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INITIAL CONSULTATION

Graeme Sims and Valentina Teghillo during a live online meeting

If you know which one of our courses you wish to attend or if you are not sure which one would suits you best, this is always the first step you have to take.

 

The Initial Consultation is essential to know you, your dog and your goals.

This is the important step that enables us to drive you towards the best choice.

What does the consultation consist of and how is it structured?

 

  1. You fill in an online questionnaire;
     

  2. You send us one or more videos of your dog; 
     

  3. You attend a video meeting with us, where you tell us all about you and your dog: it is about an hour video call at your most convenient time, where we can speak to each other face to face (on the right-hand side of this page you have to indicate your most suitable day and time and we will come back to you to fix the meeting);
     

  4. Within a couple of days after the consultation we will present you by email what we think is the best recommendation according to you and your dog's needs and objectives;
     

  5. The course we offer you can be started or rejected according to your wishes.

  • What is the Initial Consultation?
    The Initial Consultation is a preliminary collection of information through: ​ filling an online questionnaire; sending us one or more video of your dog; attending a live online meeting with us on the day and at the time that best suit you, where we speak face to face and your provide us more information. Following this consultation, we present you by email what we think is the best recommendation according to yours and your dog's needs and objectives. Then, the Course we offer you can then be started or rejected according to your wishes.
  • How much is the Initial Consultation?
    The Initial Consultation is £25.00.
  • Where does the Educational Course take place?
    The Educational Course is a live online course, which means you can attend it from where you are as long as you have a computer, laptop or smartphone to connect to the Internet.
  • What kind of course is the Educational Course?
    The Educational Course is a dog training course that aims to provide you all the essential knowledge and expertise to establish a good and satisfying relationship with your dog. It is The Graeme Sims Method ® practically applied to you and your dog. It is a course that makes you develop the ability to communicate with your dog in an effective way as well as improve your dog's responsiveness and satisfaction.
  • How does the Educational Course take place?
    The Educational Course, like all our courses, takes 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 where you and us regularly meet in audio-video meetings, 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 MEETINGS - they are video-audio meetings run through Google Meet, where you and us meet twice a month (or more if needed). 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. 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 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 the messaging app Signal, e-mail, website and social networks.
  • Can I enrol in the Educational Course?
    You can enrol in the Educational Course if the Initial Consultation suggested so. No previous knowledge or experience is required. ​ Please Note: according to the information you provide us during the Initial Consutlation 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.
  • Can I enrol in the Educational Course 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.
  • What dogs can be enrolled in the Educational Course?
    Any dog in good health, both puppies and adult dogs.
  • Can I enrol and participate 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, if the Initial Consultation suggests the Educational Course for all your dogs, it's up to you to consider your availability and decide what is best for you.
  • How much is the Educational Course?
    The Educational Course cost is: £640.00 if you pay the full course upon enrolment; £84.00/month if you decide to pay in 10 monthly instalments for a total course cost of £840.00. ​ If you live outside the U.K., you should consider the convenience of paying all at once in order to save the cost of exchange rate between your currency and ours, which is applied on each payment you make.
  • What are the available payment methods?
    The available payment methods are PayPal and credit cards.
  • When can I start the Educational Course?
    After having attended the Initial Consultation, you can start the Educational Course when you like. We will decide the date together after you have enrolled.
  • Who is the Educational Course taught by?
    All courses are taught by Graeme Sims and Valentina Teghillo.
  • In what language is the Educational Course held?
    All our courses are taught either in English or in Italian according to the language you prefer.
  • Am I entitled to teach The Graeme Sims Method after having attended the Educational Course?
    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 Educational Course?
    You get a certificate only if you have attended the course until the end 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.
  • What are the sales and terms conditions?
    Here you can find our sales terms and conditions.
  • How long does the Educational Course last?
    The Educational Course lasts 10 months, because this is the necessary time to work without rush and assimilate each step.
  • I have got a question not mentioned here.
    For any other question that we haven't mentioned here, please, speak to us.
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