Dogs are genuinely (wo)man’s best friend and are loyal to their human companions, but behaviour can become problematic without proper training. This course is ideal for all dog owners, and it is crucial for people who work with dogs.
The Certificate of Dog Psychology and Training is an online program that will give you the knowledge and skills required to understand canine psychology to implement successful obedience training programs.
In this professional development course, you will explore the history of canine evolution and understand the behaviours that are natural and predictable in dogs. You will also learn to recognise canine signals, commonly occurring behavioural problems, and understand how dogs develop behavioural characteristics throughout their life cycle.
You will gain the knowledge required to create successful training programs for companion animals and understand the rigorous training requirements for working dogs.
On completion of this course, you will have gained a thorough understanding of dog psychology and obedience training methods to build respectful and responsive relationships with dogs.
Unit - Dog Pyschology and Training
Unit 1 – Nature and scope of canine psychology
A brief history of the canine evolution
Introduction to canine behaviour
Food and self-domestication
Wolf cub orphans
Differentiating between health and behavioural issues
Unit 2 – Canine senses
Understanding canine communication
Unit 3 – Understanding natural canine behaviour
Suckling and weaning
Eating and drinking
Unit 4 – Canine behavioural development
Nature or nurture
The neonatal period
The Transitional period
The socialisation period
The juvenile period
Sleep and play
Canine temperament testing
How breeds differ
Unit 5 – Canine behavioural disorders
Attention seeking behaviour
Chasing moving objects
Excessive compulsive disorders
Canine geriatric cognitive dysfunction
Calming a dog
Unit 6 – Basic dog training
The use of visual signals
The use of voice in training
The use of training aids
Clickers, treats, halters and recall lines
Unit 7 – Dog obedience training
Practical training techniques
Sit (in front or beside)
Leave (food refusal)
Heel (on and off lead)
Seek and retrieve
Bark on signal
Unit 8 – Controlling a dog’s movement
Territorial nature of dogs
Walking on a lead/leash
Pet registration and licensing
Controlling killing wildlife
Unit 9 – Training working dogs
Training for scent discrimination and substance detection
Training for retrieving
Controlling attacks on animals and people
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
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N. Hale, Woomargama NSW | Certificate of Dog Psychology and Training
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S. Jahns, Osborne Park, WA | Certificate of Dog Psychology and Training
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J. Matthew, Sheidow Park, SA | Certificate of Dog Psychology and Training
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.