Pet Sense College is offering a bursary for a Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma to give something back to those who give the most to our canine friends.

Pet Sense College, a correspondence school for education in canine and feline behaviour sciences, is offering a bursary to three lucky shelter employees or volunteers who would like to enhance their love of dogs with better understanding and a qualification.

The bursary is for a part-time Canine Behaviour and Training Instructor’s Diploma, which is the only course that Pet Sense College offers that combines classes and practical sessions.
Once the course is completed, the student will be able to competently train a dog to a basic standard of obedience and run effective and professional classes. The course is run over a three-month period, three Saturdays a month. The only catch – you must have a dog to work with. It’s fine if it’s not your own.

‘There are so many misconceptions about the best way to raise and train dogs – even among people who love them and work with them every day,’ says Celia McCulla, the owner of Pet Sense College. ‘This course provides a sound foundation for understanding animal behaviour – and it puts students in a position to run training courses themselves as well.’

You can apply for the course if you meet the following criteria:

  • You must be able to speak and write in English
  • You must work or volunteer with a shelter or rescue organisation
  • You must be passionate about helping dogs
  • You must have a matric pass
  • You have some practical experience with dogs.
  • You can commit to three Saturday morning sessions per month over three months.
  • You are able to attend classes in Johannesburg.
  • You have additional time to read the subject specific literature and prepare your assignments.
  • You have a dog to work with on practical assignments.


Interested organisations or students should submit a motivational letter stating why the student should be chosen. There is no cut-off date for applications, as the course runs every three months, and the winner can fit into the next available course. The next two starting dates are 10 March and 9 June 2018.
‘There are so many people who work with dogs in shelters who can’t afford the costs of a professional course, but a qualification would enhance capabilities and the living experience of the dogs that they work with,” says McCulla. “This is a fantastic opportunity to get a recognised diploma in a profession that many people work in, just out of the goodness of their hearts.’
Pet Sense College only works with positive reinforcement for dogs. Other methods are discussed so that students understand the implications of negative training methods. The course is a foundation course and includes an introduction to problem behaviours and aggression, but it is not specialised on this subject. To become more specialised, further study in the area of canine behaviour would be necessary.
To apply for the bursary, please send your motivational letter and details to Celia at