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Course Modules 1. The Canine Brain and Senses. The fundamental features of the canine brain are explained and a comparison is made with another species. The senses are discussed in context and the possibility of ?extra? senses is also explored. 2. Canine Learning. This module distinguishes between inherited (innate) and learned behaviours. It explains how a dog learns and the range of different types of learning involved. This is the key to all and as such is a very important module. 3. Canine Communication. The various methods of communication that are used by dogs are explained, everything from pheromones to body language and ritualistic behaviour is covered. 4. Pack Behaviour and Territoriality. Following on from module two this describes certain innate behaviours that are associated with pack animals but not always appreciated by owners. How to recognise them for what they are and how to use this information to your advantage. 5. Dog Training. The use of positive and negative reinforcers and associated schedules is explained along with problems associated with punishment. The practical application of operant conditioning and the role of shaping are also discussed. 6. Behaviour Problems and Solutions. This module discusses some of the more common problem behaviours associated with dog ownership such as chewing, excessive barking and indoor fouling. Although some solutions are offered this module aims to get the student to think beyond the obvious and treat each case on its individual merits as no cases are ever the same. Extra Notes: As well as being of interest to dog owners, this course will be of practical use to anybody considering a career working with dogs. All of our canine related courses support the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour.

Course Modules 1. The Canine Brain and Senses. The fundamental features of the canine brain are explained and a comparison is made with another species. The senses are discussed in context and the possibility of ?extra? senses is also explored. 2. Canine Learning. This module distinguishes between inherited (innate) and learned behaviours. It explains how a dog learns and the range of different...

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