Meet Karen

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Karen Backhouse

Owner of Guiding Paws

Karen Backhouse has owned and trained dogs for many years under a number of teachers.  She coaches using many different methods of training and has participated in obedience, flyball, agility, search and rescue and gundog work and is always looking to try out new dog activities.  She is a committed clicker trainer who also uses the lure and reward method in some of the classes.  

 

Karen gained her BSc (Hons) Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training from Bishop Burton College, part of the University of Hull after 5 years' study.  In addition she is a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT), holds a CAP 2 Clicker Trainers' certificate with distinction and is working towards CAP 3.   The most recent addition to her achievements is accreditation as a Certified Training Partner with the Karen Pryor Academy (KPA-CTP).  


Karen will be one of the few certified KPA trainers in the UK.  Gaining her certification was an exciting time with a combination of 6 months online learning, videoing the training of her own dog and spending 10 days in the USA with renowned trainer Terry Ryan for an intensive practical training and teaching assessment camp with borrowed dog, Nanu, a standard poodle. The course has enabled Karen to learn the most up-to-date scientific and effective methods available.  These are fun, non-aversive and extremely powerful.  

Karen regularly updates her training skills undertaking courses at Learning About Dogs and attending seminars held by some of the world’s most prestigious dog trainers and behaviourists.  

September 2015 saw Karen achieve her level 2 TAGteach teacher Accreditation.  This is an amazing teaching method that will be incorporated into classes. 

Professional development has also included specific courses related to puppy training including a week long course with Dr. Helen Zulch from Lincoln University School of Life Sciences to study the most up-to-date life skills training for puppies.  Karen is also a graduate of The Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right Course and has now updated the young puppy course to reflect these new skills.

Currently Karen is studying for a Canis Diploma, taking her clicker training to a new level.

Karen is an Animal Behaviour & Training Council (ABTC) Registered Animal Training instructor (ABTC - ATI)

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Karen's Training Methods

Karen teaches science-based training methods. The emphasis is on encouraging both handler and dog to learn together and build a wonderful relationship based on trust and confidence.

Karen has become a convert to clicker training having seen what it can do for her and her own dog.  She welcomes anyone who wants to learn more or to use a clicker in any of the classes.  

For the owners, Karen provides verbal and written guidance plus a demonstration for all the behaviours taught in her classes, aiming to meet the needs of all her human learners. She has attained a Level 2 TAGteach accreditation and uses the TAGteach principles in her teaching.

 
She also runs 7 week clicker foundation course for anyone who wants to learn from scratch.  
Check out the What’s On page for more information.

Learners are most welcome to use other non aversive techniques such as lure and reward if they prefer and there is no pressure to use a clicker.

We will not permit any of the owners to use aversive techniques such as hitting, harsh jerking on the lead, shouting or any forceful handling and we will  offer you positive alternatives.  Your dogs learn much more effectively through positive reinforcement training and we are happy to show you how much more you can achieve.

 

