Service Dog Courses at West Virginia University

A&VS 276: Service Dog Training

3 CREDITS

In this introductory course, students gain knowledge about behavioral analysis techniques, basic obedience and skill training, grooming, canine cognition and research evaluation. Students apply the knowledge learned in lecture to train the dogs in lab and on public outings.

A&VS 470: Animal Learning

3 CREDITS

In this advanced course, students will gain an in-depth understanding of the basic principles as they relate to dog training and behavior management.

Prerequisite: A&VS 276

Students may foster a dog in advanced courses, but are NOT required.

A&VS 476: Animal-Assisted Interventions

3 CREDITS

In this advanced course, students will learn about animal-assisted interventions and assist in developing and implementing a community service project using the Hearts of Gold service dogs.

Prerequisite: A&VS 276

Students may foster a dog in advanced courses, but are NOT required.