Dog Behaviour & Training
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Police Officers (Dog Handlers & Home Office Instructors) Armed Services Canine personnel, MOD Police, British Nuclear Police, Parks Police who are experienced and have completed relevant Police courses, can apply, with their employers' support to gain a recognised Middlesex University Work Based Learning Degree Qualification as below.

We operate the only WBL University Qualifications for professional dog specialists and who currently have experience in dog training, behaviour and associated disciplines.

How qualifications work in brief:

It is possible to achieve a Middlesex University degree (or other qualification) by taking a combination of CIDBT modules and Middlesex University, Work Based Learning (WBS) modules. The exact selection and combination is a matter for discussion at each stage between the student and the tutors at either CIDBT (for their specialist modules) or Middlesex (for the WBS modules).Participants who successfully complete the CIDBT courses and who want to progress to a work based higher education qualification are eligible to apply to the Institute for Work Based Learning at Middlesex University and following further assessment may be granted advanced standing based upon their learning achievement from work at the Cambridge Institute and and or other learning from experience.

Formally, the nature of our collaboration is that Middlesex recognise CIDBT our courses towards a degree course. They use the "Review of Learning" process (see below).

A Bachelors degree (BA(Hons)) is equivalent to three years' full-time study. A minimum of one-third of the credits for the qualification must be in Middlesex's WBS modules - so that is 120 WBS credits for a BA(Hons).

Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training accredited modules

A candidate with little or no practical experience or with relevant academic qualifications in dog-related disciplines may commence with the Understanding Care & Behaviour Module, after which we would review their progress and recommend a suitable programme. The amount of CIDBT modules we recommend you to complete is dependant on your field experience and canine skills. This is also dependant on your work output and your tutors recommendations as you progress through the modules.

All candidates considering enrolling on the BA(Hons) programme will discuss with our CIDBT programme advisers the recommended study pathway for what they wish to achieve.

More details about what constitutes experience to be exempt from CIDBT 4110 can be seen by clicking the Forego button in the column on the right.

The CIDBT modules listed below comprise an example of a programme but you may be able to choose from a selection of optional module combinations. There will be plenty of time to discuss these with tutors and staff as you progress.

An example:

Home Office Police Dog Qualified Instructor/ Dog Handler

A Police Officer who has completed a Home Office Course in Police Dog Training and all its specific disciplines can have that work validated by the University in the form of credits and through the CIDBT Portfolio. Your prior knowledge is assessed by the University and may be used as a part of the course.

This graduate degree program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and ability to understand and specialise in Dog Behaviour & Training combined to solve and moreover understand the problems that pet dogs develop.

The aim is for the student to develop a thorough knowledge of the gamut of behaviour problems and then be able to devise practical advice that the dog owner can implement.

To understand the dynamism of family life and how the domestic dog fits into that environment and social aspects. To understand what is normal behaviour and which is abnormal

Theoretical courses in animal learning processes, behaviour analysis, bio psychology, behaviour modification, clinical and family intervention, family counselling, and research design will supplement hands-on experience with dogs via field projects. A thesis project is also a requisite to complete this degree program.

Upon successful completion of the courses in Canine Behaviour & Dog Training, graduates will have satisfied the theoretical and practical requirements for professional qualification.

Police and Professional Dog Handlers