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Professional Working Dog Handling

These qualifications have been designed to provide the knowledge and skills for those considering or already working in the professional dog handling or dog care sectors.

About this subject area

The Open College Network suite of qualifications in Canine Handling have been developed in conjunction with Reaseheath College.

Qualifications in the suite, as highlighted below, cover both general care and handling of dogs and knowledge of how to set up your own canine business.

Units in the suite include:

  • Canine Behaviour and Communication
  • Canine Training, Behaviour and Welfare
  • Understand the training and welfare requirements of professional explosives detection dogs
  • Handling the Proactive Drug Search Dog


Follow the links below for more information about each qualification.

Qualification Approval

In order to deliver this qualification, centres must meet the requirements to deliver the qualification (which can be found in the Qualification Specification) and complete the Qualification Approval Application Form (QAF).

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