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NEW - Introduction to Animal Control

This one day intensive workshop is designed for those planning to pursue a career in animal control and/or bylaw, and for those with a general interest in animals. Students who successfully pass this course may apply this as required pre-requisites for entry into the Animal Control Basic Training Program. Course details below

Animal Control Basic Training 

See program details on this site or email kramsden@langara.ca to inquire about upcoming intakes

Professional Dog Walker

Cause dates and times may vary from the PDF link in the side column. Dates shown below are intended to be correct. 

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This one day intensive workshop is designed for those planning to pursue a career in animal control and/or bylaw, and for those with a general interest in animals. On the surface, you may think that Animal Control Officers (ACO) deal mainly with barking dogs or loose animals, but there is so much more to their role. Learn about the training, recommended certification, job skills and experience required for starting a career in animal control. Hear from experts in the field about a day in the life of an ACO, what qualities are needed to be successful, and what you need to know to secure a job in this industry. NOTE: Students who successfully pass this course may apply this as a required pre-requisites for entry into the Animal Control Basic Training Program.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60699 1 day Sa Jun 17, 2017 0930-1630 Sarah Bull,
Kimberly Marosevich
$189 Main Campus (Map)
60700 1 day Sa Aug 19, 2017 0930-1630 Sarah Bull,
Kimberly Marosevich
$189 Main Campus (Map)

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This course provides an introduction to the role of an animal control enforcement official, including a historical perspective, the current role and responsibilities of an Animal Control Officer, and what is required to effectively execute this role. Students will become familiar with the titles and roles of similar enforcement positions that may deal with animals.

This practical course will provide procedures and tactics for capturing, handling, and restraining stray and aggressive domestic and feral animals. Students will learn how to apply the theories taught in previous units covering animal behaviour and personal safety, to the capture and restraint of animals. Tactics and tools to protect the individual including the use of protective equipment, self-defence techniques, conflict control, disengagement, and defensive tactics will be incorporated into this training. You will learn about when to seek assistance from other law enforcement groups and what their scope of authority covers.

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This basic first aid for dogs course teaches you the best possible first-response procedures.Content includes: pet-proofing your space; first aid; CPR skills; life-saving education and emergency response skills that cover bleeding, wounds, poisons, bone injuries, and delivering puppies. Note: The skills learned are not a substitute for veterinary care.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
50757 1 day Su Mar 19, 2017 0900-1300 Kirsten Wilson $96 Main Campus (Map)

Explore the basic theoretical and practical elements of dog behaviour and their social structure including breed specific behaviours, stages of normal development, dog signals, communication, dominance, and dog pack theories.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
50753 1 mng Sa Feb 25, 2017 0900-1230 Rebecca Ledger $89 Main Campus (Map)

Learn why dogs develop difficult-to-control behaviours and discover techniques and to manage these. Topics covered include hostility, predatory chase, and other aggressive behaviour. This course builds on theories learned in the Typical Dog Behaviour course. Prerequisite: Typical Dog Behaviour ALTR1075

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
50755 1 aft Sa Feb 25, 2017 1300-1630 Rebecca Ledger $89 Main Campus (Map)

As a professional dog walker, or a conscientious dog owner, you need to know about your community and how legislation and local bylaws impacts you, your dogs and your business. Course content also includes animal welfare legislation.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
50754 1 eve Mo Mar 06, 2017 1830-2130 Sarah Bull $78 Main Campus (Map)

Students will visit a local park to interpret and assess interactions between dogs as a group. Immediate instructors feedback and suggestions for implementation are provided. Leash practice work is included. Prerequisites: Typical Dog Behaviour, and Difficult Dog Behaviour.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location

This course is not offered at this time. Please email kramsden@langara.ca for details.

