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

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

Key Points

  • Start a new career in canine care and training 
  • Explore common behaviour problems, their causes and solutions 
  • Learn how to positively influence behaviour through play and exercise 
  • Study canine body systems and how they can impact behaviour 
  • Study online to fit around your existing commitments 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification  

About Your Course 

This qualification will equip you with the comprehensive knowledge needed to effectively and safely care for canines in diverse environments. You'll gain insights into maintaining canine welfare, identifying and addressing problematic behaviour, and understanding vital aspects like canine body language. The course content also covers canine anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and more, providing you with a well-rounded understanding of canine care.  

Whether you would like to work in kennels or canine care settings, or begin offering canine training sessions, this qualification delivers core knowledge to help you deliver excellent canine care. 

This Ofqual regulated qualification also serves as a stepping stone for those interested in pursuing a career in dog training or behavioural consulting. These fields offer dynamic opportunities to work with dogs of various breeds and their families, aiding in resolving behavioural issues and strengthening the bond between animals and humans. 

Upon successful completion of this Level 4 diploma, you'll be well-prepared to enter the workforce or pursue further studies, whether through a Level 5 diploma or by undertaking an animal behaviour degree at university level. This qualification opens doors to a range of possibilities for both immediate employment and continued academic advancement. 

Getting Started 

learndirect is the leading UK distance learning provider. This Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour 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 or 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 eight units: 

Unit 1: Canine Behavioural Issues 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the different types of behavioural issues in canines and the consequences that arise from the presented behaviours 

  • Be able to understand the significance of environment enrichment to stimulate a canine 

  • Be able to understand the effect of medicinal circumstances on canine behaviour 

  • Be able to understand the characteristics of behaviour in canines under stressed conditions 

  • Be able to understand familiar behaviour concerns and consequences linked to canines 

Unit 2: Structure and Functions of Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the musculoskeletal structure of canines 

  • Be able to understand the muscular structure in canines 

  • Be able to understand how to identify and control numerous medical conditions impacting the anatomy of canines 

  • Be able to understand the impact of anatomy on canine behavioural concerns 

Unit 3: Nutritional Diet for Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the benefits and effects of a balanced diet for canines 

  • Be able to understand the importance of macronutrients and micronutrients within a canine diet 

  • Be able to understand the process of how food moves through the canine digestive tract 

Unit 4: Canine Biology 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the cardiovascular system in a canine 

  • Be able to understand the respiratory apparatus in a canine 

  • Be able to understand a canine's central nervous system 

  • Be able to understand the renal system in canines 

  • Be able to understand the lymphoid system in canines 

  • Be able to understand the integumentary system in canines 

  • Be able to understand the genital system in a canine 

Unit 5: Philosophy of Canine Training 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the essential techniques in developing canine behaviour 

  • Be able to understand traditional and instrumental conditioning 

  • Be able to understand the numerous percentages in behaviour training for canines 

  • Be able to understand the range of techniques for training canines 

Unit 6: Ownership of Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the responsibility of a canine owner 

  • Be able to understand the importance of a canine and owner connection 

  • Be able to understand the effect a way of living could have on a canine behaviour 

Unit 7: Physical Activities for Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the benefits of physical activity for canines 

  • Be able to understand the effect extreme and inadequate play time has on canines 

  • Be able to understand the significance of enriching the mind and adapting a canine's behaviour 

Unit 8: Organising a Canine Teaching Programme 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the professional needs for controlling a canine in teaching classes 

  • Be able to understand the required skills for providing canine teaching classes 

  • Be able to create a canine teaching programme 

Entry Requirements

Learners are required to have at least three years of work experience in the area of canine welfare, training and behaviour. Alternatively, learners are required to have successfully completed the Level 3 Award in Canine Behaviour, Welfare and Training. All learners must be a minimum age of 18 to apply for this qualification. 

Minimum Age Restriction 

18 

Average Completion Timeframe 

You have 24 months to complete your course. 

Certification Timeframe 

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment. 

Course Fees 

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered. 

You will be required to create a portfolio of evidence, that you will need to submit in order to gain your qualification. 

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

SEG - Skills and Education Group Awards 

Upon completion of this course, you will gain a Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour. Qualification Number: 610/3509/9. 

Skills and Education Group Awards (SEG) continually invest in high quality qualifications, assessments and services for chosen sectors. As a UK leading sector specialist, SEG continues to support employers and skills providers to enable individuals to achieve the skills and knowledge needed to raise professional standards across all sectors. 

