Theory & Practice - my experience so far
Both practical experience and theoretical knowledge are needed to insure a good quality of service. I prefer to work evidence based which means that I will never stop learning as science is ever evolving.
Degree and certificates:
In 2017 I obtained a postgraduate degree in Companion Animal Behaviour and Welfare, which, offered 2 years of free access to the published research database Science Direct, lectures from many international professionals (behaviourists and vet behaviourists) and practical experience in handling and training of companion animals (dogs and cats). This was offered by a cooperation of The University College of Odisee in Belgium, the Autonomus University of Barcelona in Spain en Davalon in the Netherlands. To view the brochure and see the content of this degree, click here.
I am a certified dog welfare & behaviour consultant in the Netherlands who is a member of the Dutch dog behavioursts organization called NVGH.
I give many lectures in the Netherlands and Belgium on dog welfare and behavior. I am a guest teacher at Annorlunda (dog behaviour academy in Holland) where I teach the subject dog welfare. I also teach, advise and create educational content (specializing in dog welfare needs and emotions) for the Martin Gaus Academy (dog behaviour education) in Holland.
Other followed courses, seminars, workshops and lectures up till now:
- Do It Yourself Seperation Anxiety Program 2020 (Dr. Moira Hechenleitner DVM, CSAT (Certified Separation Anxiety Trainer), an expert on this field)
- The Aggression in Dogs Conference 2020 (Dr. Kathy Murphy, Leslie McDevitt, Kim Brophey, Jim Crosby, Trish McMillan, Denise Fenzi, Laura Donaldson, Dr. Amy Pike, Michael Shikashio, Katenna Jones)
- The International Dog Behaviour Conference 2020 Online (Victoria Stilwell, Sarah Fisher, Sarah Heath, Zazie Todd, Clive Wynne, Holly Root-Gutteridge, J. Nicole Smith)
- Aggression in Dogs - A Master Course for Trainers and Behavior Consultants (2019, Mike Shikashio CDBD, Dr. Chris Pachel DVM, DACVB, CABC, Jessica Dolce CCFE and Kim Brophey CDBC)
- 30 Days of Canine Science (30 days of theory and practice taught by the amazing team of the School of Canine Science, Jo Rosie Haffenden, Dean Nicholas, Nando Brown), 2019
- 2 day seminar Chirag Patel - Puppy training | Socialization | Separation | Husbandry | Preventing problem behaviours (2019)
- Artis Academy special: Frans de Waal - about emotions in animals and what they tell us about ourselves (2019)
- Webinar - Fear and What To do (2018, School of Canine Science, Nando Brown)
- Kynocongres 2018 - Fear and cognition in dogs. (2018, Kynotrain)
- Friendly With Dogs Congres 2018 (in Belgium)
- 2 day seminar: The Great Indian Joint Families of Free-Ranging Dogs, Anindita Bhadra (2018)
- 'Working together with vets' (2018, NVGH, a Dutch association of dog behaviorists)
- Seminar Veterinary Behavioral Medicine, Daniel Mills. (2017).
- Kynocongres 2016 - Pathological behavior in dogs (2016)
- 2 day workshop - Carreer As A Dog Trainer (2015 via The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers, Nando Brown)
- Seminar - How Trainable Are Dogs?' (Nando Brown on Animal Event in Holland 2015)
- Lecture 'Fear' and 'Fear of Fireworks' (2014 Monique Bladder, Dutch dog behaviorist)
- Webinar - Behavior Adjustment Training 2.0 (2014 Grisha Stewart)
- Workshop Stress reduction (2014 Monique Bladder, Dutch dog behaviorist)
- Lecture 'Dominance? It's time for change!' (2014 Monique Bladder, Dutch Dog behaviorist)
- 3 certificates/diplomas on dog ethology, dog training (instructor course) and solving problem behaviors with dogs were obtained in 2012 and 2013 through an organization in the Netherlands called 'Curcuscentrum Dierverzorging'. I learned a lot of valuable things and enjoyed my time there, but I was also given explanations for behavior which left me in doubt. Once I found out their explanations were outdated, I decided to move on and look for a more up to date and evidence based (science) education.
- I've been working as a dog welfare & behaviour consultant since I obtained my postgraduate degree in september 2017.
I do home visits, sharing knowledge (both theory and practice/demos), an analysis/explanation for the problems they are running into and offer families one on one training/therapy sessions with my main goal always being: improving the welfare of all who are involved (dogs AND family members)
- I was already offering families one on one training sessions with their puppies since obtaining a dog trainer instructor diploma in 2012
- In 2014 I enrolled in the first B.A.T. course that was offered in the Netherlands by CBATI, with my emotionally explosive dog, Sheriff (Greek rescue)
- I loved B.A.T. and voluntarily assisted during courses given to clients by CBATI. I recorded the sessions for clients and made promotional videos for the instructors in 2015 and 2016.
- Since august 2015 I am a volunteer at the rescue foundation that own my dog (a Greek rescue) and I respond to families who have adopted a dog and run intro problems (usually I can help best by referring them to reliable dog professionals living nearby). I still do this.
Some pics of clients that I've worked with (dogs of all kinds of breeds, sizes, shapes and background):