Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council


PETbc 101

Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma

PETbc 102

Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma

PETbc 103

Advanced Dog Training and Instructional Skills Diploma

PETbc 104

Canine Training and Instruction Diploma

Course duration:
This is a work based distance learning programme that includes self-study, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of information and theoretical perspectives in addition to applied practical knowledge. It is essential that the candidate has practical experience and can quantify their claim for this award.

The course can be undertaken at any time and over any reasonable period within a time frame of six months from the agreed specified start date and assessment submission dates listed in the overall programme calendar.

Students are required to submit their assessment portfolio in a popular format (Word/PDF) at the end of the module in support of their claim for the award undertaken.

Course aims:
To illustrate and quantify: the academic qualifications, theoretical perspectives, practical skills and experience of the candidate.

The candidate is required to complete this unit and provide written evidence in a document compatible with the standard set out by the PETbc in order to be granted the qualification for which they have applied.

Upon completion of this module, the candidate will provide:
Evidence of knowledge and a high level of practical competence, commensurate to a behaviourist who has work based experience as a dog trainer, instructor and canine behaviourist.

Be able to:

  • Analyse the case presented, break down the subject or complex situation into its component parts; identify the main issues, how they relate to practice and their importance to the desired outcome.
  • Develop these outcomes and critically analyse the limitations, explore the positive aspects and to draw a conclusion based on sound evidence that should be collated and presented in a logical sequence.
  • Compare and contrast the findings of their cases in consideration of arriving at a final decision.
  • Demonstrate and describe a broad range of knowledge relevant to the cases presented.
  • Draw conclusions on the basis of evaluation of the methodology adopted; make a reasoned judgement and show different perspectives taken in order to achieve a satisfactory outcome to each case.
  • Critically evaluate and explain each case by providing a valid argument to underpin the sequence of training programme, instruction offered and behaviour solution offered.
  • Critically reflect upon the action taken to resolve each case; justify actions and decisions made to achieve the desired outcome. Consider how the actions taken influenced the outcome and their implications for the dog and owner involved, as well as the practitioner’s own modus operandi.
  • Review and revise the methodology adopted in order to identify adjustments, changes or additions that would improve the pathway to the solution.
  • Summarise the main facts in a concise manner.

Course structure:
The unit is a reflective module of learning and will look at how knowledge has been gained, how the candidate has learnt what they know, how they implement what they have learned and critically analyse the outcomes of advice.

Assessment strategy:
The candidate must demonstrate to the tutor that he or she has gained knowledge and practical experience from their work based learning, substantiated by written evidence as required. A word count limit of 1000 words per case will be accepted.

The candidate will provide:

  • A written portfolio of ten case studies (as described above)
  • A completed multiple-choice questionnaire on dog training, instructor skills and canine behaviour practice
  • Where appropriate, references must be given
  • Submit the completed portfolio to the designated tutor within the designated time-scale.

Unit support:
The written guidelines will be made available to the candidate in PDF form upon enrolment and payment of the specified fee and a tutor allocated with whom to work.

Upon successful completion of this module the candidate will be awarded the qualification outlined on the PETbc Qualification Diploma Above.