Level 3 Assistance Dog Trainer Qualification

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Level 3 Diploma in Assistance Dog Training


  • This Assistance Dog Trainer course explores how to train dogs to help people with sight or hearing difficulties, physical disabilities, and those prone to seizures, to lead independent lives.
  • This qualification has been designed for those wanting to work as an Assistance Dog Trainer with dogs in roles such as Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Disability Dogs, Cancer Detection dogs, Diabetes Hypo-alert dogs, Seizure alert dogs, etc.
  • This unique qualification has information about the origins of this sector and more about the sector today, the everyday work of the assistance dog, the selection, development and training of assistance dogs and the profile and personal attributes required, including how to select the assistance dog organisation best suited to the individual.

Course Modules

(400 GLH)

Module 1

Communication and Body Language

This unit explores the body language of both dogs and humans involved in training. Learn about the stress in canines and how to spot the signs of stress.

Module 2

Care of Canines

Learn about the basic care of dogs, including health, handling, nutrition and care of dogs in kennels.

This unit explores care routines, appropriate canine handling methods, how to ensure good canine welfare and canine nutrition. Students will also learn how to reduce and manage stress for dogs in kennels and foster homes.

Module 3

First aid

Learn how to carry out emergency aid and basic first aid. This unit also includes information about how to carry out health checks on dogs.

Module 4

Behaviour and influences

Learn about the causes of the most common canine behaviour problems and how to solve them. Students will explore recent research and development in dog behaviour and expected behaviours for breeds.

Module 5

Dogs and the Law

Students will investigate the laws surrounding dogs and disabilities. This unit includes information about disability and accessibility law as well as custodianship as opposed to ownership in legal terms.

Module 6


Students undertaking this unit will look at different types of disabilities that they could encounter when working as an Assistance Dog Trainer.

Learn how disability affects training and how to train from the point of view of the individual

Students will also gain an understanding of the human-animal bond.

Module 7

Dog Training

Students will look at how dogs learn, and how to motivate dogs to learn. Learn about adaptability including multiple handlers and environmental changes.

Gain an understanding of the importance of enrichment and off lead exercise.  Learn about marker training and recall, natural dog behaviours, play styles and positive reinforcement.

Module 8

Managing Volunteers

Students completing this unit will learn how to manage volunteers as an integral part of the Assistance Dog Training process.

Learn how to train volunteers when fostering dogs.  Gain an understanding of the client matching process.

Module 9

Puppy Development and Behaviour

Students will investigate the behaviour of puppies including how to manage behaviour and training from a young age.

Learn how to rectify behaviour issues and how to habituate puppies to prevent problems.

Module 10

Assessment of the Needs of the Dog

Students will explore how to assess the needs of the dog, including how to provide support.

Learn how to assess dogs’ support needs and how to interpret formal reports concerning clients and dogs.

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