The History of Dogs Essay

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“How a dog behaves at any given time in his life is as a result of a constant and fluid interplay between his genetic potential and his environment”
Dr. Bruce Fogle – Author of ‘A Dog’s Mind’

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This course is designed as a practical guide to the subject of dog psychology, natural dog behaviour and how dogs learn. Hopefully it will provide an insight into the world through the eyes of your pet dog.
Only with better owners can we make better dogs. But what is it to be a good dog owner? We are all, unfortunately, far too aware of stories and news reports of ‘frenzied dog attacks’, children and adults alike, involved in horrific incidents, seemingly unpredictable behaviour from once trusted and loved pets. So what’s going wrong?
With ‘dog bite’ cases reportedly on the increase, and rescue centres bursting at the seams with unwanted, out of control animals with behaviour problems or issues, now seems a good time to get educated on the subject of dogs and the varying opinions on the way they view the world. Once we understand our dogs a little better and realise what they need from us on a physical and psychological level, we can begin to realise exactly why they do what they do at any given time. Previous ‘unpredictable’ behaviour, put into context, becomes perfectly predictable and understandable. In fact, once you know how your dog thinks, you’ll know what he’s going to do before he does it, and why.
The origin of this course is the ‘owner training’ that the French authorities decided in
2008, was compulsory for anyone wishing to own particular breeds of dog that had been deemed ‘dangerous’. Those breeds are: Pit Bull/American Staffordshire Terrier,
Tosa Inu, Mastiff, and Rottweiler.
Whilst the subject of ‘dangerous’ breeds is debatable, the education of every day owners can never be a bad thing.
The world of dog psychology and behaviour is not reserved for those who make a living advising owners of ‘problem dogs’. It should not be limited to television shows such as ‘The Dog Whisperer’, ‘It’s Me Or The Dog’ or ‘Dog Borstal’. It is the duty of every dog owner to learn the basics of what makes their pet tick.
Devised by a practising Behaviourist, this course is specifically for those who wish to become a Dog Behaviourist themselves, and don’t know where to start. Again, this course is unique for the same reasons that make the Dog Behaviour Diploma Course unique, least of all being the first of its kind to offer a ‘practical’ element in the form of real life consultations with clients and problem dogs. As with the Diploma Course, this course
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includes the study of both the Positive Reward Training & application, as well as the more physical world of dog behaviour between dogs.
Find yourself immersed in the debate of topics such as pack structure, appeasement societies, the need for an authority figure, and the relevant scientific studies. Far from a course that exists to merely educate from one perspective, this course will challenge everything you thought you knew about dogs and dog psychology, calling on the work of
Fisher, Scott and Fuller, Bruce Fogle, Cesar Millan, Ray and Lorna Coppinger, Stephen
Budiansky, Ian Dunbar and many more leading experts.
Additional units are designed to not only cover training and behaviour, but the practical aspects of setting up in business, conducting a consultation, follow up sessions, monitoring progress, the law, health & safety, and your role as Dog Behaviourist, Teacher,
Trainer, Mentor and Coach.
No other course better prepares you for the real world of being a Dog Behaviourist. The practical element is not optional (unless studying overseas) and consists of an actual consultation. You will be expected to make suggestions, contribute, watch and observe.
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