Working in Canine Behaviour

Pathway Summary
Pathway Details
Fees & How to Enrol

Working in canine behaviour 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:

  • Intermediate and Advanced Canine Psychology
  • Canine Behaviour Counselling
  • 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

***Saving you £240 compared with taking these courses individually***

Study grants* available. Use code SG20 when you enrol and we will fund part of your course fees.

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

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

You will also complete a Special Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.

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 (Theory)

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

You will also complete a Case Study on a topic of your choice, relevant to the course.

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 ‘Working in Canine Behaviour’ programme, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 4 from Quality Licence Scheme when you complete this course**.

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

Quality Licence Scheme have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. Quality Licence Scheme combine over 100 years of expertise.

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

**QLS 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 are looking to set up your own business then you should consider obtaining insurance cover. Further information is available on request.

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 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 £240, compared to taking each course on its own. Plus, you’ll get a free unit worth £195.

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