Dog Behaviourist Course


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

Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma 

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Dog Behaviourist Course

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Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma

The Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma is an Ofqual regulated qualification. It is progression from the  Level 4 Dog Behaviour, Psychology and Training Diploma course

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.

This course is 370 GLH and a total of 406 total qualification hours including three practical training weekends. 

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.

Module 1


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

Module 2

The internal environment 

Students will consider the behavioural biology of dogs with a particular focus on aggression. We take an in depth look at the role of emotions and medical conditions in relation to canine behaviour and specifically in aggression cases.

Module 3

The external environment 

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

Module 4

Canine needs 

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

Describe issues specific to the rescued dog.

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

Module 5

Canine Communication

Students will look at how canines communicate in this unit, with an emphasis on meta signals and subtle body language.

Module 6

Normal and maladaptive aggression

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 aggressive communication.

Module 7

Working with aggression cases 

Students will consider the principles, ethics and competency for working with aggressive dogs and the role of the behaviour practitioner. 

Module 8

Reducing stress and anxiety 

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.

Module 9

Multiple dogs 

This unit will be useful for anyone working with multiple dogs, from dog home boarders, dog walkers to dog day care workers. Behaviour practitioners are oftyen required to treat behaviour problems in multi dog households so a sound understanding of multiple dog interaction is necessary

Module 10

Working dogs 

This unit considers the various roles of working dogs and considers the ethics, training requirements and welfare aspects.

Module 11

Measuring behaviour 

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.

Module 12

Behaviour change 

Understand the principle components of a behaviour change programmeApplication of learning theory in behaviour cases and how to ensure a successful behaviour modification plan

4 x Practical Training Weekends are included as part of this dog behaviourist course

Contact us  if you would like to discuss this dog behaviourist course with our Careers and Course Adviser

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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