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Dog Training Diploma Course

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The comprehensive and insightful Dog Training Diploma Course will provide you with a good academic base in the way that dogs think, learn and act. Based only on the most up-to-date research, kindest methods, and training advice that has been scientifically proven time and time again, the course will provide you with a good grounding for training your own dog or offering dog training advice to others.

What You'll Learn from the Learn Dog Training Diploma Course

This course guides you through 8 comprehensive modules:

  • Introduction
  1. Dog Training
  2. How Dogs Learn
  3. Observation and Communication
  4. Reward and Reinforcement
  5. Puppy Development & Training Classes
  6. Training Skills
  7. Individual Consultations
  8. Your Dog Training Future
  • Resources

This is an eight-unit course, packed full of essential information that talks of dog training and behaviour in a holistic style. We teach you how to communicate with, work with, and understand dogs and what exactly they are trying to say, at all times.

The most problematic behaviours that dogs display are usually based on a lack of understanding. Each unit is packed full of current research and advice on dog training and behaviour and how you can best communicate with and train your dog.

Video Content

To give students visual demonstrations of the dog training techniques discussed, the course is accompanied by video tutorials presented by a Professional Dog Trainer, which you will gain access to upon enrolling on the course. The following topics are taught in the videos:

  • Target
  • Clicker Dog Training
  • Basic Handling
  • Lure and Capture
  • Shaping Behaviour
  • Wait
  • Walking to Heel
  • Watch Me

Become a Professional Dog Trainer

The Dog Training Diploma Course also teaches you how you can use your new skills to help others, on a personal and professional basis, what you need to do in order to become a dog trainer and how to become as knowledgeable and professional as you possibly can be.

Whilst dog training is a self-regulated profession at the moment it’s important that you use this course as a base of knowledge then continue to study, all of the recommendations for further study will be described within the course and the information described within will certainly be a good start in a dog training career if that’s a route you wish to pursue.

This course will also work perfectly with our other related courses on canine nutrition, behaviour and holistic therapy.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Dog Training Diploma Course will take you up to 150 hours to complete working from home. There is no time limit for completing this course, it can be studied in your own time at your own pace. The course comes with a course assessment in the form of quizzes, written questions and short essays, once you have completed your course assessment please email or post it back to us for marking, you will then receive your feedback and certificates.

This course is certified by the IANLPC (International Association of NLP & Coaching) and the IAHT (International Alliance of Holistic Therapists), both of which are internationally recognised organisations. The IAHT certify personal development, health, fitness and nutrition courses. The IANLPC is a global support network for NLP Professionals and coaches, including the fields of Life Coaching, Hypnotherapy Business Coaching, Leadership, Nutritional, CBT, Personal Development and Holistic Therapy.

Course Syllabus


Module 1: Dog Training

  • Why Educate?
  • The Wolf Pack Theory
  • Flaws of the Theory
  • Modern Dog Training and Research
  • Unit 1 Assessment

Module 2: How Dogs Learn

  • Variations in Learning Speed
  • Types of Learning (Conditioning)
  • Reinforcement
  • Punishment
  • Escape and Avoidance Learning
  • Maladaptive Learning
  • Counter Conditioning
  • Vicarious Learning
  • Latent Learning
  • Generalisation
  • Discrimination
  • Extinction
  • Biological Factors
  • Chaining Behaviours
  • Unit 2 Assessment

Module 3: Observation and Communication

  • Why is Observation So Important?
  • Canine Communication
  • Calming Signals
  • Is The Dog Happy?
  • Unit 3 Assessment

Module 4: Reward and Reinforcement

  • Positive Reinforcement
  • BF Skinner
  • Variable Reward
  • Negative Reinforcement and Positive Punishment
  • Science Daily
  • Negative Punishment
  • Unit 4 Assessment

Module 5: Puppy Development & Training Classes

  • Nature
  • Hormonal Influence
  • Nurture
  • Social Learning and Science
  • Puppy Classes
  • Puppy Farm Dogs
  • Unit 5 Assessment

Module 6: Training Skills

  • Implementation
  • Clicker Training
  • Tuning In
  • Marking a Behaviour
  • Luring
  • Shaping
  • Clicker Dangers
  • Learning in Context
  • Dog Training – An Easy Blueprint
  • Unit 6 Assessment

Module 7: Individual Consultations

  • The Dog Behaviour Advice Pyramid
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Behaviour Adjustment Therapy
  • Case Study
  • Aggression
  • What should I do if a dog attacks me?
  • Unit 7 Assessment

Module 8: Your Dog Training Future

  • Professional Behaviour
  • Know the Law
  • The Dangerous Dogs Act UK
  • 2014 Amendment DDA
  • Livestock
  • Insurance
  • Small Business Management
  • Registering as a Sole Trader
  • Tax
  • National Insurance
  • Your Growing Business
  • Unit 8 Assessment
  • Resources


Video Content

Video Tutorials from a Professional Dog Trainer

  • Target
  • Clicker Dog Training
  • Basic Handling
  • Lure and Capture
  • Shaping Behaviour
  • Wait
  • Walking to Heel
  • Watch Me

Our courses include comprehensive support, should you require any assistance. You can contact our friendly course advisers by telephone or by email.

Contact Details

Continued Learning

All course delegates are welcome to attend our regular, ongoing learning and inspirational events. We also hold regular inspirational events in Manchester and London for all students studying any of our courses. The events are a great way to watch live demonstrations of different techniques, learn new skills, have a practice with other students and to meet your tutors. Once you've signed up for any of our courses you will receive details of our different monthly events via email. If you cannot attend our events you can watch a live streaming of the event on our tv channel.

All courses can be paid for using our secure online payment system or via paypal. 


If you would prefer to pay via bacs payment or via cheque please email us at or call us on 0800 955 6808 for more assistance.


All of the online course materials are emailed over to you as e-documents, if you would prefer a hard copy of the course materials to be posted out to you please select this when checking out.