The Canine Studies Distance Learning Programme

PLEASE NOTE: we are currently revising our Dog Training and Canine Courses. If you are interested in attending a course in the future please email or submit your details using the online enquiry form on this page.

Individual Units

The Canine Studies programme consists of a range of individually accredited Canine courses. Each course is individually accredited through OCN at Level 3 (A level standard). There are no pre-requisites for any of the courses. The courses below are available via distance learning, this enables you to study in your own time from home at your own pace and around other commitments. There are no time restrictions in completion – but as a guide each module within a course should normally take 4-6 weeks.

Support is available from your tutor via email or phone.

All Courses Costs £260 + £25 registration if the accredited option is taken.

To book on to one of these programmes please visit our Online Store.

Dog care and welfare

  • Dog Ownership – Choosing a dog, living with a dog, the law etc
  • The Puppy – Bringing up a puppy, development stages, socialisation
  • Care of the Dog – Feeding, exercise, grooming, training, travelling, the older dog
  • Preventing Problem Behaviour – Management, preventing specific problems e.g. separation anxiety, destruction, aggression, attention seeking behaviours etc
  • Health Care – Vaccinations, parasites, neutering, common health problems, first aid

Canine nutrition

  • Module 1 – Digestive system
  • Module 2 – Nutrients – source and function – protein, carbohydrate, fats, water, vitamins and minerals
  • Module 3 – Feeding requirements through life e.g. puppies, young dogs, working dogs, breeding dogs/old dogs
  • Module 4 – Types of feeds – commercially prepared – tinned, dry etc, home prepared, raw
  • Module 5 – Feeding for health and behaviour -allergies, role of diet in health, disease and behaviour

Dog training theory

  • Module 1 – Basic principles of dog training and equipment
  • Module 2 – Learning theories 1 – classical conditioning – conditioned emotional responses, behavior modification techniques
  • Module 3 – Learning theories 2 – operant conditioning – antecedents, consequences, shaping and chaining, behaviour modification techniques
  • Module 4 – Training methods – positive methods, clicker training, training programmes and evaluation
  • Module 5 – Applied dog training – companion dog/obedience

Canine behaviour and communication

  • Module 1 – Origins of the dog – classification, evolution and domestication
  • Module 2 – Wolf/wild dog behaviour and its implications and limitations in understanding dog behaviour
  • Module 3 – Dog behaviour – social, feeding, sexual, human – dog relationships
  • Module 4 – Dog communication – dog-dog, dog-human, body language, facial expression, scent
  • Module 5 – Dog emotions – primary and secondary emotions, joy, fear, stress, implications

Canine behaviour modification

  • Module 1 – Problem behaviour – causes and prevention
  • Module 2 – General diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
  • Module 3 – Aggression – causes and treatment
  • Module 4 – Separation anxiety – causes and treatment
  • Module 5 – Other behavioural problems – house training, destruction, barking, appetitive problems, hyperactivity, compulsive disorders, fears/phobias

Canine anatomy and physiology

  • Module 1 – The business idea
  • Module 2 – Marketing
  • Module 3 – Finance
  • Module 4 – Human resource management
  • Module 5 – The business plan

Enquire today

For further information or to enrol please telephone 01270 613166 or 613192 or email

Certificate Level Courses

There are two certificate level courses, which are regulated through Ofqual. Each of these courses are accredited at Level 3 and consist of 24 credits/240 hours work. You will need to complete 4 modules for each certificate, some of which are optional. The programme is also offered as a taught programme where the modules will be slightly different to enable more practical to be undertaken. Distance learning options can be taken at any time, taught course dates will be published on the website when available.

The cost for each of these courses is £1,200. Financial assistance is available through Advanced Learner Loans.

Level 3 Certificate in Canine Studies

Modules include:

  • Canine care and welfare
  • Canine nutrition*
  • Canine anatomy and physiology*
  • Canine behaviour and communication*
  • Setting up a small canine business*

*you will choose three out of four of these modules

Level 3 Certificate in Canine Training and Behaviour

Modules include:

  • Dog training theory
  • Canine behaviour and communication*
  • Canine behaviour modification*
  • Setting up a small canine business*
  • The dog in society*

*you will choose three out of four of these modules