Canine Behaviour Management - (15 credits)

This unit will introduce students to the fundamental components of canine handling, training and behaviour management. Domestication, breed development and modern day uses of canine breeds will also be explored. Hereditary and genetic influences on canine anatomy, behaviour, health and mental wellbeing will be considered in conjunction with available canine therapies. To promote paramount physical and mental wellbeing during canine therapy sessions, a behavioural management plan will be produced to allow an owner to implement the successful rehabilitation of maladaptive or fear based canine behaviour/s. This will involve behavioural diagnostics, reading and interpreting canine body language and implementing training techniques in order to monitor patterns and changes to behaviours. Upon unit completion the students will be expected to demonstrate safe and effective working practices around a range of canine types/breeds; including removal from kennels, correct equipment identification and application, creation of valid risk assessments. Students must also work competently at industry pace whilst abiding by health and safety practices at all times.