Dog Behaviour Training Online Certificate Course

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Study Dog Behavior Online Course and Get a Better Understanding of Dogs

Our Dog Behavior Online Course provide a comprehensive introduction to today's dogs. This includes how dogs developed and became a part of human life to how their brains function. By taking this course, you will discover the latest in dog communication and how to live a more productive life with your dogs.

Dogs are popular with people. Do humans, on the other hand, comprehend dogs? Is it possible to determine what your dog is feeling? Do you know how to calm a stressed dog or the length of time it takes for adrenaline to leave a dog's body? What us the reason why dogs attack and how their behaviour is vastly different.

You'll have a better grasp of how to train your dog and the different behaviour modification techniques, including how they became popular and their effects on dogs. You will also learn how to recognize the dog's important body language and different signals, as well as how your actions and behaviours frequently mislead your canine communication efforts.

What you will learn with our Dog Behavior Online Course

  • Introduction to dog behavior training
  • Canine Senses
  • Social Structures
  • Canine Communication
  • Learning and Conditioning
  • Sources of Canine Stress
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Training Techniques
  • Managing Aggression
  • Equipment and Environment
  • Safety
  • Classes and Resources
  • Specialty Training
  • Professional Dog Trainers

Who would benefit from this course?

This course is ideal for all dog lovers.

Written by a canine behaviour specialist with over 15 years experience in the field and backed up by scientific knowledge, the course can help to change your life and your relationship with any dog that you come into contact with.

This course is ideal for those that have a dog or those that work with dogs in any capacity and want to understand and improve their relationships with their furry companion.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn the fundamentals of Canine Training
  • Written and developed by leading canine experts
  • Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  • Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  • Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device.

Dog Behavior Online Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

This introductory subject will cover the notion of dog behavioural training and its function in coexisting with animals. It may be both exhilarating and daunting to welcome a new puppy into the family. Dog owners are responsible for learning about their pet's distinctive personality and demands and caring for a devoted new buddy. However, there are a variety of scenarios in which hiring a professional dog trainer is an excellent option.

Defining Dog Behavioral Training

The distinction between behavioural training and obedience training for dogs is often misunderstood. Many people mistakenly believe they are the same, yet there are many differences. Only introduce instructions, define limits, and educate dogs to respond promptly to signals during obedience training. It is an excellent choice for puppies and dogs of all ages.

Canine Evolution

The wolf has been associated with a man for tens of thousands of years, when wolves accompany humans, scavenging and feeding on the scraps left behind. It did not take long for humans to notice the dog's innate ability to hunt and locate down prey. Domesticated pets have the same prey drive as wild animals. It is obvious when people play catch with golden retrievers or when farmers use border collies to herd lambs. It is considered part of a dog's natural prey drive if they suddenly bolt after a squirrel while on a stroll.

Module 2: Canine Senses

Dogs have the same five senses as humans: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Specific investigations would add a sixth sense to the mix: energy-sensing. This session looks at how dogs perceive the environment and their senses. These distinctions can significantly influence how dogs are trained and how psychology is applied to them.

Sight

It is necessary to understand the eye's anatomy to comprehend better how dogs view the world. The sensitive component of the eye, the retina, is positioned inside the eye and perceives light. Rods and cones are the two types of light sensors. Colour vision is specialized by cones, which are light receptors present in the retina. Green, blue, and red cones are seen in humans. Blue and yellow receptors are the only ones found in dogs.

Touch

Dogs have limited senses at birth, with their eyes closed and their hearing still developing. As a result, touch is one of the most crucial senses they use in their early years. Dogs have to touch receptors throughout their bodies that feel pain, temperature, pressure, and movement. When they sense their moms' heat, they flee for safety. Mothers welcome their puppies by kissing them on the nose, which signals the presence of food.

Hearing

It takes 21 days for a puppy's hearing to completely mature. By the time their hearing is wholly grown, they can hear twice as many frequencies as humans. Human hearing varies from 20 to 20,000 Hz, but dogs' hearing spans 20 to 45,000 Hz. This enables them to detect high-pitched sounds, which explains why vacuum cleaners and food blenders upset them so much.

Taste

On their tongues, dogs have 1,700 taste buds compared to 9,000 taste buds in humans. Dogs have a fourth of the taste buds that humans have, yet they can detect all flavours: sweet, spicy, bitter, sour, and salty.

Smell

Dogs rely significantly on their sense of smell from the moment they are born. Humans only have about 6 million olfactory receptors, but dogs have roughly 300 million. It is fascinating to learn that the part of a dog's brain that recognizes scent has 40 times more neural connections than the human brain. The nostrils of dogs are also built differently.

Module 3: Social Structures

Canines have evolved to like to live in packs. To ensure maximum survival, a pack of canines lives together and supports one another. Dogs were domesticated because of their sociability and propensity to bond with people. However, their inherent group instinct did not go away; dogs still display pack locations and divisions indicators.

Hierarchy

A dog can serve in one of three roles in its pack—a pair consisting of the alpha female and male claims the alpha status. The beta position, on the other hand, is made up of dogs who serve the alphas. Finally, there are the omegas, who look after everyone else. Scientists discovered that the alpha pair leads the pack from the front, based on observations of wolf or wild dog packs. They steer the group in the right direction.

Social Habits and Age

Dogs learn to be separated into roles from when they are born until they are seven weeks old. This first manifests itself while they are feeding with their mother. The natural alpha puppies will be fed first and will receive the most milk, while the more subordinate canines will be fed later. During playing, puppies up to the age of eight weeks separate into positions. Puppies who are leaders will be bold and confident in their demeanour.

Module 4: Canine Communication

This section will look at how dogs interact with one another through facial expressions, gestures, head postures, and barking. We will also learn about the various methods that dogs interact with people, which have evolved. There are also five other sorts of canine communication that we may use to figure out what canines are attempting to say through their actions.

Facial Expressions

Dogs use facial expressions to communicate their sentiments to other dogs. Other dogs can tell that they are comfortable if they have a gentle gaze, an open mouth, and their ears forward. When it comes to communication, dogs do not rely on facial expressions as much as humans do.

Movements

Dogs may convey their intentions by making particular motions. A play bow can be used to request play or demonstrate that they are not threatening another dog.

Head Positions

The way a dog's head is positioned might reveal a lot about how they feel about another dog. They may be submitting or dejected if they keep their head down.

Barking

Dogs interact with one another primarily through barking. Dogs may emit hundreds of distinct barks, each with a varied pitch and loudness.

How Dogs Communicate with People

When it comes to people, dogs have an astounding assortment of communication signs. They use both verbal and nonverbal clues all the time. Whether we realize it or not, we are also speaking with them. Dogs may even change their communication style to suit their human companions.

Tail Language

Dogs communicate through a variety of visual cues, one of which is the use of their tails. Your dog's curled tail may indicate that he or she is at ease. It can also imply that it is self-assured or domineering. A stiff and straight tail may indicate that the dog is following or tracking something. Fearful or submissive dogs have their tails tucked.

