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This module is all about dogs; dogs, dogs and more dogs... handling dogs and training dogs. Why do we approach a dog the way we do? Why not just go and give it a big hug? Why not talk to my dog all day? “It really does understand everything I say!” Why do we walk with our dog on the left? Why not the right? Why is it wagging its tail when it’s barking at me?

This module is aimed at the dog lover who wants to take their knowledge further either with their own dog or looking to venture into the world of dog training...

It is designed to teach you how to handle a dog and carry out basic dog training with it rather than teach you how to be a dog training instructor. The emphasis is on the beginner dog handler or dog trainer who has no teaching experience.

Spread over three phases you’ll learn about things such as how and why we approach dogs the way we do, how to handle a dog both around the home and on lead, the use of voice when dealing with dogs as well as body language, canine communication and basic dog training.

The module, split into three phases, can be undertaken at any time and over any reasonable period within a maximum of six months from the date of registration and culminates in a fantastic workshop at the Kennel Club Education centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

Phase 1 (Distance Learning)

This includes initial work-based analysis and research. This also provides you with an opportunity to research canine body language and different breeds. As part of your learning journey for Phase 1 you’re required to conduct secondary research via the Internet, library and other sources such as books and journals on specific methods used for the training and control of dogs.

Basic handling skills are covered as well as observation and the all important ‘how to introduce yourself to a dog’.

Please note that you must allow a minimum of six weeks study of Phases 1 and 2 before your workshop date (Phase 3).

Phase 2 (also Distance Learning)

This Phase discusses the various skills required to train a dog successfully. We look at the use of voice, body language, play and motivation; all factors that can make dog training easy or difficult, create success or induce failure. Documenting ‘how to train’ basic exercises prepares you for putting it into practice on the next Phase, the workshop. There is a more advanced look through film of the more common canine behaviour issues you may encounter in public places and moreover how to deal more effectively with them in a professional manner.

You will be introduced to the first DTP - Dog Training Profile system assessed through colour coding used for rapid behaviour assessment for dog walkers reflecting canine manageability of clients dogs.

Phase 3 (Workshop)

This workshop is a relaxed, fun day covering basic dog handing and dog training techniques; most importantly, you get a chance to put into practice some theories you’ve learned in Phases 1 and 2. Students are expected to bring a dog with them and will be sent a form to complete about their dog.

This phase includes:

The workshop is held at the Kennel Club Building Refreshments are provided throughout the day and lunch is available for purchase if required. There are 2 dates for workshops per year and you will be working alongside other students from a similar module.

Workshops are twice per year so coursework for Phase 1 & 2 Theory must be completed before Workshop attendance will be accepted. Workshop dates are listed below.

Post-workshop a written summary of what you have learnt from the three phases combined.

CIDBT 4004 Basic Dog Handling and Training Skills

About This Module

Module Number

CIDBT 4004

PETbc Approved


Distance Learning


Workshop Based & Dates

7th April 2018

Certificate on Completion


Module Duration

Max six months

Tutored by

Ross McCarthy

Vicky Lawes



Full and instalment payment options available

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