of yours. My mornings starts and days end with your course.
    Its brilliant, how clearly you communicate subject and its full of “up to date” information. And most of all, I have reliable source to refer. Emotion course gave to me happier healthier horse but very very tight budget. Scholarship offer would be my chance to stay.

  5. Hello,

    I have been a City and Guilds qualified dog groomer for many years, and have taken a course in Canine Therapeutic Massage. However, Multiple Sclerosis has seriously affected my health and meant I’ve been unable to continue doing these. My body may not be as good as it used to be, but my mind is sharp and I welcome the opportunity to enhance my knowledge of animal behaviour and training.

    I have always loved being around dogs and working with dogs, and I still remain active and assist my husband in his dog agility training business. This includes helping with behavioural advice, and generally assisting his clients and their dogs. I also breed a litter every few years (so I can keep a puppy!)

    If I was fortunate enough to follow this course, it would enable me to help not only my own four dogs and my elderly mother’s Skye Terrier, but in particular my friend’s Jack Russell who has significant behavioural issues. It would also allow me to become more involved with the agility training from a behavioural perspective, by having greater specialist knowledge I could apply to the dogs and handlers we’re involved with. The knowledge would also help me guide my puppy owners with the upbringing and training of their dogs, and if they have issues with the dogs in adulthood.

  6. 1. This year I started to work training animals and I believe that many animals would benefit, not only from my work but I would love to help the Dog Rescue that I volunteer with this knowledge. In this pandemic year, dogs changed my life and I would love to change their life too.

    2. I don’t but I would be happy to teach people around me and spread the knowledge on how to understand and train your pets. So, their animals would be happier and healthier.

    3. I will be thrilled to understand better their behaviour and help them and their humans to create a better environment. I became passionate about learning more and more about dogs’ behaviour and see the amazing changes that positive reinforcement can bring to the dogs.

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  7. I was made redundant at the end of February – a month before the first UK lockdown. Having been unable to secure another job in my industry I am working on temporary contracts without job security so have to be very careful with expenditure.
    I already have a small therapy business for humans and am in the middle of studying animal anatomy and physiology which is a pre-requisite to my animal holistic therapy diploma.
    This course will greatly aid me in the understanding of the animals and their healing needs which I believe will manifest in their behaviour and allow them to “speak”to me so I can heal them with greater insight.
    My own 4 pets – a dog and 3 dogs plus family cats, dogs horses will benefit initially followed by animals across the world as this healing can be done remotely.
    I hope I am successful in my application for a scholarship

  8. 1. I have a passion for enrichment and force free training. I train my own 2 dogs and would love to do it professionally so that I can help people understand their animals and how to train them co operatively, so improving the lives of as many animals as possible. I graduated in zoology with animal behaviour as my specialism. My main interest is with dogs but I am interested in all animals. I was inspired recently seeing Chirag Patel’s example of a fish that had been taught how to use a consent behaviour !
    2. I have trained my friends’ children with their dog, teaching games and behaviours through positive reinforcement. I have given tuition to friends with new puppies. Following a Shawna Karrasch workshop, I trained an unhandled young horse for forestry work using positive reinforcement.
    3. As I learn more about animal emotions, I recognise confused and worried animals that are trying to communicate with their handlers but are not being heard. I feel a responsibility to advocate for animals by using my skills to educate owners and thus improve the life experiences of animals. I would like to offer training in schools as there is often misunderstanding between children and dogs, leading to bites. I feel the course would not only be incredibly interesting and useful but would give me the confidence to train professionally. I have done some of your free courses and I really love your teaching – so geeky, but SO applicable to real life.

  9. 1.
    Benefiting firsthand would be my 19 (boyfriend and tank of fish/snails not included) pets not paying their share of the rent. My long-term goal is to be able to help as many pet owners build the healthiest and most rewarding relationships with their animal companions.
    I am just currently starting to work alongside (and under the supervision of) a well-known and more experienced animal behaviorist from Cluj-Napoca, Romania; I believe you had the pleasure of collaborating with them. They held a course for our community last summer that was greatly inspired from and which followed the structure of your works. In that moment, my long-lost passion resurfaced, stronger than ever. I have participated in a few of my colleague’s sessions with his clients, observed and took notes. Next week though, with his help, I’ll start working my first “case”.
    Romania is a poor country and has the lowest rate of people with a higher education in the EU (one consequence is the large number of stray animals in the streets). Careers in animal behavior aren’t exactly recognized. Such concepts as positive reinforcement and enrichment are hardly known among pet owners, let alone simple citizens. However, I have the advantage of living in one of the most important academic and cultural cities in Romania and I could reach a broader, more diverse audience. I want to change the predominant belief that my country holds that animals are only good for guarding propriety and being a source of income or food.

