2 Day Dog Trainer Course

2 Day Dog Trainer Course

Key Information

Key Information


Next Dates


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15 & 16 August 2020




Course Fees


Next 2 Day Practical Session Dates: 15 & 16 August 2020


Day 1

Intensive theory training day

Learn about dog training including classical and operant conditioning, positive and negative reinforcement, habituation, shaping and forward chaining. The training day also includes a detailed look at canine body language. Learn about the practicalities of setting up and running your training class and how to teach life skills for dogs. This day also includes an introduction to typical canine behaviour problem-solving.

Day 2

Practical dog training day

Practical dog training day with at least two different dogs.This is an intensive indoor and outdoor training day. 1:1 feedback is provided for each student.

 Dog Trainer Practical

2 Day Dog Training Course (Practical & Theory) 

Venue: PE14 8BF

This course is ideal for dog owners, dog sitters, dog walkers, home boarders, dog day-care workers and those interested in working with dogs in various capacities.

It is a foundation course which covers body language, play, how dogs learn, how to teach calm, connected walking and impulse control. It also includes an introduction to using a clicker/marker. 

Dog Trainers Course


Dog training has moved on a great deal in recent years and thankfully we no longer teach “obedience” to our dogs or strive to “control” them. Instead, we teach life skills such as impulse control, force-free handling, calm and connection. At Animal Courses Direct we only use force-free methods finding various creative ways of solving unwanted behaviours -  we do not use compulsion or intimidation to train dogs. This course always takes place at weekends with a maximum of 4 handlers to ensure quality. At the end of the weekend, participants will receive personalised feedback and a certificate of attendance. Please note: participants are not able to bring their dogs for this course as we work with various rescue dogs.

More about this Practical Dog Trainers Course

Dog training is often about teaching a dog to do something or perform a particular behaviour. We do this by using reinforcement. The dog’s behaviour makes something desirable happen – a treat, affection, so the dog is more likely to offer that behaviour. Sometimes we want to teach a dog to stop displaying a behaviour. Extinction is another operant procedure that can be used. Extinction occurs when a previously reinforced behaviour is no longer reinforced, making it less likely that the dog will perform the behaviour. 

Dogs will eventually stop engaging in behaviours that no longer bring a reward (reinforcement). Sometimes we unintentionally cause extinction by ceasing to reward a particular behaviour. We can use it intentionally or unintentionally. Example: A puppy starts begging at the table, sitting and whining and staring at people as they eat. If someone gives the puppy some food, the behaviour will continue.  If everyone ignores the puppy at every single meal, the puppy will stop coming to the table, particularly if the dog gets a food treat at the end of the meal. 

A Dog Behaviourist or Dog Psychologist needs to understand the principles of dog training in order to apply these to solving problem behaviours. Dog training is often described as command – response or obedience training. If someone wants help to teach a dog a specific cue such as recall, a dog trainer would be able to deal with this. However, if the dog were exhibiting aggression towards humans, for example, a behaviourist would be required, as obedience training alone would not tackle the problem. 

Dog training and obedience training alone will not solve many of the problem behaviours exhibited by a dog, as there are often many causes. We need to consider the natural behaviours of different breeds so we can encourage the performance of naturally occurring behaviours and the discontinuance of undesirable behaviours. Typically, behaviourists work one-on-one with the dog and the owner(s).  They will record a full behavioural history to find out antecedents, frequency, duration etc. The behaviour consultation is often carried out in the home or the area where the dog is showing behavioural problems. 

Animal Courses Direct accepts no liability or responsibility for practical placements advertised on our website; placements are carried out entirely at the user's own risk and students are required to sign our waiver form and obtain their own travel insurance. Where a deposit is requested, this is non refundable. Students are required to pay course fees in full prior to attending the practical placement. Practical placement dates may change and are subject to availability, please see our T&Cs.