Our 8 Week Comprehensive Introduction to Canine Behaviour Course will start in January 2020 and will be delivered via our Online Classroom platform.
What will you get?
Eight weekly online lectures of 1.5 hr each on the following topics:
- A brief history of animal and canine behaviour
- Evolution and genetics
- Dogs vs wolves
- Breeds/types of dogs and function
- Temperament and personality
- Canine communication system
- Main behaviours and needs of dogs
A downloadable handout will be made available for each lecture.
This course will be followed by the Intermediate Canine Behaviour and Advanced Canine Behaviour Course (see Q&A via the above tab for details)
Weekly discussion and Q&A session
- There will be a discussion and Q&A session with your tutor after each lecture
Some additional free short webinars to help you along:
- Getting back into studying
- Science and the Scientific Method
- Understanding research papers
- How to conduct a literature search
- Guide to referencing
Free careers advice
- A complimentary careers advice session with your tutor if you require it.
- Non-biased advice (guided by the ABTC criteria).
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.
How much work will you need to do?
- Post-lecture self-assessments exercises
- One or more short weekly exercise(s)
- A long assignment on a canine behaviour topic due at the end of the course
Allow 1.5 to 2 hours per week for coursework.
The assignments are optional. You are welcome to sit through the lectures only, if life is too busy or you are unable to complete homework for any reason.
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 and investigated. We will keep you posted.
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?
- 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?
No. Not without undertaking the two follow-up courses (see next question) and not until PACT has formalised the qualification with a government-recognised body. However, it will give you a solid grounding in canine behaviour science and a thorough understanding of dogs and their needs.
Will there be any follow-up courses so I can further my canine behaviour knowledge?
Yes. The Introduction to Canine Behaviour is the first of a three-part course. It will be followed by an Intermediate and Advanced Canine Behaviour Course. Intermediate topics are listed below.
Intermediate Canine Behaviour (8 weeks)
- How dogs learn
- Cognition and emotions
- Introduction to body language
- Body language and emotional states
- Factors affecting behaviour
- Common issues and their causes
- An overview of treatments (3hr)
Advanced Canine Behaviour (10 weeks)
- The role of the veterinarian/knowing your limitations
- All aspects of the client consultation
- Engaging and communicating with clients
- Coaching people to understand their dog(s)
- Separation issues
- Fear-related issues
- Abnormal repetitive behaviours
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?
The option to do the self-assessments, short assignments and long assignment are optional. It is entirely up to you. You can undertake all the assessments and get feedback, or leisurely listen to the lectures without having to worry about homework. The price of the course, however, is the same for both options
Can I choose to sign up for some lectures only?
No. The whole course has to be undertaken 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 broadcast once and are not repeated. We would need to give you access to the same lecture on the next course so you can catch up.
Will there be breaks during a lecture?
Yes, there will be breaks.
Early Bird: £375 (until 30 November 2019)
Standard Fee: £395 (after 30 November 2019)
Current PACT Member/Student*: £360
*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 until 60 days before the course start date.
- Course applicants are entitled to a 50% refund between 60 days and 40 days before the course start date.
- Course cancellation will incur a £35 admin fee.
- Strictly no refunds will be issued from 40 days before course start date.
- If applicant is unable to attend all, or some of the lectures after the deadline for refunds, a deferral to the next course will be offered as an alternative.
- In case of illness or if unable to finish course for another reason, no refund will be given but a deferral to the next course will be offered as an alternative.
- 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.