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

Embark on a career journey enriched with a comprehensive understanding of canine welfare, behaviour, and training. On completion of this qualification, you will be equipped with the expertise needed to deliver canine force and fear-free training, fostering a deep connection and psychological understanding with dogs. 

With this qualification, you're not just gaining a certificate; you're stepping into a realm where your insights into canine behaviour and training can shape a rewarding career. The journey doesn't end here—apply for your dream job or seize the chance to elevate your expertise with our Level 5 Diploma for Canine Behaviour Practitioners qualification or explore other avenues for advanced study. Your passion for understanding and enhancing the lives of our four-legged companions can lead to a fulfilling and dynamic career path. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Imagine a career where you build positive relationships with dogs, helping them and their humans live happier lives together. Dog training can be incredibly rewarding, letting you witness the joy of communication between people and their furry companions.
Dog training in the UK offers a competitive salary! You can expect an average yearly salary around £29,644, but with experience and specialisation, that number can climb significantly. Plus, the work itself is fulfilling, so you get paid to do something you love.
You absolutely can train your dog yourself! It's a fantastic way to strengthen your bond and create a well-behaved pup. To truly become a dog training expert, consider enrolling in this Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour. This programme equips you with the knowledge to tackle any challenge and build a truly special relationship with your furry friend.
The UK doesn't require formal qualifications to become a dog trainer, but for a strong foundation, consider our online Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour. This flexible programme lets you learn from anywhere, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to become a successful dog trainer in a way that suits you.
This online course dives deep into understanding canine behaviour issues, their causes, and how to address them. You'll also explore canine biology, from their musculoskeletal system and nutrition to their various bodily functions. Plus, the course covers dog training philosophies and techniques, responsible dog ownership, and even how to design your own dog training programme!
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Friday 31st May

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

Key Points

  • Start a new career in canine care and training 
  • Explore common behaviour problems, their causes and solutions 
  • Learn how to positively influence behaviour through play and exercise 
  • Study canine body systems and how they can impact behaviour 
  • Study online to fit around your existing commitments 
  • Gain a nationally recognised qualification  

About Your Course 

This qualification will equip you with the comprehensive knowledge needed to effectively and safely care for canines in diverse environments. You'll gain insights into maintaining canine welfare, identifying and addressing problematic behaviour, and understanding vital aspects like canine body language. The course content also covers canine anatomy, physiology, nutrition, and more, providing you with a well-rounded understanding of canine care.  

Whether you would like to work in kennels or canine care settings, or begin offering canine training sessions, this qualification delivers core knowledge to help you deliver excellent canine care. 

This Ofqual regulated qualification also serves as a stepping stone for those interested in pursuing a career in dog training or behavioural consulting. These fields offer dynamic opportunities to work with dogs of various breeds and their families, aiding in resolving behavioural issues and strengthening the bond between animals and humans. 

Upon successful completion of this Level 4 diploma, you'll be well-prepared to enter the workforce or pursue further studies, whether through a Level 5 diploma or by undertaking an animal behaviour degree at university level. This qualification opens doors to a range of possibilities for both immediate employment and continued academic advancement. 

Getting Started 

learndirect is the leading UK distance learning provider. This Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour 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 or 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 eight units: 

Unit 1: Canine Behavioural Issues 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the different types of behavioural issues in canines and the consequences that arise from the presented behaviours 

  • Be able to understand the significance of environment enrichment to stimulate a canine 

  • Be able to understand the effect of medicinal circumstances on canine behaviour 

  • Be able to understand the characteristics of behaviour in canines under stressed conditions 

  • Be able to understand familiar behaviour concerns and consequences linked to canines 

Unit 2: Structure and Functions of Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the musculoskeletal structure of canines 

  • Be able to understand the muscular structure in canines 

  • Be able to understand how to identify and control numerous medical conditions impacting the anatomy of canines 

  • Be able to understand the impact of anatomy on canine behavioural concerns 

Unit 3: Nutritional Diet for Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the benefits and effects of a balanced diet for canines 

  • Be able to understand the importance of macronutrients and micronutrients within a canine diet 

  • Be able to understand the process of how food moves through the canine digestive tract 

Unit 4: Canine Biology 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the cardiovascular system in a canine 

