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Provide Animals With The Best Care Possible

 If you are one of the many people that has a natural love for animals and would like to learn more about how to care for them in a more effective manner, then this special 4 in 1 course will provide you with the skills and knowledge that you require. By covering different aspects of animal care from pet sitting, to dog grooming, dealing with nutrition and even getting to grips with pet psychology, it is the perfect package for any individual that is serious about providing animals with the best care possible within their means.

Each course has been carefully designed to include all of the key information that you will need to not only be able to provide better care for animals, but also go on and have a career within these fields. To better understand what you will receive, we shall look at each course in brief.

Enter the business of animal care with this amazing animal care course online!

The Pet Sitting Course

The pet sitting course looks at not only how to care for the animals, but their health and safety and even how to approach them in the correct manner. You will also be guided through how to do things safely for the sake of your own health and also that of the animal. Of course, this also then leads to the legal side of things as well as how to look for certain diseases that could spell disaster for both the animals you are caring for and your business in general.

Furthermore, you will learn about pet sitting and what is involved, dog walking, how much time to allocate to the animals and even how to transport them in a safe and secure manner. If that was not enough, you will also be taken through how to run the business side of things, including the key forms that are required.

It should be noted that this course does include more than just dogs and cats.

The Dog Grooming Course

With our dog grooming course, you will learn about more than just how to groom them, but also why doing so is such an important thing for their health and general wellbeing. You will be guided through looking at their health, parasites, and their anatomy, so that you get a better understanding of the concept of grooming.

There will also be information on the business side, including how to set up your workstation to allow you to groom dogs in a professional manner. This will also include how to deal with a fearful dog as well as those that are difficult to handle. Finally, you will discover how to handle emergencies should any arise, providing you with a full understanding of the dog grooming industry.

The Pet Nutrition Course

The pet nutrition course will provide you with the relevant knowledge to allow you to run a professional business advising people on how to provide their pet with the best nutrition and help their health in the process. You will focus on different types of food and pet diets and what the various nutrients can do for their general health.

Furthermore, you will study their digestive system and the various feeding stages that they have to go through in their life according to their needs at the time. You will be taught about the ideal weights for various pets and the issues that they may face when they fail to be within that weight range.

Finally, you will be taken through the concept of what is good food for pets and what would be deemed to be bad food, including snacks and even the use of herbs to help them. Alternative therapies, such as essential oils, will also be mentioned to provide you with a full range of ideas that can then be used in an advisory capacity.

The Pet Psychology Course

Our pet psychology course allows you to understand the behaviour of your pet and how to handle any issues. You will learn the history of the study of animal psychology and why it is so important. You will compare the brains of cats and dogs while focusing on their emotions and how to interpret them correctly.

In addition, you will work through how to best communicate with them and how their behaviour can change as they get older and how to cope with those changes. There will also be lessons on dealing with negative behaviour, including aggression and understanding psychiatric issues that can be distressing for both animal and owner.

By the end of this course, you will learn :

  • A pet sitting course
  • A dog grooming course
  • A pet nutrition course
  • A pet psychology course

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of animal care
  2. Comprehensive 70 module Accredited Complete Animal Care Online Bundle, 4 Courses
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading animal care experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. Here at Courses for Success we want to provide our users with the most efficient way for them to study without interrupting their every-day lives. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course 1: Pet Psychology Certificate

Module 1: A Course on Pet Psychology

  • What is animal psychology?
  • A quick word on evolution
  • Historical background of animal psychology
  • Instinct

Module 2 : Why Learn About Animal Behaviour?

  • A generalised reason for learning animal behaviour
  • Six in-depth reasons to learn about animal behaviour
  • You will discover the possibility of re-domesticating animals
  • Is pet fashion really appropriate?

