International Dog Trainer School course syllabus:

The course is based on the latest research and science of dog training and behaviour.

Weekend 1:

  • Dog development and ethology
  • History
  • What is positive training?
  • Learning theory dogs
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Classical and operant conditioning
  • What are calming signals?

Practical training:
Timing and reward based training
Sit, down, stay
Walking on a loose leash

Weekend 2:

  • Calming signals and body language
  • Science based positive dog training
  • New findings in dog science and research
  • Dog-to-dog communication
  • Dog social organization
  • The hypothesis of dog hierarchy
  • Dominance and leadership: facts or fiction?

Practical training:
Observation of body language and calming signals
Loose leash walking
Passing other dogs and humans nicely

Weekend 3:

  • Puppies, adolescent, mature dogs
  • Social developments
  • Critical periods and hormonal influences
  • Stress
  • Desensitization
  • Behaviour problems:
  • What causes them and how to solve them?
  • Food guarding
  • Object guarding
  • Location guarding

Practical training:
Group work: problem solving of behavior problems

Weekend 4:

  • Behavior problems:
  • Food stealing
  • Pulling on leash
  • Barking
  • Jumping
  • Digging
  • Chewing
  • Housetraining
  • Fear:
  • Separation anxiety
  • Fear of objects and sounds
  • Social fears

Practical training:
The importance of timing
Bark on cue
Training not to jump up

Weekend 5:

  • Motivation
  • Conditioning – dogs with bad experiences
  • Solving conflict
  • Aggression:
  • Dog-dog
  • Dog-other animals
  • Dog-humans
  • Breed characteristics
  • Training techniques
  • Prevention of aggression

Practical training:
Group work: problem solving, case studies

Weekend 6:

  • The instructors role
  • How to design courses
  • Pedagogy for instructors
  • How do adults learn?
  • Counseling individuals
  • Instruction and observation techniques
  • Motivating owners (and yourself)
  • Build confidence as a public speaker
  • How to make a good seminar
  • Course evalutation
  • Puppy classes
  • Adolescent dog classes
  • Mature dog and obedience classes
  • Speciality classes and social classes
  • Social walks

Practical training:
Group work: how to set up classes
Customize classes

Weekend 7 and 8:

  • Repetitions and practical training
  • Exams
  • Presentation of individual assignment

Interactive learning with class discussions, films, practical training, cases studies: problem solving, observation of dogs and behaviour. Between seminar weekends there will be webinars. Group work and individual assignments.

The course will be taught in English, and all reading materials and assignments will also be in English.

The course syllabus may be subject to small changes.

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