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Education illustrated through competency



Training skills are an ever evolving and re-evolving learning cycle. We learn, we apply, we return to the beginning and learn again. We explore, we expand, we integrate and blend learning from experience and the dogs we share the learning with. We may begin this spiral of learning with small circuits. These are the dangerous ones, they hook us into wanting to learn more without giving us an idea that we will never learn enough. As we progress up the spiral we will at some time make a massive jump from interested to fascinated. This new course will satisfy The Fascinated stage of your spiral and give you the foundations to keep moving upwards.

Moving upwards is satisfying, successful and self-motivating when based on excellent training skills, clear foundations of teaching and learning and strong, sound core behaviours. Confidence, for both trainer and learner, ignites enthusiasm, desire to learn more and build a relationship in trust.

Dogs are incredible teaching masters, they may not tell us what to learn but they do give us clear feedback on what we have learned and how we are doing. We need skill to interpret this feedback and identify how to improve our communication. From successful planning, observation and analysis, to our personal awareness and motor skills. All can impact on the quality of our teaching enhancing a relationship of trust and confidence.

This is a new course combining everything that is excellent from the last 5 years of my on-line courses, what I teach at Wagmore Barn with me Super Trainers and lightly sprinkled with tastes from the adjacent worlds of behaviour analysis, neuroscience and psychology.

It is a 2 year practical study course covered in 12 units. Certification is available through successful completion of the criteria for each unit. Criteria will require video evidence of competency and written assignments. From enrolment for Assessment you have 3 years to complete your full submission.

You can choose to study, work towards certification, attend the workshops, any or all of these options.

Study format

The on-line study environment is run on Moodle and comprises 12 Units over 2 years. This has been our successful platform for on-line learning for the past 5 years. Classroom forums are held on a two-week interval. You do not need to attend the classroom discussions as the topics continue throughout the Unit.

Global group learning brings a richness to the experience where different lifestyles, different learners and relationships will share the journey. What you get out of studying on this course is dependent on your personal investment, 2-3 hours for training plus 2-3 hours of practical preparation for assessment and assignments  per week, with the addition of serious thought processes whilst you do the housework, walk the dog, drive and try to get to sleep.

Constructional learning

The course encourages self-directed learning and critical thinking developing a new mind-set that will project forward to every dog you share your life with in the future. You will construct your own learning experience through the supervised curriculum and activities. There is very little space for branded training recipes, off the shelf solutions or quick-fixes.

Certification through Assessment format

Assessment criteria for each unit will require:

  • Demonstration of competency (skill) by video
  • Written assignments demonstrating reasoning, understanding and thoughtfulness
  • Experiment or project showing planning, application, data gathering and review
  • Observation, evaluation and feedback of videos
  • Personal review of learning achieved

Successful completion will lead to certification as :

    Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence (TAKL) . This is the 11 Units, with an option to progress to
    Teacher Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence (TTAKL) This is Unit 12, for those teaching other people.

Learning About Dogs Ltd will maintain a list of current certified trainers.

Accreditation status will require re-validation will be required every 3 years. This will require detailed reviews of books, material, conferences, seminars, workshops or other learning experiences, demonstrating evidence of continuing learning, evaluation and skill development. Plus a personal self-assessment review and plan and a random selection of criteria to be re-sumitted.

Attendance on the annual cruise is not compulsory but highly recommended.

Suitable for

The course is suitable for individual dog owners wishing to take their training skills to a high standard and professional trainers seeking a high level of competency and recognition within the industry.

Ethical foundation

The course is based on very clear ethical foundations where the needs of the dog are not compromised for convenience of society or the environment. We expect learners to provide thoughtful consideration of their personal ethics and philosophy as suitable for their lifestyle, their society and the dogs they share their lives with.

Training is reinforcement centric to maintain the health and mental welfare of the dog and encourage integration into society without compromising the dog. Training protocols for both trainers and learner is based on a constructive model.


