Dog Training and Behaviour Certificate (DTBC)

steve and vicki austin's dog training and behaviour certificate (DTBC)

60 hours practical sessions

90 hours home-study including webinars

20 hours quizzes and assessments

Intensive learning conducted over eight months

Dog Training and Behaviour certificate (DTBC)

This course is suitable for amateurs or professionals, as either: an introduction to dog training; or to expand the knowledge and skills of those already training or handling dogs.  As well as people initiating an interest or career in dog training, past students have included Police and military officers, psychologists, registered nurses, engineers, chartered accountant, hospitality industry workers, zoo keepers/trainers, obedience club instructors, professional dog trainers, dog groomers, Vet Nurses, dog walkers, puppy raisers, dog breeders, rescue group foster carers, animal agent for the media, etc.

Techniques and strategies are supported by the science of learning and behaviour.  The training philosophy has a strong leaning towards reward based techniques, with an exploration of the detrimental side-effects of punishment based techniques.  Class discussions also question if there is ever an appropriate situation for the use of positive punishment.  And if so, what are the principles for applying effective punishment?

There will be two blocks of practical sessions for five days each, in Sydney at Calabash Kennels and Cattery in Arcadia. If there is sufficient interest, consideration will be given to conducting practical sessions in other cities or regional areas.  

  • Participants must attend all practical training sessions, in their entirety; complete all course materials including quizzes; successfully complete the written assessment and the practical assessments; and complete required reading, to gain certification.   Practical sessions must be attended on the scheduled dates and times.
  • Participants may bring their own dogs to practical training sessions when suitable.
  • While it is preferred, it is not necessary to own a dog for this course.  Participants will need to source additional dogs local to them to practice various techniques.  Possible sources of dogs could include: family, friends, neighbours, work acquaintances, welfare organisations, posting a “Wanted” advertisement, local trading bulletin board, Facebook.  Participants own dogs may not be appropriate for all course assessments.
  • Access to a device with internet connection and Microsoft Word is required.
  • Participants will require a minimum of moderate computer and literacy skills.
  • On successful completion, participants will be awarded a certificate from Steve and Vicki Austin in Dog Training and Behaviour.  This course is a privately-operated programme – we are not an RTO (registered training organisation)

Steve and Vicki Austin’s 

Dog Training and Behaviour Certificate

Course fee:  $3630 (includes GST)

Practical sessions will be conducted in Sydney at Calabash Kennels and Cattery at Arcadia.

Topics covered in the course will include:

  • Animal Welfare
  • Workplace Health and Safety
  • Canine behaviour and body language
  • Correct use and fitting of equipment
  • Training plans and record keeping
  • Steve’s Motivating Miracles presentation
  • Class instructing
  • Science of Learning
  • Luring Technique
  • Preventing problem behaviour
  • Addressing problem behaviour
  • Successive approximation (shaping behaviour)
  • Dog breeds and groups
  • Targeting
  • Free shaping (clicker)
  • Dog aggression
  • Scent detection
  • Canines for Conservation
  • Canine critical or sensitive phases
  • The importance of play

Now Enrolling:  DTBC 5 (Dog Training and Behaviour Certificate – Class 5)

This fifth class will commence on 29 June 2020, when the course materials on a USB stick, will be posted to you by registered mail.  The ten practical days, in two blocks of five days each, will be: M-F, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 November 2020 and 30 November, 1, 2, 3 & 4 December 2020.  Your completion date by which all course requirements need to be met in order to be eligible for certification is 3 April 2021.

A deposit of $800 will hold your position in the class, with the remaining balance due 15 June 2020 which is two weeks prior to the commencement date, when the course materials, on a USB stick, will be posted to your by registered mail. If you would like to enrol, please thoroughly read the PDF document, DTBC T&Cs, Programme and Enrolment Form, and then complete and sign the Enrolment Form and return the scanned or photographed copy to:, along with your bank’s confirmation of transfer of funds.

DTBC 4 (Dog Training and Behaviour Certificate, Class 4), commencing on 18 May 2020 is fully enrolled.