Ear Language

A dog's ears may reveal a lot about its temperament. If the dog's ears are perky, it is assumed that it is intrigued and interested in what will happen next.

Eye Language

Dogs' eyes may convey a wide range of emotions. The well-known "sad puppy eyes" suggest that the dog is desirous of attention. When dogs receive delightful treatment, such as belly rubs or scratching behind their ears, they prefer to close their eyes.

Mouth Language

  • When dogs are smiling with happiness, you can visibly tell by looking at their entire body. Their ears will be floppy or relaxed with soft eyes.
  • If the dog is showing its bare teeth, it might communicate signs of unhappiness, fear, or even aggression.

The Five Types of Canine Communication

A dog may communicate in five different ways, either alone or in a group.

Fearful Communication

When a dog feels afraid, he may exhibit various behaviours such as licking his lips or yawning. It may make submissive motions such as lowering its body. In the face of active fear-inducing stimuli, the dog may shiver or turn away from it completely, avoiding eye contact.

Arousal Communication

Arousal communication can be triggered by various cues that differ depending on a dog's age, especially if it is in its teenage period. In the presence of a human, a toy, or another dog, they may become stimulated.

Anxious Communication

Excessive panting, pacing, and a general lack of attention are all signs of a nervous dog. A worried dog may lick its lips or avoid eye contact, similar to terrified communication. The dog may even exhibit aroused communication-like behaviour. Anxiety may lead to various undesirable behaviours, such as trashing household belongings or urinating improperly inside.

Aggressive Communication

Stimuli that might be seen as a danger, such as a dog, person, or item, can cause dogs to get triggered. When confronted with a threat, the dog could tense up, snarl, or expose bare fangs.

Relaxed Communication

When dogs are calm, they will wag their tails. A relaxed gaze and a loose body posture indicate that a dog is comfortable and confident. When a dog is relaxed, he will frequently seek attention or engage in playful behaviour.

Module 5: Learning and Conditioning

This section will look at the training process for dogs and what motivates them to act in specific ways. We will go through many tactics and methods for encouraging positive behaviour and breaking undesirable habits. To get dogs to perform what you want, you may utilize a variety of conditioning techniques. Dogs can be taught to substitute a negative behaviour with a good one via training.

How Dogs Learn

The majority of dog behaviour is rational. We can notice that dogs are opportunists if we pay attention to them while they are being trained. They learn new skills so that they may show them to their owners and elicit the appropriate response.

Conditioning

Dogs may learn new skills and habits in a variety of ways. During the learning process, social learning is a notion that is frequently noticed. This means that a dog will learn to imitate the behaviour of other dogs with whom it spends much time. Conditioning is the idea that it becomes more common when some positive reward immediately follows an action or a response. We do this with dogs regularly, whether we realize it or not.

Classical Conditioning

According to this notion, any type of learning is essentially accomplished by association. When any two stimuli are connected, it results in a learnt reaction.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning has numerous advantages, but it also has certain drawbacks and flaws. It might be beneficial to examine how classical conditioning has been implemented in humans when initially learning about these topics. Consider how these results may be adapted to dogs and the behavioural concerns that arise over time.

Pavlov's Experiment

When he was examining the digesting process of dogs, Ivan Pavlov, a Russian scientist, developed the idea of classical conditioning. He noticed differences in his dogs' responses to food over time. He discovered that dogs would salivate when food was placed right in front of them at first, but that with time, they began salivating even before the meal came. When they watched the meal being brought in on a cart, he observed they began salivating.

Operant Conditioning

The consequence is a phrase that must be remembered while discussing operant conditioning. According to operant conditioning, a subject will learn the consequences of a specific action. It could be both positive and negative. This influences whether or not we decide to repeat the activity. Owners of dogs frequently use operant conditioning on them without even recognizing it.

Module 6: Sources of Canine Stress

Stress is a mental and emotional state brought on by a sense of being threatened or challenged. Humans are capable of recognizing and determining the source of their stress. They next seek to eradicate the source of the problem, which gradually relieves the stress. Canine stress is equally prevalent, although it is handled differently by dogs. Stressed dogs are less prone to express themselves openly. It might show itself as a change in body language or a change in conduct.

Signs of Stress

Dogs primarily convey their requirements through body language. The symptoms of dog stress are subtle and might be mistaken for expected behaviour. Humans must pay close attention to these symptoms to identify the cause and help avoid the stressful circumstance from recurring. If the stressor is unavoidable, such as leaving the house, it may be essential to work with the dog to lessen the stress reaction.

Responding to Stress

Every dog reacts to stress uniquely. Dogs' behaviour can vary dramatically after being subjected to stress. A dog's refusal to eat might be a result of stress. A dog's appetite might be affected by sudden stress. During a stressful event, hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline are produced, impacting the dog's appetite.

Common Sources of Stress

In order to eliminate the variables that create canine stress in the first place, it is crucial to understand changes in dog behaviour and determine the root causes.

  • New surroundings: Dogs get used to familiar surroundings and feel comfortable in them. Moving to a new house or visiting a new place can be an overwhelming experience for them. Dogs quickly get stressed in a new environment and need time to adjust.
  • Rearranging furniture: Many things that are insignificant for humans can be massive changes for dogs. For example, just rearranging the furniture in the living room can cause stress in a dog. The reason is that a new arrangement can restrict dogs from moving about in their usual pattern, which can agitate them.

Module 7: Behavioral Problems

A dog's innate response to anything is frequently seen as negative behaviour. Without formal training, this may easily be remedied. Long-term behavioural issues or those stemming from strong emotions, on the other hand, might be difficult to refocus and rectify.

Categorizing Behavior

Understanding the origins of undesired habits might help you better regulate or prevent them.

  • Normal behaviour
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Abnormal behaviour

Common Behavioral Problems

  • Chewing on things: Puppies can chew on things because of teething or just out of curiosity. On the other hand, boredom or anxiety can make adult dogs chew household things. Introducing a chew toy is a good solution.
  • Digging outside: This is a basic instinct of dogs. Mostly, they dig to sit in cold soil during hot days. It becomes a problem if they are destroying your whole lawn. Letting the dog dig in a designated area can help in this situation.
  • Unreasonable chasing: The predatory instinct of dogs makes them chase after moving objects such as people, other animals, and moving cars. Keep them on a leash when going outside or teach them to come back when called to avoid any accident.

How Age Affects Behavior

The behaviour of a dog alters as it gets older. As they get older, they may become annoyed by a variety of things. Dogs can also acquire canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) as they become older, harming their behaviour and quality of life.

Module 8: Training Techniques

Dogs are sociable creatures, and their owners enjoy having them around for a variety of reasons. However, just because you love a dog does not mean you have to put up with all of its bad habits. When dog owners discover behavioural problems, they may try to solve the problem on their own before seeking the help of a professional dog trainer. Trainers are more likely to know how to use various techniques and judge how a dog's behaviour improves as a consequence.

