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LEVEL THREE 6 Months. Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement

The accredited IMDT Level 3: Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement course is the course where students usually start their correspondence education journey. No previous experience necessary, and... [ Read more ]

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The accredited IMDT Level 3: Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement course is the course where students usually start their correspondence education journey. No previous experience necessary, and really don’t worry if you haven’t studied for many years, we are happy to give you the study skills, guidance and support required to set you up for success!
Good dog training and behaviour modification is rooted in good science.  The OCN accredited Level 3 Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement course is the strong foundation of the ‘dog knowledge’ pyramid, building a solid base now and for future learning, and is a course designed for busy people who are tight on time.
As for the content, see below for the detail, but really, it does what it says on the tin! 
Firstly, we help you to understand how a dog (and owner!) learns, so you’re able to teach them both effectively.
Secondly, it is so important to understand what motivates specific breed types. To appreciate the breed specific, innate behaviours in order to provide appropriate training and behaviour modification for the individual dogs that you will be working with.
Finally, how we positively reinforce those behaviours, not only with food, to ensure they ‘stick’.
If you have more questions, just email 
[email protected] and we’ll get back to you.  If you would prefer us to call you to chat things through, just email us your contact number.
Look forward to working with you soon!
The IMDT Student Support Team

All of the IMDT accredited correspondence courses can now be paid for via monthly instalments. The payment plans mean that you can book and start your course now, and spread the payments over a period of months.
To arrange, click the red 'Pay By Instalments' button

Understanding and Working with Canine Behaviour:
Accredited Dog Training & Behaviour Open College Network OCN Level III Qualification
6 month Tutor Supported Correspondence Course
Study Time: Approx 4-6 hours per week

You can book today, and state on the booking form when you'd like to actually commence your first unit

Who is this Course for?
Those that are committed to keeping their canine and training knowledge as up to date as possible. Those that are considering or are already established Dog Trainers that appreciate the need to understand not only the mechanics of how dogs learn, but also their development, emotional responses and relationship with the environment. Students that appreciate the need to apply knowledge to real life case studies.
An in-depth look at how dogs learn covering both Operant and Classical Conditioning and how it can be used in the real world, to help you train dogs and their owners and modify behaviour successfully.

The course covers:
  • How dogs were domesticated and how human intervention could have affected their behaviour
  • How this development drives the way we work with dogs and how we can use this as part of any training or behaviour modification plan
  • The development of puppies including, weaning, socialization, early learning and the potential effect on future behaviour
  • Operant Conditioning, (in detail) how it works and how this can be applied to teaching our dogs successfully
  • Pitfalls and safety issues in training dogs
  • Classical Conditioning, the basics, as well as more complex approaches to behaviour problems that you may encounter
  • Conditioned Emotional Responses in behaviour modification, how to create and maintain these properly and thus increase the dogs mental wellbeing and physiological health
  • The owner, their behaviour and beliefs and how this effects the learning environment
  • The environment and its effects on learning in dogs and owners
  • How this all relates to ‘real life’ case studies

If you would like to discuss the requirements of this course, please email [email protected] and one of the tutors will be very happy to contact you.
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Course Feedback


I recently completed this 6-month course with IMDT, and I am delighted to share my experience. The program was meticulously structured into four units, each building on the previous one to create a cohesive learning journey. This thoughtful organization made the course comprehensive and well-rounded.The course was highly informative and required us to conduct our own research. This research component was invaluable, pushing me to explore various literature sources. This process not only solidified my understanding of different concepts but also honed my skills.The tutors added immense value to the course, bringing a wealth of knowledge and support. They were approachable and provided constructive feedback on each unit, helping me identify areas for growth and development.In addition to the course content, the online support group was fantastic. Being part of this vibrant learning community made me realize I was not alone, and I had continuous access to peer support.I now feel more confident and equipped to train dogs effectively, understanding the underlying principles that guide their behaviour. I highly recommend this course to anyone serious about advancing their skills in canine training and behaviour modification.



Brilliant course. Really enjoyed learning. Loads of information that I hadn't encountered before, and a huge help in how better to improve my own training methods and understanding.The tutors were brilliant as well. Super fast on marking and returning work, and always giving really helpful feedback.



