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Dog Behaviour and Training Course

School Was Never so Much Fun

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This course is 32 hours in length.  Total cost is $3600. Course Curriculum is included below.

This is an entry level course and there are NO prerequisites. The course consists of four modules each covering a specific topic within the lessons. Lessons and their topics use handouts, videos, Power Point presentations, reading assignments and hands-on exercises. Techniques used in this course are Positive Reinforcement only.

You will be certified upon successful completion of the course.  You are NOT required to take the Canine Behaviour Specialist course.

All lectures are live classroom presentations via Zoom for an interactive learning experience with the instructor and fellow students.

In-person practical handling workshops are held at the Delta Community Animal Shelter.

Module 1: Canine Learning Theory

What you will learn:

  •   History and Evolution of dog training

  •   Dog breeds and genetic behaviours

  •   Training techniques defined

  •   Classical Conditioning

  •   Counter Conditioning

  •   Operant Conditioning

  •    Luring, Extinction, Schedules of reinforcement

  •    Clicker training

  •     Habituation

  •     Desensitization

  •     Socialization, stages of development

  •     Understanding dog body language and communication

  •     Body language signals

  •     Canine safe handling techniques

  •     Dog personality descriptions


Module 2: Dog Behaviour and Training
( Training and Assessment)

What you will learn:

  •    The importance of play in canine communication

  •    Development of social skills in dogs 

  •    Dog park safety and play signals in dogs

  •    Exercise and the effects on behaviour

  •    Proper diet, vaccination schedule, spaying and neutering

  •    Protein and the effects on behaviour

  •    How to establish leadership with dogs

  •    The Dominance Myth explained

  •    How to create a training evaluation and assessment

  •    Creating a training or behaviour modification plan based on the     assessment

  •    How to create a training or behaviour modification plan


Module 3: Dog Behaviour Modification 
(Behaviour assessment and treatment)

What you will learn:

  •   How to obtain a behavioural history and determine the origin of     behaviour

  •    What is behaviour and what is the cause

  •    General treatment guidelines for behaviour problems

  •    Correcting specific behaviour problems

  •    Completing client worksheets and evaluations

  •    Training and behaviour modification approach for different dog      personalities

  •     Canine aggression statistics

  •     Bite assessment scale

  •     Risk factors for aggression

  •     Designing group obedience classes

  •     Designing private in-home behavioural consultations

  •     Designing workshops

  •     How to start a business

  •    Image and marketing techniques

  •    Liability and protection

  •    Business insurance

  •    Training scenarios


Module 4: Canine Handling and Obedience
( Practical at DCAS- Delta Community Animal Shelter)

What you will learn:

  •   Training Equipment

  •   Common faults in dog training

  •   Basic obedience commands

  •   Reactive dog rehabilitation theory and practical

  •   Behaviour thresholds

  •   Long leash training

  •   Intermediate obedience training techniques

  •   Practical handling and application of desensitizing and counter      conditioning with reactive dogs

  •   Practical handling and application of positive reinforcement            techniques

  •   Practical handling and application of luring, schedules of       reinforcement, timing

  •   Practical handling and application of classical and counter     conditioning with reactive dogs

  •   Observe an in-person consultation with a client 

  •   Dog park observations of behaviour


“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,  Graduate

Course Schedule

Lecture is via ZOOM.
Practical Handling is at:
Delta Community Animal Shelter (DCAS), 
7505 Hopcott Rd, Delta, BC. V4G 1B6

Spring Schedule
April 2 - April 30, 2024

  • Tuesday April 2, 6-8:30pm, lecture via Zoom

  • Thursday April 4, 6-8:30pm, lecture via Zoom

  • Tuesday April 9, 6-8:30pm, lecture via Zoom

  •  Thursday April 11, 6-8:30pm, lecture via Zoom

  • Tuesday April 16, 6-8:30, lecture via Zoom

  • Thursday April 18, 6-8:30pm, lecture via Zoom

  • Saturday April 20, 11-5:00, practical handling at DCAS

  • Sunday April 21, 10-5:00, practical handling at DCAS

  • Tuesday April 23, 6-8:30, lecture via Zoom

  • Thursday April 25, 6-8:30pm, lecture via Zoom

  •  Tuesday April 30, 6-8:30, lecture via zoom, review course, LAST CLASS

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