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COAPE Courses

South Africa is professionalizing fast, especially in terms of how we look at Behaviour and Training for Companion Animals, and COAPE SA is proud to offer exceptional courses in this exciting field.

Internationally, the modern approach to behaviour and training is rapidly evolving and moving away from treating pets with behaviour problems as having an illness and in need of medication or punishment. We have also moved away from treating each case in the same way using out-dated standardized treatment, and into a much more advanced and scientifically based approach.

New individual approaches in the UK take account of all the aspects involved in the pet/owner relationship as well as each individual pet’s development and history when assessing and addressing problems. Another really big step forward is that science is now taking the emotionality of pets and owners alike into consideration when looking at behaviour problems.

This new approach means working with all owners and their pets over a period of time to assist in resolving behaviour problems. This service has never been more needed in times when aggressive dogs especially are on increase and the human demands on pets are increasing and diversifying into not only the psychological relationships, but also when expecting our dogs to fulfil complex (and often contradicting) roles such as being our guard dogs and companion family animals at the same time.

The Centre for Applied Pet Ethology in the UK (COAPE) has a long and well established history with some of the most prominent key players in the field of Animal Behaviour and training as their Directors. For more information on this, please visit

All the courses offered by COAPE SA are accredited COAPE UK courses. The COAPE SA Diploma in Animal Behaviour and the EMRA Advanced Diploma in Animal Behaviour are accredited not only by COAPE UK, but also by the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) for 40 structured CPD points each. We are also really pleased to advise you that a further 3 of our courses have been awarded structured CPD accreditation with the South African Veterinary Council (SAVC), namely the C01 correspondence only course, the C01 course with practical component, and C03. All the COAPE courses are recognised by the ABC SA (Animal Behaviour Consultants of Southern Africa). See individual courses for details.

COAPE SA’s ethos is to improve the lives of companion animals and their owners through a better understanding of the behaviour of pets, and a professional appreciation of their emotional needs.

Please note that South African students cannot enrol directly through COAPE UK for any COAPE course and must enrol through COAPE SA.

P O Box 1354, Langebaan,
7357, South Africa

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+27(0)83 336 1761

Wendy Wilson
083 336 1761
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