Fundamentals of Canine Behaviour

20-Week In-depth and Comprehensive Introduction to Canine Behaviour Course


WHERE:
 PACT Online Classroom (Available On-Demand)

Immediate access with one lecture automatically released each week starting at enrolment.

The course is available as a cheaper complete package, or PART 1 and PART 2 can be purchased separately (For those who have already taken PART 1 and those wanting to purchase PART 2 only, it is available on pre-order until those lectures start being added on 1 April).

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PLEASE READ OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS BEFORE BOOKING

Course structure

  • 20-Week comprehensive canine behaviour course
  • Divided in two parts (to help those who want to spread the cost)
  • Delivered via our online classroom

What will you get?

20 weekly online lectures:

PART 1

  • A brief history of animal and canine behaviour
  • Basic principles of animal behaviour
  • Evolution and genetics
  • Domestication
  • Dogs vs wolves
  • Breeds/types of dogs and function
  • Canine communication systems
  • Main behaviours and needs of dogs
  • The Who’s Who of canine behaviour
  • Clinical animal behaviour disciplines

PART 2

  • The role of emotions in canine behaviour
  • Medical causes underlying canine behaviour issues
  • The role of training in canine behaviour
  • An overview of common behaviour issues and treatments (theory)
  • Commonly experienced behaviour issues – 3 Cases (presentation lecture plus Q&A*)
  • One in-depth complex case (presentation lecture plus Q&A*)
  • All aspects of the consultation process
  • Personal skills: understanding, communicating with and engaging clients
  • Health and Safety and Risk Assessments
  • Legal responsibilities and where do you go from here?

* Case Q&As are scheduled once a month in the dedicated Facebook group and remain available on the page thereafter

A downloadable handout and self-assessment quiz is available for each lecture.
There is no homework for this course.

How does it work?

  • One lecture released every week from day of purchase – work through at your own pace
  • Take the self-assessment at the end of each lecture (you can navigate back to self-assessments at any time)
  • Dedicated Facebook group for questions and cases discussions
  • Tutor available to answer questions during PACT office hours
  • No assignments
  • No homework

 What you will gain from this course:

  • Know the most influential figures in animal and canine behaviour and their contributions to our current understanding.
  • Have a basic understanding of evolution, genetics and epigenetics, and their role and influence on behaviour.
  • Be familiar with how dogs emerged and the possible ways they came to be domesticated.
  • Understand the physical, physiological and behavioural differences between dogs and wolves.
  • Be knowledgeable about breeds and different types of dogs and how they arose.
  • Be familiar with the current scientific evidence relating to temperament and personality.
  • Have a thorough understanding of canine senses, as well as verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the main behaviours of dogs, as well as their needs.
  • Understand the crucial role of emotions play in canine behaviour issues
  • Have a basic understanding of the medical causes underlying canine behaviour issues
  • Understand how training plays an important part in many (but not all) behaviour issues
  • Have a basic understanding of common behaviour issues and treatment approaches
  • Know how to conduct a consultation efficiently and successfully
  • Understand how personal and communication skills affect the consulting process
  • Be aware of health and safety regulations and how to conduct a risk assessment
  • Know and understand your professional and legal responsibilities
  • Obtain guidance on what to do next if you wish to progress in a canine behaviour career

PLEASE NOTE: In order to protect our Intellectual Property, a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Clause is included in our Terms and Conditions. Please ensure you read our Terms and Conditions before agreeing to them at checkout. See the TERMS AND CONDITIONS tab above.

PLEASE SEE THE Q&A TAB (ABOVE) FOR ANSWERS TO MOST COURSE QUESTIONS

 

Is this course right for me?

The course has been devised at Level 4 and is suitable for everyone. There are no pre-requisites.

The course is aimed at the following:

  • Dog trainers or anyone wishing to get an idea of what studying canine behaviour at university would be like.
  • Dog trainers who would like to obtain a solid background in canine behaviour but who are unable to, or do not wish to undertake a university degree.
  • Rescue and welfare organisation staff who are unable to, or do not wish to undertake a university degree.
  • Anyone interested in a career in canine behaviour but is unsure it is for them.
  • Anyone wanting to get a taste of what studying canine behaviour at university would be like.
  • Anyone with an interest in dogs wanting to learn more about canine behaviour.

What do I need for the course?

  • You will need a PC or MAC and a good broadband connection.
  • A quiet space somewhere.
  • Your handout, notebook and a pen.

Does the course lead to a formal qualification?

Not at the moment. But it is currently being considered. Updates will be posted when more news.

Why choose this course?

