Canine Behaviour College Admissions and Academics

Canine Behaviour College Admissions and Academics

Welcome to the Canine Behaviour College. We are based Cambridgeshire and only work with highly experienced professionals who have a proven track record of success in the respective discipline. 

Canine Behaviour College Training

Our tutors are all educated to degree level and beyond and they are committed to force free training and furthering animal welfare.

Operant conditioning has four quadrants of learning.  However, two of these quadrants should not be used if we are considering canine welfare.  We believe in force free training and all of our courses reflect this.  You will not find suggestions to use physical force or aversive ‘tools’ in our courses.

Many of our courses are distance learning, with no enrolment dates or time limits.  You are free to study at your own pace, with the ongoing support of a personal tutor. 

In addition, we also offer a unique opportunity to attend a weekend college for a two-year programme.

We believe it is not possible to know how to assess a dogs behaviour and develop an appropriate training plan without having the opportunity to observe, handle and work directly with dogs and their owners. This is why CBC has developed two courses that result in regulated qualifications of both theoretical and practical canine behaviour and training, which specifically develop students’ practical skills under the supervision of experienced practical tutors.

Sadly, there are no organisations, professional bodies or set qualifications that exist in the United Kingdom that govern or restrict the right to practise as a canine behaviour practitioner or dog trainer. 

There are numerous courses available online to train in this profession.  However, in order to ensure professional competence, we believe learning should involve both theoretical knowledge and practical application.

With this in mind, the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and Practice (a 2-year study course), is delivered in a classroom base using PowerPoints, talks, discussions, practical assessments and outside speakers along with the usual distance learning self-study modules.

Canine Behaviour College Admissions

Please check the entry requirements for our one or two-year programme including the Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Management and Practice.  If you are unsure whether you meet the requirements, please complete the form on the admissions page. The courses commence September. When you enrol, you will receive the standard student pack – reading list, relevant information, additional details on the topics covered in the curriculum, contact details for assistance and course administration.

The four biggest animal and award institutions certify the courses that we provide. All are trusted organisations in the United Kingdom. Lantra, Open College Network and the ABC Awards provide continuous support for our tutors, trainers and overall practice.

We provide numerous other distance learning courses, each focused on a specific level of understanding and managing animal welfare and health conditions, training and assessing canines, as well as helping their owners learn how to ensure their wellbeing. We have both theoretical sessions and practical courses. Students also benefit from personalised professional advice provided on a continuous basis until the very end of the educational process.

Some of our courses require self-paced study hours. Assessments must be completed by occasionally carrying out research and working on certain tasks at your own pace. Needless to say, tutors are always available to provide assistance and support at any given time.


Two Year Programme Course Entry Requirements

All of our students need to meet a range of extensive course entry requirements:

  • Literacy skills: In order to understand the study materials and the terminology, our students will need to demonstrate excellent literacy skills.
  • Communication skills: Excellent communication skills are necessary for working with clients and their dogs.  The course covers various human learning styles, recognition of client body language and facial expression in order to help us understand our client’s needs. Students must feel confident in their own communication skills. In addition, they should be gentle and patient with the animals that they are working with.  
  • To be able to study at degree level: it is essential that students are able to work at degree level.  Coursework will require time commitment and attention to detail. Students who enrol in the programme should be willing to dedicate the necessary resources to the learning process.
  • Students must attend all of the weekends so please ensure you are able to do this prior to enrolment.

Academics and Time Tables

The courses are delivered in traditional classroom settings. Students and instructors make use of multimedia and supplies that in order to enhance the learning opportunity and make it easier to grasp complex matters. PowerPoint presentations, discussions, group work and even distance-learning are employed to produce contemporary courses that just about everyone can benefit from.

On-Site Benefits

Tea, coffee and refreshments are provided throughout the weekends but you will need to book your own accommodation locally if needed and arrange meals.

We have partnered with several local B&B's who will offer a discounted price for weekends.  

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0208 626 9646

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