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Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour – Consultations, Foundations and Function of Behaviour
Level 4 Accredited with OCN London
This course covers in detail the process of behaviour work, from the initial contact, safety, consultations, learning and training, through to report writing and follow-up with the clients and their dog or dogs.
This is an in-depth course, using science and learning theory for both the human and the canine, to enable the student to gain a superior level of understanding in what is the most complex, yet necessary part of any behaviourists toolbox.
The course progresses through four units over 12 months and covers:
Planning behaviour consultations:
§ Essential elements within the consultation process
§ Medical issues and veterinary support
§ Environment; people, animals and the effect on consultation practices
Health & Safety and Risk Assessment:
§ Developing risk assessments based on case specific detail
§ Health & Safety in the consultation environment
Communication with clients:
§ Questioning techniques and information gathering
§ Learning styles and their effects on information gathering and dissemination
§ How much information to give clients
§ Writing initial behaviour reports (case studies)
§ Are follow-ups necessary?
Analysing behaviour cases; determining suitability:
§ Prognosis; when, why and how
§ Referral, when, why and how
Evaluating questionnaires and cases histories:
§ Expanding and analysing client questionnaires
§ Welfare and approaches to consultation
§ Management, safety within consultations and modification protocols (case studies)
Foundation training and mental wellbeing:
§ Foundation training and suitability within initial consultations (case studies)
§ Mental enrichment, mental wellbeing and the effects on behaviour modification
§ Producing suitable hand-outs and information sheets for clients
Motivation and reinforcement; effects on behaviour and behaviour change:
§ Analysis of training techniques in relation to behaviour change
§ Learning theory in depth; relevance to modification and behaviour change in dogs and people
§ Reinforcers; levels of, differences in and suitability for, individual dogs and case types
§ What ‘drive’ is; how this affects motivation, perseverance and behaviour in dogs
It is expected that the course will require between 4-6 hours study, research and writing per week.
This course is best suited to those that are intending to or are already carrying out visits to client’s properties for behaviour modification, or in-depth training consultations and therefore covers the entire process in detail.
The course is designed to be testing, requires commitment and precision alongside good studying processes. The course is accredited by OCN London and falls within their guidelines for assessment.
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