Canine Courses

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

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.

We offer practical and online dog behaviour and training diploma and certificate courses

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.  For those new to the subject, we suggest starting with the Level 2 Dog Behaviour Course, it consists of 2 modules all about natural canine behaviours and their purpose and is an excellent introduction course to the subject of canine behaviour.

The next course is the Level 3 Dealing with Canine Behaviour Problems Diploma Course. This explores the internal and external factors that influence dog behaviour.

Then, we suggest the Level 4 Dog Behaviour, Psychology and Training Diploma course. This course is specifically 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.

The Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma Course explores how to work with dogs and owners, the main behavioural influences and the behavioural consultation process. Successful completion of this 6 module course results in acceptance onto the highly sought after Level 6 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma course.

The Level 6 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma Course is a 13 module course specifically for careers working as a Canine Behaviourist. This is an in-depth course, set at Level 6.

In addition, we now offer a 2 Year Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and Practice (Level 6). This course is excellent value for money; it is a combination of the Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma course and the Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma course as well as 4 Intensive Study Days, held at our Canine Behaviour College in Cambridgeshire.  Upon successful completion of this programme students will be able to practice as a qualified Canine Behaviour Practitioner.

Please scroll down the page for more detailed information about the canine courses we offer. Please contact us by email or phone (0208 6269646) for free careers and training advice.

We offer a selection of accredited theory and practical canine courses, ranging from 2 module Certificate courses to the 2 Year Advanced Diploma in  Canine Behaviour Management and Practice Course. The courses are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with dogs. 


2 Day Intensive 1:1 Course for Dog Trainers

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. 

Next available course dates

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 2018

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2018

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018

Course Price:  £235


Canine Science Diploma Course

Canine Science Diploma Course

Understanding the evolution and domestication of Canis familiaris is crucial in terms of understanding their natural behaviour. 

This Level 3 canine science course consists of 4 modules exploring the most up to date research regarding canid evolution and biology.

Course Price: £339


Practical Small Animal First Aid Course

Practical Small Animal First Aid Course 

Level 3

This Practical 1 day Intensive Small Animal First Aid course is delivered by a Registered Veterinary Nurse.

The course is of relevance to anyone working with animals 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: £45

Canine Diploma Courses


2 Year Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and Practice

2 Year Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and Practice (Level 6)

This course is 2 Year theory and practical course with 4 Intensive study days held at our Canine Behaviour College.  Upon successful completion of this programme students will be able to practice as a qualified Canine Behaviour Practitioner.

Course Price: 1,995


Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma Course

Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma Course Level 6

This highly sought after 13 module Level 6 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma Course has been designed for those who want to work as a Dog Behaviourist. This course is accepted by Sparsholt College and can provide direct access to BSc (Hons) Applied Animal Behaviour.

Course Price:  £995


Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma Course

Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma Course Level 5

This Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma course (Level 5), was created for those who want to work with dog behaviour and training. 

Course Price:  £449


Dog Behaviour, Psychology & Training Diploma Course

Dog Behaviour, Psychology & Training Diploma Course (Level 4)

This Dog Training Diploma course has been designed for those who want to work with dog behaviour, psychology or training.

Course Price:  £449


Dog Care Behaviour & Welfare Diploma Course

Dog Care Behaviour & Welfare Diploma Course

This Dog Care Behaviour & Welfare Diploma Course is an ideal foundation for behaviour, training and welfare careers with dogs.

Course Price:  £449


Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma Course

Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma Course

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

Course Price:  £449


Dog Aggression Diploma Course

Dog Aggression Diploma Course Plus 1 Day Practical Training Day

The Dog Aggression Diploma course was designed for those who want to work with dogs in behaviour, rescue or training.

This 6 module course includes a 1 day 1:1 Practical training day.

Course Price:  £699


Dog Day Care Business Diploma Course

Dog Day Care Business Diploma Course

This Dog Day Care Business Diploma Course covers all aspects of Setting up and running a successful Dog Day Care Business. This course includes an optional 1 or 2 week placement.

Course Price:  £539


Dog Groomer Diploma course

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:  £699


Dealing with Common Canine Behaviour Problems

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:  £339


Kennel Assistant Diploma Course

Kennel Assistant Diploma Course

This Kennel Assistant course was created  for anyone wanting to pursue a career working with dogs in a rescue or boarding kennels.

Course Price:  £699


Canine Massage Diploma Course

Canine Massage Diploma Course

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

Course Price:  £449


Canine First Aid Course

AIM Awards

Level 2 Award in Skills for Emergency Care of Dogs

Aim awards

Canine First Aid Course

The AIM Awards Level 2 Award in Skills for Emergency Care for Dogs (RQF) is regulated qualification providing Theory AND Practical Training aimed at learners who wish to or who are working in the canine industry.

