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Dog Behaviour and Training Certificate

Kickstart your professional canine career with this dog training course.
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Dog Behaviour and Training Certificate


100% online, self paced learning.


Approx. 6 months (part time).

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Learn Essential Dog Behaviour Training 

If you dream of a career where you get to work with dogs every day, then this Dog Behaviour and Training Certificate (ICOES Accredited) will teach you pivotal skills and knowledge that will prepare you for a professional canine career. Created by industry experts in dog behaviour training, this online dog training course will be your foundation for a long list of rewarding animal careers such as; 

  • Dog Trainer
  • Behaviour Consultant
  • Animal Shelter/Rescue Worker
  • Veterinary Behaviour Technician
  • Doggy Daycare or Boarding Facility Owner/Manager
  • Service Dog Trainer
  • Canine Sports Coach
  • Pet Behaviour Writer/Blogger
  • Animal-Assisted Therapy Facilitator
  • Dog Groomer

Through comprehensive online lessons and asessments, you'll learn how to confidently communicate with dogs, by understanding how dogs think and learn. You'll explore common behavioural problems and disorders and learn how to navigate these in your positive training approaches. 

Course Highlights;

  • Gain essential knowledge on different dog breeds
  • Study dog anatomy, physiology, brain, and hormonal systems
  • Learn techniques to modify behaviours issues such as chewing, jumping, barking, and other destructive behaviours
  • Learn professional dog obedience training techniques;
    • Learn the Koehler method
    • Master motivational training
    • Explore clicker training

You'll be amazed by how much there is to learn about dog psychology and training and how important this knowledge is when embarking on your professional canine career.


Accreditation and Recognition

Our Dog Behaviour and Training Certificate is Internationally Accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards ICOES.

The course went through a rigorous evaluation and audit to gain accreditation. Having ICOES accreditation guarantees that you will receive a high standard of content that has undergone evaluation by an independent organisation, ensuring it's quality and credibility.


This course includes 12 interactive modules, carefully designed to teach you how to become a confident canine care professional. 

  • The Evolution of Dogs
  • Understanding Candids
  • Dogs v Wolves
  • From Wild to Best Friend: Dog Domestication
  • Dog Breeds: Exploring Their Diversity

  • Decoding Dog Genes
  • Breeding Better: Nature vs. Human Influence
  • The Gene Pool: How Genetics Shape Breeds
  • Predicting Traits: Understanding Gene Probability
  • Personality Blueprint: Breeding for Temperament
  • Gene Showdown: Dominance vs. Recessiveness
  • Breeding Wisely: The Dangers of Inbreeding
  • Crafting Canines: The Art of Selective Breeding
  • Healthy Hounds: Genetics and Well-being
  • Innate Instincts: Nature vs. Nurture in Dogs

  • Canine Classifications
  • Breed Standards
  • Breed Membership Requirements
  • Breed Groups Explained
    • Toys
    • Terriers
    • Gundogs
    • Hounds
    • Working Dogs
    • Utility Dogs
    • Non-Sporting
  • Designer Dogs
  • Mixed Breeds

  • The Five Senses
    • Smell
    • Hearing
    • Taste
    • Touch
    • Sight
  • Skin and Fur
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • The Circulatory System
  • The Heart
  • The Lymphatic System
  • The Digestive, Respiratory and Urinary Systems

  • The Nervous System
  • The Automatic Nervous System
  • Nerves and Neurons
  • The Spinal Cord
  • The Brain
  • Endocrine System Overview
  • Hormones Effect on the Brain

  • Canine Nutrition
    • Proteins
    • Starch
    • Fibre
    • Fats
    • Minerals
    • Vitamins
    • Water
  • Feeding According to a Dogs Needs
  • Older Dogs
  • Identifying Health Concerns
  • Common Dog Diseases
  • Dog First Aid & CPR

  • The Puppy Years
  • Socialising Puppies
  • Puppy Training
  • The Reproductive Years
    • Puperty in Males
    • Puperty in Females
    • Mating
    • Pregnancy
    • Whelping
    • Nursing
    • Weaning
  • The Adult Years
  • Older Dogs

  • Understanding The Domestication Effect
  • Canine Connections: Exploring Hierarchy and Socialisation
  • Puppy Independence: Navigating the Detachment Phase
  • Addressing Separation Anxiety in Dogs
  • Desensitisation Techniques for Dogs
  • Strategies for Managing Aggressive Behavior in Dogs
  • Hierarchial Aggression
  • Unpacking Mounting Behaviour
  • Insights into Territorial Aggression in Dogs
  • Understanding Predatory Aggression
  • Decoding Submissive Body Language in Dogs
  • Submissive Body Signs
  • Investigating Marking Territory in Dogs
  • Exploring Feeding Behaviour in Dogs

