Course Outline for Dog Behaviour And Training

Module 1 - The History of Dogs

  • Where did dogs come from
  • Domestication
  • Different breeds
  • Famous dogs in history

Module 2 - Genetics

  • Basic terms
  • Fundamental principles of genetics
  • Natural v artificial section
  • How genes influence dog breeding
  • Breeding for mental characteristics
  • How genetics influence health
  • Nature v nurture

Module 3 - Different Dog Breeds

  • What is a breed standard
  • Dog group classification
  • Judging dogs by breed or group

Module 4 - Anatomy and Physiology

  • The five senses
  • Skin and hair
  • The Musculoskeletal system
  • The circulatory system
  • The lymphatic system
  • The digestive system
  • The respiratory system
  • The urinary system

Module 5 - Brain and Hormonal Systems

  • The nervous system
  • Nerves and neurons
  • The brain
  • Hormones

Module 6 - Health and Diet

  • Basic nutrition
  • Feeding according to dogs needs
  • Is the dog healthy?
  • Common myths
  • Common dog diseases
  • First aid

Module 7 - Stages of Life

  • The puppy years
  • The reproductive years
  • The adult years

Module 8 - Dominance and Pack Structure

  • How domestication changed the pack
  • Hierarchy and socialisation
  • Aggressive behaviour
  • Submissive behaviour
  • Marking territory
  • Feeding behaviour

Module 9 - How Dogs Learn

  • How dogs think
  • How dogs learn
  • Adjusting to the dogs learning needs
  • Common myths about how dogs learn

Module 10 - Dog Training Techniques

  • The history of dog training
  • Important factors to consider
  • Training techniques
  • Training tips

Module 11 - Behavioural Problems and Disorders

  • Types of disorders
  • Fears and phobias
  • Destructive behaviour
  • Abnormal repetitive behaviour
  • Elimination
  • Eating disorders
  • Correcting problem behaviour
  • Chewing, jumping, whining, barking, food aggression, separation anxiety

Module 12 - Working with Dogs

  • General obedience training
  • Specialised dog training
  • Training dogs for the military
  • Training rescue dogs
  • Training dogs for the entertainment industry
  • Training dogs for sport
  • Training disabled dogs
  • Other animal support careers

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