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Certificate in

Canine Care & Training

Course Overview



This course can be paid off throuough an in interest free payment plan of between $30 – $35 per week. Alternatively, this course qualifies for a discount for upfront payment. 

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13 subjects made up of 77 core units of study. The amount of study time required to complete this course is approximately 150 hours of study. 



Just because you are studying online, doesn’t mean you are studying alone. Feel totally supported with access to full tutor support over the phone and via email 6 days a week.



A Certificate of Attainment will be issued upon completion of your course. 



Access to your course online 24/7, allowing you to study when it suits your schedule. When you are ready to learn, the learning management system is ready to teach.

Have you always dreamed of working with dogs? Are you excited to learn how to provide the best life possible for our four-legged friends? Then our Canine Care and Training Course is a perfect choice for you.

To work with dogs requires a thorough understanding of their needs, as well as their natural behaviour. This course will equip you to care for and communicate with dogs effectively. Gaining insight into how to bring out the best in your dogs, or the dogs of others.

As well as obedience training techniques, this course provides a background in canine psychology and anatomy. Elevate your understanding of natural behaviours. You’ll master dog care essentials such as feeding, grooming, bathing, parasites & dog first aid. Allowing you to work on improving the lives of dogs and their owners everywhere, including your own.

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Course Outline

Subject 1 – Introduction

  • Welcome to the Course
  • Working with Dogs

Subject 2 - Canine anatomy and history

  • History of the Canine
  • The Digestive System
  • The Skeletal Anatomy 

Subject 3 – Canine classification

  • Introduction to ANKC and Dog Breed Groups
  • Group 1 – Toys
  • Group 2 – Terriers
  • Group 3 – Gundogs
  • Group 4 – Hounds
  • Group 5 – Working Dogs
  • Group 6 – Utility
  • Group 7 – Non-Sporting
  • Mixed Breeds

Subject 4 – Canine behavioural development

  • Learning Development Periods
  • Sensory
  • Communication – Body Language, Sound and Scent
  • Instinctive Behaviour
  • Summary Key Points

Subject 5 – Basic care of dogs

  • Feeding and Watering Dogs
  • Internal Parasites
  • External Parasites
  • Vaccinations and Infectious Diseases
  • Canine First Aid

Subject 6 – Brushing and bathing dogs

  • Introduction to Skin and Hair
  • Tools
  • The Coat Types and Tools
  • Nails and Nail Trimming
  • Bathing Procedures
  • Drying Procedures
  • Double Coats and Groomouts
  • Bulldog Tutorial
  • Alaskan Malamute Tutorial
  • Maltese Cross Tutorial

Subject 7 – Canine psychology

  • Glossary
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning / Instrumental Learning
  • Reinforcement
  • Punishment
  • Obstacles to Canine Learning
  • Summary Key Points

Subject 8 – Recognising and modifying canine behaviour

  • Socialisation
  • Desensitisation
  • Counter Conditioning
  • Flooding
  • Summary Key Points

Subject 9 – Undesirable domestic behaviours

  • Introduction
  • Causes
  • Barking
  • Digging
  • Jumping
  • Separation Anxiety

Subject 10 – Foundations of obedience training

  • Introduction
  • Working and Freestyle Modes of Training
  • Schedules
  • Phases
  • Conditioned Reinforcer (Clicker Training)
  • Changing Behaviour via Training
  • Equipment
  • Summary Key Points

Subject 11 – Dog obedience training

  • Sit
  • Stand
  • Drop
  • Recall
  • Social Walking
  • Controlled Walking (Heeling)

Subject 12 – In the workplace OHS

  • Example Code of Practice Part 1
  • Example Code of Practice Part 2
  • Essential and Effective Cleaning Practices
  • Working with Clients
  • Working in a Small Team

Subject 13 – Assessments

  • Assessment 1 – Short Answer Questions
  • Assessment 2 – Client Admission Form
  • Assessment 3 – Treatment Plan for an Undesirable Behaviour
  • Assessment 4 – Obedience Practical
  • Assessment 5 – Multiple Choice Questions
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