Dog Training Course

Dog Behaviour, Psychology & Training Diploma Course
Comprehensive Dog Training course

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Dog Behaviour, Psychology & Training Diploma Course

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      Course Price:  £449

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£230 followed by 3 x monthly payments of £90

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

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This course counts for 90 hours CPD

Dog Behaviour, Psychology & Training Diploma Level 4

This comprehensive Dog Training course has been designed for those who want to work with dogs in the areas of behaviour, psychology or training. 

Learn about dog behaviour, how dogs learn, canine body language & gestures, external & internal influences on behaviour, environmental enrichment, exercise, dogs and the law and current animal welfare issues affecting dogs.

Our courses are written and tutored by experienced behaviourists involved in dog rescue and rehoming and behaviour work. 

Dog Behaviour Psychology and Training is a level 4 course and is an intermediate level in the career path for those wishing to become a canine behaviour practitioner.

The level of course to start will depend upon your own experience and knowledge.

Successful completion of this course results in acceptance on the Level 5 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma course.

Dog Behaviour, Psychology & Training Diploma 
Level 4

Module 1

Identify how dogs learn and how dogs behave

Module 1 of this dog training course course explores the difference between dog training and dog psychology and students will be able to formulate own opinions on varying styles and ethics of dog training.

Learn how dogs learn and understand the principles of behaviour.

Learn how to increase wanted behaviours and decrease unwanted behaviour. 

Explore the role that dog psychology plays in training.

Module 2

Identify the role of the owner 

Learn how to gain a better understanding of how their behaviour affects that of the dog.

Learn about the role of the owner and the need for lifestyle and dog compatibility as well as the requirements of living with a different species. 

Module 3

Recognise and have an understanding of canine body language and gestures

This Dog Training Course module explores how to identify common behaviour problems and possible solutions.

Learn about canine body language, emotions & related signals.

Learn how to recognise and understand common unwanted behaviours & their management.

Learn about the role of canine stress in behaviour & its management.

Module 4

Gain an understanding of external and internal influences on dog behaviour

Learn about the external & internal influences on dog behaviour.

Learn about medical conditions that can cause behaviour changes in dogs.

This module includes information about medical problems and the roles that alternative therapies such as back flower remedies, acupuncture can play in canine behaviour modification.


Module 5

What Dogs Need

Most behavioural problems arise from a dog simply not getting the exercise and attention needed to ensure the mind and body remains healthy and stimulated.

Learn about environmental enrichment & exercise and how it affects a dogs behaviour and health.

Gain an understanding about the role environmental enrichment and exercise can play in changing canine behaviour problems. 

Learn how lack of environmental stimulation can affect canine health and welfare. 

Understand the consequences of too much or too little play and exercise with regard to health.

Module 6

 Dogs and the Law

Understand dogs and the Law and the current animal welfare issues affecting dogs.

This module of the Dog Training Course includes information about the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006 (in relation to dogs). 

Learn about legislation regarding stray dogs, guard dogs and the breeding and selling of dogs. 

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This Level 4 Dog Training course is often studied as a follow on to our Level 3 Dog Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma course. The subject of dog behaviour, psychology and training is of great interest to many dog owners and those working or volunteering hands-on with dogs. Understanding dog body language, influences on behaviour and how dogs think is of great benefit to anyone dealing with dogs. This course contains foundation knowledge necessary for the Level 6 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma course and successful completion of this course is required before enrolment on the highly sought after Advanced course.

All careers working with dogs require an understanding of canine behaviour, including being able to interpret canine body language, recognising and dealing with unwanted behaviour and preventing problems from occurring. This understanding is appropriate for everyone in contact with dogs including dog owners, dog walkers, kennel workers, dog sitters, dog re-homers, animal welfare officers and of course dog behaviour practitioners.

This is the intermediate course for those wanting to embark on a career as a dog behaviour practitioner. If you only have limited understanding of how dogs learn this is the course to begin with.  If you have no prior knowledge we would advise you begin with the level 3 course.

As with all of our theory courses, you are assigned your own personal tutor who will support and guide you throughout the course.  All of our dog courses are written in consultation with behaviour experts, rescue workers and experienced tutors who all support force free training.  We do not support aversive techniques or “tools” in any form and only use those techniques that are force free and are supported by science.

This Dog Training Course begins with a detailed look at how dogs learn, learning theories and the four quadrants. Clicker training is discussed and how to apply classical and operant conditioning procedures in order to change behaviour.

Ask dog owners why they have a dog and there will be numerous and varied answers, amongst them will be companionship, the children want one, for long walks, protection or they want something to welcome them home.                                                                                    

Of course for some it may be for something more precise such as sport, competitions or as an aid for a specific task. Module 2 examines the role of the owner and the need for a compatible lifestyle.

Module 3 of this Dog Training Course takes a detailed and in depth at canine body language and signals and an overview of canine emotions.  Stress can play a role in the development of unwanted behaviour and module 3 identifies how stress may manifest on a daily basis.  Various peer reviewed studies are examined in relation to stress and anxiety.

Module 4 identifies the role of nature versus nurture in behaviour. In addition, a close look at how medical conditions can cause or appear as unwanted behaviour problems and an explanation as to why new unwanted behaviours should always be examined by a vet. A brief look at a number of complimentary therapies completes this module.

In this module we examine the role environmental stimulation and exercise can play in modifying unwanted behaviour and how dogs are affected by a lack of environmental enrichment.

The vast majority of behaviour problems are social (human-dog relationship) problems or environmental (home environment) problems.

Module 5 is concerned with stress, the causes and remedies and how a lack of environmental stimulation can cause unwanted behaviour. Too much or too little exercise can contribute to stress and anxiety and unwanted behaviour.

The remaining Module takes an in depth study of the law relating to dogs.  A thorough understanding and knowledge is essential for dog owners and all those working with dogs. The field of animal law has drawn considerable interest during the past few decades.

Human-animal interactions cause conflicts on an individual, local, national and international level and are increasingly subject to legal regulation.

The domestic dog (Canis lupus familiaris) has been man’s best friend and most loyal companion since antiquity. With a population spanning more than 500 million worldwide, dogs are the second most popular companion animal (after cats) on a global scale.

Dogs play multiple roles in our society; they are our beloved pets and companions and guard our homes from intruders; they provide their valuable services to the police and the military; they are used for guarding livestock; they are displayed in shows and take part in sports. Not all dogs are owned however; many dogs are stray, abandoned or in shelters. Others are used in experiments or illegal sports such as fighting. Since dogs are so deeply integrated into our human society, the need for a set of laws that will not only protect them from harm, but also promote their welfare, is imperative. At the same time, legislation needs to provide a framework that will protect people from dogs. This module of the Dog Training Course has the aim of providing information about the most up to date legislation relating to dogs in the UK. The learning material assumes little or no knowledge of dog law. 

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