Welcome to Learn Canine, your on-line portal to canine behaviour and training knowledge. We invite you to browse through our selection of modules on offer. Our modules have been based on tried and tested techniques used for the past 15 years, combined with the latest in academic research. “Warm science” at it’s best!Feel free to contact us if you have any queries.
Learn Canine combines the extensive dog training/behaviour experience of Shannon McKay MSc with the latest in scientific research to bring a treasure trove of knowledge to the enthusiast or aspirant professional.Content is based on tried and tested protocols and strategies to provide user-friendly and effective knowledge.A number of highly experienced and skilled tutors across South Africa bring their knowledge to Learn Canine.Read more...
Our modules are designed to either be enjoyed on a casual knowledge acquisition basis or as a set course combined with practicals and assignments to help aspirant professionals to start up their very own classes.Modules are all on-line and include useful text, illustrative photos as well as informative videos.Depending on which package you chose, your modules can also include practicals (offered in all major centres in South Africa), assignments and workshops.Read more...
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Ady Hawkins Craighall, JohannesburgAdy grew up in an animal household - cats, birds, Miniature Poodles and a Great Dane X Ridgeback and when she was 20 she bought her first GSD, a 2-year old male who's owners were emigrating. Always wanting a career in dogs Ady had to unfortunately put it on the back burner as life and career took over. In hindsight, probably the best thing to happen as she believes without maturity and life experience she would not have been able to succeed in her chosen field. After years in public relations, restaurants and recruitment where she honed her people counselling skills, she began studying dog behaviour. She opened her company Talking Dog at the beginning of 2012 and she offers behaviour consults, dog walking, one-on-one dog training, group dog park walking/park etiquette, transporting of dogs to physio, hydrotherapy etc and boarding at her home for client’s dogs. Later that year Ady was approached by Shannon McKay to run her new Craighall branch puppy school as well as to step in for Shannon and take her Honeydew puppy classes when needed. The following year Ady received her Super Pup Gold certification. Ady has successfully completed: •Canine Culture Behaviour and Instructor Course (Shannon McKay 2013) •Advanced Animal Behaviour (Ethology Academy 2011) - Best Practice •Basic Animal Behaviour (Ethology Academy 2010) •Basic Training and Behaviour Course (Canine Communications, Lotte Griffiths 2010)Ady feels that it is vital to keep abreast of new trends so is always attending seminars and workshops, reading books and watching DVD's. Currently Adrienne owns and trains three rescue dogs across a variety of disciplines, including obedience, agility and tracking.Belinda Thomas Centurion, PretoriaBelinda trained her first dog, a Labrador/Maltese cross, at the age of 15, in her parent's backyard using training tips that she had had read in books. Her dog training interests took a back seat for a while as she became more involved in horses, left school and started a career. An interest in all things horse and hound however remained a hobby that she enjoyed for many years.In the past Belinda has run her own stable yard and also been a horseback guide for game reserve trails. During this time, she also ‘backed’ and trained horses and competed in the odd show jumping and dressage show. A serious riding accident made Belinda look towards an activity that was a little safer – hence her return to dog training. In 2005, Belinda started assisting in puppy groups and shortly thereafter started her canine behaviour/obedience studies, achieving:•Canine Culture Puppy Instructors Course (merit pass)•Canine Culture Obedience Instructors Course (merit pass)•Canine Culture Behaviour Course (merit pass) Belinda then began instructing obedience classes and has turned her hobby into a full time profession. Belinda has since achieved her Super Pup Gold certification and manages the McKaynine Midstream branch.Belinda currently own four dogs; two Labradors and two Beagles. Hobbies include horse riding (when time allows), cooking, reading, sailing and the odd DIY job.Adrienne Olivier Pietermaritzburg & Howick, Kwazulu-NatalAdrienne was born into a family of dog lovers and from an early age had a deep love of all animals, especially dogs. She was introduced to dog training as a child of 12 years when her mother took the family’s unruly German Shepherd to the local dog training club for some basic training. Adrienne was hooked and after enthusiastically helping to train the family dog, received her own puppy for her 13th birthday and together they successfully entered the world of competitive obedience. Since those early days Adrienne has trained numerous dogs to championship status in the disciplines of Obedience, Tracker and Police Dog Working Trials, as well as qualifying dogs in Schutzhund and the Breed ring. She started instructing classes at a young age and was the Chief Trainer for both Pinetown GSD Club and Pietermaritzburg Kennel Club until she opened her own dog school in 1988. She has bred German Shepherds since the 1970’s as well as a few litters of Shetland Sheepdogs and Australian Shepherds and has enjoyed showing and qualifying her dogs in the Breed Ring. Adrienne qualified as an Obedience Judge as a young adult and was a senior Judge for several