Practical Dog Training Course


Enrolment Information

To enrol

  1. Hold your place with the refundable €100 deposit, or €200 if booking both PDT and PDTI (fully refundable if cancelled up to 6 weeks prior to course commencement date, non refundable after this date)
  2. Complete the Creedons College QQI Programme Application Form and submit it to
  3. A member of staff will review and will be in touch to let you know if your application has been successful
  4. Complete payment (Finance for Creedons College courses can be applied for online at The Lough Credit Union via this link
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This course leads to a QQI level 6 minor award in Canine Obedience and Training 6N6228.

Course Overview

Creedons College have designed the Practical Dog Training course with the needs of the learner in mind. We have created a programme that will give the learners both the knowledge and the skills required to be able to train dogs of all breeds and temperaments both simple and complex behaviours with confidence and success.

This course is;

  • Delivered on weekends, facilitating those working fulltime, or travelling from a distance
  • Just three months long, meaning you will be on your way to a career training dogs in next to no time
  • Intense classroom sessions, maximising the learning outcome of each session to ensure that your knowledge and skills develop rapidly
  • Focused on facilitating a warm, friendly, inclusive learning environment where strong life long friendships are made while sharing a love for dog care.

*For course modules and classroom dates, see below.

Start Date

This course is run twice a year. Courses usually fill approximately 2 months prior to start date so if you are interested in enrolling then don’t delay.




The course is delivered over a 3 month period.

Additional Information

Click to Download the programme descriptor where you can find out more information on this programme.


Your €100 holding deposit is refundable if you withdraw from the course at least 6 weeks prior to the first classroom date. Alternatively, if you apply for the course less than 6 weeks prior to the first classroom date, your €100 holding deposit is refundable if you withdraw within 72 hours of ordering.



*Payment plans available
** The Lough Credit Union has approved this course for financial loans.
*** This course has been approved for many grants and state funding.

Your Tutor

The tutor for the Practical Dog Training course is certified behaviourist Claire Quinlan.

Career Opportunities

This programme will educate learners on how to train dogs. Career opportunities for graduates from this programme include
– Dog Daycare Assistant
– Dog Trainers Assistant
– Training dogs directly, such as assistant dogs, sniffer dogs, search and rescue dogs
– Train dogs for entertainment (TV / Movies / Advertising)

Progression Opportunities

To become a ‘dog trainer’ in the traditional sense of the word we would recommend that upon graduating from this course you take the 6 month ‘Professional Dog Training Instructor’ course.

This course will further develop your dog training skills but will focus heavily on developing your Instructing skills – your ability to teach dog owners how to train their dogs. This will lead to a career as a dog training instructor, where you can host group training classes, puppy classes, advanced obedience classes and more. This course will also prepare you for one to one training consultations.

Once you have been working as a professional dog trainer for a minimum of one year, we would encourage you to consider upskilling to take our Professional Dog Behaviour Consultant programme. This is an intense programme aimed as preparing learners for a career as a dog behaviourist.

Terms and Conditions

This course leads to a QQI level 6 minor award in Canine Obedience and Training 6N6228

Classroom Dates

**April 2024

April: 27th & 28th

June: 1st & 2nd

July: 13th & 14th

**These dates are provisional and are subject to change


** August 2024

August: 10th & 11th

September: 14th & 15th

October: 19th & 20th

**These dates are provisional and are subject to change


Please contact us directly to be added to our waiting list.


Course Content

Unit 1 Evolution

Unit 2 Breeds

Unit 3 Learning Theory

Unit 4 Puppy Training

Unit 5 Problem Behaviour

Unit 6 Practical Dog Training

Unit 7 Dog Training Management

Unit 8 Understanding the Dog Training Industry

Unit 9 Work Experience

Unit 10 Work Experience Reflection

Additional information

Start Date

April 2024, August 2024

Book PDT & PDTI Together

Just Book Practical Dog Training, Book PDT & PDTI save €200


Refundable Holding Deposit €100, Full Payment €1199, Full Payment €2198