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Course details

Year of entry

2024, 2025


8 weeks

Institution Code



Blended Learning

Why choose? this course?

Do you have practical experience in handling and caring for dogs and a keen interest in behaviour and training? If so our Introduction to Dog Behaviour and Training short course may be just what you’re looking for!

Key course features

  • Combine classroom-based study with practical sessions at our Northop Campus and North Clwyd Animal Rescue Centre
  • Gain 20 HE credits on completion
  • Learn about key aspects of dog training and behaviour.

What you will study

  • Introduction to dog behaviour Interpreting body language, Dominance – a scientific evaluation, appropriate socialisation and early training (crating, muzzling, life skills for dogs, ethical training)
  • Introduction to learning theory – associative and non-associative learning processes Key concepts of dog training – techniques, methods, equipment
  • Key terms and definitions – e.g. chaining, back-chaining, reinforcement schedules
  • Training plan development – health and safety, timing, incremental steps, operational criteria, factors which may influence a plan.

Please note that we are unable to permit students to bring their own dogs in for the sessions.  
All of the dogs who will be assisting at the practical sessions are fully trained and risk assessed.  
The practical sessions not only focus on dog skills but they are also an opportunity to look at practical training skills too.  

Teaching & Assessment

  • Online Test - which will include questions relating to the behaviour of canines and their development and dog training terms and their application. This may include but not be limited to interpreting body language, developmental periods, socialisation and factors which may influence behaviour.
  • Training plan - Students will develop and implement a training plan to train a simple behaviour using an appropriate method and technical terms, the plan will include a section on health and safety.


Fees & funding


For current staff/students/ NCAR volunteers please contact shortcourses@wrexham.ac.uk to request a discount code for a reduced fee

Do you live in Wales? We have a number of funding opportunities available, please complete the form below to find out if you are eligible to study this course for free. Apply now via this form.

Course Dates

If you would like to find out more about future dates for this course, register your interest