Certified Instructor Course (CIC) Dog Training & Behaviour

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Overseas Students – 6 weeks Full Time Intensive Program

This course is designed for overseas students wishing to become qualified dog trainers/instructors. With over 120 hours of practical training included, student trainers will learn to handle, care, and train a variety of dogs during this intensive program. Only students who are prepared to work hard should apply as places are limited.

Uniforms and Equipment

Students will be provided with a short sleeve polo top, cap and name badge as well as a Basic Trainers Kit consisting of training leash, head halter, correction collar, soft training collar, rope tug toy, treat pouch, treats and clicker. However, as it is a basic trainer’s kit, students will be required to supplement their personal kit with extra training aids once they commence practical training of dogs at Blue Cross Animal shelter. DTA subsidises these purchases with a 20% discount.

All Modules will be conducted at Command Dog Training School’s office – 19 Jeffery Street, Blackburn, Vic. 3130

Please bring with you: Writing materials ie. clipboard, pen, paper. You will be given session notes but are encouraged to take your own notes where necessary.

IMMUNISATION: It is mandatory for all students to be immunised against Tetanus before they commence their course. Evidence of immunisation must be provided to the course director at the commencement of the program. If students are not immunised prior, the course director will organise immuisation locally at an additional cost.

Mod 1 Tutorial 1 – Course overview

Key Topics
Qualities of a good instructor
Identifying key elements of being a good instructor. Includes:

  • People skills
  • Lesson preparation
  • Question & answer techniques
  • Student trainer protocol

Overview of a structured Obedience Program Includes:

  • Exercises taught
  • Developing a glossary of commands for instructors
  • Text reading requirements

Assignment to qualified instructor.

Student trainers will be allocated to a training venue for the commencement of their practical training requirements which is included in the CIC training program

Mod 1 Tutorial 2 – Structuring an effective training program

To be a competent Instructor/Trainer, students must understand the concepts of Adult Learning. This module incorporates both theoretical & practical sessions as part of the learning outcomes

Key Topics

  • Lesson Structure
  • Planning & preparation
  • Effective question & answer techniques
  • Teaching principles & learning outcomes
  • How, why, what, when of Adult Learning
  • Effective communication

Mod 1 Tutorial 3 – Dog Training & Behavioural Modification

In this tutorial session, students will be taught the origins of dog behaviour & how it relates to & influences the domestic dog.

Key Topics

History & development of domestic dog.

  • Evolution
  • Human-dog partnership.
  • Critical Periods of Development

Obedience Training Theory.

  • How Dogs Learn
  • Conditioning behaviours
  • Developing working-happiness between dog & owner
  • Identifying the most common training faults (obedience training)
  • Nagging – what it means in dog training terms

1st Major assignment

Student trainers will be given a selection of essay topics to choose from for this component of the CIC program. The aim of this component is to provide student trainers an opportunity to research a topic using a broad range of resources. It also provides for self-learning through this means.

Mod 1 Tutorial 4 – Canine Temperament

Key Topics

Foundation of Temperament

  • Wild Ancestor
  • Domestic Ancestor
  • Working Dog’s Makeup
  • Temperament Assessment

Mod 2 Tutorial 1 – Obedience training methods & maxims

This module focuses on the Eclectic Method preferred by DTA. It explores the various methods available in the training of dogs allowing student trainers to learn a variety of training techniques which they must then apply as part of their practical training requirements.

Key Topics

Eclectic Methods versus Extremist Methods

  • Advantages & disadvantages of training methods
  • Basic Trick Training
  • Shaping behaviours
  • Conditioned reflex
  • Training aids available for the professional dog trainer

CIC II Participants only: 2nd Major Assignment – First Lesson Outline

The aim of this assignment is to ensure that student trainers are competent in designing & drafting a lesson plan.

It is a 2- part assignment whereby student trainers must draft a session plan using the key elements taught in the previous Module. Assignments will be marked on presentation, relevancy (content) & clarity.

The 2nd part to this assignment is a competency-based assessment whereby student trainers will deliver their lesson to their peers. This will be assessed by the Training Director – (Nationally Accredited Trainer and Assessor).

Mod 2 Tutorial 2 – Dealing with aggressive dogs

As a professional dog trainer you will be dealing with many problems in many breeds of dogs. Furthermore, you will be compelled to solve these problems and educate the dog’s owner in the procedures required to control them.

In this key lecture, student trainers will learn the various types of aggression in dogs, their causes, preventative measures & cures.

Key Topics

  • Types of canine aggression
  • Conditioned and hereditary behaviours
  • Critical areas

Mod 3 Tutorial 1 – Behavioural Problems

Problem solving is an integral part of a professional dog trainer’s work. It should always be carried out in a logical and systematic manner so as to ensure all the facts are known before providing solutions for the dog owner. In this tutorial, students will learn the holistic approach needed to achieve these outcomes.

Key Topics

  • Assessing problems
  • Problem solving methods and maxims
  • Most common problems dog owners are faced with.
  • Positive and negative reinforcement

Mod 3 Tutorial 2 – Canine Husbandry

This tutorial will be presented by Dr David Margery B.V.Sc. (Hons) Melb & Ms Jodi-Anne Stewart proprietor of Pet Perfection dog grooming salon.

In this tutorial, students will be taught about basic canine husbandry, which includes canine dentition, anatomy & structure, parasitic infestations & preventative treatments.

Key Topics

  • Canine immunisation
  • Parasites including Heart, Ring and Hook Worm
  • Fleas and Mites
  • Dentition
  • Nutrition
  • Basic Coat care and maintenance

Practical Training Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of 120 hours practical training for the entire program as part of their qualification.

Practical training is divided up as follows:

  • Training under a Qualified Instructor at one of Command Dog Training School’s venues for group classes This will entail attendance on Saturday for min of 3 hours, Wednesday & Monday evenings for 2 hours. (min of 40 hours)
  • Canine Husbandry skills-training at DogZone daycare centre for dogs on selected days Monday to Friday. (min of 20 hours)
  • Training untrained dogs in Basic Obedience, minor Intermediate Level & some Trick Training.at the Blue Cross Animal Shelter. (Min of 65 hours)

Please Note:

To complete the practical requirements of this program, students must travel to each of the venues either by public transport or hire vehicle. Your Course Director can assist with this.

If a student wishes to purchase a dog, the student is responsible for its accommodation, transport, feeding and care during their course including all associated costs. Further, students will need to make arrangements to have their dog transported back to their country of origin at the conclusion of the course.

Uniforms and Equipment

Students will be provided with a short sleeve polo top, cap and name badge as well as a Basic Trainers Kit consisting of training leash, head halter, correction collar, soft training collar, rope tug toy, treat pouch, treats and clicker. However, as it is a basic trainer’s kit, students will be required to supplement their personal kit with extra training aids once they commence practical training of dogs at Blue Cross Animal shelter. DTA subsidises these purchases with a 20% discount.

IMMUNISATION: It is mandatory for all students to be immunised against Tetanus before they commence their course. Evidence of immunisation must be provided to the course director at the commencement of the program. If students are not immunised prior, the course director will organise immuisation locally at an additional cost.