Gillian Cross MSc HAI, BSc AAB&T, FdSc CB&T
Gillian was the first trainer in Scotland to complete the Karen Pryor Academy Professional Dog Training Programme (with distinction), becoming a Karen Pryor Academy Certified Training Partner(KPA-CTP) in 2012. She was also the first TAGteacher in Scotland and is now a Level 3 TAGteacher. Gillian is also 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 additional courses and qualifications successfully completed:
Gillian is committed to continued academic and practical professional development to ensure that she provides the best possible training to caregivers and/or their animals. 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, motivational, force free 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).
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 / training 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. Gillian's primary animal training work is coaching and inspiring people to train their dogs, however, she is happy to work with a variety of species.
Please be aware the Industry is not appropriately regulated although progress is being made; be selective and choose a Trainer who is a good fit for you and trains with effective, force free and humane training. Inspire Animal Learning advance force free training through collaboration and may suggest onward referral of behaviour cases on occasion (for example to Veterinary Behaviourists), if the problem is outwith our capacity. It is important to rule out any medical / physiological reasons for the "problem behaviour", therefore, a Veterinary referral is required for any pet behaviour problems. When choosing a Trainer we recommend experienced, qualified professionals who use effective, force free & humane methods (no choke / prong / electric / spray collars, water sprays, leash jerks or other intimidation / force), to set caregivers and their animals up for best 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.
We are updating our educational resources page and in the meantime we'd like to share these links with you which have some excellent information on animal behaviour & training: www.karenpryoracademy.com, www.clickertraining.com, www.behaviorworks.org, www.apdt.co.uk and www.petprofessionalguild.com.
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