Behavioural Modification for Professionals

Course Summary
Course Details

This course has been designed to help those working with dogs to understand, respond to and modify canine behaviour. Students will cover a range of internal and external stimuli capable of influencing a dog’s behaviour, from diet to environment, in order to understand how best to engage with and alter the way they behave.

This course is essential for any canine care professional, and would be of particular practical use to veterinary nurses and receptionists, dog wardens, rescue centre staff, groomers, instructors.

You’ll receive your first unit as soon as you enrol, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Category: All Level: Advanced Subject: Psychology, Working With Animals

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

Unit 1

Understanding the dog:

  • The natural behaviours of dogs
  • The effects of socialisation
  • How dogs learn
  • Modern lifestyle and its effects on behaviour
  • Up to date training methods

Unit 2 

Diet, health and behaviour:

  • The dog’s nutritional needs
  • How diet affects behaviour
  • Different feeding methods
  • Making changes and monitoring effects
  • Health and behavioural changes
  • Neutering and its effects on behaviour

Unit 3

Other influences on behaviour:

  • Stress and its effects
  • Physiological and temperament changes in dogs in a confined environment
  • Owner misconceptions
  • Breakdowns in communication between owner and dog
  • Poisonous foods
  • Need for exercise
  • Suitable toys

Unit 4 

Behaviour problems and their modification:

  • Assessing the problem
  • Common behavioural problems and techniques for modification
  • Monitoring progress, relationships with owners and other professionals
  • Recognising personal limitations

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. 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.


On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in Behavioural Modification for Professionals, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at Level 3 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 course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career in the animal care sector, or better understand your own pet.

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

We classify our courses by level to guide students towards the best course based on their experience. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you’re open to challenging yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Before you begin this course, we’d recommend you complete our Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues short course.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £395 in one sum and receive a voucher towards the cost of your next course


Pay a deposit of just £75, followed by 8 instalments of £40