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Nutrition & Behaviour

Establishing links between nutrition and behaviour

The links between food and behaviour are well established, this course goes one step further identifying and picking apart more modern themes such as gut to brain axis, the importance of understanding microbiota as well as breaking down the elements of dog food production and enabling trainers to make informed recommendations.

This course includes:

  • Why is the gut is by some, called ‘the second brain’
  • The gut-brain axis and how it works
  • What is a microbiome
  • Why colonies of bacteria might be useful or even vital to your dog
  • How consumption effects the microbiota
  • Keeping bacteria happy: keeping your dog happy
  • Latest research on nutrition and how it might be effecting your dogs mood and behaviour
  • How to give dog food a thorough appraisal
  • What is a chemical premix?
  • What’s so important about sourcing, manufacturing, ingridents & processeing
  • How to recommend a dog food?
  • How feeding fresh might improve a dogs health?
  • How feeding via scavenging might effect a dogs behaviour?

Whether you’re one of the dog professionals who, upon self admission is a ‘food geek’ or if you’re one of the very many who ‘don’t try to be all things to all people’, so steer clear and refer to a nutritionalist: this course is for you. Our dogs are what they eat so make sure you know what you’re recommending to clients.


Your Instructor


Jo-Rosie Haffenden
Jo-Rosie Haffenden

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.

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.


Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.

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