Canine Courses

Do you want to work as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner or Dog Trainer? 

We are the largest organisation in the UK offering Ofqual regulated canine courses that meet rigorous government regulated standards. 

We offer accredited and recognised practical and online dog behaviour and training diploma and certificate courses.

Our Ofqual approved canine qualifications comply with Animal Activity Licensing Regulations

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Scroll down for more information about our canine courses and our suggested career path to becoming a successful dog behaviourist and trainer or pursuing a career working with dogs in the canine care and welfare sector.

The canine courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with dogs. We have many students who have gone on to successful careers working with dogs, please take a look at our reviews.

Accredited Canine, Kennel and Dog Behaviour Courses

Canine Diploma Courses


Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Behaviour

The Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Behaviour is a regulated qualification providing training aimed at learners who wish to work in the canine industry. This is the course we suggest that students start with as a foundation for a career working with dogs.

This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Basic Standard requirements.

Course Fees:  £350

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Ofqual Regulated Qualification: 603/4536/6

Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare

The Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Award qualification is a short Award course consisting  of 2 units about the care of dogs in kennels and dog day care/boarding facilities and an introduction to canine behaviour.  The 2 units in this Award course also feature in the Level 3 Canine Care and Behaviour  Diploma qualification and do not need to be repeated if progressing onto the Diploma course.

This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Course Fees:  £399

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Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare 

The Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma qualification is a comprehensive Diploma course consisting of 2 units from the Award couse and and additional 5 units exploring canine care, welfare, first aid, training, handling, transportation, legislation, grooming, behaviour and more. 

This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Course Fees:  £899

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Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management

The Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management is an Ofqual regulated qualification. It  forms progression from the Level 3 Canine Care Behaviour and Welfare Qualification.

This qualification is relevant for those wishing to expand their knowledge of canine anatomy and physiology, training and behaviour, the role of exercise and nutrition and how to run dog training classes.

This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Course Price:  £1,200

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Ofqual Regulated Qualification: 603/5090/8


The Level 6 Diploma in Applied  Canine Behaviour Management is a highly sought after qualification for working as a Canine Behaviourist.

This  Ofqual regulated qualification consists of 3 parts and is split into 30 theory units. This comprehensive qualification includes 10 intensive practical training and assessment days.

Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management

This qualification is  equivalent to a degree with honours - for example, Bachelor of the Arts (BA) Hons, bachelor of science (BSc) Hons.

The qualification meets the Defra Higher Standard Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) requirements.

Graduates who complete the Level 6 qualification can apply for membership to:

  • The Association of INTODogs - as a full member - Certified Canine Behaviourist. As a full member of INTODogs, you will have accredited canine behaviourist status 
  • Students enrolled on this Ofqual regulated qualification are eligible to apply for a TOTUM Student Card. 

This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Course Price:  £4,200

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Level 3 Diploma in Kennel and Cattery Management

The Level 3 Kennel Cattery Management Diploma course is for those working in kennel or cattery management.

This Qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

Course Price:  £899

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Level 3 Diploma in Animal Assisted Intervention

The Animal Assisted Intervention Diploma is an Ofqual regulated qualification  that is of benefit to those wanting to work or volunteer in the field of Animal Assisted Intervention.

This Level 3 qualification consists of 9 units and includes 1 practical training weekend.

Start date: 14/01/20 enrol now to secure your place

Course Price: £1,500

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Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma Course

This Level 3 Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma has been designed for those wanting to work as an Assistance Dog Trainer with dogs in various roles.

This Ofqual regulated qualification consists of 10 units and includes 1 practical training weekend.

Start date 01/11/19 enrol now to secure your place

Course Price: £1,500

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Dog Groomer Diploma course

This Intensive Advanced Dog Groomer course about grooming dogs includes working with a professional groomer and gain hands-on experience. 

Excellent value for money, this course INCLUDES 2 weeks practical training!

Course Price:  £850

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Solving Canine Behaviour Problems Diploma Course

This Solving Canine Behaviour Problems Diploma Course explores the external and internal influences that affect behaviour in dogs.

Course Price:  £399

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Canine Nutrition Diploma Course

The Canine Nutrition Diploma Course studies the functions of each nutrient group, canine body systems and the effective of diet on canine health and behaviour. The course also explores the  benefits and concerns of raw food, home cooked foods and commercial diets.

Course Price:  £499

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Canine Massage Diploma Course

The Canine Massage Diploma course covers types of massage, massage techniques and care plans.

