Do you want to work with dogs? Gaining a diploma in canine behaviour and psychology and qualifying as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner will prepare you for setting up your own practice. You can also study for a Certificate in Emotional Healing for Dogs, which combines Bach Flower remedies and behaviour therapy, either independently of the diploma course or alongside this.
The ISCP is a registered college and training provider which is internationally approved by the CMA and The Association of INTO Dogs. The school is also listed on the Lantra Courses Plus training directory.
Through your studies you will gain:
* An in-depth understanding of dog behaviour and psychology, based on the latest scientific research and findings
* Practical experience with dogs through choosing your own case studies throughout the course
* The confidence to work with dogs with a wide range of emotional and behavioural issues
* Guidance into how to help clients to develop happier, healthier relationships with their dogs
* Access to an ongoing international support network through your tutor and ISCP graduates and students in the UK, America and Europe during your studies and after graduation.
There are three options for studying with The ISCP. You can enrol for the full 17 unit Diploma course which will enable you to qualify as a Canine Behaviour Practitioner. You can take a step-by-step approach and study up to your particular area of interest through the modules option that is explained on this website. Or, if your interest is in complementary therapies, you can enrol for the Emotional Healing for Dogs: Bach Flower Remedies and Behaviour Therapy course.
The Diploma course takes you through all aspects of the dog mind, instincts, behaviour and care, whether your interest in dogs is leading you towards considering a career in this field, or whether you just want to understand your dog better.This guides you through an exploration of how and why dogs think, behave and communicate as they do, and explains the steps you can take to assess and redress all forms of issues. The course includes the latest scientific research findings which will further help you to understand dog behaviour.
The ISCP teaches and promotes only positive methods of working with dogs. Dogs are considered to be our best friends, and your study through the ISCP courses will enable you to form deeper bonds with the dogs in your care.
The ISCP is a member of the Dog Welfare Alliance.
* I enjoyed my studies with the ISCP tremendously. My assignments were returned very promptly along with encouraging or thought-provoking comments. I really appreciated Lisa's personal touch and the whole ethos of her approach, and it helped a great deal to have one-to-one feedback and support throughout the course, and mentoring after graduation.
The ISCP course fills a valuable niche. Whilst it provides all technical and intellectual information necessary, the coursework is also down to earth and based on practical examples. Many people who are 'naturals' in the dog training and behaviour world are not highly intellectual and nor do they need to be. Many other courses would simply swamp them in paperwork and academia whilst they would rather be out 'doing' and making use of their intuitive skills. The bias can be towards theory rather than hands-on.
I am proud to be able to put ISCP after my name. Anyone knowing what this stands for would know that I only use compassionate and understanding methods, that I have a good understanding of the theories behind dog behaviour and that I know how to practically apply them. After gaining my diploma I was accepted as an approved Victoria Stilwell Positively Trainer.
* The prompt feedback and support speeded up the learning process for me. I thought I knew a lot about dog behaviour when I started the course, but thinking through the questions in the coursework and then applying the principles within each unit to my practical work with dogs made me realise how little I knew and how much I wanted to know!
I enrolled with the ISCP to take the Diploma, at a time when I knew there must be more info out there and I desperately wanted to learn about it. I Googled, Lisa replied immediately and everything was arranged 'like yesterday!' Just how I like it! And learned lots!
* Personally, the ISCP course suits me perfectly, because of the bias towards dog behaviour and psychology, rather than the obsession with Learning Theory and jargon that many courses focus on. The support and understanding from Lisa in terms of her constructive response to essays and her incredibly proactive response to everyone on the ISCP Facebook group really helped. Most courses have support groups consisting of students who are helping each other limp through some very difficult (unnecessarily so) and repetitive assignments! It's lovely that our tutor has such a good relationship with everyone that the course has its own page where people feel so supported by her.
The reason why I chose The ISCP over other courses was the strong ethical dimension. Apart from Lisa's support, sensitive comments and very thorough and speedy marking of course-work, the ISCP was the only course in the country that I felt based all its training on working WITH the dog and responding to the signals she gives us. Nothing about the ISCP made me question methods, while other (highly respected courses) put me off because they are happy to have dogs left in cars on practical days. Lisa has created a course based on understanding a dog's needs above all else, which reflects the best, most progressive training in the UK.
* I gained my ISCP diploma as a canine behaviour practitioner and this course is a must! As I also have a lot of other studying to do, I like the flexibility of this course and the fact that Lisa is always available to assist me or answer any questions I may have, however stupid they may seem! I feel that I have learnt a lot through the course and was learning something new every day.
Because of my studies with The ISCP, I have been accepted to be fast-tracked for the Level 3 Canine Care and Management Course at Writtle College, without having to do Levels 1 and 2 first.
* The feedback & support I received throughout was excellent, constructive & very supportive. Over the years I have undertaken many courses related to my work but have never before received such excellent support. Lisa was always so quick with the feedback once units were submitted and was always on hand to answer any questions. I really enjoyed the practical study days with Lisa. My work with my foster dogs and this course has quite simply turned my world upside-down - and all for the better!
* I am a volunteer at a local authority Dogs Home, which is a facility set up to take in strays. The volunteer group that I am involved in undertakes one-to-one work with some of the more challenging dogs that arrive at the centre. The ISCP is invaluable to me with this work and is providing me with the skills and knowledge I need to assist the staff and, more importantly, the dogs at the Home. I also work full time, so the flexibility that the course offers is priceless for me, and the support from Lisa and the other group members is an added bonus!
* I regularly foster dogs waiting for their forever homes so I was delighted to come across the ISCP! As someone who has owned dogs all my life, I thought that I already knew quite a bit about them...but this course has really opened my eyes to just how much more there is to learn! It is really practical and informative and it has taken my understanding of my own dog to a new level, as well as increasing my confidence and ability when dealing with some of the issues that my foster dogs have. Lisa advocates only positive training methods and she has a wealth of knowledge and experience that prove that her methods work. I would recommend this course to anyone with an interest in, or love of dogs.
* I thoroughly enjoyed the course and it opened my eyes to lots of aspects of dog training and care that I had previously been only vaguely aware of. The ISCP community is a very welcoming and knowledgeable group, and that is thanks to Lisa's leadership. I feel very privileged to have completed the diploma and to have become part of such a special group in the process!
SOME ISCP MEMBERS' WEBSITES
Good Dogs Training Services (Michigan, USA)
Tail Talk (Scotland)
Skye the Lurcher