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Cambridge Institute of Dog Behaviour & Training

CIDBT 4014 Practical and Effective Dog Training

A holistic approach to dog training and building a symbiotic relationship.

There are dog trainers and dog training clubs aplenty in most Cities, Towns and Villages throughout the UK and indeed worldwide, however the productivity that they deliver varies dramatically.

Here at the CIDBT, we love dogs and we love dog training and indeed teaching our dogs a great many exercises, for example, nosework and scent discrimination, to bark on command, to find lost keys as well as a few ‘party tricks’ in addition to competing in various dog sports. However, most pet dog owners only need (and want) to teach their dogs a few core exercises to enable them to live in harmony with their canine companions.

This typically includes walking in all manner of public places, both on and off lead, going for coffee, lunch or evening drinks with the dog, managing dogs and children together when out and about, meeting with friends and enjoying chatting whilst walking, meandering through the countryside and so on.

This module, as a natural follow on from Basic Dog Handling & Training Skills and as a stepping stone to Professional Instructor Skills & Management, looks at dog training essentials (the core exercises that owners need to teach) to the more refined, fun and useful exercises that can enhance ones’ life and relationship with a dog.

Spread over three phases you’ll learn about things such as; classical and operant conditioning, real-world versus competition, fun and non-essential training, dog training myths and reality, how to successfully train a dog, breed specific training needs, training obstacles, shaping, proofing, chaining, marking and a whole host of other important dog training terminology.

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 includes initial work based analysis and research providing you with an opportunity to research training methods, theories and general dog training and behaviour. As part of your learning journey for phase one you will be 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. This includes the identification of potential or current problems and the relevance of an array of training techniques.

Phase 2 (Home Study)
This phase discusses the various skills required to successfully train a dog in domestic obedience and essential dog training versus the amazing and useful things that we can teach our dogs. We look at breed and types of dog and the assessment of temperaments of the dog that we are training to establish realistic goals.

Phase 3 (Workshop) (See ‘Workshop Date’ below)
An intensive, but relaxed, fun and informative day covering all aspects of level 4 dog training. Looking at both ends of the lead, and most importantly, you get a chance to put into practice the theory from phase 1 and 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:

  • General and safety briefings
  • Understanding the dog
  • How dogs learn
  • Obstacles in training
  • Breed specific training needs
  • Breed specific obstacles
  • Working with the untrained adult dog
  • Working with puppies
  • Genetic influence in dog training / behaviour
  • Human and canine body language
  • Use of equipment for controlling, managing and training dogs
  • Hands-on work with dogs
  • Review and discussion sessions
  • DVD Observation sessions
  • One-to-one and group activities

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Tutor for this Course

Ross McCarthy
Vicky Lawes

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This course costs £455. 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.

The next available workshop date for this course will be Sunday 25th October 2020 at the Kennel Club Building, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, CV8 2LZ

Your tutor for this course will be either Ross McCarthy or Vicky Lawes

This is a Home Study and workshop course consisting of four phases. You will need to submit work online and will be expected to attend the one day workshop at the Kennel Club Education centre in Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.

This course needs to be completed within six months. Extensions can be granted under exceptional circumstances.

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

This course is approved by the PETbc