The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour Ltd

Do you want to study for a career with dogs? Are you already a professional and wish to further expand your knowledge? Or are you simply interested in developing a more harmonious relationship with the dogs in your life? Come and join the ISCP family!

The International School for Canine Psychology & Behaviour Ltd (ISCP) has a reputation for excellence, with students and graduates in over 57 countries whose work with dogs has enriched the lives of many people and their animal companions. The ISCP is member of UK Rural Skills, a not for profit company whose main purpose is to enrich rural communities by providing an accreditation and certification service through high quality, professionally delivered training. We are a founder committee member of ICAN, the International Companion Animal Network, an umbrella body for purely force free organisations and education providers that sets and upholds high standards for its members.


What makes the ISCP special?

The ISCP is approved by, and registered with TOTUM PRO (previously NUS EXTRA) (the National Union of Students), so our members can gain many discounts through their NUS card.

In addition to studying from home in your own time, you will receive an outstanding level of feedback and support from your personal tutor, and this support carries on even after you graduate. You can also receive help with your studies from our team, and can talk to our mental health support team member about any issues, whether these are dog-related or personal.

Your studies will include practical work with dogs, as well as theory. Uniquely, we provide free optional practical study days where you can meet and work with a tutor and other students.

You’ll be invited to join our ‘positive’ and friendly private Facebook group. You’ll also have free access to regular live online webinar tutorials, and recordings of previous tutorials. This is a bonus that very few other educational establishments offer.

You’ll link up with fellow students, graduates and affiliates (experts in animal behaviour) around the world who are eager to share their knowledge and skills. The ISCP actively encourages cooperation and collaboration.

Through the diploma course you will have opportunities to engage in your own research in order to develop more harmonious relationships between people and dogs.

As it’s important to understand and connect with the guardians as well as their dogs, you’ll be given opportunities to learn about Emotional Intelligence (EQ) in dogs and in humans, in addition to your canine behaviour studies.

The course materials are regularly updated to include the latest developments in scientific research in the fields of dog behaviour and psychology, and students are kept informed of new research studies as they’re published.

We are passionate about helping rescue dogs to be successfully rehomed and offer a 50% discount on the diploma course to rescue volunteers. If you are involved in any capacity with a rescue organisation or shelter, please check out this page.

You can enrol on the full diploma course, or you can study up to your level of interest through our PAYG single units programme, or you can choose to take the diploma course in three stages: certificate, intermediate and part 3 of the diploma. Students have 2 years in which to complete the course.

Global education

We have students and graduates in 50+ countries, including Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Dubai, England, Estonia, France, Germany, Gibralta, Greece, Guernsey, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Isle of Man, Iran, Irish Republic, Israel, Jersey, Iceland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Namibia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Orkney, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Scotland, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, USA, Vietnam, Wales.


Accreditations and affiliations

The ISCP is approved by, and registered with the National Union Of Students TOTUM PRO (previously NUS EXTRA). We are accredited by UK Rural Skills, an official vendor for Pet Professional Guild and we’re approved as a global college by The Association of INTO Dogs, the National Register of Dog Trainers & Behaviourists, Modern Dog Group and the Complementary Medical Association. We are recommended by The Good Vet Guide.


Any questions?

Check out our FAQ page, and if you have further questions please get in touch by email or call us.

Choose your study options

Are you looking for a reputable online course that combines theoretical study with practical, hands-on experience?


Certificate Course

This Foundation course is for dog owners and beginners who are interested in finding out about canine psychology and behaviour

Intermediate Certificate

This course follows on from the Certificate course and gives more in-depth information on canine psychology and behaviour

Higher Certificate

This course follows on from the Intermediate Certificate Course. It completes your Diploma in canine psychology and behaviour, which qualifies you to work professionally with dogs.

Diploma Course

The Diploma Course is a stand-alone course that qualifies you to work professionally with dogs