in Canine Behaviour
Management このコースは英語でのご提供となります。 Study Level５（Foundation degree level）
The aim of the course is to prepare participants academically to work in the role of canine behaviour advisor. It is designed to be the definitive course on canine behaviour management for those who cannot afford the time (or money) to go to university to study animal behaviour. It should be noted that this course will not directly involve students in the practical aspects of the subject matter as it is not possible to supervise such activity. It is anticipated that other recommended organisations will offer such training and supervision.
The programme will obviously only cover canines therefore anybody requiring a broader education should seriously consider the university option.
This course is not open to all because of the technical nature of the material and potential students will have to demonstrate their ability to study at this level (level 5: HND/Foundation degree) before being accepted. It should be noted that a long standing, 'hands on' knowledge of dogs will not normally be accepted as adequate qualification to register on this programme without prior study although each case is judged on its own merits.
Successful completion of this course will satisfy the academic requirements for membership of the UKRCB.
What is learning? An introduction to learning theories
The different ways dogs learn
Classical and operant conditioning
Stimulus generalisation and stimulus discrimination
Types of reinforcement
Learning through experience, trial and error learning and one-trial learning and the effects on future behaviour
The Genetics and Evolution of Canine Behaviour
The genetics of the dog, and how genes can affect behaviour
Biological principles; cell division, types of reproduction
The principles of inheritance of genes
The links between dogs and their ancestor, the wolf, similarities and differences
How domestication and artificial selection have changed the physical and behavioural characteristics of dogs
Biochemistry of the Brain
The differences between the divisions of the nervous system
The different neural pathways between voluntary and involuntary behaviour
The structure of the nervous system
Overview of the brain and the functions of the various parts
Neurotransmitters and how they affect canine behaviour
The senses of the dog and how they differ from other species
A detailed look at the sense of smell and how this affects canine behaviour
The classes and types of veterinary drugs
Different ways that drugs act on the body
The ways that drugs can impact upon canine behaviour
Some common medical disorders and the ways that these can influence the behaviour of a dog
For the project a chemical that might be found within the environment is selected and researched to find out how this could impact upon the health and behaviour of the dog
The Internal Environment
Homeostasis and the normal physiology of the body
How health and physiology can affect canine behaviour
Various medical conditions are covered, and their behavioural effects
The physiological and behavioural effects of stress, and the hormones involved
Other biological factors, for example how hormones or nutrition can influence behaviour
The External Environment
The external factors that can affect the behaviour of a dog
The environment in which the dog lives, and the experiences it has had
The interactions between other dogs, and also with people
The importance of socialisation in early life
Scientific research that has been carried out into the social development of puppies
The problems that can occur due to poor socialisation
The importance of consistency when training dogs
The effects of a kennel environment on behaviour and stress levels
This module introduces some case studies for analysis to identify causes of problem behaviour
Intelligence and Theory of Mind
Do animals think?
Do they experience emotions?
Do they recognise themselves in a mirror?
Are they aware of the intentions of others?
Can we define intelligence and what it means?
A review of the scientific research that has been carried out on animal emotions
An analysis of the selfish gene theory
The many possible causes of a particular behavioural problem (root causes of behaviour)
Environment, nature, nurture, pharmacological, physiological causes, and how more than one of these could be the cause of a problem
How we can diagnose the cause of behaviour, by asking questions and analysing the situation
Drawing on knowledge gained from the previous modules to discuss all the possible reasons why a dog is behaving in a certain way
Designing history sheets to use during client consultations
Maintaining a professional image when dealing with clients and the veterinary profession when working as a behaviourist
The importance of excellent communication skills
The business aspects of working as a behaviourist, such as insurance and code of conduct
Dealing with clients, using tact or sympathy when dealing with clients and difficult situations
Designing promotional material
Writing letters to veterinary professionals
Application of Theory
The way we interact when dealing with dogs, and how our own behaviour can potentially influence theirs
Fear and how to deal with it
Aggression and why it might occur and how to deal with it
The scientific study of behaviour, including presenting reports, interpreting data and graphs
Carrying out an observational study of your own on canine behaviour
Analysing different methods of dealing with a behavioural problem to determine the likely success of different approaches
Legislation affects anyone working with dogs and their owners
The legal position and the laws that affect canines and those working with them.
Includes the Dangerous Dogs Act, Control of Dogs, Animal Welfare Act
Responsibility for animals in your care
The law regarding behavioural treatment of animals, and how this relates to the Veterinary legislation
Analysis of case studies to pull together all the knowledge gained throughout the course.
The examination of ten different behavioural problem case studies
Suggesting how you would go about assessing and solving the problems.
Demonstrating knowledge of all factors that might affect canine behaviour, including learning, genetics, and biological and environmental factors
Suggestions for solving problem behaviour
Production of professional reports and letters to clients and veterinary professionals