First Aid Behavioural Advice for Aggression and Separation Problems in Canine Patients
This course will give you an insight into the variety of motivations and contexts which may cause aggression and separation problems in our canine patients. The morning sessions will cover domestication and learning theory, so that we may understand how the dog learns, and factors which affect learning, so that when it comes to behaviour and behavioural modification, we are able to treat each case as an individual, rather than relying upon a ‘recipe book’ of treatments. The afternoon sessions will be case based, and as a group we will apply the theory learnt in the previous sessions to build up robust first aid advice appropriate to the individual cases.
Specific areas to be covered
What does domestication mean to the dog?
Where does the domestic dog come from?
How has domestication shaped the dog’s behaviour to enable it to cope with the domestic world?
What happens when ‘coping’ fails?
How does the dog learn and is every dog capable of learning what we’d like it to?
Basic learning theory to understand how the dog learns
What factors can affect learning
Why it’s important to treat each dog as an individual rather than relying on a recipe book of treatments
What is aggression, what motivates it and how can we help?
Why dogs become aggressive and the different contexts in which aggression can occur and why
First Aid advice to maintain the safety of the public and dog
Home alone problems – recognising the variety of things that can go wrong
Discuss the large variety of home alone problems
Suitable support the practice team may provide