GC104 – An introduction to Professional Dog Training Methods


The Modern Dog Trainer

Regardless of how you train a dog and regardless of what discipline you train them for, understanding the difference between classical and operant conditioning is absolutely vital.

During this introduction to Dog Training course we will explore why we use rewards in training, the best way to use them and other motivational tools we have available to us.

Upon completion of this distance learning course you will have the theory and the techniques needed to train a dog to the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme Silver Award level.

Tutor: David Drew

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The syllabus for level two includes the investigation and understanding of;

  • Reasons for training a dog
  • How Dogs learn
  • Consequences for actions in dog training
  • Pavlov and his dog
  • Operant Conditioning in dog training
  • Classical Conditioning in dog training
  • Conditioned Reinforcement in dogs
  • Why breeding may affect the way you train a dog
  • Motivation and Rewards in dog training
  • Use of the Voice when training a dog
  • Use of the Body when training a dog
  • Use of the dogs name in obedience training
  • Play in dog training
  • Basic dog training: sit, stand, down, recall
  • Roles in the dog training profession