Shows, Competitions, Canine good citizen tests, Historical facts, The dog industry and associated services
The genetics involved in dog behaviour and how dogs are ‘scored’, compared against one another or judged against a standard.
Dog Training- An introduction, Training concepts and exercises, Control through training, Training organisations, Trainer certification.
Thorndyke’s law of effect, Rewards and punishers, Premature conceptual learning, Observational learning, Guided learning, Shaping, Chaining, Latent learning and Insight learning.
Nature v nurture, Environmental influences, Socialisation and what it means, Behaviour profiling, Puppy training.
Why dogs do what they do, Behaviour patterns, Cause and effect, Simple problems and simple solutions.
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.
The legal responsibilities of dog ownership. Laws affecting the dog industry and service providers, Sale of dogs, Dangerous dogs.
Judging dogs , Assessing training instructors, Assessing and classifying handlers, Judging dogs against a standard, Setting Standards in training and behaviour.
Running Classes, One to One Training, Teaching the Owner, Methods of Instructing, Setting Goals and Standards.