Our Foundation course is for people who have had little or no experience of dog training instructing.

Foundation Course

We are offering two Foundation courses in 2024


  Residential Foundation and Online Foundation 


2024 Residential Foundation Course 

The residential Foundation course will be held at Moulton College, Northampton

Weekend one:

Thursday, 11 April (evening), all day Friday 12, Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 April 2024

Weekend two:

Thursday, 8 August (afternoon and evening), all day Friday 9, Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 August 2024

Cost: Residential Foundation course is £1655 – including accommodation and full board

(Please pay deposit on application, and be aware that the balance will be due by 27 February 2024)


There is a discount of £150 available for Assistants of APDT Members 

2024 Online Foundation Course

The online course will be delivered via Zoom

Weekend one:

Thursday, 21 March (evening), all day Friday 22, Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 March 2024

Weekend two:

Thursday 6 June (afternoon and evening), all day Friday 7 June, Saturday 8 June and Sunday 9 June 2024

Cost: Foundation Online course is £1155 

(Please pay deposit on application and be aware that the balance will be due by 7 February 2024)

There is a discount of £150 available for Assistants of APDT Members 

What does the Foundation course include?


Learning Theory – Understanding how a dog learns


Class planning – venue, exercises, equipment


Presentation – delivering your message in a professional way


Communication – how to make sure that what you say is understood by your clients


Challenging dogs and owners and how to deal with some common problems in class


Equipment – what is available, what should you recommend (or avoid) and why


How to teach various exercises – basic exercises explained, and how to progress them


Diet – basic understanding of what dogs need, and how to understand commercial food labels


Teaching an owner with a disability – how to adapt exercises to the physical needs of your clients


Body language – how to understand what the dogs are telling us


Business basics


Clicker training – the why’s and wherefore’s


The dog’s health and how it may impact on your clients and your class




Punishment – you need to be aware of how this works, even though we do not use punitive or aversive methods

Cost (for both weekends): 

Residential Foundation course:  £1655  (including accomodation and meals at Moulton College)

Online Foundation course:  £1155

Discount of £150 available off the cost of the Foundation course for APDT Member’s Assistant.


Book the Foundation course below

  1. Please read the Terms & Conditions before paying your non-refundable deposit

  2. Choose the appropriate ‘Foundation’ button and pay your deposit of £250

  3. When you have paid the deposit, you will be sent an email confirming the payment has been received by Stripe and giving you a link to the application form.  Please keep an eye out for this email (including checking ‘spam’ folder). It will be sent fairly quickly.

  4. Complete the application form for the course you have paid the deposit for.

   Once we receive your application form, and deposit, we will email you to confirm your place. Please allow at least three working days for this confirmation to be sent.


Foundation Residential

£250 non-refundable deposit

Foundation Online 

£250 non-refundable deposit

Foundation (either course)

Balance/further payments

Terms & Conditions

A non-refundable deposit of £250 is required with your booking. Once Stripe has received your payment you will be sent an email inviting you to complete an online application form.  Once both deposit and application form has been received by APDT you will be sent a confirmation of your place on the course (please allow at least three working days for this email to be sent). The remaining balance is due by 7 February 2024 for the Online course, and 27 February 2024 for the Residential course.

By applying for one of our courses you are agreeing to our Terms and Conditions here:


* I understand that I must pay the complete fee £1655 for the residential course by 27 February 2024 or £1155  for the online course by 7 February 2024

* I understand that the £250 deposit is not refundable.

* I understand that no fees will be refundable after the fee-due dates outlined above.

* I agree to abide by the Association of Pet Dog Trainers Code of Practice (https://apdt.co.uk/code-of-practice-apdt/) whilst on the course.

* I have read the FAQ’s regarding the course: https://apdt.co.uk/courses-faqs/ 


APDT Courses


Our Foundation Course is for people who have little or no experience of dog training instructing.


Our Part Two course is for people who have successfully completed the Foundation course.


Our Advanced course is for instructors with at least one year’s experience of teaching classes.


FAQ's and Information to help you make an informed decision about which course is right for you.