  10. 1. Directly benefiting would be our two dogs, two falcons, and as a wild falcon rehabilitator, any falcon that I am caring for. It would directly benefit me too as I have found the adoption of R+ in animal training to be positively reinforcing for me too. I also hope to act as a facilitator to help others in the falconry community in the UK to adopt R+ techniques to improve the welfare of a much larger number of raptors in their care.

    2. With 30 years experience of handling and training wild and domestic birds, I have taught novices in training raptors and solving behavioural issues. Once we come out of COVID-19 restrictions, I will be assisting my wife (an animal behaviourist/trainer) with her puppy classes.

    3. In recent years I have been influenced by the work of leading R+ trainers and have started to add these methods to my bird training and have seen improvements in welfare and relationship. By taking this course I hope to broaden my understanding of animal behaviour so that I can further improve my own practice and working alongside other like minded practitioners, influence others in the UK falconry community. Many of the traditional raptor training techniques are still widely used and are quite punishing (eg. habituation, flooding and weight control). I have moved away from using these techniques and would take the opportunity to help others see the benefits in terms of welfare and relationship from adopting positive training methods.

  11. 1. Many. I currently do a lot of voluntary work for an online community forum with the mission to improve dog lives worldwide. Part of the mission is to create up-to-date and easy-to-understand material for the average. There’s an average of 700 questions a week ranging from simple puppy problems to more complex behavioral issues. My tasks are to help supervise activities and make sure people get help and to create content for the group. The content I help create is revolving around relationship building and minimizing stress and frustration during learning. The dogs of the people posting in this group are the dogs that will be directly helped by me going through this course. There are also approximately 700 animal professionals associated with this group, and the animals these people work with, are likely to be indirectly helped as the content I create is available for use and discussion to the pros too.

    2. Somewhat. The content I create includes instructional videos to help people learn how to teach specific behaviors. The videos are created with help from animal professionals.

    3. This course would help me gain a better understanding of emotions and relationships between humans and animals and that would make me capable of creating better content and help me further my development of errorless and frustration-free protocols. It will aid me in finding new ways to think out of the box and present new and thought-provoking ideas to the public and the pros.

  12. 1. As well as my own pets and the pets of peers (colleagues in the vet clinic, friends and family), the pets who come visit me with their keen-to-learn owners once I am a fully qualified veterinarian (am currently one year from graduation) will all benefit. This could be hundreds of animals.
    2. No official teaching yet, but I love having behaviour and training discussions with peers and professionals at the university I attend, taking extracurricular courses like Fear Free, and passing on what I learn to friends and family. As a qualified vet I will be teaching owners every day.
    3. This course would help me build confidence in not only my own animals’ behavioural care, but also in teaching friends, family and clients how to maintain the happiest relationship with their animals. Behavioural welfare is the single biggest killer (factor towards euthanasia) of pets and with improved education and with the help of the veterinary/animal science community around the world, I aim to significantly reduce this statistic. Seeing pets suffering from fear, anxiety and stress that is compounded by not being understood by their owners is incredibly painful and what I most want out of my career is to help them and further help their owners, who often feel guilt and shame over not understanding their beloved family members.

  13. 1.
    I assume that a lot of animals will benefit from this course. The knowledge that I will gain allows me to share it with my future clients so their animals surely benefit from it. Also the information from the course I`ll use to work with my own dogs.
    I`m an animal behaviour consultant and I also train dogs in nosework. In my work with animals I use only ethical methods and science based training. My mission is helping carers to understand their animals. In my opinion this aspect is the key factor in animal – caregiver relationship. The “problems” with animals usually derive from misunderstanding them.
    I believe that learning is a process which never ends. So I hope that I will learn a lot of new things from this course. Maybe I will get a new look at different areas of animal training which I will share with my community. I hope that after this course I could be a better trainer for animals and I will be able to pass my knowledge to other people, especially animal’s caregivers.

