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2 Day Dog Training Course (Practical & Theory)
Course Price: £235
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and courses registration)
2019 course dates:
Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October 2019
Do you want to learn how to connect with dogs rather than controlling them by force? Professionals and pet dog owners alike can do this, but it takes deep understanding of dog training theory and extensive practical application. This intensive course covers all of the theory and practical training needed for the following students:
If you want to work with dogs in some capacity in the future, this course will give you the hands-on experience that you need to get started. We limit each class to four students and provide thorough feedback that helps you improve your skills after the course has ended.
You can look forward to learning the following in this course:
Please note, as we work with rescue dogs on these practical days, students are not able to bring their own dogs.
Learn about dog training including: Classical and Operant Conditioning, Positive and Negative Reinforcement, Habituation, Shaping and Forward chaining.
The fascinating subject of Canine Body Language is also included on this day.
Students will also gain an insight into how to set up and offer their own training classes and how to teach life skills for dogs.
This intensive day also includes an introduction to common canine behaviour problem solving techniques.
Students spend this practical dog training day getting hands-on with at least 2 different dogs.
This is an intensive indoor and outdoor training day. Students receive personal feedback at the end of this day.
There are times when we have the privilege of meeting exceptional students with remarkable passion to reach their goals or to help dogs through rescue missions. We may occasionally offer these students the opportunity to shadow a dog behaviourist for a day. This program works with behaviourists from Animal Jobs Direct and is free to select students. Several students are chosen each year.
How do you know that a dog is well trained? We need to build a connection with the dog. We believe in force free training, connection rather than control. The art of dog training teaches you how to turn an untrained dog into a cooperative, well-behaved dog with proven techniques. You gain and maintain control connection through reinforcement and a thorough understanding of dog training theory.
Reinforcement is a powerful strategy that teaches dogs through experience. They learn that when they behave in a certain way, positive rewards will come their way. It also works in reverse.
With consistent training, dogs learn to adjust their behaviour to maximise their chance for reinforcement. Think of a puppy who races to the front door and jumps up on any guest coming into the home. If the puppy is rewarded with petting, loving words of acknowledgement, and perhaps a treat, they will continue this behaviour. If they are routinely ignored by anyone coming through the door, they will learn that this behaviour comes with no reward. We must then teach an incompatible behaviour.
This is a simplified version of what a dog behaviourist, or psychologist does on a daily basis. They have a thorough understanding of common dog behaviours, and they apply proven theory to successfully alter the behaviour of dogs. This is different from dog obedience training, which simply involves teaching a dog to respond to cues.
A dog trainer can help dogs learn basic cues and connect with their owners on a deeper level. When problematic behaviours are exhibited, a behaviourist is more likely to understand why the behaviour is exhibited and what is required to correct it.
While dog trainers can work in groups in a variety of locations, behaviourists typically work one-on-one with individual clients. They often prefer to work in the dog’s natural environment, which means sessions in the home in most cases. The behaviourist will take the time to explore the dog’s full history to gain a deep understanding of when and why the behaviour may have started.
Course Price: £235
(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)
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