The aim of the course is to introduce participants to the behaviour and psychology of the domestic dog. It is designed to equip students with a basic knowledge of normal and unusual behaviours and their purposes or what they can tell us about the dog.
- Ways of Explaining Canine Behaviour
- Understand the terms ‘psychology’, ‘behaviour’ and ‘mind’. Appreciate the phrase ‘canine intelligence’. Understand the term ‘biology’.
- The effect of biology on behaviour. Inherited physical characteristics.
- Health disorders that may be inherited and how these might influence behaviour.
- The problems associated with assuming all behaviour is inherited.
- Illnesses other than inherited ones that can affect behaviour.
- The effects of anatomy on behaviour.
- The difference between ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’. How diet might affect behaviour.
- An introduction to food allergies.
- Appreciate that medication can alter behaviour.
- The interactionist approach to behaviour.
- An introduction to social learning with examples.
- Understand trial and error learning; what a puppy might learn through trial-and-error learning.
- Understand associative learning.
- Appreciate the term ‘cognition’.
- Canine communication with examples. Nonverbal communication.
- The problems of comparing human emotions and behaviours with dogs.
- Canine behaviours that humans might interpret as emotion.
- Understand what is meant by maturation and the many ways in which a dog matures.
- Instincts as a way of explaining some canine behaviour.
- Understand the term innate and why innate behaviours are important.
- What is a ‘behaviourist’.
2) Mating Behaviour and Birth
- Understanding sexual maturity and behaviour that leads to courtship rituals and mating.
- The reproductive cycle.
- The role of hormones in the reproductive cycle.
- The bitch in whelp, the development of the foetus, birth, and associated behaviours.
3) The Psychology of the Young Dog
- The stages of development of the newborn puppy.
- The importance of the development of the senses in the newborn.
- What the newborn pup can and cannot do.
- The development of early behaviour and the importance of early learning including exploration and play.
4) The Psychology of the Adult Dog
- The continued development of the dog into adulthood. Different types of aggressive behaviour; how early learning might affect adult behaviour.
5) Unusual Canine Behaviour
- The difference between unusual and abnormal behaviour.
- The importance of consistency in relation to canine behaviour.
6) Avoiding Problem Behaviour
- Choosing the right dog.
- The importance of socialisation.
- Obedience training methods.
- How to provide the dog with the required environment to avoid common problem behaviours developing.
- Study Level 3
- The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.
- 6 Module Course
- This course is delivered in 6 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification
Fees: Excluding VAT
- Course fee – R10100.00 (includes registration and 6 modules)
- Installment option – R1750 registration and R1560 per module
(pay registration fee only once per course)