Aversion Training

Aversion training is a type of behaviour modification that trains a dog to avoid performing a particular activity. To avoid receiving negative feedback, such as a bitter taste, dogs must perform the correct thing. Aversion training entails correcting a dog using either negative reinforcement or positive punishment tactics.

Positive Reinforcement

Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz pioneered the positive reinforcement dog training approach. She was in charge of training the Obamas' dog, Bo. This method is based on the concept that dogs require a reward in order to repeat positive behaviour. Treats or toys might be used as rewards. Consider the following scenario: you are the dog owner, and you notice your dog eliminating outside the home. When you recognize this positive conduct, you instantly reward it.

Science-Based Training

The scientific training approach aims to comprehend the nature of dogs and how to educate them using appropriate penalties and incentives. Dog trainers are continuously developing new trials and tactics to understand the nature and psychology of dogs better.

Mirror or Model–Rival Training

We spoke about observational learning in module 6. A dog must mimic the excellent conduct of a different model dog in the mirror or model–rival behavioural training approach. This can be accomplished by exposing the dog in training to the surroundings of the competing dog so that they can interact or compete. Instead of introducing a competing dog, some trainers will serve as the model or employ another person.

Clicker Training

Most dog trainers who use the positive reinforcement technique also use clicker training for more effective outcomes. Hence clicker training is a subset of positive reinforcement training. The use of a clicker to signal a dog's positive behaviour is known as clicker training.

Electric Behavioral Training

When using an electric collar to train a dog, the emphasis is on punishment rather than incentives. Dog trainers that wish to confine their canines inside a physical border can use the electric collar. Hunting dogs and those who operate in herding conditions may benefit from the usage of electric collars. Although some dog trainers have praised the efficiency of the electric training approach, others say it is not the best method for teaching dogs.

Dominance Training

Other training approaches differ from the dominance or "alpha dog" behavioural training style. In this scenario, you train a dog to be more obedient using a pack mindset. According to proponents of this approach, dogs have a pack and alpha mentality that must be tamed in order for them to learn to appreciate their trainers. To use this method to correct bad behavior in dogs properly, you must first grasp their nature, psychology, and body language and predict their reaction pattern.

Module 9: Managing Aggression

Aggressive behaviour in dogs seldom occurs on its own. When a dog is confronted with a circumstance that makes them feel protective, they will usually exhibit a succession of behavioural or body-language signs that increase severity. These signals start mild, but if not addressed, they can lead to aggressive conduct.

Signalling

Dogs seldom display aggressive behaviour on their own. When a dog is confronted with a circumstance in which they feel threatened, they will often exhibit a succession of behavioural or body-language signs that increase severity. If no action is taken, these signals will progress to hostile conduct.

Responding to Aggression

When dealing with dog aggressiveness, owners may be inclined to punish the animal. When it comes to dealing with hostility, this should be the very last resort. In reality, before responding to dog aggressiveness, owners should analyze the source of the hostility and solve that issue first. Aggression in dogs, for example, typically stems from a defensive position in response to something or someone they are afraid of, as stated above.

Potentially Aggressive Dogs

When working with a potentially hostile animal, it is essential first to get to know the dog. As a trainer, this entails conversing with the dog's owner and gaining a thorough understanding of the animal's behaviour. Learn what signs the dog uses most often so you can stay on track as you progress through training. Determine if the dog's hostility is more protective or more dominating.

Evaluating Temperament Before Training

Evaluating a dog's baseline temperament is one way to assist create a more enjoyable training experience. This entails putting the dog in unexpected circumstances and observing its behaviour closely. Exploring three significant circumstances is one approach for owners to measure temperament. First, put the dog in a position where a stranger comes up to you and ignores him. Then have a stranger approach you and adequately communicate with the dog. Finally, have a stranger make a frightening approach to you.

Module 10: Equipment and Environment

Many different sorts of materials are required to teach your dog or operate as a professional trainer effectively. This contains items that enhance positive behavioural connections and other auxiliary tools relating to the behavioural issue at hand.

Reward Items

Reward items are provided to your dog in order to encourage positive behaviour. A clicker is one of the essential training tools. You will need goodies for training because clickers are usually combined with sweets. You can use kibble or natural treats, but anything tiny should be used.

Issue-Specific Items

You may also use a range of additional tools to train your dog. Dogs that misbehave on walks, for example, will require a leash to learn good walking behaviour. The leash may also be used for other purposes in training since it gives you control over the dog.

Safety Equipment

Muzzles and other personal protection equipment are not the only types of safety equipment available.

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pesticides to keep outdoor areas free of insects and pests
  • Gates and barriers to block rooms without doors

Creating a Comfortable Training Environment

Dogs must be at ease and confident in training set in order to be effective. Learn everything there is to know about each dog, including its quirks.

Module 11: Safety

There are many dangers and threats in the world. In the blink of an eye, danger may find any human or canine. Accidental damage or sickness can happen to even the best-behaved or well-trained pets. There are, however, things that may be done to decrease the number of possible threats that a dog may encounter. Making tiny improvements to the dog's location might be as essential as studying canine first aid and CPR.

Environment

Some dog owners choose to teach their pets in their own homes. A list of fundamental improvements to make a dog safe in its environment, whether indoors or out, is provided below.

  • Completely secure all chemicals and other hazards that can be dangerous to a dog if exposed or ingested.
  • Keep all electrical cords out of reach.
  • Unless a dog is being trained to return on command, always keep it on a leash.

Signs of Injuries or Illness

Dogs, like people, are all different and can display indications of injury or disease in several ways. Because dogs cannot communicate directly with us, it can be challenging to determine whether or not there is cause for concern.

  • A vocal dog is becoming quiet or excessive yelling, crying, etc.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increase or decrease in water intake or urination
  • Social changes
  • Aggression

Trainer Safety

While training, dogs can experience a wide range of emotions, putting the trainer's safety in jeopardy. A list of bare acts that can be critical to a dog trainer's safety is provided below.

  • Always approach a new dog slowly and carefully. Let them come to you and smell you first.
  • Be aware of all medical records and whether a dog has or has had any injuries or illnesses.
  • Ensure that a dog's harness or collar is properly fitting so that they will not slip out of it.

Protective Equipment

When it comes to dog training scenarios, when protective equipment is required, it may make all the difference in the trainer's and the dog's safety. It is likely that, in some instances, the visibility of all the protective gear makes a dog feel even more intimidated, provoking an attack.

  • Harness and collar to position the dog
  • Muzzles
  • Closed-toed shoes

Module 12: Classes and Resources

Dog training may be a challenging yet rewarding experience for both the dog and the owner. To attain the best outcomes, some dogs may require a bit of extra coaching. Of course, different resources for behavioural training are accessible in different regions. There are a variety of helpful organizations with resources to assist dog owners in finding the perfect trainer.

Internet Searches

For both the dog and the owner, dog training may be a challenging but rewarding process. To get the best outcomes, some dogs may require a bit more instruction. Behavioural training materials are, of course, varied in each place. Several valuable organizations may assist dog owners in finding the correct trainer.