Module 3 : How Animals See the World/Animal Vision

  • Is all animal vision the same?
  • Seeing colours
  • Seeing by feeling
  • Night vision

Module 4 : Concept Formation

  • The definition of concept formation
  • Types of concept learning
  • What analogical reasoning means
  • How concept formation is important to pets and your interaction

Module 5 : About Animals’ Brains

  • New research shows science has just begun to understand the animal brain
  • New tests designed for the animal help reveal their intelligence
  • Comparing the human brain to other animals
  • The dog and cat brain

Module 6 : Basic Emotional and Motivational Processes and Social Emotions

  • The history of emotional studies
  • Oatley and Jenkins functional theory
  • Cognitive bias test
  • Basic emotions exhibited

Module 7 : Conditioning

  • The definition of classical conditioning
  • Defining operant conditioning
  • The history of Pavlov's Dogs
  • B.F. Skinner's conditioning experiments

Module 8 : Spatial Reasoning

  • Examples of spatial abilities in animals
  • How animals navigate
  • Scientific cognitive nomenclature
  • Honing spatial abilities in pets

Module 9 : Language and Animals

  • An overview of language and animals, with an experiment
  • The types of communication
  • The ability to speak
  • Training the human language

Module 10 : History of Animal Training

  • The start of animal training
  • ABE's work based on Skinner's Models
  • Military Animal Training
  • History of Dog Training

Module 11 : Typical Dog Behaviour

  • Socialisation
  • How dogs change with age
  • Understanding puppy behaviour
  • Feeding time

Module 12 : How Dogs Learn

  • The difference in human and dog learning styles
  • Operant conditioning methods
  • Reinforcement of behaviour
  • Natural reinforcement

Module 13 : Understanding Dog Communication

  • How smell is one of the most important senses that your dog has
  • Why sound is not only about the barking that your dog is doing
  • The body language in your dog is extremely important to their communication
  • How a dog communicates through taste and touch

Module 14 : Learning about Dog Actions

  • See why dogs chase their tales
  • Why dogs roll
  • Human to dog communication
  • About tail movements

Module 15: Dog Fears and Phobias & Aggression

  • Definition of fear and anxiety
  • The causes of fear
  • The onset of fears and phobias
  • Ten most common fears

Module 16: Training Dogs: More on How Dogs Learn

  • About house training your dog
  • Teaching commands
  • Four words to live by
  • How your dog reads body language

Module 17: Biobehavioural Monitoring in Dogs

  • The definition of biobehaviour
  • What is monitoring?
  • How it applies to dogs
  • Why is biobehavioural monitoring in dogs so important?

Module 18: Understanding Typical Canine Psychiatric Behaviours

  • Why dogs mark in inappropriate places
  • The reason dogs may urinate when excited or submissive
  • Urination as a result of loud noises
  • The why behind soiling your home

Module 19: Learning About Cat Communication

  • How cats communicate with scents
  • Cat talk and what it means
  • Cat body language
  • How a cat uses touch and taste to communicate

Module 20: What Feline Actions Mean

  • Eating Rituals
  • Early Lessons for Kittens
  • How Older Cats Change
  • Kneading

Module 21: Feline Actions

  • About catnip and presents
  • About belly up and halloween cat
  • About grooming
  • About catnaps

Module 22: Feline Psychiatric Challenges

  • The ins and outs of litter trays
  • Why cats soil other places
  • How to deal with litter challenges
  • About jumping up

Module 23: Cat Anxiety, Fear and Aggression

  • What separation anxiety is
  • Why cats fear thunderstorms
  • About outdoor phobias
  • About eating disorders

Module 24: Understanding Rabbits and Rabbit Psychology

  • Building a relationship with your rabbit
  • Common misconstrued behaviour
  • Rabbit Elimination
  • The Chew

Module 25: Understanding Hamsters and Gerbils

  • Types of Hamsters and Gerbils
  • Comparison to other Rodents
  • About hamster talk
  • About gerbil talk

 

Course 2: Pet Nutrition Certificate

Module 1: Introduction to Food Types, Types of Diet and Pet Food Labels

  • Introducing Global Nutrition Organisations
  • Food Types
  • Types of Diet
  • Pet Food Labels

Module 2 : Why Nutrition is Vital for Pets

  • Muscle Tone and Body Condition
  • Skin and Hair Coat Health
  • Digestion and Elimination
  • Immunity and Prevention of Disease