Just a quick post to say thank you to all the tutors and support team involved with getting me through my Level 3 6 Months correspondence course the best guidance I could have wished for. It was testing I'm not going to lie, as I have never studied in my life (including while at school) 😀I have now become addicted to studying and reading, so thanks once again guys x

Daren Magona


This is a fantastic course, with fantastic tutors who are always just an email away offering great guidance and support. The course tested my brain to the limit, but I have learned so much from completing it. Thanks IMDT and to the IMDT Tutors how are so knowledgeable. Again Thank You.

Daren Magona


Wow - I am so thrilled to have passed this course! The content is informative, it challenges knowledge and builds on foundations to a level of expertise which is beyond any course I've done to date. A big emphasis on current and research based facts - debunking myths and working on case studies has grown my academic and practical learning exponentially over the last few months. I feel so much more informed about Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement in canines and how that influences training, behaviour and how fear, frustration and anxiety states can present in unexpected ways. A real eye opener. The course is well written, academic yet practical, worthwhile and satisfying to participate in and the tutors are very supportive and patient.

Alison Arrowsmith


A truly excellent course! I've learnt so much about dog behaviour, breed traits and learning theory, and how to apply the knowledge to real life cases. The units are interesting and thought-provoking, and the tutors are very supportive.

Claire Martin


The feedback I've had so far on this course has been invaluable and I feel like I'm learning so much more than on my Level 6 Degree, so thank you! I really want to get as much out of this as I can, grades aren't my main focus, I just want to really understand and learn as much as I can!



100% recommend this course, I have learnt so much about how dogs learn and been able to put alot of it into practice with my own dogs and others. The webinars and recommended reading for this course fuel you with so much invaluable knowledge alongside the unit handbooks. The encouragement and notes from the course tutor are very helpful. It has been a long time since I have done any academic writing but the tutors really help to get the most out of you. Thank you team at IMDT.



Thank you so much for all of the support and feedback provided to me throughout this course, I have thoroughly enjoyed it, it has been challenging at times but that in itself has taught me so much. Onto the next?🤞🏻



Great course, very informative. Builds a solid foundation on dog behaviour. Tutors are supportive and get back to your queries quickly.

Rosie Emmerson-Hickey


The quality of the course materials, the level of feedback and the support offered were all brilliant. I learned so much in 6 months and feel much more confident about working with dogs. I will be signing up for the Level 4 course to build on the knowledge I've gained.

Richard Phelps


Thank you so much for your help, I have felt really supported during this course!



Incredible course! I have never learnt so much from a course before. Tutors are really friendly and helpful, a fantastic way to start your learning into the world of dog training. Highly recommend!



To all considering paying for this course I can confirm that this course was not only fun but all interactions with the lovely Alison on the telephone and all the help I received from the tutors was so polite and professional. I have never done a course like this before so things like referencing my work was something I was very unsure of, however the introduction to the course and all the helpful documents that were provided make it a lot easier for someone that has never experienced this before. I like to be as near to 100% confident in what I'm doing and so even when I decided to email the tutors to confirm these simple things that had been previously covered in the Introduction, the tutors were still very happy to help. Once I settled in with this I was away and enjoying every part of this course to the point where I could not wait to send in my first unit to learn more and discover what unit 2 would contain.I would recommend to all the LEARNING THEORY AND PREDATORY MOTOR PATTERNS webinars as I used these a lot during this course.I have also completed the 2 day and 4 day courses that are offered in the build up to completing my Assessment and one thing that I will say about the 6 months correspondence course is that I feel it has given me an even greater understanding of things like the benefits of learning about puppy development and how this can impact a dogs life and even more importantly what effects this may have on how we chose to teach. For me this course is a must because I need to know that the training methods I am going to use in the future are always going to improve the lives of dogs and their owners. I feel more confident in my own ability's having learnt all that this course has to offer.For anyone taking this course please be confident in reaching out to the tutors as they made me feel that there was no such thing as a stupid question and I spent unnecessary time torturing myself before finally gathering up the courage to use the support available to me. I was also given a little extra time to complete sections where needed and was not made to feel under pressure.To the entire IMDT family I am very grateful for all your help and very proud to say that I have learnt through this institution. Keep up the great work and "ill be back".

Shane Crome


Thoroughly enjoyed completing this course, the team that manage the process are supportive and helpful. If you are motivated and can keep yourself on track then I would highly recommend this course. Onto Level 4 :)

Vicky Hunter


Such a great course. I have learnt so much and it has changed my way of thinking when working with the dogs. I won't lie the academic side of things reduced me to tears on many occasions as I haven't used word or google scholar before but for anyone who is on the fence about whether to do this or not, DO IT! As hard as it sometimes was, coming out of the other side with the knowledge I now have and the confidence it has given me, along with a thirst to keep learning I cannot recommend this course enough. Shout out to the most patient tutors too for all their help, you were so understanding of my lack of I.T skills.



