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We have a new course opening soon! The Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour course will launch on the 1st September this year, in tandem with the 6th birthday of the ISCP! The course tutor will be Teresa Tyler, with Tom Candy on hand as her teaching partner, and the course syllabus is the equivalent to Level 6, degree level.

Students enrolling on this course will need to already have a qualification in canine behaviour; either the ISCP diploma or a similar qualification from another education provider.

The course fee will be £1,200, and we are unable to offer an installment plan for this course. However, we’ll be offering a 10% early bird discount, so will advertise a coupon code for this just before the course opens. The coupon will be valid for the first three days.

We’re very excited, and hope you will be, too!

Here’s the syllabus.

ISCP Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour Course syllabus


Behaviour Theory

  • Learning theories
  • Evolution
  • Neuroscience
  • Theory of mind & intelligence
  • Physiology of behaviour

Applied Behaviour

  • The human animal bond
  • The human factor-people skills, personal impact
  • Behavioural diagnostics
  • Allopathic & alternative treatments
  • Ethics & law

Research Thesis or Case studies


Behaviour Theory

Module 1-Learning Theories

  • What is ethnography?
  • Learning processes
  • Types of conditioning & reinforcement
  • Habituation, play, observation
  • Innate behaviours v’s learned

Module 2-Evolution

  • Evolution of the domestic dog
  • Genetics and the influence on behaviour
  • Pet keeping

Module 3-Neuroscience

  • Anatomy & Physiology of the brain
  • Voluntary & Involuntary behaviours
  • Stimuli and senses

Module 4-Theory of mind & intelligence

  • Sentience
  • Animal emotions
  • What is intelligence?
  • How does theory of mind impact the work?

Module 5-Physiology of behaviour

  • Normal & abnormal physiology
  • Impact of stressors on the body-what factors might change the normal homeostasis
  • Development of puppies into adulthood
  • Factors that can cause behavioural problems; socialisation, early life experiences, diet, health, rescue dogs.


Applied Behaviour

Module 6-The human- companion animal bond

  • Anthropocentrism & ecocentrism
  • The canine as family & anthropomorphism
  • Dogs as healers
  • Animal abuse & domestic abuse: the links between human/animal violence

Module 7-The human factor

  • ‘Tea & sympathy’-empathy and listening skills
  • Personal impact & compassion fatigue
  • Emotional intelligence

Module 8-Behavioural Diagnostics

  • Causes of behavioural problems
  • Assessment processes
  • Collecting data
  • Treatment planning
  • Follow-ups
  • Feedback from carers

Module 9-Allopathic & alternative treatments

  • Traditional pharmacology
  • Alternative medicine
  • Other treatments

Module 10-Ethics and law

  • Brief history of animal welfare legislation
  • Morality of animals as pets
  • Cultural considerations
  • Euthanasia
  • UK Dog Law

Module 11-Research Project or Case Studies (10,000 words)