Unit 1 – The Dog World
Shows, Competitions, Canine good citizen tests, Historical facts, The dog industry and associated services
Unit 2 – Breeds and Breed Stand
The genetics involved in dog behaviour and how dogs are ‘scored’, compared against one another or judged against a standard.
Unit 3 – Dog Training
Dog Training- An introduction, Training concepts and exercises, Control through training, Training organisations, Trainer certification.
Unit 4 – How Dogs Learn
Thorndyke’s law of effect, Rewards and punishers, Premature conceptual learning, Observational learning, Guided learning, Shaping, Chaining, Latent learning and Insight learning.
Unit 5 – Puppy Development
Nature v nurture, Environmental influences, Socialisation and what it means, Behaviour profiling, Puppy training.
Unit 6 – Dog Behaviour
Why dogs do what they do, Behaviour patterns, Cause and effect, Simple problems and simple solutions.
Unit 7 – Rescue and Rehabilitation
Animal charities, Intake of unwanted or abandoned dogs, Care of dogs in a rescue environment, Stress stereotypies and O.C.Ds, Matching dogs to owners, Rehabilitating problem dogs.
Unit 8 – The Law And The Dog (UK)
The legal responsibilities of dog ownership. Laws affecting the dog industry and service providers, Sale of dogs, Dangerous dogs.
Unit 9 – Measuring Behaviour
Judging dogs , Assessing training instructors, Assessing and classifying handlers, Judging dogs against a standard, Setting Standards in training and behaviour.
Unit 10 – Dog Training (Instructors)
Running Classes, One to One Training, Teaching the Owner, Methods of Instructing, Setting Goals and Standards.