Starts August 5th, 2021!
Course description and objectives
Building on the Principles in Ethology course, we’ll take a deeper dive into understanding dog behavior specifically, considering what it all means for how we live with dogs, how they learn, and how we train them and seek to solve behavioral issues.
This one is seriously interesting. I’d say engrossing even. For example:
- The interplay between canine domestication, evolution, and behavior
- Development in dogs: birth through adulthood
- The perceptual world of the dog and how it impacts behavior
- How dogs approach and solve problems in their environment
- The role of genetics in behavior
- And if that weren’t enough, we’ll take a look at free-ranging dogs and their behavior, too!
My goal is for you to come away from this course with an even deeper appreciation and wonder for these amazing animals we live with. You’ll also never look at dogs—or dog training—quite the same way again.
I believe that the most effective learning occurs when students are not only provided with the facts, but also provided ample opportunity to use the information in concrete ways, engage in challenging activities, interact with others and receive frequent feedback on their progress.
Therefore, this course will be taught using an approach that encourages collaboration and active learning. While there will be time spent lecturing, time in class will be also be spent working on interactive activities and completing brief assignments.
I began my teaching career by teaching at a university and I hold students in my online courses to the same standards. I have high expectations for engagement and quality of work. However, I also strongly feel that if I am going to set a high bar, that I need to step up and make sure my students can reach it. This means that I hold myself to a very high standard as well and I love it when students reach out if they are struggling with the material in any way. I am happy to help. If you haven’t taken a college course before, but are willing to put in the work and reach out for help if needed, then you should do well in this course.
Students will get the most out of this course if they have already taken out Principles of Applied Ethology course. You can still take the current course without the Principles course, but you will be missing some of the basic information about ethology.
If students appreciate reading materials to support the lecture material, I recommend If students appreciate reading materials to support the lecture material, I recommend Miklósi’s book Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition. Several of the chapters from the book will be relevant to course material. It is also recommended reading for several of my other courses.
Course syllabus (coming soon)
Course features & tuition
How long we’ll hang out
What we’ll do
- Weekly live sessions
- Lecture, discussion, interactive application activities & short in-class assignments
- Quizzes to cement your knowledge & gain your CEUs
CCPDT: Auditors: 4 behavior consultant hours; Full students: 8 behavior consultant hours
IAABC: Auditors: 4 hours, Full students: 9.5 hours
$330 for students
(Includes 4 hours of instruction, 4 hours of discussion and application activities, course quizzes)
$200 for auditors
(Includes 4 hours of instruction)
The next course will start on Thursday, August 5th. It runs for four weeks: 8/5, 8/12, 8/19, and 8/26.
- For all students: There will be a lecture at 6 pm Eastern time each Thursday. Class runs for about an hour. Each lecture will be conducted live and will include some interactive discussion. Lectures will also be recorded for students that are not able to attend live.
- For full students:
- Discussion sessions: There will be a discussion section at about 7 pm Eastern time each week (immediately following lecture),. This session will run about an hour and we will use the time to further explore the concepts in a variety of ways. For particularly tricky content, students will participate in exercises to solidify and practice the information presented during lecture. In addition, students will have practice at applying course material directly to working with dogs. Discussions use a team-based learning format where students will be presented with a challenge then given an opportunity to discuss the challenge with their team and agree on an answer. We will then discuss the answer as a group and I will provide additional information on applications and connections to other concepts. The discussion sections are designed to create deep, transformative, and lasting learning related to course material.
- Course assessments: Full students will also receive in-class assignments and 1 – 2 quizzes to assess their understanding of course material.
If you are interested in taking this course as a full student, but cannot attend live at the currently scheduled time, please e-mail email@example.com with your preferred times. If I get enough requests for other time slots, I will open additional sections.
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- Refunds, minus a $10 processing fee, will be granted if requested up to 2 days before the start of class. After that, 50% refunds will be granted.
- Refunds are not available after the start of class.
- Refunds will not be granted if you are unable to attend class and therefore unable to complete the required work. Excused absences will be granted in case of emergencies and illness (with proper documentation).