Ethology What is ethology? Evolution and domestication of dogs. Similarities and differences in the behavior of different dog breeds. Analysis of behavior, theory and practice.
Psychology of Learning Learning types: non-associative learning, associative learning (classical conditioning, operating conditioning), social learning. Reinforcement programs. Impact of stress and arousal on learning.
Olfactory perception The perceptive world of the dog: the physiology of the smell. Odors and odorants. From the nose to the brain. Active and passive transport of odors into the air. Effects of climate and environment. Human Scent. Human scent on track/trail.
Health & Safety Conservation of training aids. Evaluation of risk. Risks related to the handling of substances.
Training methods: search and alert Advantages and disadvantages of the main training methods. Active alert vs. passive alert. Build a training progression plan. Learned vs. emotional alert. Working on leash .Search pace. Working in urban and rural. Match to sample.
Planning and analysis of training Working with protocols. Set goals and training steps. Data collection and analysis. Students must plan their entire training.
Rewards Positive reinforcement techniques. Social and non-social rewards. The consequences of behavior: reinforcements and punishments.
Science at the service of business Search and use scientific publications.
Test Build and use aptitudinal and performance tests.
Conflict management How to prevent and manage conflicts with students and clients.
Tracking dogs vs. Trailing Dogs Motivation How to built up and maintain.
Use, creation, conservation of scent articles
No scent identification
Working in urban setting and rural one
Plan and evaluate training
How to fix troubles
Code of ethics