  • Be able to understand the respiratory apparatus in a canine 

  • Be able to understand a canine's central nervous system 

  • Be able to understand the renal system in canines 

  • Be able to understand the lymphoid system in canines 

  • Be able to understand the integumentary system in canines 

  • Be able to understand the genital system in a canine 

Unit 5: Philosophy of Canine Training 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the essential techniques in developing canine behaviour 

  • Be able to understand traditional and instrumental conditioning 

  • Be able to understand the numerous percentages in behaviour training for canines 

  • Be able to understand the range of techniques for training canines 

Unit 6: Ownership of Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the responsibility of a canine owner 

  • Be able to understand the importance of a canine and owner connection 

  • Be able to understand the effect a way of living could have on a canine behaviour 

Unit 7: Physical Activities for Canines 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the benefits of physical activity for canines 

  • Be able to understand the effect extreme and inadequate play time has on canines 

  • Be able to understand the significance of enriching the mind and adapting a canine's behaviour 

Unit 8: Organising a Canine Teaching Programme 

Upon completion of this unit you will: 

  • Be able to understand the professional needs for controlling a canine in teaching classes 

  • Be able to understand the required skills for providing canine teaching classes 

  • Be able to create a canine teaching programme 

Entry Requirements

Learners are required to have at least three years of work experience in the area of canine welfare, training and behaviour. Alternatively, learners are required to have successfully completed the Level 3 Award in Canine Behaviour, Welfare and Training. All learners must be a minimum age of 18 to apply for this qualification. 

Minimum Age Restriction 

18 

Average Completion Timeframe 

You have 24 months to complete your course. 

Certification Timeframe 

Learners can expect their certification within 6 months of completing the course, following the (EQA) External Quality Assurance of assessment. 

Course Fees 

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before certification can be ordered. 

Excellent Marking

Assessment

You will be required to create a portfolio of evidence, that you will need to submit in order to gain your qualification. 

Qualifications

SEG Awards

SEG Awards logo

SEG - Skills and Education Group Awards 

Upon completion of this course, you will gain a Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour. Qualification Number: 610/3509/9. 

Skills and Education Group Awards (SEG) continually invest in high quality qualifications, assessments and services for chosen sectors. As a UK leading sector specialist, SEG continues to support employers and skills providers to enable individuals to achieve the skills and knowledge needed to raise professional standards across all sectors. 

Skills and Education Group Awards offer qualifications and assessments which are regulated by CCEA, Ofqual and Qualifications Wales. They are driven by delivering a high-quality and trusted service to Centres and learners, so that everyone gets the education they deserve.

Embark on a career journey enriched with a comprehensive understanding of canine welfare, behaviour, and training. On completion of this qualification, you will be equipped with the expertise needed to deliver canine force and fear-free training, fostering a deep connection and psychological understanding with dogs. 

With this qualification, you're not just gaining a certificate; you're stepping into a realm where your insights into canine behaviour and training can shape a rewarding career. The journey doesn't end here—apply for your dream job or seize the chance to elevate your expertise with our Level 5 Diploma for Canine Behaviour Practitioners qualification or explore other avenues for advanced study. Your passion for understanding and enhancing the lives of our four-legged companions can lead to a fulfilling and dynamic career path. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely! Imagine a career where you build positive relationships with dogs, helping them and their humans live happier lives together. Dog training can be incredibly rewarding, letting you witness the joy of communication between people and their furry companions.
Dog training in the UK offers a competitive salary! You can expect an average yearly salary around £29,644, but with experience and specialisation, that number can climb significantly. Plus, the work itself is fulfilling, so you get paid to do something you love.
You absolutely can train your dog yourself! It's a fantastic way to strengthen your bond and create a well-behaved pup. To truly become a dog training expert, consider enrolling in this Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour. This programme equips you with the knowledge to tackle any challenge and build a truly special relationship with your furry friend.
The UK doesn't require formal qualifications to become a dog trainer, but for a strong foundation, consider our online Level 4 Diploma in Canine Welfare, Training and Behaviour. This flexible programme lets you learn from anywhere, equipping you with the knowledge and skills to become a successful dog trainer in a way that suits you.
This online course dives deep into understanding canine behaviour issues, their causes, and how to address them. You'll also explore canine biology, from their musculoskeletal system and nutrition to their various bodily functions. Plus, the course covers dog training philosophies and techniques, responsible dog ownership, and even how to design your own dog training programme!
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