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.
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 analyse and understand animal performance like never before. Training methods place priority on the physical, psychological and emotional needs of dogs 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 advances in the field, as you investigate the effectiveness of different training methods 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 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. The programme will focus on dogs but will also include a range of other animals. 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 the latest scientific evidence. The degree is part of a wider portfolio of animal degrees at Hartpury, and is part of our strategic priority to be a globally recognised centre of excellence for modern animal training and technology.
This programme does not qualify students to become behaviourists or trainers. It exposes them to the scientific principles which underpin animal training, performance and rehabilitation.
*US Department of Labor 2016
You could gain industry experience in our commercial Canine Hydrotherapy Centre, as well as working behind the scenes at the national UKA dog agility event that’s held here 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.
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?
Three years full-time (four years with integrated placement year)