Earn your CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) diploma plus the right to display your CPDT badge—nine online courses, two video Proficiency Verifications. Learn about canine behavior, problem behavior, how to design training programs and much more. Tutor support for the practical work.

Follow your passion, learn and have fun.

Evolution Course

Evolution is the process of change in all forms of life over generations; evolutionary biology is the study of how evolution occurs. Behavior is a tool in the struggle for survival and reproduction.
"Evolution," the textbook for this course, is written by Roger Abrantes, Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology.

Animal Welfare Course

Animal welfare is a science, with objective research approaches to understanding the needs of animals.
"Animal Welfare" is written by Dr. Anabela Pinto-Poulton, a fellow of the Wolfson College, Cambridge University, and a leading authority on animal welfare.

EFR for Animals Course

EFR, Emergency First Response (or first aid), is the immediate care given to an animal that has been injured, or is suddenly taken ill. The course covers the most important principles of EFR and taking it can be a lifesaver, should you one day need to help an injured animal.
"EFR, Emergency First Response" is written by M. J. Cunha, DVM.

Anatomy and Physiology Course

Anatomy and Physiology study the body plan and physical functions of animals.
"Anatomy and Physiology" is written by biologist Alessandra Bourquin (BSc and Master Trainer EIC).

Animal Learning Course

Animal Learning studies how animals acquire the various behaviors they display, essential for you to understand how to train and change a behavior.
"Animal Learning" is written by Roger Abrantes (Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology and Ethology).

Canine Behavior Course

Canine Behavior is the study of dog behavior in the natural as well as in the human environment. It reviews dog language from A to Z.
The best-seller "Dog Language" by Roger Abrantes is the textbook for this course.

Dogs Home Alone Course

Dogs Home Alone deals with the canine problem no. 1—the dog cannot be left home alone without showing clear signs of distress behavior.
Roger Abrantes wrote the best-seller, "Dogs Home Alone" for all dog owners who want to prevent or treat this serious canine problem.

Canine Problem Behavior Course

Canine Problem Behavior reviews the most common cases of canine problem behavior.
The textbook is "Dog Language," the best-seller written by Roger Abrantes.

Pedagogy Course

Pedagogy is the study of the principles and methods of instruction, teaching and education.
Textbook comprises ten articles by various authors.

Canine Basic Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good dog trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can teach a dog some basic skills.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Animal Learning" before being able to complete this course.

Canine Problems Proficiency Verification

You need theoretical knowledge and practical experience in order to be a good dog trainer. In this proficiency verification, you show you can resolve a canine behavior problem and instruct the dog owner.
IMPORTANT NOTE: you need to have completed "Canine Problem Behavior" before being able to complete this course.


Earn your CPDT (Certified Professional Dog Trainer) diploma plus the right to display your CPDT badge—nine online courses, two video Proficiency Verifications. Learn about canine behavior, problem behavior, how to design training programs and much more. Tutor support for the practical work.

Follow your passion, learn and have fun. 

These are the courses you have to complete to earn your CPDT diploma. In principle, you can take them in the order you want, but we recommend a particular natural order so that you build up your knowledge and skills on the acquired knowledge and skills from previous courses. This route will make it easier for you to understand the subject matters of the subsequent courses. Courses become increasingly more difficult as you progress.

  1. Evolution is an introduction to the theory of evolution by means of natural selection. This course gives you the fundamental principles of evolutionary biology that you need in order to understand behavior, its evolution and development. It’s a basic, little course that gives you a good idea of our courses and tests. This should be the first course you take. Read more.
  2. Animal Welfare is an introduction to this topic focusing on definitions of the key concepts, principles, methods and goal. The special chapters on the welfare of companion animals, i.e. dogs, horses and cats, makes it extra relevant for all trainers of these animals. It is a relatively short course at beginner level warming you well up for the most difficult ones to come. Read more.
  3. EFR for Animals deals with emergency first response and first aid to an injured animal. Everyone should take this course—it’s a life saver. Easy to complete and once done, you will have acquired (or refreshed) some necessary skills. Read more.
  4. Anatomy and Physiology give an introduction to these subject-matters focusing on aspects related to behavior. It’s not a difficult course. It is only an introduction to these otherwise huge subjects, and yet it contains a wealth of information that will be essential for you, particularly when trying to understand problem behavior. Read more.
  5. Animal Learning explains the principles of training and modification of behavior. Now, you reached what might have been your main reason to have embarked on this study route. You want to be a good trainer, to be able to modify the behavior of animals. This course gives you the principles. Be meticulous and give yourself the time it takes to understand even the difficult topics. Enjoy the learning process. The introductory courses you have taken have prepared you to appreciate the nuances of the learning processes fully. Read more.
  6. Canine Behavior reviews all aspects of canine behavior. If you like dogs, which we feel assured you do, or you wouldn’t have started your studies with us, this will be an easy and enjoyable course for you. A breeze of fresh air after the previous heavier courses. Read more.
  7. Canine Home Alone Problems Prevention is better than cure for this canine number one problem. The course teaches you the technique to both prevention and cure. Read more.
  8. Canine Problem Behavior deals with the common problem behavior in dogs. It’s not a difficult course, particularly after you have taken Animal Learning, Ethology and SMAF. It will help you to diagnose problems more accurately and to design more efficient treatment programs. Read more.
  9. Pedagogy deals with the principles of teaching. All instructors should take this course. It’s a beginner’s course, yet containing many good tips that we are sure will help you become a better teacher/coach/instructor. Read more.
  10. Canine Basic Proficiency Verification is the time when you put it all together and show an instructor that you can handle a dog and communicate efficiently with it. It’s an easy verification if you have some basic experience with dogs and have completed all previous courses. Read more.
  11. Canine Problems Proficiency deals with solving canine behavior problems. Since this course follows the basic Canine Problem course, it only requires that you can solve the most basic canine problems that you’ll encounter while training dog owners and their dogs. We’ll deal with complicated problems in a later course. This is your last proficiency verification for the CPDT certificate . Once your instructor has ticked the ‘verified’ box in your student profile, you can print your certificate , and you have earned your CPDT badgeRead more.

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