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Dog Behaviour and Training Certificate

Kickstart your professional canine career with this dog training course.
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  • Approx. 6 months
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$449 NZD
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Dog Behaviour and Training Certificate


100% online, self paced learning.


Approx. 6 months (part time).

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Lifetime membership.

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 Course 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 working as a dog trainer, animal welfare specialist, pet sitter, or dog groomer.

Through comprehensive online lessons, 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. 

Gain essential knowledge on different dog breeds, their anatomy, physiology and brain and hormonal systems.  Progressing through each module, you'll explore professional dog obedience training techniques such as the Koehler method, motivational training and clicker training and learn how to apply these techniques to correct problem behaviours such as chewing, jumping, barking and other destructive behaviours.  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. 

  • Where did dogs come from?
  • Dog domestication
  • Different breeds

  • Natural v artificial selection
  • How genes influence dog breeding
  • How genetics influences health
  • Nature v nurture

  • What is a breed standard?
  • Dog group classifications
  • Judging dogs by breed or group

  • The five senses
  • Skin and hair
  • The musculoskeletal system
  • The digestive, respiratory and urinary systems

  • The nervous system
  • Nerves and neurons
  • The brain
  • Hormones

  • Canine nutrition
  • Common dog diseases
  • How diet impacts a dogs health

  • The puppy years
  • The reproductive years
  • The adult years

  • Hierarchy and socialisation
  • Managing aggressive behaviour
  • Submissive behaviour
  • Feeding behaviour

  • How do dogs think?
  • How do dogs learn?
  • Adjusting your style to the dogs learning needs
  • Common myths about how dogs learn

  • Training techniques
  • The Koehler method
  • Dominance based training
  • Model-rival training
  • Relationship-based training
  • Motivational training
  • Clicker training

  • Types of disorders
  • Dealing with fears and phobias
  • Handling destructive behaviour
  • Eating disorders
  • Correcting problem behaviour
  • Chewing, jumping, whining, barking, food aggression and separation anxiety

  • General obedience training
  • Specialised dog training roles
  • Training dogs for the military
  • Training rescue dogs
  • Training dogs for sport
  • Training disability support dogs

Frequently Asked Questions

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On average 4 months.

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 lifetime 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.

The dog care industry is largely unregulated, with no government mandated certificate that 'qualifies' you.

Whilst you may not need a formal certificate for most roles, we believe that it's vital that anyone selling their services and working with dogs be professionally trained.


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

Yes you can. *

Yes you can.*  If you would prefer to pay fortnightly or monthly, just get in touch and we can organise a customised payment plan for you. (* students located in Australia only)

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 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

Reviewed 10 months ago

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!

Reviewed 10 months ago

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

Reviewed 11 months ago

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

Reviewed 11 months ago

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.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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

Reviewed 11 months ago

thanks and it was good and useful for my business.

Reviewed 11 months ago

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 11 months 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)