Dog Behaviourist Course


Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma Level 5
Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma Course
Level 4 Dog Behaviour, Psychology and Training Diploma course

Course starts 2nd September 2019

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Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma

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Dog Behaviourist Course

Level 5 Diploma Dog Behaviour Practitioner 

The Level 5  Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma is an Ofqual regulated qualification. It is progression from the  Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management

This level 5 qualification is aimed at those who wish to work as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner and is the required entry for our Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management 

This qualification is set at Foundation Degree level. As well as a level 4 qualification, you will also need a good level of English and Maths for entry.

Credit Value: 54 credits

Guided Learning Hours: 394 hours

Total Qualification Time: 496 hours

This  qualification includes three practical training weekends. Please note, attendance on the three practical training weekends on the dates listed below is compulsory. Two will take place in the PE12 area of Lincolnshire and one will take place in WD25.

This qualification has been designed to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of canine welfare, behaviour and training. It provides the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to develop a career as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner.  Students will need to complete 6 days (36 hours) of Practical Training to develop the skills required to undertake the role of a Canine Behaviour Practitioner. Learners will also develop the knowledge to understand the influence of the internal and external environment on canine behaviour and how to work with aggressive cases. Learners will also develop the knowledge to teach others and form effective client relationships. 

Progression Routes:  Students will be able to progress into employment within the animal care sector. They will also be able to progress onto a Level 6 Applied Canine Behaviour Management qualification or other relevant, higher study.

Entry requirements: Students will have completed an industry recognised Level 4 qualification in Canine Behaviour or a related qualification. The minimum age for access to this qualification is 18 years of age. 

This Dog Behaviourist Diploma course has been designed for those who want to work with dogs in the areas of behaviour and training. This course looks at the practical side of behaviour consultations, working with dogs and owners, as well as the main influences on behaviour.

Successful completion of this Level 5 qualification will ensure acceptance onto our highly sought after

Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management 

You will learn about the emotional and physical needs of dogs and how to apply learning theories in behaviour modification. Genetics and evolution are looked at in depth, and how physiology can influence and affect behaviour. The course includes a look at the latest research and developing techniques that can be incorporated into a behaviour modification plan and various case studies.

This course forms part of the career path in the dog behaviour field and is essential for those wanting to work with clients and their dogs. Prior to enrolment on this Level 5 Dog Behaviourist Course, students are required to complete the

Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management 

Dog Behaviourist Diploma course
Level 4 Dog Behaviour, Psychology and Training Diploma course

The Dog Behaviourist course is tutored by an experienced Canine Behaviourist and Dog Trainer with over 25 years’ experience who is passionate about rehabilitating rescue dogs and assisting rescue dog owners to overcome any behaviour problems and is also an external behaviourist for the Dogs Trust. Only fear and force free methods are used as part of our training.

Unit 1 

Evolution 35 GLH 

Students will explore the fundamental principles of evolution and the origin of Canis Familiaris and the process of domestication.

You will gain an understanding of the science of Ethology and behaviourism & their relevance to the domestic dog

Unit 2

Canine needs 45 GLH

Students will consider the emotional and physical need of dogs and the role humans play in the development of unwanted behaviour.

We will also consider the needs of rescue dogs.

Appropriate play and exercise, along with positive socialisation are also considered.

Unit 3

The internal environment  40 GLH

Students will consider the behavioural biology of dogs. We take an in depth look at the role of the brain, various body systems, emotions and medical conditions in relation to canine behaviour. The biology of aggression is also covered in this unit.

Unit 4

The external environment 40 GLH

This unit considers the role of genetics in the development of canine behaviour. Students will understand the implications of the dominance myth and the difference between instinctive and learned behaviour.

Unit 5

Multiple canine management 28 GLH

This unit considers ways of managing multiple canines and looks at some of the problems that may be experienced in a home environment.

Unit 6

Working canines 20 GLH

Dogs now have many working roles and this unit considers those working in animal assisted intervention, assistance dogs and other roles in a human society

Unit 7

Reducing canine stress and anxiety 10 GLH

Stress and anxiety often underpin many unwanted behaviour problems. This unit takes an in depth look at the role of stress and anxiety and strategies to manage and improve welfare.

Unit 8

Normal and maladaptive aggression 40 GLH

Students will consider the importance of bite inhibition and understand the risk factors associated with human-dog aggression.

You will also understand the various categories of aggression and functionality as well as an in-depth look at canine communication.

Unit 9

Measuring behaviour 30 GLH

Students will consider how to use essential tools for data collection, understand how to use a functional analysis and create a learning environment for dogs.

Unit 10

Working with aggression cases 50 GLH

This unit considers the principles and ethics of working with aggressive canines and the role of the behaviour practitioner.

Unit 11

Canine behaviour change  30 GLH

Understand the principle components of a behaviour change programme

Application of learning theory in behaviour cases and how to ensure a successful behaviour modification plan

Unit 12

Practical training 36 GLH

This training consists of three separate weekends. Attendance at these weekends is compulsory – please check the dates before enrolling on the course.

