Puppy Development, Care & Coaching – Accredited Diploma Course

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£495 £159

UK Rural Skills AccreditedNUS Extra

Study Type:               Home Study, Distance Learning

Duration:                  150 Hours, Self-paced

Course Materials:   225 Page PDF Course Book
Course Materials:   9 Module Assessments
Course Materials:   1 Final Thesis Assessment
Course Materials:   Student Guidelines
Course Materials:   Learning Objectives
Course Materials:   Access to Private Study Group.

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

Written by a qualified Veterinarian and an Accredited Behaviourist this extensive Diploma course covers topics like choosing the right puppy, detailed veterinary care, successful socialisation and careful kind puppy coaching. We consider puppy self-esteem, self-awareness, and all the early learning that a puppy needs, to grow into a healthy and confident older dog.

We also explore genetic factors, social and physical development in detail. The course is designed to raise awareness and increase knowledge about why every single puppy should be carefully bred, carefully socialised and why a puppy is certainly not a blank canvas when he arrives home at eight weeks old.
The course is perfect if you are planning a puppy, already have a young dog or want to better understand puppy needs, as a canine professional.

This Diploma Course is an amalgamation of our Puppy Development Certificate and Puppy Care, Health and Coaching Advanced Certificate Courses, along with an additional final thesis to achieve Diploma level qualification.

If you have already completed the certificate and advanced certificate courses separately, you can purchase the final thesis and it’s review for a small fee, here.


This course is also available as a Course Package


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Course Syllabus

Puppy Development

One: Genetic Influence

Module one of the course looks at very early puppy development and genetic influence. When a puppy leaves his mother and siblings at approximately eight weeks old the young dog has already gone through much development. Many different biological processes have taken place and this module will give a deeper insight into exactly what begins to shape each puppy into the individuals that they are.
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  • Nature or Nurture
  • Breeding
  • Artificial Selection
  • Meiosis
  • DNA and RNA
  • Genetic Inheritance
  • Genes
  • Polygenic Inheritance
  • Epigenetics
  • Environmental Factors
  • Epigenetic Inheritance
  • Hereditary Conditions
  • Parental Health
  • Breeder Motivation

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Two: Physical Development

During Module Two of the course we look at reproduction, pregnancy along with physical development of the body and nervous system. We consider how everything from the environment at conception to those crucial few weeks after birth will affect puppy development.
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  • A Healthy Mother
  • Stress
  • Stress During Pregnancy
  • Ontogeny
  • The Reproductive Cycle
  • After Fertilisation
  • Foetal Development
  • Labour and Birth
  • Ability at Birth
  • The Puppy Brain
  • Neurotransmitters
  • Myelination
  • Sensory Development
  • Early Development

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Three: Social Development

Module Three of the course considers social development. We also explore the basis of behavioural and emotional development within this module, as each is so closely linked to the next.
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  • Social Health
  • Studies of Social Health
  • Social Regression
  • Imprinting
  • Socialisation Periods
  • Primary Socialisation
  • Secondary Socialisation
  • Homestasis
  • First Fear Impact Period
  • Second Fear Impact Period
  • Seniority Classification Period
  • Play Instinct period
  • Adolescence
  • Maturity
  • Development Timeline
  • Active Socialisation
  • Habituation
  • Localisation
  • Sensitisation
  • Positive Socialisation
  • Socialisation Schedule
  • Bite Inhibition
  • Handling

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Puppy Care, Health & Coaching

One: A Healthy Puppy

Module one of the course explores the considerations involved with finding and purchasing a puppy. The module talks about early puppy health, well-being and ethical considerations for finding a puppy. During module one we also look at breed differences, the needs of different dog types and we finish the module by discussing how to prepare for a puppy to join his new home. The objective of module one is to aid careful, educated puppy and source selection then carry out initial preparations for the arrival of the right puppy.
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  • Early Puppyhood
  • Development Timeline
  • Immunity
  • Choosing a Breeder
  • Choosing a Breed
  • Choosing a Puppy
  • Preparation
  • Diet
  • Exercise

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Two: Veterinary Care

Module two of the course looks at veterinary care for puppies. We explore possible diseases, parasites, vaccinations and the responsibilities of a veterinarian along with how to choose one. The objective of the second module is empowerment through knowledge, of the new puppy guardian, concerning the health of their puppy.
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  • Veterinary Care and Support
  • Health
  • Disease
  • Infection
  • Internal and External Parasites
  • Core and None-core Vaccinations
  • Anti-Parasite Treatment
  • Reducing Parasite Risk
  • Congenital and Inherited Disease
  • Preventative Healthcare

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Three: About Puppies

Module three of the course considers puppies, who they are and what we know about them. This module is dedicated to developing careful puppy understanding based on scientific awareness and the things we know for certain about puppies, dogs and the canine species, in general.
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  • Evolution
  • Individuality
  • Nature
  • Nurture
  • Physical Learning
  • Psychological Learning
  • Social Learning

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Four: Coach How They Learn

During module four of the course we begin looking at practical coaching, what a puppy coaching session looks like and how the dog communicates the way he is feeling, through his actions and reactions. We consider the theory behind learning along with the best ways to teach a puppy, whilst building his confidence and motivation.
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  • Skilled Coaching
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Common Training Methods
  • Positive Reinforcement
  • Dominance Based Training
  • Balanced Training
  • Learning Theory
  • Reinforcement
  • Punishment
  • Intelligence
  • Memory
  • Practical Coaching
  • Motivation
  • Reward Scheduling
  • Clicker Training
  • Professional Motivation Skills
  • The Perfect Coaching Session

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Five: Cues and Practice

Module five of the course focuses on the practical aspects of teaching cues, in a way that builds the confidence of the puppy and sets him up to succeed. During the module, we focus on how we coach, how we proof a learned behaviour and the best way to add a cue to any act.
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  • Puppy Communication
  • Vocalisation
  • Body Language
  • Distractions
  • Focus
  • Working With Cues
  • Release Cues
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Touch
  • Offering a Paw
  • Leave It and Spit It
  • All Four on the Floor
  • Come
  • Wait
  • Wear It
  • Muzzle Importance
  • Loose Lash
  • Proof and Perfect

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Six: Essential Lessons

During module six we consider the aspects of puppy learning that help a growing dog to live in a human dominated world. We consider what a puppy must learn and experience, during important development times, so that he can cope with life as an adolescent and adult dog. The objective of this module is to explore and avoid common problems that can occur if a puppy doesn’t experience a positive, guided and careful few months of life.
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  • Handling
  • Separation Anxiety
  • Dog Crates
  • House Training
  • Teething and Chewing
  • Bite Inhibition
  • Pica
  • Resource Guarding
  • Introductions
  • Classes
  • Preparing for Adolescence

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Studying with Canine Principles

The Puppy Care, Health & Coaching Certificate Course is online study with access to a positive, active 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 nonreturnable. Individual emergency cases can be considered at the discretion of Canine Principles.

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1 review for Puppy Development, Care & Coaching – Accredited Diploma Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Blatch

    I have done a number of courses with Canine Principles and each and every one has been brilliant. This was no exception. It was well laid out, the modules were informative, well written and understandable. I have learnt a lot from this course and looking forward to putting my new knowledge into practice with my clients and during my puppy classes. Highly recommend it and the support team are second to none with the marking of modules coming back very quickly.

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