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Do you dream of becoming a dog behaviourist?

Student learn about canine psychology, senses, training and more in this 100 hour online course. Suitable for students, dog owners, dog and animal professionals and anyone wanting to learn more about dogs and their behaviour and training.

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In every component of life, dogs have accompanied humans. In war, in sport, in hunting, in scientific discoveries, in work, in wealth and in art, dogs have been cooperating with humans. Nowadays there are many dogs whose lives have meaning and purpose beyond companionship; however the majority of dogs over the world are pets living in homes as much loved family members. They offer companionship, love and loyalty; the dog remains deeply a part of human life and our best friend.

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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.
    Enrolment Information
    Australia: $693.00 AUD
    Course Code: BAG221
    Duration: 100 hours
    Qualification: Certificate
    Exam: Optional
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