Introduction to ACE Free Work Workshop

Join Penny Leedal and Sonia Catherall for this 3 week online workshop starting on Wednesday 20th March 2024.

What is Animal Centred Education (ACE)?

"Animal Centred Education (ACE) is an integrated approach to animal education. It incorporates methods that were developed at Tilly Farm and techniques inspired by other professionals working in the world of animal education, and welfare". (Sarah Fisher)

What is ACE Free Work

Free Work is a huge part of ACE. It's a simple, low impact activity that can be rewarding for our canine companions. It has so many evolving layers which means there is always something new to discover.

Free Work is appropriate for all dogs regardless of their age and background. It can help improve our awareness of our dogs needs and highlights areas where our dog might need that little bit of additional support.

Free Work combines observations of the dogs posture, movement and nervous system.

Sensory Experience

ACE Free Work combines a variety of sensory experiences, providing your dog with an enriching and low impact, safe activity. It’s a perfect way to help dogs reset, rebalance and release.

Everything you need to get started

ACE Free Work supports dogs of all ages, breeds and backgrounds. It's adaptability allows it to be set up in any environment, ensuring accessibility for all dogs to enjoy this enriching activity.

This workshop will introduce you and your canine companion to ACE Free Work. You will get everything you need to get started on your Free Work adventure.

  • What is ACE 
  • Getting started with ACE Free Work 
  • Observations 
  • Pain and Behaviour 
  • Posture/Gait 
  • Canine Body Language 
  • Moving on with Free Work 
  • Building relationships in Free Work
  • Plus so much more..........

Live Zoom Teaching

You will have a live Zoom session each week, with backup home study materials.

ACE Credits Available

ACE credits are available on this workshop.

One-to-One Session

In addition you will be able to book an hour long one-to-one session with either Penny or Sonia to kick start your Free Work adventure.

Private Facebook Community

You will receive aninvitation to join a dedicated Facebook group where you can upload videos and connect with others on the course.

Introduction to ACE Free Work Workshop


  • Online Course Content
  • Private Facebook Community
  • ACE Credits Available
  • One-to-One Free Work Session
  • 4 x Live Zoom Sessions

Penny Leedal

  • ACE Advanced Tutor
  • Member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers (mABDT 01274)
  • ABDT Registered Animal Training Instructor 
  • Dynamic Dog Practitioner  
  • Your End of the Lead Approved Coach
  • Dog Aggression For Professionals With Amber Batson
  • WagIt Games Certified Instructor
  • Tellington TTouch Practitioner
  • Real Dog Yoga Certified Instructor 
  • Gold Member of the Pet Professional Network 
  • CAM Advocate Level 1
  • Fully Insured
  • Certified Family Dog Mediator

Sonia Catherall

  • ACE Associate Tutor 
  • Your End of The Lead Approved Coach   
  • Certified Control Unleashed Instructor   
  • City & Guilds Scentwork Instructor   
  • Certified Family Dog Mediator 
  • Certified Canine Behaviourist
  • IABTC Clicker Trainer & Pet Dog Trainer 
  • Dog Aggression For Professionals With Amber Batson
  • Canine Enrichment Technician
  • Aggression in Dogs Course by Michael Shikashio 
  • International Dog Parkour Association Instructor  
  • Canine Nutrition and Health Accredited Certificate  
  • DMWYD Certified Trick Dog Instructor 
  • Level 6 Canine Behavioural Management with Dogenius Institute