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TECH122-0405: Puppy Development & Training - Canine Behavior

Linda White, Professional Animal Trainer

April 7 - May 27, 2005
Real Time Sessions: Tuesday evenings - April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10 and 17, 2005; 9:00pm - 10:30pm ET (USA)


The role of the veterinary technician is important to assist and advise the new owner in principles leading to the positive integration of the puppy into the new family and the veterinary practice. This course focuses on understanding puppy development, basic principles for training a puppy, puppy socialization, teaching essential puppy commands, addressing common behavior problems, and available tools, toys and training aids.

This course will consist of six (6) ninety minute real-time sessions, using slides and videos to demonstrate the integration of the puppy into the new home based on the principles of love and respect. It will focus on puppy development, how puppies learn, the benefits of reward based training, socialization, and puppy commands. Common behavior problems will be addressed and solutions discussed. Supplementary reading materials will be recommended. There will be multiple-choice quizzes (weeks 1-5) to enhance retention and a final multiple-choice quiz (week 6). There will be interactive message board discussions to enforce each week's learning.

Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to:


Week 1 - Puppy Development
Objective: To understand the importance of puppy development stages

Week 2 - Basic Principles for Understanding a Puppy
Objectives: To understand basic principles to consider in understanding a puppy Week 3 - Puppy Socialization
Objectives: To understand the importance of puppy socialization Week 4 - Essential Puppy Commands
Objective: To understand the essential puppy commands and provide practical knowledge as to how to train for results Week 5 - Addressing Common Puppy Behavior Challenges
Objective: To understand common puppy behavior challenges, their causes and provide practical tools to address these challenges Week 6 - Tools - Toys and Training Aids)
Objective: Apply practical knowledge regarding appropriate tools and training aids for the puppy and owner TEXTBOOK RECOMMENDATIONS (not required):
The Other End of the Leash by Patricia McConnell PhD. Ballantine Books, NY
Dog Training the Mugford Way by Roger Mugford. Ebury Press
The Culture Clash by Jean Donaldson. James and Kenneth Publishers
Genetics and the Social Behavior of the Dog, John Paul Scott and John L. Fuller. The University of Chicago Press
On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals, by Turid Rugaas. Hanalei Pets


Library materials will be made available prior to the topic week so participants will have plenty of time to prepare for the real time sessions and discussion.

Message board discussions regarding the topic presented will begin on the day the course opens and continue for one week following the last real time session. These discussions will be held in the VSPN CE course area.

$153 ($138 early bird special if registered before March 24, 2005)
Students currently enrolled in and taking at least 2 classes or 5 units at an AVMA accredited or CAAHT approved Veterinary Technician Program may be eligible to receive a 50% discount off the regular rate for this course (upon verification of student status) *VT students: You must include the following information in the comments section of the CE enrollment form in order to be eligible for this discount: your program directors name and contact information (email/phone) and school name.

** NOTE: Registration will be closed when the maximum number of participants is reached (course limit is 80 participants) or at 5pm ET the day of the first real time session.


  1. Each person must individually be a registered member of VSPN ( Membership in VSPN is free.
  2. Each person must be able to receive emails from and addresses. This is our major form of communication with participants. It is highly recommended that course participants use their own, personal emails rather than clinic/hospital email addresses.
  3. VIN Member veterinarians SHOULD NOT register for their staff. Please have the staff member register through VSPN. Please email if you have questions.
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Note: "This course has been submitted for approval for 9 hours of continuing education credits in jurisdictions which recognize AAVSB's RACE approval; however participants should be aware that some boards have limitations on the number of hours accepted in certain categories and/or restrictions on certain methods of delivery of continuing education. Call VIN/VSPN for further information." (Attendees are encouraged to check with their licensing jurisdiction(s) for information regarding recognition by their board.)

COURSE WITHDRAWAL AND REFUND POLICY: Withdrawal prior to the listed start date of a course entitles the registrant to a complete refund or a credit toward a future VIN CE course, whichever is preferred. Withdrawal within 1 week after the listed start date (i.e. including no more than one real-time session) entitles the registrant to a credit toward any future VIN CE course. (Does not apply to courses with only one real-time session.) After the first real-time session, a registrant may withdraw due to special circumstances and receive prorated credit towards a future VIN course. These requests will be handled on an individual basis. The amount of the prorated credit will be determined based on 65% of the time remaining in the course at the time of withdrawal. It is not possible to withdrawal retroactively. Note: To ensure rapid handling of your request for withdrawal, we recommend that you call the VIN office at 1-800-700-INFO.
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