Canine Reactive Behaviour – Accredited Advanced Certificate Course

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 16 customer ratings
(16 customer reviews)

£199 Inc. VAT


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UK Rural Skills Accredited

Study Type:               Home Study, Distance Learning

Duration:                  100 Hours, Self-paced

Course Materials:   105 Page PDF Course Book
Course Materials:    3 Module Assessments
Course Materials:    Student Guidelines
Course Materials:    Learning Objectives
Course Materials:    Access to Private Study Group.

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

The Canine Reactive Behaviour Advanced Certificate course is designed to provide an understanding of anxiety and stress in dogs, that leads to dramatic reaction towards environmental triggers.

The course covers the neuroscience and physiology of the stress reaction, how and why some dogs struggle socially, social learning and an overview of canine aggression. To see the full course structure please reference the course syllabus below.

The course is suitable for dog guardians that want to learn more about the underlying reasons for environmental reactivity displayed by their dogs, it’s also an excellent CPD course for dog professionals of every type, looking to expand their knowledge and awareness on their canine clients.


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Course Syllabus

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Module One: The Biology of Behaviour

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Module one of the course considers the biology of behaviour. To fully understand why a dog may be acting or reacting in a certain way, we must understand the chemistry and biology associated with behaviour. The objective of module one is to set the foundations of understanding the dog, from a biological perspective.
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  • The Dog’s Brain
  • Forebrain
  • Midbrain
  • Hindbrain
  • Synapse & Neurotransmitters
  • Neural Pathways
  • Stress and the Brain
  • What Causes Stress?
  • The Canine Nervous System
  • The Canine Endocrine System
  • Stress and the Body
  • Stress and Behaviour
  • How To Help A Stressed Dog

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Module Two: Reaction and Response

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Module two of the course discusses the reactivity factor and how a dog may respond to the triggers in their immediate environment. The objective of the second module is to provide an effective understanding of what the dog is experiencing whilst we witness reactive behaviour.
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  • What is Reactive Behaviour?
  • The Development of Reactivity
  • Socialisation
  • The Link Between Social and Emotional Health
  • Why Some Dogs React More
  • Fear
  • Social Deprivation
  • Nature or Nurture
  • Puppy Farm Dogs
  • Body Language
  • The Importance of Choice
  • Desensitization and Counter Conditioning
  • Treatment Option: Desensitisation
  • Treatment Option: Counterconditioning
  • Flooding
  • Emotional Healing
  • Fearful Behaviour
  • Causes of Fear
  • The Biology of Fear
  • Dealing with A Scared, Unknown Dog

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Module Three: Canine Aggression

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Module three of the course offers an overview and understanding of canine aggression. The module considers types of aggression, how they may manifest and what may cause escalation. The objective of this module is to raise awareness on canine aggression and behaviours associated with an aggressive state.
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  • What is Aggression?
  • Outward Signs
  • The Ladder of Aggression
  • Types of Aggression
  • Territorial Aggression
  • Resource Guarding
  • Dog to Dog Aggression
  • Predatory Drift
  • Dog to Human Aggression
  • Medication Related Aggression
  • Littermate Syndrome
  • Redirected Aggression
  • Sudden Onset Aggression (SOA)
  • Trigger Stacking
  • Living with an Aggressive Dog
  • Dealing with an Aggressive Unknown Dog
  • Dealing with A Dog Bite
  • The Law
  • The Behaviour Advice Hierarchy

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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, for certification. Certification includes; a digital certificate, a badge for your website or Facebook page and the option to be added to the Canine Principles graduates page. 

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Throughout the course, you will be supported in your learning by qualified Canine Behaviourist Practitioner. The course also offers entry to a private study group where you can discuss topics with other Canine Principles students.

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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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16 reviews for Canine Reactive Behaviour – Accredited Advanced Certificate Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5


    I absolutely LOVED this course. I learnt so much and found the science behind stress and fear fascinating. I would highly recommend to any dog professional or owner as it is invaluable knowledge.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great course

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Really enjoyed this course, very interesting and very ,helpful if one gets stuck, highly recommended

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    I really enjoyed this learning experience, the course notes were concise and assignments marked promptly with great feedback.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a brilliant course that is full of really useful information. I can not recommend it enough. Even if you think your dog isn’t reactive in anyway, this course will help keep your dogs that wa and may even explain why your dogs do the things they do and point out reactive behaviours you didn’t even realise they had so you can help them through it.
    Please, please, please buy and complete this course. For every dog in your life’s sake.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic course! It explains the physiological reasons for aggression and fear in reactive dogs in an easy to understand way that makes sense. Then it moves onto the body language we can observe and what measures we can take to avoid stressors and help reactive dogs.
    I highly recommend it to complete your understanding of dogs at play, in parks, on & off lead, at shelters etc.
    After doing this course you will change how you see reactive dogs.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic course full of information on what is going on in the mind and body of the reactive dog. I’ve come away with a much greater understanding of my scared dog, and how to avoid getting into situations where he goes over threshold.

  8. Rated 5 out of 5


    Great course full of useful information about what is happening in the brain and body of the reactive dog.

  9. Rated 5 out of 5


    I absolutely loved this course! To own a reactive dog isn’t easy at times. I wanted to do this course so i could understand my dog better.
    The material was easy to understand and very clear. Tutors were great.
    I have no regret doing this course and i’m looking forward to doing more courses. I’m addicted to canine principles now 🙂

  10. Rated 5 out of 5


    An amazing course, very informative and greatly detailed. worth every penny

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah-Jane Martin

    Loved this course! It was incredibly interesting and in-depth. I learnt so much. Thank you to a great tutor who’s guidance and input was so helpful.

  12. Rated 5 out of 5


    I loved this course, really informative and very clear material. Excellent support throughout too.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5


    Fantastic course and really informative, the support and structure sets you up for successful learning outcomes and knowledge based on the latest scientific research. I highly recommend to any dog professional or dog owner.

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    Silke Le Messurier

    This was such an excellent course ; I had already been working as a pos. dog trainer for 5 years, but I learned so many new things. Very detailed and great feedback from my tutor. Great to know there are so many dog lovers out there who now use gentle force free training methods.

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ali Stickler

    Another 5*course from Canine Principles, informative and clearly written with supportive tutors and an active student Facebook page. Having a reactive canine can be an emotional roller coaster ride for carers with good days and bad. This course will enable you to understand not only your dog’s communication on the outside but what is happening to his body inside. By learning strategies to help him face his fears you will be able to build a stronger bond with your dog and help him cope in our world. A learning must for anyone who works with dogs and clients who are reactive and have fear issues.

  16. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is a fantastic course,well written, so much to learn from it, I’m so glad I did this. It’s certainly worth doing.

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