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Become a Dog Trainer
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Course Summary:

This pathway has been designed to help you advance your career in canine training, whether you’re already an instructor, or have some dog handling experience. It combines several of our most relevant courses, to provide you with a clear, tailored pathway to a career in canine training.

These include:

  • Intermediate Canine Psychology
  • Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues – FREE with this pathway
  • Dog Training Class Instruction (Theory) Part 1
  • Dog Training Class Instruction (Theory) Part 2

This career pathway combines 4 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 £190*, compared to taking each course on its own. Plus, you’ll get a free unit worth £145.

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 will Learn

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

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

Dog Training Class Instruction (Theory) Part 1

Unit 1 

  • Responsibilities of the instructor – Experience, qualifications, coping with stress, using time effectively

Unit 2

  • Understanding the Dog- how the dog learns, traditional and modern training methods, how dogs communicate and fun and games

Unit 3

  • Care, behaviour and diet – owner expectation, handling skills, owner stress and effects on behaviour, neutering and diet

Unit 4 

  • Dog training and owners – organising classes, discussion with owners and coping with behaviour problems

Unit 5 

  • The private instructor and the club instructor – major differences between the club and the private business venture, practical considerations of venue, advertising, assistants, committee management and maintaining good relationships

Dog Training Class Instruction (Theory) Part 2

Unit 1 

Problem prevention:

  • Choice of puppy/breeder
  • Breed related behaviour
  • Genetic predisposition

Unit 2

Problem definition:

  • Recognition and interruption of problem behaviour
  • Unrealistic owner expectations
  • The adolescent dog

Unit 3

The class:

  • Types of classes – comparisons
  • Problem prevention in the class
  • Rehabilitation classes
  • The dog’s view

Unit 4 

The home environment:

  • The dog in the human environment
  • Training aids
  • Problem prevention in the home
  • The ‘behaviourist’

Unit 5 

People as Owners:

  • Human perceptions and misunderstandings
  • Reinforcing the dog/owner relationship

* compared to taking each course on its own