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Higher Certificate in Canine Reactivity

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

High reactivity – perhaps better described as high sensitivity – is one of the most challenging canine behaviours to understand and treat. This is mainly because these dogs tend to be more impulsive and they don’t process information in a measured way, often responding without considering the consequences. The more reactive and impulsive they are the more difficult it is to intervene and redirect them.

This online course is designed for anyone who owns, works with, or wants to help reactive dogs. During the course you will learn about the factors associated with high reactivity, common triggers, how to protect a dog from those triggers and ways to support, manage and treat them using safe and kind methods.

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 provide you with a better understanding of canine reactivity.
  • To give you a greater awareness of some of the common motivating factors associated with canine reactivity.
  • To give you greater knowledge of a range of treatment strategies.
  • To help you feel more confident in formulating and implementing a plan of action.

Course features:

  • Written by an experienced, qualified animal behaviourist with a busy behaviour referral practice.
  • 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.
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About your tutor

Caroline Clark

Caroline has a long and varied career working with companion animals. After many years working as a veterinary nurse she attended teacher training college and pursued a career in education - teaching veterinary nursing and other animal related subjects. Caroline's interest in behaviour led her to at Southampton University where she gained a post graduate diploma in companion animal behaviour counselling and after qualifying in 2006, she opened her own behaviour referral clinic in Yorkshire. She is a full member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors (APBC) 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 is the author of two books: Fear and Anxiety in Dogs published by Crowood Press and The Professional's Guide to Feline Behaviour by CRC Press. Caroline has also written several articles for veterinary journals and has appeared as the animal specialist on the 20 part, Channel Four TV series, ‘Embarrassing Pets’ which is still aired worldwide. Now Caroline combines her skills by writing a variety of online courses and shares her expertise with budding behaviourists through her mentorship programmes.

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Course includes

  • 8 Modules
  • 2 Hours of Webinars
  • Downloadable Resources
  • No Exams!
  • Certificate of Completion
  • Lifetime Access
4.9 9 Reviews


by Rachel cox 04/07/2024

absolutely fantastic course if your interested in canine reactivity

by Rhiannon Mchugh 20/11/2023

really interesting and informative

by Clare Carter 31/07/2023

Great course to get information on reactive dogs.

by Victoria Jarman 20/07/2023

Another fabulous course, easy to follow and written at a level easy to understand.

by Paula Smith 20/07/2023

This course has been a great way to learn and understand the reasons why a dog may react to people, dogs or other objects, and shows multiple techniques to help them. It also helps you understand from the caregivers perspective and how you can also support them during training.

by Victoria Lee 15/05/2023

I thoroughly enjoyed this course and appreciated the way it was broken down into manageable sections. There was a variety of learning methods used throughout including reading text, watching videos, testing knowledge via multiple choice questions and case studies. I feel as though I can provide a better service within my job role, which was my ultimate aim as a result of undertaking this course. Thank you for some wonderful insights!

by Sarah Woolley 12/04/2023

Very informative, learnt lots of new things to assist in veterinary environment as well as with my own dog

by Nicola Thomas 25/03/2023

Great course with lots of content and helpful information for both dog owners and professionals.

by Gemma Liddell 25/03/2023

Really enjoyed completing this course, improving my knowledge and arming me with lots more tools and tips to include in my training with my own dogs and clients.