  14. Dear Karolina,

    Thank you for this opportunity!

    1. I’m working with small-mammals at a Hungarian zoo so “my” beloved animals would definitely benefit from the course directly and indirectly with time I hope that more and more of the rest of the zoo-animals.
    2. During the Covid the zoo is closed for the public but before I regularly gave speech in the “Animal Encounters” daily shows, I also taught classes for children with ambassador-animals who I trained for and I also tried to teach our ZooEducators about the right way of animal handling.
    3. I have returned to the zoo not so long ago from my maternity leave and I am very sad that during the time I was not present, absolutely no or just very little improvement can be seen in the amount of zookeepers who started to use and see the importance of animal training. This is because animal training is still a “new” area at Hungary and there are only a few books about it so if someone only speak hungarian it’s very hard to learn it. Because of this I’d like to organize an unofficial “Animal Training Club”, where I’d like show my colleagues the magical world of animal training and how it can affect our animals life in a better way. This course would help me huge how to talk about the basics properly. I’d really love to make a change by showing that animal training is not an unreachable luxury but a learnable must if we really care for our animals.

  15. 1. At the moment directly one animal would benefit from me taking this course – my own the best and the worst 5 year old GSD with whom I have refused to give up even if our path really hasn’t been easy. I have literally given up a job, a house, lots of money, health and sanity with this dog. I realise that I’m not the only one with these problems, but this dog today means a world to me and I want our life together to be as good as possible and I really think that my understanding and learning is the key to that.

    2. At the moment no but in the future hopefully yes. I have studied animal training here in Finland but I feel that has been quite superficial compared to your courses (just took animal emotions) and way of explaining things.

    3. I feel that if I get the honor to be part of this course I would get more confidence also to help others who need help with their animals. I really believe that understanding animal behaviour will also help me to get rid of my own everyday fears, that I’m constantly struggling with. My first touch to animal training 12 years ago is from the dogtrainig fields where training not neccessarily wasn’t the most positive all the time because ”we’ve always done this way” and even it is hard to change perspective, that is a way of thinking I want to change.

  16. Hi Karolina,
    I have dogs of my own, friends with animals (some that have major behavioral needs), fosters. I work at a vet clinic and do some behavior counseling, coaching on force free methods, body language, etc. I do not teach group classes. My goal is to raise a service dog who can play engage/disengage games as we learn skills (so that learning and work are fun), gain public access while avoiding learned helplessness. I would love to learn further techniques on communicating behavior modification with clients and to encourage and grow the number of good canine citizens in our community.
    Thank you,

  17. Hi Karolina,

    Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity.

    My name is Angie, I have a Cert IV in Vet Nursing but am presently unemployed. I am mature age and have many years experience working and caring for a range of different animals. I live on a small property in Victoria Australia where I have 2 sheep Ruby and Rupert, 3 Labradors Wendy, Maggie and Burt and a rescue Stagg/Wolfhound Joseph; Burt has behavioral issues.

    In the last couple of years I have become very interested in learning as much as I can about animal behavior not only to help my boy Burt but also to help others.

    1. My dream is to work with local rescue services helping as many rescued dogs as possible so they can be successfully rehomed.

    2. I am not a teacher but I do enjoy helping people wherever I can whether it’s behavioral related or just general animal care.

    3. If I was offered the course scholarship it would mean a grate deal to me, it would give me the opportunity to build my skills and my confidence with behavioral training. It would help me to work towards successfully rehoming rescue dogs and help families with strategies or assistance with their pets with behavioral issues. It would also help me to feel like I am doing something important for animals that may otherwise be euthanized, by giving them a better chance of life.

  18. This is such an exciting and generous offer! As a certified dog behavior consultant, who has already taken your AAT and Animal Emotions courses, I know that this one will be just as wonderful. I get calls from dog owners who are often experiencing very serious behavioral issues and I am sometimes their last hope. My goal is to continue to preserve and enhance relationships. The more I learn, the more I can offer educated and skilled guidance.
    Continuing my education always makes me excited to share the knowledge! I hope to inspire others to work cooperatively with their dogs and get excited about learning! Thank you so very much for your most generous offer!
    PS: I also work as a musician and as one might expect due to the current pandemic, find myself with more free time than I would normally enjoy……

  19. One cockatoo, 2 horses and, at the moment about 20 dogs would benefit directly, for the future a countless number of animals.