  • Explore How Dogs Think
  • How Do Dogs Learn
  • Understanding Associative and Non-Associative Learning in Dogs
    • Habituation
    • Sensitisation
    • Classical Learning
    • Operative Learning
  • Positive/Negative Reinforcement
  • Positive/Negative Punishment
  • Adapting Your Approach to Meet Your Dogs Learning Style
  • Navigating Reinforcement and Correction in Dog Training
  • The Art of Timing
  • Debunking Common Misconceptions about Canine Learning

  • Training Techniques
    • The Koehler Method
    • Dominance Based Training
    • Model-rival Training
    • Relationship-Based Training
    • Motivational Training
    • Clicker Training
    • Scientific Training
  • Basic Commands
    • Sit
    • Lie Down
    • Recall

  • Types of Disorders
    • Aggression
    • Fears and Phobias
    • Destructive Beahviours
    • Abnormal Repetitive Behaviours
    • Elimination Related Behaviour
    • Eating Disorders
  • Correcting Unwanted Behaviours
    • Separation Anxiety
    • Chewing
    • Food Aggression
    • Excessive Whining
    • Jumping
    • Biting, Mouthing and Nipping

  • General Obedience Training : Your Dog Training School
  • Dog Trainer v Dog Behaviourist
  • Specialised Dog Training Careers
    • Training Dogs for people with Disabilities
    • Training Rescue/Emergency Dogs
    • Training for the Entertainment Industry
    • Training Dogs for Militart and law Enforcement
    • Training Dogs for Sport
    • Training Disabled Dogs
  • Become a Dog Walker or Pet Sitter
  • Working in Doggy Cay Care or Boarding Kennels
  • Dog Photography Careers

Frequently Asked Questions

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On average 4 months, but take as long as you need!

Most students study this course part time for a few hours a week and complete in around 4 months. We recognise that everyone's schedule varies, that's why you set the deadlines and not us. You'll receive unlimited access to the course so you can take as much time as you need to practice and complete your assessments.

Absolutely not!

We appreciate that learning online can be daunting for some. Our student focussed approach means that you're never far away from feeling supported, whether that be from your mentor, our friendly support staff or your fellow students. After enrolling you'll be invited to join our students only private Facebook group. You'll find this group will play an active role in your studies. Not only will you have like-minded people to learn alongside with, but you'll feel motivated and inspired as you share your learning journey's.

Yes! Our Dog Behaviour and Training Certificate is Internationally Accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards ICOES.

The course went through a rigorous evaluation and audit to gain accreditation. Having ICOES accreditation guarantees that you will receive a high standard of content that has undergone evaluation by an independent organisation, ensuring it's quality and credibility.


Upon successful completion of your assessment you'll receive your Professional Certificate.

Because our content is developed in-house by our professional team.

We don't use affiliate content or have expensive sales teams pushing you to enrol. Our goal is to make high-quality learning accessible to everyone, allowing you to pursue your passion at an affordable cost.

Yes, 100% money back and no fees!

Unlike other providers we won't charge you any admin fees if you choose to cancel within the first 7 days of enrolling.

If during the first 7 days you don't think the course is what you're looking for, no worries! Simply contact us by email at admin@petcourses.com within 7 days of enrolling and you'll receive a full refund of any money paid.

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Success Stories

When you study with Pet Courses, you're never alone.  You'll be joining an exclusive learning community that connects you with other students to share your learning journey.  Ask questions, seek advice or simply be motivated by others stories as you study your animal care course with us.

Julie Bezemer
Julie Bezemer
Owner Julie Bezemer Puppy Waves

Julie's business started out by just word of mouth, with people stopping to ask who groomed her dogs. Before long she had dozens of regular clients and now happily works 2 days a week in her own salon.

Nicole Scott
Nicole Scott
Owner Pawfection Pet Services

Nicole wanted a business that would fit around her new family that she could do from home. She had always loved dogs and dreamed of a career where she could work with them every day.

Sandi Ferguson
Sandi Ferguson
Owner Fergie's Dog Grooming

While studying, Sandi decided to post in her local dog park Facebook group to offer half price grooms so that she could get some models to practice on. She ended up being inundated with clients and after only a few weeks was able to charge full price.

Amanda Toohey
Amanda Toohey
Employed Groomer

Amanda used to go and watch her friend groom dogs which inspired her to study dog grooming. She helped out at her friends salon, shaving dogs pads and trimming nails and managed to secure a job at a local grooming and day care facility. Amanda has since set up her own part time business as well.

Lisa Grant
Lisa Grant
Owner Lisa's House of Dogs

After 35 years in insurance, Lisa decided to follow her dreams and start her own dog grooming business. After graduating, she converted a spare bedroom into a salon and embarked on an exciting new chapter in her life. She hasn't looked back since!

Alyson Bratt
Alyson Bratt
Owner Scrub Woofers Dog Grooming

After graduating, Alyson nervously opened her salon. She was worried she wouldn't have enough clients so kept her two part time jobs going. After just 2 weeks she quit her part time jobs because she was running out of appointments for her clients!

