Dog Training and Behaviour Certificate

Approximately 60 hours practical sessions

Approximately 60 hours classroom

20 hours quizzes and assessments

Intensive learning conducted over 6 months

Topics covered in the course will include:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Canine behaviour and body language
  • Correct use and fitting of equipment
  • Training plans and record keeping
  • Steve’s Motivating Miracles presentation
  • Class instructing
  • Science of Learning
  • Luring Technique
  • Preventing problem behaviour
  • Addressing problem behaviour
  • Successive approximation (shaping behaviour)
  • Dog breeds and groups
  • Targeting
  • Free shaping (clicker)
  • Dog aggression
  • Scent detection
  • Canines for Conservation
  • Canine critical or sensitive phases
  • The importance of play

This course is suitable for amateurs or professionals as either an introduction to dog training or to expand the knowledge and skills of those already training or handling dogs.

As well as people initiating an interest or career in dog training, past students have included Vet Nurses, Police and military officers, psychologists, registered nurses, engineers, chartered accountant, zoo keepers/trainers, obedience club instructors, professional dog trainers, dog groomers, dog walkers, puppy raisers, dog breeders, animal agent for the media, etc.

Techniques and strategies are supported by the science of learning and behaviour. The training philosophy has a strong leaning towards reward based techniques, with an exploration of the detrimental side-effects of punishment based techniques. Class discussions also question if there is ever an appropriate situation for the use of positive punishment. And if so, what are the principles for applying effective punishment?

The course is intensive over six months. It is recommended that participants place other activities on hold where possible for the duration of the course.

There will be two blocks of practical sessions for five days each. Dates will be set for sessions in Sydney. If there is sufficient interest, consideration will be given to conducting practical sessions in other areas. This would incur an additional fee to those participants to cover the costs of travel and accommodation.

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