Diploma in Dog Handling


We are offering £100 off the course fee for the Diploma in Dog Handling until March 31st. To gain this, please enter iscphandling100 in the coupon code section when ordering, and then update the cart.

This course is suitable for veterinarians and vet nurses, therapists, groomers, behaviourists, caretakers, rescues, and everyone who wishes to find out more about how to handle dogs safely in any environment whilst enabling them to feel relaxed and comfortable.



Study Modules

UNIT 1. Introduction

Reasons for taking this course

What makes a good handler

Creating a safe, welcoming environment for treatment

UNIT 2. A brief history of dog training

Dominance theory debunked

History of dog training

UNIT 3. Dog learning and personality types

Common dog training terms explained

Classical conditioning

Operant conditioning

The four quadrants of learning

Introverts and extroverts

UNIT 4. Basic body language and communication skills

Canine communication

Calming signals

Body language

Our body language

UNIT 5. How to build a rapport quickly

Working with a scared dog

Rapport building and safe practice

When to refer your patient

UNIT 6. Safety recap and assessment

Safety recap and assessment

Toni Shelbourne, author and tutor of the course

Toni Shelbourne has three decades of experience working with dogs and wild canids. She is a behaviourist (Full member of The Association of INTODogs and ICAN, the International Companion Animal Network), Tellington TTouch Practitioner, Real Dog Yoga Instructor and co-author of the HELP! My Dog … book series. She lives in Oxfordshire where she sees clients, runs workshops, and gives talks and webinars. For more information about Toni please visit www.tonishelbourne.co.uk.

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 secretary@theiscp.com 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.