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Students paws for thought on course
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Who's teaching who on the canine psychology course?
Dog owners left bewildered by their canine companions' behaviour are being offered the chance to "paws for thought" at an East Yorkshire college.

The first students at Bishop Burton College near Beverley have graduated with a Higher National Certificate in dog training - including a module studying canine psychology.

The college is well-known for training the next generation of farmers and land managers, but for the past two years the students have been able to get their teeth into a new course.

Pauline Jackson, the course manager at the college says it is now so popular that even a distance-learning candidate from Germany has enrolled.

She told BBC News Online: "We've got a wide mix of students from pet owners to professional dog handlers in the police and prison service on the course."

"We look at the whole range of canine behaviour and teaching during the two-year course.

"One of our students Annette Conn is an instructor on the celebrity dog school series running on BBC One for Children in Need."

Since the first course started at the college two years ago the annual intake has increase from 40 students per year to 65 for 2003/4

Pauline said the lecturers were sure the lessons were of benefit to all the students, whether human or canine, but added: "When training dogs make sure the one with the higher IQ is at the right end of the lead."




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