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DogtownSA are big supporters of IMDT, which is why every year someone comes form the UK to give us awesome up to date training for dogs. We are proud to offer an IMDT correspondence course through Dogtown.

Thanks to the awesome support from IMDT, Dogtown has 5 spots of the IMDT correspondence course https://www.imdt.uk.com/correspondence-courses/6-months.—-learning,-motivation-and-reinforcement/

Email: info@dogtownsa.org if you would like more information on how to book one of these spots.

The IMDT have developed three outstanding Tutor Supported Correspondence Courses for Students and Trainers wishing to obtain externally accredited qualifications that are exclusively offered by The IMDT. Use the code Dogtown10 and receive 10% discount plus IMDT will donate 10% to DogtownSA for every booking with this code 🙂 This is also a recognised qualification if looking for employment with DogtownSA. So you have always wanted to work with animals, this will get you going on the right track 🙂


Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour:
Accredited Dog Training & Behaviour Open College Network OCN Level III Qualification
6 month Tutor Supported Correspondence Course

Who is this Course for?
Those that are committed to keeping their canine and training knowledge as up to date as possible. Those that are considering or are already established Dog Trainers that appreciate the need to understand not only the mechanics of how dogs learn, but also their development, emotional responses and relationship with the environment. Students that appreciate the need to apply knowledge to real life case studies.

An in-depth look at how dogs learn covering both Operant and Classical Conditioning and how it can be used in the real world, to help you train dogs and their owners and modify behaviour successfully.

The course covers:

  • How dogs were domesticated and how human intervention could have affected their behaviour
  • How this development drives the way we work with dogs and how we can use this as part of any training or behaviour modification plan
  • The development of puppies including, weaning, socialization, early learning and the potential effect on future behaviour
  • Operant Conditioning, (in detail) how it works and how this can be applied to teaching our dogs successfully
  • Pitfalls and safety issues in training dogs
  • Classical Conditioning, the basics; as well as more complex approaches to behaviour problems that you may encounter
  • Conditioned Emotional Responses in behaviour modification, how to create and maintain these properly and thus increase the dogs mental wellbeing and physiological health
  • The owner; their behaviour and beliefs and how this effects the learning environment
  • The environment and its effects on learning in dogs and owners
  • How this all relates to ‘real life’ case studies


If you would like to continue your dog training and behaviour education you can look into their 1 year correspondence course.

OCN Level 4

Tutor Supported Correspondence and Attendance Course run over 12 months

Students must book and enrol at info@dogtownsa.org by End of July 2016

The course is aimed at students who already have a good foundation in learning theory and basic training principles. It comprises of 5 correspondence units and a mandatory attendance weekend which will take place in Johannesburg.
The attendance weekend is designed to give practical applications of the areas covered in the correspondence units. This will comprise of theory and discussion sessions, practical demonstrations, case studies and student presentations all aimed at giving a broader perspective on training and behaviour issues.

The correspondence units are backed up with detailed booklets giving all of the relevant background information and research on each of the areas covered.

Please be aware that at this level students will be expected to research and analyse information outside of that supplied within the course.

Due to the structure of the course some of the units will need to be completed by specified dates.

Course content:

Unit 1:

1. Canine communication: Vocalisation & body posture.

  • The emotions behind the posture, environmental effects, context and emotional change
  • Breed, play and arousal
  • Predatory vs. play behaviour
  • The relevance of all of this in training and behaviour modification

2. Stress: What it is and what it does, effects on the brain, body, training, handling and behaviour

Unit 2:

1. Domestication: Theories and debates
2. Breed: Dog vs. Breed vs. Individual – using the whole picture
3. The dogs needs:

  • Motor patterns, the brain, reinforcement, and motivation
  • The relationship with owners and trainers, effects on behaviour

4. Foundation Work: Where to start; safety, welfare and mental wellbeing
5. Foundation Training:

  • Exercises for control, focus and safety
  • Preparation for advanced training

Unit 3:

1. Learning Theory:

  • Classical conditioning in depth
  • Emotions and the brain
  • Reinforcement and the brain
  • Why behaviour happens

Unit 4:

1. Behaviour Modification:

  • Processes and protocols; general approaches and the specifics
  • Separation issues,
  • How to approach cases, what not to do and areas to consider that might normally be overlooked.
  • The emotions linked to behavioural responses and why they are relevant
  • Noise sensitivity and phobias
  • Medical issues – disease; injury and its ramifications on behaviour and training

Unit 5:

1. Distance increasing behaviour, aggressive responses:

  • Emotions behind these behaviours
  • Motivation, Reinforcement
  • Pitfalls of labelling
  • Predatory behaviour
  •   Questionnaires – what to ask and why
  •   Levels of aggression
  •   Safety
  •   Training protocols

Email: info@dogtownsa.org to sign up, for this incredible course.