    As an instructor in the local dog club I train people to train their dog every week. Sometimes I feel it is an uphill battle trying to convince other instructors and fellow dog trainers on how animal training has evolved. Many years ago I changed the club culture, going from old fashioned training to reward based training but it is time to take the next step.
    I want to teach and inspire my fellow instructors to adapt to research based animal training but in order to do so I have to be able to show some credentials. After being ‘dogless’ for 5 years I have a new kelpie puppy and I want to ‘use’ him to show the benefits of scientific training and hope that with my puppy’s success and knowledge I gain in this course (realising humans are also animals ) I will be able to change the direction of the club once again.
    I would also like to be able to transfer my knowledge to other animals and explore the difference in training .

  20. Hello Karolina,
    I have 2 beautiful, intelligent dogs, Molly and Scotty. Molly is 5 months and Scotty is 19 months old. I have been training them with the puppy culture positive reinforcement training videos. They are such sweet pups and enjoy the brain stimulation I have been providing. Now that they are a bit older, puppy culture is up to 16 wks, I need new material for them. I have watched your free behaviour videos and appreciate the dedication you have for making our animal’s lives so much better. I appreciate the opportunity to receive this scholarship and am thankful for your generosity.

  21. Good morning Karolina,

    As a retired “Pet Professional” With a Cert IV in dog behaviour training (Delta Society 2003/4) I have been on my “journey to understand behaviour” for most of my life. As what is known as a “crossover trainer,” I am fascinated by what makes animals and humans tick in their interactions. I have seen and done horrible things in the name of “training” and it is my hope that by continuing my education, I can help other find solutions to living in harmony with their chosen companions (dogs more specifically.)
    I have been contracted by my local Council to take part in their “dog friendly strategy2020 and beyond.” Continuing Education (for me) is paramount in helping others on their journey. If I become employed by the Council I would be happy to pay for your course but at the moment I am not working so do not have those funds available. Geek Week used my allotted funds. Thank you for your generosity in offering thes scholarships I hope they go to those who truly deserving . If I get employed by the council and come out of retirement, I’d happily pay for your course. Warm regards, Corinne Bozsoky

  22. 1. I have five dogs currently all of which have challenged my thinking about behaviour and shaping behaviours in different ways and helped my learning journey. These plus my friends dogs who I actively help about 24 dogs plus I want to provide a positive training for local pet owners.
    2.I have taught at my local club and helped friends for a number of years. With my current job disappearing the incentive to take my training of others to help their dogs has resulted in me starting a business. I love seeing owners change from telling the dog to working with their dogs in a partnership.
    3. Previously the people I worked with had some knowledge but many of the dogs and handlers calling my business have no relationship with their dog and I want to develop my knowledge base so I can help these better especially those with reactive dogs. These dogs are confused and are often reactive because they have no idea what their handlers want and the handlers are creating a negative environment even when they are trying to be positive. I want to understand better how to reach these dogs so that everybody has a fun relationship

  23. I currently work at a Rescue where we work with 100’s of dogs yearly. I also train on my own…and have just received my KPA-DTP certification. I have also worked training trainers which ultimate effects an exponential amount of animals. I feel that there is NEVER enough learning when it comes to communication with animals. Every effort you put in gives you something back in some form or another…and, that in turn, gives other’s around you, both people and animals a more fulfilled life as well…this is why I would like to take this course!

  24. Question No. 1
    I work with animals all day as I run a boarding, rehab and training school and work with the local SPCA. I really can’t put a final number on this but in excess of 40 dogs per week, just estimating between classes and the SPCA.

    Question No. 2
    Yes I train problem dogs and am currently studying for my Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour with COAPE. I also run classes including Puppy, Teenage and Canine Good Citizen with some tracking and agility when required.

