Level 4 PETbc Accredited Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma – £572


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Level 4 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma

The Dog Behaviour Diploma courses are written from a neutral standpoint, offering the latest information and studies, the newest understanding of social structure in dogs, and debating hot topics such as dominance in dogs. This Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma course will get you thinking about dogs and dog behaviour like never before.

Devised by a practicing Behaviourist, this course is specifically for those who wish to become a Dog Behaviourist themselves, and don’t know where to start. Again, this course is unique for the same reasons that make the Dog Behaviour Diploma Course unique, least of all being the first of its kind to offer an optional ‘practical’ element in the form of real life consultations with clients and problem dogs.

As with the Dog Behaviour Diploma Course, this Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma includes the study of both the Positive Reward Training & application, as well as the more physical world of dog behaviour between dogs. Find yourself immersed in the debate of topics such as pack structure, appeasement societies, the need for an authority figure, and the relevant scientific studies.

Far from a course that exists to merely educate from one perspective, this course will challenge everything you thought you knew about dogs and dog psychology, calling on the work of Fisher, Scott and Fuller, Bruce Fogle, Ray and Lorna Coppinger, Stephen Budiansky, Ian Dunbar and many more leading experts.

Additional units are designed to not only cover training and dog behaviour, but the practical aspects of setting up in business, conducting a consultation, follow up sessions, monitoring progress, the law, health & safety, and your role as Dog Behaviourist, Teacher, Trainer, Mentor and Coach. The practical element is an optional extra and can be booked on completion of all 16 units. It consists of real life consultations and you will be expected to make suggestions, contribute, watch and observe.

On completion, the student will:

  • Have learned the difference between how dogs learn, and how dogs behave.
  • Have a greater understanding of both dog training and dog psychology.
  • Have examined the most recent studies and debates in the world of dog behaviour and training, and encouraged to formulate their own opinion based on experience and research.
  • Have a better understanding of key subjects such as: socialisation, communication, the origins of the dog and evolution.
  • Have a better understanding of the importance of the role of the owner, human moods, temperament, personality, morality and their affects on the dog.
  • Be able to recognise key body language, gestures and signals of the dog.
  • Be able to diagnose classic behavioural problems and formulate detailed solutions, calling on both dog training, dog psychology and human psychology.
  • Have a greater understanding of what is required for a dog to be happy, healthy, well behaved, and mentally balanced. In essence, what it truly is to be a good dog owner.
  • Have an understanding of the daily running of a dog behaviour practice including time management, the law, health and safety, marketing, insurance, code of conduct, record keeping and referrals.
  • Be able to perform a real life consultation with clients and their dog, evaluate, diagnose, and implement solutions and techniques both relevant and suitable to the dog and owner.


Unit Breakdown:

  • UNIT ONE – The History of Dogs
  • UNIT TWO – Genetics of the Dog’s Mind, Nature or Nurture? The Brain, The Senses
  • UNIT THREE – Breed Difference – Are all dogs the same?
  • UNIT FOUR – Hormones, Health & Diet – Their Influence on Behaviour
  • UNIT FIVE – Communication, Pheromones, Body Language
  • UNIT SIX – Early Learning, Mum and Pack’s Influence, Socialisation, Habituation
  • UNIT SEVEN – How Dogs Learn, Classical Conditioning, Operant Conditioning, Punishment etc.
  • UNIT EIGHT – Social Structure of the Dog, New Understandings Examined – Dominance & Pack Structure
  • UNIT NINE – Punishment & Discipline In Dogs
  • UNIT TEN – Aggression In All Its Forms
  • UNIT ELEVEN – Fears, Phobias & Anxiety
  • UNIT TWELVE – The Owner Influence, Energy, Personality, Compatibility
  • UNIT THIRTEEN – Solutions & How To Implement Them
  • UNIT FOURTEEN – Stimulus Control & Behavioural Diagnostics, Case Studies, Evaluation, Proposals & Implementation
  • UNIT FIFTEEN – H&S, The Law, Code Of Conduct, Insurance, Advertising, Record Keeping, Time Management
  • UNIT SIXTEEN – Consultations, Follow Ups, Progress

The optional one day practical is £200 and held in the West Yorkshire area. Students must arrange their own transport, but lunch will be provided.

Want even more hands on experience? How about a week’s worth of consultations and hands on experience under the watchful eye of your tutor? A five day package is now available and only £749. (excludes any accommodation or travel required).

One week of hands-on experience will teach you more than the year or two of this or any other course. There is no substitution for the real thing! Arranged at your convenience and held in the West Yorkshire area. To include consultations and a rescue centre dog assessment

This Advanced Canine Behaviour diploma course is also available with the Dog Law course as a Combo.


Who Is This Online Advanced Dog Behaviour Course For?


The aim of the advanced dog behaviour course is to help students gain the knowledge and hands-on experience needed to become a dog behaviour practitioner, where the subject is more than a hobby or passing interest, and where a career is in mind.


How Long Will It Take Me To Complete The Online Advanced Canine Behaviour Course?


This really depends upon how much time you can dedicate to your studies, as well as how easily and quickly you grasp the learning concepts. We recommend that students fully digest and understand the course content before submitting their question paper. We encourage students to do their own additional reading and research to reinforce what they have learned. Each unit comes with a question paper which should be completed and returned to the college by email. You should allow between one and two hours to complete each paper.

The approximate length of time required to complete the Level 4 dog behaviour course is 360 hours.

