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Dog Behaviour Courses & Dog Training Courses


Study Dog Behaviour with the Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training (CIDBT)

The CIDBT offers Britain's premier academic courses leading to qualifications and a career as a dog behaviourist or as a professional dog trainer. Studying feline behaviour to progress to a career as a cat behaviourist is also an option. These qualifications are accepted towards membership of the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association (CFBA) and other professional bodies in the UK.

The CFBA helps people to structure their current academic or practical dog behaviour knowledge and help pet owners through its education department: The Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training and in partnership with The Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc). The PETbc Diplomas are work based learning (WBL) programmes so you will require CIDBT modules combined with experience to gain certification.


Certificate in Canine Behaviour Practitioner Skills:

The CIDBT offers courses leading to individual certificates in Professional Canine Behaviour Practitioner skills  - which is a full practice certificate of approximately 600 study hours.


CIDBT 4110 Understanding Canine Care and Behaviour

CIDBT 4103 Understanding Canine Aggression

CIDBT 4102 Common Canine Behaviour Problems


http://www.cidbt.org.uk/certificate-in-canine-practitioner-skills.html


Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc)

Diplomas in  - Professional Practice in Dog Behaviour & Training


PETbc 102 Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma PETbc Dip


4 CIDBT Modules plus one work based learning Professional Practice Profile (PPP) total 5 modules.


CIDBT 4110 Understanding Canine Care and Behaviour

CIDBT 4103 Understanding Canine Aggression

CIDBT 4102 Common Canine Behaviour Problems

CIDBT 5003 Advanced Dog on Person Aggression

 

(CIDBT 5003 module has a work shop, check the date) You may request a module prefixed with 4 to be changed for another.


PETbc 101 Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma PETbc Dip


5 CIDBT Modules plus one work based learning Professional Practice Profile (PPP) total 5 modules which is a full practice certificate of approximately 1200 study hours


CIDBT 4110 Understanding Canine Care and Behaviour

CIDBT 4103 Understanding Canine Aggression

CIDBT 4102 Common Canine Behaviour Problems

CIDBT 5003 Advanced Dog on Person Aggression

CIDBT 5002 Advanced Dog on Dog Aggression


(CIDBT 5002 module has a work shop, check the date) You may request a module prefixed with 4 to be changed for another.


Feline Behaviour Courses

Certificate in Feline Behaviour Practitioner Skills which is a full practice certificate of approximately 600 study hours.


This examines what is a cat, those distinct and unique features that make it recognisably feline, from finely tuned senses to incredible flexibility. It recognises the special nature of the cat is sustained by particular dietary requirements.


CIDBT 4117 Feline Studies Foundation Module

CIDBT 4118 Understanding Cat Behaviour

CIDBT 4122 Feral Cats, Welfare & Management Studies


An advanced PETbc Diploma can also be achieved using the above modules in addition to a work based learning PPP with the PETbc. Four modules in total must be completed. The average hours of all modules combined is 1000 hours. Home study and practice based combined.


The CIDBT tutors, trainers and expert behaviour practitioners provide a wide range of scholarly experience to our students resulting in a hands-on educational experience. The institute work is also via our on-line virtual campus, face-to-face workshops, field studies and ongoing research into the pet dog's mind and inter-relationships with people.


If you are an experienced canine professional or a hobbyist who wishes to develop a full-time career with dogs or other pet animals you can review the courses on offer and decide which route you wish to take and what qualification level you wish to achieve. All courses are flexible and part-time and can fit in with your current work or responsibilities. The work is a combination of distance learning and workshops at purpose-built facilities.


Dog Education Partners

Each year we operate practical courses at the Kennel Club Education Centre at Stoneleigh for practical courses and other locations in the UK Candidates arrive and learn from the CIDBT canine behaviour and dog training experts.


Dog Training Practical Courses

We also use many breeds of dog and their handlers to help create the atmosphere and working experience that students require. We have fully trained specialist dogs that are used as dog rehabilitation assistants and these dogs are invaluable in our work to educate. No other organisation in Britain meets these criteria for realistic training and study of behaviour.

We use dog owners and their dogs in order to provide a unique experience allowing real-life client consultations to take place. From interviewing the client, assessing the dog, forming behavioural timelines, and working through antecedents and thereafter proffer practical behaviour and training solutions.


Dog Behaviour Experts

Our specialist behaviour practitioners select dogs with severe behaviour problems like dog on people and dog on dog aggression for teaching purposes and of course the rehabilitation of these dogs back into society. Only when you see experts demonstrating handling and rehabilitation techniques will you learn critical skills which you will need as you develop your knowledge and career. Theory cannot replace experience and practice as we endeavour to provide as much as possible to support our students.


UK National Organisations you can join once qualified:

www.godt.org.uk   For Dog Trainers

www.cfba.co.uk     Britain's largest membership Canine and Feline Behaviour organisation


Independent Professional Qualifications


CIDBT Accreditation:

The courses we offer are accredited by:

The Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council of Great Britain www.petbc.org.uk


Kennel Club

We are a Kennel Club preferred education provider supporting the KCAI scheme.  


General Overview of a Dog Behaviourist

Canine Behaviour Practitioners advise dog owners on dealing with specific control/behaviour issues and problematic behaviour with their pets: inappropriate noise, such as excessive barking aggression towards people or pets, destructive behaviour, toileting issues, chasing livestock, cars or cyclists as well as fears and phobias.


Your tasks would include: taking referrals from vets, holding consultations in your own centre, in veterinary surgeries or in the owners home, talking to the owner and observing the dog (or cat) to get details of the problem analysing the nature of the problem and the likely causes drawing up a behaviour-modification programme for the owner to follow keeping in touch with owners to check progress adapting the modification programme if necessary. You might also offer a dog training service for essential training related to the behaviour problems. You are likely to be self-employed, organising your own tax and insurance, and doing all the administrative tasks involved in running a business.


Dog Behaviour Consultation

A crucial part of the dog behaviourists role is to be able to communicate with dog owners and educate them in the behaviour of their dog and help them understand which behaviour is natural, natural but unacceptable in our society (for example killing sheep), unnatural therefore indicating stress (for example chasing its tail) or just unacceptable.


The work can be immensely rewarding, it can also be stressful. For example, some of the dogs you come across may have problems which cannot be modified because they are too deep seated or have a medical cause.


The Canine Behaviourist has acquired on the job vocational training in rehabilitating dogs with behaviour problems and will have extensive training and handling skills experience with dogs of varying ages.

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