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Dog Behaviour Diploma


Price is for the full course and is VAT exempt.


It doesn’t matter if you’re a fan of Victoria Stilwell or Cesar Millan, the Dog Behaviour Diploma courses are written from a neutral standpoint, offering the latest info and studies, the newest understanding of social structure in dogs, and debating hot topics such as dominance in dogs.


With thorough chapters on everything from Operant conditioning, including clicker training, to the principles and techniques of Cesar Millan, there is something for everyone. This course will get you thinking about dogs and dog behaviour like never before.



See below for further informaion.

Sold By: British College of Canine Studies


This course is unique for many reasons. It is the first dog behaviour course to study and consider both Positive Reward Training and its application in the human-dog relationship, and the more physical world of dog behaviour between dogs. Find yourself immersed in the debate of topics such as pack structure, appeasement gestures, the need for an authority figure, and the relevant scientific studies. Do dogs act? Is dominance actually insecurity? Is all aggression fear based? Does dominance even exist? Who’s right; Cesar Millan? Coppinger? Dunbar? Far from a course that exists to merely educate from one perspective, this dog behaviour course will challenge everything you thought you knew about dogs and dog psychology, calling on the work of Fisher, Scott and Fuller, Bruce Fogle, Cesar Millan, Ray and Lorna Coppinger, Stephen Budiansky, Ian Dunbar and many more leading experts.

On completion, the student will:

  • Have learned the difference between how dogs learn, and how dogs behave
  • Have a greater understanding of both dog training and dog psychology
  • Have examined the most recent studies and debates in the world of dog behaviour and training, and encouraged to formulate their own opinion based on experience and research
  • Have a better understanding of key subjects such as: socialisation, communication, the origins of the dog and evolution
  • Have a better understanding of the importance of the role of the owner, human moods, temperament, personality, morality and their affects on the dog
  • Be able to recognise key body language, gestures and signals of the dog
  • Be able to diagnose classic behavioural problems and put their new knowledge of dog training and natural dog behaviour into effect for possible basic solutions
  • Have a greater understanding of what is required for a dog to be happy, healthy, well behaved, and mentally balanced
  • In essence, what it truly is to be a good dog owner or carer

Course Content

  • UNIT ONE – The History of Dogs
  • UNIT TWO – Genetics of the Dog’s Mind, Nature or Nurture? The Brain and Senses
  • UNIT THREE – Breed Difference – Are all Dogs the Same?
  • UNIT FOUR – Hormones, Health & Diet – Their Influence on Behaviour
  • UNIT FIVE – Communication, Pheromones, Body Language
  • UNIT SIX – Early Learning, Mum and Pack’s Influence, Socialisation, Habituation
  • UNIT SEVEN – How Dogs Learn, Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Discipline etc.
  • UNIT EIGHT – Social Structure of the Dog, New Understandings Examined – Dominance & Pack Structure
  • UNIT NINE – Natural Punishment & Discipline in Dogs
  • UNIT TEN – Aggression in all its Forms
  • UNIT ELEVEN – Fears, Phobias & Anxiety
  • UNIT TWELVE – The Owner Influence, Energy, Personality

There is an opportunity upon completion of this course to upgrade to the practitioner diploma.

Who Is This Course For?

Devised by a practicing Behaviourist, this course is ideal for every day dog owners and anyone who works or has regular contact in a professional capacity with dogs, e.g. kennel assistants, dog sitters, groomers etc.

How Long Will It Take Me To Complete This Course?

This really depends upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies, as well as how easily and quickly you grasp the learning concepts. We recommend that students fully digest and understand the course content before submitting their question paper. We encourage students to do their own additional reading and research to reinforce what they have learned. Each unit comes with a question paper which should be completed and returned to the college. You should allow between one and two hours to complete this paper. The approximate length of time required to complete this course is 240 hours.

There is a two year time period within which you can complete this course.

Download Unit One only via eLearning Marketplace. Units then emailed to you upon completion of the previous unit.

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