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The Basics of Canine Communication and Social Behavior

Learn the language of your profession

The Learning Objectivees for this 90 minute webinar are to understanding Canine Communication & Social Behavior to:

  1. Remain safe working with and handling pet dogs
  2. Recognize that Canine Communication is a modifiable behavior like all behaviors
  3. Understanding the impact your approach can have on the emotional and behavioral welfare of pet dogs
  4. Stay abreast of industry best practices on minimizing stress and fear when working with pets

. Understand the basics of:

  • What is Social Communication?
  • What is Behavior and its dimensions?
  • How Basics of Pet’s Learn
  • How Behavior is Modified
  • Best practices
  • Communicating Systems !
  • Distance Increasing and Distance Decreasing signals
  • Appeasement signals
  • The basics of aggression and how it is communicated and avoided
  • Avoiding bites for the benefit of you and your client


Course Curriculum


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Niki Tudge
Niki Tudge
Before following her passion into her own pet business in 2002, Niki Tudge enjoyed a distinguished career in the hospitality industry holding executive positions all over the world. This extensive experience managing luxury hotels serviced by hundreds of employees and management personnel provided her with incredibly broad knowledge in every facet of business. Niki's formal education and over 20 years of practical management, leadership and employee development experience allows her a uniquely effective perspective on the right way to manage a successful business.


Niki’s professional credentials include; AABP-Professional Dog Trainer, AABP-Professional Dog Behavior Consultant, PCBC-A and PCT-A through the Pet Professional Accrediting Board and she has earned diplomas in Animal Behavior Technology and Canine Behavior Science & Technology through the Companion Animal Science Institute. Along with Niki’s business degree and MBA from Oxford Brookes University she is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt, a HCITB TS1, TS2 & TS3 certified people trainer and a certified Facilitator and Project Manager.

As the founder and President of The Pet Professional Guild, DogNostics Career Center and The DogSmith, Niki has substantial leadership experience in the pet industry. She is also the President of Doggone Safe, a non-profit educational organization that focuses on education initiatives for the purpose of dog bite prevention and increased safety around dogs. Niki has published numerous articles on dog training and dog behavior and her pet dog training businesses have been featured in many publications including The New York Times.
Niki is a published author and has released the following titles People Training Skills for Pet Professionals, Get Coaching Now! Big Training in a Small Business, A Kids’ Comprehensive Guide to Speaking Dog! , A Lexicon of Practical Terms for Pet Trainers and Behavior Consultants and most recently Pet Training and Behavior Consulting: A Model for Raising the Bar to Protect Professionals, Pets and Their People. Click here to review these publications

Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
This is a short educational webinr of just 90 minutes. It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.

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