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.
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