introduction to dog behaviour,
dog language and problem solving.

who is it for?

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

Duration: 20 weeks online (no traveling required)

Lisbeth Borg de Waard, Norway
Turid Rugaas, Norway (author of “On talking terms with dogs”)
Dr. Amber Batson, England
Anne Lill Kvam, Norway
Elena Kichinskaia, Estonia/Russia
Luybov Elupova, Romania/Russia

Pre-recorded online lesson by Professor Marc Bekoff

Language: English

Upon completion you will be awarded a certificate.


The price include:

  • Approx. 22 hours of lectures
  • 10 live Q&A’s
  • A live course in observation of dog language by Turid Rugaas, the author of “On talking terms with dogs”.
  • Access to mentors you can contact by email in the following languages:

French, Spanish, Greek, Italian, German, English, Danish, Dutch, Latvian, Estonian, Lithuanian and Russian.

All Q&A’s and the included course by Turid Rugaas will all be recorded. If you cannot attend live, you can see the recordings at your convenience in the online course platform.


  • Dog language: calming signals, aggressive signals/distance increasing signals and barking
  • Natural dog behaviour and instincts
  • Back to basic and history
  • Canine communication and our body language
  • Aggression, fear and anxiety in dogs
  • Rewarding and positive interactions
  • Stress in dogs
  • Problem solving
  • Walk nice on leash and the use of harness
  • The puppy, the young dog and the senior dog
  • Health: pain in relation to behaviour
  • Nosework, mental activities and enriched environment
  • Social walks
  • Desensitization as training method

how does it work?

This online course is a 100 % at-home study.
Approx. 23 hours pre-recorded lessons available to you 24/7 in our online course plattform, in addition to online Q&A.

Every other Monday you will be introduced to a new subject and a voluntary practical homework. And on the following Monday we have a live Q&A which will be recorded.

In order to receive the certificate you need to do 2 practical observaion tasks, watch all lectures and read the following 2 books:

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

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


Nordic dog trainer prize for level 1

terms and conditions:

Written and confirmed cancellations will be accepted no later than 1 week prior to the start of the course.

Cancellation later than 1 week prior to the start of the course will be be charged 50 % of the course fee.

No refund for cancellation made less than 1 week prior to the first day of the course. Full payment will be charged. 

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



Payment options:

We offer 2 and 3 part payments (see registration link for details).

Please note that the part payment will automatically be charged from the same card you used when registration at the above date of payment. It is your responsibility to have sufficient funding on your account.
If we do not recieve the payment you will not be able to continue the course.

Your payment will be safely handled by Stripe.


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 well being is central and of the utmost prority.

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 dogs life by making some adjustments, to have a happier, healthy dog, to be a perfect and loving companion.

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 C


I enrolled for Level 1, knowing the teachings originate from Turid Rugaas’ Life work. I have always felt the lack in connection between me and dogs (or 20yrs of experience with horses). My expectations have been met. I was able to get a better connection with a pair of foster dogs I only had for a total of 3 months. Excited to dive deeper and continue through the levels!

Aylin Schiefer


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