CANINE STUDIES PRO (CCS)
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HANDS-ON

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    Canine Studies is the signature professional program offered by the NWSCS for which the school has become known.  Graduates enjoy careers in all areas of dog behavior and training including private practice, public classes and workshops, rescue and shelters, breeding programs, research, and multi-dog businesses such as dog daycares and camps.
     Because of the vigor of the program, certificate holders move through the current professional landscape upon graduation with the professional community’s recognition and support.
     The newly redesigned CCS PRO program has been sheared of all non-critically professional material, and delivers a hard-core theoretical and practical experience designed to immerse the dog enthusiast in canine behavior from all angles. It is specifically designed for the current professional, or those wishing to go into the field.
     Always first to market with new techniques and information, the school focuses heavily on developing practitioners’ and owners’ abilities and understanding as the foundation for improving canine behavior and the field of behavior and training.
     This revolutionary approach explores both the science and art of dog behavior modification, and shifts focus from obedience and micromanagement to trust, space, and regard. The result is whole-dog soundness anchored in lifestyle training;  that which gives rise to improved basic and advanced behavior that lasts.
     Taught by respected author, trainer, and canine behavior expert,
Cristine Dahl, and support staff.

 

  Classical and operant conditioning, understanding and interpreting canine behavior, biological significance of behavior in the domestic dog, cultural and contemporary influences in the field, in-class behavior assessments and modification instruction, identification, determination, and treatment of common behavior problems, whole dog behavior approach, reactivity & aggression, temperament assessments and complexities, multi-dog setting such as daycares, camps, and new social facilities, puppies and puppy development, breed-specifics and ethological needs, self-development and care practices, ethics in managing behavior, animal learning theory, connection and leadership as a basis for lifestyle training, general manners, client counseling techniques and the human challenge.


12 WEEKS


$3200-
$4999


** see Fees & Policies page for tuition schedule and special discounts



Graduates are granted a Certificate in Canine Studies

(CCS)


YES: the updated CCS PRO program includes weekly hands-on sessions with attendees' own dogs. This component lays a core foundation in operant techniques, basic obedience as it pertains to meeting client needs, and echoes lessons from class material in practical application.
Students learn: handling skills, management, suspension, differential reinforcement behaviors, core drive techniques, lifestyle training approach, and basic desensitization and counter- conditioning procedures.
Graduates of the CCS PRO program are eligible for the advanced practical hands on program which builds on the basic skills learned in CCS PRO and hones advanced skills with  multiple dogs.  See below for details.


*High school diploma or GED


*1 year of college-level education in any discipline

*1 year hands-on experience in the field working with dogs in any capacity, paid or otherwise

*The school will consider applications submitted by students not meeting the above requirements but exhibiting exceptional strengths to overcome the lack of experience.


APPLICATION REQUIRED

CANINE STUDIES NON-PRO
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This new program is designed to answer the needs of the owner, hobbyist, or amateur with a personal enthusiasm for dog behavior and/or challenges with his/her own dog that may be addressed by a deeper understanding of canine behavior and training.
This program differs from the CCS PRO by concentrating specifically on the relationships of the human/canine partners in class, rather than preparing students for a career in behavior and training.
Material is still challenging and somewhat advanced, but accessible and more relaxed than that in the PRO program. This program does not offer certification nor does it administer quizzes or exams.
Upon completion, attendees will have a strong foundation in behavioral basics as well as a personalized understanding of their own dog(s), and customized behavior modification plan geared for a lifetime with their own dog.
This program is well suited for a springboard into more advanced work with dogs and will serve those considering a career well without the commitment of the PRO program.


Understanding and interpreting canine behavior, in-class behavior assessments and modification instruction, identification, determination, and treatment of common behavior problems, whole dog behavior approach, reactivity & aggression, temperament assessments ,  breed-specifics and ethological needs as they pertain to the companion dog,  connection and leadership as a basis for lifestyle training, general manners.


8 WEEKS


$1999


This is not a certificate program.


YES: this program is designed specifically for the non-professional canine enthusiast. The course will include analysis of attendees' own dog in a case-setting, as well as basic hands-on techniques. Both basic and advanced issues will be addressed.


NONE



DIRECT REGISTRATION AVAILABLE

(calendar posted shortly)

CANINE STUDIES ADVANCED (CCSA)
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with DOGS

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    After completion of the CANINE STUDIES PRO (CCS), students are eligible to complete an advanced practical certification track.
    Offered in progressive modules which can be completed over six to twelve months, the CCSA program takes all theory and skills learned in the PRO program and puts them to work in a real-life setting. Participants will have opportunities to identify areas of professional interest and develop a personalized educational track to certification.
    Certification is earned by completion of required modules as well as a final assessment. Successful graduates will earn a


Certificate in Canine Studies, Advanced (CCSA). Hands-on modules will be taught by the NWSCS Leadership Team and lead by Cristine Dahl.

VARIES by track


NOTE: CCSA TRACKS ARE IN DEVELOPMENT AND WILL BE POSTED IN THE FIRST 1/2 OF 2018. PLEASE CHECK BACK THEN FOR DETAILS OR ADD YOUR NAME TO THE MAILING LIST TO BE NOTIFIED.

6-12 MONTHS


Cost varies by track.


This is a certificate program.

YES, as described in detail by track

CANINE STUDIES PRO (CCS)


DIRECT REGISTRATION AVAILABLE


(calendar posted shortly)




PROGRAMS

The NWSCS now offers a professional and non-professional program as well as advanced hands-on practical options and continuing education for graduates. We remain the only canine behavior school of its kind operating in a full hands-on capacity; no instruction or assessment whatsoever is conducted online.

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