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Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour

Ofqual Code 603/4823/9
Qualification Level 4
Guided Learning Hours 361
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
Entry Criteria Level 3 Ofqual regulated qualification in Canine Behaviour / an Animal related qualification

Unit 1

Dealing with Canine Behaviour Problems


This unit explores some of the most common behaviour problems and their causes and solutions.
The wellbeing of dogs in rescue and boarding kennels is also studied, along with humane training equipment. Learn about various alternative therapies that may be considered in conjunction with behaviour modification.

Unit 2

Canine Anatomy and Behaviour


Gain an understanding of the skeletal, muscle, and locomotory systems and how these body systems can impact behaviour.

Unit 3

Canine Guardians


Unit 3 explores the human role in behaviour problems and how lifestyle can influence a dog’s behaviour.

Unit 4

Canine Learning Theory


Gain a thorough understanding of classical and operant conditioning. Understand the various rates of reinforcement and when to use them and an understanding of the way dogs learn and how we should be training them. Clicker training is covered in this unit. Please note, we only support force-free training methods.

Unit 5

Canine Nutrition


This unit studies the major nutrients that dogs require and provides an understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the canine digestive system. Students will learn the value of various dietary plans for various health conditions and how food can impact behaviour.

Unit 6

Canine Physiology


Unit 6 explores the physiology – circulatory system, the nervous system, the urinary system, skin, the reproductive system, the digestive system, and the respiratory system.

Unit 7

Canine Play and Exercise


Play and exercise can influence behaviour. This unit explores how to use play to improve unwanted behaviour. The subjects of mental stimulation and environmental enrichment are also explored in this unit.

Unit 8

Influences on Canine Behaviour


Unit 8 considers the role of nature versus nurture, along with various medical conditions that can impact behaviour. The role of stress in unwanted behaviour problems is also considered.

Unit 9

Running a Dog Training Class


By the end of this unit, you will gain an understanding of the essential business requirements and skills needed to run classes and be able to plan a training class.

Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour

This qualification is relevant for learning about canine anatomy and physiology, training and behaviour, the role of exercise and nutrition, and how to run dog training classes. The Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour is an Ofqual regulated qualification. It is a progression from the Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care Behaviour and Welfare.

This Level 4 qualification is for those wanting to embark on a career as a dog behaviour practitioner and upon successful completion, students can progress onto the Ofqual regulated Level 5 and Level 6 Canine qualifications.

Entrance Criteria: Learners will have completed an industry recognised Level 3 qualification in Canine Behaviour or an animal related qualification. The minimum age for access to this qualification is 18 years of age. Please note that if Learners are unable to provide this evidence within 6 weeks of enrolment, they will not be able to continue their studies and there will be no entitlement to refund.

As with all of our theory courses, you are assigned your tutor who will support and guide you throughout this canine behaviour qualification. All of our dog qualifications are developed in consultation with behaviour experts, rescue workers and experienced tutors who all support force-free training. We do not support aversive techniques and only promote force-free methods.


Why do we have entry requirements?
Entry requirements are set by the Awarding Organisation, and ensure that anyone enrolling onto a qualification has the foundations of knowledge and academic study requirements to enable them to progress onto the appropriate level of study.
What happens if I don’t meet the entry criteria?
Don’t worry! We offer the qualification that you need to meet the entry requirements, you can take the levels as a package.
What can be used as acceptable evidence of entry requirements?
Acceptable evidence that can be taken by us are:

  • Qualification certificates with transcripts (lists of units taken)
  • Confirmation from college/ university of achievement (including Awarding Organisation, qualification title, level and units) if certificates are not yet processed.

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