Dog Aggression for Animal Professionals
A 3 weekend modules course for people working professionally with dogs and who regularly give advice to owners of potentially aggressive individuals.
Topics covered include:
- types of aggression
- physiology of aggression
- learning theory
- basic behavioural pharmacology
- impact of neutering
- medical problems affecting aggression
- case studies
The course is based on up to date scientific knowledge combined with its practical application. This classroom-based course is combining theory with video illustrations and group exercises and case studies.
All scientific references are given during the course, and each module has recommended reading books to assist with further learning and information consolidation.
Attendees should have a basic understanding of behaviour knowledge which includes an up to date awareness that dog aggression is rarely influenced by 'dominance', and that positive reinforcement based training is considered the more effective and ethical choice when working with individuals with behaviour problems.
Weekend 1: An introduction to dog aggression
What is aggression? What causes dogs to become aggressive?
What is the physiology of aggression and why does this matter to owners, trainers and behaviourists ?
How does memory affect aggression and how do we practically reduce aggression in the short term ?
Weekend 2: A deeper understanding of dog aggression
How dogs learn - to include learning theory and practical application of strategies dogs develop and how human interaction and training affects dog aggression.
How does reproductive status affect aggression ? Does neutering reduce aggression ?
How does disease affect aggression ?
Working with vets to rule out medical disorders in cases of canine aggression. Can medication help in aggression cases?
Weekend 3: Practical application of dog aggression knowledge to help the aggressive dog situation
Safety first - how to practically set up situations to avoid / reduce aggression.
The law - a review of legislation affecting dogs who bite or threaten to bite.
These 2 days will be spent using a wide range of case studies, looking at how to practically apply the previously covered material to a variety of dog aggression situations.
Tallinn University of Technology