building successful class curriculums

Course overview:

A practical workshop for dog trainers and their assistants to develop successful class structures and efficient private lesson plans.

Let’s face it, there’s just so much that’s important for our owners and dogs to learn. Even though we know we should stick to one or two important ideas per lesson, you end up trying to teach “all of the things”, with multiple handouts and maybe some extra homework emails too.

Rather than working to a list of exercises because you inherited a class lesson plan, or focusing on teaching to a canine test – what if you sat down and thought about

  • What the client really NEEDS to learn
  • What the client WANTS to learn
  • What you NEED to teach
  • What you WANT to teach

This course helps you to break down your sessions, create effective and easy to implement plans, save yourself hours of time and most importantly, help your students learn more effectively!


Two full days of workshop sessions running from 9.30am to 4.30pm approximately. You will be required to do a small amount of preparatory work, plus design and discuss a short lesson plan on the first day. You will need to spend some time on the evening between teaching days working on your second assignment.

There are only 12 places available on each course to ensure plenty of personal attention, feedback and opportunity to put all your new skills into practice.

Is this course right for you?

You are an enthusiastic teacher of both humans and canines with a minimum of a year’s experience as either a class assistant/lead teacher. You have an understanding of learning theory and basic obedience exercises, and may have taught individual handlers or small groups previously.

Can you bring your dog?

If your dog would enjoy being part of a classroom setting they are very welcome to join us. Your dog must be able to settle quietly during the sessions (either in a crate, on a mat or in the car). If your dog struggles with other people or dogs, please talk to us before bringing them along – we want this to be a positive experience for all!

Your Tutor: Morag K Heirs, Clinical Animal Behaviourist & Trainer (Well Connected Canine)

PhD, MSc, MA SocSci Hons, PGCAP, qualified human and canine remedial massage therapist

Full member APBC, APDT UK (#01101), PPG, ABTC

You can be confident that your tutor has both the practical and academic knowledge to challenge and educate you. This course is taught by a full member of the APDT (#01101), Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and the Pet Professional Guild. Morag has a background in psychology, university level teaching qualifications and has been a lecturer for over 10 years.

As the director of Well Connected Canine Ltd, Morag leads a team of trainers and behaviourists working in private practice and with rescue organisations across the North of England.


What our previous delegates have said about these courses:

“My class students have already commented that things are different since I came back from the course!”

 “Definitely book on the course it was worth every penny and nowhere near as complicated or scary as it might appear. You will be at ease within the first hour I guarantee it!   Your mode of teaching is refreshing, entertaining and easy to understand - just as you want us to be. Thank you it was a privilege to be a part of the two days and I would highly recommend it!​”

“I learnt quite a lot about my instructing techniques and have already tweaked somethings. With all good intentions of what I want the class to go like, it doesn’t always feel it goes to plan!!”

“I would absolutely recommend it. Having seen people of different levels in attendance, it was interesting to note that academia alone does not a good trainer make! My belief now is that everyone in whatever capacity they teach, should have to undertake some training in how to do so.  It was just really, really good and your skill, knowledge, background and encouragement have made me believe in myself a whole lot more than I did before.”

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Morag K Heirs PhD


Handlers £80.00
Spectators £None