103 - Domestic Dog Behavior

Course Title: Domestic Dog Behavior 103

Instructor: James O'Heare, DLBC, CDBC, CABC

Course Description:

Domestic Dog Behavior is an exploration of species typical domestic dog behavior. This course is designed to cultivate in the student a foundational comprehension of behavioral development and social behaviors of the domestic dog. Species typical social behaviors and their function and the sensitive periods in dog development are covered. The notion of breed differences in behavior is discussed and breed categories explored. Domestic Dog Behavior also provides information on the most common problem behaviors that dogs exhibit and that behavior technologists are called on to resolve. These include aggressive behaviors, separation distress behaviors, barking, digging, undesirable attention seeking, feces eating, voiding in the house and jumping up. These problem behaviors are not treated by labeling or categorizing but rather behaviorologically by describing the specific behaviors in specific cases and analyzing the contingencies that they are components of.

Behavioral Objectives:

The objective of this program of study is to measurably expand the student's repertoire of behaviors in relevant areas of focus for the program of study. To complete this course of study, the student will:

  • Define and explain the notion of social behavior including distance increasing versus distance decreasing species typical behaviors
  • Identify and describe the sensitive periods of development for the domestic dog
  • Identify and describe the basic breed categories and their behavior tendencies
  • Discuss common problem dog behaviors including aggressive behaviors, separation distress behaviors, barking, digging, undesirable attention seeking, feces eating, voiding in the house and jumping up including common functions for these behaviors

Texts: 

  • Course Notes

Course Evaluation:

This course will be evaluated by short essay assignments that will reflect and demonstrate mastery of the course topics and achievement of the learning objectives. The final grade will be the mean average of the assignment grades.

CEUs: Continuing Education Credits Available. See Course Approvals page for credits.

Prerequisites:

Taking Courses Individually:

Courses may be taken individually rather than as components of a diploma program. See the program page for details.

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