Full course description

Start:

Anytime

Duration:

Self-Paced

Location:

Online

Price:

Free
$49 for a verified certificate


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About this course:

Dogs can be our most beloved pets and companions, but our lives with them are not without difficulties. Whether it be excessive barking, jumping on furniture or chewing your favorite pair of shoes, it can sometimes be frustrating getting your dog to be obedient and behave.

In this course, you will explore modern approaches to dog behavioral problems and training that incorporates the latest findings from behavioral science. This course is for dog trainers, behaviorists and anyone who wants to learn about dogs and their behavior.

The course will cover the use of behavioral functional analysis to:

  • uncover the causes of undesired behavior
  • explore just what it is about humans that dogs find reinforcing
  • critically evaluate different approaches to dog training
  • survey the use of temperament tests to assess the suitability of dogs for different roles and families

By the end of this course, you will better understand your dog and how to best train them based on their specific behavior and temperament.


What you'll learn:

  • How to use a behavioral approach to a behavioral problem
  • The method of behavioral functional analysis
  • How to assess what is reinforcing for dogs
  • How to critically assess different methods of dog training
  • What temperament tests are and what they are used for.

Meet the instructor


Clive D.L. Wynne, PhD

Clive is Professor of Psychology at Arizona State University and Director of Research at Wolf Park, Indiana. He was educated at University College London and Edinburgh University in Scotland and has studied animal behavior in Britain, Germany, the U.S. and Australia in species ranging from pigeons to dunnarts (a mouse-sized marsupial). Several years ago he founded the Canine Cognition and Behavior Lab dedicated to the study of dogs and their wild relatives. As well as numerous scientific papers, he has also written for Psychology Today, American Scientist, the New York Times, and other outlets. He is often quoted in print media and radio, and his science has been featured on several TV shows such as National Geographic, Nova ScienceNow and others. He is the author of a textbook Animal Cognition now in a new edition, and former editor in chief of the journal Behavioural Processes. His most recent book is Do Animals Think? (Princeton Univ. Press, 2004).