Initial Discussion

Potential clients are likely to inquire about each trainer's background while selecting a trainer. Dog trainers should describe their skill sets and expertise working with a wide range of behavioural issues.

Types of Professional Programs

The desired objective determines the sort of training that is appropriate for a dog. Obedience lessons are available in a variety of levels to teach a dog fundamental cues and actions. These may be useful for very young dogs whose poor habits result from a lack of general training. Dogs will learn additional instructions and how to redirect their behaviour as they go through the stages of an obedience school.

Recommendations

A veterinarian or a dog boarding facility may be able to refer you to a specific trainer. Because many dog owners have behavioural challenges at some time, they are more likely to seek advice from someone they already have a relationship with.

Module 13: Specialty Behavioral Training

We will talk about behavioural training for particular sorts of working dogs in this module. Working dogs have been extensively taught to do specific tasks. However, this does not rule out the possibility of their having behavioural issues following their initial instruction.

Police Dogs

A K9, sometimes known as a police dog, is a canine that has been exceptionally trained to assist police and other law enforcement officers. Detecting drugs and explosives, identifying missing people, discovering crime scene evidence, and apprehending fleeing suspects are some of their tasks.

Search-and-Rescue Animals

SAR canines are trained to locate missing people in the aftermath of a disaster or other occurrence. Humans have been discovered by dogs underwater, snow, and collapsed constructions.

Therapy Dogs

A therapy dog is a dog that has been trained to provide people with affection, comfort, and support in some settings, such as hospitals, retirement homes, and schools. Therapy dogs are taught to interact with people other than their handlers, unlike assistance dogs, trained to aid specific patients with their day-to-day physical needs.

Service Dogs

A service dog is a canine that has been taught to do a specific activity whenever it is needed to assist someone with a handicap. The dog's job is inextricably linked to the owner's health. Blind and visually challenged people can use guide dogs to help them navigate their environment. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons benefit from hearing dogs because they alert them to important noises.

Sources of Behavioral Issues

Working dogs may suffer behavioural issues for some reasons, depending on their diverse experiences and training level.

Module 14: Professional Dog Trainers

We will talk about dog training as a career and alternative ways to get into it in this last module of the course. Not everyone follows the same road or uses the same strategies. Some aspiring dog trainers may opt to work in similar fields first to get experience with dogs. Others may have prior familiarity with pets from their upbringing.

Personal Dogs

Some trainers begin by training their own dogs and teaming with trustworthy animals to acquire their talents. This might entail learning simple methods and addressing harmful habits such as excessive chewing. Some free internet videos show how to remedy minor errors such as improper elimination or leaping. More complicated behavioural issues will, by definition, necessitate more sophisticated solutions.

Formal Education

Taking lessons to obtain certification and passing any accompanying examinations is frequently the initial step in becoming a trainer. To work as a professional dog trainer, you do not necessarily need any certificates. People are more likely to believe in your abilities if you have proof of formal schooling. This may also make it easier for trainers to find jobs.

Diversifying

Many trainers broaden their approaches after acquiring one skill to target numerous functional areas. Basic puppy obedience lessons might be taught by someone who specializes in behavioural training and managing behavioural issues.

Job Opportunities

Dog trainers can work in some contexts after getting experience. As part of their offerings, several pet retailers provide lessons. They need adaptable trainers with a diverse set of abilities who can deal with various breeds, ages, and tactics.

Salary and Career Outlook

Dog trainers' salaries vary depending on the location and the trainer's level of expertise. Beginner dog trainers may expect to earn between $13 and $15 per hour. Dog trainers with extensive experience may earn up to $150 per lesson or $50 per hour. Dog trainers that teach highly specialized abilities for working dogs earn the most money.

Personal Qualities

Dogs in behavioural training are there because they have disobeyed their owners' directions or have breached other restrictions. Dogs react to their trainers; thus, the trainer's personality is crucial.

  • Patience and empathy
  • The ability to remain calm around animals and in potentially frustrating situations
  • A strong understanding of canine communication

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will become a qualified Dog Behaviorist. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Dog Behavior organizations worldwide.

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Define dog behavioral training
  • Canine evolution over time
  • History of dogs living and working with human beings

Unit 2: Canine Senses

  • Canine senses
  • How sensory processing differs from humans
  • Importance of smell

Unit 3: Social Structures

  • The idea of a “pack”
  • How dogs interact and socially develop by age

Unit 4: Canine Communication

  • How dogs communicate with one another
  • How dogs communicate with people
  • The five types of communication

Unit 5: Learning and Conditioning

  • How dogs learn new things
  • Conditioning

Unit 6: Sources of Canine Stress

  • Signs of stress in dogs
  • How dogs respond to stress
  • Common sources of stress

Unit 7: Behavioral Problems

  • Common behavioral problems seen in dogs
  • How age affects behavior

Unit 8: Training Techniques

  • Aversion training
  • Clickers
  • Positive reinforcement

Unit 9: Managing Aggression

  • Signs of aggression in dogs
  • Responding to aggression
  • Conducting training with an aggressive animal
  • Evaluating temperament before training

Unit 10: Equipment and Environment

  • Training equipment needed
  • Creating a comfortable training environment

Unit 11: Safety

  • Canine safety
  • Signs of injuries or illness
  • Trainer safety
  • Protective equipment used

Unit 12: Classes and Resources

  • Where dog owners can find additional resources
  • Types of professional training programs available

Unit 13: Specialty Training

  • Types of specialty training for dogs
  • Overview of training programs and requirements for these dogs

Unit 14: Professional Dog Trainers

  • Qualifications
  • How to become a dog trainer
  • Salary and career outlook
  • Where professional trainers tend to work

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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About this Course

Study Dog Behavior Online Course and Get a Better Understanding of Dogs

Our Dog Behavior Online Course provide a comprehensive introduction to today's dogs. This includes how dogs developed and became a part of human life to how their brains function. By taking this course, you will discover the latest in dog communication and how to live a more productive life with your dogs.

Dogs are popular with people. Do humans, on the other hand, comprehend dogs? Is it possible to determine what your dog is feeling? Do you know how to calm a stressed dog or the length of time it takes for adrenaline to leave a dog's body? What us the reason why dogs attack and how their behaviour is vastly different.

You'll have a better grasp of how to train your dog and the different behaviour modification techniques, including how they became popular and their effects on dogs. You will also learn how to recognize the dog's important body language and different signals, as well as how your actions and behaviours frequently mislead your canine communication efforts.

What you will learn with our Dog Behavior Online Course

  • Introduction to dog behavior training
  • Canine Senses
  • Social Structures
  • Canine Communication
  • Learning and Conditioning
  • Sources of Canine Stress
  • Behavioral Problems
  • Training Techniques
  • Managing Aggression
  • Equipment and Environment
  • Safety
  • Classes and Resources
  • Specialty Training
  • Professional Dog Trainers

Who would benefit from this course?

This course is ideal for all dog lovers.

Written by a canine behaviour specialist with over 15 years experience in the field and backed up by scientific knowledge, the course can help to change your life and your relationship with any dog that you come into contact with.