    Question No. 3
    I have recently done your course on the animals emotions and as I am studying in this field I found your work most helpful. there are 3 areas that I believe that your guidance through this course would help me. a) To see problem behaviours before they become a “problem” and to teach owners and their pets as well as new adoptee’s how to best interact with their dogs. b) I also believe it will help me to help injured animals that stay with me for rehabilitation so that I can help them to be relaxed for proceedures and build their confidence and trust. c) Lastly I believe it will help me to introduce more fun to my classes to help owners to learn better ways of interacting with their dogs while still building foundational skills.

  25. 1. Taking this course would directly help me improve the lives of over 20 animals that I have in my care as a naturalist at a nature center. These animals range from a Red-tailed Hawk, Barred owl, chipmunk, flying squirrel and much more. Each animal that comes into my care are either permanently injured, or in some way unable to be released back into the wild. These ambassador animals did not have a “choice” to be captive animals, and so I strive to make each animal feel empowered, happy and confident in their environment.

    2. Yes, all of our animals are considered ambassadors of their species and teach to hundreds of children and adults every year.

    3. Working with animals, especially ones that come from the wild, is a huge responsibility. This is a field in which we can always improve and do better for them. The only way we can do better, is when we know better. I am passionate about giving these animals the best welfare I can provide and a course such as this would only improve my understanding of animal behavior and therefore directly improve the confidence and happiness of these animals. Because we reach so many people by teaching with these animals, it would empower the community to see how wild animals should be treated with utmost respect and care.

  26. 1. The most important one’s that will benefit off this course is my straydog and I, and off course all dogs, horses, bunnies and cats we meet on our way thrue life. It’s really hard for some of these straydogs to become a member in a whole new environment. To train these dogs are soo rewarding and at the same time very special. It’s something I always try to make people aware off.
    2. At the moment I only work with my own dog.
    3.Until 2016 I had my own buisness for 12 years working with dogs, owners and petshops making harneses for dogs with special neads among other things. The most rewarding part off my job were when the owners mailed to let me know that one of my products hade helped to give a dog a better life. For the future I’m interested in working with this with good dogtrainers and dog physiotherapists to make life a little easier for our fuorlegged friends. It’s also really important for me to continue learning about dogs and dogtraining. Education opens up when we get stuck and gives us possibilities to make a change for ourselves and everyone else WHO want’s to listen and learn.

  27. 1,In mijn directe omgeving zouden mijn eigen 2 heel uiteenlopende honden baat hebben bij deze cursus. Ondanks dat ik al heel wat jaren honden om mij heen heb gehad, en katten, is iedere hond weer een eigen Wezen en Individu. Dat vraagt bij iedere hond met mijn hart kijken en voelen wat ieder nodig heeft, en wat vraagt het van mij om daaraan tegemoet te komen. Aangezien ik mijn eigen instrument ben, in de omgang, en trainen met mijn eigen honden, ben je nooit uitgeleerd en kan je altijd nieuwe inzichten verwerven.

    2. In mijn werk begeleid ik kwetsbare mensen die samen met een hond trainen en toewerken naar een diploma, daarbij is training belangrijk, maar nog meer is voelen met je hart, wie is je hond, en wat heeft hij zij nodig, van belang om samen een mooi en harmonieus team te gaan vormen. Samen trainen is meer dan alleen trucjes leren.

    3. As professional voegt deze cursus nog meer kennis, verdieping, en inzichten toe die ik kan overbrengen op de mensen met dieren om mij heen, en in het werk. Het opdoen van nieuwe inzichten, om in training toe te passen en te delen zodat relaties tussen mens en dier hier op een positieve wijze van groeien. Aktief bijdragen aan een groter begrip en compassie voor dieren in het algemeen, en in mijn werk /prive honden. Ikzelf kan alleen maar groeien in het trainersvak middels deze cursus.

  28. 1. I believe that it would be several hundreds of dogs that would benefit from me taking this course. Please, let me explain. I work in a dog shelter (in NSW, Australia), have just started my own dog training business and I have also started to give free webinars about mental activities for dogs at home during this pandemic. I love dogs and my knowledge is my gift to them and their humans.