This is regulated qualification recognised by Ofqual within the RQF and students gain credits upon course completion. 

Course Price: £265


Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Business Diploma Course

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:  £339


Kennel and Cattery management Diploma Course

Kennel and Cattery Management Diploma Course

The Kennel Cattery management course is for those working in kennel or cattery management.

Course Price:  £699


Stray and Feral Welfare Management

Stray and Feral Welfare Management Diploma Course

The Stray Animal Course is designed to be an introduction to the subject of assisting stray and feral dogs and cats. 

Course Price:  £339


Certificate Canine Courses

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

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

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.

Course Price:  £165


Dog Behaviour Level 2 Certificate Course

Dog Behaviour Level 2 Certificate Course

The Dog Behaviour Course explores natural canine behaviours and their purpose.

Course Price:  £145


Canine Nutrition Certificate Course

Canine Nutrition Certificate Course

The Canine Nutrition Certificate Course studies canine nutrition, canine body systems, anatomy and physiology.

Course Price:  £165


Dog Bite Avoidance Certificate Course

Dog Bite Avoidance Certificate Course

This Dog Bite Avoidance Certificate course will assist you to gain confidence in working with difficult dogs.

Course Price:  £165


Dog Home Boarder Certificate Course

Dog Home Boarder Certificate Course

The Dog Home Boarding course is for those who love being around dogs and are looking for a highly rewarding career opportunity.

Course Price:  £165


Dog Rescue Worker

Dog Rescue Worker Certificate Course Plus 1 Day Intensive Practical

This dog rescue worker course provides a foundation for anyone considering embarking on a career working in a rescue centre or with a home run breed rescue.

The course includes 1:1 practical training

Course Price:  £399


Dog Walking Certificate Course

Dog Walking Certificate Course

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

Course Price:  £145


Dogs and the Law Certificate Course

Dogs and the Law Certificate Course

The Dogs and the Law Certificate Course  contains information about the most up to date legislation relating to dogs.

Course Price:  £165


Keeping Safe around Dogs Certificate Course

Keeping Safe around Dogs Certificate Course

The Junior Keeping Safe Around Dogs Course has been designed for younger learners, aged 7 - 11 years.

Course Price:  £165


Puppy Training Certificate Course

Puppy Training Certificate Course

This Puppy Training Course is relevant to the individual who wants to ensure a positive start for their new puppy on the route to good behaviour.

Course Price:  £165


Animal Transport Certificate Course

Animal Transport Certificate Course

This Animal Transport course is suitable for anyone who is required to transport pets. This includes; animal welfare officers, pet shop staff, behaviourists, dog walkers, animal ambulance drivers, dog groomers, veterinary staff, pet taxi drivers and more!

Course Price: £165


Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals

ABC Awards

Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals

ABC Awards

Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals
Level 3

The ABC Awards Level 3 Certificate in Hydrotherapy for Small Animals is a regulated qualification that has been developed with the overall aim being to prepare learners for a career working as an Animal Hydrotherapist.

This is regulated qualification recognised by Ofqual within the RQF and students gain credits upon course completion. 

Course Price:  £2,100


Practical Dog 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.


2 Day Intensive 1:1 Course for Dog Trainers

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. 

Next available course dates

Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th March 2018

Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August 2018

Saturday 20th & Sunday 21st October 2018

Course Price:  £235


Intensive Course for Dog Trainers

2 day 1:1  Intensive Course for Dog Trainers

This unique 2 day Intensive 1:1 Course for Dog Trainers has been developed to enable those seeking a career with dogs to gain intensive hands on training experience with a variety of dogs. This course is run on a one to one training basis providing the very best way to gain dog behavioural/training knowledge and hands-on training and experience with dogs.

Course Price: £450


4 Day Dog Behaviour and Training Course

4 Day Dog Behaviour and Training Course

This unique 4 day practical behaviour training practical course was created to enable those seeking a career with dogs to gain hands on training and behaviour experience with a variety of dogs.

Course Price:  £850


Canine First Aid Course

AIM Awards

Level 2 Award in Skills for Emergency Care of Dogs

Aim awards

Canine First Aid Course

The AIM Awards Level 2 Award in Skills for Emergency Care for Dogs (RQF) is regulated qualification providing Theory AND Practical Training aimed at learners who wish to or who are working in the canine industry.

This is regulated qualification recognised by Ofqual within the RQF and students gain credits upon course completion. 

