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Certificate in Canine Handling & Understanding Communication Signals

Develop your canine handling skills and learn how to recognise and read canine communication signals accurately.

Written by: Caroline ClarkClinical Animal Behaviourist, Qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse, Qualified Teacher & Published Author

This veterinary approved and externally accredited online course has been written and designed by a qualified registered veterinary nurse and clinical animal behaviourist. It has been designed for pet professionals, fulfilling Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements. 

It is a suitable foundation for anyone who wants to understand handling techniques and wishes to have a better understanding of canine body language.

The course is made up of multiple learning processes, such as written content, webinars, downloadable resources, suggested tasks, recommended reading and references. There are no exams, but to obtain your certificate you must answer some multiple choice questions.

Course aims:

  • To have a solid understanding of canine communication methods.
  • To be able to recognise canine signalling in order to carry out a basic assessment of the dog’s intent and take the necessary steps to work safely.
  • Understand how to approach and handle dogs using safe and appropriate techniques.
  • To feel more confident in applying the principles of canine handling and restraint.
  • To have an appreciation of canine welfare and be familiar with some of the relevant legislation that protects them.
  • See full course curriculum below.

Course features:

  • Written with the benefit of practical veterinary and canine behaviour experience.
  • Information and content based on safe working practices
  • Easy-to-digest lessons give you the flexibility to learn at home at your own pace.
  • Includes recorded webinars, which are slides presented with a voiceover.
  • Includes a comprehensive list of references and related research.
  • Tutor and technical support available.
  • Lifetime access to dip in and out of the course whenever you need to refresh your knowledge.
  • CPD Certificate of completion.
  • CPD Transcript for prospective employers.
  • CPD Reflection for professional portfolio and CPD log.
  • Works on computers, tablets & smartphones.
Accredited by CPD Standards
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Suitable for:

  • Dog wardens
  • Community officers
  • RSCPA inspectors
  • Rescue centre workers
  • Pet professionals
  • Working/volunteering on trap and neuter programmes
  • Animal behaviourists
  • Veterinary Nurses
  • Vets

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About your tutor

Caroline Clark

Caroline is a qualified registered veterinary nurse and has a professional teaching qualification. Caroline is also an animal behaviourist and runs a referral clinic in Yorkshire. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and is one of only a small number of specialists to have achieved the status of Registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist with the Animal Behaviour Training Council. Caroline recently appeared as the animal specialist on a 20 part, Channel Four TV series ‘Embarrassing Pets’ and has written articles for peer reviewed veterinary publications. She is the author of two books: Fear and Anxiety in Dogs and Demystifying Feline Behaviour.

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Course includes

  • 6 Modules
  • Video Demonstrations
  • Downloadable Resources
  • No Exams!
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lifetime Access
4.8 36 Reviews


by Eve Hunter 30/03/2024

The content was easy to understand with different resources like photos and videos! It advised what to do but also what not to do which i found very helpful.

by Adriana Smet 22/02/2024

I would’t change anything about a course. The course is very transparent and easy to learn, it was a pleasure doing it and gaining beneficial knowledge. Very reliable and to the point. I can recommend it for everyone.

by Annabel Cozzolino 20/02/2024

a course full of lots of information. There is a lot of readying, set some time aside

by Harry Tuck 20/02/2024


by Karl Riahi 08/02/2024

Some really helpful information and videos which clearly show the do’s and don’ts of dealing with unfamiliar dogs.

by Kathryn Langton 29/01/2024

A compact course, well written and easy to understand. A good mixture of written information and videos. Will complete further courses.

by bethany marron 22/01/2024

helped me to better myself as a dog walker and aspiring dog trainer

by Chris Kent 29/06/2023

such alot of information in this course, some things i knew, others i did not. great balance of subjects and depth of information

by Rebecca April 16/06/2023

I wanted to be educated on dog behaviour and needs before starting voluntary work with dogs. Feeling more confident and inspired to continue to learn. Great course for everyone.

by Lydia Sanders 14/06/2023

I really enjoyed the course and learnt a lot of new things. As a dog walker, I know that the information I have learnt will be so valuable to my business and ensure I understand the dogs I walk so that I can provide the best, most comfortable and stress free environment for them. I highly recommend this course for anyone who works or wants to work with dogs, or even just for dog owners to expand their knowledge. There is a lot of very interesting and important lessons in this course and it is provided in a concise and easy to understand way. I’m really glad I completed this course and will be looking to do more!

by jordan Copping 07/06/2023

This course has been beneficial as a dog owner as I am able to understand what my dog is telling me at home and when we are out and about training.

by Joshua Gayadeen 09/05/2023

Plenty of information and videos, with additional reference material for extra reading if you want to learn more.

by Holly Tunney 15/02/2023

Realy enjoyed this short course, even after working in the vet industry for 15 years i have learnt new things on this course.

by Carl Bartlett 21/06/2022

I enjoyed the course. It was very informative and pointed me in the right direction regarding the signs to look for while dealing with unfamiliar dogs.

by Leigh Farmer 21/03/2022

I really enjoyed doing this course, and would have loved some actual face time in a short workshop as part of it. Thank you so much, these are all great courses!