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Institute of Modern Dog Training

The Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) is the leading education provider for dog trainers and behaviorists and is a registered learning centre for the Open College Network (OCN). IMDT and IMDTB courses are open for anyone to attend and offer a wide range of education and support, from beginner to advanced levels. The IMDT is the only education provider to offer the externally accredited OCN ‘Principles of Dog Training and Behaviour’ dog training qualification.


Reed operates as a directory to help you find dog training courses in your local area. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner, you can filter your search based on qualification type and level to ensure you find the best suited courses to help you grow your business.

Dog Training College

The Dog Training College offers award-winning courses delivered by some of the world’s leading dog experts. Their training programs include a comprehensive certification that provides you with a recognized Level 4 equivalent qualification when you graduate.

Canine Principles

Canine Principles offers CPD (Continuing Professional Development) approved courses, workshops and qualifications to help you develop your dog training skills. This training provider is also an AIM Qualifications and Assessment group recognised provider and is regulated by the independent watchdog, Ofqual. Their courses include subjects such as canine welfare, behavior, and training. They even have an offer to get your first course for free!

Cambridge Institute of Dog Training and Behaviour 

The Cambridge Institute of Dog Training and Behaviour (CIDTB) offers comprehensive dog behaviorist courses. The courses range from beginner to advanced and are available to take part in in-person or online. CIDTB also offers a helpful tool to help you figure out the starting point for your journey. Take a look at their journey’s page for help on which course you’re best to begin with.

British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers 

The British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers (BIPDT) is a teaching organization that offers practical training courses for prospective dog trainers who want to gain a qualification. BIPDT courses are held annually and are a week long. Each course results in an exam which can be taken in one of four grades. Exams are carried out by independent judges and designed to test your new skills. Courses are available in disciplines including companion/obedience dog, working trials, field trials or agility. 

Association of Pet Dog Trainers

The Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) focuses on teaching you how to educate pet parents. APDT offers a variety of courses for beginner, intermediate and advanced trainers. Their courses take place both online and in person, so flexibility is required in order to take part.