We will have various enrolment dates throughout the year, with different practical dates. If you are unable to attend the ones shown, you can choose to enrol on the next intake.

The three weekends will cover

  • the emotional state of canines
  • recognising potential gait problems by analysing canine movement
  • creating a connection with an individual dog
  • handling using force and fear free methods
  • assess the correct method of training for an individual dog
  • use force and fear free methods at all times
  • loose lead using force and fear free methods 

Compulsory practical weekend dates:

Weekend 1: Saturday 4th/Sunday 5th April – Watford WD25 8WT

Weekend 2: Saturday 25th/Sunday 26th July – Lincolnshire PE12 6SR

Weekend 3: Saturday 17th/Sunday 18th October – Lincolnshire PE12 6SR

Level 5  Dog  Behaviour Practitioner Diploma

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£1,200 deposit followed by 6 x monthly payments of £150

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Course starts 2nd September 2019

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Dog Behaviourist Course Details:

This course also looks at the practical side of behaviour consultations, working with dogs and owners, as well as the main influences on behaviour. This course forms part of the career path in the dog behaviour field and is essential for those wanting to work with clients and their dogs. We advise completion of the Level 4 Diploma in Canine Behaviour and Training Management before enrolment on this Level 5 qualification.

Successful completion of this Level 5 Dog Behaviourist course will ensure acceptance onto the Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management.

Dog Behaviorist Diploma

This dog behaviourist course examines how fear, aggression, frustration, stress, anxiety and obsession can impact a dog’s life as well as the owners.  The module also assesses various modification techniques that are often applied in these cases. Food and diet can influence behaviour and examines the emotional and physical needs of all dogs. Learn how play and exercise can improve behaviour problems and the role that stimulation can play in meeting a dog’s needs. Dogs are a member of the canid family and out of all the types of canid, dogs are the only ones to have become truly domesticated.  

Since dogs became domesticated we have developed many different shapes and sizes of dogs who can perform a variety of jobs. We often expect a great deal of our dogs – sometimes too much. If we are to meet the emotional and physical needs of a dog, we first need to look at welfare. We could look to the Animal Welfare Act but sadly there is no definition of welfare.  The 5 freedoms have limitations as an assessment tool for welfare but can be a useful tool for investigating an animal’s life experiences. Good welfare is not simply the absence of negative experiences, but rather is primarily the presence of positive experiences such as pleasure. Dog training and dog behaviour modification often focuses on the principles and theories of operant and classical conditioning.

Research after B F Skinners work on operant conditioning tended to concentrate on the workings of the brain – if X takes place it results in Y. This is a very simplistic view that does not take into account emotions. In animal behaviour, communication is described as the use of specifically evolved behavioural patterns in order to modify the behaviour of a recipient to the advantage of the signaller. Communication is a message between a sender and a receiver. Owners frequently misunderstand a dog's expectations in social communication and group living and this misunderstanding can lead to behaviour problems. Communication is a behaviour that has a goal and a function. Communication includes using signals such as verbal, tactile, odours (pheromones), facial expressions and body movements. The flick of an ear, blink of an eye or movement of a whisker can threaten aggression, signal anxiety or resolve a conflict.  Dogs often use cues so fine they could be missed completely. This Dog Behaviourist Course investigates latest research and the latest techniques. Explore the role of the owner, the role of a behaviour practitioner and how to successfully engage the family in changing unwanted behaviour. Various rescue centres use and develop different assessment methods. The term temperament testing is often used although it may be more accurate to use a Stress and behavioural assessment.

Many dogs will be unsettled, unsure and even frightened finding themselves in a strange environment, which is often very noisy.  It is very difficult to gain an accurate overview of the dog’s temperament/behaviour while in a kennel environment as so many other factors will contribute to how he behaves. Learn how to apply learning theory in order to change unwanted behaviours using force free, relationship based techniques.  As with all our courses, we only support force free methods and do not support the use of aversive techniques or tools.

Ethology is the science in which we study animal behaviour, its causation and its biological function. Before we look at the causation and biological function, we need to define what we mean by behaviour. Behaviour may be series of muscle contractions performed in response to a specific stimulus.  An example of this would be a dog scratching themselves with a hind leg. The term behaviour can also be used to describe complex activities such as a dog seizing prey.  He will assess the direction and position by using various cues in the environment. Behaviour may involve one dog reacting to a stimulus or a physiological change, but may also involve two dogs or more, each responding to the activities of the other. 

Behaviour is described as a number of behavioural “events” i.e. specific actions made by an animal under specific, given circumstances.  These events allow behaviour to be measured empirically by recording the occurrence of one or more events over time. In order to understand the mechanisms of dog behaviour this course begins with an in depth look at the role of the endocrine and nervous system.

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