Cognition & Emotion

Behaviour Bible : Chapter 1 : Verse 6

Perhaps the most en vogue of the verses, cognitive psychology has been at the forefront of canine behaviour for the last decade. Here we delve into just what the dog understands to be his world around him and how he comes to that place. We will look at the evidence for important conceptual learning such as object permanence and what that could mean for domestic dogs. We explore how and when our dogs use reasoning and how this may differ to how us human reason as well as how they process and interpret things like space and time.

We take a deep dive into canine learning with special attention on the canine mind and what effects the perception, formation and maintenance of memory. We also gaze hard at the various ways in which dogs learn. This course includes a guest expert along with an indepth critical review of jealousy.

The course outline includes:

  • Concept formation
  • Quantifying the world
  • Cause and effect
  • Reasoning
  • Navigation of space
  • Self awareness (self recognition, sensitivity of gaze, theory of mind, perception of what others see)
  • Social learning
  • Types of remembering
  • Language
  • Guest interview with Clive Wynee
  • Deep critical overview of jealousy


Your Instructor


Nando, Jo-Rosie & Dean
Nando, Jo-Rosie & Dean

Nando, Jo and Dean make up the team that run The School of Canine Science, an education provider that teaches, trains and mentors dog trainers to reach their potential in a competitive industry.

All of our courses, either in person or online are firmly rooted in science and evidence with strong practical hand on elements.

Nando : has been working as a dog trainer and instructor for 14 years. Best known for his accessible style, impressive YouTube tutorials, big personality and awe-inspiring ability to train the tricky dogs that many people claim are un-trainable. Nando has appeared on multiple mainstream TV shows, presented around the world, authored books, hosted his own international radio show, receivied more than 20 million views on YouTube and has a Facebook following of over 26,000. Nando loves all areas of dog training but his true passion lies in scent detection.

Jo-Rosie : is an animal behaviourist with a degree in applied psychology and a post graduate in behaviour. Jo initially worked for a large rescue organisation before moving to a private behaviour clinic where she spent her time mainly working with section 1 and 3 dangerous dogs, resulting in her becoming an independent expert witness. Alongside a success career as a TV presenter jo has authored a number of books including the popular ‘The Real Dog Yoga’. Jo-Rosie also headed up the behaviour qualifications for the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers lecturing both in the UK and Internationally and writing the level OCN assessment process for behaviourists.

Dean : is a dog trainer with less than three years formal experience yet in that time he has managed to propel himself into the forefront of the industry with his intense theoretical knowledge and an masterful eye for precision. After completing a Masters Degree in Business and working for 16 years in the Technology Industry Dean is obsessed with systems, processes and measurement – leading to an eye for detail and an aptitude for clean, efficient training. Dean has worked behind the scenes on TV shows animal training but is probably best known for tricks & tutorials with his dog Sidney.


Course Curriculum


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  Expert Interview
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  Assessment
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  Bibliography
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  Social Support
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Frequently Asked Questions


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The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
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