About BHARCS

About the school

International canine behaviour education academy based out of Bangalore, India.

BHARCS is an international canine behaviour education academy based out of Bangalore, India. We offer a one of a kind, accredited diploma course on Canine Behaviour and Ethology as well as workshops for dog parents and companion animal professionals.

We are revolutionizing the world of canine behaviour education through our trailblazing approach to the way we see dogs. While our education is deeply rooted in empathy and compassion, we rely on the latest in the fields of biosociopsychology and ethology, as a way to understand dog behaviour and affect change where required. As a school, we firmly believe that dogs are individuals, deserving of choices, autonomy and respect. This is the BHARCS way.

Our unique courses are based on the philosophies of internationally acclaimed canine behaviourist Turid Rugaas and her teachings. We attract learners from all over the world. You can check out our student community map here.

Learning at BHARCS

All our courses are entirely online-enabled which means our students can learn our curriculum with ease, no matter where they are on the globe. We conduct our courses on a customised teaching platform to give students a unique and professional learning experience.

BHARCS not only prepares professional students to practice as behaviour consultants but also empowers them to conduct their own ethological research. To enhance their learning opportunities, we also have several affiliates across the globe and our diploma is accredited as a Level 4 diploma in England. We frequently invite experts from all over the world to conduct workshops on the latest in the field.

Sindhoor Pangal

An engineer turned canine behaviour educator, Sindhoor is a certified Canine Behaviour Consultant, Canine Myotherapist and an Independent ethological researcher who serves as the Director at BHARCS.

Sindhoor quit her corporate life as a VP of a silicon valley based start-up, to pursue a career of working with dogs after her dog Nishi met with an accident and needed special physical and emotional care.


While she started her professional career as a behaviour and myotherapy consultant for companion dogs, her passion lies in the ethological studies of free-ranging dogs in India.

Lives of Streeties is Sindhoor’s pet project that aims to not only conduct ethological studies on free-ranging dogs but also create awareness in their lives, in a bid to increase appreciation of what they bring to our lives and increase sensitivity towards theirs. This project has also been published in several companion animal journals and presented on several occasions across the globe, including International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) journal, Pet Professional Guild (PPG) blog, Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) newsletter, the PDTE summit in the UK and the 2020 online PDTE summit. Check it out here: livesofstreeties.com.

Sindhoor was also mentioned in the book Canine Confidential: Why Dogs Do What They Do by award-winning scientist Dr Marc Bekoff.
Sindhoor has been featured in prestigious global publications like Nat Geo, and Psychology Today. She was also featured in NPR. She’s a TEDx speaker and author. Her book Dog Knows was published by HarperCollins in 2021.

Her current focus is educating dog parents and professionals on canine behaviour and ethology. While she wears many hats, Sindhoor’s favourite role has been being a mommy to two amazing dogs—Nishi, who recently passed away, and Cheeru—whom she considers her inspirations and her greatest teachers.

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Accredited by Laser Learning Awards (LASER)

Accreditation is a review process to determine if educational programs meet defined standards of quality. Once achieved, accreditation is not permanent—it is renewed periodically to ensure that the quality of the educational program is maintained.

BHARCS holds itself to the highest standard of canine education. Our diploma (BACBED) has been accredited by Laser Learning Awards, UK. LASER was chosen for this purpose because it is a highly meticulous awarding organization (AO), which closely monitors the education delivered by BHARCS, insisting on an internal quality management process, thorough and fair policies and is subjected to external quality checks across all students throughout the year, every year. LASER also requires that BHARCS constantly show evidence of continuous improvements as a commitment of quality to its learners. Laser Learning Awards (LASER) is an international awarding organisation approved by Ofqual, QAA and SIA to offer qualifications. LASER works nationally in the UK as well as internationally - and has been doing so for over 3 decades.

Professional Affiliations

PDTE

Sindhoor Pangal is a full member of The Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (PDTE) and is the country representative for India. PDTE is a professional organisation that was founded by Turid Rugaas and holds its members to arguably the most strict professional Code of Ethics. PDTE opposes methods that cause pain and discomfort or rob dogs of their natural instincts. As a member of this organisation, all education that Sindhoor offers at BHARCS is expected to be compliant with the PDTE Code of Ethics.

