Psychology and Behavior in Man’s Best Friend In the Salon
(Canine Psychology & Behavior 201)

Whether you are a pet care professional or a dog owner, a profound understanding of the dog’s psychology and behavior is absolutely necessary to provide safe, kind, gentle and compassionate handling of your own dog or anybody’s dog. Dogs are complicated and sensitive creatures, and too often we humans take for granted their good qualities and make no attempt to understand what, through behavior, dogs are trying to communicate to us. Dogs try their best to understand us and to please us. We owe it to them, especially if we are working in a professional capacity with them, to attempt to understand them as fully as possible and to “listen” to what they are trying to tell us. This course will attempt to communicate the subtle and not-so-subtle nuances in dog psychology and behavior so that the time-honored partnership between man and dog can be even more profound and more compassionate for man’s best friend. Knowledge of safety and compassion in a salon goes hand in hand with an advanced understanding of the dog.

  You will study and discuss

  • The differences between psychology and behavior, and why are they significant.

  • Common behavioral issues in dogs.

  • Behavior modification and how do we use it to change our dogs’ behavior.

  • Important to be familiar with the psychology and behavior of all the AKC groups and breeds of dogs.

  • Elements of psychology that are hard-wired into the dog.

  • How man’s selective breeding for specific types of work altered the psychology and behavior of dogs.

  • Issues of psychology and behavior that must be dealt with in the salon.

  • Why psychology and behavior of cats are different from that of dogs.

  • How to make your salon as safe, kind, and compassionate for dogs as possible by understanding dog psychology and behavior.

Tuition fees effective 4/1/22.

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OPTION 1 Read and Test Out 

Self Study - Express - Credit for Previous Experience

  • Read study material. 

  • Take the tests.  

  • Complete at your own pace.

You read the study material and take the tests at your own pace with the express option. Express works great if you are on a time frame to complete the courses.

Perfect if you have previous experience working with dogs and cats and want to review the study material and then take the tests. 

$240 Tuition Fee for Online Course

Tuition Fees for Option 1

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $240.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $340.00​ *Tool kit not included

OPTION 2 Course Leader and Classroom Discussion

  • Read study material.

  • Discuss with Leader and classmates.

  • Take the tests.

  • The course takes one month to complete.

Option 2 is excellent if you prefer to have a class leader drive the discussion and participate with your classmates before taking the tests. A perfect choice for beginners to have the opportunity to participate in the discussion before testing. The course is open for one month with weekly discussions to prepare you for the multiple-choice tests required each week at the end of a unit.

$360 Tuition Fee for Online Course

Tuition Fees for Option 2

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $360.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $460.00​ *Tool kit not included

OPTION 3 Course Instructor with Classroom Discussion and Assignments

  • Read study material.

  • Discuss with Instructor and classmates.

  • Complete search and fetch assignments.

  • Take the tests.

  • The course takes one month to complete.

Option 3 is great if you prefer a structured classroom, this is the option for you and recommended for the beginner. You will participate in discussions assignments and take quizzes to keep you on track to prepare for the multiple-choice tests at the end of each unit and required weekly. 

$480 Tuition Fee for Online Course

Tuition Fees for Option 3

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $480.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $580.00​ *Tool kit not included

OPTION 4 Onsite Course with Instructor in a Classroom.

The onsite course takes 6 hours to complete and does not include study and testing time. The onsite course is offered at the school and Nash Pet Care Education Summits. 

 

This is an excellent method to discuss the class material with your onsite instructor and classmates. After the onsite, you continue your study online and take the required tests to receive your level and certification title. 

 

  • Study the material with your classmates and onsite instructor in a classroom with visual presentations.

  • Review study material online.

  • Take the test to receive your class grade and certification title and ranking.

$289 (6 Hours) Tuition Fee for Onsite Course

Tuition Fees for Option 4

Application Fee: $100.00 (one-time fee)

Tuition: $289.00

Total Application and Tuition Fee: $389.00​ *Tool kit not included

CERTIFICATION

Canine Behavior Specialist for Salon, Day Care & Boarding Services 

Courses Required for this certification:

  • Understanding Man’s Best Friend

  • Form and Function of Man’s Best Friend

  • Taking Care of Man’s Best Friend

  • First Aid and CPR for Man’s Best Friend

  • Who’s Who in Man’s Best Friend

  • Variations and Creations of Man’s Best Friend

  • Psychology & Behavior of Man's Best Friend in the Salon

  • Psychology and Behavior of Man's Best Friend in Daycare and Boarding