Canine Behavior & Training Diploma Course, Saturday @ DSPCA

Sat, 08 Sep 2018 - Sat, 24 Nov 2018
13:00 - 15:00

Course Overview

This course provides a twelve week introduction to animal behaviors and dog training techniques. Students then will use the practical knowledge they have learned and put it in place during practical sessions.

The course is designed to give you a broad understanding of the Domestic Dog; their domestication, breed varieties, methods of communication, ways of learning and potential behavioural issues as well as exploring training history, training terminology, equipment, developing training skills and investigating specific training methods used in dog training organisations. Here at the DSPCA we use our Train With Kindness method which will be used throughout all practical sessions.

You will recieve weekly homework & assignments which must be completed & submitted by the date given by your teacher.


Fee: €650 

Early Bird: €600.00 Book before 31st May 2018

Duration: 12 weeks, 2 hour per week 

Assessment: Combination of theoretical and practical

Prerequisites: None

Award: DSPCA Advanced Diploma

Start Date:  Saturday, 8th September 2018

End Date: Saturday, 24th November 2018

Graduation: TBC


  1. Study Skills
  2. Evolution/History
  3. Physiology
  4. Canine Communication
  5. Canine Learning
  6. Training Methods
  7. Increasing Interaction
  8. Equipment
  9. Health
  10. Nature vs Nurture


  • DSPCA, Mount Venus Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin 16


This course aims to give a full introductory overview of the modern canine, looking at such topics as core physiology, evolution and canine learning theory.

Once we have a clearer picture of what makes our dogs, we move into covering topics such as canine communication and models of behaviour. We will use the theory knowledge you have learned and put it in place during practical sessions. 


This course consists of severel assignments. Each module will be assessed via one of the following: Multiple Choice Quizzes (MCQs); short written discussion; short-answer exam and practical examinations.

Each component of assessment must be passed to complete the course. The specific requirements for each piece of assessment will be clearly marked on the module descriptor.

There will always be an instructor available to help with any questions or worries you have as you go through this course and the material has been designed to be as clear and thorough as possible.

Career Opportunities & Progression

This programme is designed as a short introduction with only a small practical component.

It does not qualify you to become a dog trainer or behaviourist. It does, however provide a solid grounding to allow the learner to make decisions on whether or not to pursue such a career.

You can progress onto our Pet Boarding & Dog Training Internship Programme where you will assist in dog training classes with our Senior Trainers & gain hands on experience working in our boarding facility. Majority off our staff are all past internship students.

Class Policies


Courses are non-refundable. 

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