This course is ideal for those that have a dog or those that work with dogs in any capacity and want to understand and improve their relationships with their furry companion.

Course Fast Facts:

  • Learn the fundamentals of Canine Training
  • Written and developed by leading canine experts
  • Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  • Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  • Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device.

Dog Behavior Online Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

This introductory subject will cover the notion of dog behavioural training and its function in coexisting with animals. It may be both exhilarating and daunting to welcome a new puppy into the family. Dog owners are responsible for learning about their pet's distinctive personality and demands and caring for a devoted new buddy. However, there are a variety of scenarios in which hiring a professional dog trainer is an excellent option.

Defining Dog Behavioral Training

The distinction between behavioural training and obedience training for dogs is often misunderstood. Many people mistakenly believe they are the same, yet there are many differences. Only introduce instructions, define limits, and educate dogs to respond promptly to signals during obedience training. It is an excellent choice for puppies and dogs of all ages.

Canine Evolution

The wolf has been associated with a man for tens of thousands of years, when wolves accompany humans, scavenging and feeding on the scraps left behind. It did not take long for humans to notice the dog's innate ability to hunt and locate down prey. Domesticated pets have the same prey drive as wild animals. It is obvious when people play catch with golden retrievers or when farmers use border collies to herd lambs. It is considered part of a dog's natural prey drive if they suddenly bolt after a squirrel while on a stroll.

Module 2: Canine Senses

Dogs have the same five senses as humans: sight, smell, hearing, taste, and touch. Specific investigations would add a sixth sense to the mix: energy-sensing. This session looks at how dogs perceive the environment and their senses. These distinctions can significantly influence how dogs are trained and how psychology is applied to them.

Sight

It is necessary to understand the eye's anatomy to comprehend better how dogs view the world. The sensitive component of the eye, the retina, is positioned inside the eye and perceives light. Rods and cones are the two types of light sensors. Colour vision is specialized by cones, which are light receptors present in the retina. Green, blue, and red cones are seen in humans. Blue and yellow receptors are the only ones found in dogs.

Touch

Dogs have limited senses at birth, with their eyes closed and their hearing still developing. As a result, touch is one of the most crucial senses they use in their early years. Dogs have to touch receptors throughout their bodies that feel pain, temperature, pressure, and movement. When they sense their moms' heat, they flee for safety. Mothers welcome their puppies by kissing them on the nose, which signals the presence of food.

Hearing

It takes 21 days for a puppy's hearing to completely mature. By the time their hearing is wholly grown, they can hear twice as many frequencies as humans. Human hearing varies from 20 to 20,000 Hz, but dogs' hearing spans 20 to 45,000 Hz. This enables them to detect high-pitched sounds, which explains why vacuum cleaners and food blenders upset them so much.

Taste

On their tongues, dogs have 1,700 taste buds compared to 9,000 taste buds in humans. Dogs have a fourth of the taste buds that humans have, yet they can detect all flavours: sweet, spicy, bitter, sour, and salty.

Smell

Dogs rely significantly on their sense of smell from the moment they are born. Humans only have about 6 million olfactory receptors, but dogs have roughly 300 million. It is fascinating to learn that the part of a dog's brain that recognizes scent has 40 times more neural connections than the human brain. The nostrils of dogs are also built differently.

Module 3: Social Structures

Canines have evolved to like to live in packs. To ensure maximum survival, a pack of canines lives together and supports one another. Dogs were domesticated because of their sociability and propensity to bond with people. However, their inherent group instinct did not go away; dogs still display pack locations and divisions indicators.

Hierarchy

A dog can serve in one of three roles in its pack—a pair consisting of the alpha female and male claims the alpha status. The beta position, on the other hand, is made up of dogs who serve the alphas. Finally, there are the omegas, who look after everyone else. Scientists discovered that the alpha pair leads the pack from the front, based on observations of wolf or wild dog packs. They steer the group in the right direction.

Social Habits and Age

Dogs learn to be separated into roles from when they are born until they are seven weeks old. This first manifests itself while they are feeding with their mother. The natural alpha puppies will be fed first and will receive the most milk, while the more subordinate canines will be fed later. During playing, puppies up to the age of eight weeks separate into positions. Puppies who are leaders will be bold and confident in their demeanour.

Module 4: Canine Communication

This section will look at how dogs interact with one another through facial expressions, gestures, head postures, and barking. We will also learn about the various methods that dogs interact with people, which have evolved. There are also five other sorts of canine communication that we may use to figure out what canines are attempting to say through their actions.

Facial Expressions

Dogs use facial expressions to communicate their sentiments to other dogs. Other dogs can tell that they are comfortable if they have a gentle gaze, an open mouth, and their ears forward. When it comes to communication, dogs do not rely on facial expressions as much as humans do.

Movements

Dogs may convey their intentions by making particular motions. A play bow can be used to request play or demonstrate that they are not threatening another dog.

Head Positions

The way a dog's head is positioned might reveal a lot about how they feel about another dog. They may be submitting or dejected if they keep their head down.

Barking

Dogs interact with one another primarily through barking. Dogs may emit hundreds of distinct barks, each with a varied pitch and loudness.

How Dogs Communicate with People

When it comes to people, dogs have an astounding assortment of communication signs. They use both verbal and nonverbal clues all the time. Whether we realize it or not, we are also speaking with them. Dogs may even change their communication style to suit their human companions.

Tail Language

Dogs communicate through a variety of visual cues, one of which is the use of their tails. Your dog's curled tail may indicate that he or she is at ease. It can also imply that it is self-assured or domineering. A stiff and straight tail may indicate that the dog is following or tracking something. Fearful or submissive dogs have their tails tucked.

Ear Language

A dog's ears may reveal a lot about its temperament. If the dog's ears are perky, it is assumed that it is intrigued and interested in what will happen next.

Eye Language

Dogs' eyes may convey a wide range of emotions. The well-known "sad puppy eyes" suggest that the dog is desirous of attention. When dogs receive delightful treatment, such as belly rubs or scratching behind their ears, they prefer to close their eyes.

Mouth Language

  • When dogs are smiling with happiness, you can visibly tell by looking at their entire body. Their ears will be floppy or relaxed with soft eyes.
  • If the dog is showing its bare teeth, it might communicate signs of unhappiness, fear, or even aggression.

The Five Types of Canine Communication

A dog may communicate in five different ways, either alone or in a group.

Fearful Communication

When a dog feels afraid, he may exhibit various behaviours such as licking his lips or yawning. It may make submissive motions such as lowering its body. In the face of active fear-inducing stimuli, the dog may shiver or turn away from it completely, avoiding eye contact.

Arousal Communication

Arousal communication can be triggered by various cues that differ depending on a dog's age, especially if it is in its teenage period. In the presence of a human, a toy, or another dog, they may become stimulated.

Anxious Communication

Excessive panting, pacing, and a general lack of attention are all signs of a nervous dog. A worried dog may lick its lips or avoid eye contact, similar to terrified communication. The dog may even exhibit aroused communication-like behaviour. Anxiety may lead to various undesirable behaviours, such as trashing household belongings or urinating improperly inside.

