Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour

£1,200.00

The ISCP Advanced Diploma in Canine Psychology & Behaviour is equivalent to level 6 and involves a great deal of science, so you will need to have already carried out formal study in order to enroll on this course. Students are required to have a minimum qualification at diploma level from a recognized education provider, and you will need to send a copy of your qualifications to Teresa Tyler, the course tutor, at teresa.tyler.iscp@gmail.com. You can also contact Teresa directly if you have any questions about the course or its suitability for you.

Your coursework assignments will include citations and referencing, and guidelines are given on this along with the PDF file of your course textbook. Your final thesis will be 10,000 words.

Timescale

The course involves 360 to 400 hours of study. Each unit should take most students 4 – 6 weeks to complete, studying part time, meaning that the whole course should be completed in 12 – 14 months. However, we will allow up to 24 months for completion in exceptional circumstances. Please discuss this with your course tutor if you feel you might need extra time to complete the course.

Any questions?

Please contact us before enrolling if you have any questions about the course or if you’re unsure whether your qualifications will be suitable.

Course contents

Behaviour Theory

  • Learning theories
  • Evolution
  • Neuroscience
  • Theory of mind & intelligence
  • Physiology of behaviour

Applied Behaviour

  • The human animal bond
  • The human factor-people skills, personal impact
  • Behavioural diagnostics
  • Allopathic & alternative treatments
  • Ethics

To graduate: You will submit a 10,000 word Dissertation.

Description

Study Modules

Behaviour Theory


What is ethnography?
Learning processes
Types of conditioning & reinforcement
Habituation, play, observation
Innate behaviours v’s learned


Evolution of the domestic dog
Genetics and the influence on behaviour
Pet keeping


Anatomy & Physiology of the brain
Voluntary & Involuntary behaviours
Stimuli and senses


Sentience
Animal emotions
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.

Applied Behaviour


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
Emotional intelligence


Causes of behavioural problems
Assessment processes
Collecting data
Treatment planning
Follow-ups
Feedback from carers


Traditional pharmacology
Alternative medicine and other treatments


Brief history of animal welfare legislation
Morality of animals as pets
Cultural considerations
Euthanasia


You will submit a 10,000 word Dissertation.