Canine Communications Basic Training 
& Behaviour Correspondence Course

This course is aimed at entry level canine behaviour students, dog training instructors, dog walkers, doggy daycare personnal, dog sport competitors, animal rescue personnel as well as pet owners. It will provide you with a comprehensive knowledge of canine behaviour and training which, in turn, will enable you to communicate effectively with your own and/or your client’s pets as well as address and resolve basic problem behaviours *)


Being a correspondence course (e-mail or post) it does not matter where you live.

The course is part time and can be done at your own pace and in your own time. We do, however, recommend that you aim to complete at least one module every two months.

You can start whenever it is suitable for you.


The course consits of 5 modules - see below for details. Upon registration you will receive the first of 5 modules - the following module will be forwarded to you as you complete each module. You will be required to complete two essays for each module. Your essays will be graded individually and you will receive comprehensive feedback on your submissions.


At the end of the course you will be required to complete a special study – subject of your own choice but the topic chosen must be related to the course.


Your tutor is a fully accredited, practicing canine behaviour consultant who is eminently qualified to assist you with any queries/problems you may have concerning the completion of your essays and/or final study. 


Lotte Griffiths 


Accreditation:              Animal Behaviour Consultant Acc. Cn. ABC of SA (Animal Behaviour Consultants of Southern Africa)

Registered:                  SABCAP (South African Board for Companion Animal Professionals)

Member:                      Pet Professional Guild

Certificate:                  Puppy Socialisation & Basic Home Obedience-  South African Association of Dog Obedience Instructors

Certificate:                  Basic Animal Behaviour (Cats and Dogs) – (Cum Laude) - Technikon Pretoria

Certificate:                  Advanced Behaviour and Training . (Think Dog!) - Centre of Applied Pet Ethology (UK)

Certificate:                  Canine Behaviour Counselling – (Honors) - Animal Care College (UK)

Certificate:                  Counselling Skills I - SA College of Applied Psychology

Certificate:                  Veterinary Nutritional Adviser I - Hill’s


Upon successful completion of the course you will receive a certificate from Canine Communications.

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The course has been approved by the ABC of SA which effectively means that the certificate can be used to fulfil part of the criteria to be met for accreditation of this professional association. *)



Canine Evolution:
Evolution of the dog and its social behaviour

Canine Communication:
Body Language (Canine and Human)
Visual & Auditory Signals: Calming, Warning, Ambivalent

Effects of Nutrition and Dietary Supplements 


Basic Learning Theory
Conditioning, Reinforcements & Reinforcement Schedules 
Punishment vs Reward
Clicker basics
Motivational Training Techniques
 Obedience Exercises & General Training Tips 


Basic Canine Ethology:
Canine Ethogram and Basic needs 
Developmental Stages, incl. special needs, for example: Puppy Training and Geriatric Dogs 
Puppy Socialization Groups – Brief Overview


Breed Types and Breed Specific Behaviour:
Breeds and breed-specific behavioural patterns

Emotions and Behaviour:
The Dog’s Brain and Nervous Systems
The effect of hormones and pheromones on behaviour and learning
Effects of stress on learning and behaviour, incorporating fear and anxiety


Behaviour Modification of Common Behavioural Problems: Incorporating Normal vs. Abnormal Behaviour

Dealing with Clients & Other Professionals: Incorporating Ethics


A written essay on a topic of your own choice (but must be relevant to this course).  The essay should be around 3000 – 3500 words and include Introduction, comments or report on your findings as well as a conclusion.

Your study should show evidence of independent research and in-depth understanding of the chosen problem, as well as possible motivations and solutions thereof.


Ady Hawkins: – 083 400 2987

I did Lotte Griffith’s Canine Communications course in 2010 and loved every minute of it.  What I really enjoyed was that it made one think for oneself as well as encourage research and tons of reading.  Reading all the different books and then formulating your own ideas in essays for me was the key to the course.  Other courses can be pretty “spoon feeding” and this unfortunately does not help one show initiative.  Lotte was brilliant in her marking and feedback as she would give you concise information in areas where I had gone wrong or in areas where I had the right idea, she gave me more to help me think further.  I would recommend the course highly.

Celia McCulla:

I would like to thank you for offering such a wonderful course to students looking into becoming better trainers or studying to become behaviorists.  This course helped me to understand dogs better and how to train effectively.  I was a total novice in training except for having a good skill at it.  Now my skill has been crafted for the good.  It gave me the confidence to start Happy Pack Dog Training school; I now run a puppy school and do private training every day of the week.

I found the course material very interesting and the course opened me up to decide to become a behaviourist and in turn is changing my life.  I am a new person and I have found my passion in life.  I haven’t worked a day since I started training cos my passion isn’t work, it is love.

Peter Eleftheriou:

I completed Lotte's Canine Communication course towards the end of 2014. It was a very well structured and thought out course that progressively challenges you to really question what you thought you knew about dogs and their behaviours.
This is a course for anyone who loves their dogs and is a great introduction for someone who is looking to further their understanding of the species. 
A personal note: Lotte was extremely helpful throughout the course and is always available to bounce ideas off and answer any questions. A great course and highly recommended.

Israel Silevu: +27 71 1188 860

I would like to say thank you so much to Lotte Griffiths for offering me with such an interesting, useful, and enjoyable course. Today my knowledge for Canine Communication is much better than before I did this course at your Institute.

It was a very informative course that made me realize that dogs are such special animals and by understanding their Canine Communication, almost many mutual bonds will never break between the owner and the dog. I would like to recommend everyone who wants to further their knowledge for Canine Behaviour and dog training skills, etc. to do this fascinating course at Canine Communications.

Lotte Griffiths is such a great helper she guided me and assisted me where I was not doing well and I would like to say THANK YOU SO MUCH LOTTE for your encouragement, advice, and helpful all the time  needed your help.

The whole course was so great and very interesting such that even some topics required thorough reading and research, but through determination and willingness to learn more and gain lot of knowledge about Dog training and Canine Behaviour i utilized all this great opportunity that i got through Funda Nenja to study at Canine Communications.

Thank you so much and i am looking forward to find myself doing another interesting, informative, and useful course at your Institute again. 

Charlene Becker - Doggy Ways

I thoroughly enjoyed the Basic Training and Behaviour Course. It is very informative and the way it is presented is excellent.

Lotte always gives great advice and guidance and she is always willing to help.

This is by far the best course I have ever done. Thank you and I appreciate everything that this course and you have taught me.

*)  in order for applications for accreditation / registration as a behaviour consultant to be considered by the relevant registration/accreditation authorities (e.g. the ABC of SA®™ or SABCAP), additional requirements, such as (for example) relevant practical experience, written case studies, counselling skills certificate, veterinary testimonials, etc., are required. List of current requirements are available upon request.


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