Canine Behaviour 104 – Territorial Guarding (GINT 0223)

Territorial response behaviours run the gambit from obnoxious but harmless alert barking to full blown aggressive displays, including attack behaviours, leading to serious injuries.  Through the process of domestication and selective breeding humans have attempted to control and strengthen these natural responses, leaving some breeds genetically predisposed to territorial behaviour.  The question that remains is; are these dogs suited to urban and family environments and if so how do we work with the dog’s natural tendencies to reduce the risk of injury and legal liability?

The early signs of territorial behaviour in young dogs are often either dismissed or confused with a fear response.  Misidentification can lead to the implementation of the wrong techniques and inadvertently promote the very behaviour the owner is trying to remove.  This 4 hour course will teach you; where this behaviour comes from, how identify territorial behaviour and how to develop a management program best suited for the individual dog and their unique living situation.   Topics covered include:

  • The origins of territorial behaviour
  • Recognizing guarding behaviour patterns
  • Assessing territorial guarding & triggers
  • Evaluating rehabilitation risks
  • Realistic goal setting
  • Treatment suggestions
  • Designing treatment programs

In addition to learning how to identify territorial behaviour patterns this course is designed to provide individuals who work and live with dogs the necessary information they require to determine the type and level of territorial guarding present, identify early warning signs, preventative techniques, implement management techniques, design rehabilitation programs and learn the canine specific legislation governing canine to human interaction.

The target audience for this course includes; Animal Control Officers, Canine Handlers, Veterinarian Technicians, Breeders, dog trainers & behavioural consultants, groomers, doggy daycare attendants, dog walkers / pet sitters, foster parents for canine rescue groups and the average dog owner.

Canine Foundations is proud to offer 4 OAVT (Ontario Association of Veterinary Technicians), 3.5 CCPDT (Certification Council for Professional Dog Trainers) and 4 IAABC (International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants) Continuing Education Credits for Behaviour 104.


Private bookings available for groups of 10 or more – call 647-284-7584

Convenient Dates and Locations:

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When: To be announced 

Where: Georgian College, Barrie Campus & Live Webinar Option

Cost: $97.50

Registration: can be done on line at Georgian College or by phone by calling Georgian College at (705) 722-1511