Walking dogs is much more than grabbing a leash and getting some exercise. You need to be a dog-lover who is in-tune with canine ways and ready to run a business. Find out if this is the right career for you. Discover the physical, emotional, and business skills you will need to start a business working with animals.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
50756 1 eve We Mar 08, 2017 1830-2130 Bridget Field $78 Main Campus (Map)

Exam will cover content from all six Professional Dog Walking courses. Students are provided one hour to write this exam and must achieve a minimum grade of 65% to apply for their Professional Dog Walking - Level 1 Certificate. If necessary, you may register for one rewrite. Prerequisites: Typical Dog Behaviour ALTR1075 Difficult Dog Behaviour ALTR1076; City Bylaws and Dogs ALTR1077; How to Run a Dog Walking Business ALTR1086; First-Aid for Dogs ALTR1074; and Dog Walking-practical ALTR1079.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location

This course is not offered at this time. Please email kramsden@langara.ca for details.

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This course will build upon what you learned in the Typical and Difficult Dog Behaviour lessons of the Level 1 Certificate. Learn about common behavioural problems in dogs, as well as certain personality traits that dogs demonstrate. Students will gain further understanding of anxiety, arousal, and reactivity and what typically brings on these tendencies. Physiological basis to behavioural problems in dogs will be examined. Management techniques for various behavioural problems in dogs will be included. The practical component (field trip) provides an opportunity to recognize normal behaviour, predatory behaviour, and aggressive behaviour signals in a real-life environment. Students will observe dogs on walks, in groups, and in stimulated environments. (In-class Theory: 7 hours; Field trip Practical: 5 hours)

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60589 2 eve Tu/Th May 02, 2017 1815-2100 Bonnie Hartney $315 Main Campus (Map)
  and 1 day Sa May 06, 2017 1000-1500    

Hear how dogs absorb training skills, and what is required to teach them, particularly amongst other dogs. Students will learn the difference between positive versus negative training methods and how to utilize the correct techniques in specific situations. Other training techniques useful for dog walkers will also be explored. The practical portion will demonstrate how to train dogs using positive reinforcement based training methods, introduction of dogs to other dogs, on-leash and off-leash handling. Intervention & safety during dog fights will also be reviewed. (In-class Theory: 6 hours; Field trip Practical: 4 hours)

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60585 2 eve Tu/Th May 09, 2017 1815-2030 Bonnie Hartney $279 Main Campus (Map)
  and 1 day Sa May 13, 2017 1000-1400    

Understand the common sense activities and the less common things that ensure your client's pet safety. Topics include: weather, dog-proofing home and play area, human food, toys and bedding, transportation, disaster planning, off-leash, escape artists, and more. You will learn about signs of ill health, nutrition, and vaccinations, with an emphasis on how to provide emotional, mental and physical stimulation and environmental enrichment for your dog. Prerequisite: none

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60588 1 day Su May 28, 2017 0930-1330 Kimberly Marosevich $119 Main Campus (Map)

Hear about, and discuss actual court cases involving animal cruelty, animal safety, and animal aggression. Be informed of the laws pertaining to your business and how this pertains to your interaction with people and other animals. Learn the tools to recognize and report animals requiring intervention, and how to ensure you are operating your business to serve the client and animals best interests. Students will gain further insight into the laws that can affect their business including provincial, municipal and community legislation. Information will be provided on resources available to draw upon should you require assistance. Instructor Don Howeison

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60587 1 aft Sa May 27, 2017 1300-1700 $122 Main Campus (Map)

Discover tools to stand-out from the crowd, and how to deliver a unique marketing message. Learn about partnerships, diversification, and the customer relations of a dog walking business. Hear more details about the operational aspects of marketing this unique business, Students will be introduced to the basics of developing a marketing plan that includes: Personal and Niche Marketing, Social Media and Community Involvement, Customer communication, and additional continuing education options.

CRN Duration Starts Time Instructor Cost Location
60586 2 eve Tu/Th May 16, 2017 1800-2100 $159 Main Campus (Map)