Pet Education, Training & Behaviour Council

PETbc 101 Advanced Canine Behaviour and Psychology Diploma

Tasks to include:

  • Reflective essay outlining experience, academic studies and professional expertise that led to current career path.
  • The design of a canine obedience class and role as an Instructor, to include purpose, venue, class size, methodology, curriculum, recommended equipment and overall structure of class.
  • As with the above, design a business plan to include, intentions for liability insurance, budgets, fees, marketing and administration.
  • As with the above, outline management strategies for dealing with challenging dogs and challenging owners (case studies).
  • The design of a behaviour management consultation, to include preparation details, preferred environment, strategies for safety, how to keep the session fluidly moving forward, balancing discussions and hands-on work and effectively communicating with the dog owner.
  • As with the above, write a comprehensive pre-session questionnaire.
  • As with the above, write a post-session comprehensive report, to include strategies for changing the unwanted behaviour.
  • Final essay on the Reflection of Learning, to include how learning was put to practice, if and how learning changed mindset, goals & modes of operation and professional intentions.

No mandatory reading materials or DVDs

How a PETbc work based learning diploma works

Entry criteria
This inclusive WBL (Work Based Learning) Diploma allows skilled Dog Trainers/Instructors and Canine Behaviourists in practice, credit for approximate one half of any Diploma marks awarded. The remainder is through the courses they provide by the PETbc course providers and the course work we set down in each Diploma. In some cases the students can by negotiation bring in other skills for credit consideration but only at the discretion of the PETbc board.

To achieve a work based learning diploma delivered by the PETbc the below criteria must be completed before enrolment.

Canine/Feline experience is defined as a minimum of between three and five years experience full time working in the field (discipline).

PETbc 102 , 104, 105, Diploma’s 3 appropriate completed courses from PETbc course providers (click here for providers).

PETbc 101, 103, 106, Diploma’s 5 appropriate completed courses from PETbc course providers (click here for providers).

PPP Overview: A model of work-based learning is illustrated combining explicit and tacit forms of knowing and theory and practice types of learning at both individual and collective levels. The WBL course is designed to bring together contributions which are typically studied in isolation. The learning types produced from the WBL represent processes which can contribute to the development of a comprehensive vocational and academic study through learning and work, combined.

PETbc Diploma construct – minimum vocational training requirements
This is the number of hours studying, being mentored, observing and attending courses as well as practical experience that you believe the role you are defining requires. If there is a pre-cursor to this role then may sure you refer back to that role title and as it’s added to the main role document they will be expanded. For example if you’re defining an instructor role and the pre-requisite is trainer, then state the hours required for the instructor and add a note stating the pre-cursor is a trainer. Remember its a minimum not an average.

Overview of minimum skills and experience required
This contains three lists of skills required in order to competently fulfil the role. They are theoretical, as in knowledge gained; practical, as in experience of; and operational, as in things they need to be aware of in order to do the job effectively.

The work based learning path
The main paragraph in this section won’t really change, however the route will and that is the main thing that needs to be provided.

Ancillary work based learning skills
Part time occupations which may be dog orientated but not dog behaviour or training. kennel worker would be and an example – You may set down the hours spent handling working with dogs in this work and what you learnt. about different breed specific behaviours. A person in a grooming parlour may also apply similar rules of learning as their behavioural knowledge of different breeds reactions is key to managing a dogs behaviour.

Accomplishments and Qualifications
If there other achievements in your specialised area that you gained they too can be listed i.e. courses completed.

Reflective learning and comparative assessments
This is how you reflect on what you learnt and how
It requires detailed examples with chronological dates of when you learnt what you did and how that helped develop your knowledge and especially related to your previous courses completed.

The Role Description
Choose the role that is most like the one you’re trying to define; remember a trainer trains dogs only whereas an instructor trains people and must be an experienced dog trainer. If you’re defining an instructor you don’t have to repeat yourself just refer back to the trainer role as detailed. Try to think of the role as just that, a role you’re “playing” at that moment in time rather than as a job description. For example when working as a dog training instructor you first of all have to assess the dog or the relationship between dog and owner – at that point you have your assessors ‘hat’ on; you may then tell the owner what to do with their dog – on goes your instructors ‘hat’; you might then borrow the dog for a minute or two and do some training with it or demonstrate a technique – at that minute you are wearing your dog trainer ‘hat’.

This work based learning module PPP contains the below content:

  • Assessment of courses completed as above in first paragraph with your course provide prior to enrolling on this module.
  • Laws appertaining to dogs and their lawful place in society especially the
  • Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 S1 & 3
  • Your reflective learning and programme you complete covering all your experience
  • Workshop Based and Distance Learning attended to date (this may be a part of courses completed)
  • Your practical experience applied in the field to date min 3 – 5 years

Role examples below which you should click on for comparison re your professional work experience:

For an example of the Dog Behaviourist please click here.

For more about Dog Behaviour courses please click here.

Please note you can only apply for a top up Diploma with the PETbc once you have completed the requisite courses with a PETbc course provider please click here.