Short Course for Dog Owners

If you love dogs, this is the course for you!

The Dog Owners Short Course is a great course for any dog lover. If you know the physical and psychological needs for your dog, this will help your best friend be more happy and healthy.

This 20 hour short course covers the following 6 lessons – dogs and humans, basic dog care, dog breeds, selecting the right dog for you, biology of dogs, basic health, dog psychology, grooming and working with dogs.

How does it work?

At the end of each lesson, you will be given a short interactive test to undertake, which will provide an indication of how your learning is progressing. Upon completing the very last lesson, you will be offered a more thorough automated test or examination. This final assessment can be undertaken at any time of day or night; and any day of the week; and if you achieve an overall pass (60% or more); you will be able to obtain a “certificate of completion” with your name and completion date on it.

Note: these short courses are self-guided online courses and are not to be confused with tutor-supported online courses.

Course Outline

There are 6 Lessons in this course:

Dogs and Humans

  • History
  • Dog Breeds
  • Pure Breeds or Crossbreeds
  • A Selection of Common Breeds
  • Basic Dog Care
  • The Right Dog for you
  • Creating a Healthy Home Environment for a Dog
  • Dogs and Fire Emergencies – How prepared are you?

Biology of Dogs

  • Physiological Characteristics
  • Reproductive System

Basic Health

  • Signs of a Healthy Dog
  • Recognising Poor Health
  • Common Internal Parasites
  • Common External Parasites
  • Common Disease and Illness
  • Skin Problems in Dogs
  • Notifiable Diseases
  • Preventative Health Care & Care for the Sick Dog
  • Good Nutrition
  • Reproduction and Breeding
  • Desexing


  • Understanding the Dog’s Mind
  • Evolution and Domestication
  • Behavioural Development
  • Common Behaviour and Body Language
  • Behavioural Problems
  • General Training Tips


  • The Need for Grooming
  • Techniques
  • Grooming Tools
  • Pet Clips and Styling

Working in the Canine Industry

  • Health Services
  • Breeding
  • Grooming
  • Training
  • Day Care & Exercise
  • Long Term Care
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Canine Therapy
  • Professional Dog Handling
  • Retail
  • Funeral and Memorial Services

Final Assessment



This short dog care course is just right for dog lovers and owners who want to take better care of their canine friends!

Delivery Online
Duration 20 hours
Includes Lessons, Quizzes, Final Test, Certificate

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    Delivery Online
    Duration 20 hours
    Includes Lessons, Quizzes, Final Test, Certificate