Keeping a dog can be be one of the most rewarding things anyone can do; but also challenging in a number of ways, particularly if you don't have adequate knowledge or experience. Dogs are not humans; but they have co-existed with humans since the beginnings of civilization. They can live with you in the home; at work or anywhere; but you need to recognize their physical and emotional needs, and how those needs vary from the needs of a human.
This course helps you to understand all of that.
What this course covers
- Dogs and Humans - Matching Breed to the Owner and Home
- Understanding the Biology of Dogs
- Health Care for Dogs
- Psychology of Dogs - Insights for Training
- Grooming Dogs
- Working with Dogs - Services to Utilise or Work In
- 20+hour, self paced course;
- Fully online
- Optional, very practical set tasks throughout
- Automated self assessment tests
- Certificate of Completion on achieving a 60% pass rate on a final assessment
Dogs can be expensive to keep. Reports have suggested that a dog may cost a person (over the course of it's lifetime) the equivalent of 3 or 4 months of an average income. Keeping a dog is a financial and emotional responsibility. It is a living thing, not an inanimate toy. If you have the need and desire to keep a dog, it can be life enriching for well over a decade. If you don't have the commitment for a decade, you, ownership that starts with good intention can rapidly turn into a problem for you and the animal.
Doing this course may be a very sensible way to both prepare for dog ownership, and verify you are ready to own a dog -before you find yourself committed with no easy way out.