Canine Courses

The following courses are Quality Endorsed Courses  scroll down for the Canine Ofqual Regulated Courses

Canine First Aid Certificate

 

This 1 day intensive practical canine first aid course is held regularly in Malvern, Worcestershire. The course is relevant to anyone working with dogs in a veterinary, animal hydrotherapy, animal charity or private business capacity as well as for dog owners. The training provides comprehensive information and an opportunity to practice how to respond in the event of an emergency. 

£49


Puppy Training Certificate Level 3


The Level 3 Puppy Training Certificate course is relevant for anyone considering adopting or purchasing a puppy and for those working or volunteering with puppies in the veterinary care/animal charity sectors. Learn about the stages of puppy development and socialisation. The course also  explores how to prepare puppies in a positive way for life experiences so that  unwanted behaviours can be avoided.

£150


Caring for Older Dogs Certificate Level 3


The Level 3 Caring for Older Dogs certificate course is relevant for canine professionals including Veterinary Nurses, Animal Hydrotherapists, Dog Behaviourists and those working hands-on with dogs in kennels, dog day care, dog walking etc. The course is also suitable for dog owners who want to learn more about the care of older dogs.

£150


Caring for a New Dog Certificate Level 3

 

The Level 3 Caring for a New Dog certificate course is relevant for those considering adopting a new dog, those who have not long taken on a new dog, rescue centre workers/behaviourists who advise potential adopters, and anyone working with or considering working with dogs.

£150


Living with a Fearful Dog Certificate Level 3


The Level 3 Living with a Fearful Dog certificate course is useful for CPD for vet nurses, hydrotherapists, massage therapists, physiotherapists, behaviourists, dog walkers, dog groomers and owners of fearful dogs.

£150


Dogs and the Law Certificate Level 3

 

The Level 3 Certificate course in Dog Law studies the most up to date legislation relating to dogs in the UK including dog welfare, responsible dog ownership and public safety. This course is of relevance to anyone working or volunteering with dogs, particularly Animal Welfare Officers, Dog Wardens, Environmental Health Officers. 

£150


Working as a Dog Behaviour Professional Certificate Level 3

 

The Level 3 Working as a Dog Behaviour Professional certificate course is relevant for those wanting to explore a career working as a Dog Behaviourist and for those wishing to set up an animal behavioural business. 

£150


Understanding and Preventing Dog Aggression Certificate Level 3


The Level 3 Understanding and Preventing Dog Aggression Certificate course is relevant to anyone involved in dog care.  It is of particular interest to dog owners, trainers and behaviourists, breeders, rescue workers and groomers wanting to gain a better understanding of how to deal with dog aggression.


£150


Working with Dog Aggression Certificate Level 3


The Level 3 Working with Dog Aggression Certificate course will appeal to anyone working with dogs. It is particularly relevant to those who want to work specifically with dog aggression. The course focuses on reducing the likelihood of the dog using aggression;  it is a valuable CPD course for vet nurses, hydrotherapists, massage therapists, dog rescue workers, dog walkers and behaviourists. 


£150


Pet Bereavement Support Certificate 


The Certificate in Pet Bereavement Counselling explores how best to support someone who has lost a beloved animal through euthanasia, accident or natural death. Pet Bereavement Counsellors are employed by animal welfare charities and veterinary surgeries.

£150


Animal Hoarding Certificate Level 3

 

The Level 3 Certificate in Animal Hoarding explores methods of identifying and responding to animal hoarding. Animal hoarding is the keeping of higher than usual numbers of animals as companion animals without having the ability to properly house or care for them, while at the same time denying this inability. Early intervention is the key to preventing the suffering caused by animal hoarding. The course is suitable for animal welfare officers and animal care professionals.

£165


Solving Canine Behaviour Problems Diploma Level 3

 

The Level 3 Diploma in Solving Canine Behaviour Problems explores the external and internal influences that affect dog behaviour.  Behavioural problems are sited as the main reason for the increase in dogs being abandoned and surrendered to re-homing organisations. Learn about  the common factors that cause dog behaviour problems and how to deal with them.

