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Dog Training 101: A Guide for Beginners


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Course Description

A dog is a wonderful, entertaining and loyal companion.  Bringing home a new dog to join your family is such a fun and exciting time.  When you take on this huge responsibility, you'll want to do the best job you can.  Your animal now depends on you for food, shelter, medical care, and companionship.  In short, you hold their very life in your hands and they have complete trust in your judgment.

This fun and informative course will help you cover all the basics of dog care and training.  Everything from feeding recommendations, bathing tips, training guides and basic first aid topics are included in just 12 easy-to-learn lessons.  Just follow along and you'll be a pro in no time at all!

Topics include:

- Different nutritional phases in a dog's life

- Feeding tips

- Essential pet Items

- Basics of dog bathing

- Importance of grooming and how to groom

- Benefits and rewards that come from training your dog

- How to gauge your dog's personality and the tools needed to start training him

- How to handle leash training, chewing habits and housetraining

- How to control some of your dogs bad habits including barking and running away

- Difference between positive reinforcement and punishment

- Heartworms: what are they and the treatment

- What constitutes an emergency, and what you can and can't treat safely

- First aid situations: what you need to know to help your pet

- Pet Poisoning and seeking help

- Home preparation for new pets

- Pet owner responsibility: dealing with the good along with the bad

- Pet boarding tips and resources

- And much more

The class is self-paced and you can take it when it fits your schedule. So why not join and learn how to provide the care your dog needs for a long and healthy life!
 

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Lesson 1: Pet Preparations

Introduction: Pet Proofing and Basic Pet Care Items 40 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Household Hazards for Pets; Pet Care Items for Dogs
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Introduction
  • Complete: Assignment 1A: Basic Pet Care
  • Complete: Introduction Exam 1A: Basic Pet Care Items
  • Complete: Introduction Exam 1B: Pet Proofing Your House

Lesson 2: Dog Care Routines

Dog Care Routines: Feeding, bathing, grooming, and clean up involved in keeping your dog happy and healthy. 55 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: Basic Feeding Guides: Puppies and Adult Dogs; Pet Mess Clean Up; Tips for Bathing Your Dog; Bathing and Grooming videos
  • Complete: Assignment 1: Maintaining Your Dogs Care
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam: Feeding Your Dog
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Bathing Your Dog
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Grooming Your Dog
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 2: Cleaning Up After Your Pet

Lesson 3: The Importance of Dog Training

This lesson discusses the benefits and rewards that come from training your dog. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: Basic Training; The Importance of Dog Training; Dog Breed Quiz
  • Take Poll: Your Dog
  • Complete: Assignment 2: Your Goals
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 3: The Importance of Dog Training

Lesson 4: Setting the Stage for Training

This lesson teaches you how to gauge your dog's personality and the tools needed to start training him. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: dog_profile.pdf
  • Review Article: Types of Dog Collar
  • Complete: Assignment 3: The Ideal Dog
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 4: Setting the Stage for Training

Lesson 5: Becoming a Master: Mastering the Basics of Dog Training

In this lesson we will discuss leash training, chewing habits and housetraining. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Destructive Dog Chewing; How to Train Your Dog to Heel
  • Take Poll: Prior Experience
  • Complete: Assignment 4: Your Plan
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 5: Becoming a Master

Lesson 6: Sit, Shake and Play Dead: Tips for Successful Trick Training

This lesson will teach you how to train your dog to fetch, shake hands and perform other basic tricks. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Food Motivators; Love Your Dog
  • Complete: Assignment 5: Develop a Training Plan
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 6: Tips for Successful Trick Training

Lesson 7: Angry, Annoying or Aggressive Dog? Simple Solutions to Problematic Behaviors

This lesson discusses how to control some of your dog's bad habits including barking and running away. 14 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Barking: A Common Behavior Problem; Guide to Invisible Fences
  • Complete: Assignment 6: Choosing a Pet Containment System
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 7: Angry, Annoying or Agressive Dog Solutions

Lesson 8: Training Programs & Approaches You Can Put Into Practice

This lesson discusses the difference between positive reinforcement and punishment. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Positive Reinforcement Dog Training; Positive vs. Negative Reinforcement
  • Complete: Assignment 8: Using Negative Reinforcement
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 8: Training Programs & Approaches

Lesson 9: Where to Turn: Additional Dog Training Resources

Here are some books and additional web sites that will help you with training your dog. 0 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Association of Pet Dog Trainers; CCPDT Links

Lesson 10: Pet Interventions

Pet Interventions: In this section we will discuss what constitutes an emergency. We will also cover poisoning and heartworm treatment. 48 Total Points
  • Review 2 Articles: Dog Diseases and Symptoms; Facts About Heartworm
  • Complete: Assignment 10: Pet Interventions
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 9: Knowing When to Intervene
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: Handling Poison
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 10: Heartworm Treatment

Lesson 11: General First Aid

General First Aid: This lesson will help prepare you for a pet emergency. While we realize that most first aid situations will end with a trip to the vet, a vet is not always around. 19 Total Points
  • Review 4 Articles: First Aid Tips for Dogs; Pet Poison Hotline; Poison Control Center; Aromatherapy Products for Pets
  • Complete: Assignment 11- First Aid Information
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 11: General First Aid

Lesson 12: Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility

Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility: Going on vacation can be a wonderful thing, but it always leads to that age-old question. What about the pets? Most of us know that we are going to have to leave our pets at one time or another. But you don't want to leav 20 Total Points
  • Review Article: Finding a Pet Kennel
  • Take Poll: Course Evaluation
  • Take Survey: Course Comments
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Assignment 12: Boarding For Dogs
  • Complete Exam: Lesson 12 Final: Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility
268
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Dog Training 101: A Guide for Beginners
Course Number: 7550034
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: How To
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Know how to prepare your dog before beginning training.
  • Describe basic routines you can teach a dog.
  • Describe how to properly set the environment for the dog in order to maximize training.
  • Describe the best ways for teaching your dog to sit, shake and play dead.
  • Define the simple solutions to problematic dog behaviors.
  • Know general first aid precautions you should have on hand and follow for emergencies, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
 
 

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