Material for studying on the course will be provided in pdf format. You will need to have access to download (streaming) videos to study for observation, evaluation and feedback practise.

For certification you must be able to video your training to meet specific criteria, upload to a suitable video format. All assignments must be in .pdf format.

Study lessons and certification tracking will be managed within the Moodle format.

Your learner can be any type of dog of any age that you have access to train several times a week. Competency is measured in your skills as a trainer, not in the skill level achieved by the dog. Simple behaviours carried out to a high standard are valued more than complex, competitive or sport behaviours.

Excellence is measured in the training of quality, not in the training of impressive behaviours.

Personal tutor

Personal tutors will be available for assistance with study, practical training, preparation for assessment. These tutors are trainers experienced in a high level of constructive teaching, having also completed assessment by evidence of competency and the online Moodle learning environment.

Quality assurance

Assessment will be randomly re-assessed on a 1 in 7 basis to maintain the level of assessment. A student can request re-assessment through this process.

Material presented for assessment can be returned for further evidence to be provided. This must be completed for re-assessment within 60 days.

Fees & Enrolment

Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence:(fee for 2016)

  • Two year Study course covering 11 Units: 1800(GBP)
  • Two Study course and assessment: 2400(GBP). This can be paid yearly 1300(GBP)
  • Assessment only for Units 1-11 850(GBP)

Final Assessment must be completed within three years of enrolment.


Year 1

    Reinforcement 1: 19 Jan; 02 Feb; 16 Feb; 01 Mar
    Behaviour 1: 12 Apr; 26 Apr; 10 May; 24 May
    Teaching Strategies: 21 Jun; 05 Jul; 30 Aug; 13 Sep
    Directed Learning Strategies: 18 Oct; 01 Nov; 15 Nov; 29 Nov

Year 2:

    Cues: 12 Jan, 26 Jan, 9 Feb, 23 Feb
    Reinforcement 2: 5 Apr, 19 Apr, 3 May, 17 May
    Planning: 14 Jun, 28 Jun, 23 Aug, 6 Sep.
    Advanced Protocols: 11 Oct, 25 Oct, 8 Nov, 22 Nov

Teaching People - TBD

next enrolment Jan 2018

Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence

Unit 1. Evidence

Certification is evidence based, not exam based. This means the learner will take responsibility for providing evidence of their competency. This evidence must be: sufficient and leave the assessor in no doubt; inclusive, the whole of the person, dog and history of the skill/behaviours; authentic, the original work of the learner.

Successful training requires the core skill of assessment through observation and analysis. This Unit will cover the skills needed for personal and peer assessment, ability to evaluate a training protocol, review data and outcomes, give effective, constructional and instructional feedback. There will be clear guidelines on production of video evidence and how to meet the requirements of the criteria.

Unit 2. Ethics, philosophy and beliefs.

A clear and solid ethical foundation will underpin all our interactions with dogs. From how we live with our dogs, the individual relationship, connection, handling, interaction, husbandry and training protocols. This Unit will encourage the developing your own view point and examine the consequences of your choices.

Unit 1 & 2 must be completed before presentation for assessment for the following units

Unit 3. Development of Personal skills.

Part of the development as a trainer will be a clear and regular evaluation of your own skills, strengths and areas you wish to develop. Tracking your skill development is a continual process that required planning and review. You may have a personal tutor to assist with this Unit.

Unit 4. Reinforcement 1

Training in this course is always based on opportunities for reinforcement. This Unit will examine different reinforcement patterns with food;  reinforcement as a process; how consequence drives behaviour; how delivery, pace, placement and energy affects behaviours; treat loading and management; the use of different markers; emotional response.

Unit 5. Behaviour

Different types of behaviours: learning skills, component behaviours, base behaviours, default behaviour, foundation behaviours, core skills, physical skills, proprioception, generalisation, errors and mistakes as learning opportunities.

