The rescue study places are open to anyone who is involved with a dog rescue, shelter or charity, whether you run a rescue, or volunteer as a dog walker, transporter, fosterer, fundraiser or in any other capacity. Rescue students receive the full diploma course at a 50% discount. Please note that this discount is only available for students who enrol on the full course, and is not offered if the course is taken in three separate stages.
The aim of this programme is to encourage the sharing of information about dog psychology and behaviour with other members of the rescue organisation, so that more dogs, especially any with behaviour issues, can be successfully rehomed.
As well as having the option to join the private ISCP Facebook group, our rescue study members have an additional private group on Facebook. This provides opportunities for members around the world to exchange information, share experiences, and support each other.
Some of the charities who have benefitted from ISCP rescue places are listed below. Please click on the names to visit their websites:
Oldies Club, UK
Blue Cross, UK
Pro Dogs Direct, UK
Wolfdog Rescue, UK
Hope Rescue, UK
Dogs Trust, UK
DDA Watch, UK
The Animal Team, UK
Terrier SOS, UK
Munlochie Animal Aid, Black Isle, Scotland
Aber Falls Kennels, Wales UK
Yappy Ever After, UK
Give a Dog a Home (Global)
Manx SPCA, Isle of Man
Dublin SPCA, Irish Republic
CARE Rescue, Cork, Irish Republic
Refuge de L’Angoumois, France
Tierheim Bielefeld, Germany
HaGS for Animals, Katerini, Greece
Helping Paws, UK, Spain, Portugal
Canisa Braga, Portugal
Axarquia Animal Rescue, Andalusia, Spain
Adopt a Sicilian Stray, Malta
Sharm Action for Animals, Egypt
Amichii Dog Rescue, UK and Romania
Carewell Trust, Karnataka, India
Friends of Michigan Animals Rescue, Michigan USA
Alachua County Humane Society, Florida USA
Abandoned Pet Rescue, Florida USA
Franklin Animal Shelter, New Hampshire USA
Happy Endings Animal Sanctuary, California USA
Team Inch Sighthound Rescue, USA and South Korea
Bow Valley SPCA, Alberta, Canada
Pawsitive Match Rescue Foundation, Calgary, Canada
Shenton Park Dogs’ Refuge Home, Perth, Western Australia
Pet Rescue, Randwick Vet Med Veterinary Hospital, New South Wales, Australia
Animal Welfare League, South Australia
Australian Working Dog Rescue, South Australia
Maggie’s Rescue, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Blk2 Furever Canine, Singapore
The course is amazing and taps into current scientific breakthroughs on the cognitive and behavioral aspects of dogs in trouble. It evolves us as professional rescue practitioners to use the most current methods and thinking. I continue to have myth-busting conversations about rescues and only hope that others take this course to engage in changing our approach and attitudes on rescues and their care.
Susan Smith – Canada
The knowledge I have learned from studying your course has been invaluable. It has taught me to look at every dog as an individual and to understand how the dog is feeling from their point of view, their surroundings, their owners and their body language. Also their health and diet. Not only is this helping me to help any dog in need, but it is also helping many owners to understand and help their dogs. The network of help and support through the ISCP is first class. I would highly recommend every dog owner takes the course.
Michelle Holland, Helping Paws – UK, Spain and Portugal
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.
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.
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 socialisation.
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.
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.
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.
The story of Betsy.
The research of Dr Juliane Kaminsky.
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.
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 Dr Ádám Miklósi.
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.
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.
Rewards, redirection and discipline.
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.
How until recently it was thought that dogs needed to be dominated, as otherwise they would try to dominate us.
Do dogs really display dominant behaviour towards humans?
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.
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 behaviour we witness is normal, there are also a number of abnormal issues which can be seen and interpreted early enough to be diagnosed and counteracted: how to spot these and encourage dogs to overcome challenging or undesirable habits or traits.
There is a great deal of difference between much-confused dominance, confidence and rank, which is easily read through the signals your dog displays.
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.
Puppyhood; toilet training; nipping; bothering other dogs.
Puberty; unruly behaviour; neutering and spaying.
Hormones: testosterone; oestrogen; progesterone.
Behaviour changes due to the mating urge.
Pregnancy and birth; postpartum.
Life stages: the neonatal period; the juvenile period; the adolescent period; maturity; old age.
Supporting elderly dogs.
Do dogs experience a similar emotional life to people?
Addressing emotional issues.
The main emotional problems which can affect dogs, with signs and guidelines for each: Fear; food aggression; fear-aggression; dog to dog fear-aggression; dog to human aggression; anger; nervousness and anxiety; depression; grief; case histories for grief; jealousy; hyperactivity; hyperkinesis; obsessiveness.
Case history; excessive attachment.
Is the emotional or physical environment causing emotional issues?
Terms used in behaviour modification.
The dog’s need for reassurance and compassion.
A whole entity rather than a collection of symptoms.
A brief look at the medication groups and some of the complementary therapies which can be helpful in tandem with behaviour work.
Life in kennels.
A new home.
Step by careful step – how to ease the settling in process.
The dog’s perspective.
The differences between adoption, giving a permanent home, fostering, and sponsor fostering.
Contributing factors to ageing.
Living with an elderly dog.
Maintaining health; exercise; diet; health conditions;
Canine Cognitive Dysfunction.
The hardest decision.
Letting go; what you can do.
An end, a new beginning.
The important laws to be aware of concerning dogs and their breeders and owners.
A description of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Dangerous Dogs Act 1871, with the 2014 amendments.
Breed Specific Legislation.
The two styles of options you can choose from for your final thesis.
APPENDIX 1. YOUR CAREER AS A CANINE BEHAVIOUR PRACTITIONER
APPENDIX 2. THE ISCP CANINE BEHAVIOUR PRACTITIONER’S CHARTER