Level 4 Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma
Our Behaviour courses are now accredited and approved by the Pet Education, Training and Behaviour Council.
Graduates can use their BCCS PETbc accredited course as part of an application for various levels of CFBA membership, but applicants must demonstrate multiple qualifications and a wealth of experience. No singular course from any provider is enough on its own for membership.
Our Behaviour courses also carry points towards CPD (Continuous Professional Development).
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 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
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.
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.
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