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Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma– Virtual Course – South Africa

This courses consists of 8 modules and therefore offers the best value for money when comparing other similar courses.  This is the only practical course in South Africa which is internationally recognised and accredited.

Upon completion of this course, each student will be able to competently train a dog to a basic standard of obedience and run effective and professional classes.  This course runs over a three-month period on Wednesday evenings. Classes are held via live webinar (Zoom) to reach those students that are not near to our practical venues.

This course is developed as a foundation course and includes an introduction to problem behaviours and aggression however it is not specialised on this subject.  Further study in the area of Canine Behaviour would be necessary in order to specialise.

The CBTI DIP requires the following criteria:

  • You have some practical experience with dogs.
  • You can commit to Wednesday sessions over 3 months – see dates and times below.
  • You have additional time to read the subject specific literature and prepare your assignments.
  • You have a dog to work with on practical assignments at home.
  • Your computer needs the following requirements: Windows 7-10 or Mac OS x, Internet connection – broadband or wireless(3g or 4g/LTE), speakers and microphone, webcam or built-in.
  • You can be anywhere in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe or Mozambique.

 

Course Modules

1. Ways of Explaining Canine Behaviour

  • The effects of biology on behaviour
  • Natures approach to behaviour
  • Nurtures approach to behaviour
  • How food affects behaviour
  • Associative learning
  • Do dogs think?
  • Canine intelligence
  • Various ways dogs communicate
  • Canine instincts
  • What is a behaviourist?

 

2. Understanding Canine Behaviour

  • Introduction to developmental psychology
  • The newborn puppy
  • Associative learning in the newborn puppy
  • Reflex actions
  • Initial development in the newborn puppy
  • The puppy’s vision
  • The puppy’s hearing
  • Lapping behaviour
  • Early experiences with semi-solid foods
  • The Nature/Nurture debate
  • The behaviour of the mother
  • Natural selection
  • Elimination behaviour in the newborn puppy
  • The behaviour of the father
  • The importance of play in the newborn puppy
  • Why puppies play
  • The play bow
  • The role of hormones
  • Social development
  • Canine senses
  • Artificial selection
  • What is an adult dog?
  • Sexual maturity
  • Physical maturity
  • Psychological maturity
  • The dog as a predator
  • Instincts
  • Types of aggressive behaviour
  • The dog as a social animal
  • The structure of a pack
  • Personality expression
  • Vocalisation
  • Posture
  • Scent marking
  • Burying food
  • The elderly dog

 

3. Body Language

  • What is meant by body language?
  • Personal space
  • Various types of body language
  • Faces and their expressions
  • What the mouth can convey
  • Staring
  • Yawning
  • Body postures
  • The confident dog
  • The shy dog
  • Distraction signals
  • The stress signal
  • Play
  • The play bow and play dance
  • The older dog and play
  • Tail language
  • Positions of the tail
  • Wagging

 

4. Canine Learning

  • Charles Darwin’s biological adaptations
  • The nature verses nurture debate of learning
  • Environmental influences on behaviour
  • Canine learning
  • The parental influences on learning
  • Critical and sensitive periods of the puppy’s development
  • Classical conditioning
  • Chaining
  • Instrumental or operant conditioning
  • Reward and punishment in learning
  • Reinforcers and punishment in learning
  • Primary and secondary reinforcers
  • Reinforcement schedules
  • Shaping behaviour
  • Sensitisation
  • Cultural transmission
  • The importance of play
  • Insight learning
  • Habituation

 

5. 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, down, watch and progressing to heel with problems and solutions. Impulse control, prevention of aggression over food and toys, leash management. Leave-it, take-it, give-it.
  • Puppy socialisation
  • Running classes
  • The advantages and disadvantages of using Clicker Training
  • Summary of training principles
  • Trainer skills

 

6. Canine Form and Function

  • Understanding what form and function are
  • Canine sight
  • Canine hearing
  • Canine olfaction
  • Canine taste
  • Canine touch
  • How different breeds originated
  • The difference between natural selection and artificial selection
  • Hound Group
  • Terrier Group
  • Gundog Group
  • Utility Group
  • Toy Group
  • Working Group
  • Pastoral Group

 

7. Preventing Problem Behaviour

  • The thinking behind this module is to equip students with the ability to provide their dogs with the required social environment to avoid common problem behaviours developing. Prevention is always better than cure

 

8. Defining Aggression

  • Introduction to canine aggression
  • Defining aggression in human terms
  • Social communication
  • Can aggression be thought of as a natural and/or beneficial behaviour?
  • Selective breeding and its influence on behaviour
  • Nature /Nurture Debate
  • Group dynamics
  • Social behaviour
  • 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?

 

Course Details:

  • 8 Module Course – intensive study over 3 months.
  • Students are assessed on assignment work which accounts for 70% of the marks. Practical assessments accounts for 30%
  • Course starts Wednesday 5 May 2021

 

– Class dates:
– May 5,12 and 19
– June 2, 9 and 23
– July 7 and 14

  • Venue: Your home

 

  • System requirements: Your computer needs the following requirements: Windows 7-10 or Mac OS x, Internet connection – broadband or wireless(3g or 4g/LTE), speakers and microphone, webcam or built-in.

 

  • Time and day:
  • Wednesday: Evening class: 6:30pm – 9am

 

Fees:

  • Course fee – R7000 (Excludes VAT) includes registration, certification and 8 modules and non-refundable booking fee.

Payment options:

    • Full course upfront R8050
    • Installment option –
      • R1000 non-refundable deposit is required upfront to confirm your booking.
      • R3525 paid by 1 May 2021
      • R3525 paid by 1 June 2021

 

For registration and further details email – Celia Forsyth on celia@petsensecollege.co.za

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