Become a dog trainer

At ThinkDog! we are aware that choosing an education course in canine behaviour and training can be a bit of a minefield! Many courses promise much, but it is important to know that they are offered by a professional and well-recognised organisation, and that the course material is written and tutored by those who have specialist and UP-TO-DATE knowledge and who are actually practitioners in the field.

With this in mind, the career / interest paths below are simply suggestions which other have found to be both enjoyable and successful.

All our courses are designed to be taken as ‘stand alone’ subjects, or can be mixed and integrated to form part of a career path or interest portfolio.


New to dog ownership, or just starting out?


Your main interest: Pet behaviour counselling


Interested in running exceptional puppy classes or training classes?


Already a trainer or behaviour practitioner, looking to increase your experience and knowledge?

  • Dog-to-Dog Aggression
    Ideal for those who have already completed Think Dog Certificate/Intermediate and/or Advanced
  • Behaviour Masterclasses
    One-day speciality courses focusing on specific areas, such as Aggression, Communication signals, and Puppy problems
  • ThinkDog! Practical course
    Two-day practical handling course to increase practical skills & techniques

Sarah Whitehead’s Approved courses

We are proud that all our courses were originally accredited by Laser Learning Awards (Open College Network South East Region Ltd) – an externally awarding body with very exacting standards. This year however, we made the brave decision to discontinue our relationship with them going forward – primarily due to the fact that our courses were accredited to exactly the same quality standards as Ofqual Units, and are judged by the same very strict external educational criteria, and yet they continued to be labelled as “unregulated”.

Our courses remain at the same standards in level and credit value and with Sarah Whitehead (who has the Internal Verifier Status award from Laser) we continue to offer the highest possible standards in content and assessment, but at a much lower price point.