Solving Canine Behaviour Problems

QEL Code 791
CPD 20
Estimated Study Time 20 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Course fees £399

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Solving Canine Behaviour Problems Diploma Level 3

Canine Behaviour Problems Course

This Level 3 course will explore the influences, both internally and externally, which can affect behaviour changes in dogs. In this dog behavioural course, you will gain an understanding of the factors commonly leading to canine behavioural issues. You will discover how and why these problems can occur, and the best ways of handling them.

Anyone looking for a career working with canines will require a good understanding of canine behaviour. This includes being able to interpret canine body language, recognising and dealing with unwanted behaviour, and preventing problems from occurring.

Having a good understanding of dog behavioural problems and training is advisable for anyone in contact with dogs, including dog owners, kennel workers, dog re-homers, dog walkers, dog sitters, animal welfare officers and dog behaviour practitioners. This course is also the perfect foundation for anybody who is interested in launching a career as a dog behaviour practitioner.

Behavioural problems are sadly cited as a large issue in the increasing numbers of re-homed and abandoned dogs. What’s more, it is also the biggest reason behind re-homing failures. Canine behavioural problems can be severe and potentially dangerous to both humans and other animals. This complex yet fascinating topic will be discussed in detail throughout the course.

Unit # 1

Understanding Canine Behaviour

Students will discover the domestication and evolution of canines. You will understand natural canine behaviour, whilst discovering how you assess natural canine behaviour and its significance. This module teaches students to understanding canine aggression whilst also reviewing it.

Unit # 2

How do dogs learn and think?

Students will look at different learning theories to understand canine learning. You will evaluate and investigate various thinking processes in canines.

Unit # 3

Part 1: Dealing with common canine behaviour problems

This unit you will learn how best to deal with the most common behaviour problems. These include begging, jumping up, destructive behaviour, chasing, excessive barking, recall issues and separation anxiety.

Unit # 4

Part 2: Dealing with common canine behaviour problems

This unit follows on from unit 3. It explains in further detail how best to deal with common canine behaviour problems. It includes additional information, more specific to canine behavioural problems seen in animal rescue shelters.

Understanding Canine Behaviour Problems

An understanding of how dogs learn is vital for anyone working with dogs and this subject is explored in this course. For many years, the emphasis in dog behavioural training and dealing with behaviour problems has been on using physical force and punishment. However, at Animal Courses Direct, we only promote force free methods, as you will be taught in this course.

This course begins by looking at domestication and evolution, looking further at the implications of this on our domestic canines. The course will look at the natural behaviour of various breeds, whilst evaluating how that may translate to a household setting. Canine body language and signalling are also examined, and the module teaches you about canine aggression.

Solving Dog Behaviour Problems

Research has shown that punishment is not an effective way of training dogs or dog obedience, but unfortunately, this evidence is all too often ignored. This solving canine behaviour problems course examines some of the most common unwanted behaviours experienced by owners.

Most of the problem behaviours in canines can be prevented or minimised when a dog is getting what it needs in terms of exercise and environmental enrichment. Commonly, owners may underestimate or overestimate how much exercise and stimulation dogs require. This lack of awareness can sadly often lead to behavioural problems. If these are not dealt with or prevented, they can lead to owners re-homing their dogs.

This canine behaviour problems course also examines how we can help dogs that are fearful or anxious. All of our canine courses are force free, welfare-orientated and relationship based. We do not support the use of aversive training, punishment or so called ‘tools’.

Dog Bites

This course both looks at and analyses dog bite statistics. According to online source Statista, there were 1400 recorded dog bites during 2020 so far, with the 50-59 age group being the most affected category.

The RSPCA has stressed most bites treated by the NHS are due to the behaviour of the dog owner or a poor quality of life, rather than simply an ‘aggressive dog’. Although some dogs are a risk to society, this is often due to irresponsible breeding or irresponsible owners. In most cases, the subtle warning signs the dog gives are ignored by humans (the signals are discussed in module 1), leaving the dog with no other option but to bite.

If you are interested in additional learning about animal behaviour and dog training, you may also like to take a look at our other canine courses. We offer a wide range of online dog behaviour training courses to suit every need, including accredited dog training courses, dog behavioural courses and canine behaviour practitioner courses. For anyone interested in other animal behaviour courses, see our full course list here.

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