decades before retiring in order to concentrate on her Dog School and animal welfare volunteer work, which includes organizing an annual Township Dog Show and weekly dog training classes in the local township of Mpophomeni. A qualified teacher by profession, Adrienne also holds a Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour from the University of Pretoria and because she believes in keeping up to date with modern trends, attends as many seminars and workshops as possible, in addition to reading relevant subject matter whenever possible. Over the years she has participated in numerous courses covering training, behaviour modification, clicker, T.Touch and animal communication. She is a member of ABC of SA, KUSA and GSD Federation of SA and holds a Super Pup Gold certification.She currently shares her home with four cats who all help to keep the three German Shepherds, two Boxers and a Japanese Shiba in check, while the six dogs in turn, help to remind her that she still doesn’t know it all. Adrienne’s passion and goal is to enhance the relationship between people and their dogs by not only helping them learn how to train using positive motivational methods, but to better understand their canine companions through education.Gill Painter BScStellenbosch & Joostenburgvlakte, Cape TownGill’s career in dog training and behaviour starts with an interesting story... To encourage her son to study for matric, Gill joined him by undergoing the late Professor Odendaal’s Ethology courses. When Gill moved to Cape Town in 2002 and had to reinvent her life and career, she turned to Puppy Socialisation and Training to complement her Behaviourist studies as her full-time profession. Gill has specialised in puppy and young dog training as she believes that a good foundation of early training, advice and guidance is what puppy owners need.Gill’s extensive qualifications include:•BSc Zoology & Botany - UCT (1975) •Basic Animal Behaviour (Dogs & Cats) Cert - Technikon Pretoria (2001) •Basic Animal Behaviour (Horses) Cert - Technikon Pretoria (2002) •Advanced Animal Behaviour (Dogs & Cats) Cert - Technikon Pretoria (2002) •Puppy Socialisation Workshop - Dr Quixi Sonntag (2002) •Beyond Puppy Classes - Dr H.E.Zulch (2003) •Clicker Training - Dr H.E.Zulch (2003) •Super Pup Gold certificationShe has attended numerous seminars and workshops and is always keen to learn more and enrich her training sessions with dogs and handlers alike. In this vein Gill also maintains professional affiliations with:•Animal Behaviour Consultants of South Africa (C)•SABCAP (Registered Member of SABCAP since inception
In order for the practical elements of the professional course to be offered throughout South Africa, tutors have been appointed in major centres.
All modules have been carefully structured to include in-depth knowledge about how a dog's behaviour develops right through to the
"nuts and bolts" of actually running classes. What makes these modules truly unique is that they cater for the ENTHUSIAST and the
Module content is identical - only the PROFESSIONAL package includes a graded assignment, practicals, complimentary workshop/s and a
final exam. Content includes text, illustrative photos, interactive quizzes, videos and assignments. The assignments are only graded and
returned to delegates if the PROFESSIONAL package is chosen.
You can do whichever modules you wish purely for your own enjoyment and knowledge expansion.
There is no assignment or exam for this option, which is reflected in the price difference. Workshops (where applicable) are offered
to you at a 25% discount.
Ideal if you wish to start running classes, or you wish to further your knowledge on canine behaviour and instruction.
Puppy Instructor Course - This comprises six modules, namely B1, B2, I1, I2, I3 and P1.
Obedience Instructor Course - This comprises seven modules, namely B1, B2, I1, I2, I3, I4 and O1.
This option includes practicals, graded assignments, workshop and an exam all included in the price of the modules.
Behaviour 1 - B1The dog’s systems and sensesHow a dog’s perception colours his worldStages of canine developmentSpecific requirements of dog breedsLimitations of training iro geneticsBehaviour 2 - B2 Impact of domesticationBehavioural development of the canineNeurological aspects of socialisationEarly environment impactThe physiology of learningInstructor 1 - I1Learning theoryLearning processes for dogs and humans Training techniquesConditioning, reinforcers and punishersLearned helplessnessAll positive mythInstructor 2 - I2Role of the instructorHandler types and goalsMotivating handlersHandler managementWhat dogs need from their handlersRelationship between dog and ownerHealthy boundariesTeaching tips and proxemicsInstructor 3 - I3Class promotion and administrationTime and class managementGradings and examinationsSupporting materialFirst aid Training equipment, aids and groundsHomework Instructor 4 - I4Recognising unbalanced dogsUnderstanding unbalanced dogsDealing with unbalanced dogsDealing with dog aggressionTraining and effect on behaviourTrouble shooting with exercisesGames for classesPuppy 1 - P1Syllabus – puppy classesTraining exercises for puppy classesTrouble-shooting common problemsToilet trainingDigging, chewingBoisterous behaviourSeparation anxietyGeneral puppy managementObedience 1 - O1*Syllabus - beginner obedienceGoals for intermediate obedience Syllabus - intermediate obedienceTraining exercises for classesTrouble-shooting common problemsDigging, chewingBoisterous behaviourSeparation anxietyGeneral dog management*Available from September 2015
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