There is a two year time period within which you can complete the advanced bog behaviour course.


Enrolment Requirements


GCSE level education or equivalent, and a good standard of English language. You do not need to have taken any prior canine courses to enrol. It is not necessary to have completed any of our other dog behaviour courses as this is a stand alone course. You do not need to be a member or any clubs, organisation or governing body to enrol.

Completion of this course will allow you to use the letters BCCSDip.AdvCanBhv after your name.


How Do I Enrol On The Advanced Canine Behaviour Course?


You can enrol on the Advanced Canine Behaviour course in two ways: by payment in full or via instalments. For more on instalment payments, click here.

If you are from an organisation and wish to enrol a member of staff, please contact us for our BACS details.

By enrolling on this course through the website, you agree to our Terms Of Enrolment

Additional information


In Full, First Instalment


  1. Susan Finley

    Loved the course! The last unit especially perfectly demonstrated how dogs behaviour is influenced; certain things that I see in the rescue dogs that I’m working with now seem to make perfect sense! I haven’t done any dog behavioural courses before but looked at a few before deciding on this one. Some of the courses even though they said they were behavioural were very much slanted towards training and not that in depth. This course has more than lived up to my expectations in explaining dog behaviour and treatment of issues. I am really enjoying it, have never studied so readily before!” Susan, Dog Behaviour Practitioner student, Belfast

  2. Nicola Godfrey

    I have just completed the Behaviour Practitioner Diploma course. It has taken me just over a year to complete and I have to say it has been the best thing that I could have done. I have learned so much and it has given me the knowledge that I need to start my own canine behaviour business . The practical, which is at the end of the course, was the best day ever. My tutor was very supportive. I cannot fault the college or the course at all, and I would urge anyone who is thinking about doing a course through them to do so. You will not regret it. The ‘BCCS’ is the only choice in my opinion.

  3. Greta

    Thank you so much for having organised the practical yesterday. Both cases were very different from one another and provided the opportunity to put into practise a lot of what was learnt in the units – definitely my favourite part of the course! Learning about the theory behind techniques in no way compares to putting them in to action in a real life situation. I really enjoyed being able to experience the way in which a consultation would usually take place. I think it also gave me the chance to see techniques in action, and to observe diagnoses that I would perhaps not have seen myself. I have really enjoyed the course, and hope to put what I have learned in to practice very soon! Greta, Bristol

  4. Tamasine Smith

    I really enjoyed doing the research. I love learning so I’m looking forward to the rest of the course. I have already been sharing some ideas from this course with the breeder we are friends with and where we got our Ridgebacks. She is so keen to learn more and help her puppies get the best start.

  5. Marie-Helene Leoni

    This is just to let you know that I have received my Diploma, I was SO happy to see that I have been awarded MERIT ! 🙂 I would like to say thank you to everyone for a most enjoyable course and for all the support I received throughout. I have learnt SO much and the content of the course have given me even more determination to help dogs. Wishing you all the best. Marie-Helene

  6. Jo Boyce

    Now I’ve completed all parts of the course including the 5 day extended practicals, thought it was about time I added my review.

    I’ve sooo enjoyed the course, I’ve learnt so much, even if you haven’t studied for some time, this course will enable you to build your knowledge at your own pace, taking you from simple to complex theory. Tutors are friendly, responsive and fair. Admin is efficient and timely.

    I highly recommend this course, I sincerely believe that it is peerless in these aspects:
    1. Designed to encourage independent study and individual assessment of the range of philosophies and methodologies
    2. For giving a really comprehensive and sound foundation on the ‘whole’ animal
    3. For truly equipping the graduate with actual real world practice

  7. Lesley Gornall

    I have recently completed the Level 4 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma, culminating in the one-day practical, after nearly 18 months of study. I originally enrolled for the Level 3 Diploma but knew, as I approached the end of this, that I was ready to challenge myself more. I therefore upgraded to the Level 4, the best decision I could have made.

    I have enjoyed the whole process enormously, it’s been quite a journey. I have questioned everything I thought I knew; acknowledged past mistakes in order to move forward with better empathy and understanding; I have become more confident in my own skills and abilities, and my opinions have naturally evolved as a result of my reading and research. The support and constructive comments from my tutor have been invaluable in helping me develop and the practical organised for me was the best! I feel so much better equipped now to help people and their dogs. Lesley, Leigh

  8. Norma Parfitt

    I am halfway through this course and really enjoying the process more with each unit. I am experienced with dogs and have helped owners on an informal basis, as well as receiving a great deal of help for myself. Its great to have the knowledge and understanding to confirm what I feel is right for dogs and owners. Dogs like to have fun and I am passionate about allowing them to express themselves in their own way within safe boundaries and see the owners building a great relationship with their dogs. I look forward to achieving my diploma, so that I can officially call myself a behaviourist. I have had tremendous encouragement and support from Julia in getting the best I can from the units and research.

  9. Rebecca Barrett

    I have really enjoyed this course and would recommend to others. The notes to each unit provide a framework for further research. The practicals within the course are challenging and tested my ability with dog owners! Feedback is good.

  10. laura kendon

    This is an excellent course… just starting unit 14 , i started unit 1 in august 2017 and must say how addictive this course is, hoping to complete within a year. It is very indepth and i have already learnt so much, i enjoy putting it to use during the practical parts. I certainly recommend to anyone who is looking to earn this diplomar…i cant wait to finish it and start a career in dog behaviour.

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