Module 3 : Digestion

  • Herbivores
  • Carnivores
  • Omnivores
  • Dog Digestive System and Anatomy

Module 4 : Feeding Stages in a Pet’s Life

  • Puppies and Kittens
  • Adults
  • Senior Cats and Dogs
  • Pregnancy in Cats/Dogs

Module 5 : Pet Weight

  • Healthy Pet Weight
  • Weight Problems
  • Pets not Eating
  • Pets over Eating

Module 6 : Pet Food

  • Where to buy the pet food
  • Cheap versus expensive
  • Vet approved foods
  • Changing pet food

Module 7 : Snacks and Treats

  • What treats to feed your pet
  • When to provide treats
  • How to provide treats
  • Where to buy treats

Module 8 : Herbs and Green Foods

  • Medicinal Health
  • Fleas and Skin Problems
  • Cautions for Pets and Herbs
  • List of Herbs for Pets

Module 9 : Foods to Avoid

  • Human Food
  • Foods Toxic to Dogs
  • Foods Toxic to Cats
  • Foods Harmful to other Pets

Module 10 : Essential Oils for Pets

  • Essential oils that are known to be harmful to pets
  • Research on essential oils
  • Aromatherapy for pets
  • Use of essential oils on pet fur and skin

Module 11 : Species Specific Sources of Nutrition/Nutrients

  • Animal nutrition
  • Carbohydrates and Fibre
  • Protein
  • Minerals and Vitamins

Module 12 : Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • 7 nutrients required
  • Amounts necessary

Module 13 : Mice, Hamsters and Rats

  • Mice
  • Hamsters
  • Rats
  • Keeping the area clean

Module 14 : Fish

  • Fish Food Ingredients
  • Basic Nutrients
  • Types of Food
  • Regulating the Tank

Module 15: Birds

  • Dietary Differences Among Birds
  • Seed Eating Birds
  • Non-seed Eating Birds
  • Switching Diets

Module 16: Reptiles

  • Reptile husbandry and how it impacts eating
  • What reptiles eat
  • Feeding Reptiles
  • Deciding how and what to feed your reptile

Module 17: Keeping a Food Diary

  • The goal of food diaries
  • Recording what, when and how much
  • Health Issues
  • Weight loss and gain

 

Course 3: Dog Grooming Certificate

Module 1: Introduction

  • Introduction to pet grooming and why it is necessary
  • Why we need to be calm and assertive when dealing with dogs
  • Who can become a pet groomer
  • What equipment is required for pet grooming

Module 2 : History of Dog Grooming

  • Man's historic relationship with dogs
  • The emergence of dog grooming
  • When dog grooming was first undertaken
  • The emergence of grooming from the purely practical to a fashion trend

Module 3 : Anatomy and Health, Parasites, Infections & Zoonotic diseases in dogs

  • The anatomy of dogs
  • Basic health and how to maintain it
  • Parasites - external and internal
  • Infections

Module 4 : Pre-grooming Health Assessment

  • The importance of a pre-grooming health check
  • Why it is vital that your client knows the results of the check
  • How to handle a dog during the check
  • Why a checklist is important

Module 5 : Coat and Skin Disorders and How to Groom a Dog

  • How to identify skin disorders and what to do about them
  • How to identify coat disorders and how to treat them
  • What affects a dog's coat
  • The tools you need for grooming

Module 6 : Getting Started

  • Whether or not pet grooming is for you
  • The avenues open to people wanting to start in pet grooming
  • Starting your own pet grooming business
  • A business plan

Module 7 : Animal Training, Dealing with Difficult Dogs & Training for Grooming

  • Training animals to enjoy bath time - the basics
  • Step-by-step approach to bath time
  • Preparing for bathing a fearful dog
  • The bathing sequence

Module 8 : Prepping the Work Area

  • Setting up the ideal work area
  • Lighting, air flow, and safety considerations
  • Workstation requirements
  • The tools required

