Dog Training Assistant (TA)

This course will introduce you to the exciting and growing canine training world, helping you to develop excellent mechanical skill in dog training, and emphasising your developing knowledge in canine health care, customer relations, communication skills with both ends of the leash and professional practice.

 The TA course will lay a foundation in critical thinking and theoretical understanding to facilitate your continued studying and life-long learning. This course will also help prepare you to develop your own career in this growing industry. 

The canine training & behaviour industry is growing in Ireland and around the world. However, there is no regulation in the industry meaning that there are no minimum standards in education or experience for professionals, or even most course providers. This makes it very difficult for those wishing to enter or progress in the industry to know where to start. 

The TA course is offered by Ireland’s only independent course developer in this professional area – AniEd, and only one of a few around the world. We offer bespoke courses written and delivered to a high standard by qualified and experienced professionals.

The Dog Training Assistant (TA) course aims to provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to help you become an excellent canine training assistant, a foundation on which you can build to become a successful professional in this industry.

The TA Specialisation is delivered on a modular basis. You must accumulate the required number of points by completing the appropriate courses to successfully achieve 60 points.

You must collect 40 points via mandatory courses and a further 20 points from electives in no more than 14 months.


  • Mechanical Skill Foundations (10 points)
  • Canine Behaviour Foundations (5 points)
  • Learning Theory Foundations (5 points)
  • Canine First Aid (5 points)
  • Canine Health & Disease (5 points)
  • Dog Safe Handling (5 points)
  • Instruction Skills (5 points)
  • Electives:

  • Canine Nutrition (5 points)
  • Mechanical Skill Progression (10 points)
  • Client Relations & Counselling Skills (5 points)
  • Helping Rescue Dogs (10 points)
  • Each course will be run at least once across that time frame allowing you to schedule your studies to best suit you and your busy life.

    There are some limitations in terms of the order in which you complete courses but ultimately it is a very flexible system, allowing you to carefully plan your studies.

    Each course is delivered via a number of different media including course manuals & resources, video clips, practical demonstration and practice, classroom discussion and instruction.

    You will complete a number of assessments per course, including practical work, but don’t worry there are no written exams or tests!

    You are expected to complete the reading, studying and assessment work on a homestudy basis. All course materials are provided and continued guidance is available from tutors and classmates via our online classroom.

    Tuition €1150
    Assessment €150

    Progression & Career Prospects 

    This course will give you the skills and knowledge to work as an assistant to a professional dog trainer, and lay a foundation for you to work toward continued education in this career area. 

    Top Up to CBTT
    Once you have successfully completed the Dog Training Assistant Specialisation you may choose to complete the remainder of courses to accumulate the required points to qualify as CBTT.