We Are Now Certified in Canine Behaviour and Training

Like most groomers, we’ve not been able to deliver any services during lockdown, so we’ve used the time to enhance our knowledge of our canines.

We’ve officially become Certified in Canine Behaviour and Training, by the ICOES, International Council for Online Educational Standards, partnering with Holly and Hugo. 

We spent over 50 hours learning about multiple different theories and practices to advance our knowledge, so we can deliver a safer and happier experience for our clients.

Here's a few things we learnt which we thought you might find interesting. 

Dominance Theory 

For most of the 20th century, people believed dog behaviour was similar to that of wolves. Observations of wolf pack behavior were made on animals in a zoo.

When forced together in such a stressful situation the wolves answer was to fight for the best places to sleep or the first helping of food. They fought for food and territory because in the zoo these were precious resources.

Now fast forward to more recent years, satellite tracking and GPS allows scientists to watch wolf packs in the wild.  Actually, they live in comfortable family groups and keep order based on a parent-offspring model, 

As dominance in wolves does not exist, it is bad for canine welfare to continue using a faulty theory to train domesticated canines.

The closest model we have to groups of dogs living together in a natural way are the feral dogs of West Bengal. They are the closest canine thing to wolf packs, and yet still they behave like dogs not wolves. 

These dogs naturally live in small communities of between 5 – 10 dogs who share a territory. The pairs tolerate their near neighbours, their society is largely co-operative, and there is no evidence of dominance hierarchy.

This new research has become the basis of proving dominance theory is wrong and how other theories and practices can be used to develop positive training techniques. 


Canine Behaviour 

By the time a dog is six months old they are equipped with a range of emotions including anger, fear, disgust, and love as that experienced by a two to three-year old child.


Dogs also have very human feelings such as optimism, envy and grief, as proven by studying brain activity using an MRI scanner.

Rather than your dog being out to dominate you, dogs have a child-like intellect and respond to you on an emotional level in the same way as a child to a parent. In addition, they obey the Law of Family.

Our new Certification will be proudly displayed with our City & Guilds Qualifications and  Pro Training's First Aid Certification in our top of the range van and we hope it allows us to provide a more neutralised experience for clients that find grooming stressfull.