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Modifying Canine Aggression (Level 4)
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Course Summary:

This course explores theories behind canine aggression, investigating potential causes and effective treatments, in order to advise trainers and behaviourists as to how best to modify problem behaviour.

Over five units, students will examine the different forms of canine aggression, as well as learning about conditioning alternative behaviours.

You will also complete a Special Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.

We send your first unit upon enrolment, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Our Support Promise:

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will Learn

Unit 1 

  • Living with an aggressive dog
  • The necessity of aggression for survival
  • Normal/abnormal aggression and acceptable and unacceptable aggression
  • Safety issues and options
  • The severity of aggression and preventing its development

Unit 2 

  • The neuro-biology of aggression
  • Supportive pharmacology
  • The effect of constant stress/arousal
  • Medical conditions and veterinary referral

Unit 3

  • Genetics
  • Learning
  • Classification

Unit 4

  • Dog-dog aggression and dog-human aggression
  • Treatment
  • Conditioning alternative behaviours and alternative emotional responses

Unit 5

  • Case studies
  • Limitations and acceptance

You will also complete a Special Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.