Starting the 17th of April


introduction to dog behaviour,
dog language and problem solving.

This course will help you to gain a deeper understanding of dogs and will give you the tools to address problem behaviour.

Start your journey towards becoming a dog trainer, or simply the best possible caregiver to your dog.

Who is it For?

This introductory course is open to anyone with an interest in dog behaviour. You do not need to have your own dog to attend the course.

If you would like to acquire more science-based knowledge and learn to “speak dog”, this course is for you.

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You will get:

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

A practical guide to the world of dog behaviour

Over 25 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 online course in observation of dog language taught by Turid Rugaas, the author of “On Talking Terms with Dogs”

Access to mentors via email in 12 different languages

An opportunity to become part of an international community of passionate dog lovers

A certificate upon successful completion of the course

Upon registration you get immediate access to 4 great bonuses!
Value 80 Euro/85 USD

Turid Rugaas


4 recorded webinars by Turid Rugaas:

• Why Do Dogs Bite?

•  Walk nicely on the leash

•  Passing other dogs

•  How to train home alone


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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)

    Nordic Mentors – will help you in French, Spanish, Greek, Italian, German, English, Danish, Dutch, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian and Russian languages.

    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


    • 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 22 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.

    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 22 hours of lectures as well as access to our live online Q&A sessions

    Support from mentors speaking 12 different languages

    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.

    4 Payment Option

    Pay 520 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 17th of April.

    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.