Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Why should I choose your School?
We can give you some reasons and you can choose yours.
Because you are looking for a truthful and effective method, that always puts your dog first.
Because you want the best possible life for your dog, where happiness, understanding and knowledge are in place.
Because you want to become the best possible guide and partner for your dog.
Because you want to make your dog's personality and nature come out, shine and be understood.
Because you don't want a slave or a soldier but a happy dog to share your life with.
Because you are ready to commit yourself for your dog's sake.
Because you are ready to change yourself if your dog benefits from this.
Because you are more interested in the quality knowledge you get rather than the piece of paper you can receive at the end.
Because you want more than dog training.
Because you want to hear what you need and not what you want.
Because you need dog-human experts that help you and your dog all the way through.
Because you also want a friendly, knowledgeable and trustworthy guide to rely on.
What kind of course do you provide?
We provide human-dog courses, which means that they are designed and thought not to teach the dog only but to improve and help the human as well.
They are based on the concept that relationship is the foundation where everything is based on and where you and your dog influence each other all the time. For this reason, every good result is achieved when the communication between you two is well understood, correct and mutual.
This is where we step in as human-dog experts, by providing all the essential knowledge, guide and availability that you and your dog need. We can, in fact, act on both animals, as our team is completed by our precious human expert consultant Dr. Raffaella Monti.
This is why in all our courses both you and us will play an essential role to make you and your dog together reach every result.
How do your courses take place?
All our courses take place in a very innovative way, where everything relies on modern and common technological communication, which is known and used by almost everybody nowadays.
We have a Virtual Classroom for each course, where students and us regularly meet in an audio-video meeting, that allow to speak and see each other wherever you are.
Let's explain better.
All our courses are based on very important and essential elements:
ONLINE CLASS MEETINGS - they are video-audio meetings run through the web-hosted service GoToMeeting, where students and us meet twice a month. They allow a face-to-face course experience, giving the opportunity to enjoy a friendly and human environment.
Why two meetings a month? Because the first one is to present you what we are going to do in the month ahead and the second, instead, is useful to take stock of your situation and see if it's necessary to help you more.
ONLINE ONE-TO-ONE MEETINGS - these are video-audio meetings like above but set when you need them most. This kind of meeting provides a one-to-one interaction with us, that can be useful to deal with specific needs.
VIDEOS, those we send to you to show "how to do" and those you send to us to show "how you do". The latter ones are paramount, because they allow us to observe your performance in a very objective and constructive way and to help you and your dog in the best possible and tailor made way.
WRITTEN CHAPTERS, a chapter every month to explain in words our method, our philosophy and what you are going to work on in the month ahead.
CONSTANT COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION between you and us through WhatsApp, e-mail, website and social networks.
Who can participate in the courses?
Educational course - anybody with any kind of dog; no previous knowledge or experience is required.
Advanced course - only those who attended the Educational course.
One-to-one course - anybody with any kind of dog; no previous knowledge is required.
I don't have a dog yet - anybody who wants to get informed before buying or adopting a dog; no previous knowledge or experience is required.
Puppy course - anybody with a puppy between 3 and 6 months age; no previous knowledge or experience is required.
Please Note: according to the information you provide us about you and your dog, we might suggest you to attend a different course from the one you are interested in. This could happen when we could see a better solution for your particular situation.
What dogs can be enrolled in your courses?
Any dog in good health.
For the Puppy course we accept only dogs from three months to six-month age in good health.
How many students can enrol in your courses?
As our school is managed and run by two of us, all our courses are limited to a number of students that allow us to provide the best possible quality service.
For this reason, we invite you to contact us before booking.
Can I know how much a course is?
Yes, of course! You can get this piece of information by clicking here.
In which language is the course held?
All our courses are taught either in English or in Italian according to the language spoken by our students, who are managed in distinct groups.
Can I enrol in your courses even though I don't live in the U.K.?
Yes, of course you can! We accept people from anywhere in the world as long as it doesn't become too complicated in terms of time zone.
Can I participate/enrol with more than one dog?
All our courses are structured and studied by considering and analysing the brace human-dog. We put our effort in studying and helping the brace itself. Each dog requires proper time, study and work both for you and for us.
For this reason, every extra dog more than one counts like a student more for us, which means a course more (and so a cost more) for you. So, it's up to you to consider your availability and decide what is best for you.
Am I entitled to teach The Graeme Sims Method® after having attended one of your courses?
No, you are not. The only people officially entitled to teach this method are Graeme Sims and Valentina Teghillo.
Do I get a certificate at the end of the course?
You get a certificate only if you have attended the course and provided enough material (VIDEOS) to prove your real effort.
We want to make you achieve high results and not being simply a name in your educational list.
Only under this circumstance you get a certificate of achievement produced and provided by Graeme Sims School itself. At the moment it is an electronic signed certificate.
Why do you have a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist in your team?
We have a Psychologist, Psychotherapist, EMDR Therapist because we want to offer a complete service. What do we mean?
If you stop and think about it, when you have a dog, there are two of you, two animals with distinct characteristics that live together and influence each other.
To make this relationship work well, we need to work on both and not only the dog. This is why it's essential to have in the team a person who knows humans inside out as much as we know about dogs.
Teaching the dog only would mean to consider the human kind perfect and not in need of improving, but we all know this is not the case.
Dr. Raffaella Monti is able to support and help our work with her specialist knowledge and she does it in a very friendly and on-demand way.