Starting the 22nd of january

LEVEL 1 online foundation course

introduction to dog behaviour,
dog language and problem solving.

Our internationally-renowned dog trainer school offers exceptional value for your investment while upholding the highest ethical standards in the field.

Be a confident dog trainer and learn up-to-date and science based training methods based on the Nordic C.A.R.E program.

Who is it for?

  • Seasoned dog trainers looking to enhance your skill set with ethical training methods.
  • Aspiring dog trainer eager to expand your knowledge and expertise.
  • Dedicated dog parents seeking to improve your furry friend’s quality of life.

Our Course Offers:

  • Comprehensive knowledge in understanding dog behavior.
  • Enhanced confidence in your training abilities.
  • Skills aligned with the highest ethical standards.

You will get

A 20-week online course in English
(no travelling required).

A practical guide to the world of dog behaviour and individual guidance.

Over 23 hours of lectures by world-renowned experts.

10 live online question and answer (Q&A) sessions with our teachers (with recordings available if you cannot attend live).

A live 2 hour online course on observation of dog language taught by Turid Rugaas, the author of “On Talking Terms with Dogs”.

ADVANCED Certificate option including eigth 30 min live lectures about calming signals.

An opportunity to become part and make new friends in our international community of passionate dog lovers.

A certificate upon successful completion of the course.



For the very first time, we’re excited to offer you an incredible bonus package valued at €1750/1920 USD, designed to empower you to get started helping dogs!

Here’s what you’ll get with our amazing bonus:

🌟 Monthly Masterclasses and Live Zoom Meetings: Join us for enlightening monthly masterclasses and live Zoom meetings where I will work closely with you. Get personalized guidance, uncover your strengths, and receive invaluable insights during the entire 5-month Level 1 course.

💼 Business Planning Assistance: We understand that starting your own dog training business can be a daunting task. That’s why we’re here to help you create a practical budget and step-by-step plan. Gain clarity on your path to success, ensuring you can navigate the business side of dog training with confidence.

🤝 Ongoing Support: We’re committed to being there for you every step of the way. Our dedicated team will provide continuous support, ensuring you have the resources and assistance you need to thrive as you launch your dream career in dog training.

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Don’t miss out on this exceptional opportunity to receive a bonus package that goes beyond education – it’s a comprehensive guide to building your business, realizing your potential, and achieving success in the world of dog training.

Your future as an ethical dog trainer begins here. 🐶✨

Ready to seize this opportunity? Click the button below to enroll in Level 1 and claim your exclusive bonus package now!

Join us in making a difference in the lives of dogs and their owners. Your success story starts with Nordic Dog Trainer. 🐕🌟

Additional bonuses:

3 months free membership: Tiny Science Chat Journal Club
1 year (!) free membership: The Nordic Book Club
3 months free membership: C.A.R.E. Community & Courses

Value: 110 Euro/120 USD

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The level 1 course at the Nordic Education Centre for Dog Trainers has been an eye-opener for me!

This is exactly how I think we must see, treat and train our dogs.

The dog’s well being is central and of the utmost priority.

I have learned so far to see a dog as an individual, with his needs and wants. How we can influence the quality of a dog’s life by making some adjustments, to have a happier, healthy dog, to be a perfect and loving companion.

Stella van tongeren

Stella van Tongeren
the Netherlands

I always had this deep impression that I had a gift for communicating with dogs… This training allowed me to understand why and to go even further.

Level 1 of the Nordic Education for Dog Trainers allows you to see the relationships between dogs and between humans and dogs in a new light. A non-anthropocentric prism of view, respectful and a source of intense joy.

I recommend for those who love dogs deeply. A door that leads you to another world… and from which we do not want to return.


Sophie Cierpucha

This course is an absolute must for anyone who shares their life with a dog.

Learning the language of my dogs in a relaxed, friendly and knowledgable atmosphere with great teachers has led to a greater understanding and an even stronger bond.


Sarah Cullen

Turid Rugaas

Turid Rugaas
Dog trainer and author of “On talking terms with dogs (Norway)

Lisbeth Borg de Waard

Lisbeth Borg de Waard
The school principal, dog trainer and behaviour specialist (Norway)

Anne Lill Kvam

Anne Lill Kvam
Dog trainer and author “The Kingdom of Scent” (Norway)

Amber Batson

Dr. Amber Batson
BVetMed MRCVS, veterinarian and behaviourist (UK)


Stephanie Rousseau
Dog trainer and canine behaviour consultant based in Dublin.

