Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management

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Ofqual Code: 603/5090/8

Ofqual Code 603/5090/8
Course level6
Duration3 Years
Study modeOnline
Award typeDiploma
Online live lectures/webinarsAs part of this qualification, we include online live lectures/webinars that are interactive, informative and participatory.
Entrance CriteriaLearners will have completed an industry recognised Level 5 qualification in Canine Behaviour or an animal related qualification. The minimum age for access to this qualification is 18 years of age.
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Unit 1

Human/canine bond

This unit studies the human/canine bond. It also explores legislation and legal requirements for working with unwanted behaviour problems.

Unit 2

Canine Development

This unit takes an in-depth look at puppy development and life stages, including the role of socialisation and puppy training.

Unit 3

Interaction between Health and Behaviour

This unit studies the role of psychopharmacological intervention in the treatment of common behavioural disorders and the possible role of complementary therapies. The unit also considers nutrition, common pharmaceuticals and medical conditions that may impact canine health and behaviour.

Unit 4

The Language of Dogs

This unit studies canine social structures, body language and non-verbal communication.

Unit 5

Canine Cognition and Consciousness

This unit explores learning theories, habituation, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, reinforcement types and schedules, shaping and extinction and the application of learning theories in effective dog training.

Unit 6

Consulting and Canine Behaviour Management

Students will learn effective coaching skills and how to prioritise managemental and health-related investigations and interventions to safeguard the welfare of the dogs. The professional and ethical role of the behaviour practitioner is explored, as well as the role of Veterinary Surgeons and paraprofessionals in the treatment of behavioural disorders.

Unit 7

Nature vs Nurture

Students will explore the nature versus nurture debate in respect of genetic predisposition. This unit studies the influence of nature versus nurture on behaviour management. The unit also
provides learners with an understanding of the role socialisation plays in canine learning.

Unit 8

As part of this qualification, we include online live lectures/webinars that are interactive, informative and participatory.

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
Analyse potential gait problems by analysing canine movement
Create a connection with an individual dog
Handle using force and fear-free methods
Assess the correct method of training for a particular dog
Teach loose lead walking
Identify canine communication
Undertake critical analysis of training
Demonstrate reflective practice

Unit 9

Research methods

In this unit, students critically evaluate the designs used and the analysis of data in scientific reports and articles. Explore methods available for the study of qualitative data and perform tests of the association on such data. Students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of the ethical issues relating to the use of humans and non-human subjects in research. As part of this unit, students carry out an individual research project or dissertation, choosing the most appropriate statistical test for quantitative data to be analysed.

Applied Canine Behaviour Management

The Ofqual approved Level 6 qualification for working as a qualified Canine Behaviourist.

This qualification is equivalent to a degree with honours – ie, Bachelor of the Arts (BA) Hons, bachelor of science (BSc) Hons.

The qualification meets the Defra Higher Standard Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) requirements.

Canine Behaviour Course

This qualification consists of theory and practical training. The theory is studied online with full tutor support, on an interactive learning platform (Moodle). With practical training interspersed throughout the course students gain valuable experience with a variety of dogs; this training is highly enjoyable and an essential part of the qualification.

This Level 6 qualification is regulated & officially recognised by Ofqual. Ofqual ensures qualification validity, quality and that the stated Level is correct by qualification standards.

Undertaking an Ofqual regulated qualification provides assurance that the training is an officially recognised and regulated. As this is an Ofqual regulated qualification, students can be assured that this Level 6 qualification is equivalent to a degree with honours – for example, Bachelor of the Arts (BA) Hons, bachelor of science (BSc) Hons.

Additional learning, discussion and peer support is provided through our active private Facebook group and bi-annual group study days.

Entrance Criteria: Learners will have completed an industry recognised Level 5 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.



Applied Canine Behaviour Management Course

Graduates who complete the Level 6 qualification can apply for membership to:

The Association of INTODogs – as a full member – Certified Canine Behaviourist. As a full member of INTODogs, students have accredited Canine Behaviourist status

Graduates who are members of the Association of INTO Dogs can apply to the International Companion Animal Network (ICAN) and gain accredited Animal Behaviourist status.

Graduates can also gain professional membership of the Pet Professional Guild.

Students enrolled on this Ofqual regulated qualification are eligible to apply for a TOTUM Student Card.


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.