This course has been well-structured throughout, and tutors have been responsive and supportive throughout. The course was informative, challenging and demanding and I am over the moon that I decided to give it a go.



An enjoyable and interesting course and I learned a lot of new things, but also built on my existing knowledge. Challenging at times but it was great to have the opportunity to ask the tutor for some feedback if a question had me "stumped". I am applying the things I learned into my interaction with dogs and their caregivers and it is has certainly been of great benefit in this respect. Thanks IMDT!



The course was challenging and interesting. The tutors provided helpful feedback that sparked many "aha" moments. The knowledge gained was valuable, and earning the qualification was a proud achievement. Exploring learning theory has boosted my confidence in offering advice on dog behaviour, especially after witnessing positive changes in my own dog's motivation and behaviour.



Passing this course means so much to me, it has been an emotional, challenging and inspiring journey. I have learnt so much, not only in knowledge, but also in my own abilities. The support along the way from the IMDT Tutors has been fantastic and kept me going. They helped me belief in myself. I haven't studied like this in 30 years and referencing just wasn't a thing back then! If you are thinking about doing this course my recommendation is 'DO IT' you'll learn so much and hopefully come away feeling as proud and inspired as I do. Thanks IMDT!

Lucy Bonnett


Very good course with helpful and quick guidance from the tutors, I am relatively new to the world of dog training so was challenging at times for me but I gained so much knowledge and understanding. Highly recommend



I hesitated to sign up to this course, been over 30 years out of education and wasn't sure if I was going to be out of depth, but I am so glad I did it. Have learned so much with the great guidance and support from the Tutors. It's been such an eye opener on understanding how dogs learn and why my own dog reacts the way he does. This has complemented the other courses I have done with the IMDT and thoroughly recommend to anyone with the curiosity to learn more. It's such a massive sense of achievement to pass and has spurred me on to continue on my path. Special thanks to Lin for all her encouragement :)

Kendrah Matthews


Can not recommend this course enough, a little daunting at first when you haven't studied for a long time but, you soon get into it again. Learnt so much on this course and the tutor support was fantastic.

Lauren Hawley


Great course. It really helped me as a trainer. They help you really well and if you need more time or fail a unit they give you time and enough chances to get it right.



This course has exceeded my expectations..when I first opened it, I thought wow, I am way above my head but with guidance, lots of reading and fact finding. I was surprised , it all came together! I’m a 53 year old woman, who hasn’t been to school, or even picked up a pen in a long time. I started the course initially to improve my knowledge for my licenced home boarding, although it’s been tough. i actually think every dog professional would benefit from this course.



Although a lot of feelings of guilt have come up from this Unit 3, that I may of been doing things wrong with my dog i.e. conditioning, it is now clearer why my reactive dog may be reacting the way he is – which I was hoping to learn from this course! Every owner should do this Learning, Motivation and Reinforcement course; if only I knew everything I’ve learned from this course 5 years ago when I got my dog!



The BEST course I have ever done EVER...with the best support network from Tutors through to IMDT members you meet along the way!I was looking to start a career in working with dogs, after 31 years in retail. This course has given me the confidence to proceed with that journey and know that I have a good understanding that I can pass on to other dog owners and work professionals. Who knew that's how dogs learnt? Great course, great support and great relationships built...what more could you ask for?!

Paul McGuirk


I have just completed this course which I began during June 2022. I took this on 32 years after writing any sort of significant work for my degree to extend my knowledge in my new found love and work as a dog trainer. It has not disappointed. It has complemented my other dog training learning well, has made me think a lot, challenged me at times but the support and assistance from the tutors is invaluable. Never too old for new learning and who knows level 4?? Watch this space! Thank you IMDT

Louise McLellan


A great course, definitely recommend for anyone who wants a better understanding of the learning theory. I have learnt so much from this course and it is definitely a qualification well earned and to be proud of.



Great course, Great support and feedback. Certainly makes you think! Highly recommended.

Simon Pagdin


Not for the faint hearted! Content and feedback were amazing. I shall let my frazzled brain have a rest before embarking on Level 4. Thank you Dave and the team! Highly recommend!

