This course follows on from the Certificate course and gives more in-depth information on canine psychology and behaviour.


Students on the Intermediate course have the added bonus of 6 months membership of the the private ISCP Facebook support group.


The ISCP Diploma in Canine Behaviour,

 the complete course of all 3 certificate parts has been awarded CPD accreditation and graduates will receive an additional CPDUK certificate upon successful completion of the full course.



 Our course is listed on their website

ISCP Intermediate Certificate in Canine Behaviour (part 2 of 3)

Excluding VAT

    The story of Betsy.
    The research of Dr Juliane Kaminsky.
    The research of Professor Brian Hare.
    Social partners: an ideal partnership.
    How even puppies from the age of 6 weeks are hard-wired to communicate with humans.
    A two-way street: how dogs read and imitate us.
    Rogue intelligence; the manifestations of a bored dog.
    The importance of mental stimulation.
    Case history.

    Recorded lectures: Lisa Tenzin-Dolma: Emotional Intelligence in Humans and Dogs. Jill Breitner: Canine Body Language


    The signals dogs use.
    A two-way street.
    Body talk; interpreting body language.
    Confident, nervous, anxious, frightened, excited, happy, angry, aggressive, relaxed, depressed, concerned body language.
    The research of Dr Ádám Miklósi.
    Subtle signals: staring, averting the eyes, low body posture, upright body posture, urine marking, scent marking.
    Do dogs wear perfume?
    Reading the subtle cues.
    Using your body language to communicate.

    Recorded lecture: Dale McLelland: Canine Communication: Do We Really Know What's Going On?


    Starting from the moment you meet a dog, how to give clear, compassionate signals that you can be trusted to be in charge.
    How to promote acceptance and respect: calm guidance means positive stewardship.
    Boundaries, not punishment.
    Rewards, redirection and discipline.
    Case history.
    Calming signals.
    The basics of good dog guardianship: rewards, redirection, positive association, dealing with an issue.
    How we unconsciously condition dogs, positively and negatively.
    Switching to conscious conditioning.


    How until recently it was thought that dogs needed to be dominated, as otherwise they would try to dominate us.
    Do dogs really display dominant behaviour towards humans?
    The pitfalls of aggressively dominating a dog: creating fear and aggression instead of trust.
    Case history.
    The rules of guardianship.
    Human leadership: the cloak of confidence.
    Why dogs don't comply.
    How to persuade a dog to want to follow your wishes.


    Why dogs jump up, roll on their backs, bark, bite, play-fight, chew, sniff rear ends, throw toys in the air, pull on the lead, bark at the postman, chase, eat grass.
    Although much of the dog behaviour we witness is normal, there are also a number of abnormal issues which can be seen and interpreted early enough to be diagnosed and counteracted: how to spot these and encourage dogs to overcome challenging or undesirable habits or traits.


    There is a great deal of difference between much-confused dominance, confidence and rank, which is easily read through the signals your dog displays.
    Why some dogs are more confident than others.
    The top dog.
    The underdog.
    Passive submission.
    Active submission.
    What happens when a dog's status changes?
    Defusing tension between dogs.
    Case history.
    Teaching the dog to relax and trust.
    Caring firmness and consistency as vital traits to be developed in dog owners.

    Recorded lecture: Lisa Hird: Labels


    Puppyhood; toilet training; nipping; bothering other dogs.
    Puberty; unruly behaviour; neutering and spaying.
    Hormones: testosterone; oestrogen; progesterone.
    Behaviour changes due to the mating urge.
    Pregnancy and birth; postpartum.
    Life stages: the neonatal period; the juvenile period; the adolescent period; maturity; old age.
    Supporting elderly dogs.

    Recorded lectures: Dale McLelland: Key Stages of Development. Lisa Hird: Senior Dogs

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