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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.

Dog Obedience Trainer Orientation

Dog Obedience Trainer Orientation 

In this course, you’ll examine 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, and developing the skill sets necessary for success in the twenty-first century. You’ll also explore the different animal care careers that are available and routine veterinary office procedures.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Identify skills needed to be a confident and independent online learner.
  • Summarize the skills needed to safely, professionally, and ethically perform the roles and responsibilities as a member of the veterinary healthcare team.

Lesson Group 1: Foundations of Dog Training

Lesson Group 1: Foundations of Dog Training  

This course describes the history of dog training and methodologies used in the past and present. You’ll also explore how classical and operant conditioning help animals learn and how to apply positive and negative reinforcement appropriately.

By the end of this course, you'll be able to do the following:

  • Compare historical and present-day dog training methods.
  • Identify common applications of classical and operant conditioning in dog training.
  • Explain how to properly use reinforcement in dog training.

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Program Description

The Dog Obedience Trainer certificate program is designed to provide you with the knowledge of the skills required of dog obedience trainers. You’ll learn about the various methodologies of dog training, how different dog breeds learn and develop, and how to start your own dog training business.

Program Objectives

After completing the Dog Obedience Trainer certificate program, you’ll be able to do the following:

  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

Commanding a successful career

Ashworth College's API Program Name Career Diploma program helps you develop the confidence you need to reach for your career goals because we integrate job search prep into your studies. With the online tools at the Ashworth College Central Network, you’ll get step-by-step guidance as you create polished, professional resumes and letters. After you graduate, you’ll keep your Ashworth College Central Network account so you can revisit the tools any time you need to make a good impression on a potential employer. Learn more about it at the Career Services page.

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