Course Fees Include Practical and Theory Training
£325 followed by 5 x monthly payments of £90
This is a theory and practical course, designed for those who want to work with dogs in the areas of canine behaviour, rescue or training.
Learn about dog aggression, bite inhibition, prevention, principles of behaviour change and the various influences on aggression
The Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 introduced penalties such as the destruction of various breeds of dog with penalties for owners, including being disqualified from owning a dog for a period to be specified by the court. The Act has failed to stop the increase in dangerous dog breeds and has not prevented the number of bites by dogs, currently estimated to be around 200,000 each year.
It is now a crime to allow a dog to be dangerously out of control on private property. The previous Acts had only covered attacks by dogs in public places. Many people believe that it is the owner’s fault and not the dog’s if or when it attacks or behaves aggressively. This is because, while some breeds are deemed more dangerous than others, many behavioural problems stem from the fact that the dog has not been properly trained and has not been set any boundaries. For example fighting dogs such as the pit bull terrier (which are illegal to own in the UK) may appeal to people who use them as accessories to make them appear tough and powerful. However, they also train or breed them to develop fighting or aggressive tendencies by encouraging barking or biting and by isolating them so that the dogs become aggressive around strangers and other dogs in order for the owner to look tough. Dogs are usually very good family pets. However, as well as being good for belonging to a family it can also produce problems if the dog is untrained, encouraged to be aggressive or his welfare is ignored. Sadly around 30% of dogs in rescue centres are there through incidence of aggression which in many cases could have been avoided. This course deals with the subject of why dogs are aggressive and how to deal with aggressive behaviour in canines. Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that 6,450 people were admitted during the 12 months to April this year, compared with 6,130 the previous year.
The worst-affected group were children aged under 10, who accounted for more than 1,000 admissions. Three-quarters of those children needed surgery.
Of the 1,040 admissions among children aged under 10 for dog bites and strikes, 494 admissions were for plastic surgery and 278 were to the oral and facial surgery unit.
Studies indicate that dogs trained with shock displayed stress signals as they approached the training area and frequently work slowly and deliberately. In many instances, electrical stimulation causes physiological pain and psychological stress to the dog, often exhibited by vocalisation, urination, defecation, fleeing and complete shut-down. In extreme cases, electrical stimulation devices may even cause burns. If desired results are not immediate, many users of electrical stimulation devices will increase the level of stimulation, which often results in the dog attempting to escape or avoid the stimulus and even total shut down where he will refuse to perform. Very little learning can occur when this happens.
Some dogs have high pain thresholds and may fail to show a pain response despite increased levels of electrical stimulation. Other dogs may become habituated to the pain and endure it, causing trainers to increase the level and frequency of electrical stimulation. The pain and stress caused in such situations has a significant effect on a dog’s physiology, increasing cortisol levels and heart rate.
We work with a reactive dog on this course, helping him to stay below threshold and build confidence. We never put pressure on the dog, allowing him to make choices.
We look at the difference between Respondent Aggressive behaviour and Operant Aggressive behaviour and take an in depth look at operant aggressive behaviour and what reinforcement may drive this.
Operant aggression can be offensive or defensive in nature and we look at how to tell the difference.
Canine body language is key to helping dogs. We need to recognise the early signs of stress and help prevent them becoming overstressed and reactive.
A detailed look at stress is essential, including physiological and behavioural signs and conflict behaviours.