Training & Accreditations

Date
Course
Facilitator
Feb-10
Teaching Course
Helen Phillips - Learning About Dogs
Nov-10
Toward a New Way of Thinking Seminar
Steven Lindsay
Jun-11
Building the Confident Dog
Kay Laurence - Learning About Dogs
Sep-11
Advanced Training Skills (online course)
Kay Laurence - Learning About Dogs
Sep-11
Puppies & Adolescents (online course)
Kay Laurence - Learning About Dogs
Feb-12
Neutering is Not so Neutral Seminar
Nick Thompson, Holistic Vet
Jun-12
Minimising Stress within a Veterinary Environment Seminar
Tamsin Durston �- Blue Cross
Sep-12
BSc (Hons) Canine Behaviour & Training
Bishop Burton College (University of Hull)
Oct-12
LLAAI Level 1 Agility Instructor
Lauren Langman - Devon Dogs
Oct-12
Canine First Aid
Tamsin Durston �- Blue Cross
Feb-13
WOOF - European Training & Behaviour Conference
Numerous speakers
Mar-13
Thinking Outside the Dog Conference
APBC
Apr-13
Jim Crosby Dangerous Dogs Seminar
James W. Crosby CBCC-KAA
May-13
Making the Impossible Possible Seminar
Ken Ramirez
Aug-13
Life Skills for Puppies - Training for Trainers
Helen Zulch �- University of Lincoln
Aug-13
TAGteach Primary Certificate & Training
Theresa McKeon
Sep-13
Association of Pet Dog Trainers APDT Assessment
APDT
Oct-13
Guinea Pig Training Camp
Roger Abrantes
Jan-14
Do as I Do Seminar
Claudia Fugazza
May-14
DogLaw Seminar
Trevor Cooper
May-14
Instructors Workshop
Brenda Aloff
Jun-14
Working with fearful dogs \Separation problems
Nicole Wilde
Sep-14
Tracking Workshop for Trainers & Behaviour Counsellors (Level 1)
Pat Tagg
Oct-14
Talking Dogs Rally Instructor?s Course
Becky Skelhoun
Oct-14
Clicker Expo UK
Various speakers / trainers
Nov 2014 - May 2015
Karen Pryor Dog Trainer Professional Programme
Karen Pryor Academy - Tutor: Terry Ryan
Nov-14
Rocket Recall
Lisa & Brad Waggonner
Jan-15
Reducing Behaviour with Reinforcement - Oxymorons & other Jumbo Shrimp
Dr. Susan Friedman hosted by PPG
Feb-15
Tracking Workshop for Trainers & Behaviour Counsellors (Level 2)
Pat Tagg
Mar-15
Both Ends of the Lead
Dr. Janet Finlay hosted by Guiding Paws
Mar-15
Stop! Come! Click! Levels 3 & 4
Jane Ardern hosted by Guiding Paws
Jun-15
Training from Core to Complex
Ken Ramirez �hosted by Positive Animal Solutions
Jun-15
Learn How To Safely Structure and Teach Reactive Dog Classes
Tristan Flynn �hosted by PPG
Commenced July 2015
Karen Pryor Academy Puppy Start Right
Debbie Martin, RVT, VTS (Behavior), CPDT-KA, KPA CTP and Kenneth M. Martin, DVM
Sep-15
TAGteach World Summit
Theresa McKeon , Karen Pryor, Dr. Susan Friedman & other notable speakers
Sep-15
TAGteach Level 1 Certification
Theresa McKeon hosted by Clickerzentrum
Oct-15
Clicker Expo UK
Various speakers / trainers
Oct-15
The Biology of Socialisation Webinar
Dr. Jessica Hekman hosted by PPG
Feb-16
Dr. Susan Friedman - Living and Learning with Animals Seminar
Positive Animal Solutions
May-16
Tracking Workshop for Trainers & Behaviour Counsellors (Level 3)
Pat Tagg
Jun-16
Ken Ramirez - Aggression, Games Trainers Play, Behaviour Chains, Husbandry Training & Recipe for Becoming a Top Trainer
Positive Animal Solutions
Sep-16
Trick Fandango - �Nando Brown
Nosey Barker
Sep-16
Pet Professional Guild UK Summit
Pet Professional Guild UK
Aug - Oct 2016
LLA for Veterinary and Animal Professionals Course
Dr. Susan Friedman, Behavior Works
Oct-16
Clicker Expo
Various speakers / trainers. Billund, Denmark
Nov-16
Puppies - Helping your clients get it right from the start
Linda Ryan - Karen Pryor Academy
Jan-17
Puppy Culture - Jane Killion
Animal Events UK
Feb-17
WOOF Training Conference 2017 - variety of top trainers and behaviour experts
Domesticated Manners
Mar-17
Chicken Training Camp
Bob Bailey & Chirag Patel
Apr-17
Tracking Workshop for Trainers & Behaviour Counsellors (Level 4)
Pat Tagg
Jun-17
Ken Ramirez - Concept Training, Non Food Reinforcers, Scent Detection, Teaching an Animal to Say No, Handling Animla Mistakes Positively
Positive Animal Solutions
Jul-17
Fear Free Professional Certification Programme
Fee Free
Aug-17
Puppy Instructors Course - Chirag Patel
The Dog Training Barn
Nov-17
Clicker Expo
Various speakers / trainers. Billund, Denmark
Jan-17
Puppy Culture - Jane Killion
Animal Events UK
Feb-17
WOOF Training Conference 2017 - variety of top trainers and behaviour experts
Domesticated Manners
Mar-17
Chicken Training Camp
Bob Bailey & Chirag Patel
Apr-17
Tracking Workshop for Trainers & Behaviour Counsellors (Level 4)
Pat Tagg
Jun-17
Ken Ramirez - Concept Training, Non Food Reinforcers, Scent Detection, Teaching an Animal to Say No, Handling Animla Mistakes Positively
Positive Animal Solutions
Jul-17
Fear Free Professional Certification Programme
Fee Free Pets
Aug-17
Puppy Instructors Course - Chirag Patel
The Dog Training Barn
Sep-17
Fear Free Seminar
Dr Kenneth Martin & Debbie Martin
Nov-17
Clicker Expo
Various speakers / trainers. Billund, Denmark
Jan-18
Fear Free Professional Certification Programme for Trainers
Fear Free Pets
May-18
Leslie McDevitt Control Unleashed Seminar
Positive Animal Solutions
Oct-18
Clicker Expo Luminos
Various Speakers/trainers, Winchester UK
Oct-18
Puppies ABC for Trainers Webinar
Caryn Charlie Liles
Oct-19
Clicker Expo Luminos 2019
Various speakers/trainers. Warrington Cheshire
Feb-19
WOOF Training Conference 2019 - variety of top trainers and behaviour experts
Domesticated Manners
Mar-19
Clicker Expo
Various speakers/trainers. Washington DC, USA
Aug-19
Crazy Canines Pro
Jane Ardern
Oct-19
Clicker Expo Luminos 2019
Various speakers/trainers. Warrington Cheshire
Nov-19
Choice, Care & Communication 2019
Eva Bertilsson, Ljungskile, Sweden
Jan-20
Clicker Expo Seattle
Various speakers/trainers. Seattle, USA
Feb 2020 - Jan 2021
Canis Clicker Trainers Education
Catja Pedersen
Jan-21
Clicker Expo Live
Various speakers/trainers. Seattle, USA
BOOKED BUT NOT YET ATTENDED
Dec-22
WOOF Training Conference 2021 -variety of top trainers and behaviour experts
Domesticated Manners