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Course Overview

Do you have a passion for dogs? Could you see yourself working professionally with dogs? Then this is the course for you. This industry leading course is specifically designed to teach you about not only dog care but also all about training dogs. 

The course will cover everything you need to know about dogs, including breeding, health, nutrition, canine biology, behavioural problems and much more!

This course is ideal for those individuals who would like to work in dog shelters, kennels, rescues and for those who want to start their own dog care or dog training businesses.

Units

Introduction to Dog Care

  • What Dogs Need
  • Food
  • Water
  • Physical and Psychological Environment
  • Exercise
  • Hygiene
  • Importance of Routine
  • Potential Problems and Owner Error
  • Uncertainty of pack position
  • Neglect
  • Escaping
  • Attacking other people and animals
  • Physical damage
  • Illness
  • Which Breed is best
  • Choosing a puppy or adult dog
  • Outside living or inside pet
  • Restricting and confining a pet
  • Dealing with holidays
  • Training dogs
  • Socialising with other animals
  • Scope of Dog care industry

Canine Biology

  • Anatomy
  • Mouth
  • Teeth
  • Ears
  • Eyes
  • Skeletal system
  • Digestive system
  • Normal physiological values
  • Circulation
  • Respiratory rates
  • Thermoregulation

Dog Health Part 1

  • Introduction to nutrition and feeding
  • Nutritional Components
  • Carbohydrates
  • Proteins
  • Fats
  • Minerals
  • Vitamins
  • Water
  • Changing requirements through different life stages
  • Growth period
  • Working and high performance period
  • Pregnancy and lactation period
  • Geriatric period
  • Feeding patterns -time controlled or free choice
  • Feed products
  • Commercial foods
  • Medicinal/veterinary foods
  • Home cooked Foods
  • Snacks and treats
  • Foods to avoid
  • Common nutritional disorders
  • Allergies
  • Poisoning
  • Preventative health
  • Diet supplements
  • Immunisation
  • Worms, tick and flea prevention
  • Exercise
  • Dental care
  • Skin and Nail Care
  • Basic First Aid Equipment
  • Assessing the Situation in an Emergency
  • What to do… (in accidents or at specific times)
  • Basic Resuscitation and CPR

Dog Health Part 2 - Illnesses and Treatments

  • Introduction
  • Haemobartonellosis
  • Babesiosis
  • Von Willebrand’s Disease
  • Aortic Stenosis
  • Heart Failure
  • Heart Murmurs and Arrhythmias
  • Hypertension (High Blood Pressure)
  • Heartworm
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhoea
  • Giardia
  • Intestinal Worms
  • Enteritis
  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Cushing’s Disease (Hyperadrenocorticism)
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Postpartum Hypocalcaemia (Eclampsia)
  • Conjunctivitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Cataracts
  • Ear mites
  • Deafness
  • Anaphylactic Shock
  • Lupus
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Epilepsy
  • Canine Degenerative Myelopathy (CDM)
  • Canine Distemper
  • Infectious Canine Tracheobronchitis (Kennel Cough)
  • Asthma
  • Mange
  • Ringworm

Dog Breeds

  • Gundogs, Hounds, Pastoral, Terriers, Toy, Utility, Working
  • English Setter
  • Irish Setter
  • German Pointer
  • Golden Retriever
  • Labrador Retriever
  • Cocker Spaniel
  • Hungarian Vizsla
  • Beagle
  • Dachshund
  • Greyhound
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Bassett Hound
  • Australian Cattle dog
  • Border Collie
  • German Shepherd
  • Old English Sheep Dog
  • Corgi
  • Staffordshire Bull Terrier
  • West Highland Terrier
  • Parson (Jack) Russell Terrier
  • Australian terrier
  • Scottish terrier
  • Chihuahua
  • Bichon Frisé
  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • Pomeranian
  • Pug
  • Dalmatian
  • Poodle
  • Schnauzer
  • Shih Tzu
  • Alaskan Malumute
  • Great Dane
  • Mastiff
  • Newfoundland
  • St Bernard

