Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management

Level 6 Diploma in Applied Canine Behaviour Management

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Key Information


Course Level



Study mode

Online live lectures/webinars

Entrance Criteria

Ofqual 603/5090/8


3 Years



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

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.

Ofqual regulated qualification

This qualification meets the Defra Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) requirements

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Course Fees


Instalment Option 


£200 x 12 monthly instalments


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.

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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

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.