    2. Yes, I gave dog training seminars and workshops in Peru (South America) in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The traditional way of training dogs is still strong over there and I wanted to do something about that. Several of the students were dog shelter owners, rescuers, traditional dog trainers and dog guardians. The workshops had several rescue and very shy dogs, and we all gave them the space they were asking for. We talked about personal space bubble, reactivity, triggers, thresholds, consent test, emotional pain, learned helplessness, etc (all new concepts for them). Every time I look at the photos and videos, they remind me that I still have plenty to do over there. I am looking forward to go back or at least, give educational online webinars in Spanish.

    3. This amazing course would be a gift that would touch every animal and dog guardian that come my way. Learning from Dr. Karolina Westlund would definitively expand my knowledge and give me the scientific edge to prove that positive reinforcement works with all the animals.

  29. 1. Apart from my own three dogs, I think another around 160 dogs that are currently staying in a shelter for homeless animals in my city would benefit from my participation in this course. I am one of two a volunteers dealing directly with difficult cases. Unfortunately shelter doesn’t employ a behaviorist due to lack of funds.
    2. I conduct regular training courses for volunteers at the shelter and consultations for people who want to adopt a dog, as well as for those who seek help after adoption when problems arise. I’m sharing my knowledge for free with sole purpouse of helping dogs.
    3. I think that attending the course would allow me to work better and more efficiently with shelter dogs and thus contribute to finding homes for them faster. I work with fearful, aggressive, semi-wild, traumatized dogs. The more I know, the better and the faster I will be able to help them dog ​​and thus increase its chance for a normal life. Helping new owners at home effectively will result in fewer dogs coming back from adoption due to problematic behavior. For me, the most important difference would be a greater number of dogs leaving shelter, and for those staying in, increasing their comfort through the appropriate way of working with them.

  30. This is an exciting offer!
    1. I have been a part time trainer since 2007. At the moment, I have 5 active clients ( the dogs, not the owners!), and all are pups under 2 years old. They are just learning how to be dogs, and getting behavior would definitely fit into my sessions.
    2. I graduated from Animal Behavior College online in 2007. I was working as a Special Needs School bus driver at the time. I have been medically retired, so I now have more time to provide services. I have 4 repeat customers, so they like what they get from me.
    3. This course will help me offer my clients a better connection with the animals in their lives. My own 2 dogs – a 2 year old mini Schnauzer named Schatzie, and a Chihuahua mix Diabetic who has cataracts named Bomber – would be happier with a Mama who uses intuitive knowledge to improve their existence.

  31. 1. I lease 3 horses, but I work with around 5 horses every week. They would be the first animals that would be benefited from me taking the course. I am going to study animal medicine next year and my goal is to become a vet who is also an osteopath. At the moment I am following an education on training the horse’s body, but I would love to dive deeper into the horse’s behaviour, so I can combine the knowledge. I think to understand animal/horse behaviour is really neccesary for my lifestyle.

    2. At the moment I do not train other people, animal related. I do train horses and help people at the barn with their horse. I am training horses their bodies, so they get balance, stability and power. But it is so important that I know a lot about horse behaviour, because I can help horses way better if I do!

    3. If I take this course I think with the knowledge I will gain confidence in myself as a trainer. I am sure horses and their owners will trust me more if I trust myself more. I will understand the behaviour of the horses I’m training better, so I will be able to improve our communication, and with that our trainings. It will help a lot of horses, since I am going to be a vet and osteopath in the future.

    I am really eager to learn as much as possible!! Thank you for this opportunity!

  32. 1. To be honest, I am the first animal to benefit directly from taking the course. I’m passionate about learning and applying knowledge to help others and also passionate about behavior analyses and animals. Second, my cat. She’s eleven and I’m starting to train to go to the carrier and after to the vet (fear free). And all dogs, cats and humans I work and I will work with, about 30/40 per year. 
    2. Yes, I’m a dog and cat behaviorist and trainer. Most of my work is with animals having problem behaviors like aggression, separation related behaviors, etc. I’m a new fresh professional and my goal is to find a way to sensitize and bring more knowledge about animal behavior and welfare to people, a kind of popularization knowledge where people can easily access and apply (especially to prevent behavior problems and increase animal welfare and everyone’s happiness).
    3. It would help me to anchor concepts, methods, to learn more about things like shaping or building a training plan for example and to be more confident. Since I’m passionate about animal behavior and it excites me a lot, I tell everybody around me what I learn and I infect them with my passion (at least a bit). This course will also help me as a tool to help dog and cat’s owners and will help me to find out how can I make people more aware of animal behavior and welfare.