Gail Seymour


I would highly recommend this course for any dog professional or even dog owner. The knowledge I have gained was so worth it and it felt very rewarding to earn the qualification at the end. It's been so interesting to dive into learning theory. The tutor feedback throughout was plentiful, fair and extremely useful! I will be taking the Level 4 soon because I enjoyed this course so much. I am very pleased that I decided to start my dog behaviour journey with the IMDT. Thank you!

Eloise Bailey


I have just completed this course and am delighted. It's been quite a challenge, there's lots of reading and research required, and with lots of great tutor feedback I managed to get there. It's already opened my mind to better understand and advocate for our own dogs, our homeboarding guests and walking clients. We're part of a small team, and my colleagues are IMDT trainers, having set up puppy and adult dogs' classes in this last 18 months, which I sometimes assist with. The knowledge I have gained is invaluable. I would absolutely recommend this course and the tutors are really supportive with timescales too. Thank you so much 😊

Cilla Kirkman


Thank you so much, absolutely thrilled with the final result. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the course and amazed how much I’ve learnt throughout the year. I feel so much more confident with my theory and knowledge. I recently passed the membership assessment and there’s no way I would have done so without this course. Many many thanks for all your support. Onwards and upwards to a very exciting career ahead!



Amazing course, ideal for those wanting to pursue a career working with canines. Testing at times. Very enjoyable, informative throughout and best of all, highly ethical. It will show you how working with Dogs is just that, working with them, not making them behave. Highly recommend this course.



Level 3: Learning, Motivation and ReinforcementAmazing! Absolutely loved the course and will definitely be enrolling on the others and I'll provide feedback asap.Thank you all for your time; all the tutors have been great providing plenty of feedback which has helped me tremendously.Feel much more confident and motivated to pursuing a career working with Dogs.



I found this course really challenging as I suffered a bereavement whilst doing it. The tutors were amazing and supported me, giving me as much time as I needed. I can't believe how much I learned from it - a lot of it from the tutor feedback. I would definitely recommend it to anyone toying with the idea. It was a lot of hard work but really worth it.

Christine Fitzgerald


I have learnt a lot on this course, and it is definitely useful if you are looking to work with dogs.



Very enjoyable, interesting and informative course with excellent tutor support! Highly recommend!



Brilliant course, very informative and the tutors were fantastic with guiding you along the way. It was challenging at times but I gained so much knowledge and now can’t wait to move on to the next course.



A good and positive start into canine behaviour. The course has gotten me excited about my new career path. Was a difficult start to the course, but it was also very informative and interesting which was motivating! Looking forward to starting Level 4.

Danielle Freer


This course really changed my life, I went from really struggling and hating my job to getting a qualification and shadowing amazing trainers and opening my own business.I really enjoyed how each units opens up a door to more knowledge and research on dog behaviour, then it is all summed up in Unit 4.If you are thinking about booking it, just do it!

Martyna Biziuk


I completed my level 3 at the end of last year. It was challenging and so interesting. The tutors were great giving constructive feedback and assistance. Thanks to Lin, Dave and Sarah. I really can't wait to do the level 4 course!!!

Rachel Sadler


This was a challenging course but it was highly rewarding. There was quite a bit of research and reading but there was excellent support from Dave and Lin. It was so interesting to gain a thorough understanding of the science behind how dogs think. I highly recommend this course.

Sasha Jade


I have just finished Level 3 and I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's challenging at times and there is quite a bit of research and extra reading to be done outside of the unit handbooks but it is so worthwhile. I have learned so much and would highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to know more about how dogs learn and what their motivations are. Really anyone who shares their life with dogs should do this course.

Aileen McKerr


I really enjoyed this course and found it to be a brilliant introduction to dog behaviour and learning theory. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in canine behaviour. Thank you to all the team for all the support and advice they offered.

Devena Dale


This course provides a fascinating depth of understanding of dog behaviour. It forces you to think much more deeply than just by reading books.

Dave McCullagh


I’ve now read the detailed comments for my marked assignment. They were fair, constructive, and very informative with lots of new information for me to think about and learn from which is great. I see why the reviews for this course are all five stars, the detail and support being offered is excellent.



What a great course learnt so much. It was tough but worth the time and assistance from tutors were great.

Andries Els


Normally never write reviews but having completed Level 3,I've now booked Level 4!! The tutors are extremely knowledgeable, the support team are very helpful (thank you Dave and Lin). Highly recommend to anyone considering learning more about dogs, training and behaviour.



