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I'm looking for online courses beneficial to ACOs.

I have taken the ASPCA cruelty course, and the FEMA disaster training, and I am aware of the Humane Society University courses.

Anyone know of some others?
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Just got this one today. MB

Annoucement: Please Cross Post

My on-line course "Understanding Canine Behavior" begins, Tuesday, July 6,
2009 at 8 p.m. EDT. It is not too late to sign up! This class will run for
10 weeks. Each class meeting is 90 minutes long. No "on-demand" version of
the class will be offered for this first series. The class will be offered
again in mid-September, and will be offered then both in real-time and
on-demand. For more information about registering for the class go to:

Below, please find the syllabus for the class. My book Canine Behavior: A
Photo-Illustrated Handbook, will be the primary textbook for the course. I
have an entirely new, superb collection of photos (not included in the book)
and video clips for the class to view. The essential learning experience
for the students will be interpreting photos and video, and discussing with
fellow students their understanding of the canine behaviors represented.
Many supplemental readings of recent scientific articles will be assigned to
augment the learning experience.

CEUs for IAABC are available

CEUs for CPDT are still pending

Understanding Canine Behavior

Instructor: Barbara Handelman

Primary Textbook: Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook, by Barbara
Handelman, M.Ed., CDBC. Supplemental readings as assigned by the instructor.

Purpose: Students will learn to observe and interpret canine behavior.
Their new understanding will help them prevent potentially dangerous dog to
dog, or dog to human interactions.

Course Objectives:

As a result of this class, students will:

* Be able to define "behavior" as a concept

* Become skilled observers of canine behavior

* Recognize different categories of aggressive dog behavior

* Develop awareness of how anatomy is relevant in understanding and
interpreting behavior

* Recognize and understand:

o Displacement Behaviors

o Distance Increasing Behaviors

o Distance decreasing Behaviors

o Dominance: definition and relevance in behavior

o Epimeletic and et-epmiletic behaviors

o Metasignals

* Differentiate different types of canine play

* Understand predation in domestic canines

* Understand the difference between socializing and socialization

* Understand social hierarchies in wild and domestic canines

* Recognize the signs of mild, moderate and severe stress in dogs

Course Format:
This ten-week course will be presented in "seminar style" with ample
opportunity for discussion and Q & A with fellow students and the

Reading assignments will be from the primary class text: Canine Behavior: A
Photo Illustrated Handbook. Students will select at least 3 readings from
provided bibliographies to validate ideas presented in the paper they will
complete during the course.

* Class will meet at a specific time each week.

o Material from missed classed will be available on line, but the
opportunity for real-time discussion will happen only during designated
class times.

* This class will be graded on a "pass/fail" basis,

o CEUs will be given only to those whose active participation in class
discussions proves a grasp of the reading materials and the class content.


* Practical: Students will be expected to submit 1 photograph, or one
short (no more than 3 minute) video clip of canine interactions they have
observed, or one video found on YouTube. The student should label and
interpret all observable behaviors contained in the photos or videos. Submit
the photo or video to the instructor before the class for which material is
relevant, so that the instructor can weave them into the class formats.

* Quizzes: will not be graded because they are an integral part of how
each class will be structured, and the answers will be provided as part of
the discussions.

* Participation and Attendance: All students will be expected to
participate in discussions of reading material and material presented during
class. Students will be prepared to analyze canine behavior interactions
presented by the instructor. If you must miss a class, you will be
expected to catch up on-line, and respond to the material in writing.

* All of the readings and class materials build on each other, so
missing a class or failing to read an assignment will make following the
material in future classes more difficult.

* Readings: Students must read all assigned articles and sections of
the primary text. Students should plan to read the entire primary textbook,
Canine Behavior a Photo-Illustrated Handbook, to enhance learning throughout
the course.

Class 1 (90 minutes, no breaks)

Overview of Course Objectives: (Instructor goes over what the students will
learn over the next 9 weeks.)

q What is behavior

q Becoming a skilled observer

o Observing canine behavior without making judgments about intention

q "Some Guidance on Observing Canine Body Language" by Barbara


Classes 2 (90 minutes, no breaks)

* Anthropomorphism

* Stress in Dogs

o Identifying signs of stress


Class 3 (90 minutes, no breaks)

o The relevance of stress in choosing dogs for canine careers

o Safety in dog parks

o Learned Helplessness

o Habituation

o Flooding

o Desensitization


Class 4 (90 minutes, no breaks)

* Class discussion will focus on

* Displacement Behaviors
* Distance Increasing Behaviors
* Distance Decreasing Behaviors

Reading Assignments:

Section 1: Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook, Aggression in

* Students should come to Class 5 prepared to discuss Section 1 of the

* Be conversant with the 25 different categories of aggressive behavior
discussed in the book.

Watch in Preparation for class 5:

Dog Attack Styles


Class 5 (90 minutes, no breaks)

* Focus on Barrier Frustration Aggression

* Focus on Ritualized Aggression

Be prepared to watch and comment on the follow video clips during class:

Fence fighting barrier Aggression


Provoked barrier frustration in a car

Barrier Aggression:


New Pup in Household:


Class 6 (90 minutes, no breaks)

Continue discussion of :

* dog to dog aggression
* dog to human aggression, with specific emphasis on

* resource guarding,

* prevention and remediation

Be prepared to watch and comment on the follow video clips during class:

Resource Guarding

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Dog to Human Aggression


Fear Aggression:


Aggression Toward Human


Class 7 (90 minutes, no breaks)

* Class discussion will focus on

* Dominance: definition and relevance in behavior
* Social Hierarchies in domestic dogs

Reading Assignments:

Section 15: Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook, Play in Domestic


Wild Justice by Marc Bekoff

Lowering Arousal: How to Train Impulse Control in Dogs by Dee Ganley

Attention to Attention in Domestic Dog Dyadic Play by Alexandra Horowitz

Class 8 (90 minutes, no breaks)

* Class discussion will focus on:

* Metasignals
* Differentiating different types of canine play

* Self-handicapping
* Play skills deficits
* Play arousal escalation to aggression

Reading assignments:

Section 17, Canine Behavior: A Photo Illustrated Handbook, Predation in
Domestic Dogs

Breed Related Behavior Issues by Dee Ganley and Barbara Handelman

Class 9 (90 minutes, no breaks)

* Class discussion will focus on:

* Predation in domestic canines

* Fixed action patterns

* instinct

* Breed specific behaviors

* Relevance to training and owner challenges

* Predatory Play in relation to objects and other animals

Be prepared to watch and comment on the follow video clips during class:


Class 10 (90 minutes, no breaks)

Students will watch video taken of a GSD puppy from 5 days of age through
his temperament evaluation at 7 weeks. Video taping was done at weekly
intervals and include a creatively implemented socialization program.

* Class discussion will focus on

* Socializing
* Socialization

* Epimeletic and et-epmiletic behaviors

* Final Overview and quizzes


Barbara Handelman, M.Ed, CDBC, Certified Behavior Consultant, IAABC Member

Norwich, Vermont, 802 649-5213

Now Available: "Canine Behavior: A Photo-Illustrated Handbook"

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