CIDBT 4004W Fundamental Skills in Dog Handling & Training

This workshop can be attended as a ‘stand-alone’ course, thereby allowing you to enjoy and learn from the workshop without the academic (written / research) work prior to attendance. After completing the workshop you will be awarded a Certificate of Attendance. Our courses are designed so that the learners who attend the workshop are not disadvantaged by not completing prior Home Study.

This workshop is a relaxed, fun day covering basic dog handing and dog training techniques, to include:

  • Learn to assess canine body language.
  • Teaching a dog some basic exercises.
  • Understand the use of various types of dog training equipment.
  • Explore marker training.
  • Learn about the use of rewards and timing in dog training.
  • Practice many exercises, including recall training, loose lead walking, touch, stays, watch and other useful exercises.
  • Observation of human and canine body language.
  • Discover basic dog handling techniques.
  • Attend a dog training class.
  • And of course, working hands on with dogs.

This workshop is held at the Kennel Club Building, Warwickshire. 
Students are required to bring a dog with them. (See ‘Workshop Date’ below)

Student Feedback

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I would like to take this opportunity to say thank-you for a great learning experience and making this decision the right one!! I found the day was most definitely worth all costs not only the cost of the course but the 4hr drive to get to it and the recommended hotel. It was amazing seeing your well trained dogs and watching you both with them. Wow moment for me to sum up I loved it that much I’m now booked on another 2 of your courses so see you again guys. Thank-you for the inspiration
Helen McGuirlStudent
Vicky & Ross were both brilliant, can’t thank them enough for sharing such knowledge and also for putting us at ease so beautifully. Really very very much appreciated.
Jo LangleyStudent
I had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
I don’t have any dogs at present so the practical sessions were essential for me due to my lack of experience working with dogs.
Ross and Lez were both very engaging and entertaining making the whole experience enjoyable. Their knowledge in training and behaviour of dogs is first class and that was demonstrated throughout the day.
Tanya WallsStudent
I can’t recommend the CIDBT courses enough. Vicky and Ross were amazing. They have such a wealth of knowledge and are keen to share it with students. They work so well together and this comes across in the way the workshops are presented. The Home Study is great for people like myself who don’t have time to attend college full time.
Ross and Vicky make you feel so welcome and relaxed. The course is well organised and presented brilliantly. Vicky and Ross work really well together, I haven’t laughed so much in ages!
Dee KnightStudent
Ross and Vicky explained everything in great detail and helped everyone when and where they needed it. The atmosphere in the room (and outside) was great, everyone had fun and enjoyed themselves making the learning experience more enjoyable. The workshops really complete the courses letting you gain experience through practice rather than only written. This was my second workshop and I will be back for another.
Sabina BroadhurstStudent
Thank you for a fantastic day, enjoyed by me and my dog. I feel inspired to follow my dream and work with dogs.
Claire PhillipsStudent
The day was relaxed and very informative; it brought together all that had been learnt through the first two phases of the course. The tutors were friendly and supportive and made the day fun for all. Even if feeling nervous before starting the work shop, this soon disappeared as the atmosphere was so relaxed.
Amanda EllisStudent
This module motivates me to continue with my studies personally (because it helped me to know my dogs better and want to know even more) and professionally (because it introduced me to new methods that I have not considered previously). I am not an English native speaker and I found the trainers approach to the workshop very clear, easy to understand and follow.
Antonio GiacominiStudent
I really enjoyed working with different breeds of dogs that I would not usually walk eg Rottweiler. It was great to meet you both and I look forward to the next course. I also enjoyed being at the kennel club and seeing the shows take place. Beautiful grounds. I learnt a lot about dogs body language in the observation section. Training your dog to do nothing was brilliant. The questions and answers section was useful at the end.
Sarah StillwelStudent
I wish every day was a workshop day!
Theo De SilvaStudent

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Tutor’s for this Course

Ross McCarthy

Vicky Lawes

Workshop Date

This workshop costs £195. Payment can be made with PayPal (you do not need to be a member). You can pay direct to our bank, our banking details will be shown at the checkout, they will also be emailed to you if you choose this option. You can also pay by cheque, again details are shown at the checkout and emailed to you.

Workshop Date

The next available date for this workshop is Friday 29th April 2022 at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ


Your tutor for this workshop is Ross McCarthy and Vicky Lawes.


This workshop is completed in one day.


On passing this workshop you will be mailed a physical certificate of pass. Please ensure we have your correct postal address.


This workshop is approved by the PETbc

It is important that you read the FAQ for coursework explanation and the CIDBT Terms and Conditions.

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