Aggressive Communication

Stimuli that might be seen as a danger, such as a dog, person, or item, can cause dogs to get triggered. When confronted with a threat, the dog could tense up, snarl, or expose bare fangs.

Relaxed Communication

When dogs are calm, they will wag their tails. A relaxed gaze and a loose body posture indicate that a dog is comfortable and confident. When a dog is relaxed, he will frequently seek attention or engage in playful behaviour.

Module 5: Learning and Conditioning

This section will look at the training process for dogs and what motivates them to act in specific ways. We will go through many tactics and methods for encouraging positive behaviour and breaking undesirable habits. To get dogs to perform what you want, you may utilize a variety of conditioning techniques. Dogs can be taught to substitute a negative behaviour with a good one via training.

How Dogs Learn

The majority of dog behaviour is rational. We can notice that dogs are opportunists if we pay attention to them while they are being trained. They learn new skills so that they may show them to their owners and elicit the appropriate response.

Conditioning

Dogs may learn new skills and habits in a variety of ways. During the learning process, social learning is a notion that is frequently noticed. This means that a dog will learn to imitate the behaviour of other dogs with whom it spends much time. Conditioning is the idea that it becomes more common when some positive reward immediately follows an action or a response. We do this with dogs regularly, whether we realize it or not.

Classical Conditioning

According to this notion, any type of learning is essentially accomplished by association. When any two stimuli are connected, it results in a learnt reaction.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Classical Conditioning

Classical conditioning has numerous advantages, but it also has certain drawbacks and flaws. It might be beneficial to examine how classical conditioning has been implemented in humans when initially learning about these topics. Consider how these results may be adapted to dogs and the behavioural concerns that arise over time.

Pavlov's Experiment

When he was examining the digesting process of dogs, Ivan Pavlov, a Russian scientist, developed the idea of classical conditioning. He noticed differences in his dogs' responses to food over time. He discovered that dogs would salivate when food was placed right in front of them at first, but that with time, they began salivating even before the meal came. When they watched the meal being brought in on a cart, he observed they began salivating.

Operant Conditioning

The consequence is a phrase that must be remembered while discussing operant conditioning. According to operant conditioning, a subject will learn the consequences of a specific action. It could be both positive and negative. This influences whether or not we decide to repeat the activity. Owners of dogs frequently use operant conditioning on them without even recognizing it.

Module 6: Sources of Canine Stress

Stress is a mental and emotional state brought on by a sense of being threatened or challenged. Humans are capable of recognizing and determining the source of their stress. They next seek to eradicate the source of the problem, which gradually relieves the stress. Canine stress is equally prevalent, although it is handled differently by dogs. Stressed dogs are less prone to express themselves openly. It might show itself as a change in body language or a change in conduct.

Signs of Stress

Dogs primarily convey their requirements through body language. The symptoms of dog stress are subtle and might be mistaken for expected behaviour. Humans must pay close attention to these symptoms to identify the cause and help avoid the stressful circumstance from recurring. If the stressor is unavoidable, such as leaving the house, it may be essential to work with the dog to lessen the stress reaction.

Responding to Stress

Every dog reacts to stress uniquely. Dogs' behaviour can vary dramatically after being subjected to stress. A dog's refusal to eat might be a result of stress. A dog's appetite might be affected by sudden stress. During a stressful event, hormones like adrenaline and noradrenaline are produced, impacting the dog's appetite.

Common Sources of Stress

In order to eliminate the variables that create canine stress in the first place, it is crucial to understand changes in dog behaviour and determine the root causes.

  • New surroundings: Dogs get used to familiar surroundings and feel comfortable in them. Moving to a new house or visiting a new place can be an overwhelming experience for them. Dogs quickly get stressed in a new environment and need time to adjust.
  • Rearranging furniture: Many things that are insignificant for humans can be massive changes for dogs. For example, just rearranging the furniture in the living room can cause stress in a dog. The reason is that a new arrangement can restrict dogs from moving about in their usual pattern, which can agitate them.

Module 7: Behavioral Problems

A dog's innate response to anything is frequently seen as negative behaviour. Without formal training, this may easily be remedied. Long-term behavioural issues or those stemming from strong emotions, on the other hand, might be difficult to refocus and rectify.

Categorizing Behavior

Understanding the origins of undesired habits might help you better regulate or prevent them.

  • Normal behaviour
  • Challenging behaviour
  • Abnormal behaviour

Common Behavioral Problems

  • Chewing on things: Puppies can chew on things because of teething or just out of curiosity. On the other hand, boredom or anxiety can make adult dogs chew household things. Introducing a chew toy is a good solution.
  • Digging outside: This is a basic instinct of dogs. Mostly, they dig to sit in cold soil during hot days. It becomes a problem if they are destroying your whole lawn. Letting the dog dig in a designated area can help in this situation.
  • Unreasonable chasing: The predatory instinct of dogs makes them chase after moving objects such as people, other animals, and moving cars. Keep them on a leash when going outside or teach them to come back when called to avoid any accident.

How Age Affects Behavior

The behaviour of a dog alters as it gets older. As they get older, they may become annoyed by a variety of things. Dogs can also acquire canine cognitive dysfunction (CCD) as they become older, harming their behaviour and quality of life.

Module 8: Training Techniques

Dogs are sociable creatures, and their owners enjoy having them around for a variety of reasons. However, just because you love a dog does not mean you have to put up with all of its bad habits. When dog owners discover behavioural problems, they may try to solve the problem on their own before seeking the help of a professional dog trainer. Trainers are more likely to know how to use various techniques and judge how a dog's behaviour improves as a consequence.

Aversion Training

Aversion training is a type of behaviour modification that trains a dog to avoid performing a particular activity. To avoid receiving negative feedback, such as a bitter taste, dogs must perform the correct thing. Aversion training entails correcting a dog using either negative reinforcement or positive punishment tactics.

Positive Reinforcement

Dawn Sylvia-Stasiewicz pioneered the positive reinforcement dog training approach. She was in charge of training the Obamas' dog, Bo. This method is based on the concept that dogs require a reward in order to repeat positive behaviour. Treats or toys might be used as rewards. Consider the following scenario: you are the dog owner, and you notice your dog eliminating outside the home. When you recognize this positive conduct, you instantly reward it.

Science-Based Training

The scientific training approach aims to comprehend the nature of dogs and how to educate them using appropriate penalties and incentives. Dog trainers are continuously developing new trials and tactics to understand the nature and psychology of dogs better.

Mirror or Model–Rival Training

We spoke about observational learning in module 6. A dog must mimic the excellent conduct of a different model dog in the mirror or model–rival behavioural training approach. This can be accomplished by exposing the dog in training to the surroundings of the competing dog so that they can interact or compete. Instead of introducing a competing dog, some trainers will serve as the model or employ another person.

Clicker Training

Most dog trainers who use the positive reinforcement technique also use clicker training for more effective outcomes. Hence clicker training is a subset of positive reinforcement training. The use of a clicker to signal a dog's positive behaviour is known as clicker training.

