AB04: You & Your Rescue Dog

This course is recognised by the ABC SA.

This course is perfect for prospective and current pet owners who wish to learn more about caring for their beloved companions.

Students may enrol at any time.

If you are thinking of adopting a new canine ‘best friend’ from a rescue shelter, or you already have, this course is for you. A Foundation Award that will equip you to help your ‘rescue’ dog settle into his new forever home, as well as prepare you for any behavioural issues that you might encounter.

Written by leading canine behaviourist Peter Neville, this course is primarily designed for anyone who is thinking of adopting a new puppy or adult dog of any age, pedigree or crossbreed, from an animal welfare centre.

You & Your Rescue Dog - Pet Ownership Course

You & Your Rescue Dog
Pet Ownership Course


  • This course will teach you how to deal with the special needs of your new canine family member. Learn why dogs do what they do, and how you can give your dog the best possible start in his new home.
  • Through coursework assessment at each of the six stages, You and Your Rescue Dog enables all dog owners to achieve a deeper understanding of canine nutrition and care.
  • It will enable you to demonstrate your knowledge, integrity and commitment to owning a dog to any animal welfare centre where you are hoping to acquire your dog or puppy.


Unit 1:

Unit 1 discusses all the factors you should consider before bringing your new family member home. We help you to consider factors such as your home environment, existing pets and family members when deciding on a specific type of dog.

Unit 2:

So you’ve decided on a dog, and you are ready to bring him home. Unit 2 helps you make sure you have everything ready for your new family member, and also walks you through the process of introducing him to your family and other pets.

Unit 3:

In this unit we look at the mental and physical needs of the dog. We explore breed-specific needs as well as needs that are universal, such as chewing and digging.

Unit 4:

Unit 4 delves into the theory and practice of training. What should you look for in a puppy / dog school? What is clicker training and how does it work? We discuss all this and more in this unit.

Unit 5:

In Unit 5 we look at the dog’s nutritional needs, as well as how those needs change during the different phases of his life.

Unit 6:

This last unit covers your dog’s physical and mental health. We touch on the different common canine diseases and their prevention. Then we take a look at the different canine behaviours and their accompanying signals.


Tutors & Markers:

  • Judy Post

COAPE International has a team of qualified Markers who mark student’s assignments in order to ensure complete impartiality. These assignments are randomly moderated by a qualified Moderator to ensure consistency in the marking standard worldwide.

Course Type:

Correspondence, on-line.

Course Duration:
Can be completed in 6 weeks, maximum time allowed is 6 months. Students may enrol at any time.

Abilities Required for This Course:

  • Students must be computer literate, have the use of a computer with internet access and be able to operate basic programs such as Microsoft Word.
  • A good command of the English language is preferable.

Pricing & Enrolment

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