Canine Behaviour Foundation Course
Recommended by the Animal Behaviour Consultants (ABC of SA) and counts for points towards accreditation.
The sessions in Cape are hosted ateither Fallen Angels in the Melkbosstrand area or Parklands Scout Hall. While Scotty is in the Cape, students are invited to work with her at Fallen Angels to gain additional experience.
This course is presented in an easy to follow format and is unbelievably comprehensive and will give you everything you need to start your career.
- Presented by working, qualified and registered canine behaviourists. See information on Presenters at end of this page.
- A complete and well rounded knowledge and understanding of why dogs do the things they do, right from pups to seniors - a solid, and comprehensive foundation so that you can start your own career.
- Gain an understanding as to why behaviour concerns develop.
- Receive the knowledge, ability and tools to be able to change behaviour concerns and start your own career in this amazing career.
- All materials are presents in an easy to understand format
- You have 24/7 access to us during the week
- You can start any time during the year - work at your own pace, and have 27 months to complete the course.
- We close between 15th December to 15th January annually
- On successful completion, you will qualify as a Canine Behaviour Advisor Level 1 (CBFC - FODS) and be able to start you career.
- All successful Graduates will be bound by our Code of Ethics
- You will be Mentored for a full 12 month period after Graduation
- After graduating, and working in the industry for approximately 12 months, you will be able to undertake our Advanced Behaviour Course.
Your Financial Investment :
The full price is R10800 inclusive of above. Payment is a deposit of R500, followed by monthly payments of either 3, 6, 9, 12, 18 or 24 months. The course must have paid in full before Certification is awarded.
Please note that should you decide to pay for your course in advance, a discount is given and full payment is R9600.
Your Time Investment :
Theory : Comprehensive - click here to view in detail
Practical Sessions Covered (in no particular order)
Practical sessions in the Cape, are hosted at either Parklands, Parklands Scout Hall or Fallen Angels Shelter in the Melkbosstrand area.
Some of these sessions are done using a demo dog or your own dog. Other sessions consists of seminars. Some of these sessions are covered individually, while others may be combined, depending on time available. There are 28 practical sessions in total over the 30 month period.
Private Session A - All Basic Exercises using your own, or a demo dog.
Private Session B - House Rules - House Rules are the A,B,C of behaviour and are used at the majority on consultations, putting in place a solid foundation for changing behaviour.
Private Session C - Test on Basic Exercises - using your own dog or a demo dog.
Private Session D - Private Behaviour Consult - depending on your location, this is either carried out in person, or by a Skype session.
Equipment - various types and how to use same.
Introducing Dogs 1- gives you all the skills needed to introduce dogs
Introducing Dogs 2 - gives you the tools you need to work with a dog that is mildly reactive to other dogs.
Basic Obedience - Sit, Down, Recall, Leave, Swap, Bite Inhibition, Balance lead, Watch, Balance Lead Plus, Loose Lead Walking, Lead Attachment - own dogs or a dog will be supplied for you. As so many of the common behaviour problems involve having the knowledge of these basic skills, we ensure that you are more than proficient and there are at least three sessions supplied to learn these skills.
Resource Guarding - This covers changing resource guarding of objects, locations and people, as well as what to do when dogs resource guard objects towards other dogs.
Escape Artists - how to successfully change this behaviour
TTouch 1 & 2 - own dogs - n.b. this is for your own use and does not qualify you as a TTouch Practitioner. If you do not have a dog, one will be supplied for you or you will practice your new skills with another handlers dog.
Fearful Dogs - fear of people, objects etc -utilizing desensitizing & counter conditioning Collar & Lead Problems
Dogs that chase - here you will learn how to change this behaviour
Basic Behaviour Problems - Jumping Up, Nipping, Mouthing, Leave, Recall, Settle, Hugging, Collar Grabbing, Tantrums.
Fearful Dogs - In this section you will learn how to work with dogs that are fearful of people and objects. Demo Dogs will be used.
Professional Pullers - in this section, using own dogs, you will learn how to change this bheaviour. Included in this section is the use of various equipment to prevent pulling, as well as how to desensitize a dog to using a muzzle
Separation Anxiety - this is a terrible condition for a dog to experience, and unless the dog is taught how to cope, the condition will worsen and it is possible that other behaviour concerns will develop. Seminar
Storm Phobia - you will learn all the tools, right from a dog with mild fear, through to dealing with a dog with full blown storm phobia. This condition is similar to Separation Anxiety, in that other behavioural problems tend to develop, especially separation anxiety.
Mediation and Social Media Skills - here you will learn to deal with conflict and as we now live in a world of the internet, how to develop the skills you will need for social media
Calming a dog before working with it - it is impossible to work on a dog where the stress levels are sky high - here you will learn valuable skills on calming a dog so that working with it is more likely to be successful - essential when working with dogs with any fear issues, or a feral dog, or a dog in a shelter.
Working with a dog's critical distance - in addition to understanding and recognizing a dog's critical distance, you will be taught further skills to become proficient at recognizing and dealing with a dog's stress.
Why Behaviour Problems Develop - in order for us to change a dog's behaviour, we have to have an in-depth understanding as to why the behaviour may have occurred in the first place and there are multiple reasons as to why.
Exception to House Rules - Although House Rules are the A.B.C of behaviour, there are times, depending on the individual dog, and the behaviour problems being experienced where some of the House Rules may not apply.
Pre-Planning and Questionnaires - Having the tool of a Questionnaire is essential. A Questionnaire highlights why the problem may have occured in the first place and also shows us areas of potential concern, as well as allowing us to start working the second we arrive at the client.
Once we have analyzed, by way of the Questionnaire, as to why the behaviour concerns may be occurring, we put together a Pre-Planner of the modifications and exercises that may be used. This allows us to go to see our clients, fully prepared and carry out the behaviour session in a professional manner.
Role Play - Only students who have completed Module 3 are invited to these sessions.
Here we give you 4 different behaviour 'clients' where you will put the skills you have learnt into practice, and show them how to overcome the problems they are experiencing.
Presented by Founders of Friends of the Dog Education Website Platform (www.friendsofthedog.co.za)
and Canine Behaviourists
Scotty Valadao & Charmaine du Toit
and Canine Behaviourists
Scotty Valadao & Charmaine du Toit
Charmaine du Toit