  33. The direct beneficiary will be Molly, our twice rescued dog. Indirect beneficiaries will be all the dogs she comes into contact with!

    I feel like I’m on a precipice and have one foot ready to move off the cliff, but I’m not taking it because I don’t think I can fly. After 4 years of learning with Molly, I’m applying to be a volunteer dog fosterer and had a good home check. However I haven’t pressed the final button: something is holding me back and I think it’s because I would like a bridge and I keep being drawn back to you as that bridge.

  34. 1. My horse and two cats will benefit directly from me taking the course. Besides them also a lot of other horses would benefit, because I help horse owners with any kind of behavioral problems.
    2. I do a lot of animal-related teaching. I just started as a horse behavior trainer. When I train a horse I find it very important that the horse owners know what I’m doing and why. So I explain to them what I see happing with the horse and what the behavioral cause is. Because of this I transfer a lot of knowledge to the owners.
    3. The admission to the course would give me a lot more insight in the best way of training animals. The education I have followed still uses quite a bit of pressure and negative reinforcement in the training. I increasingly see that training can be done in a much gentler way. I want to develop myself in this. As I develop myself in this, I also can help my clients develop in training a horse in a soft, gentle and fun way. In this way I can help a lot of owners to prevent the development of problem behavior. And this would benefit all the animals

  35. 1/2. Many animals will benefit from this course, I run a dog walking/sitting business in Melbourne, Australia and I am always learning new things about dogs and their behaviour by just being around them. My own dog has learnt so much from having different types of dogs in her home- how to play, communicate and understand. In saying that about her- I have also learnt so much by watching and being around them- some dogs that we’ve had the pleasure to take care of have had behavioural issues. One thing I have learnt is never judge a dog as you don’t know what’s happened in their past to be where they are now. You might not be able to fix them but you can make them feel more comfortable in their surroundings- depending on the situation.
    To be able to do this course and learn more about their behaviour and psychology- would be beneficial for not just myself but human and dog alike.

    3. It would benefit not only myself but the dogs themselves and their owners, dogs would be happier and I would feel more comfortable and confident because I understand them more. I would also be able to help their parents if in need. I would be able to implement what I have learnt while they are in my care and when taking them on adventures and I don’t think anyone loses in that situation. As the motto of my business.
    Smiles all around at Happy Hounds.

  36. 1. First of all my three cats. But then also the up to 70 csts in the cattery I am working will benefit and all the cats of my clients. Because I am working as a cat behavourist.

    2. Yes, I am a cat behavourist. Training the people to see the world through a cats eyes. I am always looking for new and positive ways to help cats and to help their owners to change the relationship to a positiv one.

    3. I hope with this course I am anabled to help cats and people more effectivley. Sometimes the cats Surfer from a lot of problems and some people don’t want to change their behaviour towards the cat. So if I have some new, scientific based moduls in my training back, I hole I am able to convience them to change their action and to help their pet. I want the life of cats and all pets become easier änd happier

  37. I am a junior dog trainer in South Africa and take over an established dog training school in January (Happy Tails Dog Training Center). We serve approximately 20 dogs and puppies per month, that would benefit from extended knowledge. I also continue studying for my Honours Degree in Human Movement Science (costing a fortune, thus my application for scholarship) and would like to specialise later in Biokinetika for especially dogs, maybe horses. In our rural area, there is significant lack of resources, especially with regards to animal welfare. Scientific training and behaviour courses available are not on international standards. I have a lot of knowledge in dog training and behaviour but need more scientific background. Animals who would benefit from me taking this course are my clients’ dogs, our therapy dogs (I work with therapy dogs since 2008 and also train them), and obviously our own dogs (2 Golden Retriever and a Black Russian Terrier). My knowledge will also benefit our other training instructors, and we will be able to offer sound scientific dog training and behaviour classes in our area.

  38. 1. At first my own animals; 4 cats and 1 horse. But since I’m a professional bodyworker / trainer for horses, there will be many more. Besides the direct animals who will benefit, there are also the readers of my FB page (> 1.000). I love to write about my insights, and learnings, so in that way I’ll spread your knowlegde further.

