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Flexible Payment Options

Enrol today for only £9.99 and pay no course fees until next year. What’s more you’ll be able to access your course materials straight away!

Learn At Your Own Pace

Study wherever and whenever you want. You’ll have access to your course for two years so you can fit your learning around your other commitments.

Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour Diploma (RQF) Level 4

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Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour Diploma (RQF) Level 4

Key Points

  • Learn about the key principles of canine welfare
  • Develop skills to spot problem behaviour and signs of stress
  • Know how to remedy behavioural issues

 

  • Start a new career in canine care or behavioural consulting
  • Study online to fit around your existing commitments
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification within a year

About your Course

This course will provide you with the in-depth knowledge you need to correctly and safely care for canines in a variety of settings.

You will learn how to maintain the welfare of canines, identify problem behaviour and how to address it. Part of this will include learning canine body language and how to spot signs of stress and anxiety, which can lead to aggression and other unwanted behaviours.

The course also covers canine anatomy, physiology nutrition and more. All designed to give you a fully comprehensive understanding of canine care.

This course is perfectly suited for anyone wanting to work with canines in a kennel or care setting. It will provide you with core knowledge, including the impact of long-term kennelling and the importance of play.

This course will also equip you to start a career in dog training or behavioural consulting. Both offer a rich and varied career allowing you to work with dogs of all breeds and their families to help resolve problem behaviour or to strengthen the bond between animal and human.

Upon completion of this level 4 diploma, you will be in a position to seek employment or take your studies further either through a level 5 diploma or studying an animal behaviour degree at university.

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK distance learning provider. This level 4 canine training and behaviour management diploma is recognised and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). So you can be confident that the material is relevant and meets Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

You will gain essential skills to pursue careers in kennel management, canine day care, dog training of canine behavioural consulting.

You can learn around your existing job or family commitments, as this course is provided completely online.

You will be assigned a dedicated tutor who can advise and guide you through the course, as well as provide constructive feedback on assignments. This ensures you are on the right track with your education and better prepared to safeguard animal welfare. 

There are flexible payment methods available and you can start learning from the moment you enrol.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science (National Average 74.9%)
86.8%

This level 4 diploma consists of nine units:

Unit 1: Canine Anatomy and Behaviour

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the canine skeletal system
  • Understand the canine muscle system
  • Be able to assess canine locomotion
  • Understand how to manage a number of medical conditions affecting canine anatomy
  • Be able to assess changes in a canine’s behaviour that may indicate pain or discomfort
  • Understand the influence of canine anatomy on behaviour problems

Unit 2: Canine Behaviour Problems

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand common canine behaviour problems and their outcomes
  • Know how to improve problem behaviours
  • Understand the consequences of long term kennelling
  • Understand the methods of managing rescued canines
  • Understand the role of alternative therapies in behaviour management
  • Know about humane training equipment used in canine training

Unit 3: Canine Guardians

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of canine guardians
  • Understand the influence of compatibility in canine ownership
  • Understand the impact of lifestyle on canine behaviour

Unit 4: Canine Learning Theory

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles underpinning canine behaviour
  • Understand classical and operant conditioning
  • Understand the various rates of reinforcement in canine behaviour training
  • Understand the roles of conditioning in canine behaviour modification
  • Understand the various methods of canine training
  • Understand how canines learn

Unit 5: Canine Nutrition

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sources of major nutrients in the canine diet
  • Understand the functions of major nutrients for canines
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the canine digestive system
  • Understand the nutritional value and impact of canine nutrition

Unit 6: Canine Physiology

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the canine circulatory system
  • Understand the canine respiratory system
  • Understand the canine nervous system
  • Be able to assess motor activity
  • Understand the canine urinary system
  • Understand the canine lymphatic system
  • Understand the canine skin system
  • Understand the canine reproductive system

Unit 7: Canine Play and Exercise

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of too much and too little play on canines
  • Understand the impact of too much and too little exercise on canines
  • Understand the role exercise can play in changing problem behaviour
  • Understand the importance of mental stimulation and enrichment in preventing and changing problem behaviour

Unit 8: Influences on Canine Behaviour

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of external and internal influences on canine behaviour
  • Understand the influence of medical conditions on canine behaviour
  • Understand the role of canine stress on behaviour

Unit 9: Managing a Dog Training Class

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the business requirements for managing dog training classes
  • Understand the necessary skills for delivering dog training classes
  • Be able to plan a dog training class programme

Learners will have completed an industry recognised Level 3 qualification in Canine Behaviour or a related qualification. The minimum age for access to this qualification is 18 years of age.

Total study time for this course is 420 hours.

You will be required to create a portfolio of evidence and a practical demonstration/assignment.

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

You will be required to create a portfolio of evidence and a practical demonstration/assignment.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

This qualification has been designed to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of canine welfare, behaviour and training. Learners will gain knowledge of canine force and fear-free training and behaviour, to enable them to understand how to modify and connect with canines on a psychological level. Learners will develop knowledge on canine anatomy and physiology and the influence on behaviour. They will develop an understanding of the impact of too much or too little play and exercise on canines. They will be able to manage a dog training class and canine behaviour problems. They will develop a deeper understanding of canine nutrition and learning theory. Learners will also develop the knowledge to understand the role of guardians and the influence of compatibility on canine guardianship and the impact of lifestyle on canine behaviour and training.

Learners will be able to progress into employment within the animal care sector. They will also be able to progress onto Level 5 Canine Behaviour Management qualifications or other relevant, higher study.

Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour Diploma (RQF) Level 4

Key Points

  • Learn about the key principles of canine welfare
  • Develop skills to spot problem behaviour and signs of stress
  • Know how to remedy behavioural issues

 

  • Start a new career in canine care or behavioural consulting
  • Study online to fit around your existing commitments
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification within a year

About your Course

This course will provide you with the in-depth knowledge you need to correctly and safely care for canines in a variety of settings.

You will learn how to maintain the welfare of canines, identify problem behaviour and how to address it. Part of this will include learning canine body language and how to spot signs of stress and anxiety, which can lead to aggression and other unwanted behaviours.

The course also covers canine anatomy, physiology nutrition and more. All designed to give you a fully comprehensive understanding of canine care.

This course is perfectly suited for anyone wanting to work with canines in a kennel or care setting. It will provide you with core knowledge, including the impact of long-term kennelling and the importance of play.

This course will also equip you to start a career in dog training or behavioural consulting. Both offer a rich and varied career allowing you to work with dogs of all breeds and their families to help resolve problem behaviour or to strengthen the bond between animal and human.

Upon completion of this level 4 diploma, you will be in a position to seek employment or take your studies further either through a level 5 diploma or studying an animal behaviour degree at university.

Getting Started

learndirect is the leading UK distance learning provider. This level 4 canine training and behaviour management diploma is recognised and regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual). So you can be confident that the material is relevant and meets Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements.

You will gain essential skills to pursue careers in kennel management, canine day care, dog training of canine behavioural consulting.

You can learn around your existing job or family commitments, as this course is provided completely online.

You will be assigned a dedicated tutor who can advise and guide you through the course, as well as provide constructive feedback on assignments. This ensures you are on the right track with your education and better prepared to safeguard animal welfare. 

There are flexible payment methods available and you can start learning from the moment you enrol.

Modules

This level 4 diploma consists of nine units:

Unit 1: Canine Anatomy and Behaviour

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the canine skeletal system
  • Understand the canine muscle system
  • Be able to assess canine locomotion
  • Understand how to manage a number of medical conditions affecting canine anatomy
  • Be able to assess changes in a canine’s behaviour that may indicate pain or discomfort
  • Understand the influence of canine anatomy on behaviour problems

Unit 2: Canine Behaviour Problems

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand common canine behaviour problems and their outcomes
  • Know how to improve problem behaviours
  • Understand the consequences of long term kennelling
  • Understand the methods of managing rescued canines
  • Understand the role of alternative therapies in behaviour management
  • Know about humane training equipment used in canine training

Unit 3: Canine Guardians

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of canine guardians
  • Understand the influence of compatibility in canine ownership
  • Understand the impact of lifestyle on canine behaviour

Unit 4: Canine Learning Theory

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the principles underpinning canine behaviour
  • Understand classical and operant conditioning
  • Understand the various rates of reinforcement in canine behaviour training
  • Understand the roles of conditioning in canine behaviour modification
  • Understand the various methods of canine training
  • Understand how canines learn

Unit 5: Canine Nutrition

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the sources of major nutrients in the canine diet
  • Understand the functions of major nutrients for canines
  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the canine digestive system
  • Understand the nutritional value and impact of canine nutrition

Unit 6: Canine Physiology

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the canine circulatory system
  • Understand the canine respiratory system
  • Understand the canine nervous system
  • Be able to assess motor activity
  • Understand the canine urinary system
  • Understand the canine lymphatic system
  • Understand the canine skin system
  • Understand the canine reproductive system

Unit 7: Canine Play and Exercise

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the impact of too much and too little play on canines
  • Understand the impact of too much and too little exercise on canines
  • Understand the role exercise can play in changing problem behaviour
  • Understand the importance of mental stimulation and enrichment in preventing and changing problem behaviour

Unit 8: Influences on Canine Behaviour

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the role of external and internal influences on canine behaviour
  • Understand the influence of medical conditions on canine behaviour
  • Understand the role of canine stress on behaviour

Unit 9: Managing a Dog Training Class

Upon completion of this unit you will:

  • Understand the business requirements for managing dog training classes
  • Understand the necessary skills for delivering dog training classes
  • Be able to plan a dog training class programme

Requirements

Learners will have completed an industry recognised Level 3 qualification in Canine Behaviour or a related qualification. The minimum age for access to this qualification is 18 years of age.

Total study time for this course is 420 hours.

Assessment

You will be required to create a portfolio of evidence and a practical demonstration/assignment.

Qualifications

Open College Network West Midlands

Open College Network West Midlands logo

You will be required to create a portfolio of evidence and a practical demonstration/assignment.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

This qualification has been designed to provide learners with in-depth knowledge and understanding of canine welfare, behaviour and training. Learners will gain knowledge of canine force and fear-free training and behaviour, to enable them to understand how to modify and connect with canines on a psychological level. Learners will develop knowledge on canine anatomy and physiology and the influence on behaviour. They will develop an understanding of the impact of too much or too little play and exercise on canines. They will be able to manage a dog training class and canine behaviour problems. They will develop a deeper understanding of canine nutrition and learning theory. Learners will also develop the knowledge to understand the role of guardians and the influence of compatibility on canine guardianship and the impact of lifestyle on canine behaviour and training.

Learners will be able to progress into employment within the animal care sector. They will also be able to progress onto Level 5 Canine Behaviour Management qualifications or other relevant, higher study.

OUR PASS RATE
Animal Care & Veterinary Science
86.8%
(National Average 74.9%)

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