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Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma with Practical (UK students Only)


Price is for the full course. 20% VAT added in the UK.

Home study course, overall time limit of two years but take as long as you need on each unit. Practical day involving two consultations, upon completion.

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 information 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 Dog Behaviour Practitioner Diploma 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


Note: The practical is UK based and therefore not compulsory for overseas students*

I have just completed the Behaviour Practitioner Diploma course. It has taken me just over a year to complete and I have to say it has been the best thing that I could have done. I have learned so much and it has given me the knowledge that I need to start my own canine behaviour business . The practical, which is at the end of the course, was the best day ever. My tutor was very supportive. I cannot fault the college or the course at all, and I would urge anyone who is thinking about doing a course through them to do so. You will not regret it. The ‘BCCS’ is the only choice in my opinion.” Nicola Godfrey, Behaviour Practitioner Course Graduate, Kent.

Course Synopsis

Devised by a practicing Behaviourist, this course is specifically for those who wish to become a Dog Behaviourist themselves, and don’t know where to start. Again, this course is unique for the same reasons that make the Dog Behaviour Diploma Course unique, least of all being the first of its kind to offer a ‘practical’ element in the form of real life consultations with clients and problem dogs. As with the Diploma Course, this course includes the study of both the Positive Reward Training & application, as well as the more physical world of dog behaviour between dogs. Find yourself immersed in the debate of topics such as pack structure, appeasement societies, the need for an authority figure, and the relevant scientific studies. Far from a course that exists to merely educate from one perspective, this 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.

Additional units are designed to not only cover training and behaviour, but the practical aspects of setting up in business, conducting a consultation, follow up sessions, monitoring progress, the law, health & safety, and your role as Dog Behaviourist, Teacher, Trainer, Mentor and Coach. No other course better prepares you for the real world of being a Dog Behaviourist. The practical element is optional and consists of real life consultations, and is available exclusively via our website. You will be expected to make suggestions, contribute, watch and observe.

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 formulate detailed solutions, calling on both dog training, dog psychology and human psychology.
  • 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.
  • Have an understanding of the daily running of a dog behaviour practice including time management, the law, health and safety, marketing, insurance, code of conduct, record keeping and referrals.
  • Be able to perform a real life consultation with clients and their dog, evaluate, diagnose, and implement solutions and techniques both relevant and suitable to the dog and owner.

Course Content

  • UNIT ONE – The History of Dogs
  • UNIT TWO – Genetics of the Dog’s Mind, Nature or Nurture? The Brain, The 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, Punishment etc.
  • UNIT EIGHT – Social Structure of the Dog, New Understandings Examined – Dominance & Pack Structure
  • UNIT NINE – Punishment & Discipline In Dogs
  • UNIT TEN – Aggression In All Its Forms
  • UNIT ELEVEN – Fears, Phobias & Anxiety
  • UNIT TWELVE – The Owner Influence, Energy, Personality, Compatibility
  • UNIT THIRTEEN – Solutions & How To Implement Them
  • UNIT FOURTEEN – Stimulus Control & Behavioural Diagnostics, Case Studies, Evaluation, Proposals & Implementation
  • UNIT FIFTEEN – H&S, The Law, Code Of Conduct, Insurance, Advertising, Record Keeping, Time Management
  • UNIT SIXTEEN – Consultations, Follow Ups, Progress
  • PRACTICAL – Real World Assessment & Consultation. The practical examination will involve attending two real life consultations – one in the morning and one in the afternoon – and diagnosing and implementing solutions for an actual problem dog. This will take place at various locations within the Midlands. The examination will last one full day. Practical examinations will take place during normal weekday college hours. Times and dates will be arranged between student and tutor upon reaching this stage of the course.

Who Is This Course For?

The aim of the course is to equip students with the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to become a dog behaviour practitioner, where the subject is more than a hobby or passing interest, and where a career is in mind.

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.

If you are an existing British College of Canine Studies customer you are entitled to a 15% discount, please phone 0844 8549218 for further information.

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