UCAS code:
CF65‎  ‎

Course type:

BSc (Hons) Canine Training and Performance (with Foundation Year)

You can still apply for 2020

Contact us: +44 (0)1452 702 333

Dog training is a rapidly growing industry, both the training of canine pets and for competition. Now is an exciting time to pursue a related career. Make the most of our canine expertise and facilities to immerse yourself in dog training, performance and rehabilitation.

This foundation year pathway provides an alternative route into degree-level study. It’s ideal for those who need to gain subject-specific knowledge and skills in order to progress onto the full BSc qualification.

In the US alone, the animal training industry is projected to grow faster than the average for all occupations*. That’s why we’ve developed this new degree - to equip you with the skills you need to hit the ground running in an exciting and global dog training career.

Emerging science and technology gives us scope to understand dogs like never before. The sector is adopting new training methods that place priority on the physical, psychological and emotional needs of our canine friends to ensure maximum wellbeing and performance. This degree provides opportunities for you to develop both practical and theoretical expertise in this area.

You’ll make the most of the latest science, as you investigate the effectiveness of different training systems for different purposes. You’ll explore the complex human-canine bond in pet and therapeutic settings; training for husbandry and enrichment purposes; and rehabilitating dogs for optimum physical health, learning in our commercial Canine Therapy Centre on campus.

As part of the competitive performance stream, you’ll examine coaching for optimal performance of both human and canine athletes. This includes dogs for the biomechanical, psychological and physiological demands of a competitive environment. Our dog agility specialism will enable you to get involved with agility training in our arenas, and you could help to deliver our annual UKA Dog Agility competition each year.

You’ll tailor your learning to your interests, analysing performance, and developing and implementing training plans. We have excellent industry connections with dog trainers, behaviourists, scientists and athletes across the UK. This includes international husky sled racer Vickie Pullen, who trains students and delivers specialist lectures on the course.

All training is underpinned by the strictest ethics, and supported by science. The degree is part of a wider portfolio of animal behaviour degrees at Hartpury, and is part of our strategic priority to be a globally recognised centre of excellence for modern animal training and technology.

*US Department of Labor 2016

Industry opportunities

You could gain industry experience in our commercial Canine Hydrotherapy Centre, as well as working behind the scenes at the national UKA dog agility even that’s held hear each year. You’ll benefit from our connections with dog trainers, behaviourists, coaches and scientists and athletes across the UK. You’ll also have access to guest speakers and professionals who deliver inspiring talks and practical demonstrations on a regular basis.

This course is ideal for those who...

have a passion for training dogs, and would like to turn that passion into a career in canine training, performance or rehabilitation.

Learning and assessment

You’ll learn through engaging lectures and interactive practical sessions, with access to our excellent industry links with experts in both domestic and commercial environments.

Graduate destinations

As an animal graduate you may go on to work as a trainer or behaviourist, and progress on to assistance work, detection, service dog handling, commercial work, rescue and rehabilitation, animal warden/officer, coach, performance analyst for competitive sports such as agility, greyhound racing and cani-cross.

Is there an integrated placement year option?

Four years full-time (five years with integrated placement year)
How to apply for this course

Course Duration

4 Year
4 Year course
Course type:
Full Time
Part-time study options available

Entry Requirements

GCSE | A minimum of 5 GCSE A* to C, (or 9 to 4 where numeric grades are being awarded) or equivalent, to include English Language and Mathematics.

A-level | Typical offer is DD-EE or equivalent. This must include a minimum of one A-level.

Vocational award | Typical offer is a PPP in an Extended Diploma or equivalent in a relevant subject.

We welcome students with equivalent qualifications, including Access and the International Baccalaureate.

We may interview mature applicants and those with non-traditional qualifications to ensure this is the right course for you.

Previous learning towards a university-level qualification or relevant work experience may count as credit for this course. Please contact our admissions team.

Why study Animal at Hartpury University?

As a Hartpury animal student, you'll benefit from and get involved with the latest scientific research. You'll work with research-active lecturers to help solve real-world issues. Our students co-author papers and present at national and international conferences.

You'll benefit from access to over 70 domestic and non-domestic species on campus. There aren’t many places that you’ll have access to invertebrates, reptiles, livestock and exotic species.

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