Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour

Ofqual Code 603/4823/9
Course level 4
TQT 420
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Diploma
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Course fees £1,200

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  • Total Fees: £1300: Pay £130 now followed by 9 monthly installment
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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 behavior.

Unit # 3

Canine Guardians

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

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 behavior.

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 behavior. This unit explores how to use play to improve unwanted behavior. 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.

More Info

The subject of dog training is of great interest to many dog owners and those working or volunteering hands-on with dogs. Understanding dog body language, influences on behaviour and how dogs think is of great benefit to anyone dealing with dogs.

All careers working with dogs require an understanding of canine behaviour, including being able to interpret canine body language, recognising and dealing with unwanted behaviour and preventing problems from occurring.

This understanding is appropriate for everyone in contact with dogs, including dog owners, dog walkers, kennel workers, dog sitters, dog re-homers, animal welfare officers and of course, dog behaviour practitioners.

More Information

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 Training and Behaviour Management course 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 practitionerand 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 course. All of our dog courses 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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