Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training

CIDBT 4005 Professional Instructor Skills and Management

This course is designed to introduce you to or to further your development as a dog training instructor. As such, you should have a minimum of six months dog training experience or have completed CIDBT 4004 Basic Dog Handling and Training Skills.

Spread over three phases you’ll learn about things such as; how learning takes place, how to structure training classes, how to then break them down into session plans, how to design handouts of various medium and then, on the workshop, putting into action the theory learned.

We cover breed-specific training, an array of dog training techniques that we use to good effect within both group lessons and individual training.

The module can be undertaken at any time and over any reasonable period within a maximum of six months from the date of registration.

Phase 1 (Home Study)
This provides you with an opportunity to research training methods, theories and dog trainer and instructor roles. As part of your learning journey for phase one you’re required to conduct secondary research via the internet, library and other sources such as books, DVD’s and journals on specific methods used for dog training and the control of dogs. Basic anatomy and physiology of how learning takes place is also covered.

Phase 2 (Home Study)
During this phase, we discusses the various skills required to successfully run dog training classes. We look at breed and types of dog and the assessment of temperaments within the class environment. Creating session plans and training programmes are covered in preparation for putting it into practice on the next phase, the workshop.

Phase 3 (Workshop) (See ‘Workshop Date’ below)
An intensive, but fun day covering teaching techniques, session planning and generally what makes a professional dog training instructor successful, and most importantly, you get a chance to put into practice the planning from Phase 2. Students are expected to bring a dog with them and will be sent a form to complete about their dog. The workshop is held at the Kennel Club Building.

This phase includes:

  • Human and canine body language
  • Use of equipment for training dogs
  • Dog Training Methods
  • Learning Styles
  • Hands-on work with dogs and people
  • Discussions on training methods and techniques
  • One-to-one and group activities for peer discussion
  • Teaching new exercises
  • Teaching a small class of people and their dogs

The module finishes with an exercise of reflection.

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Ross McCarthy
Vicky Lawes

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