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Dog Behaviourist Course
This Dog Behaviourist Diploma course has been designed for those who want to work with dogs in the areas of behaviour and training. This course looks at the practical side of behaviour consultations, working with dogs and owners, as well as the main influences on behaviour.
Successful completion of this Level 5 course will ensure acceptance onto our
You will learn about the emotional and physical needs of dogs and how to apply learning theories in behaviour modification. Genetics and evolution are looked at in depth, and how physiology can influence and affect behaviour. The course includes a look at the latest research and developing techniques that can be incorporated into a behaviour modification plan and various case studies.
This course forms part of the career path in the dog behaviour field and is essential for those wanting to work with clients and their dogs. Prior to enrolment on this Level 5 Dog Behaviourist Course, we advise completion of the
The Dog Behaviourist course is tutored by a practising Canine Behaviourist and Dog Trainer with over 25 years’ experience who is passionate about rehabilitating rescue dogs and assisting rescue dog owners to overcome any behaviour problems and is also an external behaviourist for the Dogs Trust.
A Physiological Foundation
The Forebrain, midbrain and hindbrain are examined in depth, assessing the role each can play in shaping dog behaviour
Genetics and Evolution
An in-depth look at how genetics and evolution can shape and influence behaviour and a detailed look at the "dominance" myth.
An Emotional Foundation
This module examines how fear, aggression, frustration, stress, anxiety and obsession can impact a dog’s life as well as the owners. The module also assesses various modification techniques that are often applied in these cases.
Meeting the emotional and physical needs of a canine
This module looks at how food and diet can influence behaviour and an in-depth look at the emotional and physical needs of all dogs. Learn how play and exercise can improve behaviour problems and the role that stimulation can play in meeting a dogs needs.
This module of the Dog Behaviourist Course explores canine body language, signalling and subtle signalling. The module includes the role our own body language can play and that of the owner.
Practical application of learning theories
This module of the Dog Behaviourist Course examines the latest research and the latest techniques. The module includes the role of the owner, the role of a behaviour practitioner and how to successfully engage the family in changing unwanted behaviour. Working with rescue dogs is also covered in this module.
Ethology is the science in which we study animal behaviour, its causation and its biological function.
Before we look at the causation and biological function, we need to define what we mean by behaviour. Behaviour may be series of muscle contractions performed in response to a specific stimulus. An example of this would be a dog scratching themselves with a hind leg.
The term behaviour can also be used to describe complex activities such as a dog seizing prey. He will assess the direction and position by using various cues in the environment.
Behaviour may involve one dog reacting to a stimulus or a physiological change, but may also involve two dogs or more, each responding to the activities of the other.
Behaviour is described as a number of behavioural “events” i.e. specific actions made by an animal under specific, given circumstances. These events allow behaviour to be measured empirically by recording the occurrence of one or more events over time.
In order to understand the mechanisms of dog behaviour this course begins with an in depth look at the role of the endocrine and nervous system.
This course also looks at the practical side of behaviour consultations, working with dogs and owners, as well as the main influences on behaviour. This course forms part of the career path in the dog behaviour field and is essential for those wanting to work with clients and their dogs. We advise completion of the Level 4 Dog Behaviour, Psychology and Training Diploma course before enrolment on this Level 5 course.
Successful completion of this Dog Behaviourist Level 5 course will ensure acceptance onto our Advanced Diploma Canine Behaviour Management Level 6 course.
Module 2 includes an in-depth study at how genetics and evolution can shape and influence behaviour and a detailed look at the "dominance" myth.
Module 3 examines how fear, aggression, frustration, stress, anxiety and obsession can impact a dog’s life as well as the owners. The module also assesses various modification techniques that are often applied in these cases.
Module 4 looks at how food and diet can influence behaviour and examines the emotional and physical needs of all dogs. Learn how play and exercise can improve behaviour problems and the role that stimulation can play in meeting a dog’s needs. Dogs are a member of the canid family and out of all the types of canid, dogs are the only ones to have become truly domesticated.
Since dogs became domesticated we have developed many different shapes and sizes of dogs who can perform a variety of jobs.
We often expect a great deal of our dogs – sometimes too much.
If we are to meet the emotional and physical needs of a dog, we first need to look at welfare. We could look to the Animal Welfare Act but sadly there is no definition of welfare.
The 5 freedoms have limitations as an assessment tool for welfare but can be a useful tool for investigating an animal’s life experiences.
Good welfare is not simply the absence of negative experiences, but rather is primarily the presence of positive experiences such as pleasure.
Dog training and dog behaviour modification often focuses on the principles and theories of operant and classical conditioning.
Research after B F Skinners work on operant conditioning tended to concentrate on the workings of the brain – if X takes place it results in Y. This is a very simplistic view that does not take into account emotions. In animal behaviour, communication is described as the use of specifically evolved behavioural patterns in order to modify the behaviour of a recipient to the advantage of the signaller.
Communication is a message between a sender and a receiver. Owners frequently misunderstand a dog's expectations in social communication and group living and this misunderstanding can lead to behaviour problems. Communication is a behaviour that has a goal and a function.
Communication includes using signals such as verbal, tactile, odours (pheromones), facial expressions and body movements. The flick of an ear, blink of an eye or movement of a whisker can threaten aggression, signal anxiety or resolve a conflict. Dogs often use cues so fine they could be missed completely. Module 5 provides comprehensive knowledge and understanding communication.
Module 6 of this Dog Behaviourist Course investigates latest research and the latest techniques. The module includes the role of the owner, the role of a behaviour practitioner and how to successfully engage the family in changing unwanted behaviour. Working with rescue dogs is also covered in this module. Various rescue centres use and develop different assessment methods. The term temperament testing is often used although it may be more accurate to use a Stress and behavioural assessment.
Many dogs will be unsettled, unsure and even frightened finding themselves in a strange environment, which is often very noisy. It is very difficult to gain an accurate overview of the dog’s temperament/behaviour while in a kennel environment as so many other factors will contribute to how he behaves.
Module 6 also covers how to apply learning theory in order to change unwanted behaviours using force free, relationship based techniques. As with all our courses, we only support force free methods and do not support the use of aversive techniques or tools.