Become a Canine Behaviourist

Pathway Summary
Pathway Details
Fees & How to Enrol

Working as a canine behaviourist requires extensive understanding of the way dogs tend to act, and react, to a variety of stimuli. This pathway has been designed to provide students with the knowledge they’ll need to understand, control and modify canine behaviour.

This pathway is made up of the following areas of study:

  • Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced Canine Psychology
  • Canine Behaviour Counselling
  • Modifying Canine Aggression
  • Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues – FREE with this pathway

Category: Canine Subject: Training Fees:

£995
or pay a deposit of just £155, followed by 12 instalments of £70

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this pathway. As a general guide, we recommend students looking to take one of our pathways should have some experience in their chosen field. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you want to challenge yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What You’ll Learn

Introduction to Canine Psychology

Unit 1 

Relationships:

  • Natural behaviours
  • Pack rules – the modern view
  • Early learning
  • Fun and games

Unit 2 

Food and exercise:

  • What the dog needs
  • Different feeding methods
  • A little about labels
  • When and how to make changes in the diet
  • The value of exercise

Unit 3

Building the bond:

  • Early influences
  • The stages of puppyhood
  • Coping with the juvenile and adolescent dog
  • Training for everyday life
  • The special needs of the rescue dog

Unit 4

Problem behaviour:

  • What is problem behaviour?
  • Health effects on behaviour
  • Owner error
  • The question of punishment
  • Some ways of putting things right

Intermediate Canine Psychology

Unit 1 

The dog’s brain:

  • The physical and mental development of the puppy
  • How early experiences affect behaviour
  • How dogs learn

Unit 2 

Natural behaviours of the dog:

  • What owners expect
  • Why and how owners seek to change some behaviours
  • The psychological and physiological effects of neutering

Unit 3

Canine senses and communication:

  • How they compare and differ from those of the human
  • Verbal and body language
  • Learning to read the signals

Unit 4

The intelligent dog:

  • Mental stimulation
  • The importance of play

Advanced Canine Psychology

Unit 1 
The Modern Dog/Human relationship:

  • The dog as companion
  • Owner attitudes
  • How lifestyle affects behaviour

Unit 2 
Training past and present:

  • Early training methods
  • Modern methods explained
  • Using training aids and the role of the instructor

Unit 3
Normal dog behaviour:

  • The way the dog learns
  • Stress and how it affects behaviour

Unit 4
Diet:

  • Modern feeding methods
  • Additives and preservatives
  • Modifying diet and how it may affect behaviour

Unit 5
Health and Behaviour:

  • Common problems
  • How health affects behaviour
  • Common behaviour problems
  • The development of drug therapy
  • Real life case histories

Canine Behaviour (Counselling)

Unit 1 

  • The work of the Behaviour Counsellor
  • The needs of the owner
  • Popular owner misconceptions
  • Dogs and their natural behaviours
  • What is ‘normal’?
  • Modern lifestyles and their effects on behaviour

Unit 2 

  • Canine communication methods
  • Breakdowns in communication between owner and dog
  • Stress and its effects
  • How neutering affects behaviour

Unit 3

  • The nutritional needs of the dog
  • Does diet affect behaviour?
  • Making changes and monitoring effects
  • Health and behavioural changes

Unit 4

  • Common behavioural problems – their causes, treatments and resolution
  • Continuing support for the owner
  • The need for confidentiality
  • Telephone advice

Modifying Canine Aggression

Unit 1 

  • Living with an aggressive dog
  • The necessity of aggression for survival
  • Normal/abnormal aggression and acceptable and unacceptable aggression
  • Safety issues and options
  • The severity of aggression and preventing its development

Unit 2 

  • The neuro-biology of aggression
  • Supportive pharmacology
  • The effect of constant stress/arousal
  • Medical conditions and veterinary referral

Unit 3

  • Genetics
  • Learning
  • Classification

Unit 4

  • Dog-dog aggression and dog-human aggression
  • Treatment
  • Conditioning alternative behaviours and alternative emotional responses

Unit 5

  • Case studies
  • Limitations and acceptance

Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues

Unit 1

  • Customer Service and Care
  • Client Distress
  • Personal Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Prevention of Ill Health and Accidents
  • Risk Assessment
  • First Aid
  • Legal Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Insurance

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this pathway. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Distance learning is designed to be flexible, but as a guide, students who can spend 4-6 hours a week studying tend to complete a single unit within a month.

Certification

On successful completion of this pathway you’ll receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in our ‘Become a Canine Behaviourist’ programme, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at Level 4 from ABC Awards and Certa Awards when you complete this course**.

This confirms that you have completed a validated training course at a recognised level of study.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise.

* The Animal Care College Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.

**ABC registration fees included.

What's Next

This pathway can help you progress in your career in the animal care sector.

Once it’s completed, you may wish to further your study. If that’s the case, we’d suggest:

If you’d like to turn what you’ve learned into a career, or you’re wondering how best to apply it to your existing role, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this pathway. As a general guide, we recommend students looking to take one of our pathways should have some experience in their chosen field. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you want to challenge yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Course fee & how to enrol

This career pathway combines 6 of our individual courses, providing students with a clear and comprehensive path towards a career in animal care. What’s more, when you take this pathway, you’ll save £435, compared to taking each course on its own. Plus, you’ll get a free unit worth £145.

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £995 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course

or

Pay a deposit of just £155, followed by 12 instalments of £70