Module 1 Learning Theories and Preparation for Training
Understand how your dog learns and teach him or her how to learn. Watch your dog become an interested and enthusiastic partner during any training session and have fun whilst working together. Recognise the importance of your observation skills and develop essential handler foundation skills to give clear communication to any dog during the learning process. Equip yourself with knowledge and the essentials in your trainer’s toolkit ready for some practice and a positive approach to training any dog.
Module 2 Communication and Play During Training
Become a well prepared and interesting canine tutor with an understanding of the physiological effects of play during the learning process. Understand the individual dog by recognising body language and understanding life stages. Incorporate play into training sessions and become quick to recognise what makes your dog tick and want to stay in the learning game. Develop a skill set and techniques for optimum results during training.
Module 3 Handler Skills and Reinforcement Strategies
Understand the importance and complexities of reinforcement and develop ways to optimise the learning outcome, recognise the schedules of reinforcement and many reinforcement strategies used to complement your training sessions. Deepen your understanding of operant conditioning, recognise your dog’s choices and the consequences of these.
Module 4 Emotions and Learning
Deepen your understanding of classical conditioning and understand why it is important you take a dog’s emotional state into consideration at all times during any training session. Teach new behaviours and practice the use of the clicker for different exercises and outcomes. Examples of how to transfer stimulus control and make use of this in everyday situations. Understand the handler, develop ways to assist and guide them where needed to get good results and ensure that they maintain a good relationship with their dog throughout any session.
Module 5 Teaching New Behaviours, Training Techniques and Protocols
Understand the dog you are working with, the breed, learning style, individual interests and abilities. Practice your shaping skills, understand and compare the difference between free shaping and guided shaping. Learn how to train linear behaviour chains effectively, capture behaviours, and have fun putting these on cue. Become familiar with foundation exercises and a training plan, your choice of techniques and protocols before you start training. Become aware of the many elements to consider when you design your own training session.
Module 6 Maintaining and Fine-Tuning Skills
Deepen your knowledge of operant conditioning and the effects of punishment and reinforcement. Have fun with training games and a better understanding of secondary reinforcers for a variety of exercises. Fine tune your skills, develop your ability to break exercises down, and understand the positive outcomes and improvements that can be made by working this way. Recognise ways to prevent frustration in any session and prepare for this. Have fun!