Principles of Dog Handling

QEL Code 968
CPD 10
Estimated Study Time 10 hours
Start Date Anytime
Study mode Online
Award type Certificate
Assessment Method Short answer questions to confirm your knowledge
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Course fees £149

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Unit # 1


What is consent, and how can we give our dogs the power to say how they feel about something? We cover the 5’s C’s in this Unit:






We also take a look at how dogs learn and gain an understanding of dogs in a human world.

Unit # 2

Dog Handling

This unit studies how to ensure that we set dogs up to succeed, rather than overwhelming them and then having to deal with the resulting fall out. Learn how to assist clients to set their dogs up for success.

Dog Handling Course

This course consists of two theory units

Trips to the vet and groomers can be stressful for dogs.

Some of this stress can be minimised via simple management techniques and fear-free handling, as well as an understanding of canine body language and our own.

We have a responsibility as dog professionals to do all we can to help the dogs that come into our care. Helping to alleviate their levels of stress is just as important as physical health.

This dog handler course is particularly relevant for dog owners, dog groomers, veterinary nurses, vets and other professionals, as well as anyone who works with dogs.

The importance of Skilled Dog Handling in Vet Clinics

Döring et al. (2009) found that 78.5% of clinically healthy dogs visiting a veterinary hospital in Germany were fearful on the examination table. Less than half of the dogs entered the practice calmly. 13.3% were dragged or carried in (Lloyd, 2017). These statistics outline the wide-spread problem of stress and fear in these clinical environments. This study found this actually had an effect on caregivers delaying bringing their sick and injured animals in because of the stress not only to their animal, but to themselves.

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