Certificate in Dog Care and Training

Do you love dogs and have a passion for caring for them or working with them? Do you want to better understand why dogs behave the way they do, so you can change the way you handle dogs or train them? Then this course is for you.

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Approximately 200 hours
to complete the course, which has 2 key modules made up of 18 subjects.

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites to complete this course. However, you must be able to read, analyse and comprehend, printed information in English, and to write statements and solve problems to complete the course. You must also have reliable access to a computer and a reliable internet connection and have basic computer skills.


Upon completion of your course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion and a Statement of Attainment for each module completed.


Online, flexible learning at your own pace.

Availability of Content

12 months to access the course content (extensions are considered on a case-by-case basis)

Approval & Recognition

Careerhouse is an approved and recognised member of IARC. The IARC is an International association which recognises institutions who aspire to excellence in tertiary education.

Designed to give you a comprehensive introduction to dog care and pyschology, whether it be to care for a pet at home or if you work with dogs, and how to understand their behaviours to improve the way you train and care for them. This course will provide a solid foundation, exploring a dog’s anatomy and physiology, their nutrition and heath, breeding and different methods of training dogs.

Course Outline

Students will undertake 2 Key Modules, made up of 22 subjects.

Module 1: Dog Care (100 Hours)
A practical course to take you through all general aspects of dog care. You will learn the science of dog care, as well as how to care for the practical daily needs of a dog.

Designed to give you a solid introduction into the different ways to care for your dog, from nutrition and feeding, to exercise, health care, breeding and behaviour and training.

You will learn how to provide effective care for those needs either as a dog owner or a professional working in the industry.

Module 2: Dog Psychology and Training (100 Hours)
This course is designed for anyone who works with or cares for dogs. You will learn how to truly understand dogs, build a respectful and responsive relationship with dogs and better understand how to manage their health and wellbeing.

You will also develop an understanding of canine psychology, which you can apply in a variety of situations, from dog handling and training, or even at home as a dog owner.

Understanding how the domesticated dog has developed anatomically and physiologically will help you understand behaviours commonly seen in dogs, allowing you to provide an environment in which the dog remains a happy and healthy companion.

For the full subject list and course guide, fill out our Enquiry Form and our course advisors will be in touch.


Assessments are a critical step in the learning process. They help ensure you stay on track and meet the learning objectives of each lesson before moving onto the next. They also help your tutor identify where any further support may be required, so that you get the most out of your course.

You will learn via various methods; a combination of reading, interacting with tutors, undertaking research and watching videos. Each lesson will conclude with an assignment which is marked by your assigned tutor and returned to you with feedback, and if necessary, some recommended additional reading. Assessments may come in the form of – case studies, quizzes and written assessments.

Who will this course interest?

This course is a beginner level course and may be of interest to people working, or aspiring to work in dog shelters, kennels, rescue shelters and for those who want to start their own dog care or dog training business.

If you have a specific job in mind, it is important that you research exactly what is required before enrolling in a course. Different roles will require different skills, qualifications and recognition. If you are unsure, one of our course advisors will be able to help you with this.


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