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Aggressive Dog Behaviour Course
This comprehensive Aggressive Dog Behaviour Diploma Course Level 4 course is designed to educate people who are interested in a career working with dogs as a canine behaviourist, dog trainer or in the field of animal rescue.
The course gives students an in-depth look at a variety of topics related to aggression in dogs, including preventing aggression, bite inhibition, the factors which can influence canine aggression and the principles of behaviour change in dogs. In addition to being a diploma course, the course also counts for 90 hours of Continued Professional Development for animal care and welfare professionals.
In 1991, the Dangerous Dogs Act came into force, carrying severe penalties including the destruction of some dog breeds and for owners, being barred from owning a dog for a length of time determined by the court. Despite the good intentions behind the Dangerous Dogs Act, the law has not done anything to stem the growth of dog breeds deemed to be dangerous in the UK, nor has the Act had any effect in reducing the number of dog bites which happen around the country, currently estimated to be close to 200,000 incidents annually.
Currently, it is a crime to keep dogs on private property who pose a threat to humans. Previously, the Act only criminalised incidents of dog aggression in public and the general consensus is that when a dog exhibits aggression or attacks, it is the result of the owner’s behaviour, not the fault of the dog. It is true that some dogs are considered to be especially dangerous by many, but the fact is that many behavioural problems in dogs are due to improper training and a lack of discipline on the owner’s part.
For instance, pit bull terriers and other “fighting dogs” which are already illegal in the UK have an appeal to some people who prize these dogs for their powerful appearance, essentially making these animals accessories. Unfortunately, many of these same people also encourage aggressive behaviour in these dogs such as barking and aggression towards other dogs and strangers, all in the interest of giving the owner a tough image.
The sad truth is that close to one third of dogs in rescue centres have been placed there due to exhibiting aggression, either because these behaviours had been encouraged and all too often, other behavioural problems stemming from neglect. In our Canine Aggression Diploma Course, we examine the causes of canine aggression and how to deal with aggression in dogs.
The first module of the Canine Aggression Diploma Course takes a look at the factors which can lead to aggression and the different types of aggressive behaviour which dogs may exhibit.
Module 2 of this Aggressive Dog Behaviour class explores professional ethics in the dog training and care industry. Dog trainers, canine behaviourists and other dog care and welfare professionals have ethical obligations to uphold, both to their human clients as well as to the dogs which they work with. There can be a conflict between owners, who encourage behaviourists and trainers to use outmoded, ineffective and sometimes inhumane methods of training. In this module, students will learn how to navigate these conflicts and develop an ethical code to help guide their practice in accordance with the highest ethical standards which emphasise the importance of animal health and welfare. Also covered in this module are the roles played by canine behaviourists and the core competencies required to be successful in this profession.
The third module of this Aggressive Dog Behaviour course covers the physiological factors that can influence aggressive behaviour in dogs. These factors include medical conditions, stress and neurotransmitters, among others.
In Module 4, students will be introduced to the genetic factors which can play a role in the development of aggression in dogs. However, it is preventing aggression and bite inhibition which are the main area of focus in this module, with a lengthy discussion on the latter. Also covered are aversive stimuli-based training techniques and the important reasons to avoid using these techniques in an animal welfare-centred, ethical behavioural or training practice.
Students will study the controversy over electric collars, vibrating collars and other aversive stimuli devices which can be painful or frightening to dogs, leading to the very undesirable aggressive dog behaviours they are intended to prevent. Research shows that dogs who have been trained using these methods display signs of stress as they near the training area and exhibit obvious physical and psychological distress in response to aversive training, including urination, defecation, vocalisation and fleeing the trainer.
Making matters worse is the fact that many owners and inexperienced trainers will simply increase the stimulation level if the dog fails to immediately exhibit the desired behaviour, which only increases the likelihood that the dog will attempt to flee or simply shut down and refuse to do anything, making learning next to impossible. Students will explore the physiological, psychological and behavioural effects of aversive training, as well as proper methods of dog training to reduce aggressive behaviour in this important module of our Aggressive Dog Behaviour Diploma Course.
Module 5 of the Aggressive Dog Behaviour course delves into the principles behind a successful programme of behaviour change as well as the components of these programmes.
The final module of the Canine Aggression Diploma Course is a case study project for students to work on in order to demonstrate the knowledge and skills which they have learned during the course.
Course Price: £699
£475 followed by 7 x monthly payments of £90
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and courses registration)
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