Camelid Handling Clinics

Our training is based on the Camelidynamics approach which is a respectful and effective way to train and handle llamas and alpacas.Victoria is a Senior Camelidynamics Consultant and has trained extensively with it's founder.

It was developed by Marty McGee Bennett who has over 30 years of experience with camelids. It is a collection of methods that represents the most positive least intrusive techniques for training and managing camelids.

Marty’s methods incorporate elements of TTouch and TTeam; principles and techniques developed by Linda Tellington Jones which have been thoughtfully adapted for llamas and alpacas.

More recently, we have looked to the world of behaviour and found that all of Marty's principles are supported by the science. We look more specifically at why our animals do what they do, recognising  how we make it difficult for our alpacas and llamas to do what we want.

We will help you to learn how to train and manage your llamas and alpacas in a way that gives you an understanding of their behaviour and the importance of balance and leverage in paving the way for cooperation instead of relying on restraint and force. Victoria has gained a Certificate of Excellence following an intensive 8 week international webinar course Living and Learning with Animals 2014 with Dr Susan Friedman of Utah State University. USA.
You will learn a set of skills that once mastered, make every animal easier to work with. Whether your difficulty lies in catching, haltering, and leading or husbandry tasks like injections or toe nail trimming, this approach based on Camelidynamics principles offers respectful, scientifically sound answers that anyone can learn and use safely and effectively.

If you would like to find out more about therapy with alpacas look here.

If you would like to organise and host a course at your location, please contact Victoria on 07980 587562 to discuss your requirements and potential costs.

Training Dates 2022
Our next Camelidynamics Handler course is not until August to avoid shearing and cria arrival times but if we have enough interest we can put one on sooner. Please get in touch to register your interest.

Refresh and Refine Day

17th September

Working with Alpacas and Llamas in Animal Assisted Activity 3 ...

I realised it’s been a month since my stay and training with you and it has changed so much!I know we gave a great service to our customers, and I thought I had the best bond with our herd. I didn’t know how much better it could get!The TTouch is a game changer. I was doing a demonstrati ...

Two Day Handling Course
Next course 27th/28th August 2022
This is an introduction to a whole different way of thinking about and handling alpacas and llamas based on the practical application of behaviour science. The aim is to focus not on the goal but on how that goal is achieved using techniques that are gentle, as well ...

Working with Alpacas and Llamas in Animal Assisted Therapy
Next Course 5th - 8th September 2022
As public awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions increases and more providers are looking to set up programmes, there is an ever growing need to ensure a consistent, responsible and safe approach to these interventions. This ...

Two Day Handler Course
Single: £350 per person 
Additional person from the same farm:  £275 
Third day:  £100 per person, £80 when from the same farm   

Working with Alpacas and Llamas in Animal Assisted Activity
Single: £450
Working with ...

Working with Alpacas and Llamas in Animal Assisted Activity
Next course 23rd -25th September 2022
As public awareness of the benefits of animal-assisted interventions increases and more providers are looking to set up programmes, there is an ever growing need to ensure a consistent, responsible and safe approach to these interventions. 

Vic ...

Refresh and Refine Day
Next course 17th September 2022
If you have completed a handling course here with us at SimplyAlpaca's Camelid Connection or with another Camelidynamics instructor but have forgotten some of the finer details or are experiencing particular problems, this is the day for you.
We will be revisiting the s ...

Camelid Handling for Vets and Veterinary Staff
Do you or your colleagues come into contact with alpacas and llamas in the course of your work? Wondered what might be the best way to approach and handle them - like a horse, a sheep or a cow?  
The answer is like none of these. Camelids are unique animals and working efficiently, effectively ...

Victoria is now offering one to one training and handling advice. Sessions can take place here at SimplyAlpaca, giving you an opportunity to experience learning new skills on animals that are patient and forgiving having only been handled using Camelidynamics techniques. And to take a look at how we ...

Handling Tips
To help you with some ideas about how to use these techniques, I have a few videos on our YouTube channel Camelid Connection which may help you in those tricky early days of handling and training.
Take a look here: Camelid Connection @ SimplyAlpaca ...

Four Day Camelidynamics with Marty McGee Bennett
Two, Three, but best is four day Camelidynamics Handling Course, with the founder of Camelidynamics - Marty McGee Bennett, possibly 2023

There is no substitute for seeing CAMELIDynamics in action…taught by the person who invented it! Marty has travelled over a million miles around the wor ...