Dogs Evolution and Cognition - Groomer Edition

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Class name: Dog psychology, development and training

Module: Professional groomer

Level of studies: Basic

Status and type of class: Compulsory, theoretical-methodological

Lecturer/s: Sasha Riess, Adam Miklosi


The class is aimed at enabling the student to acquire the knowledge necessary for understanding:

The formation of the dog as a species and using this information to improve the communication with dogs during the grooming process.

The phenomenon of the influence of character on the formation of different dog breeds known today.

The possibilities of groomer influencing the behaviour of the dog in order to make the grooming process less stressful for the dog.


First week

The place of the wolf in the animal kingdom (Regnum Animalia)

The life of the wolf in the pack and struggle for survival

The structure, organisation and hierarchy of the pack

The socialisation and upbringing of wolf cubs

The first contact of wolf and men

Second week

Ray Coppinger - the theory of parasitology or symbiosis

The tolerance distance

The type of organisms in nature based on the role of the transport of the matter

Dr Belyaev experiment

The process of domestication and creation of primaevalbreeds

The usability values of the breeds

Third week

The selective dog breeding

Factors influencing the selection

The social status and the culture of a region as basis for selection

Regional factors as basis for selection


Á. Miklósi, Dog Behaviour, Evolution, and Cognition, Oxford, 2009

R. Coppinger, Dogs: A Startling New Understanding of Canine Origin, Behavior & Evolution, The University of Chicago Press, 2001

“The Art of Raising a Puppy”, audio book

Internal reading scripts and other teaching materials


Number of lessons

15 x 2hrs lessons (three weeks)

Teaching methodology

Lectures, online (live stream)


Thursdays, according to schedule

Pre-exam obligations

Term paper

Knowledge testing


Scoring range


Less than 80

Not satisfactory






Very good



Your Instructor

Sasha Riess
Sasha Riess

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