The Positive Dog Trainers Course

About the course

Course outline and objectives

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

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

  • Motivation and dog training - how can canine motivation and instincts be utilised in a dog training programme.

  • Examining the motivation for the training from the handlers/owners perspective

  • 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.

  • Examine how handling skills will affect the efficiency of a clicker training programme.

  • Identify the pitfalls of handler ability when preparing a training programme.

  • 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.

  • Examine current training equipment and evaluate its effectiveness

    This course will consist of lecturers and practical sessions where students will be ask to demonstrate the delivery of an effective positive training system using theories studied and practical session observed.

    Student will be expected to work in small groups. There will be a 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.

    Student 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.

Animal Studies

Britain is well regarded as a nation of animal lovers, from companion pets to large animal collections. This has resulted in a multi-million pound industry, ranging from well known national pet feed companies to pet stores, catteries and kennels and numerous other businesses providing for the needs of animals.

If you care about animals and have a deep interest in their health and wellbeing, Myerscough provides an excellent opportunity for you to further your studies. You'll develop a range of skills and have the opportunity to care for a range of animals including dogs, cats, rabbits and ferrets, farm animals, reptiles and amphibians and a range of invertebrates.