Canine Communication

CE 101

BACBED

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BACBED

Accredited advanced diploma in canine behaviour & ethology

This is our rigorous canine behaviour diploma that empowers you with all the education, coaching, practice, support and preparation you will need in your career working with dogs.

BACBED is an online-enabled, England Level 4 Diploma, accredited by Laser Learning Awards. It attracts students from all over the globe and is highly regarded internationally.

You will be guided through a personalised learning plan that gently encourages you to push past your comfort zone safely.

Who is this course for?

Ideal for those looking to get into dog behaviour research or to work as a behaviour consultant. Only open to students who have finished the CE101 course.

Accredited at England Level 4 Diploma

BACBED is an accredited England Level 4 diploma, meaning it meets the OFQUAL Level 4 standards in England and the certificate & transcripts are issued by our awarding organisation in England.

Guided learning

Online learning does not mean self-learning. You will be guided closely by your tutor through the entire diploma and will have access to a very supportive community of senior students & other learners.

A game plan for your career

The course will also cover most aspects of setting up an ethical animal-related business, guiding students through defining ethics, business policies & processes, marketing & communication strategies and branding.

Course details & topics

Topics that we will cover include, but are not limited to the following:

Once you sign up, you will pay the fees for a month at a time. The course consists of a series of practical and theoretical exercises that you will need to complete. You can do it at your own pace. Your tutorial guides you through the exercise. You will complete as many exercises as you can in a month and then the learning portal will lock up till you pay the next month’s fees. However, if you are unable to resume learning immediately, you can take a short break and return to the course at your convenience.

This course does include hands-on work with dogs. You can do this on your dogs, other’s dogs or streeties. We have our special way of evaluating your skills in this online format. You will be guided through a personalised learning plan that gently encourages you to push past your comfort zone safely. We are particularly proud of this bit!

Laser Learning Awards is the Awarding Organisation (AO) that has accredited BACBED as an England-level 4 diploma. This means that the AO has reviewed the course content and confirmed that it meets the standards of an OFQUAL Level 4 diploma in England. The certificate will be issued by Laser Learning Awards, after confirming that the student performed at the expected level.

It’s an online diploma, but you are not alone! You will have a tutor, but the best part of BACBED is that your tutor will work with you on a 1-1 basis, completely customising your learning experience for YOU. This means that you will learn at a pace that is just perfect for you. Every person learns at their own pace, finding different parts of the course challenging, and our personal tutoring approach ensures that each student gets the necessary customised help.

Traditional classes rely on tutors lecturing to students. But at BHARCS, we only ask the right questions. Students discover the answers themselves, either by observing dogs, working with peers or volunteers, or studying the existing research in the field. This is “experiential learning”. Students learn via experience. BHARCS guides the student on what kind of experience to seek out and how to learn from it.

We learn best when we learn with others. So, while you do the lectures at your own pace, from the comfort of your home, you also will be included in our WhatsApp group with other learners. It's a great platform to share your success stories and challenges. Once you complete this workshop, you will have the option of staying back in our groups if you are working with dogs. This way, BHARCS will continue to support you through your professional journey.

Only open to students who have completed our CE101 foundation course.

There are roughly 500 hours of learning to complete, though each student will be unique in how much time they might need. You will be able to do this course if you can put aside 7 to 14 hours of learning each week. The course is self-paced, which means you can go faster when you can and can slow down if something else comes up. You will be given a total of 30 months to complete the entire course content.

Students will need to pay the BACBED fee of Rs. 10,000/- per month over two and half years.
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Note: Once you complete your CE101, contact the student office to start the application process for BACBED.

Basics of physiology and ethology of dogs

Our education is based primarily on the work of Norwegian Canine Ethology expert, Turid Rugaas. Turid's concepts advocate bringing balance to a dog's body and mind and then relying on the dog's cognitive abilities to communicate and problem solve. In this module, students will gain a basic understanding of the physiology of stress and the impact of emotions and activities on the dog's body and mind.

Students will be introduced to simple ethological study through primary and secondary research. The module also includes practical tasks, to introduce students to the idea of practical self-learning and how to self critique their work. This is to ensure that students continue growing well after our education programs.

Dog cognitive ethology & zoosemiotics

Zoosemiotics is the study of communication in animals. In this module, students will learn about how dogs think and communicate. Students will learn not only theoretical aspects of these topics but will review existing research in the area and conduct several small ethological studies of their own. They will learn how to objectively document behaviour and mathematically analyse it. Students will be encouraged to work with dogs they don't know, ones that are not trained or street dogs to help them get better at understanding and using signals. The unit includes plenty of guided practical exercises which students will complete, not just with the help of their tutor, but also with peers.

Biosociopsychology of dogs

Physical health impacts behaviour, which impacts mental health and mental health, in turn, impacts physical health. Social connection impacts both, in social animals. This is true for both humans and dogs. Dogs, however, are very stoic and do not show discomfort easily. In addition, there is the invisible impact of micro stressors. It is a known fact that humans impact animals, increasing micro & macro stressors in their lives and sadly this is true of companion dogs too. Here we dive deeper into the topic of the physiological impact of chronic stress on a dog’s body, as well as the impact of stress and health on a dog's behaviour. Students learn to look for signs of chronic stress, poor health and imbalance in movement, considering both physical and behavioural indicators. Students will conduct a few studies to help them understand these concepts thoroughly. It is a heavy topic, but this holistic approach is what sets BHARCS apart.

Application & limitations of behaviourism

The actual act of training a dog is a very small part of our education system. By the time students are done, it is unlikely that they will see the need to train much. So we take a slightly different approach, of questioning classical training tools (behaviourism). Students will start out by learning about the different types of training, key terminology of behaviourism and techniques used. They will take a closer look at their history, purpose, utility and most importantly, their limitations. Students will be conducting some studies to help them understand the impact of these tools on dogs. Students will also be developing alternatives, to tackle the limitations of these tools.

Hands-on skills when working with dogs

We are particularly proud of our practicals. Although the entire diploma is online, there is no dearth of practical exercises. We have our own unique way of not only teaching our students practical skills but also pushing them to improve their newly learned skills. But what we are particularly proud of, is the structure. Students are put on a path of constant learning and improvement, so they continue to improve their practical skills, well after they have completed our course. We team students up with each other, to help them through practicals, a support structure that we hope they will use for the rest of their lives. We look at practical skills as an art, and the more students practise, the better they get, all through their professional lives. That is what we are setting them up for.

Ethics of working with dogs & setting up a small business

Dogs' lives are constantly impacted by the humans around them. Anyone who wishes to be a change agent in a dog’s life, must, therefore, know how to influence people. Influencing people could be via the conversations we have with them or the educational and marketing tools we use. While BHARCS students are taught how to do this, we maintain a strong emphasis on putting the welfare of the animals we work with ahead of all other considerations. BHARCS graduates are expected to learn to primarily be advocates for the animals they work with, be it companion animals, shelter animals or free-ranging animals. This unit not only covers all the theoretical aspects of ethics and business set-up but also guides students through defining ethics, business policies & processes, marketing & communication strategies and branding. In addition, there will be plenty of opportunities for case studies & research. Basically, once you are done with this unit, all that is left to do is to start working with dogs, be it consultations, research, education or rescue.

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