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This Distance learning course is delivered in 4 phases. In this interesting and in-depth module, discover causes and compounding factors of common canine behaviour problems and investigate owners’ lifestyles, ideas and environments; all of which play a part in the development and also the resolution of problem behaviours in the domestic dog. We explore breed-inherited drives, breed specific socialisation and training methods and the genetic and environmental (lifestyle / experiences) factors. The emphasis is on not only understanding the development of dog behavioural problems, it is exploring real-life, workable solutions to reform common canine behaviour problems.

Phase 1

This begins with an introduction to describe not only your experience to date, but also your hopes and aspirations for the future. We then take a look at the most common canine behaviour problems presented to a behaviourist and the effect that socialisation, habituation and training can have on the prevention of these problems and how we can raise a dog to develop in to a well-balanced member of society.

Phase 2

This phase contains two real-life case studies looking at house toilet training, coprophagia, jumping up, recall problems and much more such as how to operate a consultation at the veterinary clinic, specialist centre or the clients home, handling dogs for an initial temperament assessment as well as discerning possible causes and compounding factors of the main problems presented to you. Interview skills and information gathering and canine antecedents are also covered as well as much more.

Phase 3

During this phase we take a look at ‘the other end of the lead’ focusing on the human clients and their part in canine behaviour problems and solutions. Dog behaviour consultations always involve people. Regardless of your understanding of dog behaviour and your skills in dog training – the people are the channel for your information – the key to reforming their dogs’ behaviour is them and unless you understand them, can display empathy for their predicament, motivate, alter and challenge their views in addition to adapting behavioural strategies – nothing will change. We also look at various breeds and breed-predisposed behaviours. Studying the history of a chosen breed in detail and advising potential owners of the most suitable breeds for their lifestyle.

Phase 4

This phase looks at the most common behavioural problems within the professional Canine Behaviour Practitioners work. Problems can be very varied, but there are certainly problems behaviours that are presented more often than others. Although no two problems presented are the same; owner’s lifestyle, breed and age of the dog, environment and owner views all play a part and must be taken into account. There is of course, no set solution to any problem which is why a wide range of knowledge is vital in canine behavioural solutions.

After a look at the causes and compounding factors as well as real life solutions for Separation Anxiety in dogs, phase four is bringing together all of your knowledge gained throughout this module and culminating in a real life case study and compiling a behavioural report prepared for a client. The report should include all of your recommendations for the successful resolution of the problem presented to you.

Some of the many topics covered:

Types of behavioural problems

Behavioural Solutions and training for problematic dogs

Understanding the client

Breed inherited behaviours

Breed assessment and analysis – Predisposition to behavioural traits

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This course is one of three courses you can complete in order to obtain a University Certificate, find out more here.

Guild Of Dog Trainers

Completion of this module (CIDBT 4102) along with CIDBT 4005 and CIDBT 4110 makes you eligible to join the Guild of Dog Trainers as a Master Trainer.

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CIDBT 4102 Student Review

CIDBT 4102 Common Canine Behaviour Problems

CIDBT 4102 Common Canine Behaviour Problems

About This module

Module Number

CIDBT 4102

PETbc Approved


HE Certificate

Distance Learning


Workshop Based & Dates


Certificate on Completion


Module Duration

Max six months

Tutored by

Ross McCarthy



Full and instalment payment options available

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