Dog Behavior and Training Level 1 Curriculum
September 17-November 12,2020

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Module 1: Canine Learning Theory

Learn about the history of dog training, the evolution of dog training and breeds, learning theory, luring, extinction, timing, schedules of reinforcement, habituation, counter conditioning, socialization, temperament evaluation and assessment, training approach and the common mistakes in dog training. We also cover clicker training and behaviour modification techniques.
Module length: 10 hours

Module 2: Canine Handling and Obedience

The focus of this module is to improve your confidence in training and handling of unfamiliar dogs. You will learn about non-aversive training equipment and how to use it properly. Students will learn and perform basic obedience commands and how to correct common faults in dog handling. You learn long line training and how to walk a dog with a loose leash. Additionally, we learn to manage and rehabilitate reactive dogs. 

Module length: 21 hours (includes 11 hours of group classes at the Training Center)

Module 3: Dog Behaviour Assessment and Training

This next module you will learn how to read body language, understand canine communication, the importance of play in canine communication, the development of social skills during play, exercise and its effect on behavior, safe handling techniques, hormones and their effect on behavior, genetic influences on behavior, how to establish leadership without dominance and preventing and correcting common behavior problems in dogs.
Module length: 10 hours

Module 4: Designing and Marketing Classes

This last module teaches you how to design and conduct private obedience classes, group obedience and puppy socializing classes, intermediate obedience and agility classes and workshops. You learn how to conduct a behaviour evaluation, complete all client information forms including waivers and liability release forms.  We cover how to review client goals and creating appropriate training plans. 
We also cover business strategies like marketing techniques and how to start a dog training business.
Students attend at least two hours of private consultations with dog owners.
You must successfully pass a written exam at the end of this module.
Module length: 10 hours


“Once again, thank you for putting this course together and teaching it. I really enjoyed it and learned a great deal from it and from observing your approach.”
Guy, Level 1 graduate, April 2020

“Thank you for such an amazing and enlightening few months. I thoroughly enjoy your lectures and hands on classes”
Heidi, Level 1 graduate April 2020

Guy Duperreault

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Course Schedule

Classes take place at the Academy's main campus:
102-7562 Progress Way, Delta, BC V4G 1E9

This course is offered twice yearly - January and September. Please contact Amber to find out future dates.

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Module 1

Canine Learning Theory

  1.  Thurs Sept 17, 6-8:30

  2.  Sat Sept 19, 3-5:30

  3.  Thurs Sept 24, 6-8:30

  4.  Sat Sept 26, 3-5:30

Module 2

Canine Handling and Obedience

  1. Thurs Oct 1, 6-8:30

  2. Sat Oct 3, 3-5:30

  3. Thurs Oct 8, 6-8:30

  4. No Class Sat Oct 10

  5. Thurs Oct 15, 6-8:30

Module 3

Dog Behaviour Assessment and Training

  1. Sat Oct 17, 3-5:30

  2. Thurs Oct 22, 6-8:30

  3. Sat Oct 24,3-5:30

  4. Attend puppy classes Sat Oct 24, 10-2

  5. Thurs Oct 29, 6-8:30

Module 4

Designing and Marketing Classes

  1. Sat Oct 31, 3-5:30 

  2. Thurs Nov 5, 6-8:30

  3. Sat Nov 7, 3-5:30

  4. Thurs Nov 12 6-8:30 (Practical Exam and last class)

Final exam to be emailed to student

Five additional hours of class attendance with clients is required to complete the course. Students can choose which classes to attend: Agility, Intermediate Obedience or Puppy Classes. Students are encouraged to interact and participate with clients in training.



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