INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE
Studying with the ISCP.
An explanation of the work that will be expected of you for successful completion of the course and your Certificate qualification.
The qualities you need to work with dogs.
Taking case histories.
The science in this course.
The essential nature of the dog.
Case history form.
UNIT 1. EVOLUTION
The evolution of the dog from furthest ancestry.
The wolf-dog theory.
The village dogs theory.
Research into juvenile traits.
The wolf pack.
The dog pack.
Reversion to instinct.
It’s a dog’s life.
UNIT 2. CANINE CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY
Assessing basic character.
Imprinting and conditioning.
Classic (respondent) conditioning.
Operant (instrumental) conditioning.
The dog’s past conditioning.
Getting to know a new dog and his background.
Coping with new stimuli.
Matching the dog and the owner.
When the match is all wrong.
The characteristics of different dog breeds.
The dog’s role.
The importance of
What to look for in dog classes.
UNIT 3. THE PHYSICAL NEEDS OF THE DOG
The dog’s essential needs.
Shelter and comfort
Healthy eating: food allergies, protein, raw food, dried food, wet food, home cooking, foods to avoid.
A special relationship.
Dogs as genetic life-savers.
The work of geneticist Elinor Karlsson and her team.
UNIT 4. THE EMOTIONAL NEEDS OF THE DOG
The chemistry of bonding.
The scientific proof that loving interaction between a person and their dog releases bursts of the nurturing chemical oxytocin in both.
Meeting a dog’s emotional needs.
The research of Japanese biologists Miho Nagasawa and Takefumi Kikusui.
How dogs read our emotions.
The research into left gaze bias by Professor Daniel Mills,
The dog’s emotional needs.
The signs of a happy, unhappy, uncomfortable, and frustrated dog.
Meeting a dog’s emotional and mental needs.
The importance of play.
UNIT 5. INTELLIGENCE
The story of Betsy.
The research of
The research of Professor Brian Hare.
Social partners: an ideal partnership.
How even puppies from the age of 6 weeks are hard-wired to communicate with humans.
A two-way street: how dogs read and imitate us.
Rogue intelligence; the manifestations of a bored dog.
The importance of mental stimulation.
UNIT 6. THE LANGUAGE OF THE DOG
The signals dogs use.
A two-way street.
Body talk; interpreting body language.
Confident, nervous, anxious, frightened, excited, happy, angry, aggressive, relaxed, depressed, concerned body language.
The research of
Subtle signals: staring, averting the eyes, low body posture, upright body posture, urine marking, scent marking.
Do dogs wear perfume?
Reading the subtle cues.
Using your body language to communicate.
UNIT 7. CALM GUIDANCE
Starting from the moment you meet a dog, how to give clear, compassionate signals that you can be trusted to be in charge.
How to promote acceptance and respect: calm guidance means positive stewardship.
Boundaries, not punishment.
The basics of good dog guardianship: rewards, redirection, positive association, dealing with an issue.
How we unconsciously condition dogs, positively and negatively.
Switching to conscious conditioning.
UNIT 8. THE D WORD
How until recently it was thought that dogs needed to be dominated, as
Do dogs really display dominant
The pitfalls of aggressively dominating a dog: creating fear and aggression instead of trust.
The rules of guardianship.
Human leadership: the cloak of confidence.
Why dogs don’t comply.
How to persuade a dog to want to follow your wishes.
UNIT 9. WHAT IS NORMAL?
Why dogs jump up, roll on their backs, bark, bite, play-fight, chew, sniff rear ends, throw toys in the air, pull on the lead, bark at the postman, chase, eat grass.
Although much of the dog
UNIT 10. TOP DOG AND UNDERDOG
There is a great deal of difference between much-confused dominance, confidence
Why some dogs are more confident than others.
The top dog.
What happens when a dog’s status changes?
Defusing tension between dogs.
Teaching the dog to relax and trust.
Caring firmness and consistency as vital traits to be developed in dog owners.
UNIT 11. STAGES OF LIFE
Puppyhood; toilet training; nipping; bothering other dogs.
Hormones: testosterone; oestrogen; progesterone.
Pregnancy and birth; postpartum.
Life stages: the neonatal period; the juvenile period; the adolescent period; maturity; old age.
Supporting elderly dogs.
UNIT 12. EMOTIONAL ISSUES
Do dogs experience a similar emotional life to people?
Addressing emotional issues.
The main emotional problems which can affect dogs, with signs and guidelines for each: Fear; food aggression; fear-aggression; dog to dog fear-aggression; dog to human aggression; anger; nervousness and anxiety; depression; grief; case histories for grief; jealousy; hyperactivity; hyperkinesis; obsessiveness.
Case history; excessive attachment.
Is the emotional or physical environment causing emotional issues?
Terms used in
UNIT 13. MEDICATION AND COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES
The dog’s need for reassurance and compassion.
A whole entity rather than a collection of symptoms.
A brief look at the medication groups and some of the complementary therapies which can be helpful in tandem with
UNIT 14. RESCUE DOGS
Life in kennels.
A new home.
Step by careful step – how to ease the settling in process.
The dog’s perspective.
The differences between adoption, giving a permanent home, fostering, and sponsor fostering.
UNIT 15. OLD AGE AND BEREAVEMENT
Contributing factors to
Living with an elderly dog.
Maintaining health; exercise; diet; health conditions;
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.
The hardest decision.
Letting go; what you can do.
An end, a new beginning.
UNIT 16. DOGS AND THE LAW
The important laws to be aware of concerning dogs and their breeders and owners.
A description of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1871, with the 2014 amendments.
Breed Specific Legislation.
UNIT 17. PREPARING TO WRITE YOUR THESIS
The two styles of options you can choose from for your final thesis.
APPENDIX 1. YOUR CAREER AS A CANINE BEHAVIOUR PRACTITIONER
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