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 -
Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council (PETbc)
Please note that all CIDBT courses (modules) can be used in PETbc diplomas by negotiation (except CIDBT 4119 and CIDBT 5108)
Diplomas in -
4 CIDBT Modules plus one work based learning Professional Practice Profile (PPP) total 5 modules.
(CIDBT 5003 module has a work shop, check the date) You may request a module prefixed with 4 to be changed for another.
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 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.
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-
If you are an experienced canine professional or a hobbyist who wishes to develop a full-
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-
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
The courses we offer are accredited by:
The Pet Education Training & Behaviour Council of Great Britain www.petbc.org.uk
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-
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.