Breeding

  • Introduction
  • Female Reproductive System
  • Male Reproductive System
  • Sexual Behaviour
  • Mating Interaction
  • The Management of Reproduction
  • Desexing/Neutering/Spaying/Castrating
  • Pregnancy and birth
  • Parturition (Labour)
  • Suckling
  • Weaning
  • Factors Influencing Puppy Size
  • Puppy Development
  • The breeding industry
  • ‘Back-yard’ Breeders & Breeding for fun
  • Illegal Commercial Puppy Breeding Enterprises (Puppy Mills)
  • Breeding for Profit
  • Legislation and Licensing

Basic Dog Behaviour and Training

  • Understanding dog behaviour
  • The Importance of Training
  • Practical training techniques
  • Technique for Recall
  • Technique for Sit (in front)
  • Technique for Sit (at the side)
  • Technique for Stand (Beside)
  • Technique for Stand (Beside)
  • Technique for Leave
  • Technique for Down/Lay
  • Technique for Stay (beside)
  • Technique for Heeling
  • Behaviour Problems Present Opportunities for Business
  • Attributes of Successful Dog Trainers
  • Practical for Business Start-up

Grooming

  • The Importance of Grooming
  • Grooming tools and equipment
  • What to groom, why and how
  • Skin
  • Bathing
  • Coat (hair)
  • Brushing
  • Claws (nails)
  • Teeth
  • Teeth brushing
  • Ears
  • Professional grooming
  • Long haired dog breeds
  • Short hair breeds
  • Other breeds
  • Styles and clips

Other Dog Services

  • Health and related services
  • Training and related services
  • Day care and long term stay services
  • Assistance dog services
  • Professional dog handling
  • Retail related services

Nature and Scope of Canine Psychology

  • A brief history of the canine evolution
  • Self-domestication
  • Canine industries

Canine Senses

  • Understanding canine communication
  • Sight
  • Body Language
  • Smell
  • Sound
  • Elimination Postures

Understanding Natural Canine Behaviour

  • Social Structure
  • Social Behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Clinical Problems
  • Biological Rhythms
  • Sleep
  • Sexual Behaviour
  • Maternal Behaviour
  • Parturition
  • Suckling and Weaning
  • Eating and Drinking

Canine Behavioural Development

  • Nature or Nuture
  • Sensitive Periods
  • Neurological Development
  • Canine Temperament Testing
  • How Breeds Differ
  • Canine Behavioural Disorders
  • Attention Seeking Behaviour
  • Excessive barking
  • Chewing
  • Running away
  • Chasing moving objects
  • Begging
  • Digging
  • Separation anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Phobias
  • Excessive compulsive disorders
  • Cognitive Dysfunction
  • Calming a dog

Basic Dog Training

  • Forming habits
  • Conditioning
  • Classical Conditioning
  • Operant Conditioning
  • Socialisation
  • House training
  • The use of visual signals
  • The use of voice commands
  • The use of training aids

Dog Obedience Training

  • Practical Training Techniques
  • Recall
  • Sit
  • Stand
  • Drop
  • Leave
  • Down
  • Stay
  • Heel
  • Seek
  • Retrieve
  • Bark on Signal

Training Working Dogs

  • Training for scent discrimination or substance detection
  • Training for retrieving
  • Guarding
  • Hearing dogs
  • Herding
  • Tracking
  • Controlling attacks on animals and people

Controlling a Dogs Movement

  • Territorial nature of dogs
  • Fencing
  • Dog doors
  • Kennels
  • Exercise requirements
  • Socialisation requirements
  • Walking on a lead/leash
  • Electronic barriers
  • Microchips
  • Pet Registration and Licensing
  • Controlling Killing Wildlife

WHAT'S INCLUDED

  • Online 24/7 access to your course allowing you to study when it suits your schedule
  • Access to a variety of learning formats including ebooks, self assessment tests and assignments
  • Tutoring services to ensure no question you have goes unanswered.
  • A lifetime loyalty discount of 20% off all your tools and products from our industry partner.
  • A certificate of attainment upon completion.
  • Tutor support service available to you by phone and email 6 days a week.

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