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Online dog training course curriculum

Our online dog training course curriculum is designed by real-world professional educators and dog obedience experts. Our goal is to help students learn how to become a dog trainer by focusing on canine development and important training concepts like conditioning, reinforcement, and discipline. We also explore common behavioral problems and examine the strengths and weaknesses of a range of different breeds.

Lesson Group 1: Orientation: Ashworth College Career Program

Learning at Ashworth  

The goals and values of Ashworth College; time management; creating a realistic weekly and monthly study schedule; the nature and purpose of assessments; how to study effectively to prepare for and take an online examination; developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century.

Introduction to Animal Care Careers  

This learning guide introduces you to the basic operations of veterinary practices and the legal and ethical issues you may encounter while working in a veterinary clinic. It also provides you with basic knowledge of routine veterinary office procedures.

Lesson Group 2: Foundations of Dog Training

The History of Dog Training  

Students will learn about the history of dog training, including the societal changes that occurred from the start of dog training. Students will also learn about past and present dog training methods and the people involved in the development of dog training.

Animal Learning: Classical and Operant Conditioning  

This lesson introduces students to classical and operant conditioning, including how animals learn through these conditioning methods and how they are used in dog training.

Reinforcement and Punishment  

In this lesson, students will learn about positive and negative reinforcement and how to properly use reinforcement in dog training. This lesson also covers conditioned reinforcers, reinforcement schedules used in teaching, positive punishment, and the dangers of using positive punishment.

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Program Description

Students will learn about the role and responsibilities of professional dog trainers and the different teaching methods used during training. The program covers topics including different breed characteristics, problem behaviors, reinforcement techniques, and critical periods of dog behavior. The program is designed to be used as essential academic instruction, that, when paired with training experience and interaction with dog training professionals, can provide a path that can eventually lead to trainer-level status.

Program Objectives

After completing the Dog Obedience Trainer program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of the dog trainer and identify the career opportunities available to trained dog training professionals
  2. Outline the different methods and equipment used in dog training and explain how these have changed over time
  3. Define classical and operant conditioning and describe how these techniques are applied by dog trainers
  4. Explain how generalization, discrimination, habituation, sensitization, and desensitization affect a dog's ability to be trained
  5. Describe the ethology of dogs and the role genetics play in dog behavior, including breed characteristics and their effect on behavior and training
  6. Outline the critical periods of dog growth and describe how a dog's maturity affects behavior
  7. Identify and explain important business considerations involved in running a dog training business
  8. Describe the various professional memberships and certifications available to dog trainers and the benefits associated with each

Pursue dog training certification and a rewarding career

Build a solid foundation of dog behavior knowledge with our online dog training courses and you'll graduate with the confidence to build a rewarding career working with the animals you love. You'll have access to our Career Tools to assist in your job search and provide one-on-one guidance for developing strong interview skills.

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