Is this education right for me?
Do you want to become a professional dog trainer and specialize in the field of behaviour and a dog language?
Do you want to work part-time or full-time training dogs and owners and also work as a behaviour consultant helping owners
through private consultations?
Or are you already a dog trainer and want to specialize and aquire more science based knowledge?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, this education might be the right one for you!
This high quality education will give you excellent practical and theoretical skills of dog training and dog behaviour.
Upon completion, you can start your own business or be qualified to work for other dog schools, or you may apply for the Nordic Education Centre for Dog Trainers mentor and teachers program.
We teach only reward-based and up-to-date science based training methods.
Dog behavior: the dog’s silent language, body language, communication, dog development and ethology, history, puppies, adolescent, mature dogs, social developments, critical periods, hormonal influences, breed characteristics, problem solving, stress, fears, aggression, health and nutrition.
Learning theory: positive training methods, desensitization, motivation, comparisons of dog learning to human learning, classical and operant conditioning, positive reinforcement.
Practical training: problem solving, observation, positive training methods teaching basic obedience and more challenging tasks like desensitization for stressed dogs and dog-to-dog aggression.
Physiology: anatomy, movement, how exercises influence behaviour.
The dog trainer: how to design your courses, counsel individuals and motivate owners, instruction and observation techniques as well as building confidence as a public speaker, and pedagogy for humans.
The courses are taught in English, and all reading materials and assignments will also be in English.
Countries for level 2 - 4
We offer practical training for level 3 – 4 in:
We are hoping to be able to offer the practicals in level 3 and 4 in other countries in late 2022 and onwards.
Price and payment
Level 1: 450 €/510 US $
Level 2A: 285 €
Level 2B: 285 €
Level 3: 950 €
Level 4: 1250 €
A non-refundable deposit of 100 Euro upon registraion.
Part-payment available with subject to extra charge.
For payment plan see registration form.
The price includes all teaching, support and online teaching plattform.
The price does not include: books, travel and board.
Mandatory readings (2021)
Rugaas, Turid (2005). On talking terms with dogs: Calming Signals.
Shelia Harper Ltd.
Eaton, Barry (2010). Dominance in dogs: Fact or Fiction? Dogwise Publishing
No mandatory readings.
VanFleet, Risë (2013). The human half of dog training. Dogwise Publishing
Lowry, Rosie (2011). Understanding the scilent communication of dogs. Lowry Industries Ltd
Bekoff, M., Pierce, J. (2019). Unleashing Your Dog. New World Library.
Bekoff, Mark (2008). The emotional lives of animals. New World Library
Hallgren, Anders (2015). Ethics and ethology for a happy dog. Cadmos Publishing Limited
Rugaas, Turid (2008). My dog pulls. What do I do? Dogwise Publishing
Rugaas, Turid (2008). Barking, the sound of a language. Dogwise Publishing
These are books that I recommend, but you do not have to read them for the course.
Spiers, Winkie (2009). How to handle living with your dog. Short Stack Publishing
Bradshaw, John (2011). Dog Sense. Basic books
Donaldson, Jean (2013). The culture clash. Dogwise Publishing
Bradshaw, John (2011). In defence of dogs. Penguin Books
Robertson, Julia (2011). Exercising your puppy: a gentle & natural approach. Veloce Publishing Ltd
Robertson, Julia (2010). A complete massage manual: Gentle dog care. Veloce Publishing Ltd
Hallgren, Anders (2007). Mental activation. Cadmos Equestrian
Jensen, Per (2009). The ethology of domestic animals. CABI Publishing
Cutka, Dagmar (2010). Safe and sound with dog and child. Cadmos Books
Mary R. Burch.(1999). How dogs learn. Macmillian
Adams, J., Miller, A. (2012). Between dog and wolf. Understanding the connection and the confusion. Dogwise Publishing
Donaldson, Jean (2010). Dogs are from Neptune. Dogwise Publishing
Bekoff, Mark (2013). Why dogs hump and bees get depressed. New World Library
Stilwell, Victoria (2014). Train your dog positively. Teen Speed Press
Bekoff, Marc (2007). Animals matter. Shambhal
Sapolsky, Robert M. (2004). Why zebras don’t get ulcers. St. Martin’s Griffin
During the course this list can be revised and you can get other recommended readings as new books are published.
Information about the course
The module based 4 level course comprises 20 weeks online classes and a total of 18 days of practical training.
The practical training in level 3 and 4 is in Norway.
Participants are accepted from the age of 18yr. Upon successful completion of the course the participants will be awarded a diploma.
All teachings will be in English, as will be the assignments and the reading list.
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