What is ethnography?
Types of conditioning & reinforcement
Habituation, play, observation
Innate behaviours v’s learned
Evolution of the domestic dog
Genetics and the influence on behaviour
Anatomy & Physiology of the brain
Voluntary & Involuntary behaviours
Stimuli and senses
What is intelligence?
How does theory of mind impact the work?
Normal and abnormal physiology
Impact of stressors on the body-what factors might change the normal homeostasis
Development of puppies into adulthood
Factors that can cause behavioural problems; socialisation, early life experiences, diet, health, rescue dogs.
Anthropocentrism and ecocentrism
The canine as family and anthropomorphism
Dogs as healers
Animal abuse and domestic abuse: the links between human/animal violence
‘Tea & sympathy’ – empathy and listening skills
Personal impact & compassion fatigue
Causes of behavioural problems
Feedback from carers
Alternative medicine and other treatments
Brief history of animal welfare legislation
Morality of animals as pets
You will submit a 10,000 word Dissertation.