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Specialist Training
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We help charities across the globe with our specialist training. We can send our expert staff to provide training for your organisation on Education, Dog Behaviour and Training or Dog Catching & Handling. Each course is outlined below.




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Education: During an Overseas Education Workshop our specialists talk about how to set up and run a humane education programme in schools. In this 2 day workshop our education officers discuss how to deliver a successful school workshop, develop resources and lesson plans relevant to the curriculum in your own country. The workshop is interactive in nature. 

Behaviour: We can send our senior dog behaviourists to advise you on dog behaviour and training needs that you are experiencing at your dog shelter. The workshop usually runs for 2-4 days and covers both theoretical and practical aspects.  

Dog Catching & Handling: We can provide training workshops in dog handling and catching for your organisation, which will prepare your staff and volunteers to safely handle dogs and help you ensure the highest standards of dog care and welfare.      

If you can help organise a workshop in your country, or feel that you would benefit from the knowledge and expertise of one of our specialists, please email the international team for further information.


Learn a little bit more about some of our specialists:
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Hollie Sevenoaks has worked for Dogs Trust since 1999. As a Campaigns & Education Manager, Hollie has been instrumental in setting up our education programme in the UK. Hollie now manages 23 Education Officers and 4 youth trainers who deliver engaging and exciting workshops to school children, and young people. She has led the development of our interactive websites for teachers. 

Hollie has developed an international training course to share the experiences of our successful programme in the UK and give delegates the tools to create education resources that will work for them. She has delivered training in Austria, Croatia, Hungary, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Portugal and Spain.

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Deputy Training and Behaviour Manager, Steve Goward started as a canine carer at our Shrewsbury centre 16 years ago. Steve has studied canine behaviour to enable him to help dogs that are struggling to cope, both in the kennel environment and once they go to new homes, as part of the aftercare offered by Dogs Trust. Steve has presented workshops on behaviour at shelters in many countries all over the world.  

He has also presented case studies and spoken at seminars including ICAWC, the Scottish Association of Pet Dog Trainers, the Association of Charity Vets, The National Dog Welfare Conference Chennai India, Cancun University Vet Dept. and the National Dog Technical Support Group.  He has spoken on subjects including stereotypical behaviours, learning sets, dog aggression & learning theory, welfare and quality of life, positive training methods and safe dog handling.