Life Skills for Puppies

Presented by Helen Zulch BVSc (Hons) Dip ECAWBM(BM) CCAB MRCVS


The seminar is ideal for all those interested in dogs; owners, trainers, breeders, behaviourists, as well as those working in a rescue environment or in the veterinary profession.

This is an opportunity for anyone with an interest in dogs to gain a better understanding regarding the latest thinking with respect to puppy behaviour and to hear all about the Life Skills for Puppies approach. This concept has been developed with an emphasis on preventing common behaviour problems and helping dogs to take responsibility for being well behaved.

The ten Life Skills cover all the aspects of a dog's life, from dealing confidently with new situations to exhibiting good manners around people and other dogs. These will be explored in detail during the day. The seminar is ideal for all those interested in dogs; owners, trainers, breeders, behaviourists, as well as those working in a rescue environment or in the veterinary profession.

Event Information:


When: 10am -4:30pm, Sunday 7th June 2015.


Where: Belvedere Suite, The Lord Haldon Hotel, Exeter, EX6 7YF (see map).


Cost: £55 


Refreshments: Complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. The hotel will be providing soup and sandwiches which can be ordered and paid for on the day.  Alternatively you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch.


How to book your place: Complete the registration form and either email or post it to: or Alison Scott, 67 Higher Coombe Drive, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9NL.

N.B. Payment must be received in order to secure your place.  Email confirmation will then be sent of your booking. 

There are limited places and so book now to avoid disappointment.


How to make the payment: The payment for the full amount must be made to secure your place.  Payment can be made by:

Cheque – Please make cheques payable to Alison Scott and post to 67 Higher Coombe Drive, Teignmouth, Devon, TQ14 9NL.

Bank transfer – Lloyds, Mrs Alison Scott, 77-10-13, 28661660.  Please reference the payment with your surname and ‘workshop’.



About Helen Zulch and Life Skills: 


Helen is a European Specialist in Veterinary Behaviour who has consulted and taught in the field for over ten years. She currently teaches at the University of Lincoln on the undergraduate programme and the MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour. In addition she consults in the specialist behaviour referral clinic and is involved in research in behaviour, training and cognition. She also speaks internationally at conferences and continuing professional development events.


Helen has owned dogs all her adult life and trained them for a number of dog sports. Through raising her own dogs from puppies, running training classes and by drawing on her clinical and teaching experience, she has refined the Life Skills concept over a number of years. Her book Life Skills for Puppies, co-authored by Daniel Mills, is the inspiration for the Life Skills for Puppies training classes now run at the University of Lincoln.


In the classes, as in the book, owners are encouraged to see raising their puppies as education, rather than training and to consider how to assess their pup’s individual needs and to integrate essential learning into everyday life. At the same time, owning a pup should be enjoyable and the ultimate aim of the Life Skills approach is to foster a strong and lasting bond between a resilient, well behaved puppy and an understanding owner. 

Further information:



The impressive BEST WESTERN Lord Haldon Hotel, is set a midst rolling hills and is close to the cathedral city of Exeter. The hotel offers stunning views of the garden and the Devon countryside. 


Responsible Dog Ownership:

Due to the nature of the event, only demonstration dogs will be allowed to attend. If you need to bring your own dog(s), there will be a morning, lunchtime and afternoon break at which time you can take your dogs for a walk around the grounds.  All owners must be responsible and keep their dogs on the lead.   N.B. This event is being held in the summer and there is no shade in the car park.  



If travelling by Satnav enter the postcode for the Hotel, EX6 7YF, then go to ‘via’. Enter Ide as a via route.


From the M5 (Travelling from the North):

Leave the M5 at Junction 31 signposted to Okehampton A30.Approximately 2 miles along that dual carriageway, the first turning on the left is a slip road, signposted to Moretonhampstead and Exeter, take that road, dropping down to an island, keep in the left hand lane, signposted to Ide and Dunchideock. After 0.7 of a mile turn left into the Village of Ide following this road through the Village of Ide up the hill into the country. After approx 2.5 miles you will see a Telephone Box on the left hand side. Take the next turning left opposite a Thatched Cottage. Follow this road for 0.5 of a mile and immediately after going under a low Stone Bridge, turn left into the entrance drive of the Hotel.(The total journey is approx 6 miles from the M5)


From the A38 (Travelling from the South):

On the A38 from Plymouth, when the Devon and Exeter Race Course is on your right, with a Petrol Station on your left, you will see a large sign to Dunchideock on your left. Turn left at the ‘T’ junction, and follow the road through the forest for approx 3 miles, going straight over any crossroads and passing Belvedere Tower on your right. After passing the village signs, turn right opposite a Thatched Cottage with pillars supporting the roof. Follow this road for 0.5 of a mile and immediately after going under a low Stone Bridge, turn left into the entrance drive of the Hotel (The hotel is approx 10 minutes from the A38).



Please contact me if you require the accommodation list.



Except under extreme circumstances, it will not be possible to provide a refund. If you are unable to attend, please let me know as it may be possible to sell your ticket to someone on the waiting list.



If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email; 07738817775,



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