Advanced Animal Behaviour: Dogs

Dear Prospective Student,

Thank you for enquiring about The Advanced Dog Behaviour and Management Course.
Drs. Frederique Hurly (veterinary behaviourist) and Hannes Slabbert (Veterinary ethologist) jointly present the Advanced Dog Behaviour Course.

This certificate course together with the required practical experience is required for registration as an Animal Behaviourist with the South African Board for Companion Animal Practitioners (SABCAP) ( The Advanced Dog course is also recommended by The Animal Behaviour Consultants of South Africa (

Students who have successfully completed the Basic Dog Behaviour course are welcome to enrol for this course. Although not recommended, students will be allowed to enrol simultaneously (that is in the same year) for both the Basic and Advanced Dogs behaviour courses. Students will however only be allowed to do their final examination for the Advanced course once they have written and passed the basic course examination.

The Advanced Dog Behaviour Course is in many ways an application of the study material of the Basic Dog Course and sound knowledge of the content of the Basic Course is required to be successful in this course. Students are encouraged to view behaviour and attempt to find successful resolutions for behavioural problems in a holistic framework and no ‘generic recipes’ to solve behavioural problems are introduced. Aspects of behavioural practice management, research and ethics in practice, consultation skills and the use of training aids and alternative therapies are incorporated in the course. During one of the Webinars students will be introduced to handling equipment and some of the new gadgets that are currently used for handling and training purposes. The study material consists of a set of notes, a link to a “table handling” video and eight assignments.

It is essentially a correspondence course, but attending a “live / interactive” Webinar is compulsory for all students.  To accommodate students who enrolled for both the Advanced Cat and the Advanced Dog course and due to the overlap in the management and consultation modules, all students will attend the same Webinar. During the year six webinars will be hosted, and students have to attend them. They will be held in the evenings on weekdays, which will enable students who work full time to attend them.

The Advanced Dog Behaviour Course consists of four Modules:
  • Training methods and puppy aptitude testing, handling techniques with and without instruments
  • Analysis of cases of behavioural problems
  • Behavioural practice management and communication skills
  • Breeding programmes, kennel evaluation and puppy socialisation

The student will be evaluated on written assignments, practical skills, and ability to apply the knowledge in theoretical case studies as well as in a real life case study. There is a written exam during the seminar. There will also be an online exam.

The course is presented from February to November each year.  Registration for this course takes place from 2 January to 28 February. Students may enrol earlier. The study material will be posted once proof of payment has been received.
For the course fee please consult “Fee Structure” on this website. This fee includes the study material, the assignments and the final evaluation. Students who successfully complete the course receive a certificate.
Distinctions are awarded to students who pass with a mark of 75% or higher.

A student can enrol for both the Advanced Dog and the Advanced Cat courses in the same year provided that they have completed the basic courses for both species. The Advanced Dog and Cat “Live / Interactive” Webinar will be presented jointly to accommodate students who enrol for both the Dog and Cat Advanced Courses.

Dates of Webinars, Exams and Interactive sessions are available in student letters.

How to enrol for this course:
Go to the website
  • Click on ‘Enrol"
  • Read the ‘Terms of Agreement
  • Complete and submit the enrolment form and financial agreement form
  • Pay the appropriate fee
  • Provide Dr Frederique Hurly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with confirmation of payment

Do not hesitate to get in touch should you need more information.

Best regards
Dr Frederique Hurly
(Veterinary behaviour)
Course administrator, Ethology Academy.


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