£399


Canine Nutrition Diploma Level 3

 

The Level 3 Diploma in Canine Nutrition studies the functions of each nutrient group, canine body systems and the effect of diet on canine health and behaviour. Learn about the  benefits and concerns of raw food, home-cooked foods and commercial diets. This comprehensive course is suitable for and of value to dog owners and anyone working with dogs in a professional capacity.

£499


Principles of Canine Massage Diploma Level 3

 

The Level 3 Diploma in Canine Massage explores the causes and treatments of injuries and conditions, types of massage and massage techniques as well as duty of care and care plans. This course provides an introduction to canine anatomy and physiology and various massage techniques.  This is an excellent CPD course for furthering knowledge about canine anatomy, physiology and massage benefits.

£499


Canine Anatomy and Physiology Certificate Level 3

 

The Level 3 Canine Anatomy and Physiology Certificate course provides an excellent introduction to the various systems that make up the canine body.  Learn how the canine body works and about the influences that various systems have on the body.

£165


Dog Walking Certificate Level 3    

 

The Level 3 Dog Walking Certificate course is suitable for setting up a dog walking business. Gain the underpinning knowledge and skills needed to be a successful dog walker. Learn how to set up a dog walking business, the equipment required, how to carry out basic health checks, first aid for dogs, understanding dog body language and more.

£165


Companion Animal Behaviour Certificate Level 3

 

The Level 3 Certificate in Companion Animal Behaviour studies the behaviour and psychology of dogs, cats and rabbits. The course explores how companion animals think, learn and behave. The course is suitable for many careers working with companion animals and it is also relevant for pet owners who would like to gain a perspective on how their pet thinks and learns.

£350


Dog Handler Course

 

This theory & practical dog handler course is particularly relevant for dog groomers, veterinary nurses, vets and other professionals, as well as dog  owners and those who work hands-on with dogs. The course includes an intensive 1:1 practical training session.

£299


2 Day Dog Trainer Course

 

This 2 day intensive theory and practical dog training course provides an excellent introduction for dog training careers. The course is also suitable for dog owners wanting to learn more about how to gain connection rather than control of their dogs. Learn about canine body language, how dogs learn, how to teach calm, connected walking and impulse control.  The course also includes an introduction to using a clicker/marker. 

 

£235


Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Diploma Level 3

 

The Level 3 Diploma in Pet Sitting and Dog Walking is ideal training for setting up a new business as a Professional Pet Sitter and Dog Walker. Gaining this Level 3 Diploma will re-assure pet owners that you have sufficient knowledge to take care of their pets.

£399


Dog Grooming Diploma Level 3


The Level 3 Diploma in Dog Grooming is designed to assist students develop the skills and knowledge for careers running a dog grooming business or working as a dog groomer. Excellent value for money, this course includes 2 weeks practical training with a professional City and Guilds dog groomer.

£850


The following courses are Ofqual regulated qualifications 

Canine Care and Behaviour Award Level 2


The Ofqual regulated Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Behaviour consists of 2 units. The qualification studies canine health & welfare and the principles of canine behaviour and training. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Basic Standard requirements.

£350


Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Award Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare consists of 2 units. The qualification studies the care of dogs in kennels and dog day care/boarding facilities and the foundations of canine behaviour. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

£399


Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare consists of 7 units. The qualification studies the care of canines in kennels & dog day care/dog boarding, canine welfare, first aid, training, behaviour, handling, transportation, legislation and grooming.  This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

£899


 Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour
 

The Ofqual regulated Level 4 Diploma in Canine Training and Behaviour Management studies canine anatomy and physiology, training and behaviour, the role of exercise and nutrition, and how to run dog training classes. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

£1200

 

£130



Canine Behaviour Practitioner Diploma Level 5


The Ofqual regulated Level 5 Canine Behaviour Practitioner Diploma has been designed to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of canine welfare, behaviour and training. It provides the underpinning knowledge and practical skills to develop a career as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner.