Brooklyn Turner
Brooklyn Turner
Owner Head Turners Sudz-n-Scissors

Having always loved dogs, Brooklyn dreamed of a career as a dog groomer. Whilst studying for year 12, she completed her Dog Grooming Diploma and set up a small salon from her parents home.  She has since gone on to specialise in Asian fusion and teddy bear styles having achieved so much at such a young age.

Brigitte Meissner
Brigitte Meissner
Owner of The Groomery

Having a background in dog behaviour and training, embarking on a career in dog grooming was a perfect match for Brigitte. After pestering everyone she knew with a dog to gain experience, Brigitte opened a small home salon. Following it's success, she is now in the process of expanding into an upmarket boarding facility as well.

Sharon McQuillan
Sharon McQuillan
Employed dog groomer

As a vet nurse, dog grooming complimented Sharons career really well and offerred her a back up career to earn extra money.  Sharon now operates a grooming business 1-2 days a week out of a local pet shop, giving her great variety in her working week.

Kelly Wright
Kelly Wright
Owner of Groomed by Kelly

Dog grooming was a career that Kelly always wanted to pursue.  While studying she practiced on friends and families dogs, setting up her mobile dog wash and grooming business before she even graduated.  Initially starting out part time, she got so busy that she now operates full time.

Jodi Gooding
Jodi Gooding
Owner Transfurmations Grooming

Having always loved dogs, grooming was the perfect career for Jodi.  She started out by creating a balinese style hut in her garage.  After doing letter drops and grooming friends and families dogs, her business has now expanded to work out of a beautiful renovated home salon.

Kurtis Doyle
Owner of Bubbles & Bones Pet Grooming

After suffering some medical issues, Kurtis needed a new career that offered him more flexibility.  He had the opportunity to purchase an established mobile business, so while studying he shadowed the previous owner, and was then ready to hit the ground running in his new mobile trailer.

Jayne Shilcof
Jayne Shilcof
Employed groomer at Holistic Touch

Having fostered and adopted many animals, Jayne felt in her happy place surrounded by dogs.  She took the plunge by enrolling to study dog grooming, finally following her passion.  Now working alongside a friend and specialising in dogs with special needs, her only regret is that at 61 she wishes she had done it sooner!

Mellissa James
Mellissa James
Owner Mells Poochie Pampers

As a mobile dog washer, Mel was receiving so many customers asking her to groom that she decided to upskill, completing her Dog Grooming Diploma. Now 6 months on she is loving her job and looking forward to establishing a home based salon in the near future.

Leanne White
Leanne White
Home Groomer

Leanne was frustrated when her beloved elderly Poodle was refused grooming. So she took it upon herself to learn. She now enjoys helping others out as her new found hobby.

Top Student Reviews

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This course was easy to follow and I loved the information provided. The assessments were well planned out and were questions that related to the course information read well! This course provided me with a lot of necessary information and I loved it!

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“I truly enjoyed this course” all the information provided were fantastic and the instructors were wonderful and knowledgeable.

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You provide best service to his students and tutor hannah is very kind and helpful

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This course is quite useful for the development of my new career. I received a lot of helpful knowledge of dog grooming.  I definitely will recommend my friends to study this course if they are interested in Pet grooming.  Appreciate for Hannah Grice.

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Great corse, easy to understand and I like that there is no time limit to complete the corse.

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thanks and it was good and useful for my business.

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Was very happy with the course. Very informative and I have felt I learnt a lot. All of the information provided was easy to read and understand.

reviewed 1 year ago

This course was very easy to understand and gave me all the basic tools I needed to become a dog groomer.

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Easy to navigate, step by step learning led by industry experts. Enjoy one-on-one tutor support with the flexibility of no time limits.


On average, successful students take 6 months to complete this course

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Industry Facts

In a national study of pet ownership, Animal Medicines Australia (AMA) found that dogs continue to be Australia's most popular pet, with just over 5 million dogs accross the nation. Self-reported expenditure on pet-related products and services in Australia is now estimated at more than $13 billion a year. The average dog-owning household spends an estimated $2,158 a year on their dogs, including $586 on food and $470 on veterinary services.

The ABS Labour Force Survey 2020 shows a very strong growth in animal attendant and training occupations over the past 5 years, likely to reach 21,000 by 2025.  Full time workers on an adult wage earn around $986 per week, with higher earnings expected as experience grows.  They report 51% of workers are part time, demonstrating the flexibility that a career in this industry can offer.

Animal attendant and training occupations encompass a variety of different tasks.  From teaching animals to obey verbal and non-verbal commands to addressing behaviourial problems.  Other tasks may include feeding, exercising and playing with animals, answering visitor questions in an animal shelter environment or treating minor injuries.  Roles may include, dog handlers and trainers, horse trainers, zookeepers and kennel hands.

Source: Australian Government Job Outlook; Animal Medicines Australia Pet Survey Report 2019 (AMA)