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Dog Training and Behaviour Correspondence Course

First of all if you were expecting a shiny brochure with lots of pictures in it then I am sorry to disappoint you. To produce a brochure of this kind costs money -your money - as the costs have to be passed on to students. Whilst other courses may offer glossy brochures and engage in expensive advertising campaigns, this one offers outstanding value for your money and training at the highest possible standard. All units are written and the question bank prepared in person by John Rogerson who should need no introduction to students of dog training and behaviour regardless of the country they live in as he is generally recognised as the leading trainer/behaviourist in the world today and certainly the most sought after lecturer.

Course Duration - You can work at your own pace but it is anticipated that to get the maximum benefit from the course you should plan two years of your spare time or ten months working at it full time.

There are twenty separate units and each one will only be emailed to you when we receive the previous unit with all questions answered. The twenty modules are as follows:

  1. The Dog World - Shows, Competitions, Canine good citizen tests, Historical facts, the dog industry and associated services.
  2. Breeds and Breed Standards - Breed history and development. Genetic traits. Judging criteria, Breed clubs and organisations.
  3. Dog Training - an introduction. Training concepts and exercises. Control through training. Training organisations. Trainer certification.
  4. How a Dog Learns - Thorndyke's law of effect, Rewards and punishers, Premature conceptual learning, Observational learning, Guided learning, Shaping, Chaining, Latent learning, Insight learning.
  5. Puppy Development - Nature vs. nurture, Environmental influences, Socialisation and what it means, Behaviour profiling, Puppy training.
  6. Dog Behaviour - Why dogs do what they do, Behaviour patterns, Cause and effect, Simple problems and simple solutions.
  7. Rescue and Rehabilitation - Animal charities, Intake of unwanted or abandoned dogs, Care of dogs in a rescue environment, Stress stereotypies and O.C.Ds, Matching dogs to owners, Rehabilitating problem dogs.
  8. The Law and the Dog - The legal responsibilities of dog ownership. Laws affecting the dog industry and service providers, Sale of dogs, Dangerous dogs.
  9. Measuring Behaviour - Judging dogs - Assessing training instructors, Assessing handlers, Judging dogs against a standard, Setting standards in training and behaviour.
  10. Dog Training - Running classes, One to one training, Teaching the owner. Methods of instructing, Self assessment, Setting goals and standards.
  11. Attention Seeking, Manipulative Problems - barking, digging, chewing, Causes and strategies for modifying behaviour.
  12. Fears and Phobias - The physiological effects of fear, Flooding, Desensitising, Counter conditioning, Learning to be less afraid, Avoidance/avoidance conflict.
  13. Behaviour Problems - Devising programmes for owners, Measuring behaviour, Environmental influences, Owner capabilities, Owner expectations, Setting goals and working within a time frame.
  14. Behaviour Counselling - Counsellor/owner relationship. Dog/owner relationship. Learning to listen, Giving advice. Strategies related to managing and modifying behaviour. Legal responsibilities.
  15. Aggression to People - Territorial, Fear based, Possessive, Protective. Why dogs exhibit aggression, Aggressive displays vs. intent to do harm. Socialising the anti social dog.
  16. Aggression Towards Other Dogs - Territorial, Fear based, Possessive, Protective, Predatory, Why dog like to fight, Strategies to reduce aggression, socialisation, aggression programmes.
  17. Service and Therapy Dogs - Police dogs, Search and rescue dogs, Hearing dogs, Guide dogs, Service dogs for people with disabilities. Selection and training for specific tasks.
  18. Dog Assessment Tests - Testing temperament and behaviour patterns, Devising tests for temperament, Puppy testing, Testing problem dogs, Tests for rescue organisations.
  19. Advanced Dog Training - Exercises, Training problems and how to cure them. Spontaneous recovery, Training difficult dogs.
  20. Special Project - To be assigned on completion of unit 19 Choose one from 4 that will be listed.

Each of the twenty modules carries a written exam which is submitted for marking and then returned with your next module. The questions come from a question bank and therefore no two sets of exam papers will be the same for any two students - all questions carry equal marks.

The Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme For Dog Trainers and Canine Behaviourists - Whilst this scheme is considered essential for anyone contemplating working with the field of Canine behaviour and training it is not essential that you are enrolled on the British Kennel Club scheme in order to enroll on the correspondence course. It is strongly recommended that you do enroll for the British Kennel Club scheme as you will find that working through this correspondence course should enable you to better prepare for the coveted accreditation status. The course work will enable you to build your portfolio covering your expertise and experience.

What you will need in order to complete the course:

  • Each of the 20 units carries a list of the reading material and resources that you will need to access in order to carry out the unit successfully. This does not mean that you have to purchase lots of very expensive books but you will need to enrol at your local public library.

  • Other resources required are dog training classes (sit and watch or take part). One or more visits to an animal charity of your choice (maybe even a short spell as a volunteer).

  • Attendance at a breed show. A visit to see one or more litters of puppies. A visit to a working trial and/or an agility or obedience competition. Access (short correspondence or better still a personal visit) to a breed, working trials, gundog, agility, flyball, obedience or police dog judge recognised by the Kennel Club. One or more dogs that you either own or can borrow. A visit to a veterinary surgery. A visit to watch a behaviour consultation. A one day visit to a dog grooming salon. Contact (correspondence or in person) with a breed society or breed rescue.

  • A visit to either a PD training session, Schutzhund training session or Police dog training session. You will be given help in finding the contacts required, most of which can be sourced at the Kennel Club.

  • You will also need twenty separate folders or loose leaf binders in which to keep your work. Pens, pencils, erasers! A ruler and around three hundred sheets of A4 paper.

  • Useful but not actually required are a typewriter or computer and access to the Internet.

  • You will also need a great deal of determination and a thirst for knowledge as well as a genuine love of dogs and a good sense of humour.

What else you will get out of the course?

  • Maybe a career in dog training and behaviour as an instructor or counsellor (actually the correct term is behaviour consultant but the veterinary profession do not like this as they are not allowed to call themselves consultants!! ).
  • A great start towards the Kennel Club accreditation as a dog trainer/behaviourist. Confidence to engage in helping dog owners to get more pleasure out of their pets in the knowledge that you have received the best possible training via a correspondence course anywhere in the world today.
  • In addition for those students who gain a mark of 80% or greater in EACH of the twenty modules, a prized certificate recognising your achievement.

So if you are really serious about getting involved as a dog trainer/behaviourist either as a hobby, part time job or as a career read on!

The cost £345 ($690) for the full course of twenty modules, (payable in advance); £295 ($590) if you are employed full time at an animal charity or on unemployment or disability benefit (evidence required).

Like any other course, we don't make refunds. We try as much as possible to match the suitability of the course to individual requirement and turn away about 40% of the people who inquire about it; therefore it is not our responsibility if you find the course either too difficult or too time consuming to complete.

Not expensive by today's standards when you consider that some inexperienced behaviourists charge over £100 per hour for a consultation! You can rest assured that this is the very best training that is available anywhere in the world to all students who enroll.

Still interested??

Send an email to the Centre giving us your name and address and telling us a bit about yourself, who you are what you have done and what your hopes and aspirations are and we will reply and advise you accordingly. If we believe, given your experience and present level of knowledge, that you would not benefit from enrolling on this course then we will be honest and tell you that. Send no money! You can do that when we allow you to formally enroll on the course and prior to your first module being sent out.

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