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Study behaviour to understand and manage dogs better.

Course Code: BAG221 | Course Duration: 100 hours

When we truly understand how dogs think, we can recognise triggers which affect their behaviour, and we have a foundation from which to train them.


This course is your starting point for becoming a skilled and effective dog trainer.

  • Becoming competent will help your confidence grow. 
  • Perfecting skills will ensure you become the leader your dog needs.
  • Working in the health industry demands you know about canine psychology. 
  • Support dog owners by working as a trainer and improve the behaviour of dogs.

This course has been developed and revised by canine professionals and veterinarians.

Who is this Course for?

It is designed for:

  • Dog owners who want to manage their pet dogs better in the home
  • Anyone who aspires to become a professional dog trainer or handler
  • Anyone who works with dogs such as, breeders, kennel staff, shelter staff, veterinary practice staff, farmers, pet shop staff.
  • What's Covered in this Course?

    There are nine lessons in this course.

    Lesson 1. Nature and Scope of Canine Psychology

    • A brief history of the canine evolution
    • Self-domestication
    • Canine industries

    Lesson 2. Canine Senses

    • Understanding canine communication
    • Sight
    • Body Language
    • Smell
    • Sound
    • Elimination Postures

    Lesson 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

    Lesson 4. Canine Behavioural Development - Nature or Nurture

    • Sensitive Periods
    • Neurological Development
    • Canine Temperament Testing
    • How Breeds Differ

    Lesson 5. Canine Behavioural Disorders

    • Attention Seeking Behaviour
    • Excessive barking
    • Chewing
    • Running away
    • Chasing moving objects
    • Begging
    • Digging
    • Separation anxiety
    • Aggression
    • Phobias
    • Excessive compulsive disorders
    • Cognitive Dysfunction
    • Calming a dog

    Lesson 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

    Lesson 7. Dog Obedience Training

    • Practical Training Techniques
    • Recall
    • Sit
    • Stand
    • Drop
    • Leave
    • Down
    • Stay
    • Heel
    • Seek
    • Retrieve
    • Bark on Signal

    Lesson 8. Controlling a Dogs Movement

    • Territorial nature of dogs
    • Fencing
    • Dog doors
    • Kennels
    • Exercise requirements
    • Socialisation requirements
    • Walking on a lead/leash
    • Electronic barriers
    • Microchips
    • Pet Registration and Licensing
    • Controlling Killing Wildlife

    Lesson 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


    What You Will Learn?

    • How dogs think. 
    • How canines communicate.
    • An understanding of ways humans try to communicate dogs.
    • Understanding of behaviours that are natural and predictable. 
    • Truly understand signals that dogs give us.
    • How dogs develop behavioural characteristics throughout different life stages.
    • Descriptions of commonly occurring behavioural problems.
    • Development of training programs for pet dogs when first brought into a household. 
    • How to train a dog to perform predetermined actions upon command.
    • How the movement of dogs can be controlled, both through training and other methods.
    • How dogs can be trained to perform tasks required as a working dog, including a sheep dog, tracking dog, seeing or hearing dog or substance detection dog.


    If you are unsure whether this course is the best way for you to learn about dog behaviour - ask for advice. 

    Email admin@acs.edu.au and ask to be connected with a course counsellor. This is not a sales person - it is an academic staff member who understands the courses and the pet industry, and they will help you to explore the best way for you to learn what you need to know.


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