The course has been designed by and is being taught by a very qualified and experienced team: all tutors are educated and qualified to Level 8, with many years’ experience in behaviour and training; one has a PhD in Animal Behaviour, the second is a Certified Clinical Animal Behaviourist (CCAB) and the third has MSc in Clinical Animal Behaviour – all three are also ABTC registered Animal Training Instructors. The academic content is fully referenced to evidence-based peer-reviewed research, and is up-to-date and accurate. The syllabus is comprehensive and contains no pseudoscience, bad science, or bias. When you sign up for this course- you will not be getting hastily patched together lectures, with poor content, garnered from other courses, workshops and seminars that we’ve repackaged as our own.

What will I get out of this course? 

You should:

  • Know the most influential figures in animal and canine behaviour and their contributions to our current understanding.
  • Have a basic understanding of evolution, genetics and epigenetics, and their role and influence on behaviour.
  • Be familiar with how dogs emerged and the possible ways they came to be domesticated.
  • Understand the physical, physiological and behavioural differences between dogs and wolves.
  • Be knowledgeable about breeds and different types of dogs and how they arose.
  • Be familiar with the current scientific evidence relating to temperament and personality.
  • Have a thorough understanding of canine senses, as well as verbal and non-verbal communication.
  • Have a thorough understanding of the main behaviours of dogs, as well as their needs.
  • Understand the crucial role of emotions play in canine behaviour issues
  • Have a basic understanding of the medical causes underlying canine behaviour issues
  • Understand how training plays an important part in many (but not all) behaviour issues
  • Have a basic understanding of common behaviour issues and treatment approaches
  • Know how to conduct a consultation efficiently and successfully
  • Understand how personal and communication skills affect the consulting process
  • Be aware of health and safety regulations and how to conduct a risk assessment
  • Know and understand your professional and legal responsibilities
  • Be clear guidance what to do next if you wish to progress in a canine behaviour career

Will this course make me an Canine/Animal Behaviourist?

Not at the moment. However, it will give you a solid grounding in canine behaviour science and a thorough understanding of dogs and their needs and will give you a head start if you want to continue with a career in canine behaviour and/or training.

This course has been devised to act as a precursor or companion to canine behaviour academic studies rather than a replacement.

I am a current or past PACT Canine Instructor Course student, can I do this course?

Yes. There is some overlap and you will be revisiting some topics, but the lectures on this course go into much greater and deeper detail. PACT students and members are also given a hefty discount (partly for this reason).

I attended the Introduction to Canine Behaviour Course at the University of Oxford, can I do this course?

As for PACT Canine Instructor Course students, see previous question.

Will have have to do homework and assignments?

There is currently no homework on this course but there is a self-assessment at the end of each lecture. You can navigate back to the self-assessments at any time.

Can I choose to sign up for some lectures only?

No. The whole course has to be purchased as a whole.

Will I get a copy of the lecture slides?

No. In order to protect our Intellectual Property, we are ceasing the sharing of full lectures slides. Downloadable handouts will be available and students are encouraged to take extensive notes.

What happens if I miss a lecture?

Lectures are released weekly and remain on your dashboard for one year.

Will I get a certificate of attendance and completion?

Absolutely.

Can I take this PART 1 or PART 2 only?

Absolutely.

 

 

PURCHASING OPTIONS

The course is available as a cheaper complete package, or PART 1 and PART 2 can be purchased separately.

COMPLETE COURSE
Standard Fee:
£565
Current PACT Student/Member:
£525*

PART 1
Standard Fee: £295
Current PACT Student/Member: £275*

PART 2
Standard Fee: £295
Current PACT Student/Member: £275*

*Please note the discount applies to PACT students currently enrolled in the Canine Training Instructor Course only

FUNDAMENTALS OF CANINE BEHAVIOUR ONLINE COURSE

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Course Access

The course is available for 365 days from day of enrolment.

Cancellation Policy

  • Course applicants are entitled to a full refund (minus cancellation fee) for 14 days from date of purchase.
  • Course cancellation will incur a £35 admin fee.
  • Strictly no refunds will be issued after 14 days from purchase date.
  • Upon cancellation and once refund is issued during the 14 day cancellation period, access to the online classroom will be revoked.

Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure of Intellectual Property

Applicants understand and agree to comply with PACT’s confidentiality and non-disclosure policy as set out below – by agreeing to the Terms and Conditions upon booking [by inserting a tick in the T&C box and completing the booking].

  1. Students agree not to disclose their online classroom login information with any third party.
  2. Students agree not disclose, pass or forward, any or part of the course materials to any third party. Course material refers to lectures, private videos, self-assessments and handouts. Widely available materials such as scientific papers, articles and non-private videos are exempt.
  3. Students agree not disclose, share or forward, the content of any PACT email with any third party
  4. Students agree not to copy or reproduce the PACT course, nor any part of the PACT course, for personal business endeavours.
  5. Students acknowledge that all PACT course materials and resources (where applicable) remain the Intellectual Property of PACT.
  6. Students acknowledge that evidence of failure to adhere to any of the above, may result in the following (relevant) action being taken:
  • Student removal from course.
  • Access to online classroom permanently revoked. No refund(s) will be given.
  • Legal action