The ISCP is a registered college and training provider which is internationally approved by the CMA and The Association of INTO Dogs. The school is also approved and listed as a training provider by LANTRA, the Sector Skills Council for the land-based and environmental sector, and is listed on the Courses Plus training directory.
Through the ISCP you can attend seminars and workshops in dog behaviour, and enrol on a study course in Canine Psychology which will help you to gain an in-depth understanding of all aspects of canine behaviour.
There are two options for studying with The ISCP. You can choose to take a step-by-step approach and study up to your particular area of interest through the modules option that is explained on this website, or you can enrol for the full 17 unit Diploma course which will enable you to qualify as a Canine Psychologist.
The Diploma course takes you through all aspects of dog psychology and care, whether your interest in dog behaviour is leading you towards considering a career in this field, or whether you just want to understand your dog better.This guides you through an exploration of how and why dogs think, behave and communicate as they do, and explains the steps you can take to assess and redress all forms of issues. The course includes the latest scientific research findings which will further help you to understand dog behaviour.
The ISCP teaches and promotes only positive methods of working with dogs. Dogs are considered to be our best friends, and your study through the ISCP courses will enable you to form deeper bonds with the dogs in your care.
I enjoyed my studies with the ISCP tremendously. My assignments were returned very promptly along with encouraging or thought-provoking comments. I really appreciated Lisa's personal touch and the whole ethos of her approach.
The ISCP course fills a valuable niche. Whilst it provides all technical and intellectual information necessary, the coursework is also down to earth and based on practical examples. Many people who are 'naturals' in the dog training and behaviour world are not highly intellectual and nor do they need to be. Many other courses would simply swamp them in paperwork and academia whilst they would rather be out 'doing' and making use of their intuitive skills. The bias can be towards theory rather than hands-on.
I am proud to be able to put ISCP after my name. Anyone knowing what this stands for would know that I only use compassionate and understanding methods, that I have a good understanding of the theories behind dog behaviour and that I know how to practically apply them.
I enrolled with the ISCP to take the Diploma, at a time when I knew there must be more info out there and I desperately wanted to learn about it. I Googled, Lisa replied immediately and everything was arranged 'like yesterday!' Just how I like it! And learned lots!
Deb Lovell, ISCP graduate. Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Glasgow http://isaidwoof.co.uk/
The reason why I chose The ISCP over other courses was the strong ethical dimension. Apart from Lisa's support, sensitive comments and very thorough and speedy marking of course-work, the ISCP was the only course in the country that I felt based all its training on working WITH the dog and responding to the signals she gives us. Nothing about the ISCP made me question methods, while other (highly respected courses) put me off because they are happy to have dogs left in cars on practical days. Lisa has created a course based on understanding a dog's needs above all else, which reflects the best, most progressive training in the UK.
I am training to become a canine psychologist/behaviourist and this course is a must! As I also have a lot of other studying to do, I like the flexibility of this course and the fact that Lisa is always available to assist me or answer any questions I may have, however stupid they may seem! I am about two thirds of the way through the course now and I feel that I have learnt a lot through the course and am learning something new every day.
Because of my studies with The ISCP, I have been accepted for the Level 3 Canine Care and Management Course at Writtle College, without having to do Levels 1 and 2 first.
Karen, ISCP student
I am a volunteer at a local authority Dogs Home, which is a facility set up to take in strays. The volunteer group that I am involved in undertakes one-to-one work with some of the more challenging dogs that arrive at the centre. The ISCP is invaluable to me with this work and is providing me with the skills and knowledge I need to assist the staff and, more importantly, the dogs at the Home. I also work full time, so the flexibility that the course offers is priceless for me, and the support from Lisa and the other group members is an added bonus!
Becky, ISCP student
I regularly foster dogs waiting for their forever homes so I was delighted to come across the ISCP! As someone who has owned dogs all my life, I thought that I already knew quite a bit about them...but this course has really opened my eyes to just how much more there is to learn! It is really practical and informative and it has taken my understanding of my own dog to a new level, as well as increasing my confidence and ability when dealing with some of the issues that my foster dogs have. Lisa advocates only positive training methods and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience that prove that her methods work. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in, or love of dogs.
Suzie, ISCP student
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