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Dog behavior course offered

August 30, 2010

Looking for something to do on Monday nights from 6:15 - 9:30 pm? There is still space available in the Continuing Education course BZ/VS 479 Biology and Behavior of Dogs.

Course description

This course enables students to develop a comprehensive understanding of how aspects of physiology, neurobiology, development and genetics influence the behavior of domestic dogs. Evolution and domestication will be explored as contextual reference for some behavior problems, and differentiated from true abnormal behavior. Emphasis will be on interpreting scientific experiments in canine biology.

Course topics include:
  • Behavior and ecology of domestic and wild dogs
  • Theories of domestication
  • Sensory perception and its relationship to behavior
  • Body language and communication
  • The brain and behavior
  • Morphological and behavioral genetics
  • Genetic disorders of domestic dogs
  • Social, biological, and behavioral development of dogs
  • Applied behavior and training methods
  • Understanding abnormal and problem behaviors

Students completing this course will have a working knowledge of learning theory and how the biology of dogs affect behavior.

Remember, you will need to pay additional tuition for this course.

Contact: Linda Selkirk
Phone: (970) 491-2527