Canine Coaching – Accredited Diploma Course

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 24 customer ratings
(24 customer reviews)

£495 £199

2018 Revised Edition

UK Rural Skills AccreditedNUS Extra

Study Type:               Home Study, Distance Learning

Duration:                  150 Hours, Self-paced

Course Materials:   260 Page PDF Course Book
Course Materials:   9 Module Assessments
Course Materials:   1 Final Thesis Assessment
Course Materials:     Recommended Reading List
Course Materials:     Student Guidelines
Course Materials:     Learning Objectives
Course Materials:     Access to Private Study Group.

Full Lifetime Access
Hard Copy Certificate of Completion
Canine Principles Certified Badge for your Website and Social Media

Are you looking to work with dogs? Perhaps you would like to become self-employed and create your own canine focused business?

The Canine Coaching Diploma Course from Canine Principles is a great place to start. Packed full with scientific dog behaviour knowledge and conscientious canine awareness, this is the place to start your new career, right away.This tutored and certified course is the education you need, to become a highly successful canine coach – like dog training but better.


This course is also available as a Course Package


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Course Syllabus

One: History and Future of Dogs

Coaching Background – How the process of evolution has changed a once wild animal in to man’s best friend.
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  • The Origin of Modern Domestic Dogs
  • Evolution
  • Natural Selection
  • Modern Domestic Dogs
  • The First Dogs
  • Breeding Boom of the 19th Century
  • Dogs in the Present Day
  • The Future of Dogs

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Two: Education & Educating

The second module discusses the importance of your education for a canine coach.
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  • Information
  • Misinformation
  • The Scientific Method
  • Ongoing Educational Development
  • Educating
  • Engagement
  • Objectives
  • Communication
  • Knowledge
  • Passion
  • Rapport
  • Learning Methods
  • Coaching

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Three: The Canine Student

The difference between modern domestic dogs and their ancestral cousin, the modern wolf.
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  • Origins and Flaws of the ‘Wolf Pack’ Theory
  • How Dogs Learn
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Ivan Pavlov
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Reinforcement
  • Punishment
  • Escape and Avoidance
  • Maladaptive Conditioning
  • Counter Conditioning
  • Vicarious Conditioning
  • Generalisation
  • Discrimination
  • Extinction
  • Chaining Behaviours
  • Learning Environments
  • Timing
  • Clicker Training
  • Marking
  • Luring
  • Shaping

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Four: Canine Language

A foundation knowledge of how dogs communicate.
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  • Canine Senses
  • Facial Communication
  • Ear Positions
  • Mouth Shapes
  • Vocal Communication
  • Barking
  • Growling
  • The Tail
  • Body Language
  • Greeting Behaviours
  • Emotional Signals
  • Calming Signals
  • Warning Behaviours
  • Aggression

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Five: Positive Communication

Skills needed to communicate with dogs in a way that responds to their emotions.
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  • Emotional Communication
  • Emotional Preparation
  • Left Gaze Bias
  • Positive Coaching
  • Adapting Communication
  • Meeting a Dog’s Needs
  • Diet
  • Exercise
  • Love
  • Health
  • Psychological Stress
  • Long Term Stress
  • Stress Management
  • Reward and Reinforcement
  • Variable Reward Schedule

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Six: Puppies & Adolescents

The influence of genetics and pre-natal conditions on a dog’s behaviour.
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  • Nature
  • Genes
  • Hormones
  • Nurture
  • Maternal Care
  • Environmental Factors
  • Positive Socialisation
  • Puppy Classes
  • Puppy Farm Dogs
  • Preparation
  • Crates
  • Acclimatisation
  • House Training
  • New Homes
  • Adolescence
  • Sexual Behaviour

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Seven: Practical Positive Coaching

Develop your knowledge of basic manners coaching.
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  • Basic Coaching
  • Walking on the Lead
  • Recall
  • Sitting
  • Waiting
  • Search
  • Coaching Methods
  • Further Commands
  • Focus
  • Touch
  • Heel
  • Barking
  • Jumping Up
  • More Positive Methods

