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Dog Obedience Trainer

Practitioner level 3

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Gain skills and knowledge to become a Dog Obedience Trainer
  • Be awarded the professional BSY Diploma
  • Become a Registered BSY Dog Obedience Trainer
  • Receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 3*

You can study this course from the comfort of your own home; in your own time and at your own pace; with helpful support and encouragement from our friendly tutors.

Course overview

An owner will often bring his dog to obedience classes as a last resort before giving the dog away, and his biggest mistake is to misunderstand canine communication. Once we can recognise the reactions and behaviours of dogs we can eliminate most, if not all, of their problems. The course is designed to provide the knowledge required to become a professional Dog Obedience Trainer, but is also well-suited to any dog owner who would like to encourage good canine behaviour within his own household. The student will learn the requirements of effective obedience training, for handlers and dogs alike. Having understood the principles of motivation and how to work with groups, the student will then learn how to construct appropriate training programmes.


  • Lesson One
    • Selecting the Right Dog
      • Temperament
      • Breeding
      • Rescue Animals
      • Critical Periods of Development
  • Lesson Two
    • Communication
      • Body Position
      • Facial Expressions
      • Vocalisation
      • Human Communication with Dogs
      • Signs of Stress
      • Stress-Testing a Puppy
  • Lesson Three
    • Training
      • How a Dog Learns
      • Classical Conditioning
      • Inducive and Conducive Training
      • Compulsion and Counter-conditioning
      • Effective Training
  • Lesson Four
    • Skills and Aptitudes
      • The Good Trainer
      • Learning Styles
      • Dog Memory and Intelligence
  • Lesson Five
    • Problem Behaviour
      • Temperament
      • Instinct
      • Environment
      • Physical and Mental Stimulation
      • Physical Conditions
      • Nutrition
      • Routine
      • Neutering
  • Lesson Six
    • Motivation
      • Basic Principles
      • Steps Towards Motivation
      • Psychological Persuasion Techniques
      • Turning an Enquiry into an Enrolment
      • Maintaining Motivation Throughout the Course
  • Lesson Seven
    • Planning the Course
      • Choosing a Location
      • Insurance
      • Equipment
      • Creating a Basic Instruction Programme
      • The First Session
      • The Sit Command
  • Lesson Eight
    • Planning the Course
      • The Second Session
      • The Stand Command
      • The Third Session
      • The Down Command
      • Giving Feedback to Owners
  • Lesson Nine
    • Planning the Course
      • The Fourth Session
      • The Come Command
      • The Fifth Session
      • The Stay Command
      • Other Methods of Training
      • Which Method Works Best?
  • Lesson Ten
    • Planning the Course
      • The Sixth Session
      • The Premack Principle
      • The Heel Command
      • Challenging Owners
  • Lesson Eleven
    • Planning the Course
      • The Seventh Session
      • Behavioural Problems
      • Chewing
      • Nuisance Barking
      • Aggression
  • Lesson Twelve
    • Planning the Course/Further Training Opportunities
      • The Eighth Session
      • Puppy Socialisation Classes
      • Agility Training
      • Conclusion

Practical training

No practical training is required to complete this course.

*Registration through BSY is essential with this course at any time during the studies. Registration fee of £20 applies.