Introduction to Professional Dog Care Certificate
Are you super keen to begin building your qualifications to pursue a career with dogs?
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Is now the time to turn your dreams in to a reality?
Book the Introduction to Professional Dog Care course and get a place on the Understanding Pet Dogs course with a 75% discount! Both courses can be taken at your own pace, in the comfort of your own home, and you will be well on your way to achieving your dream of a career with canines.
The Introduction to Professional Dog Care course has been designed for two purposes.
Firstly, this course contains quite a bit of very important information on caring for dogs. This information will facilitate each learner in becoming a better dog owner, as well as clearing up misconceptions about dog care, hence helping to change the way society thinks of dogs.
Secondly, this course is a taster to formal pet care education. We understand that while, for many, a career working with animals would be a dream come true, yet many of you are at a level where you are yet exploring which avenue of pet care you are interested in, or you have not yet had any formal education in pet care. Taking this short introductory course first will help bring all learners to the same level of basic knowledge, meaning those advancing on to further courses will have grasped the basics of dog care, allowing you to focus directly on your chosen career path when taking your follow on course targeted at a specific professional position.
You will be able to complete this course at your own pace, though we recommend that you allow a week per module minimum to allow you enough time to revise.
Module 1 – The Evolution and Domestication of Pet Dogs
This course will look at where dogs originally came from, why they were domesticated, what that means in relation to pack mentality and care, and where todays breeds and breed groups came from.
This topic is vital to get your head around as many of today’s professionals in the pet care industry misunderstand who dogs fundamentally are, leading to poor professional decisions. This module will look at the topic from a scientific approach.
Module 2 – Caring for Canines
Another very important module which will clear up more misconceptions on pet dog care. We will look at choosing a dog, training tools, explore nutrition, responsible dog ownership and general recommendations to ensure you and your clients care for their dogs to the best of their ability.
Module 3 – Introduction to Understanding Dog Body Language
Our dogs are constantly speaking to us, but unfortunately we do not know how to listen. Our deafness to dog’s communication can often leave dogs feeling frustrated and needing to protect themselves when cries for help are ignored.
Dog body language has so much to it that it could go on the leaving certificate curriculum. This introductory module will look at dog body language that precedes aggression as this knowledge will help you to learn how to predict, and more importantly avoid, aggression from dogs. Videos, images and explanations in video format along with further informative manuals will be included, as well as video interpretation assessments.
Module 4 – Introduction to Neurology, pharmacology and endocrinology
Yes, this one sounds like a mouthful. In the pet care industry in Ireland, up until recent times pet care, especially dog care and behaviour, has been thought of as a wishy washy career choice based on having a ‘gift’ of a magical touch with pets. Here at Creedons College however we approach pet dog care from a scientific view point, based on research and understanding biology and anatomy.
However at this level we do not expect you to be at a brain surgeon level. Instead we will look at why understanding the brain comes in to play when working with dogs. We will explore supplementary care for anxious, fearful or aggressive dogs, and we will investigate the influence of hormones on dog behaviour. These topics will be explored in much more detail on both the dog training and dog behaviour courses, though this introductory module will be more than enough to help you understand the topics and why they are so important in the modern pet dog care industry.
This course is a requirement to enrol on many of our more advanced courses. It is also an ideal taster course before committing to a longer course. Once you have successfully completed this course the staff and tutors at Creedons College will be available to help you decide what route you would now like to take in this industry. We will provide you with an additional module free of charge which looks at the pet care industry and will help you explore your options.
To enrol on this course you must be somewhat internet and computer savvy, and access to good internet connection is necessary. While there will be no overly difficult technological portions of the course, you will need to log on to your account and view all materials online.
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