How it started ...
I cannot imagine my life without dogs. Especially after the arrival of my own dog(s) and during my training as an instructor, my love for dogs has evolved into a deeper curiosity about the behavior of the dog. Why does a dog do what he does? Why do some things not work as you might expect? Why do I often get the feeling that the relationship between dog and owner is not really based on mutual trust and respect? How do you get such a relationship? What is this dog trying to say to me?
In order to better understand dogs behavior and to learn their language, I started reading more and following courses.
In 2008 and 2009, I received both the diploma of instructor-educator and dog behaviorist from Geert De Bolster as the degree of dog instructor from the Royal Cynologic Union St. Hubertus (KKUSH). Even after 10 years of practice, I still follow lectures, workshops, courses ... to keep up with new evolutions, techniques and insights to maintain a high standard of quality to work with you and your dog.
Some examples of extra seminars, workshops, lectures,... I followed last 10 years:
C.A.R.A.T , Level 1 Course - Animal Response Assessment Tool -- Suzanne Clothier
For the Love of Clicker Training - Advanced Training Skills - Kay Laurence
On the Cutting Edge. Advanced Training Theory for top Achievers - Pamela Reid
Behavioral Ecology of dogs + Dog Ethology - Ray Coppinger
Puppy behavioural problems: science and practice. Module 2. Tiny De Keuster & Joke Montigny (Hond & Wetenschap. Ugent)
Dog language. Agression and the means dogs have to defuse conflict - Sue Sternbergµ
The science behind detection training - Dr. Adee Schoon
K9 Games, games for motivation, reliability, speed and precision - Ian Dunbar
Oversensitisation with (sport) dogs - Geertje Schijf, TeamUp
Introduction workshop mantrailing - Belgian Scent Academy
Preventing and treating aggression - Jolanda Pluymakers
Instructors course Detection - A+4dogs
Several extra courses at De Bolster between 2009 en 2013
- Communication - management and training.
- Trainingssetting versus daily environment of dog and owners
- Agressive behavior with dogs.