An excellent correspondent course covering some interesting topics with regards to how dogs learn. The course had very efficient tutor support when needed. Feedback was always constructive and helpful. I would recommend this course as an excellent foundation into studying dog behaviour and learning.

Rachel Sadler


I have studied to post graduate level, but found this course really demanding! Which made it all the more valuable to me as I felt it represented a lot of study and learning. This is not a 'couple of hours buy it on the internet' qualification, but one that you really have to work for. Well worth it!



This is an excellent course, both in its content and delivery. I would encourage anybody thinking about it to just do it ! The knowledge you will gain is sure to greatly improve your understanding and relationship with our canine friends.

Andrew Cameron


Excellent content and fabulous guidance in the marking. Seemed a bit daunting in the first unit as i had no clue about referencing points, but advice is quickly on hand and after that it was very straightforward and very easy to complete the work load, well within the given time frame. i'm self employed and work very long hours, but the course was never a chore at the end of a long day, i loved the learning, so if you are in two minds, don't be , you will look forward to the opportunity of gaining knowledge.

sue loveridge


A truly brilliant correspondence course, incredibly informative and interesting. Exactly what I needed to encourage me to go to the next step in dog training. Although tricky at times the support from both peers and especially tutors has been invaluable. Highly recommend the Level 3 LMR. Thank you!



Great course and very thorough!



Excellent course, I thoroughly enjoyed it and learnt so much. Ready to do level 4 now!

Danielle Look


This is a fantastic course for anyone wanting to refresh their ideas or for those who are relatively new to dog training.The course was really enjoyable and set at a manageable pace for those that need to work it around other jobs.I found this course really useful for improving my content when teaching classes and during my 1-2-1 sessions. I now feel much more confident about any advice and help that I give to my puppy owners.I would highly recommend this course.



This is a really interesting and informative course, I really enjoyed it.

Hannah Horsfall


Great course. I really enjoyed this course. It's a great starting point and has helped me understand my rescue dog a lot more and start to address some issues in a more productive way. Useful for anyone wanting to broaden their knowledge in these areas. Good feedback and support from the Tutors which helped me a lot. I'm looking forward to continuing later on this year.



The knowledge gained along the way has been second to none, now to put it all into practise. I would definitely recommend this course and many others I have completed with IMDT.



A lot more challenging than I had anticipated! Having never studied to this level before, I was unsure if I would have been able for the detailed material. In the end I surpassed my own expectations, learning so much along the way. Thanks imdt



Really enjoyed this course, found it to be challenging but at the same time practical and interesting. I needed to balance a number of challenges during the pandemic and found my tutors to be both empathetic and supportive which motivated me to keep pressing on. Their feedback and encouragement in their comments consolidated my learning as well as challenged my thinking. Delighted to have successfully completed the course; plan to do some further study as things settle a little. Thoroughly recommend.



A really enjoyable and informative course. The information provided through each of the units gradually builds knowledge and confidence. The tutors are really helpful and supportive, and provide really good feedback on each of the units of work, to help with the next. I thoroughly recommend this course.

Elaine Green


Great course, very well put together and helped me to gain a lot of knowledge and confidence! Great feedback from the tutors also.

Lewis Usher


An excellent course with good back up with help when needed.



I've just finished the course and I've enjoyed it so much. It's well balanced and gives a great understanding of the theory behind dog learning, motivation and reinforcement. Each module is very clear and concise. Tutors are available if needed but the course notes set out expectations and rules of submission right at the start. The admin staff are amazing and really put you at ease if you have any problems or questions. Really interesting and an excellent grounding for future dog trainers or seasoned dog trainers who want to brush up their theory.

Niki R


Brilliant course, I have learnt so much! Tutors are excellent they have always responded very quickly when any guidance was needed and gave very helpful feedback on each completed unit!



Excellent course - hard work but extremely rewarding and informative. I have learnt a great deal. Would recommend for anyone interested in dogs!!

Jo Gateshill


Excellent course, I have learned so much in 6 months

Lauren Purkiss


I really, really enjoyed this course. It was full of information and a great stepping stone for anyone who wants to become a dog trainer, or work with dogs. It's also handy to know for your own dog too. Dave and Lin are amazing, and help you with anything that you need. I 100% recommend this course to all!



Enjoyed this course. The comments the tutors left on the assignments were very helpful. Thank you.



Well where do I start? I absolutely loved this course and am so delighted I passed. I was a complete newbie to dog training and have not studied for some time. I enjoyed every minute of the reading, researching and learning and am excited to start level 4!! A huge thanks to Dave

Christie Porter-Eggleton


Great course that really gets you thinking of the different approaches and methods of training. Tutors are really supportive and helpful. Highly recommend to anyone starting out or anyone who wants to expand their own knowledge.

