Certificate in Canine Handling & Understanding Communication Signals

Develop your canine handling skills and learn how to recognise and read canine communication signals accurately.
5 CPD Hrs (approx)
Created by Caroline Clark: Clinical Animal Behaviourist, Qualified Registered Veterinary Nurse, Qualified Teacher & Published Writer

This veterinary approved and externally accredited online course has been written and designed by a qualified registered veterinary nurse and clinical animal behaviourist. Easy-to-digest lessons give you the flexibility to learn at home at your own pace.

The course aims to help you develop your canine handling skills and will provide you with greater confidence in recognising and reading canine communication signals.

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What you'll learn


This course has been written to help those who work with, or are interested in working with dogs:

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


Caroline is a qualified member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) and a registered clinical animal behaviourist with the Association of Behaviour and Training Council (ABTC). She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Companion Animal Behaviour Counselling and is also a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Caroline holds a professional teaching qualification.

Online Course Content

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This course includes

  • 6 Modules, 23 Topics
  • Instructed Videos
  • Downloadable Resources
  • No Exams!
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lifetime Access
Buying for someone else?Suitable for businesses & schools.
Bulk discounts apply.
  • Platform Features

    • Study From Home
      Flexibility to learn at your own pace
    • Device Compatible
      Computers, tablets & smartphones
    • Priority Support
      Tutorial & technical support whenever you need it
  • Secure Payments.
    No Hidden Fees.

    The price you see is the price you pay. No hidden fees for enrolment or e-certificates. Checkout securely with your credit or debit card.

4.8 13 Reviews


by Gina Doyle May 28, 2021

great clear instruction easy to navigate

by Pete Grix May 27, 2021

I found the course very interesting and did not realise that a dog has alot of body signals aswell as humans. The course has given me loads of confidence and learnt alot so i can put all that i have learnt into practice.

by Lauren Fell May 20, 2021

Very well run and written. Great use of diagrams, seminars and videos to help break up the text. All text is clear and easy to understand. Would highly recommend to anyone else interested in building up their knowledge or anyone in an animal field to help build up their confidence in handling/interacting with dogs.

by Helen Howells May 20, 2021

The course was very informative and enjoyable would definitely recommend it.

by Rachel Sutton April 26, 2021

Another fantastic course with a variety of elements from reading to videos, webinar and additional website links. The variety of learning strategies makes the course interesting and although available to complete in small modules, is quite moreish so I completed it in one go. Thank you again the petcourses.co.uk

by Danielle Chapman April 7, 2021

Great refresher or introduction for anyone in the veterinary field. Anyone could complete this from receptionists, kennel assistants, VNs and VS s. Helps to educate on signals displayed by dogs and will help a practice run more fear free by adapting to using some of the key tips and tricks learnt in this course. Am recommending to my head nurse and practice manager that all staff should complete as a basic introduction and for better welfare to our canines coming into practice

by Maxime Le Floch March 31, 2021

Very good course to cover basic techniques with practical information through a range of videos, text and photos.

by Sharodene Naomi Mellis March 23, 2021

Very useful and thorough with lots of examples. Assessments at the end of each module are reassuring for knowledge retention. Enjoyed this course.

by Norman Leitch February 14, 2021

This is an excellent course for anybody who works with or walks/cares for dogs. Lots of very good information to deal with any situations that may arise by observing a dogs body language.

by Matthew Lishman November 19, 2020

Myself and several colleagues took this training and it was extremely useful. The initial plan was to undertake the training in person, but the coronavirus pandemic made this impossible. However, this was not to the detriment of the training package, which was undertaken digitally and provided lots of brilliant material that will aid us as officers often working with dogs. The online seminars were engaging and interesting, and Caroline provided us with further assistance by spending an hour’s live Q&A session afterwards to provide further tips and advice. Would highly recommend to anyone wanting to find out more about canine communication and behaviour, and how to act around dogs, particularly in a professional environment.

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