Do you love dogs, or dream of working as a dog trainer? If so, then our 100-hr dog psychology course is perfect for you. You will learn about canine psychology, senses, dog training, dog obedience, solving behavioral disorders, and much more in this online course. This course is suitable for students, dog owners, dog and animal professionals, and anyone wanting to learn more about dogs and their behavior and training.
If you are interested in more dog training courses check our the Dog Care course or look at the Advanced Certificate in Animal Behaviour if you are passionate about other animals as well.
Why Study Dog Psychology?
An understanding of canine psychology and behaviour is vitally important for anyone who works with dogs or keeps them as a companion animal. Understanding how the domesticated dog has developed anatomically and physiologically from its wild counterpart, the wolf, will helps us to understand behaviours commonly seen in today’s domesticated dog and therefore allows us to provide an environment in which the dog remains a happy and healthy companion.
Its important to remember that many dogs display behavioural problems or ‘unwanted behaviour’ at various stages in their lives. Often, an unwanted behaviour is merely a symptom of an underlying problem (either mental or physical) and the unwanted behaviour that is displayed is the dog’s way of coping with the problem. It is important to remember that the behaviour may be ‘unwanted’ in human terms only; it is a natural response for a dog to bark when the door-bell rings or to dig a hole in the garden. Understanding dog psychology will help make sense of the dogs behaviour.
What You Will Do
- Describe how canine animals think and discuss the relevance of understanding canine psychology to people.
- Explain how canine animals communicate and formulate an understanding of possible ways that a human may communicate with a dog.
- Understand behaviours that are natural and predictable in canines and learn to recognise and understand signals that dogs give.
- Explain how dogs develop behavioural characteristics throughout stages of their life.
- Describe commonly occurring behavioural problems in dogs.
- Develop a program for training a new pet dog when it is brought into a household.
- Explain how to train a dog to perform predetermined actions upon command.
- Describe how the movement of dogs can be controlled, both through training and other methods.
- Describe how dogs can be trained to perform tasks required as a working dog, including a sheep dog, tracking dog, blind dog or substance detection dog.
Detailed Course Outline
This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online. Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.
There are 9 lessons in this course:
Nature and Scope of Canine Psychology
- A brief history of the canine evolution
- Canine industries
- Understanding canine communication
- Body Language
- Elimination Postures
Understanding Natural Canine Behaviour
- Social Structure
- Social Behaviour
- Clinical Problems
- Biological Rhythms
- Sexual Behaviour
- Maternal Behaviour
- Suckling and Weaning
- Eating and Drinking
Canine Behavioural Development
- Nature or Nuture
- Sensitive Periods
- Neurological Development
- Canine Temperament Testing
- How Breeds Differ
Canine Behavioural Disorders
- Attention Seeking Behaviour
- Excessive barking
- Running away
- Chasing moving objects
- Separation anxiety
- Excessive compulsive disorders
- Cognitive Dysfunction
- Calming a dog
Basic Dog Training
- Forming habits
- Classical Conditioning
- Operant Conditioning
- House training
- The use of visual signals
- The use of voice commands
- The use of training aids
Dog Obedience Training
- Practical Training Techniques
- Bark on Signal
Controlling a Dogs Movement
- Territorial nature of dogs
- Dog doors
- Exercise requirements
- Socialisation requirments
- Walking on a lead/leash
- Electronic barriers
- Pet Registration and Licensing
- Controlling Killing Wildlife
Training Working Dogs
- Training for scent discrimination or substance detection
- Training for retrieving
- Hearing dogs
- Controlling attacks on animals and people
When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.
Dr Karen Catchpole B.VSc. (Hons)
Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours. Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students. Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.
Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek B.V.S. M.Sc. (Parasitology)
Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice. During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.
How It Works
1. Learn Online
Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.
2. Get Help & Support
Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.
3. Receive Certificate
Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I pay in installments?
Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.
Can I study from anywhere in the world?
We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.
Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?
Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.
Do I have to sit an Exam?
No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.
Do you have set start dates?
There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.