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Eight: Consultations

Individual consultations and the importance of gathering knowledge before coaching.
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  • Consultation Records
  • Personal Details
  • Exploration
  • Observation
  • Problem Behaviours
  • Coaching Sessions
  • Behaviour Advice Hierarchy
  • Case Studies

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Nine: Your Coaching Business

Setting up your own canine focused business.
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  • Professional Standards
  • Positive Client Relationships
  • Customer Service Standards of Practice
  • Dogs and the Law
  • Insurance
  • Small Business Management
  • Paying Taxes
  • National Insurance
  • Growing Your Business
  • Making a Business Plan
  • Upskilling
  • Marketing

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Studying with Canine Principles

The course is online study with access to a positive, expanding study group and tutor support. It is assessed at the end of each module with a set of questions and an essay, along with a final assessment for certification. Certification includes; digital and hard copy certificates, a badge for your website or Facebook page and the option to be added to the Canine Principles graduates page. There is also a useful reading list supplied with the course.

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Have a question about your course? Click here for answers to our frequently asked questions

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Refund Policy

Refunds for emailed course documents are not available as standard as the product is shipped and unreturnable. Individual emergency cases can be considered at the discretion of Canine Principles.

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24 reviews for Canine Coaching – Accredited Diploma Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Samantha Vickers

    Top quality content presented in an easy to understand format. Tutor input is friendly and encouraging. Facebook study group is actively supported and all questions are answered quickly. Well recommended course.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Craine

    I have found the CC Diploma a great starting point for me on my journey into a canine career. Easy to understand and well laid out, each module gives you a great foundation of knowledge while encouraging you to explore ideas further. The study group is amazing. A fabulous group of people sharing knowledge, ideas, support and humour(and cute dog pics :)) In an unregulated industry with a huge amount of correspondence courses to choose from it can be difficult to choose a worthwhile course. So glad i found Canine Principles!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Blatch

    A brilliant course, well presented and in an easy to understand format. You can study in your own time, but because the course is so good, you just don’t want to stop! The support provided by the Canine Principles team is quick, helpful and informative. Your results are returned to you quickly and with encouraging and helpful feedback. The Facebook study group is a great resource. Great course and great company!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    Amazing value for money, and the course is great. If your wanting to learn more about dogs then Canine Principles is the place to be.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    Just when I thought I would not be able to find a course that would allow me to study at my own pace and in my own time, along came canine principles the coaching diploma course is just the best not only did the amazing price blow me away but the whole format and its contents is first class and very easy to understand, the tutors are more than helpful no problem is too big the face book group is amazing where everyone helps everyone I’m already looking in to doing the scent course I would surely recommend canine principle’s to anyone who is looking to further their knowledge of dogs their many courses to choose from and tailored for your needs.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Stacy Thomson

    I am currently doing this course. Over half way through and I’m actually sad that it’s almost over! There is so much content plus extra reference points and information sources provided. The support on the course is great and I cannot wait to do more courses with this group! There is no pressure to get it done, meaning I can do little bits here and there fitting it round my life. I strongly recommend it 🙂

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Alex Bovell

    Great course, we’ll explained, detailed… The support group is amazing I am just loving it and I can do it at my own pace which is a huge +. The tutor is amazing really supportive I strongly recommend this course to any dog lover 🙂

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tina Duncan

    I love this course.its easy to understand and it makes you want to learn more.the tutor and study group support is second to none and i have never enjoyed studying as i do with this course.highly recommend.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic, well written, easy to read course with stellar support! I recommend it to dog owners and trainers, whether or not looking to start a business!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carly C

    Canine Principles and this course have reignited my passion for training and continuing to develop my education. The course is extremely well written and explained, broken down into modules that lead very well into each other. You find as you start a new module that you are naturally using the knowledge you have previously learnt. The support from both tutors and also the seperate study group is phenomenal – the focus is on building you up and increasing confidence and above all else, there is always someone available when you need them. Although I have been working with dogs for over 15 years,my academic skills are a little bit rusty but Im finding the fun in learning again!This course is developing me in so many areas, not just in coaching and even my own dogs are benefitting it. If I could rate the course and Canine Principles higher than 5 stars, I would! Have already recommended them to many of my other doggy professional friends!

