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Study Dog Care to Get Work In the Pet Industry 

Course Code: BAG105 | Course Duration: 100 hours

The growing dog care industry has a range of commercial opportunities now! Many pet owners pamper their dogs with services and products. 


Course Aim: Describe how to care for dogs appropriately and responsibly.

Do you have what it takes for a successful career with dogs? 

  • Are you sociable and outgoing? 
  • Are you attentive? 
  • Do you have energy?
  • Do you have time to give a pet? 
  • Are you loyal and kind by nature?  
  • Do you adore fur?! 
  • Are you business minded? 

Examples of related industries include:

  • Retail supplies – food, toys, training aids, leashes etc
  • Breeding enterprises
  • Boarding kennels/long-stay facilities
  • Walking and sitting services
  • Municipal/government department – managing registration, pound, Dog Catcher
  • Grooming
  • Trainer (behavioural, or work specific)
  • Behaviour consultant
  • Working dogs – herding, guard (security, livestock), guiding and leading, pet therapy animals, tracking dogs (army/police),
  • Rescue centres, pounds, foster homes, shelters
  • Funeral, cremation and memorial services
  • Health services – veterinary, nursing and alternative therapies


What's Covered in this Course?

There are nine lessons in this course.

This course covers: 

Lesson 1. 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
  • Escape
  • 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

Lesson 2. Canine Biology

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

Lesson 3. 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

Lesson 4. 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

Lesson 5. 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

Lesson 6. 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

Lesson 7. 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

Lesson 8. 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

Lesson 9. 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


What You Will Learn!

  • The typical physical and psychological needs of a dog.
  • The scope of services available to dog owners.
  • The internal and external anatomy of a dog.
  • Common health issues that impact a dog's wellbeing and longevity.
  • Appropriate measures to prevent problems arising.
  • Confidence to respond to problems when they do arise.
  • Common ailments and optional treatments when dogs can be treated at home.
  • Different characteristics of breeds.
  • Recognition of desirable and undesirable traits.
  • How dogs are bred and how the genetic purity of breeds is controlled.
  • The current dog breeding industry.
  • How to operate a dog breeding business.
  • Ways in which dogs can be trained.
  • Introduction to dog training or behavioural business.
  • Basic grooming techniques.
  • Requirements for dog grooming business start-ups.
  • The nature of products and services in the canine industry.
  • How to successfully operate a range of different dog service businesses.


How this course works!

Enrol any time  - we have daily intakes. 

Join thousands of graduates, complete 100 hours of study (approximately).

Self-manage your time to read, research, complete formal assessments, take self-tests and undertake practical tasks.

Enjoy tutor support, receive marked assignments and feedback to help you grow. 

Skip the exam to receive a Letter of Completion from the school. 

Or go for it... Pass the final exam to be awarded a Statement of Attainment in Dog Care. 


Gain Industry Experience and Connections

It's simple - studying dog care needs a practical experience element. 

Dog care students benefit from the tasks and activities in the course which are offline.

We encourage connection with industry.

If you love dogs and want a career in dog care, there’s a chance you’ve got a lot of energy are you are sociable too! 

Peek at some tasks within the course here… 

  • Talk with people who work/have worked with dogs to discuss the most common health problems are seen in dogs.  

  • Select three canine health conditions and undertake research into that condition. You should also note any particular breed pre-dispositions to the condition.

  • Visit a dog show, event, dog park (or any place where you will find a number of dogs) and observe the many physical differences in a wide range of different breeds. Take photos! 
  • Research different pure breeds of dog that originally come from you own country. Aim to find out what the breed was originally used for. 
  • Research local authorities, find out what requirements there are for dog breeder to run a breeding establishment.
  • Research the range of professional trainers and behaviour management businesses in your state, region or country.
  • Investigate services offered by three different groomers. Research the similarities and differences. 

What Next?

To be successful in dog care, you need more than passion. You need persistence and a willingness to do whatever it takes to succeed. You also need skills. 

If this describes you, we can help you to get a start in this industry. 

This course could lead to:

  • Work in a pet retail environment - many people in this industry lack deep knowledge of animals and their true needs.
  • Work self-employed as a dog care specialist!
  • Work in dog rescue or rehabilitation.
  • Work at boarding facility, or start your own boarding business. 
  • Work in fostering and minding. 
  • Work with dogs for the blind. 
  • Becoming an animal advocate. 
  • Becoming a blogger or writer for pet related business or services.
  • Take a first step to further education.

Is it worth it? 

Graduates finish this course with understanding and appreciation of how to care properly for dogs. They pass that knowledge to others through business or industry connections. 


Still undecided.... Talk with us today.

We have a friendly team dedicated to the industry and to students. We can answer questions and help you to solidify your plans. 

Looking for something else? Opt for an immediate download in the Dog Owners Short Course- a jam packed 20-hour micro course to get you started! 

Take the lead, make a difference. 

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