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Foundations of Canine Behaviour Management - Diploma - CPD
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This course has been developed for those who aim to complete the Advanced Diploma in Applied Animal Behaviour but would benefit from some preparatory studies. Normally we would expect inexperienced people to follow a logical progression of courses in preparation but for those with some experience of working with dogs this course provides a shorter route. It comprises a selection of the most relevant modules from established courses.
1. Ways of Explaining Canine Behaviour
The affects of biology on behaviour
Natures approach to behaviour
Nurtures approach to behaviour
How food affects behaviour
Do dogs think?
Various ways dogs communicate
What is a behaviourist?
2. Unusual Canine Behaviour
What is unusual canine behaviour
What is normal canine behaviour
How owners confuse their dogs
Unwanted barking behaviours
3. What makes a social animal?
Dogs as social animals
Evolution of canine social behaviour
What constitutes behaviour?
Territories and territorial behaviour
What is communication?
Advantages of different sensory channels of communication
What is language?
Verbal communication and how dogs learn words by association
The canine senses
4. Defining Aggression
Introduction to canine aggression
Defining aggression in human terms
Can aggression be thought of as a natural and/or beneficial behaviour?
Selective breeding and its influence on behaviour
Nature /Nurture Debate
The dog's expressive body language
The need for understanding body language
Stress levels contributing to aggression
Calming signals and displacement behaviour
Are there any circumstances where aggression is appropriate?
5. The Canine Brain and Senses
The canine central nervous system
Basic brain structure and functions
Structure of the dog's brain: Forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain
The use of proprioceptors
Control of overheating
Control of overcooling
Structure of the ear and hearing
Structure of the eye and vision
Structure of the nose and the sense of smell
The sense of touch
The reflex arc
6. Dog Training
Why train dogs?
The senses and training
Schedules of reinforcement
Primary and secondary reinforcers revisited
Choice of primary reinforce
Benefits of using positive reinforcement
Putting the theory into practice
Basic training of house training, the recall, the sit, sit/stand and progressing to heel with problems and solutions
The advantages and disadvantages of using Clicker Training
Summary of training principles
Study Level 3
The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.
6 Module Course
This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.
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