Canine Behaviour Management - (15 credits)

The number of dogs in the UK has risen to nearly 9 million in 2019 according to estimates by the Pet Food Manufacturers Association. The desire for breeds with exaggerated anatomical features and/or genetic behavioural drives has subsequently fueled the demand for veterinary, remedial and behavioural therapy. This unit will therefore introduce students to canine handling, training and behaviour management. Hereditary and genetic influences on canine anatomy, behaviour, health and mental wellbeing will be considered in conjunction with canine therapies. To promote wellbeing during canine therapy sessions, a case study will be analysed to allow the student to understand behavioural development and how to manage behaviour conducive to therapy and aid prevention of maladaptive or fear based behaviour. This will involve behavioural diagnosis, reading and interpreting canine body language and implementing basic behaviour management and training techniques. Upon unit completion the students will be expected to demonstrated safe and effective working practices around a range of dog types/breeds; including assessment of behaviour and risks.