Course Price:  £499

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Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Business Diploma Course

This Pet Sitting Dog Walking course is designed for those who want to set up their own business

Course Price:  £399

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Certificate Canine Courses

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Career Path to Working with Dogs and All Canine Courses

We have mapped out a training path with the canine courses we offer that will enable students to gain extensive knowledge and progress right up to Level 6.  

Step 1

For those new to the subject, we suggest starting with the Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Behaviour, this is an Ofqual regulated qualification that consists of 2 units exploring natural canine behaviours and their purpose. This is an excellent introduction qualification to the subject of canine behaviour and it meets the Basic Standard Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) requirements. Alternatively, if you want to meet the Higher Standard AAL requirements, then we suggest the Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare 

Step 2

The next course is the Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care Behaviour and Welfare. It is an Ofqual regulated qualification that consists of 7 units. This qualification will broaden career options for working with dogs. It is an ideal foundation for behaviour, training and welfare careers with dogs. 2 units in this course also feature in the Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare and they do not need to be repeated if you have already completed the Level 3 Award qualification.

Step 3

Next we suggest the Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management. This Ofqual regulated qualification is for those wanting to work in the areas of canine psychology, behaviour and training. Successful completion of this course enables students to enrol on the Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner course.

Step 4

The final step is the highly sought after Level 6 Diploma in Applied  Canine Behaviour Management - this qualification is specifically for a careers working as a Canine Behaviourist. This  Ofqual regulated qualification consists of 3 parts and is split into 30 theory units. This comprehensive qualification includes 10 intensive practical training and assessment days.

To enhance student learning, we now offer a private study/discussion Facebook group for those working on this qualification and additional informal study/training days are provided for these students.

Certificate Canine Courses

These 2 module certificate canine courses take an average of two to three months to complete; however there is no time pressure as you study at the pace that suits you. Most of the dog courses are set at level 3 and this is equivalent to A level standard. These courses are available to students worldwide as they are studied online.


Canine Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course

Our Canine Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Course is designed to be an introduction to the various systems that make up the canine body.

Course Price:  £165


Canine Care & Welfare Certificate Course

This canine care welfare certificate course is for those wanting to work with dogs in a vet surgery or boarding/charity kennels.

Please note that this is not an Ofqual qualification and therefore it does not meet the new Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations. Please click here for Ofqual regulated qualifications that meet AAL requirements.

Course Price:  £165


Dog Walking Certificate Course

The Dog Walking course has been designed to respond to the fast growing industry of dog walking.

Course Price:  £145

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Practical Canine Courses

We offer several practical canine courses, these include: Dog Behaviour & Training, Dog Walking, Dog Training, Dog First Aid, Dealing with Dog Aggression and Working with Rescue Dogs courses. These courses vary in length from 1 to 4 days and are available in several training locations in the UK. Our practical courses provide an excellent opportunity to gain intensive hands-on training with a variety of different dogs. Many of our practical courses can be combined with theory courses so that students gain theory knowledge, an accredited diploma and practical training that enables the student to put their theory knowledge into a practical setting.

       Course Accreditation

QEL878

Practical Canine First Aid Course 

This  Intensive Practical Canine First Aid course held in Malvern, Worcestershire, is of relevance to anyone working with dogs in an animal hydrotherapy, animal physiotherapy, veterinary, animal charity or private business capacity as well as for pet owners wishing to increase their knowledge and skills. 

Next Course Date: TBC.

Course Price: £49

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Dog Handler Course

This theory & practical Dog Handler course is particularly relevant for dog groomers, veterinary nurses, vets and other professionals, as well as anyone who works with dogs.

The course includes a 1:1 intensive half day training session working alongside a dog behaviourist in a clinic environment using fear free techniques.

Course Price: £299


Animal Assisted Intervention (AAI) Dog Training Weekend

This is an intensive 2 day theory and practical course that is ideal for those considering a career in the Animal Assisted Intervention field working with dogs.

Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI) is a type of therapy that involves animals as a form of treatment. The goal of AAI is to improve a patient's social, emotional, or cognitive functioning.

This practical weekend now forms part of the Level 3 Diploma in Animal Assisted Intervention


Next available course dates: 

14th & 15th March 2020 

Course Price:  £235

2 Day Dog Training Course

This is an intensive theory and practical dog training course was created as an introduction for careers working as a dog trainer and for those working as dog walkers, pet sitters, dog day care workers etc. 

It is also an ideal course for dog owners who want to learn more about how to gain connection rather than control of their dogs. 



