Diploma of Professional Dog Training (Dip.PDT)

The Diploma of Professional Dog Training program is a rigorous and advanced completely distance oriented program of study intended to help dog trainers or other animal field related professionals upgrade and expand important skills and knowledge for their careers in dog training beyond the industry standard and attain a valuable credential. It involves an intensive distance course on the principles of behavior and the technology of dog training with both academic coursework and hands-on skill practice. 

This program does not address assessing and resolving problem behaviors. The Diploma of Canine Behavior Science and Technology program would include both training and problem behavior resolution and is worth considering if the student’s goals include working with clients to help resolve problematic behaviors.

Students can expect to do a lot of studying and writing as well as actually working with their own dog, hands-on, in this program, exploring the various topics in depth. CASI uses a shaping model of education, setting the student up for success and provides support/guidance and multiple opportunities to refine and resubmit assignments rather than just slapping a grade on them and moving on. This results in greater conditioning and minimal stress for the student. It also means that incorrect answers do not result in failure or low grades but rather an opportunity, with guidance, to condition the correct response.

The graduate is awarded a Diploma of Professional Dog Training and allowed the letters Dip.PDT after their name.

Tuition: $2000.00 Canadian Dollars. (Currency Converter). Textbooks not included in tuition. Canadian Residents pay applicable sales tax.


Recommended supporting textWhat Causes Human Behavior—Stars, Selves, or Contingencies? by Stephen Ledoux. Available through www.dogwise.om. This book is a challenging read but supportive of the course content, and reading it results in higher grades and greater confidence with the program content. This book is not required.

This program requires approximately 260 work-hours.

Courses (Click here for course details):

  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations I – 105

  • Environment–Behavior Functional Relations II – 106

  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning I – 108

  • Introduction to Operant Conditioning II – 109

  • Schedules of Reinforcement – 115

  • Differential Reinforcement – 116

  • Aversive Stimulation and its Problems – 117

  • Non-Coercive Behavior Engineering – 189

  • Errorless Training Strategy – 121

  • Animal Training Technology I – 122

  • Animal Training Technology II – 123

  • Advanced Animal Training Techniques (Shaping) – 140

  • Advanced Animal Training Techniques (Chaining and Sequencing) – 141

  • Training Dogs I – 150

  • Training Dogs II – 151


Regular Electives

The following courses are available as electives ($40):

  • Introduction to Behaviorology – 101

  • Basic Training Skills Workshop – 103

  • Shaping Workshop – 160

  • Chaining Workshop – 161

  • Professional Ethics – 191

  • Training Humans – 124

  • Dog Behavior I – 192

  • Dog Behavior II – 193


Advanced Electives

The following courses are available as advanced electives ($80):

  • Behaviorology 201

  • Behavior and Relations 202

  • Explanatory Fictions 203

  • Concurrent Contingencies and Analytical Fallacies 204

  • Postcedent Behavior Change Processes 205


Schedule: This program is self-paced within a 6–month time limit. Extensions are available at a fee if required.


CEUsContinuing Education Credits Available. See Course Approvals page for credits available for each course.


Entrance Requirements (click here for details and elaboration)

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