Unit 6. Teaching strategies

Choosing a teaching strategies, how strategies affect the learning, which strategies are appropriate to different types of behaviours.
Self-directed strategies, advantages and disadvantages. Shaping target acquisition, shaping components of a compound behaviour. The model to set-up the learner for success. Microshaping.

Unit 7.  Directed learning strategies

Directed learning strategies, advantages and disadvantages. Luring: building the skills required. Modelling. Moulding by contact and by environment. Using prompts, and targets.

Unit 8. Cues

What is a cue, cue delivery, changing a cue, cue attachment, capturing, syntax, multiple cues poisoned cues. Default behaviour cues. Building On-Cue reliability.

Unit 9. Reinforcement 2

Non-food reinforcers, variation of reinforcers, volume, patterns, timing. Using play as a reinforcer, social reinforcers and environmental reinforcers.

Unit 10.  Planning

Facilitating success for both dog and trainer, long and short term goals, identifying skills required, teaching components, breaking down behaviours, combining and merging behaviours. Seeking solutions.

Unit 11.  Advanced protocols

Resurgence & extinction, negative reinforcement, adduction, concepts. Building chains and compounds behaviours. Preparation for performance.

Unit 12. Teaching People

This unit is only available to those who have studied or been assessed in units 1-11
Seeking solutions for other people and dogs, identifying the skills required, breaking down the behaviour components, setting up for success. Changing understanding and emotional response. Creative exercises for learning. Teaching through Genabacab. Managing classes and group learning. Maintaining motivation. Equal opportunities in teaching. Meeting the learning needs of dog owners.

Teacher Trainer Accredited by Kay Laurence

Study Unit 12 350(GBP). Assessment only 130(GBP). Study and Assessment: 450(GBP) (available from 2016)

Refunds: A 75% refund for the study option is available before ClassRoom 3 after enrolment. After Classroom 3, no refund is available unless exceptional circumstances and a really polite letter of request. There is no refund once assessment has commenced.

Entry points

Students can enrol for:

  • the study course and at a later stage enrol for assessment.
  • both study and assessment at the same time.
  • only assessment.  

The course is devised and written by Kay Laurence.

With an extensive background sharing her life with dogs, involved in training, teaching, breeding and sports, Kay brings her unique philosophy, experience and practical knowledge to the teaching. Her success is measured by a wide range of achievements through a consistent high quality of results of her own dogs and those of her clients and students that come from the local and global village.

Kay holds a Certificate of Education and a post graduate thesis in course design specialising in developing self-directed learners. With three courses designed and taught for different colleges, verified and approved by City and Guilds and Open College Network. Kay is constantly seeking new avenues of effective teaching in practical work at her training barn and through online media.

Student services:

Sachiko Eubanks: (USA) CAP2

After completing her undergraduate studies in Japan (B.A. in English), Sachiko moved to the United States and earned M.A in teaching English as a Second Language from University of Illinois. She is also a certified yoga instructor, and has been teaching yoga since 2004.

Sachiko rescued a mixed breed puppy (Mac) in 2008, and turned to Kay Laurence for guidance and training. She applied Kay’s teaching to help Mac become a confident dog. Sachiko has taken various online courses such as Microshaping, Modifier Cues, CAP1&2 and IDTC

Sachiko lives in Chicago area in the United States with her husband Robert and son Sam. They welcomed another mix breed dog (Toby) to the family in 2010.

Shaping exquisite behaviours with Mac and Toby, proprioception skills, awareness, micro shaping. Sachiko’s Channel is becoming legendary in the world of clicker training:  Visit her Channel

Sachiko is our Student Services Co-ordinator and very happy to help with IT support, getting your feet wet in Moodle and training.


Entrol open until Jul 4,
next full course begins after Jan 2018

07 February 2017

PO Box 13, Chipping Campden, Glos. GL55 6WX.

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