Electric Behavioral Training

When using an electric collar to train a dog, the emphasis is on punishment rather than incentives. Dog trainers that wish to confine their canines inside a physical border can use the electric collar. Hunting dogs and those who operate in herding conditions may benefit from the usage of electric collars. Although some dog trainers have praised the efficiency of the electric training approach, others say it is not the best method for teaching dogs.

Dominance Training

Other training approaches differ from the dominance or "alpha dog" behavioural training style. In this scenario, you train a dog to be more obedient using a pack mindset. According to proponents of this approach, dogs have a pack and alpha mentality that must be tamed in order for them to learn to appreciate their trainers. To use this method to correct bad behavior in dogs properly, you must first grasp their nature, psychology, and body language and predict their reaction pattern.

Module 9: Managing Aggression

Aggressive behaviour in dogs seldom occurs on its own. When a dog is confronted with a circumstance that makes them feel protective, they will usually exhibit a succession of behavioural or body-language signs that increase severity. These signals start mild, but if not addressed, they can lead to aggressive conduct.

Signalling

Dogs seldom display aggressive behaviour on their own. When a dog is confronted with a circumstance in which they feel threatened, they will often exhibit a succession of behavioural or body-language signs that increase severity. If no action is taken, these signals will progress to hostile conduct.

Responding to Aggression

When dealing with dog aggressiveness, owners may be inclined to punish the animal. When it comes to dealing with hostility, this should be the very last resort. In reality, before responding to dog aggressiveness, owners should analyze the source of the hostility and solve that issue first. Aggression in dogs, for example, typically stems from a defensive position in response to something or someone they are afraid of, as stated above.

Potentially Aggressive Dogs

When working with a potentially hostile animal, it is essential first to get to know the dog. As a trainer, this entails conversing with the dog's owner and gaining a thorough understanding of the animal's behaviour. Learn what signs the dog uses most often so you can stay on track as you progress through training. Determine if the dog's hostility is more protective or more dominating.

Evaluating Temperament Before Training

Evaluating a dog's baseline temperament is one way to assist create a more enjoyable training experience. This entails putting the dog in unexpected circumstances and observing its behaviour closely. Exploring three significant circumstances is one approach for owners to measure temperament. First, put the dog in a position where a stranger comes up to you and ignores him. Then have a stranger approach you and adequately communicate with the dog. Finally, have a stranger make a frightening approach to you.

Module 10: Equipment and Environment

Many different sorts of materials are required to teach your dog or operate as a professional trainer effectively. This contains items that enhance positive behavioural connections and other auxiliary tools relating to the behavioural issue at hand.

Reward Items

Reward items are provided to your dog in order to encourage positive behaviour. A clicker is one of the essential training tools. You will need goodies for training because clickers are usually combined with sweets. You can use kibble or natural treats, but anything tiny should be used.

Issue-Specific Items

You may also use a range of additional tools to train your dog. Dogs that misbehave on walks, for example, will require a leash to learn good walking behaviour. The leash may also be used for other purposes in training since it gives you control over the dog.

Safety Equipment

Muzzles and other personal protection equipment are not the only types of safety equipment available.

  • Fire extinguishers
  • Pesticides to keep outdoor areas free of insects and pests
  • Gates and barriers to block rooms without doors

Creating a Comfortable Training Environment

Dogs must be at ease and confident in training set in order to be effective. Learn everything there is to know about each dog, including its quirks.

Module 11: Safety

There are many dangers and threats in the world. In the blink of an eye, danger may find any human or canine. Accidental damage or sickness can happen to even the best-behaved or well-trained pets. There are, however, things that may be done to decrease the number of possible threats that a dog may encounter. Making tiny improvements to the dog's location might be as essential as studying canine first aid and CPR.

Environment

Some dog owners choose to teach their pets in their own homes. A list of fundamental improvements to make a dog safe in its environment, whether indoors or out, is provided below.

  • Completely secure all chemicals and other hazards that can be dangerous to a dog if exposed or ingested.
  • Keep all electrical cords out of reach.
  • Unless a dog is being trained to return on command, always keep it on a leash.

Signs of Injuries or Illness

Dogs, like people, are all different and can display indications of injury or disease in several ways. Because dogs cannot communicate directly with us, it can be challenging to determine whether or not there is cause for concern.

  • A vocal dog is becoming quiet or excessive yelling, crying, etc.
  • Loss of appetite
  • Increase or decrease in water intake or urination
  • Social changes
  • Aggression

Trainer Safety

While training, dogs can experience a wide range of emotions, putting the trainer's safety in jeopardy. A list of bare acts that can be critical to a dog trainer's safety is provided below.

  • Always approach a new dog slowly and carefully. Let them come to you and smell you first.
  • Be aware of all medical records and whether a dog has or has had any injuries or illnesses.
  • Ensure that a dog's harness or collar is properly fitting so that they will not slip out of it.

Protective Equipment

When it comes to dog training scenarios, when protective equipment is required, it may make all the difference in the trainer's and the dog's safety. It is likely that, in some instances, the visibility of all the protective gear makes a dog feel even more intimidated, provoking an attack.

  • Harness and collar to position the dog
  • Muzzles
  • Closed-toed shoes

Module 12: Classes and Resources

Dog training may be a challenging yet rewarding experience for both the dog and the owner. To attain the best outcomes, some dogs may require a bit of extra coaching. Of course, different resources for behavioural training are accessible in different regions. There are a variety of helpful organizations with resources to assist dog owners in finding the perfect trainer.

Internet Searches

For both the dog and the owner, dog training may be a challenging but rewarding process. To get the best outcomes, some dogs may require a bit more instruction. Behavioural training materials are, of course, varied in each place. Several valuable organizations may assist dog owners in finding the correct trainer.

Initial Discussion

Potential clients are likely to inquire about each trainer's background while selecting a trainer. Dog trainers should describe their skill sets and expertise working with a wide range of behavioural issues.

Types of Professional Programs

The desired objective determines the sort of training that is appropriate for a dog. Obedience lessons are available in a variety of levels to teach a dog fundamental cues and actions. These may be useful for very young dogs whose poor habits result from a lack of general training. Dogs will learn additional instructions and how to redirect their behaviour as they go through the stages of an obedience school.

Recommendations

A veterinarian or a dog boarding facility may be able to refer you to a specific trainer. Because many dog owners have behavioural challenges at some time, they are more likely to seek advice from someone they already have a relationship with.

Module 13: Specialty Behavioral Training

We will talk about behavioural training for particular sorts of working dogs in this module. Working dogs have been extensively taught to do specific tasks. However, this does not rule out the possibility of their having behavioural issues following their initial instruction.

Police Dogs

A K9, sometimes known as a police dog, is a canine that has been exceptionally trained to assist police and other law enforcement officers. Detecting drugs and explosives, identifying missing people, discovering crime scene evidence, and apprehending fleeing suspects are some of their tasks.

