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Level 3 Diploma in Assistance Dog Training

Ofqual Code 603/5219/X
Qualification Level 3
Guided Learning Hours 356
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
Webinars As part of this qualification, we include online Webinars

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Unit 1

Communication and canine body language


This unit explores the body language of both dogs and humans involved in training. Learn about the stress in canines and how to spot the signs of stress.

Unit 2

Care of canines


This unit studies the care and welfare of dogs, including health, handling, nutrition and the care of dogs in kennels. Learn about care routines, appropriate canine handling methods, canine enrichment, exercise and nutrition. Learn how to reduce and manage stress for dogs in kennels and foster homes.

Unit 3

First aid


This unit explores the objectives and rules of first aid and what should be included in a canine first aid kit. Learn methods of improvising items such as muzzles, stretchers and splints and how to carry or restrain injured animals. This unit also includes information about how to carry out health checks on dogs.

Unit 4

Behaviour and influences


Learn about the causes of the most common canine behaviour problems and how to solve them. Students will explore recent research and development in dog behaviour and expected behaviours for breeds.

Unit 5

Dogs and the Law


Learn about the laws surrounding dogs and disability. This unit includes information about disability and accessibility laws as well as custodianship as opposed to ownership in legal terms.

Unit 6



Learn about different types of disabilities relevant to working as an Assistance Dog Trainer. Learn how disability affects training and how to train for the individual. This unit also contains information about the human-animal bond.

Unit 7

Dog Training


This unit studies how dogs learn and how to motivate dogs to learn. Learn about adaptability, including multiple handlers and environmental changes. Learn about marker training, recall, natural dog behaviours, play styles, positive reinforcement and enrichment techniques.

Unit 8

Managing Volunteers


Learn how to manage volunteers as an integral part of the Assistance Dog Training process.

Learn how to train volunteers when fostering dogs. Gain an understanding of the client matching process.

Unit 9


Puppy Development and Behaviour


Learn about the behaviour of puppies, including how to manage behaviour and training from a young age.

Learn how to rectify behaviour issues and how to habituate puppies to prevent problems.

Unit 10

Assessment of the Needs of the Dog


Learn how to assess dogs’ support needs and how to interpret formal reports concerning clients and dogs.

minimum student age: 16 years

Online Webinars

Online training negates the need for travel or overnight accommodation in many cases and also allows access to overseas students.

The teaching for this unit ensures your learning meets the assessment criteria for the qualification.

You will still learn skills that will enable you to:

  • recognise the emotional state of canines
  • prepare a dog for Assistant Dog Trainer work
  • apply a harness and lead using force and fear free methods
  • use clicker/marker training with dogs
  • use force and fear free methods at all times

Assistance Dog Trainer Qualification

This unique qualification includes:

  •  Origins of this sector and how it has evolved.
  •  The everyday work of the assistance dog.
  •  The selection, development and training of assistance dogs.
  •  The profile and personal attributes required, including how to select the assistance dog organisation best suited to the individual.

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