Samantha Humphrey


I have just received my final email to say I have passed, it’s been a very rewarding, information loaded six months. Don’t be fooled into thinking this will be an easy course like so many on offer, It requires dedication and you must be prepared to put the time into your learning. But what you’ll get back in return is well worth the time and effort. Dave and Lin are available to help and give you guidance whenever you need it, the Facebook support group is really good too. I’ve come away feeling confident in my ability to offer some behaviour advice alongside training and have signed up to level four. Thanks for all the support!

Louise Gotsell


I learned so much in this course! From the very first unit I was challenged (and yet supported) to learn and apply myself to dog training. The course notes are brilliant and the tutor response time and feedback is amazing. Fantastic

Leanne Till


This is a great foundation for learning behavioural theory and application. It’s tough, but well worth the effort. The background reading and course notes ensure you get a good understanding of the topics.

Nicola Griffin


I have recently completed and passed this course and I have thoroughly enjoyed it. I have learned so much with each unit and the Tutors are fantastic and approachable if you have any questions or need more time. The feedback was informative and very helpful throughout. Highly recommend this and I can’t wait to move onto level 4!



The course is well structured, the feedback from tutors is constructive and useful, and I found there is enough time to deliver each unit even when working full-time. Thanks!



I started this course in early 2020 and having just completed it I cannot recommend it highly enough. The support from the tutors is excellent; you get brilliant feedback following each unit to help you improve each time, and they're always prompt and thorough with answering questions. The course content is the right level of challenging to force you to research thoroughly so you learn so much along the way. I hadn't studied in about 20 years and got so much from learning again. If you're thinking about doing this, think no more and do it!

James Hedges


It's hard to put into words just what a tremendous course this is. Beginning with an overview of domestication, it takes students on a tour of learning theory, asking them to reflect on what motivates dogs to do what they do, what influences might have shaped their learning and behaviour, and how students might work with dogs of varied learning histories in diverse of environments. The learning materials are lively and engaging, very well scaffolded so that each unit builds on the last. The assessment is very well designed to encourage and reward independent research, with case studies to be explored in order to allow the student to apply their learning in a more concrete way. I entered this course knowing very little, and I'm leaving with such a hunger to keep learning, researching, and studying. I can't thank you enough.



Very interesting course covering all the essentials about how dogs learn, how to motivate and use reinforcement. I have learned so much! Thank you Dave and Lin for this so interesting course!!! I am so lucky I have heard about Imdt!!! Becoming a Modern Dog Trainer allows me to help improving dogs’ life and to teach owners how to communicate with their dog. So rewarding! ANOTHER AMAZING COURSE!!!



Excellent course. Not studied for over 20 years so wasn't sure how I'd cope but the tutors were always on hand to guide me in the right direction. Learned so much.

Vikki Chalke


Highly recommend this course, whether you're interested in becoming a dog trainer or just want to understand more about dog behaviour. You'll learn about dog behaviour from the history of domestication up to specific behavioural problems we see today. The content of the course is well thought out and is highly accessible to anyone, regardless of how much studying you've done before. The tutor support is brilliant and the feedback you receive for each unit is detailed and very helpful for furthering your understanding on specific topics. Highly recommend!



Fab Course. I left school nearly 20years ago and was worried I would struggle re-starting studying. I needn’t have worried. There’s a support group on Facebook plus the tutors are always quick to reply to you. The course is well paced and you get given suggested reading to get you started. Although if you’re anything like me you’ll end up buying heaps more books. I’m already looking toward completing other courses and continuing my IMDT journey

Gemma Fisher Marr


The course has been amazing and I’ve learnt so much. It has really helped me to understand our rescue Daisy who came to us last year with a number of behavioural challenges which have been improved greatly with the help of this course, she is a much happier dog compared to this time last year.The content is varied and the tutor is on hand to help whenever you need guidance. Great course - would definitely recommend :)



I came into dog training late in my life, have always lived with dogs and recognise that I did things then in a way I wouldn't do now, I had done some courses in the past. This course has helped me to consolidate the odd bits of information I had gained here and there and has explained in detail the how and the why of dogs behaviour and teaching dogs. It takes some time and studying on the student's part, and doesn't always appear easy but it does make you think about what you are doing. Lots of support from the tutors available, well structured units, even though I found each one frightening initially! If you are prepared to put in the effort it is worthwhile doing.



