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.
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