Higher Certificate in Canine Behaviour and Psychology Accredited by The Pet Education Training and Behaviour Council (PETbc)


  • Police Dog Handlers
  • Home Office Trained Police Dog Instructors
  • Armed Services – Police Canine Personnel
  • MOD Police
  • Royal or Parks Police
  • British Transport Police

Police Officers, who are experienced and have completed relevant Police dog training and relevant law courses can apply with their employers’ support to gain a recognised dog behaviour qualification to support their DLO status in a court of law.

The CIDBT operate the accredited and approved dog behaviour qualifications for Police professional dog specialists using their experience in dog training and associated canine disciplines.

How qualifications work in brief:

It is possible to achieve a Higher Certificate in Dog Behaviour and Psychology by taking a combination of CIDBT courses that make up a specific ‘Higher Certificate’.

A Home Office qualified Police dog handler/instructor will be able to forgo the entry courses to the Higher Certificate. There is an expectation that the Police Officer will be fully acquainted with all English dog law.

All Police candidates considering enrolling on the Higher Certificate should discuss their goals with our programme advisers and then advised of a recommended pathway of study.

The aim is for the police student to develop a thorough knowledge of the gamut of dog behaviour problems outside of General Purpose Police Dogs and associated breeds and then be able to devise practical advice that the dog owner can implement and / or identify specific behaviour issues which need attention if the dog is stay with the owner under a Police arrangement/ agreement.

To explain in a court of law their opinion about a dogs behaviour that they have had to deal with in the execution of their lawful duties. This especially concentrates on types of dog aggression and identifying the type displayed and probable causes.

To understand the dynamics of an individual or a specific family’s life and how the dog fits into that environment.

Theoretical courses in canine learning processes, behaviour analysis, bio psychology, behaviour modification, behaviourist and family intervention, family consultations, and research design will supplement hands-on experience with film course materials. A course project and summary is also a requisite to complete this Higher Certificate.

Upon successful completion of the Higher Certificate in Dog Behaviour and Psychology, graduates will have satisfied the theoretical and practical requirements in practice.

Dog Laws and abbreviations:

Police – Dog Legislation Officers (DLO work) in the court system some example acts are which this Higher Certificate is useful for:

  • Dogs Animal Welfare Act 2006
  • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 (To Include Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and
  • Policing Act 2014)
  • Animals Act 1971