ISCP Certificate in Canine Behaviour


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.


Study Modules

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.
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.

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.
Case history.
It’s a dog’s life.

Assessing basic character.
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.
The importance of socialisation.
Encouraging socialising.
What to look for in dog classes.

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.

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.