Introduction to Canine Behaviour - Bridgwater & Taunton College

Course Overview

This course has been designed for dog owners who are eager to learn more about their canine companions and for people who work with dogs and wish to extend their knowledge base and enhance their skills.

Over a four-week programme you will learn about how the dog evolved to exist alongside humans, how the dog learn and communicates, and how to apply basic learning theory to best understand how to begin to successfully train dogs in your care.

The course has been developed with and will be delivered by a qualified behaviour practitioner with a wealth of industry experience.

Theory sessions will take place at our Cannington campus for2 hours 45 minuteson a Monday evening for three consecutive weeks followed by apractical session where learners can attempt some basic clicker training with dogs on Sunday 30 January, from 9am – 2pm.

Tea and coffee will be provided at each session, but please bring a lunch on Sunday 30 January.

Units of study/what is involved Myth busting – hierarchy & pack theory Basic learning theory – operant and classical conditioning, punishment and reward. Desensitising dogs. Practical problems and solutions. Introduction to clicker training.

Assessment Methods

There is no formal assessment, however a Bridgwater & Taunton College certificate will be issued upon successful completion of each week of the programme.

Progression Options

Candidates who enjoy and complete this programme may wish to consider joining the next short course in the series which will explore canine behaviour in more depth. Details available from course tutor upon completion.

Course Summary

Course Title Introduction to Canine Behaviour
Entry Requirements

A genuine interest and passion to understand dogs and to improve their
welfare through positive training. A willingness and commitment to learning.

Attendance Requirements Candidates must be able to commit to attending all sessions.
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I’m really proud of what I’ve achieved so far. I’ve never been a confident person, so the thought of work experience and spending time with a group of strangers seemed impossible. Now everything’s changed - I completed work experience with the National Animal Welfare Trust at Heaven’s Gate and met some lovely people. This valuable experience reinforced that looking after animals really is my dream job.

Molly Brown- Level 1 Diploma in Animal & Horse Care

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