Module 9 : Pre-bath Preparation

  • Why thorough pre-grooming checks are important
  • If and when you should abandon a grooming session and refer the dog to a vet
  • What to look for in tooth and ear inspections
  • How to deal with the coats of different types of dogs

Module 10 : How to Bath a Dog

  • Precautions
  • Clothing
  • Getting the dog into the bath
  • Washing the dog

Module 11 : Drying a Dog

  • Why the shake is so important
  • Air drying
  • Towel drying technique
  • Detailed drying of paws and other concealed areas

Module 12 : Detail Grooming (Clipping, Scissoring, Eyes, Ears, Teeth, Feet, Bottoms)

  • The ears and how to clean them
  • Cleaning around the eyes
  • Teeth and gum health and cleaning, and when to hand over to a vet
  • Trimming claws, shaping paws

Module 13 : Cleaning Your Working Environment

  • Why appearances matter
  • Designing with an eye to cleaning and hygiene, and flea traps
  • Where to start cleaning
  • How to clean

Module 14 : Grooming Specialities

  • Grooming emergencies
  • Rescue dogs
  • Grooming care dogs
  • Untangling the worst knots

Module 15: Law in the Workplace, First Aid and Emergency Care

  • The law and the workplace
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Basic minimum safety precautions
  • First aid training

 

Course 4: Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Certificate

Module 1: Pet Sitting Certificate Introduction

  • What pet sitting involves
  • Health, safety and animal welfare
  • The importance of security
  • The safest way to approach any animal

Module 2 : Safety (Yours & Animals)

  • When you need a written health and safety policy in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • How to protect yourself when you're on the job
  • The risks involved in pet sitting and dog walking
  • How to protect yourself from some serious health concerns you can be affected by through animal contact

Module 3 : Legal & Requirements

  • The 5 Types of Zoonotic Diseases to be on the lookout for
  • About the Animal Boarding Act and when you will need to have a licence
  • Your legal obligation to protect client information
  • About Health and Safety at Work

Module 4 : Dog Walking

  • Who your true target audience is for your dog walking service
  • How to build your pack of dogs
  • How to recognise the signs of dog aggression
  • The different types of dog aggression

Module 5 : Pre Service Visit

  • The purpose of the pre service visit
  • How to prepare your pet information sheet
  • About creating the right impression
  • The documentation required

Module 6 : Forms and Record Keeping

  • The five forms to include in your client information pack
  • How to use a client information pack to increase your profits
  • How to store client information in compliance with the Data Protection Act
  • An example statement to include on your veterinary release form to minimise your vet expenses (may be compulsory for your business insurance policy)

Module 7 : Day to Day Pet Sitting

  • The time you need to allocate for each dog walk
  • The length of time you should leave between appointments
  • The order in which to take care of each of the pets you’re responsible for
  • Insurance vulnerabilities when you include additional services for clients when they are on holiday

Module 8 : Transporting Animals Safely

  • The importance of securing animals during transport
  • The safest transportation methods for dogs and cats
  • Proper usage of crates for smaller animals
  • The danger of cold temperatures to reptiles and how to aid their survival when necessary

Module 9 : Animal Handling

  • Why tight grasps negatively affect animal behaviour
  • When you should and shouldn't handle animals
  • A 3-step approach to minimising stress in animals
  • Animal handling precautions that gets the animal to come to you rather than you cornering the animal

Module 10 : Dogs & Cats

  • The different breeds of dogs and cats
  • Nourishment guidelines for feeding dogs and cats
  • Precautions with vitamin supplements
  • The different types of exercise to stimulate each pet in your care

Module 11 : Fish

  • The three groups of fish and examples of breeds within each group
  • The temperatures to maintain for each type of fish
  • The frequency to test water for nitrates
  • The frequency of cleaning the water in fish tanks and aquariums

Module 12 : Rodents

  • The best type of habitat to house rodents safely
  • How often their cages need to be cleaned
  • The safest type of bedding to provide
  • The different breeds and types of rodents

Module 13 : Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • The different breeds of rabbits and guinea pigs
  • How to care for young and elderly rabbits and guinea pigs
  • The nutrition requirements
  • About their behavioural traits

