Behavioural Modification for Professionals

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Accreditation by LASER (formally known as Open College Network South East Region)

(Ref 103119 21 credits at Level 3)   

This course has been written to provide the essential information on behaviour modification for those working with dogs in a professional capacity. It will be of practical use to veterinary nurses and receptionists, Dog Wardens, rescue centre staff, groomers, instructors and anyone working with dogs who is called upon to provide advice to owners or to cope with dogs that are displaying behavioural problems.

It has been specially written for those whose professional commitments do not allow them to engage in the full range of behaviour counselling which requires home visits and extensive hands-on experience of dog training.

Unit 1 - Understanding the Dog - The natural behaviours of dogs, the effects of socialisation, how dogs learn, modern lifestyle and its effects on behaviour, up to date training methods

Unit 2 - Diet, Health and Behaviour - The dog's nutritional needs, how diet affects behaviour, different feeding methods, making changes and monitoring effects, health and behavioural changes, neutering and its effects on behaviour

Unit 3 - Other Influences on Behaviour - Stress and its effects, physiological and temperament changes in dogs in a confined environment, owner misconceptions, breakdowns in communication between owner and dog

Unit 4 - Behaviour Problems and their Modification - Assessing the problem, common behavioural problems and techniques for modification, monitoring progress, relationships with owners and other professionals, recognising personal limitations. 


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