The content of the course and required professional standards will be based on the latest scientific knowledge and insights from four recent research programs into dog bite prevention commissioned by the Dutch government, of which the course coordinator of the Odisee Bite Prevention Program was the leading researcher.
Dog Bite Prevention - Animal Trainer Instructor
For dog trainers organizing training courses with a specific focus on:
Increasing owner awareness of recognizing risk factors for dog bites.
Assessing dogs that might be at risk of causing bite incident but have not yet been associated with one.
Developing and conducting training programs aimed at decreasing the bite risk of individual dogs.
Developing and conducting rehabilitation training programs in cooperation with a ‘Dog bite risk assessment and rehabilitation behaviourist’ for dogs that have been involved in a bite incident or near bite incident.
This standard relates tot he application of the science of dog behaviour and welfare with the aim the prevention and treatment of welfare and behaviour problems in dogs with a specific focus on the prevention, training, assessment and treatment of dogs being at risk for developing aggression problems, displaying aggression problems or having been involved in a bite incident.
This standard involves understanding how to prevent and address welfare problems, behaviour problems and decrease bite risks in dogs of dogs that have not been involved in a bite incident, and in addtion on how to develop training programs of dog having been invovled in a bite incident in cooperation with a Clinical Animal Behaviourist.
This standard is suitable for those with responsibility for preventing, assessing, planning and managing humane approaches to provide optimal welfare to dogs. For training, assessing, planning and managing humane approaches do decrease bite risks of dogs, who wish to acquire an extensive understanding of dog training and the related scientific literature.
Module 1: Ethology of dogs – 4 credits
Module 2: Learning theory and animal training - 12 credits
Part 1: Learning theory 8 ECTS credits
Part 2: Dog training – 4 ECTS credits including 80 hours workshop
Module 3: The quality of life of dogs - 3 ECTS
Module 4: Communication and instruction - 8 credits
Module 5: Dogs and people in our society, animal law and ethics - 3 credits
Module 6: Assessing and training high risk dogs: theory and practice – 10 ECTS
Part 1: Theory: Understanding dog bite incidents, how to assess and develop training programs for high risk dogs – 6 credits
Part 2: High risk dog training in practice – 4 credits including 80 hours workshop
Modules 1-2-3 are organized in the first year (19 ECTS); modules 4-5-6 are organized in the second year (21 ECTS).
The tuition fee is €2.280 for the first year (19 credits) and €2.520 for the second year (21 credits).
Our course combines online learning with practical workshops. Online lectures given by international experts in the field are used to introduce theoretical concepts, provide information that is not easily accessible through other sources or discuss and highlight specific topics. Academics that are at the forefront of the field facilitate and guide the learning of individual students towards achieving the learning outcomes of the courses. During the practical workshops in small groups you develop under the supervision of tutors your practical skills in dog training and communication.
This course includes 20 days of intensive training in groups with a maximum of 4 to 6 students in dog handling, training and the development of appropriate communication skills at the animal shelter ‘Dierenbeschermingscentrum Limburg’ situated in Born The Netherlands. Ten days are scheduled during the first year and ten during the second year of the course.
You have (at least) a bachelor degree (level 6) with a good command of the English language. You are a EU citizin (+ Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein).
If you do not have a bachelor degree you can apply for admission through an evaluation of your portfolio and submission of a motivation letter (you will however not obtain a postgraduate certificate).
160 hours practical workshop
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The course starts in October 2020.
After successful completion of the course you will receive a Postgraduate certificate in Animal Trainer Instructor-Dog Bite Prevention of Odisee University College. This certificate is an academically recognized qualification.
You can find more detailed information on the different modules in the program outline (ECTS).