Module 14 : Reptiles

  • Why you need to know about reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles
  • Dietary requirements and feeding guidelines
  • The temperatures each type of reptile requires
  • The behavioural traits of reptiles

Module 15 : Birds

  • How to approach birds for your first time with them
  • The different types of birds you could be caring for
  • The best types of bird cages that allow birds to exercise
  • What you need to do when letting birds out of their cage

Module 16 : Pet Ailments

  • What viruses pets need to be vaccinated against
  • How to care for diabetic pets
  • The symptoms of common illnesses
  • The age kittens and pups should get their primary course of vaccinations

Module 17 : Pet First Aid

  • The essentials to have in your animal first aid kit
  • How to stop bleeding from a minor cut
  • The risks of choking and how to treat a choking animal
  • What to do if a dog suffers from heat stroke

Module 18 : Running Your Own Business

  • The length of time it could take for your business to receive its first payment
  • When you need to register your business for VAT
  • How long you need to keep financial records for
  • How to manage your time efficiently

Module 19 : Setting up a Business

  • About tailoring your services to meet the needs of groups of customers
  • How to identify what people are already spending on pet care
  • The simplest route to starting your own business
  • What will drive a prospect to make the hiring decision and become a paying client

Module 20: Marketing

  • A variety of ways to market your business effectively
  • How to use your brand identity to promote your service
  • The social media profiles to help you create your online brand
  • How to design your business cards in a way that encourages people to keep hold of your information

Module 21: Pricing

  • What you need to account for when pricing your services
  • Pricing for small animals
  • Pricing for dog walks
  • Incorporating your business costs into your prices

Module 22: Costs

  • The difference between your direct costs and indirect costs
  • How to determine your start-up costs
  • How to maximise your earnings
  • How to determine your cost of customer acquisition

Module 23: Troubleshooting

  • What to do when your business hits a quiet spell
  • About making contingency plans
  • How to deal with and reduce cancellations
  • About scenarios when you may be best to discontinue services with problematic clients

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Provide Animals With The Best Care Possible

 If you are one of the many people that has a natural love for animals and would like to learn more about how to care for them in a more effective manner, then this special 4 in 1 course will provide you with the skills and knowledge that you require. By covering different aspects of animal care from pet sitting, to dog grooming, dealing with nutrition and even getting to grips with pet psychology, it is the perfect package for any individual that is serious about providing animals with the best care possible within their means.

Each course has been carefully designed to include all of the key information that you will need to not only be able to provide better care for animals, but also go on and have a career within these fields. To better understand what you will receive, we shall look at each course in brief.

Enter the business of animal care with this amazing animal care course online!

The Pet Sitting Course

The pet sitting course looks at not only how to care for the animals, but their health and safety and even how to approach them in the correct manner. You will also be guided through how to do things safely for the sake of your own health and also that of the animal. Of course, this also then leads to the legal side of things as well as how to look for certain diseases that could spell disaster for both the animals you are caring for and your business in general.

Furthermore, you will learn about pet sitting and what is involved, dog walking, how much time to allocate to the animals and even how to transport them in a safe and secure manner. If that was not enough, you will also be taken through how to run the business side of things, including the key forms that are required.

It should be noted that this course does include more than just dogs and cats.

The Dog Grooming Course

With our dog grooming course, you will learn about more than just how to groom them, but also why doing so is such an important thing for their health and general wellbeing. You will be guided through looking at their health, parasites, and their anatomy, so that you get a better understanding of the concept of grooming.

There will also be information on the business side, including how to set up your workstation to allow you to groom dogs in a professional manner. This will also include how to deal with a fearful dog as well as those that are difficult to handle. Finally, you will discover how to handle emergencies should any arise, providing you with a full understanding of the dog grooming industry.

The Pet Nutrition Course

The pet nutrition course will provide you with the relevant knowledge to allow you to run a professional business advising people on how to provide their pet with the best nutrition and help their health in the process. You will focus on different types of food and pet diets and what the various nutrients can do for their general health.

