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practical puppy training instructors' course by chirag patel

practical puppy training instructors' course is a five-day course designed and developed to provide both hands-on practical skills and theoretical knowledge in teaching puppies and their owners. this course focuses on teaching puppies behaviors that are essential for coping with the challenges of everyday life and building a puppy-human relationship based on trust, confidence and empowerment.


whether you have a keen interest in dog training, are working on setting up your own puppy classes or are already teaching and want to develop your ideas further, this class is perfect for you.


in this workshop, we will:

  • evaluate why we run puppy classes
  • discuss options for providing better puppy education
  • practice these items with puppies and people
  • help you design your own education program for puppies and owners that you can teach in your own group or individual classes


approved for CEUs
8.5 cpdt
8.5 cbcc

chirag is an animal training and behaviour consultant who lives in london. he teaches workshops for trainers, veterinary staff and owners internationally and consults for kong in the uk and europe, as well as guide dogs for the blind, uk. chirag works with a wide a range of animals including dogs, cats, birds, sloths, apes and reptiles.

he holds a bsc (hons) in veterinary science from the royal veterinary college, london and a post-graduate certificate in clinical animal behaviour from the university of lincoln. chirag has completed internships under jean donaldson and ian dunbar.

wednesday, june 10 - sunday, june 14
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. daily
8:30 a.m. optional breakfast club discussion

otis & lucy pet photography, 129 arena street, el segundo


the belamar hotel
a boutique hotel just 2 miles from the event


sea view inn
a boutique hotel just blocks from the beach, 2.5 miles from the event


courtyard by marriott, los angeles lax/el segundo
a budget hotel just 1.8 miles from the event

$1 050
$975, early pup sign-up by april 1
refund policy:

full refund within 30 days of registration. no refunds after may 1.

what to expect when you're expecting a...puppy! webinar

what to expect when you're expecting...a puppy! was created for anyone planning on or considering taking the leap into puppy parenthood.

in this 2-hour webinar, we will discuss not only the joys of being a puppy parent, but the extreme challenges that bringing a fluff ball into your home can bring.

we'll talk about:

  • selecting a puppy (both from rescue groups and breeders)
  • pre-puppy preparation
  • the first day home
  • house/crate training
  • puppy nipping
  • puppy development stages
  • the importance of proper puppy socialization
  • how compassion and patience are required in order to raise a happy, healthy puppy

rebecca mandell started dog's best friend in 2004 when she became increasingly alarmed by the physically and emotionally damaging methods utilized by many dog trainers.

as a positive reinforcement dog trainer, rebecca believes in training dogs with compassion and understanding, helping to build the bond between dogs and humans, so the dogs do what we ask of them because they want to, not because they are frightened or intimidated.

rebecca was voted "best dog trainer" in the 2012 south bay locals' choice awards. she is a long time resident of hermosa beach, alongside her husband, corey, and two rascals, rusty and cooper.