Dog Care Online Course

Dog Care Course Online. Sale!
Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan $800.00 incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email
Qualification Certificate

Become a Professional Dog Carer

Whether you are a professional or just love dogs, this course is for you.  You will learn about canines in depth, study their biology, health needs, breeding, behaviour, training, grooming and more.

This course is online, 100hrs, self paced study.

Suitable for: dog trainers, groomers, animal/pet carers, dog lovers, shelter workers, professional dog walkers and pet shop employees.

Course Aims:

  • Determine the typical daily needs of a dog, both physical and psychological. Discuss the nature and scope of services available to dog owners.
  • Describe the internal and external anatomy of a dog. Explain the standard physiology of a dog.
  • Identify common health issues that impact on a dog’s health, wellbeing and longevity. Determine appropriate measures to prevent problems arising or respond to problems in the first instance when they do arise.
  • Describe common ailments and optional treatments for those ailments.
  • Compare differentiating characteristics across breeds of dogs, including both desirable and undesirable characteristics.
  • Describe how dogs are bred and how the purity of breeds is controlled. Discuss the dog breeding industry and how to operate a dog breeding business.
  • Explain ways in which dogs can be trained. Discuss how to successfully operate a dog training or behavioural consultancy business.
  • Explain how to groom a dog. Determine how to successfully operate a dog grooming business.
  • Explain the scope and nature of a wide range of products and services involved in the dog industry.
  • Determine how to successfully operate a range of different dog service businesses.


Detailed Course Outline

This course is made up a number of lessons or units. Each having self assessment questions, set tasks (practical homework), and an assignment which you can upload online.  Click below to read about each of the lessons and what you will learn.

There are 9 Lessons in this course:

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


  • 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

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


  • 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

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.


Course Tutors

Dr Karen Catchpole  B.VSc. (Hons)

Karen brings to Careerline great experience and expertise in animal Science. Karen is a practicing veterinarian, now in her own small animal hospital, after working in varied roles over 17 years since graduation from Sydney University with first class honours.  Karen continues to maintain active involvement in education in both professional development and in tutoring both vocational and university students.  Karen's field of expertise is in internal animal medicine & surgery of cats & dogs.

Dr. Karin Dreyer-Haasbroek  B.V.S.   M.Sc.  (Parasitology)

Karin’s love and passion for animals stem from growing up on a farm in South Africa. After gaining her Veterinary Science degree she worked in mixed general practice while completing a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Living and working in South Africa exposed Karin to a vast range of experiences in the clinical veterinary field: treating patients ranging from marmoset monkeys to lions to the everyday cat, dog or horse. Two years as a Laboratory Vet resulted in helping farmers tackling livestock health problems in a variety of farm production systems. Since her move to Western Australia with her family, Karin has been working in a small animal practice.  During her 20 years as a vet, she has been involved in several research projects and the tutoring of students in various fields of animal science. She enjoys mentoring students and sharing her knowledge and she loves helping students flourish and realise their full potential.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.