This course is for dog enthusiasts who want to learn more about our canine companions - for personal interest or for work. It provides opportunities for you and your dog to learn together in and out of the classroom. The course supports the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour.
There are three units - you can complete one, two or all three units. Each unit runs for 9 weeks.
Unit 1: Canine Behaviour (September - December)
- Origins and history of the dog and the effects of human selection
- The role of dogs in society
- Drives and breed differences
- Canine social structure and communication
- Understanding mental health and stress
Unit 2: Canine Health and Welfare (January - March)
- Health and illness
- First aid
- Preventative health care
- Grooming and nutrition
Unit 3 Teaching Dogs (April - June)
- How dogs learn
- Planning reward-based training sessions
- Evaluating teaching and learning
- Practical training sessions
Lessons will involve lectures, discussions, group work and practicals.
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Science and Mathematics (SSA 2)
There are a variety of written and practical assignments to be completed each term there are no exams.
Places are offered by interviews only. These can be done by telephone
In order to complete the Teaching Dogs module you will need to have your own dog or access to another dog which you can train on a regular basis.
This class runs on Thursday evenings at the Blossomfield Campus. You should allow about 3 hours per week for private study and each unit is completed in one term - you can complete 1, 2 or 3 units.
Solihull College offers full time and part time courses for businesses and residents in Birmingham, Walsall, Wolverhampton, Coventry Warwickshire and the whole of the West Midlands. If you have Learning Difficulty or Disability please let us know when you apply. You will be offered support in your interview.
Past students of this course have used the skills acquired to help them run dog training classes, grooming businesses and to help at local dog training clubs. Further courses include higher education courses in canine behaviour or specialisms such as grooming.