Galen Myotherapy

Established by Julia Robertson in 2002, Galen Myotherapy is a world-leader in Canine Myotherapy education, treatment, and research. Their unique Positive PACT® treatment protocol ensures all dogs being treated have a ‘choice’. This means that they never use forced restraint and treatment always take place on the floor or on a low level, which is where a dog is most comfortable and can choose to walk away. They work with the dog, not on the dog and this is what makes us love them.

ISCP

The ISCP is a UK based organization that BHARCS is excited to bring on as an affiliate because the ISCP successfully brings together like minded people working with dogs from all over the globe in a very positive and collaborative environment. Their commitment to learning and helping animals resonates with us. The ISCP collaboration is meant to also widen the network and reach for both ISCP and BHARCS' students.

ICAN

BHARCS is an organization member of the International Companion Animal Network (ICAN). This means that we hold ourselves up to certain standards in how we operate and what standards we impart to and expect of our students. It also means that the students gain access to a network of other like minded individuals from across the globe to learn from and share their own expertise with.

Laser Learning Awards

BHARCS holds itself to the highest of standards and so the diploma (BACBED) has been accredited by Laser Learning Awards (UK) Laser Learning Awards (LASER) is an international awarding organisation regulated by Ofqual to offer qualifications. Laser was chosen for this purpose because it is a highly meticulous awarding organization (AO), which closely monitors the education delivered by BHARCS, insisting on an internal quality management process, thorough and fair policies and is subjected to external quality checks across all students throughout the year, every year. Laser also requires that BHARCS constantly show evidence of continuous improvements as a commitment of quality to it’s learners.

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Turid Rugaas

Turid Rugaas is considered the foremost authority on canine behaviour. Her work is the bedrock on which most modern canine behaviour education is built. She is credited with identifying and coining the term Calming Signals in dogs – a universal language dogs use to communicate with each other and humans.
According to Rugaas, there are at least 30 calming signals. The type of signals a dog uses depends on the dog.
An internationally acclaimed canine behaviourist with close to half a century of experience in the field, she taught canine communication for decades. In 2017, Turid was awarded the King’s Badge of Honour, by the Norwegian King, HM Harald VII for her contributions over the last 40 years in the field of canine behaviour.

Julia Robertson

Julia Robertson is considered to be the pioneer of canine myotherapy, a hands-on therapy that treats chronic muscle dysfunction and pain in dogs.

She is also the founder of Galen Myotherapy, a UK based organisation that trains myotherapists from all over the world. Galen swears by a unique Positive PACT® treatment protocol that ensures all dogs being treated have a ‘choice’. They do not use forced restraint.

Nishi

Sindhoor considers her late boxer Nishi, as one of her greatest teachers. Intelligent, nurturing, funny and absolutely unstoppable, Nishi is the reason BHARCS was born. Nishi met with a horrific accident when she was just 9 months old. A car ran over her face, leaving her in need of special emotional and physical care. Because Nishi was playing with another dog while the accident occurred, she developed dog reactivity. Sindhoor’s pursuit of helping Nishi cope landed her in Turid Rugaas’ class in Norway that completely changed the way she viewed dogs. Affectionately known as Nishi ‘akka’ (older sister in Kannada, Sindhoor’s mother tongue), she was eventually able to befriend dogs and even nurture foster puppies. She could really light up a room! Nishi and her relationship with the streeties of Bangalore helped Sindhoor really see dogs for the amazing beings that they are. She passed away in 2020 with her family by her side. We miss her so much!

The BHARCS way

The BHARCS way is a radical new way of dealing with “undesired behaviours' in dogs. We do not rely on conventional training techniques.

We rely on two concepts: ethology and biosociopsychology, to identify the cause of the problem and address it. Simply put, that means we look at behaviours that are considered normal for dogs (ethogram) in the context of the brain chemistry of the dog, the physical health of the dog, the environment, social attachments and communication. We work on these parameters to influence the behaviour of dogs. It is a holistic approach that recognises that behaviour is a result of the mind, body, personality, environment, social contact and ethogram of the dog. So we do not offer bandaid solutions for specific behaviours, but view them in context and work on them holistically.