Copy of Canine Behaviour First Aid - Frontline in Behaviour Advice

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About the course

This 1-Day CPD looks at how Dogs learn and how to 'Do No Harm', with the advice we give in Veterinary Practice.

We also look at tools we have in practice that can help clients with their Dogs Behaviour and how we can better support our clients with Gold Standard, up-to-date behaviour advice.

Knowing what is the best and most current basic behaviour and training advice is a minefield, especially as the dog training and behaviour industry is not yet regulated in the UK. Having a comprehensive understanding of how dogs learn is a must for anyone working in practice. Understanding this complex area enables veterinary staff to understand the implications that our advice may have and how we can help prevent problems from escalating.

Treating each dog and case on it's own merit, we can understand that there is no 'One size fits all' solution when it comes to behaviour advice. We will discuss the tools you can use to help your clients prevent behaviour issues and how to keep safe with an existing behaviour issue whilst awaiting referral. By offering behaviour first aid consults, we can bond our clients, achieve a better relationship with our canine patients and offer a rewarding service for all involved.

Speaker: Michelle Smith RVN NCertAnBeh IMDT

The Science Bit! How Dogs Learn

  • Classical Conditioning and Operant Conditioning
  • Understand the principles behind Pavlov and Skinners theory, and how they affect not only us in how we learn and behave, but our patients also.
  • Learn to utilise classical and operant conditioning to our advantage in veterinary practice and how to prevent problem behaviours.

Dogs and the Law

  • A brief overview of the laws, which affect Dog owners and why we must bear these in mind when giving advice.

Behaviour First Aid

  • Learn what tools we have in practice to recommend to our clients, how best to utilise these and how and why they work.
  • Remember and understand the quadrants and the ‘Do No Harm’ theory.
  • Learn advice and tips to help with common puppy owner issues, utilizing positive reinforcement, control and management and understanding how to handle clients’ expectations.
  • Learn what resources are available to help us help our clients.
  • How to conduct a 1-2-1 Behaviour First Aid session and/or consult to methodically gain all of the facts and to understand and manage your clients’ expectations.
  • Think health and safety; know how to keep not only your clients and the public safe, but also yourself and the Dog

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