BHARCS Applied Canine Behaviour & Ethology Diploma
This is our rigorous canine behaviour diploma that empowers you with all the education, coaching, practice, support and preparation you will need in your career working with dogs. BACBED is a UK Level 4 Diploma, accredited by Laser Learning Awards at 50 credits. (Read more).
Topics that we will cover include, but are not limited to the following :
Lifestyle : Our education is based primarily on work of Norwegian Canine Ethology expert, Turid Rugass. Turid's concepts advocate calming dogs down as the very first step to working with them. A thorough understanding of what excites and calms a dog is critical. In this module, students will gain an in-depth understanding of how a dog's heart works, which aspects of a dog's lifestyle increase and decrease the dog's heart rate. Our scientific approach will ensure, students will be reviewing the cutting edge, ongoing research work in this area. The module also includes practical tasks, to introduce students to the idea of practical self learning and how to self critique their work. This is to ensure that students continue growing well after our education programs.
Canine communication : The idea of dog-communication would have been introduced to the student during Canine Essential 101. This module will be about learning how to put it to use, templates for observing, documenting and analysing the impact and usage of these signals on dogs. Students will be encouraged to work with dogs they don't know, ones that are not trained or street dogs to help them get better at understanding and using signals. The unit includes plenty of guided practical exercises which students will complete, not just with the help of their tutor, but also buddies. This is the module that makes Dr. Dolittles, out of our students.
Physiology & Anatomy of a Dog : Physical health impacts behaviour, which impacts mental health and mental health, in turn, impacts physical health. This is true for both humans and dogs. Dogs, however, are very stoic and do not show discomfort easily. In addition, there is the invisible impact of micro stressors. It is a well known fact that the lives of the urban middle class is getting increasingly stressful. Urban dogs are invariably exposed to a lot of stressors too, including our own stress, the hustle bustle of city life, it's sensory overload, environmental toxins etc...Here we dive deeper into the topic of physiological impact of chronic stress on a dog’s body, as well as the impact of stress and health on a dog's behaviour. Students learn to look for signs of chronic stress, poor health and imbalance in movement, considering both physical and behavioural indicators. Students will conduct a few studies to help them understand these concepts thoroughly. It is a heavy topic, but this holistic approach is what sets BHARCS apart.
Classical Training : The actual act of training a dog is a very small part of our education system. By the time students are done, it is unlikely that they will see the need to train much. So we take a slightly different approach, of questioning classical training tools. Students will start out by learning about the different types of training, key terminology and techniques used in training. They will then move on to taking a closer look at two specific tools - “SIT” command and “NO” , understand their history, purpose, utility and most importantly, their limitations. Students will be conducting some studies to help them understand the impact of these tools on dogs. Students will also be developing alternatives, to tackle limitation of these tools. For example: Asking a dog with a bad knee to sit could be rather painful. So what alternative can we come up with for dogs like that.
Practicals: We are particularly proud of our practicals. Although the entire diploma is online, there is no dearth of practical exercises. We have our own unique way of not only teaching our students practical skills, but also pushing them to improve their newly learned skills. But what we are particularly proud of, is the structure. Students are put on a path of constant learning and improvement, so they continue to improve their practical skills, well after they have completed our course. We team students up with each other, to help them through practicals, a support structure that we hope they will use for the rest of their lives. We look at practical skills as an art, and the more students practise, the better they get, all through their professional lives. That is what we are setting them up for.
Dealing with People: Dogs are unique animals in that their lives are constantly impacted by the humans around. Anyone who wishes to be a change agent in a dog’s life, must therefore, know how to influence people. Students will conduct mock consults and interviews to understand how to extract relevant and honest information from clients. Students will also be guided on how to change the mind of a dog's caretaker. Students will be guided through case studies, so that we get to hand-hold them as they start putting their learning into practice. We also cover important aspects of setting up a business, including, but not limited to marketing, customer management, branding, setting up of policies & practises, defining professional ethics etc We are firm believers of being catalysts for change in people’s lives to positively impact their dogs
NOTE: These online courses are ONLY available for students who have completed Canine Essential 101. Contact the office to apply.
If you have questions on student life, the type of learning involved or guidance provided, the classroom experiences or career prospects, who better to ask than the seniors. We are eager to welcome you.
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