The IMDT For Today's Dog Trainers & Behaviourists


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The IMDT and The Open College Network have developed accredited level III, level IV and level V courses for students and Trainers to gain THE recognised certification within dog training and behaviour. Each individual course boasts the best Tutor Support available to students studying dog training and behaviour, and successful completion of each course results in the relevant OCN or Ofqual certification and accreditation. Each course is externally verified and accredited to ensure the highest possible standard of education and qualification.

The Correspondence Courses are offered through our IMDT UK office - bookings to be made through the IMDT UK website:
*Please email our IMDT Oz office when you enrol via the UK website - this way we can ensure you have support from both our UK and Australian teams:

Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour:
Accredited Dog Training & Behaviour Open College Network OCN Level III Qualification
6 month Tutor Supported Correspondence Course
Study Time: Approx 4-6 hours per week

When does the Course start?
You can book and start this course straght away.
As soon as we receive your booking you will receive your welcome pack and your first Unit.
Who is this Course for?
Those that are committed to keeping their canine and training knowledge as up to date as possible. Those that are considering or are already established Dog Trainers that appreciate the need to understand not only the mechanics of how dogs learn, but also their development, emotional responses and relationship with the environment. Students that appreciate the need to apply knowledge to real life case studies.
An in-depth look at how dogs learn covering both Operant and Classical Conditioning and how it can be used in the real world, to help you train dogs and their owners and modify behaviour successfully.
The course covers:
  • How dogs were domesticated and how human intervention could have affected their behaviour
  • How this development drives the way we work with dogs and how we can use this as part of any training or behaviour modification plan
  • The development of puppies including, weaning, socialization, early learning and the potential effect on future behaviour
  • Operant Conditioning, (in detail) how it works and how this can be applied to teaching our dogs successfully
  • Pitfalls and safety issues in training dogs
  • Classical Conditioning, the basics; as well as more complex approaches to behaviour problems that you may encounter
  • Conditioned Emotional Responses in behaviour modification, how to create and maintain these properly and thus increase the dogs mental wellbeing and physiological health
  • The owner; their behaviour and beliefs and how this effects the learning environment
  • The environment and its effects on learning in dogs and owners
  • How this all relates to ‘real life’ case studies


LEVEL IV - 12 MONTHS - Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour – Consultations, Foundations and Function of Behaviour

Level 4 Accredited with OCN London
This course covers in detail the process of behaviour work, from the initial contact, safety, consultations, learning and training, through to report writing and follow-up with the clients and their dog or dogs.
This is an in-depth course, using science and learning theory for both the human and the canine, to enable the student to gain a superior level of understanding in what is the most complex, yet necessary part of any behaviourists toolbox.
The course progresses through four units over 12 months and covers:

Planning behaviour consultations:

§  Essential elements within the consultation process
§  Medical issues and veterinary support
§  Environment; people, animals and the effect on consultation practices

Health & Safety and Risk Assessment:

§  Developing risk assessments based on case specific detail
§  Health & Safety in the consultation environment

Communication with clients:

§  Questioning techniques and information gathering
§  Learning styles and their effects on information gathering and dissemination
§  How much information to give clients
§  Writing initial behaviour reports (case studies)
§  Are follow-ups necessary?

Analysing behaviour cases; determining suitability:

§  Prognosis; when, why and how
§  Referral, when, why and how

Evaluating questionnaires and cases histories:

§  Expanding and analysing client questionnaires
§  Welfare and approaches to consultation
§  Management, safety within consultations and modification protocols (case studies)

Foundation training and mental wellbeing:

§  Foundation training and suitability within initial consultations (case studies)
§  Mental enrichment, mental wellbeing and the effects on behaviour modification
§  Producing suitable hand-outs and information sheets for clients

Motivation and reinforcement; effects on behaviour and behaviour change:

§  Analysis of training techniques in relation to behaviour change
§  Learning theory in depth; relevance to modification and behaviour change in dogs and people
§  Reinforcers; levels of, differences in and suitability for, individual dogs and case types
§  What ‘drive’ is; how this affects motivation, perseverance and behaviour in dogs

It is expected that the course will require between 4-6 hours study, research and writing per week.

This course is best suited to those that are intending to or are already carrying out visits to client’s properties for behaviour modification, or in-depth training consultations and therefore covers the entire process in detail.
The course is designed to be testing, requires commitment and precision alongside good studying processes. The course is accredited by OCN London and falls within their guidelines for assessment. 


LEVEL V - 12 MONTHS - Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour – Analysis & Application
This course includes several recorded webinars
Level 5 Accredited with OCN London: 30 Credits
Completion of this Level 5  course results in the successful candidate being listed as a Behaviourist on our directory and gaining permission to use the IMDTB logo and title for all marketing material
The course covers an in-depth analysis of behaviour modification, the science of behaviour, learning theory, functional assessment, emotions, the brain and how, when everything is put together behaviours, whether adaptive or maladaptive, can affect the canine-human relationship. The course then goes on to explore how we can modify these behaviours, change the dog’s perception and emotional responses, and build trust and understanding, by working in close conjunction with the dog’s owners and carers.
The course develops through five Units over 12 months; the final Unit being an in-depth case study of the students choosing, covering all aspects of the preceding Units and focussing on both the canine and human aspects of behaviour modification and learning.
Areas covered include:

The intricacies of canine body language and posture

  • Analysis of the meaning of different body postures in different contexts
  • Meanings of vocalisations and the emotions ascribed to them
  • How misinterpretation can lead to behaviour problems
  • How misinterpretation can lead to a breakdown in the dog-human relationship

The effects of interactions between dogs and other animals on body language and posture

  • Context and its effects on body language, posture and emotion
  • How body language, posture and emotions can be affected by different types of people

Emotions, emotional circuits and their effects on behaviour and behavioural responses in dogs

  • Emotional circuits, how they work, how they affect motivation and reinforcement of behaviour
  • How these circuits can aid in gaining positive emotional responses within the behaviour modification plan
  • The effects of psycho-pharmacology on the emotional circuits and thus behaviour and approaches to modifying it
  • Environment and social relationships effects on emotional responses towards other animals

The effects of disease, illness and pain on behaviour in dogs

  • How medical issues can affect behaviour
  • How certain medications can affect behaviour
  • The effects of pain on behavioural responses

Motivation and reinforcement and how they effect the promotion of successful behaviour modification

  • Critical analysis of motivation and reinforcement in relation to specific behaviour responses
  • The effects of external environments, managing, adapting and the effects on welfare and mental wellbeing
  • How similar expression of behaviour might not indicate the same emotional responses
  • Effects of owner’s personality and emotional responses on behaviour modification processes
  • The effect of owner’s perceptions, beliefs and requirements on behaviour modification processes
  • Increasing compliance and motivation for owners within behaviour modification processes