Gillian was the first trainer in Scotland to complete the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Training Programme (with distinction), becoming a Certified Training Partner(KPA-CTP) in 2012. She was also the first TAGteacher in Scotland and became a Level 3 TAGteacher in 2016. Gillian is a Full Member of The UK APDT (01078), The Pet Professional Guild, The Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behaviour and is a registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour & Training Council. Some examples of modules completed as part of University degrees and other courses completed include:
Postgraduate modules; Mental Health / Education, Humans & Other Animals, Child Development, Animals in Society,
Research Methods in Psychology, Key Skills for Psychology Researchers, Human Animal Interactions in Context,
Research Placement, Analysis Methods in Psychological Research, Masters Research Thesis.
Undergraduate modules; Advanced Animal Training, Counselling & Animal Behaviour Management, Training Assistance & Therapy Dogs, Psychopharmacology, Comparative Psychology, Canine Welfare & Legislation, Canine Development,
Advanced Dog Training, Canine Systems, Counselling Skills & Case Histories, Animal Therapies & Interactions.
Other; Living & Learning with Animals - Dr Susan Friedman @ Behavior Works (Certificate of Excellence), Professional Animal Trainers Course - Dr Susan Friedman & S Martin @ NE (Certificate of Excellence), Advanced TAGteach - Theresa McKeon,
CAP 1 & 2 (with Distinction), Puppies & Adolescents, Advanced Training Skills - Learning About Dogs.
Gillian is committed to continued academic and practical professional development to ensure that she provides the best possible training to human and animal learners. She has been grateful to attend and learn at various additional conferences, courses & seminars in The UK & abroad (including 3 USA Clicker Expos), with highly respected world class experts committed to empowering, humane, motivational training (such as Karen Pryor, Terry Ryan, Dr Susan Friedman, Ken Ramirez, Kathy Sdao, Michelle Pouliot, Theresa McKeon, Emily Larlham, Kay Laurence, Jesus Rosales-Ruiz, Dr Ian Dunbar, Dr Nick Dodman etc). She has learned from (and been assessed by) some of the world's best Animal Trainers including the prestigious Karen Pryor Academy for Animal Training & Behavior where she graduated the Dog Trainer Professional Program with Distinction; this course (as with her University of Hull validated Degrees), included practical animal training and academic assessment. Gillian scored the highest marking criteria (85% & above range) for "outstanding performance" in the practical training assignments (Training Assistance & Therapy Dogs, Advanced Dog Training & Advanced Animal Training) of her undergraduate FdSc Canine Behaviour & Training and BSc Applied Animal Behaviour & Training Degrees. She also holds a postgraduate degree - a MSc in Human Animal Interaction (180 postgraduate credits), validated by the University of Stirling. This masters degree also included 2 methodological modules: Key Skills for Psychology Researchers (20 credits) and Analysis Methods for Psychological Research (40 credits). Additional postgraduate qualifications are outlined above.
Gillian has trained a variety of species successful and desirable behaviours through positive reinforcement ie; humans, dogs, cats, rats, goldfish, chickens, tortoises, parrots, hornbills, horses, crows & rabbits. She has many training testimonials from happy humans, endorsed by their awesome animals (!). Her extensive experience in risk analysis / business development, people coaching and team leadership combined with practical and science savvy training skills allows Gillian to help caregivers and their animals via promoting positive human animal interactions.
Please be aware the Industry is not appropriately regulated although progress is being made; be selective when choosing who to work with. Inspire Animal Learning advance the industry through appropriate collaboration and may suggest onward referral of behaviour cases on occasion (e.g. to Veterinary Behaviourists). It is important to rule out or identify any physiological / medical reasons for the "problem behaviour", therefore, a Veterinary referral is required for behaviour problems. We suggest choosing experienced, qualified professionals who use effective & humane methods (no choke / prong / electric / spray collars, water sprays, leash jerks or other intimidation / force), to set caregivers and their animals up for success through the effective, humane application of behaviour science. Trainers should carry appropriate insurance and be accredited by professional organisations with an effective code of practice, assessment / renewal procedures and insurance etc.
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