    2. Yes I do. My core business is to work with horses who suffer from stress and anxiety. My most important job is to make the owners aware of the emotions and bodylanguage.

    3. I see so much horses being misunderstood. Not because we humans are bad, but because their is a great lack of knowlegde. I love it when I can explain to people the WHY behind the behavior. I’ve seen many times that when people understand the why, they will change their behavior. They will no longer use pain or pressure, but look for ways to reward the behavior they do want. In general, the wellfare of the horse gets better. The owners getting more confident. Even though to a lot of people it’s not done to train your horse with food, my clients KNOW why. They know about what happens in the brain. So they won’t get that insecure, even though people around them don’t understand. And in the best way, other people get curious, and want to know more about this violent free way of training.

  39. I am studying Animal Emotions Course now. That’s because of this scholarship program. Thank you very much.

    I would be very happy if I could take the Getting Behavior course too, but I would need a scholarship program for that.

    I am working as a dog trainer in Japan.
    (Recently, I’ve been studying grooming again.)
    I am not good at concretely explaining the training procedures and timing of step-ups to my customers, so I would like to be able to explain them in an easy-to-understand way by learning about this course.
    Also, I feel that by studying together with the Animal Emotions Course, we can deepen our understanding.

    If there is no rule that there is only one scholarship program per person, I would love to study.

  40. 1. I am a dog trainer and dog owner and volunteer on an ad-hoc basis with a shelter. Not only would my dog benefit from this course, but so will my client dogs, future client dogs, as well as a number of shelter dogs would benefit from me taking this course. I also post a lot about training on my Instagram pages which have a decent following and so a number of animals from there will indirectly benefit as well.

    2. Yes I do as a dog trainer. I’m focused on working with cooperative care and reactivity. With the shelter work, I help guide other volunteers by watching and commenting on their training videos to teach them how to work with the dogs as well.

    3. It would make a huge difference to the dogs and people around me if I were to get on this course as a lot of the dogs I work with can be quite fearful/shut down and getting behaviour from them can often be quite tricky and challenging, so I believe this course would help a lot.

  41. 1. My horse is the first animal that would be benefited from it since I would be able to implement all my new knowledge with her. Moreover, the rest of my animals i.e. my baby dog and my cats since they are part of my lifestyle. Professionally speaking I am a vet, and although I do not work as a clinician vet, I work with animals’ owners and animal people. I show them how they can train differently; and the best way to share my knowledge is by setting myself as an example, thus they can see the results and the difference it can make in their lives.

    2. Yes, I teach about horses. My main goal is to show the world “Who horses are”. Most of the teaching I perform is without any economic benefit. To me animals are a treasure and I would like to make people see what I see whenever I look at them. I like to think about it as a small step for a greater goal, animal welfare.

    3.- I would acquire scientific knowledge that would lay the groundwork to speak with a solid base. Hence, I would help people understand animals better and thus, help animals directly. Animals would be happier as they would feel that people communicate and understand them. Humans would learn to look with other eyes based on the science and animals would have the necessary skills to have a better life and relationship with humans.

  42. 1. My own dog would benefit from the course. In this field there is always so much more to learn. Second, I intern for a dog training school so also the dogs over there will benefit from me being able to take this course. That’s about 60 dogs/year. Furthermore, I want to make a career switch to the dog behaviorist world, so many dogs in the future will benefit . I am trying to take in as much information about animal behaviour based on animal friendly approach as possible. It pains me to see that nowadays there is still so much misunderstanding about animal behaviour and how to modify unwanted behaviour in a friendly, ethical and science based approach.
    2. I do animal related teaching on a volunteering basis at the dog school I intern for. I am still an intern but I will be teaching my own groups starting somewhere in 2021. Also, I would like to make my career out of helping people with their animalsguide the owners to be able to understand their animals better.
    3. This course would give me more confidence in myself and my knowledge in animal behaviour, so that I will have the courage to help others. I find that usually I am still quite insecure about my knowledge even though I could help someone. This course would strengthen and broaden my knowledge. Many animals are misunderstood. I want to contribute to those animals being understood better.

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