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Caring for Dogs


Course Outline and Topics

Course Overview

If you’re a dog lover or are considering buying or adopting a dog, Caring for Dogs is a complete care guide that will provide you with information on how to choose the right dog and how to keep your best friend happy and healthy.

This short course covers all of the essential factors to consider when caring for and owning a dog, including basic dog care, dog breeds, selecting the right dog for you, biology of dogs, basic health, dog psychology, grooming and working with dogs.

This course is an excellent resource for households with dogs or for those wanting to work with dogs in a professional capacity, such as dog groomers, dog trainers, dog carers, dog walkers or animal handlers in veterinary care settings.

Course Structure

Unit - Caring For Dogs

  • Dogs and humans
  • History
  • Dog breeds
  • Basic dog care
  • Choosing the right dog
  • Healthy home environment
  • Dogs and fire emergencies
  • Biology of dogs
  • Physiological characteristics
  • Reproductive systems
  • Basic health care
  • Signs of healthy dog
  • Poor health
  • Parasites, disease and illness
  • Caring for a sick dog
  • Nutrition
  • Reproduction and breeding
  • Desexing
  • Dog psychology
  • Grooming techniques
  • Grooming tools
  • Training
  • Day care and exercise
  • Assistance dogs
  • Canine therapy
  • Dog handling
  • Funeral and memorial services


Written assignments and exercises, including short-answer questions, reports/essays and projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment.


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  • Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
  • Improve your employment opportunities;
  • Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
  • High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
  • No entry requirements;
  • All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
  • Unlimited tutor support;
  • Easy to understand course content;
  • 12 months’ access. Free extensions may be available upon application.
  • Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
  • Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.

Career Pathways

Future growth




  • Dog Groomer
  • Dog Carer
  • Dog Trainer
  • Household Dog Owners
  • Includes 12 months access
  • Full up-front payment only