Canine behaviourist or dog trainer?
A dog trainer will focus on the mechanics of how to teach dogs various behaviours. A canine behaviourist will focus on why the dog is behaving in a certain way, how he feels and how we can change that behaviour in a positive way.
For example, a dog trainer may run puppy and adult dog classes teaching basic life skills. They still need to understand behaviour, but their focus is on teaching dogs’ various skills.
A behaviourist looks at the emotions and history behind a behaviour and works almost like a detective. In some ways the dog training focus is on the “how” to a dog’s actions, and the behaviour focus is on the “why” to a dog’s actions. Canine behaviourists may work in rescue centres with various dogs or as self-employed, carrying out one to one behaviour consultations.
In essence, the dog trainer teaches a dog to behave in a certain way. The dog behaviourist assesses the emotional and environmental issues which underpin why a dog behaves in a certain way, and helps the caregiver and dog to overcome these issues.
There is some overlap in the two roles, in that both roles require working and training people as well as dogs. Both roles need a sound understanding of canine body language and communication, canine emotions and learning theory.
Dog trainers may also work one to one with caregivers and their dogs or run classes.
The next decision to make is whether you want to purchase the whole diploma or spread the cost. You can purchase the Diploma in three separate parts, certificate, intermediate and higher certificates. Alternatively, you can purchase each unit one at a time.
If you already have a Diploma in Canine Behaviour
level 5, you may want to enroll on the level 6
If you already have undertaken some study you may
be interested in the CPD option.
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The next decision to make is whether you want to purchase the whole diploma or spread the cost. You can purchase the diploma module by module if you wish to spread the costs via the options here...