Distance Learning
Smart Dog

START AT ANY TIME - NO RIGID DEADLINES

Learn at your own pace & in the comfort of your own home.

 

All courses are written to provide the knowledge you need to be a great dog trainer, an informed instructor and an effective behavioural adviser.

 

Your learning investment includes:

learning materials (informational materials and references to support your learning and assessments. You will have full support from a nominated experienced friendly tutor.

 

You will then work through the subject matter and produce written assignments to prove your learning and knowledge. These are sent via email to your tutor for marking and you will be given constructive feedback. You are assured of fair, prompt and unbiased guidance and assessment from our experienced tutors.

 

All Distance Learning Units cost - £275 includes all learning materials, support & assessment.

 

Units Available

IABTC Care, Needs & Welfare of Dogs (DL)

This course is aimed at all dog owners who wish to learn more about their dog and instructors who want to update their knowledge, fill any gaps and achieve a good standard of knowledge. It covers basic fitness and exercise, grooming, health checks, food and nutrition, reproduction and neutering, health schemes, first aid, diseases, parasites, mental and physical stimulation, welfare and rights of the dogs.

Tutor Di Rhodes or Angela White

KCAI Online learning 1 – Welfare, care and needs of the dog

 

IABTC Anatomy & Physiology of Dogs (DL)

This course is aimed at all dog owners who wish to learn more about their dog and instructors who want to update their knowledge, fill any gaps and achieve a good standard of knowledge. It covers the structure of the dog, how structure influences movement and health, variations across breeds, fitness in relation to training and dog sports/activities. Limitations of advice and referral.

Tutor Di Rhodes

KCAI Online Assessment 2 Anatomy & Physiology

 

How Dogs Learn (DL)

(Equivalent to in college study Units 1)

This is a good course for anyone interested in what makes his or her dog ‘tick’. It covers: Canine behavioural development stages, blocks, catalysts and influences on learning, reward and motivation, nature versus nurture, temperament testing, instinctive and innate behaviours, communication, social learning, survival instincts, natural responses, emotions, senses, social groups, the dominance and hierarchy/pack order debate.

Tutor Angela White

KCAI Online Assessment 3 & 4

 

Evolution & Breeds (DL)

(Equivalent to in college study Units 2)

This course covers Evolution and domestication - from ancient times to current breeds and influences. The wolf and its role in domestic dogs. Understanding breeds, breed specific behaviours and psychological and physiological needs of breed, breed types and individuals.

Tutor Angela White

KCAI Online Assessment 3 & 4 

 

Essential Solutions to Everyday Problems (DL)

(Equivalent to in college study Units 3)

This course is about everyday problems that instructors can prevent or solve.

Covering: Noise, Biting, Growling, Lack of Recall, Chasing, Distraction, Mild Aggression, Excessive Pulling, Jumping Up, Stealing, Children and Dogs, Multiple Dogs, Separation, Hyperactivity, Fears and Phobias. Also proofing, generalisation, knowing your limitations, referral

Tutor Angela White

KCAI Online Assessment 3 & 4

 

Brain and Behaviour (DL)

(CURRENTLY ONLY AVAILABLE IN COLLEGE) UNIT 5.

Following on from canine behaviour basic principles, this course looks at the Brain - how the brain works and how this affects behaviour. Normal and abnormal behaviour. Common causes of problems, Behavioural and emotional states including aggression, separation, anxiety and stress and make links to the olfactory system, intrinsic responses, psychopharmacology and complementary therapies.

Tutors Di Rhodes and Angela White

KCAI Online assessments 2 & 3 & Accreditation Module Behavioural Trainer

 

Introduction to Behaviour Modification (DL)

(Available in the centre as Unit 6 & practical)

Covers counselling and advising skills, and a range of behaviour problems that occur in dogs, this course looks at recognising problems and being able to identify and understand the cause of behavioural problems and abnormalities in dogs. It will cover common problems such as barking, aggression, excitability, stealing, separation anxiety, etc. to more unusual problems such as phobias. It will also look at modification plans to manage and bring behaviour under control.

This course assumes you have the knowledge offered in canine behaviour (How Dogs Learn, Breeds and Evolution and Brain and Behaviour) and builds on that knowledge.

Tutor Angela White

KCAI Online assessments 3 & 4 & Accreditation Module Behavioural Trainer & Compulsory Module Professional Practice

 

Intermediate Behaviour Modification (DL)

(Also available in the centre as Unit 7 with practical)

Case studies – Building on your knowledge of how to analyse more complex behaviour problems and produce modification programmes. Working with real cases and case studies.

Tutor Angela White

KCAI Online assessments 3 & 4 & Accreditation Module Behavioural Trainer & Compulsory Module Professional Practice

 

Advanced Behaviour Modification (DL)

Only available in college Unit 8 to enable personalised assessment and IABTC approval

 

PLUS

Clicker & Target Training - Distance Learning Option

Levels 1-3 cost £75 per level.

This includes electronic versions of your workbook, assessment of your videos and feedback and support from your tutor.

See Clicker Training Award Descriptions for more details.