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From our students & graduates

The reason why I chose The ISCP over other courses was the strong ethical dimension. Apart from Lisa’s support, sensitive comments and very thorough and speedy marking of course-work, the ISCP was the only course in the country that I felt based all its training on working WITH the dog and responding to the signals she gives us. Nothing about the ISCP made me question methods, while other (highly respected courses) put me off because they are happy to have dogs left in cars on practical days. Lisa has created a course based on understanding a dog’s needs above all else, which reflects the best, most progressive training in the UK.  

I am proud to be able to put ISCP after my name. Anyone knowing what this stands for would know that I only use compassionate and understanding methods, that I have a good understanding of the theories behind dog behaviour and that I know how to practically apply them. After gaining my diploma I was accepted as an approved Victoria Stilwell Positively Trainer.

I am a volunteer at a local authority Dogs Home, which is a facility set up to take in strays. The volunteer group that I am involved in undertakes one-to-one work with some of the more challenging dogs that arrive at the centre. The ISCP is invaluable to me with this work and is providing me with the skills and knowledge I need to assist the staff and, more importantly, the dogs at the Home. I also work full time, so the flexibility that the course offers is priceless for me, and the support from Lisa and the other group members is an added bonus!

This course was a pleasure to complete, with useful information on the latest techniques and research. The course tutor was very efficient and extremely supportive. The modules can be completed at your own pace, which suited me. Highly recommended. 

I enjoyed my studies with the ISCP tremendously. My assignments were returned very promptly along with encouraging or thought-provoking comments. I really appreciated Lisa’s personal touch and the whole ethos of her approach, and it helped a great deal to have one-to-one feedback and support throughout the course, and mentoring after graduation.

I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it opened my eyes to lots of aspects of dog training and care that I had previously been only vaguely aware of. The ISCP community is a very welcoming and knowledgeable group, and that is thanks to Lisa’s leadership. I feel very privileged to have completed the diploma and to have become part of such a special group in the process!

The feedback & support I received throughout was excellent, constructive & very supportive. Over the years I have undertaken many courses related to my work but have never before received such excellent support. Lisa was always so quick with the feedback once units were submitted and was always on hand to answer any questions. I really enjoyed the practical study days with Lisa. My work with my foster dogs and this course has quite simply turned my world upside-down – and all for the better!

I have enjoyed every minute of the course and am so pleased that I decided to embark on this wonderful journey. I have learned so much about dogs, their behaviour and why they do the things they do and along the way I have learned more about myself and human behaviour. As I have gone through the course the study and learning has caused me to stop and do some ‘soul searching’ on many occasions.

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