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If so then our 100hr dog psychology course is perfect for you.  You will learn about canine psychology, senses, dog training, dog obedience, solving behavioral disorders and much more in this online course.

This course is suitable for students, dog owners, dog and animal professionals and anyone wanting to learn more about dogs and their behavior and training.

If you are interested in more dog training courses may look at our Dog Care course or our Advanced Certificate in Animal Psychology if you are passionate about other animals as well!

This course is offered as online or correspondence, with an optional exam available:

  • Study from home
  • Unlimited tutor support by email
  • Access your course 24x7
  • Online assignment upload or correspondence
  • Payment Plans
  • Flexible study options
  • 12 months to complete the course, although it may be finished in a shorter time frame.

Contact one of our consultants now for free advice at info@careerlinecourses.com or phone +61755368783 or within Australia 1300 172882

"Karen Catchpole was extremely helpful with her feedback and answered quickly when I had any questions"  T Romeo, Dog Psychology & Training graduate


There are 9 lessons in this course:

1. Nature and Scope of Canine Psychology

  • Adog training courses. brief history of the canine evolution
  • Self-domestication
  • Canine industries
  • 2. Canine Senses

  • Understanding canine communication
  • Sight
  • Body Language
  • Smell
  • Sound
  • Elimination Postures
  • 3. Understanding Natural Canine Behaviour

  • Social Structure
  • Social Behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Clinical Problems
  • Biological Rhythms
  • Sleep
  • Sexual Behaviour
  • Maternal Behaviour
  • Parturition
  • Suckling and Weaning
  • Eating and Drinking
  • 4. Canine Behavioural Development

  • Nature or Nuture
  • Sensitive Periods
  • Neurological Development
  • Canine Temperament Testing
  • How Breeds Differ
  • 5. Canine Behavioural Disorders

  • Attention Seeking Behaviour
  • Excessive barking
  • Chewing
  • Running away
  • Chasing moving objects
  • Begging
  • Digging
  • Separation anxiety
  • Agression
  • Phobias
  • Excessive compulsive disorders
  • Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Calming a dog
  • 6. Basic Dog Training

  • Forming habits
  • Conditioning
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Socialisation
  • House training
  • The use of visual signals
  • The use of voice commands
  • The use of training aids
  • 7. Dog Obedience Training

  • Practical Training Techniques
  • Recall
  • Sit
  • Stand
  • Drop
  • Leave
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Heel
  • Seek
  • Retrieve
  • Bark on Signal
  • 8. Controlling a Dogs Movement

  • Territorial nature of dogs
  • Fencing
  • Dog doors
  • Kennels
  • Exercise requirements
  • Socialisation requirments
  • Walking on a lead/leash
  • Electronic barriers
  • Microchips
  • Pet Registration and Licensing
  • Controlling Killing Wildlife
  • 9. Training Working Dogs

  • Training for scent discrimination or substance detection
  • Training for retrieving
  • Guarding
  • Hearing dogs
  • Hearding
  • Tracking
  • Controlling attacks on animals and people
  • Each lesson culminates in an assignment which is submitted to the school, marked by the school's tutors and returned to you with any relevant suggestions, comments, and if necessary, extra reading.


    • Describe how canine animals think and discuss the relevance of understanding canine psychology to people.
    • Explain how canine animals communicate and formulate an understanding of possible ways that a human may communicate with a dog.
    • Understand behaviours that are natural and predictable in canines and learn to recognise and understand signals that dogs give.
    • Explain how dogs develop behavioural characteristics throughout stages of their life.
    • Describe commonly occurring behavioural problems in dogs.
    • Develop a program for training a new pet dog when it is brought into a household. • Explain how to train a dog to perform predetermined actions upon command.
    • Describe how the movement of dogs can be controlled, both through training and other methods.
    • Describe how dogs can be trained to perform tasks required as a working dog, including a sheep dog, tracking dog, blind dog or substance detection dog.

    Did you know this about dogs?

    Very young puppies cannot learn as well as older ones. The brain takes a matter of weeks to get to the point of being capable to learn as you might expect.

    No emotional development or learning takes place during the Neo-natal period; the puppies’ brain waves remain constant whether they are sleeping or awake. They do exhibit innate reflex reactions to hunger, cold, and touch; they will squeeze together to generate warmth or move away from one another if they are too hot but they cannot independently regulate their body temperature by shivering or panting as an adult would.

    During the transitional period the puppy becomes aware of its surroundings and begins to become more mobile. Brain activity increases at this time as the puppy begins to processes sights and sounds within its environment and begins to develop spatial awareness.

    Between 21 and 28 days of life rapid sensory development occurs and significant changes in the puppy’s brain follow. The puppy is very aware of sights and sounds in its environment and can be easily startled. Care needs to be taken at this stage to ensure that negative experiences are not ‘imprinted’ on the puppies brain that may negatively affect it in later life. At this stage, it has been shown puppies are able to learn from their experiences and also to retain what they have learned. You may remember in lesson 1, that it was found to be harder to train wolves after they are 21 days old than previously so with this rapid development during this week, it can make training harder with dogs and wolves.

    Between 28 and 49 days of life, brain development is nearing completion and physical co-ordination is greatly improving. The puppy is beginning to develop problem solving abilities and social awareness.

    Between 49 days and 12 weeks the puppy’s brain and mental abilities are fully formed, but the puppy lacks ‘life experience’. Current Research has shown that behaviours can be shaped and modified most easily at this time when learning is occurring most quickly. Training is thought to increase the capacity to learn by increasing numbers of brain cells in the appropriate regions of the brain.


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    Australia: $595.00 AUD
    Course Code: BAG221
    Duration: 100 hours
    Qualification: Certificate
    Exam: Optional
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