Search-and-Rescue Animals

SAR canines are trained to locate missing people in the aftermath of a disaster or other occurrence. Humans have been discovered by dogs underwater, snow, and collapsed constructions.

Therapy Dogs

A therapy dog is a dog that has been trained to provide people with affection, comfort, and support in some settings, such as hospitals, retirement homes, and schools. Therapy dogs are taught to interact with people other than their handlers, unlike assistance dogs, trained to aid specific patients with their day-to-day physical needs.

Service Dogs

A service dog is a canine that has been taught to do a specific activity whenever it is needed to assist someone with a handicap. The dog's job is inextricably linked to the owner's health. Blind and visually challenged people can use guide dogs to help them navigate their environment. Deaf and hard-of-hearing persons benefit from hearing dogs because they alert them to important noises.

Sources of Behavioral Issues

Working dogs may suffer behavioural issues for some reasons, depending on their diverse experiences and training level.

Module 14: Professional Dog Trainers

We will talk about dog training as a career and alternative ways to get into it in this last module of the course. Not everyone follows the same road or uses the same strategies. Some aspiring dog trainers may opt to work in similar fields first to get experience with dogs. Others may have prior familiarity with pets from their upbringing.

Personal Dogs

Some trainers begin by training their own dogs and teaming with trustworthy animals to acquire their talents. This might entail learning simple methods and addressing harmful habits such as excessive chewing. Some free internet videos show how to remedy minor errors such as improper elimination or leaping. More complicated behavioural issues will, by definition, necessitate more sophisticated solutions.

Formal Education

Taking lessons to obtain certification and passing any accompanying examinations is frequently the initial step in becoming a trainer. To work as a professional dog trainer, you do not necessarily need any certificates. People are more likely to believe in your abilities if you have proof of formal schooling. This may also make it easier for trainers to find jobs.

Diversifying

Many trainers broaden their approaches after acquiring one skill to target numerous functional areas. Basic puppy obedience lessons might be taught by someone who specializes in behavioural training and managing behavioural issues.

Job Opportunities

Dog trainers can work in some contexts after getting experience. As part of their offerings, several pet retailers provide lessons. They need adaptable trainers with a diverse set of abilities who can deal with various breeds, ages, and tactics.

Salary and Career Outlook

Dog trainers' salaries vary depending on the location and the trainer's level of expertise. Beginner dog trainers may expect to earn between $13 and $15 per hour. Dog trainers with extensive experience may earn up to $150 per lesson or $50 per hour. Dog trainers that teach highly specialized abilities for working dogs earn the most money.

Personal Qualities

Dogs in behavioural training are there because they have disobeyed their owners' directions or have breached other restrictions. Dogs react to their trainers; thus, the trainer's personality is crucial.

  • Patience and empathy
  • The ability to remain calm around animals and in potentially frustrating situations
  • A strong understanding of canine communication

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will become a qualified Dog Behaviorist. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Dog Behavior organizations worldwide.

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Define dog behavioral training
  • Canine evolution over time
  • History of dogs living and working with human beings

Unit 2: Canine Senses

  • Canine senses
  • How sensory processing differs from humans
  • Importance of smell

Unit 3: Social Structures

  • The idea of a “pack”
  • How dogs interact and socially develop by age

Unit 4: Canine Communication

  • How dogs communicate with one another
  • How dogs communicate with people
  • The five types of communication

Unit 5: Learning and Conditioning

  • How dogs learn new things
  • Conditioning

Unit 6: Sources of Canine Stress

  • Signs of stress in dogs
  • How dogs respond to stress
  • Common sources of stress

Unit 7: Behavioral Problems

  • Common behavioral problems seen in dogs
  • How age affects behavior

Unit 8: Training Techniques

  • Aversion training
  • Clickers
  • Positive reinforcement

Unit 9: Managing Aggression

  • Signs of aggression in dogs
  • Responding to aggression
  • Conducting training with an aggressive animal
  • Evaluating temperament before training

Unit 10: Equipment and Environment

  • Training equipment needed
  • Creating a comfortable training environment

Unit 11: Safety

  • Canine safety
  • Signs of injuries or illness
  • Trainer safety
  • Protective equipment used

Unit 12: Classes and Resources

  • Where dog owners can find additional resources
  • Types of professional training programs available

Unit 13: Specialty Training

  • Types of specialty training for dogs
  • Overview of training programs and requirements for these dogs

Unit 14: Professional Dog Trainers

  • Qualifications
  • How to become a dog trainer
  • Salary and career outlook
  • Where professional trainers tend to work

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Carl Newman

1 December 2021 06:56:23 PM

I wasn't really sure what I was looking for in a Dog Behavior Course, but when I found this course, it seemed to be the perfect fit.

Natalie Ellison

1 December 2021 06:54:15 PM

Dog Grooming Course is the best course I've taken so far. It's about more than just dog grooming which is great because I always wanted to learn more about dog health and nutrition too.

Fiona Howard

29 November 2021 03:12:09 PM

When I first started my dog grooming business, I had no idea what I was doing, TILL I TOOK THIS COURSE!! everything went smoothly from there on!

Charles Kerr

29 November 2021 03:05:18 PM

This course is a simple, gentle, and very effective way to manage anxiety.

Theresa Ince

23 November 2021 06:53:17 PM

Very helpful indeed! This course provide better insights overall

Lauren Carr

23 November 2021 06:48:39 PM

This is perfect for all Dog lovers! Professionally and not, its really useful.

Boris Lee

18 November 2021 02:52:23 PM

Good experience learned so much!

Blake Morrison

18 November 2021 02:49:57 PM

Direct to the point!

Connor MacLeod

10 November 2021 04:27:17 PM

tips and techniques were very helpful

May Neil Walker

10 November 2021 04:12:40 PM

great model

Ava Martin

7 November 2021 04:29:22 AM

Course tackled this wonderfully! Its in-depth approach gives better learning

Sean Morrison

2 November 2021 04:26:35 PM

The program had challenging information but was very educational. The techniques that were taught are used today in my profession.

Kimberly Morrison

2 November 2021 04:23:38 PM

I learned different therapy strategies: one for younger kids and one for older kids, so that we can work with b

Lorna M. Patrick

29 October 2021 07:45:24 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed course. Good stepping stone towards becoming a professional dog groomer.

Vanessa Robertson

28 October 2021 03:13:41 PM

I knew that my dog needed to be groomed but I had no idea what I was doing. I took this course and never looked back! Now, my dog is always super happy after a grooming.

Connor Reid

28 October 2021 02:42:43 PM

I recently completed the Animal Assisted Therapy course and can't wait to recommend it to my friends and family.

Ian Cornish

26 October 2021 05:55:42 PM

I wanted to thank the Animal Assisted Therapy course for giving me the opportunity to learn about different ways to help humans with their mental health! I'm so glad that I finally have an idea of how I can improve my skills at home.

Leah Russell

26 October 2021 05:50:58 PM

I have learned so much in just this one course. I can't wait to explore more of their extensive list of courses!

Adrian MacDonald

21 October 2021 09:23:10 AM

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