We offer Canine Courses  from entry Level 2 right up to  Level 6 (Honours Degree Level) 

Graduates who complete our Level 6 qualification, can apply for membership to the following highly sought after institutions:

Association of INTO Dogs - as a full member - Certified Canine Behaviourist 

As a full member of INTO Dogs, you will have accredited animal behaviourist status with membership of The International Companion Animal Network (ICAN).

After successful completion of our courses, students are also eligible to join the  Pet Professional Guild 

All of these membership organisations support and endorse force-free training.

5 Star Reviews of Canine Courses

Rebecca Taylor completed 5 Animal Jobs Direct canine courses 

"So glad I found Animal Jobs Direct! I’ve completed 5 courses so far, (4 theory and 1 practical) and thoroughly enjoyed all of them.

What started as an ‘extra curricular’ activity after work to learn more about my own dog, sparked a passion for working with, and helping, other dogs and their owners.

The courses are interesting, enjoyable, and allow self study at your own pace. An assigned tutor is always on hand to provide support, and my own tutor, Lisa, is brilliant. I only wish that other tutors throughout my education had been half as motivating, supportive, and fun; because this is what enables students to succeed!

These courses, and Lisa’s brilliant tutelage, gave me the confidence to ditch my corporate telecoms career and start my own business as a canine behaviourist and trainer. I only wish it hadn’t taken me almost 20 years to realise what it was I wanted to do. Finding and studying with Animal Jobs direct gave me this inspiration. 

It’s never too late. If you’re thinking of starting, or changing, a career to work with animals, I can highly recommend the courses at Animal Jobs Direct.

I’m thoroughly enjoying my new career, and the brilliant people at Animal Jobs Direct enabled me to achieve this. Thank you! "

Rebecca has now set up her own business!:

Lead By Example is an independently owned and professionally run business covering South Wales, and parts of the West of England area. I'm a fully qualified behaviourist and trainer providing relationship centred, welfare focused, reward based learning for canines and their companions. 

Services include behaviour consultations and training for owners, workshops for other pet professionals, and behaviour assessments and workshops for rescue organisations. 


Want to work with Rescue Dogs? Animal Charities are one of the largest employers in the animal care sector

If you are seeking a career in dog rescue work, we have a career path mapped out: 

The Dog Rescue Worker Certificate course Level 2 is the foundation course.  After successful completion of this certificate course we would suggest progression to the Kennel Assistant Diploma course Level 3.  If you wish to progress further you may want to think about our level 4 Diploma course, Kennel and Cattery Management or the Animal Shelter Management Level 4 Diploma course.

As well as the many accredited courses that we run, we are also delighted to be able to offer bespoke canine training courses.

We offer low cost, bespoke quality training solutions to various companies, charities and local authorities

 Please get in touch if you would like more information or to arrange bespoke training.

For careers advice about a career path working with dogs please contact us.

If you think you may be eligible for funding towards your studies, please visit the Course Funding section of our website for more information. 

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PP Guild - Proud Member

No Pain. No Force. No Fear.

Animal Jobs Direct is passionate about welfare and are proud to be a Corporate member of the Pet Professional Guild. The Pet Professional Guild is the only membership organisation for professionals who subscribe to the view that aversive methods should never be used - or even deemed necessary - in the training or behaviour modification of any animal.

Animal Jobs Direct wholeheartedly support this view and all of our courses, whether canine, feline or other animals are written with this ethos. We advocate force free training throughout all of our theory and practical courses. We also believe that experienced trainers must begin their behaviour change programs with the least invasive and least aversive training protocols necessary to change the problem behaviour.

There are a great many different career options working with dogs. Please contact us for careers advice for working with dogs.


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Animal Jobs Direct Dog Grooming Course Student Review from Diane Constantinides who has completed our course and has now set up and is running her own successful grooming business

"When I decided to become a dog groomer I needed an initial combined theory and practical course that would provide me with the basic knowledge and support team that would enable me required to advance dog grooming as my careers. I searched the web and found Animals Job Direct and it ticked all the boxes for me. Affordable, all modules sent to me and marked one at a time and then of course the practical which helped tie it all together, all this and i was able to continue working.

The Animal Jobs Direct course and team gave me the confidence to continue and go on to  open my own grooming business "Bubbles Pet Parlour".

I now work full time in my own business.

Animals Job Direct has allowed me to open doors into the dog and cat grooming world which for me has become valuable and I would recommend this course 100%. My business is successful and I am now studying to teach grooming as well. Heres to the future!"