This course was recommended to me by a professional that worked with dogs all his life. And I have to say I was right to follow his advice. It touches all most important matters and gives you a very good understanding of dog's behaviour. Of course it's up to the student to do his researches and to put commitment. But it's really worthy. Tutors are lovely and happy to answer to any question at anytime. Lots of flexibility, very manageable if you're working.



Couldn’t recommend this course enough to anyone who wants to better understand their dog or looking to be a trainer. Really impressed with the professionalism of the IMDT and how well it was all structured and the feedback from tutors



It was with trepidation I embarked on this course as my only experience is with my own dogs and formal study has evaded me for many years. Suffice to say I am now hooked. After finding my feet on the first unit I found every aspect fascinating and just wanted to learn more. Dog sports is my thing and this course really gives you an insight to help develop the way you train as well as what the dog is actually learning. I am now well and truly hooked and moving onto level 4. If you are thinking about this course do it.

Tracy Parker


I thoroughly enjoyed completing this course, it was hard work and I was challenged with the amount of detail that was needed but I’ve learnt loads. There is a lot of work involved especially with the reading that is recommended but it’s worth it.

Katie Garland


I thoroughly enjoyed this course and felt I learnt a lot as regards how dogs learn and why we teach a certain way to help them learn. It definitely gave me a better knowledge base for my 4 Day Practical and massively helped with my Membership Assessment, particularly the theory section. Would recommend.



5 stars all the way!From the start I had amazing support and feedback while working through this course.An extremely well written and planned course to guide you through what's needed. Going into depths that other courses I've done just haven't.I learnt more during this 6 month course than I did with other correspondence courses as the IMDT clearly want you to learn, grow and improve where others just basically pass you for what I now see as mediocre assignments.The assignments were well suited to the level, completely achievable for a beginner but with all the added extras for those that have knowledge but want more to geek out on.I cannot wait to get my geek on some more with level 4! This course is a must for anyone in the industry as well as pet owners that want to understand their dog even more.Huge thanks to Dave and Lin for their priceless help and advice though the course, see you at Level 4.

Jo Loft


I have found this course to be fantastic, I have learnt so much and can’t wait to start the next course in my journey. Thank you to Dave for his support.

Neil Burton-Hicks


When I started this course I knew nothing about the science of dog training. Now I have a very good idea about the fundamentals and how much more there is to learn. Really enjoyed all the different components of the course and feel much more confident about my knowledge, thanks to the tutor support and having applied myself to the questions within each unit. Highly recommend the course to anyone wishing to consolidate their understanding of the principles behind canine behaviour and its control / management.



Wow, received my grade having completed this course. Absolutely Excellent and extremely interesting . Thought I knew a lot but learnt so much more. David Brice was excellent in guiding me through. So motivated now to progress onto the 12 month level 4 Behaviour Consultations course.

Michelle E


The feedback from the tutors is excellent and the support given has been wonderful. The course has given me a good foundation to build on for my journey as a dog trainer and behaviourist. Thank you all



This is a very interesting course and each unit helps you further your knowledge and examine our dogs history, learning, behaviour, motivation along with how 'humans' interactions can influence dogs behaviour. There is alot of reading and research which is very rewarding especially when you find the answers/solutions to your own questions. The feedback from the tutors is excellent and the support given has been wonderful. The course has given me a good foundation to build on for my journey as a dog trainer and behaviourist. Thank you all



I would highly recommend this course, it has given me a greater understanding of dog behaviour and has given me the thirst to learn more. The guidance, support and feedback from Dave for each unit was always very helpful. It challenges you to progress unit by unit and has made me want to study more to eventually be a behaviourist I can't wait to see what the future holds. Thank you IMDT



Great course especially if you think you already have a good understanding. I found the course provided challenges to my existing knowledge clearly showing just how much there is to learn with a few gaps evident. The final module testing your knowledge with some great case studies.



I really enjoyed this course, I thought it was really interesting and thorough. Dave’s feedback on each module was great and the IMDT team are always more than happy to help with any queries you have a long the way. I would highly recommend this course.



This is definitely worth doing if you are interested in dog behaviour and/or wish a career as a behaviourist. It requires a lot of reading and research but if you are interested in the subject then this will be an enjoyable part of it. The Tutors give very good, clear feedback and point you in the right direction if you aren't on track. I was really chuffed to have passed it and I am now looking to move onto the Level 4.



