Get Qualified with a Certificate in Caring for Dogs!

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Certificate in Caring for Dogs

Learn about the psychology of animals

Whether you are a responsible dog owner, you want to enter the dog care industry, or you already work in a dog care related business; this course will provide you with essential knowledge to improve your ability to care for canines. Become a skilled dog owner, improve your ability to work within the volunteer field, or gain important skills to work in any dog related industry.

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Key Benefits

  • Describe the basic care of dogs, including nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and preventative health care.
  • Gain an understanding of the common diseases of dogs.
  • Learn the basic characteristics of different breeds of dog, and how the suitability of breeds can differ.
  • Get a foot in the door of the competitive dog care industry
  • Provide your own dogs with the best care possible.
  • This course has been reviewed by RSPCA Victoria

Accredited by ICOES

ICOES, the International Council for Online Educational Standards guarantees you a high standard of content with measurable outcomes from a reputable training organisation. ICOES is the accrediting body that establishes, monitors and continually develops the educational standards of online teaching institutions.

Support the RSPCA!


For every student that completes one of our dog care courses, we make a donation to the RSPCA in Victoria. On a recent visit to the RSPCA in Melbourne we found their efforts and facilities to be incredible and we fully support them in their fight for the safety of animals. RSPCA Victoria are currently reviewing our course materials.

Our students say

★★★★★ “Very impressed with the course, it made a lot of sense. My tutor is always there whenever I need help!” Harriet Gregory

Course Summary

Investment: $495 + GST or only $25 per week on an interest free payment plan


Assessments: 9 modules / 9 assignments. Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments


Duration: 90 hours (approximately 10 hours per module).  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week


Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months until you complete


Delivery and support: Online with tutor support via email or phone

This course covers nine modules

  1. Introduction to Dog Care
  2. Canine Biology
  3. Dog Health – Part 1
  4. Dog Health – Part 2
  5. Exploring Dog Breeds
  6. Dog Breeding
  7. Dog Behaviour and Training
  8. Grooming Dogs
  9. Other Dog Services

Nicole Pilkington – Pet and Animal Care Tutor

Nicole has over 25 years experience working as a Veterinary Nurse. She has worked in various Veterinary clinics, Emergency hospitals where at one of them she held a practice management role. Nicole has trained and mentored many people that have been interested in a career in the Veterinary nursing and Animal care Industry. Training, behaviour of puppies is something that she has a lot of experience with. She has a passion for animals and teaching. Being able to share this with others is what she enjoys the most.

Introduction to Dog Care

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Summarise the daily needs of a dog.
  • Recognise and justify essential considerations when buying a dog.
  • Compare and contrast local dog care facilities.
  • Explain the nature of the dog care industry.
  • Recognise key facts regarding basic training.

Canine Biology

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Describe the external anatomy of a dog.
  • Explain the functions of the skeletal system.
  • Give examples of what the common integument provides for a dog.
  • Summarise the workings of the digestive system of a dog.
  • Define the standard physiology of a dog.
  • Explain the importance of ‘Thermoregulation’.

Dog Health – Part One

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Summarise the distinguishing characteristics of dogs.
  • Explain the correct nutritional requirements for a dog’s health and well-being.
  • Prepare for the physiological stages of a dogs life and their evolving diet requirements.
  • Give examples of the different dog food products and the various pros and cons.
  • Demonstrate appropriate measures to prevent problems arising.
  • Apply the appropriate responses to problems if and when they arise.
  • Explain some common health issues that affect a dog’s health, well-being and longevity.

Dog Health – Part Two

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Give examples of preventative treatments for your dog.
  • Describe some of the common ailments and disorders affecting dogs.
  • List signs of various ailments and disorders that affect dogs.
  • Explain some of the options for treatment of those ailments and disorders.

Exploring Dog Breeds

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Define the 7 main breeds of dogs as classified by the Kennel Club of Great Britain.
  • Give examples of various dogs from the 7 main breed types.
  • Describe various dogs from the 7 main breed types.
  • Distinguish the different characteristics across these breeds of dogs, both desirable and undesirable.
  • Summarise the history of various popular cross-breeds of dogs.

Dog Breeding

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Summarise the relevant factors to the breeding of dogs.
  • Explain the structure of the male and female dog reproductive systems.
  • Describe the sexual behaviour of dogs, including mating interaction.
  • Distinguish the characteristics of a good brood bitch or stud dog.
  • Identify the different stages of dog pregnancy and birth.
  • Give examples of the factors that influence puppy size.
  • Explain the stages of puppy development.
  • Summarise the importance of legislation and licensing.

Dog Behaviour and Training

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Define the main considerations in the science of animal behaviour.
  • Summarise the importance of basic dog training.
  • Apply different methods of training dogs to obey basic commands.
  • Give examples of the attributes of a successful dog trainer.
  • Prepare a plan for setting up and operating a dog training or dog behavioural consultancy business.

Grooming Dogs

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Distinguish the 3 major types of dog hair.
  • Summarise the basic care requirements in grooming.
  • Give examples of the tools and equipment used in a dog grooming business.
  • Define the grooming requirements for each of a dog’s body parts.
  • Describe the traits of a successful professional Dog Groomer.

Other Dog Services

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course you will be able to:


  • Give examples of the different health and training related services for dogs.
  • Explain the different aspects involved in the role of Vets and Vet nurses.
  • Describe the work of a Dog trainer or Behaviour consultant.
  • Summarise what services are provided by day care and long stay services for dogs.
  • Explain the role of assistance dog services in the community.
  • Give examples of the different work that Professional dog handlers services provide.
  • Define the goods and services that retail related services provide for dogs.

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