Why you will benefit from this course

Veterinary nurses, technicians and vets have a vital role to play in helping owners to set their new pups up to become a well-balanced, focused and confident friend for life. Clients look to veterinary professionals for the best advice, and we should be ready to give it. This course will offer you vital information to build your knowledge on the key principles of puppy behaviour and socialisation so that you are prepared with the best advice to give to your puppy clients.

This course will:

  • Provide evidence-based, up-to-date information and guidance on best practice in puppy socialisation.

  • Enable you to review and expand your knowledge in puppy behaviour, and apply this to your everyday practice.

What will you learn?

This short course will give you an introduction to socialisation and habituation, and the vital role it plays in the early development and life-long welfare of your puppy patients.<\p>

You will learn what socialisation and habituation are, and get things right from the start, making sure you give the correct advice to caregivers to ensure their puppy grows into a happy and confident dog.<\p>

You will learn about puppy behaviour and learning, and how to put this to practical use through the provision of puppy socialisation classes for your puppies and their caregivers.<\p>

Take a look through the syllabus for the course below for more details on the topics covered during the course.<\p>

This on-demand course provides short lectures, quizzes, scenarios and exercises to support and enhance your learning.<\p>

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Enrol on this course

Course fee: £120. This includes 12 months' access to the course content and quizzes.

Your Tutor

Linda Ryan BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare, VTS (Behaviour & Oncology), DipAVN (Medical), KPA-CTP, RVN, CCAB. ABTC registered Clinical Animal Behaviourist, & Animal Training Instructor

Linda Ryan

Linda Ryan is a Veterinary Technician Specialist in Oncology and in Behaviour, a Certificated Clinical Animal Behaviourist for cats and dogs, and a Registered Veterinary Nurse. She has been nursing since 2000, spending many years working in both general practice and in specialist/university referral clinics. Linda is a passionate patient advocate, and works to promote concurrent consideration of both the mental wellbeing and physical health of patients. Linda runs Inspiring Pet Teaching, a clinical animal behaviour referral service in the New Forest, UK, supporting caregivers and collaborating with veterinary colleagues, and providing continuing professional education. 

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I thought this course was really well presented and provided a good mix of webinars, resources and self directed tasks. The self directed tasks were relevant...

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I thought this course was really well presented and provided a good mix of webinars, resources and self directed tasks. The self directed tasks were relevant to both the course content and can be used/implemented into practice. I would recommend this course to anyone who’s interested in canine behaviour and helping clients with their new pups.

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Learning Outcomes

Successful completion of this course will enable you to:

  • Explain the vital concepts of socialisation and habituation in successful puppy-raising

  • Understand the importance of the right early-life learning and support for puppies

  • Analyse the individual needs of puppies and their caregivers, so as to set them up for success

  • Identify normal versus abnormal puppy behaviour, when its appropriate to help and when to consider referral

  • Recognise your role in supporting and elevating the human-dog bond to create strong relationships, as well as a practice-bonded client

Syllabus Overview

The key areas covered on the course

  • Module one: Preparing for puppies

  • Module Two: An introduction to socialisation and habituation

  • Module Three: The considerations for successful puppy classes in practice

  • Module Four: Keeping pups ‘in the right’

  • Module Five: Troubleshooting and common concerns

  • Module Six: Creating happy, lifelong relationships


  • Can I sign up and start straight away?

    Yes! Once you have purchased the course, you will be able to begin your study as soon as you wish.

  • Do I have to complete the course within a certain time?

    You will have 12 months' access to the course, so you will have plenty of time to complete it.

  • Is assessment included?

    Yes. Our courses offer interim quizzes to check your knowledge, and a final test to enable you to be awarded your certificate of completion. Some courses also have additional submitted coursework which is assessed by your tutor.

  • Are any of the resources downloadable?

    Yes - we provide a selection of resources on each course that you can download and take away.

  • Do I need to be good with computers?

    No, we don't think so. The learning platform we use offers straightforward course structure and access, so you are led from one section to the next and can see where you are up to.