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The Positive Dog Trainers Course

About the course


This course is for those who are either already working with dogs in a training capacity or wish to work with dogs in that way - or want to develop their own training skills in order to train a dog.

Topics covered

• Theories of learning - how dogs learn and what motivates them

• Methods of reinforcement - how reinforcement work and examining the positive and negative aspects.

• Shaping behaviour - what is shaping and how can shaping be used successfully Examining the various principles of learning, reinforcement and shaping in relation to click and treat training.

• Develop and deliver positive training programmes for a variety of canine activities.

• Examine breed specific and how that affects the reliability of the training programme.

• This course will consist of lectures and practical sessions where students will be asked to demonstrate the delivery of an effective positive training system using theories studied and practical sessions observed. Students will be expected to work in small groups. There will be practical assessments throughout the course via training challenges and activities. This course will be relevant to all interested in clicker training. From the beginner, to those who are already incorporating it into their training portfolio. Students are encouraged to bring their dogs to class - but dogs must be of a temperament suitable and safe to be around people and other dogs. Having a dog is not mandatory as tutor will bring dogs to class when necessary.

What are the entry requirements?

There are no formal entry requirements, however this course is for those who wish to further or develop their knowledge in dog training and as such students must be enthusiastic to work with dogs utilising positive training methods and keen to complete all aspects of group and personal work set.

How long is the course?

This is a ten-week course - (1 evening a week) 6 - 9 pm

What will the course involve?

Lectures, discussions, group work, observations, practical work with dogs, case study work and some self-directed study.

How long will I be learning?

Ten weeks

What equipment will I need?

Access to a dog is preferred but not essential but students must be prepared to spend time observing dogs outside class time. A variety of training equipment used in class will be provided

How will I know if I am making progress?

Via discussions on all aspects of the course with the tutor and completion of group and individual work set; assessment feedback will be provided by the tutor. There will be some practical work with dogs and constant feedback will be given.

What course work will I be expected to complete?

Observational assessments of dog training, written assessment of dog positive training plans in addition to case study work (working with your own dog if possible), and a variety of group work.

This course is not just lecture based, each class will usually involve some training with dogs.

What can I expect to learn from this course?

You can expect to develop knowledge and understanding of the skills required to train a dog using positive training methods, and develop your knowledge and understanding on various theories of learning in relation to dog training and behaviour.

What other training programmes and progression opportunities are there?

Aspect of Canine Behaviour Stage one

Aspects of Canine Behaviour Stage two

Holistic Canine Care

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