The Pet Behaviour Centre can provide seminars on a range of topics for interested groups such as SPCA volunteers, local authority workers (park wardens ,dog wardens and those coming into contact with the public and their dogs), veterinary nurses, breeders, schools and colleges, veterinary surgeries.
Featured Topic & Lectures
- Safe handling of dogs and cats one day seminar suitable for shelter staff, vet nurses etc. can be divided into ½ day seminar for each species. Topics include animal communication and recognising dangers, safer handling techniques for the pets, use of pheromones and equipment, zoonoses and safety for handlers, towards a safe environment for all.
- Behavioural development of puppies, the role of breeders and owners. The sensitive period and its importance in producing good tempered dogs.Common puppy behaviours and how to prevent future problems (settling a new pup into the new home/toilet training/ chewing/ mouthing/ jumping up etc.)
- The Adolescent Dog. Problems and Solutions (loss of recall/ wandering/chewing/ jumping up/mounting/aggression/heelwork).
- The Older Dog. Changes in behaviour in the aging dog (loss of toileting/ changes in sleeping habits/disorientation etc) and physical changes .when and if to replace.
- Prevent a Bite. in Ireland there are approximately 150 hospitalisations due to dog bites of which 2/3 are to children, and in general most are avoidable with a little training. Suitable for all ages of children. Teacher resource packs available. Topics include: understanding the dog’s body language. Avoiding confrontation and what to do if approached by an unfamiliar or unfriendly dog.
- Basic dog training to improve the “homeabilty” of dogs in rescue centres. The aim of this day course is to teach volunteers how to train rescue dogs in the basic commands of sit /down/ recall and walking on a loose lead, so that the dogs are ready for their new owners.
- Behavioural development of the kitten: the role of the breeder and owner. The importance of early handling, socialisation and use of pheromones to prevent future problems.
- The multi-cat household and the prevention of problems. Topics include the safe introduction of a new cat into an existing cat household. Aggression problems and how to improve relations. Can also include the introduction of other species to the cat and vice versa (dog, cat, rabbit etc).
- Fireworks and Noise Phobias. Behaviour modification through counter conditioning and de-sensitisation techniques for owners to implement. Topics include assessing the severity of the problem, the use of drug and pheromone therapy, the correct use of sound CDs and when to start. Also includes behavioural first aid for the phobic dog.
- Gardens and Pets. Can you have both successfully? A seminar for garden enthusiasts who also want a pet in their lives. Topics include :choosing the correct pet and or breed, plants that are dangerous, planting for the pet, avoiding bare patches, keeping pets away, controlling digging, preventing escape etc.
- So you want to be a dog trainer ? A 10 unit course in becoming a dog trainer. Animal communication and interpreting body language, how animals learn: conditioning and associative learning; reward training and schedules of reward, equipment and sourcing, running puppy classes, classes for the adolescent dogs, teaching basic obedience, teaching methods, problems and who to turn to, advertising and getting started, developing a professional attitude. Developing resource manuals for owners.
Students are required to produce course work showing they have understood basic concepts and can produce relevant information for future clients.