Certified by Turid Rugaas
who is it for?
With Turid Rugaas as your personal mentor, this course offers a unique opportunity to study the calming signals of dogs and become a specialist in this area.
Turid Rugaas has devoted her life to studying canine behaviour and communication, and is internationally renowned for her work on calming signals – subtle body language cues that dogs use to communicate their feelings of stress, anxiety, or discomfort. She has written several books on the topic, including “On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals”. Rugaas has received numerous awards for her work, including the Norwegian King’s Medal of Honour.
This course is open to anyone who has completed level 1 and level 2.
- Very good knowledge about the meaning of the terms calming signals and distance increasing signals
- Very good understanding of the use of calming signals as communication between dogs and between dogs and humans
- Very good knowledge of how to use our body language to communicate in a friendly way to dogs and to reduce stress and misunderstandings between dogs and humans
- Very good skills in using human body language to reduce stress and communicate in a clear and non-threatening way to dogs
- Very good observation skills of calming signals
- Good ability to describe and interpret calming signals and distance increasing signals in various situations
- Being able to observe and understand calming signals and distance increasing signals and to avoid escalation of aggression in the dog
- Being able to observe and understand calming signals to avoid escalation of stress in the dog
how does it work?
Duration: 6 months (24 weeks)
12 online lectures and Q&A’s
All lectures and Q&A will be recorded, but it is mandatory to attend minimum 80 % live.
5 in-depth individual study and filming assignments.
Workload: min. 4 hours per week.
Please note that you will benefit greatly from having someone to help you do the practical filming of you working with dogs.
Grades: (Fail), Good, Very Good
In order to pass the course, the participant needs a minimum score of ‘Good’ on each of the five independent studies.
Dates for Fall 2023:
Online meetings on Zoom:
Time: 19.00- 21.00 (7pm – 9pm CET)
10th and 24th of August
14th and 28th of September
12th and 26th of October
9th and 23rd of November
7th and 21st of December
11th and 25th of January (2024)
All online meetings and seminars will be recorded.
This course includes practical assessement and you are required to read the following books:
Rugaas, Turid (2005). On Talking Terms with Dogs: Calming Signals. Dogwise Publishing
Rugaas, Turid (2008). Barking – The Sound of a Language. Dogwise Publishing
Eaton, Barry (2010). Dominance in Dogs: Fact or Fiction? Dogwise Publishing
The books are not included in the course fee.