Dogs are a charismatic species, and increasingly, people seek to understand their behaviour and want to work with them. Scientific understanding of canine behaviour has improved greatly in the last twenty years and is constantly evolving as this area of research continues to expand.
To gain a true understanding of canine behaviour, knowledge has to be garnered from different disciplines, namely ethology, evolutionary biology, genetics, psychology and veterinary science among others.
This online course will explore:
- How our understanding of canine behaviour evolved over the last fifty years, how dogs came to be and evolved alongside man, as well as similarities and differences with the wolf and other canids.
- How different breeds emerged and how they contrast from one another, how dogs experience the world and communicate with each other and with humans.
- The many varied factors that can affect behaviour.
- The different behaviour of dogs, normal versus abnormal behaviour and common issues.
You will be introduced to above concepts and up-to-date behavioural research.
The course is open to anyone with an interest in canine behaviour and is suitable as an introduction for those considering canine behaviour as a career, those with a general interest wishing to expand their knowledge, or those who simply want to better understand their dogs.