Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour


The ISCP Advanced Diploma in Canine Psychology & Behaviour is equivalent to level 6 and requires intensive study. It is theory-based and involves a great deal of science and referencing, so you will need to have already carried out formal study in order to enroll on this course. Students are required to have a minimum qualification at level 4 from a recognized education provider, and you will need to send a copy of your qualifications to Teresa Tyler, the course tutor, at You can also contact Teresa directly if you have any questions about the course or its suitability for you.

Your coursework assignments will include citations and referencing, and guidelines are given on this along with the PDF file of your course textbook. Your final thesis will be 10,000 words.


The course involves 360 to 400 hours of study. Each unit should take most students 4 – 6 weeks to complete, studying part time, meaning that the whole course should be completed in 12 – 14 months. However, we will allow up to 24 months for completion in exceptional circumstances. Please discuss this with your course tutor if you feel you might need extra time to complete the course.

Split payments

If you wish to pay the course fee in two installments, please contact to arrange this.

Any questions?

Please contact us before enrolling if you have any questions about the course or if you’re unsure whether your qualifications will be suitable.

Course contents

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

To graduate: You will submit a 10,000 word Dissertation.

Refunds: There is an optional 14 day cooling off period during which you can ask for a refund on your course fee. However, as the course files are sent electronically, this means we would need to delay sending the course files until after the 14 day period is over. If you wish to take advantage of a cooling off period please send an email to our secretary at to inform her of your decision, immediately after purchasing. If you do not email the secretary we will assume that you have chosen to receive the files immediately and that you are happy to waive your right to a 14 day cooling off period and the option of a refund. Our secretary will send your files as soon as she receives your form if you have chosen to start the course immediately.


Study Modules

Behaviour Theory

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

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

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

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

Normal and 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

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

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

Causes of behavioural problems
Assessment processes
Collecting data
Treatment planning
Feedback from carers

Traditional pharmacology
Alternative medicine and other treatments

Brief history of animal welfare legislation
Morality of animals as pets
Cultural considerations

You will submit a 10,000 word Dissertation.