Lyubov Elupova

Lyubov Elupova
Dog trainer and behaviour specialist (Estonia)

NEW: ADVANCED Certificate option – Eight 30 min live lectures about calming signals at no extra cost.

What You Will Learn


  • Dog language: calming signals, aggressive signals/distance increasing signals and barking
  • Canine communication and our body language
  • Rewarding and positive interactions
  • ADVANCED CERTIFICATE: 8 x 30 min live lectures about calming signals at no extra cost.


  • Natural dog behaviour and instincts
  • The canine ethogram
  • The puppy, the young dog and the senior dog


  • Aggression, fear and anxiety in dogs
  • Stress in dogs
  • Problem-solving
  • Health: pain in relation to behaviour


  • Walk nice on leash and the use of harness
  • Nosework, mental activities and enriched environment
  • Social walks
  • Desensitisation as a training method

How it Works

This a 100% online, home study course.

Approximately 23 hours of pre-recorded lessons are available to you 24/7 in our online course platform, in addition to our live online Q&As.

Throughout the course, you will be guided by our expert teachers and mentors to help you get the most out of this course.

Advanced Certificate option: Join the live in-depth lectures about calming signals, and receive an advanced certificate.

Every other Monday, you will be introduced to a new subject which includes optional practical homework. The following Monday, there will be a live Q&A with our teachers which is recorded in case you are unable to attend.

In order to receive your certificate, you will need to complete two practical observation tasks, watch all the course lectures, and read the following books:

Rugaas, Turid (2005). On talking terms with dogs: Calming Signals. Dogwise Publishing

Eaton, Barry (2010). Dominance in dogs: Fact or Fiction? Dogwise Publishing

Register Now to Receive

Expert knowledge on dog behaviour and communication.

Approximately 23 hours of lectures as well as access to our live online Q&A sessions.

A certificate awarded upon successful completion of the course.

Access to a private facebook group for sharing information and receiving feedback.

Your payment will be safely handled by Stripe.

Part Payment Options

Pay 630 EUR in full, or choose one of our payment plans and pay in 2, 3 or 4 instalments.

Please note that instalment payments will automatically be charged to the same card used for the initial payment, and it is your responsibility to ensure that sufficient funds are available in your account.

You will only be able to continue the course if all payments are received.

Please note, if you cancel, a 50 Euros/55 US dollars administration fee will be retained. Written cancellations are accepted until the day before the course starts. After the start of the course, there is  no refund.

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Dates and Times

Our next level 1 course starts on the 22nd of January.

You will have access to the learning platform for 5 months.

A new unit is released every two weeks, with live Q&A sessions in between.

All Q&As are recorded and uploaded to the learning platform and private Facebook group.

We will remind you about start dates, Q&As and homework via email.


Frequently Asked Questions

What do I need to participate in the course?

You need nothing more than a good Internet connection and a computer because the level 1 course is 100% online.

Do I need to have my own dog to complete the course?

It is not necessary to have your own dog because level 1 homework can also be completed by people who do not live with a dog.

What happens if I cannot attend Q&A sessions live on Zoom?

All the Q&A sessions are recorded and uploaded to the learning platform and to the private Facebook group for you to watch at a convenient time. You can also send us your questions in advance to ensure that we cover them.

Do I need to travel?

No, this is a 100% online course. Nonetheless, you will become part of the Nordic Dog Education’s international community, thanks to our live Q&A sessions, and our private Facebook group where you can communicate with our teachers and mentors, as well as other students.

Do I get a certificate upon completion of level 1?

You will be awarded a certificate upon successful completion of the course, after watching all the online lectures and completing two homework assignments.

Can I pay in instalments?

Yes, we have flexible payment plans that allow you to pay in 2, 3 or 4 instalments. Discover more details here.

What if I already paid and cannot attend?

We will accept written cancellations no later than 1 week prior to the start of the course. Cancellations later than 1 week prior to the start of the course will be charged at 50 % of the course fee. See our terms and conditions.

More questions?

If you are not sure if the course is right for you, or if you have any additional questions, our Office Manager Elena is here to help.
You can contact her in the following languages: English, French, German and Russian.

Terms and conditions

Written cancellations will be accepted until the day before the course starts.

No refunds for cancellations after the course has started. Full payment will be charged.

The school fee includes all teachings, Q&A, support and entry to the student online classroom platform.