iPet Network Qualification Level 4 Professional Dog Training Instructor

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CIDBT Professional Dog Training Instructor 12 month Programme

You can achieve:

• Formal qualification – Level 4 Diploma in Dog Training and Instruction
• CIDBT Higher Certificate in Advanced Professional Dog Training Instruction
• CIDBT Certificate in Professional Dog Training
• Supported membership application of the Guild of Dog Trainers at the appropriate level

We are delighted to offer this programme and nationally recognised qualification in association with iPET Network.

This programme and qualification has a strong practical focus, designed to encourage candidates to gain invaluable skills, not only in training dogs, but also in coaching owners and handlers to confidently train their dogs in a group class setting or on a one-to-one basis.

A wide range of in-depth and challenging theory units provide the essential underpinning knowledge to support the practical learning.

CIDBT Tutors have been heavily involved in creating this qualification from the outset to ensure that it meets the needs of the rapidly developing dog training industry and sets high standards of education within the sector.

View the full programme details on the Advanced Courses page

Enrolment is by application only

In order to apply this programme you must meet the following criteria:

• 18 years of age or older
• Be capable of working at Level 4 standard (equivalent to 1st year degree / Foundation Degree level)

Due to the practical nature of this qualification, Candidates must have access to dogs for the purposes of training for a minimum duration of 168 hours. This may take the form of:
• Working or volunteering as a Dog Trainer/Instructor or,
• Work shadowing a qualified/experienced Dog Training Instructor (this may be with the Tutor/Training Provider) or,
• Working or volunteering at a dog day care centre or,
• Working or volunteering at a dog rescue shelter or,
• Another suitable equivalent
• This qualification has been designed to enable Candidates to:
• Understand the evolution of the dog and how this relates to their behaviour and motivations during training.
• Understand the welfare needs of dogs, safe handling and management, and health concerns that may impact training.
• Recognise and interpret a range of emotional states in dogs and the importance of the canine-human bond in training.
• Understand how dogs learn, techniques for teaching dogs new skills and overcoming challenges during training.
• Be able to apply understanding of training to delivery of impactful training sessions.
• Be able to critique own skills and performance when delivering dog training instruction to clients.


This progamme is via application only, complete and submit the registration form, for our April 2024 intake, and a member of the team will contact you with further information.

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