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Laura D’allen

    Good feedback and support, great value for money. Highly recommend.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ali Stickler

    If you work with dogs, want to work with dogs or have a dog you wish to communicate with using positive reinforcement the Canine Coaching Diploma is for you. Sally’s enthusiasm for producing dog courses for all shines through with well thought out course content, clearly written and achievable assessments at the end of each unit (which are marked at amazing speed with helpful comments). Along with an active support group, Sally and her team have provided accessible achievable courses for all which should come with a addictive warning that once you sign up for one you will be looking at the course contents of the others to decide which one will be next plus you may need an extra bookshelf as you will be reading many dog related books for sure.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Heather Nicholls

    I found this an interesting and informative course, I enjoyed working my way through the course and felt supported at all times, not to mention at a great price. I throughly recommend

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Linda Mallard

    I have just completed this course, I would highly recommend this and canine principles as a whole. The course very informative and would be ideal for people who want to start a career with dogs and also people who want to learn and understand more about the dog who is sitting at your feet. I found that your assessments were marked quickly, I found canine principles to be supportive throughout and you also have access to a study group. So what are you waiting for, by enrolling you and your dog will have lots to gain

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Claire Mellor

    I have just completed this course and found it both informative and enjoyable. The emphasis on showing kindness to dogs is wonderful and the speedy and thorough feedback I have received throughout the course has been brilliant!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    Whether you’re new to the world of dog training, or a professional who’s wanting to refresh their knowledge whilst learning new things, this course is highly recommended. In addition to the high standard of the course material, the course administration is wonderful. Modules are returned promptly after submitting them for marking, with relevant feedback attached. Another plus is the Facebook study group, which is full of fellow students ready to offer support and advice, not only on the course, but on all dog matters.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Liz Evers

    I decided to register for this course as I have set up my own dog services business and wanted another string to my bow. Not only will it help for future business development but it has helped me understand my own dogs , I feel I have a better relationship with them now I have this Knowledge. I highly recommend this course for anyone wanting to work with dogs whether professionally or as an owner. The course content was informative, easy to read and digest and the assessments are achievable. Submitted work is marked promptly with feedback , the feedback is excellent it is positive, constructive and encouraging. I will definitely complete another course with Canine Principals in the future.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5


    Highly recommend this course, Great support through study page, Great to get fast feedback on each module as completed, with helpful information supplied to help with improving knowledge of the subject being studied.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5


    Loved the coursework and its structure. Sparked a much broader investigation of every subject covered…and a .critical and thoughtful approach to previously held views and experience. The way that the coursework is marked and the ethos of the organisation is a great example of how best to run one’s own canine related business.

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Page

    A fantastic course that has helped me to get my own dog business started. The course covers a wide range of topics and is easy to understand. Feedback on the assessments always arrives quickly and there is a friendly Facebook group to go to for help and advice. Would definitely recommend this course!

  21. Rated 5 out of 5


    Top quality and thorough! Definitely recommended!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is an outstanding course. The price is amazing for the quality of the content. The study group on Facebook is amazing. Everyone is kind and helpful. The information is provided in a concise way that is easy to understand and retain. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to start training dogs, or even to experienced trainers who want to expand their knowledge base.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5


    This course was awesome! I learned so much and the price point is excellent for the information you get. I highly recommend this to anyone who wants to break into the world of dog training.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5


    Outstanding course who taught me so much. It helped me a lot with my special little rescue puppy and I hope I can use all that knowledge professionally one day as well.
    Sally and her team are wonderful at answering questions and grading every assignment in less than 48 hours and the study group on Facebook is very active and supportive. I am glad to be part of this community.
    Now the only question is, what to do next ? (just kidding, I started the Canine Reactive Behaviour certificate already :D)

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