Course Price: £265


2 Day Rescue Dog Practical Course

1 Day Rescue Dog Practical Course Plus 2 Module Theory Certificate

This 1 Day Rescue Dog Practical Course helps students gain intensive practical experience with rescue dogs; learn on a 1:1 basis with our highly experienced dog behaviourist.

The course includes a 2 module Accredited Certificate course.

Course Price:  £399


Canine Aggression Course

1 Day Canine Aggression Course Plus 6 Module Diploma Course

Learn how to prevent and deal with canine aggression. This is an intensive 1:1 Training day that follows the 6 module Level 4 Dog Aggression Diploma course

Course Price:  £699


1 Day Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Course

1 Day Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Course

This 1:1 Intensive Pet Sitting Dog Walking course is designed for those who want to set up their own business  as a Professional Pet Sitter and Dog Walker.

Course Price:  £165

Many of our practical canine courses and dog training courses are arranged to suit the student. If you would like to book a place on a practical course, please contact us with the attendance dates that best suit you and we will then confirm this with you prior to booking the course. 


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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. 

About us, our accreditation and  how to enrol on our canine courses 

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. The main employers in the canine care sector are animal charities (rescue kennels) and private boarding kennels. Most jobs working in kennels involve hands-on contact with dogs and include walking, feeding, cleaning, grooming, training and providing environmental enrichment for dogs living in kennels. This type of work is varied and no two days are the same as there are continually different types of dogs all with different needs and requirements. Whist working hands-on in a kennels can be hard work, it is a rewarding career and there are opportunities for developing additional specialised skills such as dog behaviour and dog grooming.

The Kennel Assistant Diploma course and the Dog Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma course are the courses we recommend for many hands-on jobs working with dogs in kennels. The Kennel and Cattery Management Diploma course and the Animal Rescue Home Care and Welfare Management Diploma course are also relevant for working in boarding and rescue kennels in more senior roles such as owner or manager. As well as improving your chances of gaining employment, these accredited courses also provide valuable foundation knowledge for other careers with dogs.

Many people wanting to work with dogs decide to set up their own dog walking and pet sitting business as this provides the opportunity to work for yourself, doing something you love such as caring for dogs! The dog walking and pet sitting sector is a growing one with increasingly more dog owners deciding to employ the services of a dog walker. We offer a Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Diploma course that includes information about dog walking, pet sitting and setting up and running your own business. We have bundled dog walking and pet sitting together as in our experience, once a dog walker has built up the client confidence, they are soon asked if they can offer pet sitting services in addition to dog walking. So it is advantageous for anyone wanting to set up a dog walking business to also have knowledge and relevant training about pet sitting - thus enabling them to offer this add on service as a part of their business.

Our Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Diploma course includes an optional 1 day Practical training session offered on a 1 to 1 basis with an experienced dog walker. The practical training day complements the theory knowledge you will gain by doing the Diploma course and we have many students who have completed both courses and gone on to set up their own successful dog walking and pet sitting businesses. 

Many Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters also offer dog grooming, dog home boarding and dog day care services. This is an excellent way to grow your business and provide extra for your client's dogs. Having relevant training for offering dog grooming is important and our accredited Dog Grooming Diploma course provides excellent theory and hands-on practical training, enabling students to either set up their own mobile or fixed dog grooming business, to offer dog grooming as part of their pet sitting/dog walking business or to apply for dog grooming vacancies. Our Dog Home Boarding course is also popular with dog walkers wanting to add an extra dimension to their businesses as is our Dog Day Care Business Diploma course.

Working as a canine behaviourist is also a very rewarding career. For anyone wanting to embark on a dog behaviourist career, if you are new to working with dogs, we suggest starting with the Dog Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma course (this provides excellent foundation knowledge about dogs) and then move onto the Level 4 Dog Behaviour, Psychology and Training Diploma course. Successful completion of this course enables students to enrol on the Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma course and this leads onto the highly sought after Level 6 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma course, this is a 13 module course designed for working as a canine behaviourist.

All jobs with dogs potentially involve having to deal with problem canine behaviours. Our Dog Aggression Diploma course, Dogs and the Law Certificate course, Dealing with Behaviour Problems Certificate course and Dog Bite Avoidance Certificate course all deal with various aspects of canine behaviour problems and are relevant for all careers working hands-on with dogs. 

We offer a comprehensive range of canine courses including the Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma course designed for careers working as an Assistance Dog Trainer; training dogs to assist people with physical, sight or hearing difficulties. 

Our experience careers and training advisers are happy to assist with free careers advice. 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!"