Fundamentals of Canine Behaviour (PART 1)

WHERE: Online

COURSE START DATE: From Thursday 10 September 2020

Lecture released every week.

Please scroll down for course details and click on tabs (below) for more info.

£250.00£275.00

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Course structure

10-Week Comprehensive Fundamentals of Canine Behaviour Course (Part 1).

This course will be followed by Fundamentals of Canine Behaviour (Part 2) starting 14 January 2021

Delivered Online via our online classroom.

What will you get?

Ten weekly online lectures:

  • 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
  • Temperament and personality
  • Canine communication systems
  • Main behaviours and needs of dogs
  • The Who’s Who of canine behaviour

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

How does it work?

  • One lecture released every Thursday for 10 weeks – watch in your own time during the following week
  • Take the self-assessment at the end of each lecture – can navigate back to self-assessment at any time
  • 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.

THIS COURSE WILL BE FOLLOWED BY FUNDAMENTALS OF CANINE BEHAVIOUR (PART 2)

The syllabus for PART 2 will be as follows

  • Different approaches in canine behaviour
  • 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 1 (includes cases) (via ZOOM)
  • An overview of canine behaviour issues and treatments 2 (includes cases) (via ZOOM)
  • An overview of canine behaviour issues and treatments 3 (includes cases) (via ZOOM)
  • All aspects of the consultation process
  • Personal skills: understanding,communicating with and engaging clients
  • Health and Safety and Risk Assessments
  • Responsibilities, legalities and where do you go from here?

PLEASE NOTE: In order to protect our Intellectual Property, you will be required to sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement before the course start date, stating that the course material (nor any part of) cannot be shared with any third party.

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 tutor educated to Level 8 (BSc (Hons) Zoology and PhD in Animal Behaviour & Genetics) with over 25 years’ experience working with dogs (and other animals) and 15 years in companion animal behaviour practice. 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
  • Have a  thorough understanding of dogs and their behaviour
  • 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.

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.

Will there be any follow-up courses so I can further my canine behaviour knowledge?

Yes, Part 2 will follow (see course details).

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.

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 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 (when PART 2 becomes available)

 

 

Standard Fee: £275

Current PACT Student/Member: £250

*Please note the discount applies to PACT students only

Introduction to Canine Behaviour Online Course Terms and Conditions

  • 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.
  • The student understands and agrees to comply with PACT’s confidentiality and non-disclosure policy – that no course material, nor part of the course material will be shared with a third party. The student agrees to sign a Confidentiality and Non-Disclosure Agreement before the course starts.