This course is perfect for prospective and current pet dog owners who wish to learn more about caring for their beloved canine companions. The course is designed to be easy, enjoyable and informative to study, for existing and new owners who would like to understand their pet better from a behavioural point of view.
An Introductory course for people who love to share their lives with a canine companion – or two. This course will help you to better understand your dog’s true nature. You will explore your relationship with this affection-loving yet highly specialised social carnivore whose behaviour and very design has been honed by becoming our ‘best friend’ and working companion.
The origin of the dog. How dogs really evolved from wolves and why the different types and breeds have different needs.
Socialisation, handling and habituation. Behavioural development and how to provide appropriate levels of early experience and opportunity to maximise your puppy’s confidence and potential as a successful pet.
Influence of environment and lifestyle. How home environment and lifestyle need to be matched to a dog’s needs.
Communication and basic parenting. How to relate to your dog.
Fit for life! Exercise, nutrition, feeding and stimulation. Understanding the inter-relationship between good nutritional, physical and psychological care
Basic training. How to communicate with your dog and train him using modern motivational cues and kind, effective techniques.
Online course through Google Classroom, multichoice questions at the end of each Unit, with answers provided. No certificate is awarded on completion.
Can be completed in 6 weeks, maximum time allowed is 6 months.
Students can enrol at any time.