OCN Accredited Classes

Are you interesting in learning more about dog behaviour and training? Or thinking of changing career to work with dogs? If you are interested in becoming a trainer but want to make sure are investing in a course that is accredited, check out the classes, we run on behalf of Open College Network NI (OCN).

The OCN NI is a regulated Awarding Organisation based in Northern Ireland. OCN NI is regulated by CCEA Regulation in Northern Ireland to develop and award professional and technical (vocational) qualifications from Entry Level up to and including Level 5 across all sector areas.  OCN NI is also regulated by Ofqual to award similar qualification types in England

 As Sandra Gilliland and I have many years of experience and education behind us, we decided to use our knowledge to bring an accredited qualification to Northern Ireland. As accredited trainers now, we run 3 courses at regular intervals throughout the year which can give you an accredited qualification with an endorsed course certificate afterward:

1.    Principles of Dog Training & Behaviour

2.    Practical Dog Handling

3.    Canine training and Canine trainer Skills


1.    Principles of Dog Training & Behaviour

The Principles of Dog Training & Behaviour course is accredited through the Open College Network Northern Ireland to level 3 standard and runs for 10 weeks.


It will help you if you work in the dog industry as a pet minder, dog walker, sanctuary worker, kennel assistant, groomer, vet nurse. Or if you are simply considering a career change and interested in working with dogs, or just to further your own education and interest in the dog world.


We normally run the course twice a year (January -March) and (September-November) on a Sunday afternoon at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary


At the course you will learn about:

- The development of the domestic dog
- Proven scientific dog training methods
- Canine body language and calming signals
- Dog behaviour problems and how to deal with them.

Two of the classes will be held at an outdoor dog training area to teach some practical aspects of the course where you will get the chance to hone your training skills with dogs.


The next course starts Sunday 9th January 2022 and will run for 10 weeks in a row 1-3pm, in the Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary. If you are interested in securing a place please fill out this Expression of Interest Form before 4th January 2022. The full course is £420 and we expect £100 non refundable deposit upfront with full remainder payment by 4th January 2022


2.    Practical Dog Handling

This course is accredited by the Open College Network NI to level 1 standard and runs for 4 weeks.


We work with the rescue dogs at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary and it will help you get some practical experience working with rescue dogs and learning all about training using reward-based methods.


This 4-week course normally runs in the summer months (July& August) on a Wednesday evening 6-8pm at Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary.


At the course you will learn:

- How to understand dog body language and how dogs learn

- Practical dog handling and training skills working with rescue dogs using reward-based methods

-Information on how to work safely with unknown dogs.

 This course has proved popular with students going forward to pursue their goals of working in the dog industry in some capacity.

Please email us to find out the date of the next planned course


3.    Canine training and Canine trainer Skills

This course is accredited by the Open College Network NI to level 3 standard and will be full or half days over a designated period. 

If you have always wanted to run your own business and be a successful dog trainer, this course is designed to give you all the information you need to run you own classes and your own business. This course is designed to train trainers to a high standard to represent the Murphy’s Dog Training Limited franchise of which I am the Franchise Owner.

Check out the "Become A Trainer" opportunities we have over here on our Dog Training NI( Murphy’s) franchise page:


For any further information about the above courses please email Robin at

Look to our courses page for the next dates or email

"I am Committed to Educating People on better Dog Welfare & Training Techniques."

I have also taken part in lots of fun dog events such as 'Waggy Races' and have hosted many dog training and agility sessions at fun dog shows for local communities.

If you are interested in booking myself to give a talk or a dog workshop, or to be involved in a fun dog event at your local premises, school, community hall, council, charity or community group email

We have gift certificates available of any amount you wish. They can cover home visits, workshops, educational courses, seminars and any puppy courses run by Robin. Email to order yours.