ISCP Certificate in Canine Behaviour – Diploma part 1of3

£150.00

This Foundation course is for dog owners and beginners who are interested in finding out about canine psychology and behaviour.

Students on the Certificate course have the added bonus of membership of the private ISCP Facebook support group. Please note that certificate students will need to enrol on the next two stages of study in order to gain the diploma, and cannot switch to single unit payments for the intermediate or part 3 of the diploma course.

Description

Study Modules

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.
Submitting coursework.
Feedback.
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.
Leadership.
Case history.
It’s a dog’s life.

UNIT 2. CANINE CHARACTER AND PERSONALITY

Assessing basic character.
Introverts.
Extroverts.
Imprinting and conditioning.
Classic (respondent) conditioning.
Operant (instrumental) conditioning.
Case history.
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.
Redirection.
The importance of socialisation.
Encouraging socialising.
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.
Deterring parasites.
Health insurance.
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.
Emotional barometers.
How dogs read our emotions.
The research into left gaze bias by Professor Daniel Mills, Dr Kun Guo, Dr Kerstin Meints and their team at the University of Lincoln.
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.

 

Refunds: There is an optional 14 day cooling off period during which you can ask for a refund on your course fee. However, as the course files are sent electronically, this means we would need to delay sending the course files until after the 14 day period is over. If you wish to take advantage of a cooling off period please send an email to our secretary at secretary@theiscp.com to inform her of your decision, immediately after purchasing. If you do not email the secretary we will assume that you have chosen to receive the files immediately and that you are happy to waive your right to a 14 day cooling off period and the option of a refund. Our secretary will send your files as soon as she receives your form if you have chosen to start the course immediately.