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Dear friends and  colleagues,

While the world is struggling with Covid and polarization takes place in a shifting political arena, I praise myself as lucky that we, as animal trainers, can connect with that other world. The world of our canine friends. I learned so much from the dogs around me. They brought me in contact with many great people all over the world. And maybe the best lesson they have taught me is that they live in and enjoy them now! They are not grumpy about yesterday; they don’t fear the future. They live their lives now, today! This website, my blogs, my workshops, and the products in my online store will help to energize your training. Keep dreaming about what is beyond the horizon because we still need to learn more about the dog world. They learn so fast, bond with us humans, and give us joy, help, and hope. 

Join us in our ongoing journey to learn more about dog training, scientists’ work and experience the true faith and loyalty of the dogs on this planet. I hope to meet you during one of my workshops. Please do share your dog-related stories with me. I wish you a lot of pleasure in training these magnificent animals! 

ACT! Simon en wolfpack

Nosework workshop Denmark

In April we worked with the fabulous group of Merete Stenaae and Johanna Allanach and their friends. We had an amazing time with lots of …

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Bob Bailey and Friends

Bob Bailey and Friends Conference

It’s only one month ago since I returned from an amazing animal behavior and training conference. This was held in Hot Springs Arkansas USA. It …

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Workshop Detection, the next Level Germany

I had the honor to work with the instructors from the Tierakademie in Germany (www.tierakademie.de). Michaela, Viviane, and Lisa are doing a great job in …

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Nosework workshop Finland

In Finland we worked with ‘Trust The Nose’, an amazing enthusiastic group. Thank you Karita Häkkinen for organizing this workshop. We were able to pull …

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ACT! Workshop Germany 2018

Workshop in Germany

In June I had the honor to work together with the instructors from the Tierakademie in Germany. Michaela, Viviane and Lisa are doing such a …

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K9 seminar Dubai

K9 seminar Dubai

Interesting to meet so many people in the Middle East region and discuss canine training. A harsh climate for detection dogs to work. A lot of challenges and also great innovative solutions.

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ACT! Bob Bailey and Simon interview

Documentary Bob Bailey and Simon Prins

In december 2017 Bob Bailey and Simon were invited to visit Houston USA. They were interviewed about their work. Working together for 20 years means …

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Publications

Improving the training of your detection dog

For K-9 Cop I wrote this article with the title ‘improving the training of your detection dog’ In this article, you will find a lot of information about scent wheels. Read the article about Improving Your Training

Magical Kongs for K-9 Cop

Especially in Europe a lot of detection trainers use Kong as a basic start target odor. For the K-9 Cop magazine, I wrote this article with more information. Read the article about this Kong Magic 

Working double-blind with detection dogs!

Trainers and handlers must understand the difference between false negative and false positive alerts, as we’re constantly influencing our dogs in multiple ways. Read the article about: K9 detection teams need to train double-blind

Animal Training Documentary

In December 2017, Bob Bailey and Simon Prins were invited to visit Houston, USA. They were interviewed about their work. Working together for 20 years means a lot of exciting stories. This documentary will give an insight into their fantastic training concepts.

Professional Animal Training

Simon’s an active contributor to K-9 Cop Magazine, a popular and highly regarded USA based magazine. Read this article K-9 Cop magazine april/may 2017

Bridge signals and Kongs

I wrote this article about Kongs and bridge signals. It’s not a magical Kong or magical whistle that’s being used as a bridge signal that will make the difference between good en bad training. It’s about the timing, skillsets, and criteria that the trainer will bring into the training. Read the article about Magical Kongs

Interview with Sophia Yin (The Bark)

To remember my good friend Dr. Sophia Yin, DVM, (September 28, 2014), I will place the interview with her and Bob Bailey. Sophia was an applied animal behaviorist. A long-time The Bark contributing editor, she was also the author of two behavior books. Remembering Dr. Sophia Yin

Don't ban training tools. Ban bad trainers!

There is a discussion going on which training tools we need to blacklist. I’m convinced that forbidding the use of e-collars or prong collars will not stop the punishment training. We need to start discussing training methods and educate our trainers and handlers. Read the article about: Don’t ban training tools. Ban bad trainers!

Dutch magazine "De Jager"

Simon’s an active contributor to “De Jager,” a Dutch Magazine (apologies, this interview is written in Dutch). Wat kunnen voorjagers leren van Simon Prins

Dutch magazine "Onze hond"

Please read the articles from the Dutch magazine Our Dog, written by Simon Prins. (all in Dutch, sorry about that)

January 2017 Efficiënt trainen

February 2017 Training

April 2017 Aanpassen

June 2017 Aai honden

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