118. Dog Psychology and Training

Course ID: AC118

This online dog training course will teach you how to understand what your dog is saying. Using psychology you can learn to understand what is normal behaviour in a dog, how to deal with common problems and how to train dogs so that their relationships with people are happy and safe.

  • Online course
  • Flexible study options
  • Interest free payment plans from $25/week
  • Experience and friendly tutor support.

What You Will Study:

  • Describe how canine animals think and discuss the relevance of understanding canine psychology to people.
  • Explain how canine animals communicate and formulate an understanding of possible ways that a human may communicate with a dog.
  • Understand behaviours that are natural and predictable in canines and learn to recognise and understand signals that dogs give.
  • Explain how dogs develop behavioural characteristics throughout stages of their life.
  • Describe commonly occurring behavioural problems in dogs.
  • Develop a program for training a new pet dog when it is brought into a household.
  • Explain how to train a dog to perform predetermined actions upon command.
  • Describe how the movement of dogs can be controlled, both through training and other methods.
  • Describe how dogs can be trained to perform tasks required as a working dog, including a sheep dog, tracking dog, blind dog or substance detection dog.

Dog Psychology Course Outline:

There are 9 lessons in this course:

  1. Nature and Scope of Canine Psychology
    • A brief history of the canine evolution
    • Self-domestication
    • Canine industries
  2. Canine Senses
    • Understanding canine communication
    • Sight
    • Body Language
    • Smell
    • Sound
    • Elimination Postures
  3. Understanding Natural Canine Behaviour
    • Social Structure
    • Social Behaviour
    • Aggression
    • Clinical Problems
    • Biological Rhythms
    • Sleep
    • Sexual Behaviour
    • Maternal Behaviour
    • Parturition
    • Suckling and Weaning
    • Eating and Drinking
  4. Canine Behavioural Development
    • Nature or Nurture
    • Sensitive Periods
    • Neurological Development
    • Canine Temperament Testing
    • How Breeds Differ
  5. Canine Behavioural Disorders
    • Attention Seeking Behavior
    • Excessive barking
    • Chewing
    • Running away
    • Chasing moving objects
    • Begging
    • Digging
    • Separation anxiety
    • Aggression
    • Phobias
    • Excessive compulsive disorders
    • Cognitive Dysfunction
    • Calming a dog
  6. Basic Dog Training
    • Forming habits
    • Conditioning
    • Classical Conditioning
    • Operant Conditioning
    • Socialisation
    • House training
    • The use of visual signals
    • The use of voice commands
    • The use of training aids
  7. Dog Obedience Training
    • Practical Training Techniques
    • Recall
    • Sit
    • Stand
    • Drop
    • Leave
    • Down
    • Stay
    • Heel
    • Seek
    • Retrieve
    • Bark on Signal
  8. Controlling a Dogs Movement
    • Territorial nature of dogs
    • Fencing
    • Dog doors
    • Kennels
    • Exercise requirements
    • Socialization requirements
    • Walking on a lead/leash
    • Electronic barriers
    • Microchips
    • Pet Registration and Licensing
    • Controlling Killing Wildlife
  9. Training Working Dogs
    • Training for scent discrimination or substance detection
    • Training for retrieving
    • Guarding
    • Hearing dogs
    • Herding
    • Tracking
    • Controlling attacks on animals and people