£1800

£190


Applied Canine Behaviour Management Diploma Level 6

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management is a highly sought after qualification for working as a Canine Behaviourist. This qualification consists of 3 parts and is split into 30 theory units. This comprehensive qualification includes 10 intensive practical training and assessment days. This qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements. This qualification is equivalent to a degree with honours - for example, Bachelor of the Arts (BA) Hons, bachelor of science (BSc) Hons.

£2000


Animal Licensing Inspector Award Level 3


The Ofqual regulated Animal Licensing Inspector Level 3 Award.  This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.  It also meets the Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements for Local Authority Animal Welfare Inspectors who work for Councils inspecting and licensing Animal Activity businesses.

£350


Animal Welfare Officer Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Animal Welfare Officer Diploma meets the Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements for Local Authority Animal Licensing Inspectors who require comprehensive training. The qualification is also suitable for careers as an Animal Welfare Officer, RSPCA Inspector or Animal Welfare Inspector - involving a practical approach to the prevention of animal cruelty and licensing of animal related premises. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the new Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) Regulations Higher Standard requirements.


Kennel and Cattery Management Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Kennel and Cattery Management studies the care & welfare of dogs and cats, feline & canine behaviour, animal welfare legislation and the management of kennels and catteries. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

£899


Animal Assisted Intervention Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated qualification for working in the field of Animal Assisted Intervention. Animal Assisted Intervention services can help children, adolescents, adults and older people with mental health needs, physical or learning disabilities, to achieve increased health, wellbeing and quality of life. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

£1500

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£160


Assistance Dog Trainer Diploma Level 3

 

The Ofqual regulated Level 3 Diploma in Assistance Dog Training is the qualification for working in the field of Assistance Dog Training. The qualification studies the process of training dogs to help people with sight or hearing difficulties, physical disabilities, and those prone to seizures, to lead independent lives. This qualification is suitable for working independently as an Assistance Dog Trainer and for careers with a variety of assistance dog organisations in the UK and abroad. This Ofqual regulated qualification meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

£1500

 

£160


Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 3

 

This is the Ofqual regulated qualification for working as an Animal Hydrotherapist. The Level 3 Diploma in Small Animal Hydrotherapy enables students to gain employment or set up a animal hydrotherapy business - or to progress to further study in the animal hydrotherapy / physiotherapy sector. Students will gain 44 Credits at Level 3. Approved by the Canine Hydrotherapy Association (CHA).

 

£3995


Small Animal Hydrotherapy Diploma Level 4

 

This Ofqual regulated qualification is the progression route for qualified Small Animal Hydrotherapists. This is a comprehensive theory and practical qualification consisting of 660 GLH and providing entry onto Levels 5 and 6 Veterinary Physiotherapy qualifications. 

£2995


Other Related Courses


Dog Handler Course

 

This theory & practical dog handler course is particularly relevant for dog groomers, veterinary nurses, vets and other professionals, as well as dog  owners and those who work hands-on with dogs. The course includes an intensive 1:1 practical training session.

£299


Canine Courses

The canine courses that we offer are designed to provide accredited training for a variety of careers working with dogs. We have many students who have gone on to successful careers working with dogs. We are the largest organisation in the UK that offers Ofqual regulated canine courses that meet rigorous government regulated standards.


We offer accredited and recognised practical and online dog behaviour and training diploma and certificate courses. Our canine qualifications comply with Animal Activity Licensing Regulation requirements.


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Animal Courses Direct is passionate about welfare and are proud to be a Corporate member of the Pet Professional Guild. The Pet Professional Guild is the only membership organisation for professionals who subscribe to the view that aversive methods should never be used - or even deemed necessary - in the training or behaviour modification of any animal.Animal Courses Direct wholeheartedly support this view. We advocate force free training throughout our courses. We also believe that experienced trainers must begin their behaviour change programs with the least invasive and least aversive training protocols necessary to change the problem behaviour