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Dog Bite Avoidance Course
This dog bite avoidance course is designed to assist dog wardens, animal rescue charity staff, kennel workers, animal welfare officers, environmental health teams, veterinary staff and others who need to ensure bite prevention when dealing with dangerous or frightened dogs.
This course will assist you to gain confidence in working with difficult dogs as you learn to manage uncooperative dogs in a humane, calm and efficient manner.
Recognising and Understanding Aggression in Dogs
This module of the dog bite avoidance course explores how to understand, recognise and respond to dog aggression. Learn whether aggressive behaviour differs between different dog breeds. This module also explores the safety measures and precautions for various sectors in relation to an aggressive dog.
Responding to Aggression
Learn how to use effective techniques in order to keep yourself safe.
Gain an understanding about the importance of socialisation in social development & understand ways to prevent behaviour problems escalating into adulthood.
Learn about environmental influences that may be used to prevent canine aggression from prenatal through to socialisation.
Explore the methodology behind dealing with common canine aggressive behavioural traits, with basic knowledge of programmes and tools to use as appropriate.
At a societal level, the frequency of dog bites is relatively low. However, for the owners of an aggressive dog, the risk of physical and psychological harm is significant. In the majority of cases, aggressive behaviour is a threat to the relationship and, in some cases; they will have to make the decision between euthanising the dog or how much effort they will need to put in to devote to changing the behaviour. Aggression is an adaptive behaviour. This means that animals that have made use of aggressive behaviours in specific circumstances have been successful. Aggressive behaviour occurs because it is efficient and effective in allowing the dog to achieve certain goals. There are broadly only two functions for any behaviour, including aggression: To allow the dog to gain access to something and, to allow the dog to escape or avoid something. If the dog is aggressive it is not because they want to dominate you, it is because they have found that it has simply proven to be an effective means of accessing reinforcers or avoiding things they dislike or are fearful of. Identification of the reinforcer that they want is crucial - what is the animal gaining from his behaviour? We also may need to adjust the environment so the dog learns that another more appropriate behaviour is successful, the behaviour will change. This course explores how to recognise, understand, respond and reduce aggressive behaviour in dogs.