I really enjoyed this course, have learnt so much and now just want to learn more. It's really got me thinking about how I interact with my own dog. I feel it's set good groundwork for my progression as a dog trainer and has built up my confidence for my upcoming IMDT assessment. The tutors are great! I highly recommend this course.



A fantastic course , this course really makes you think about how we train and communicate with our canines and gets the brain working. The Tutors are amazing :-)



I have just completed this course and have to say I am amazed at the sheer volume of information this has packed into my head. It has definitely solidified my original aims of becoming a behaviourist. This course really tests your research skills, existing knowledge of learning theory as well as giving you real life cases studies to pour over. Some of them kept me up at night I was so obsessed with finding out the answers. I highly recommend the tutors and David's knowledge literally boggles my mind. I will definitely be continuing with the other correspondence courses and going to one of his seminars as soon as I possibly can. Thank you for the positive learning experience and for giving me confidence to go for my dreams xxxx



This course is excellent, I thoroughly recommend it. It's format gives you the essential start into understanding dogs, how they evolved and most importantly how they learn. It is challenging, and pushes you to expand your reading which leaves you wanting to learn more and more. You look back at what you knew at the beginning and where you are at the end and can hardly believe you have absorbed all that information. The feedback is very helpful, and the ongoing support really good. I so enjoyed the course and have now moved onto Level IV......



I learnt lots doing this course. I thought I wanted to start with the Level 4 having studied to degree equivalent level previously but am really glad I did this one first and will probably do the other 6 month course too. It was challenging, interesting and the feedback really helpful and constructive



I've learnt so much from doing this course, it really got me thinking, I researched so much and feel that I have come away with so much knowledge which will help me towards my assessment.

Jo Hawker-Woodward


I’m a bit sad that I've completed the LMR correspondence course, as I've enjoyed it so much! I've learned LOADS, and loved every minute of it. Dave is a great tutor, a very knowledgable man and gives great feedback to each unit which has given me further research each time to brush up on certain aspects. The learning from this course will help me so much with my dog training business in the future and I plan to continue my learning with IMDT, either with the 12 month correspondence course or via the practical behaviour courses over the next year. I would recommend this course to anyone who works with dogs and would like to gain more knowledge and enhance their skills.Thanks IMDT!

Gem Smith


Very useful course, particularly if you are thinking of taking your IMDT Assessment or further study.

Jackie McG


Really great course to put your knowledge to the test and do lots of research. Doing this course has given me the confidence to strive and become a dog trainer!



I found this course challenged everything I thought I knew and made me look at everything in a totally and much better way. I loved doing the research and ended up finding some very interesting articles. I would recommend this course to anyone looking to take their first steps into the industry as a fantastic foundation. The feedback from Dave was very constructive and clear.

Linda Clarke


A brilliant course with a really good tutor who provided a lot of support throughout. Would highly recommended this course to anyone wanting to work with dogs. I learned so much from it.

Abigail Mc Inerney


Really interesting course with lots of useful information. Really helped me with understanding and helping the rescue dogs I work with. The feedback from the tutor was really useful and informative and I enjoyed doing this course a lot.



Really enjoyed the course and would highly recommend it. The tutor support and feedback was excellent and I never had to wait long for a response.Thank you IMDT

Lynn Glanville


Really enjoyed the course. It has provided me with in depth knowledge and increased my confidence in working with dogs. Excellent support and really good constructive criticism. Definitely recommend it!



Wow, what a course. It is Incredibly in depth and has taught me a lot.The support from the IMDT has been fantastic. My tutor was lovely and a real support. I highly recommend this course to anyone working with dogs.



A really good course and very informative. Really enjoyed all the research and reading required. Tutor always gave good and constructive feedback and was always there for support.



This was a very interesting and challenging course, studying the foundations of how dogs learn. Then going on to study this with different breeds, finishing with applying the knowledge to fixing problems in different case studies. Helped along by the feedback received from my tutor after each section was completed. The Tutor was also available to clarify or give advice along the way. A very worthwhile use of my limited spare time. Thanks IMDT.



This is an excellent course. it provides a solid foundation in understanding how dogs develop and learn. The tutor gives really helpful feedback. I learnt a lot and am much more confident in my understanding.



I really enjoyed this course and found it very interesting. The Tutor's comments were constructive and extremely useful. This course was invaluable in how it taught about the different training methods and how to apply this knowledge to real life cases. I would definitely recommend this course.


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