Canine Behavior Specialist – Level 2

This program does not require approval by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education.

Dates: Please check “SCHEDULE” page for class dates.

Class Days and Times:
Tuesday and Thursday 2:00-4:30 pm
Please note: class schedule may change to ensure student has an opportunity to sit in on
behavioural consultations with clients.

Cost: $3,575.00 plus $140.00 administrative fee.

Hours: 32 contact hours minimum
(additional elective hours are available attending classes with clients)

Program Delivery: In person theory and practical

Prerequisite: Successful completion of Dog Behaviour and Training-Level 1

Maximum number of Students: 2

A Certificate for Canine Behaviour Specialist will be granted to the student who satisfactorily passes both modules of the program.

Level 2 – Curriculum:

Module 1: Intermediate and Advanced Obedience: 12 hours (theory and practical)

Private versus group training and workshops, In-kennel training versus in-home training, Lesson plans for advanced private obedience instruction and group training, Proper use and function of advanced training equipment, Off-leash obedience training, proofing and performing obedience commands with distractions, Working with multi-dog households, Training Deaf Dogs, practical handling, training and behaviour problem solving with shelter dogs.

Module 2: Canine Behaviour Problems: 20 hours (theory and practical)

Basic dog anatomy, nutrition, health issues that can contribute to behaviour problems; skin disorders, parasites, viruses, hip dysplasia, etiology and assessment of behaviour problems in puppies, etiology and assessment of behaviour problems in adult dogs, diagnosing and classifying aggression problems, understanding different types of aggression, causes, management and treatment of aggression problems, clicker training in behaviour modification, safe handling techniques for aggressive dogs, assessment, management and treatment of fears, phobias, anxiety and compulsive behaviours in dogs, when to refer to a veterinarian for medication in the management of behaviour problems, creating a treatment program that clients will follow, case studies, practical work with clients, practical work diagnosing behaviour problems with shelter dogs.