Furthermore, you will study their digestive system and the various feeding stages that they have to go through in their life according to their needs at the time. You will be taught about the ideal weights for various pets and the issues that they may face when they fail to be within that weight range.

Finally, you will be taken through the concept of what is good food for pets and what would be deemed to be bad food, including snacks and even the use of herbs to help them. Alternative therapies, such as essential oils, will also be mentioned to provide you with a full range of ideas that can then be used in an advisory capacity.

The Pet Psychology Course

Our pet psychology course allows you to understand the behaviour of your pet and how to handle any issues. You will learn the history of the study of animal psychology and why it is so important. You will compare the brains of cats and dogs while focusing on their emotions and how to interpret them correctly.

In addition, you will work through how to best communicate with them and how their behaviour can change as they get older and how to cope with those changes. There will also be lessons on dealing with negative behaviour, including aggression and understanding psychiatric issues that can be distressing for both animal and owner.

By the end of this course, you will learn :

  • A pet sitting course
  • A dog grooming course
  • A pet nutrition course
  • A pet psychology course

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn the fundamentals of animal care
  2. Comprehensive 70 module Accredited Complete Animal Care Online Bundle, 4 Courses
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading animal care experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. Here at Courses for Success we want to provide our users with the most efficient way for them to study without interrupting their every-day lives. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this course, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Course 1: Pet Psychology Certificate

Module 1: A Course on Pet Psychology

  • What is animal psychology?
  • A quick word on evolution
  • Historical background of animal psychology
  • Instinct

Module 2 : Why Learn About Animal Behaviour?

  • A generalised reason for learning animal behaviour
  • Six in-depth reasons to learn about animal behaviour
  • You will discover the possibility of re-domesticating animals
  • Is pet fashion really appropriate?

Module 3 : How Animals See the World/Animal Vision

  • Is all animal vision the same?
  • Seeing colours
  • Seeing by feeling
  • Night vision

Module 4 : Concept Formation

  • The definition of concept formation
  • Types of concept learning
  • What analogical reasoning means
  • How concept formation is important to pets and your interaction

Module 5 : About Animals’ Brains

  • New research shows science has just begun to understand the animal brain
  • New tests designed for the animal help reveal their intelligence
  • Comparing the human brain to other animals
  • The dog and cat brain

Module 6 : Basic Emotional and Motivational Processes and Social Emotions

  • The history of emotional studies
  • Oatley and Jenkins functional theory
  • Cognitive bias test
  • Basic emotions exhibited

Module 7 : Conditioning

  • The definition of classical conditioning
  • Defining operant conditioning
  • The history of Pavlov's Dogs
  • B.F. Skinner's conditioning experiments

Module 8 : Spatial Reasoning

  • Examples of spatial abilities in animals
  • How animals navigate
  • Scientific cognitive nomenclature
  • Honing spatial abilities in pets

Module 9 : Language and Animals

  • An overview of language and animals, with an experiment
  • The types of communication
  • The ability to speak
  • Training the human language

Module 10 : History of Animal Training

  • The start of animal training
  • ABE's work based on Skinner's Models
  • Military Animal Training
  • History of Dog Training

Module 11 : Typical Dog Behaviour

  • Socialisation
  • How dogs change with age
  • Understanding puppy behaviour
  • Feeding time

Module 12 : How Dogs Learn

  • The difference in human and dog learning styles
  • Operant conditioning methods
  • Reinforcement of behaviour
  • Natural reinforcement

Module 13 : Understanding Dog Communication

  • How smell is one of the most important senses that your dog has
  • Why sound is not only about the barking that your dog is doing
  • The body language in your dog is extremely important to their communication
  • How a dog communicates through taste and touch

Module 14 : Learning about Dog Actions

  • See why dogs chase their tales
  • Why dogs roll
  • Human to dog communication
  • About tail movements

Module 15: Dog Fears and Phobias & Aggression

  • Definition of fear and anxiety
  • The causes of fear
  • The onset of fears and phobias
  • Ten most common fears

Module 16: Training Dogs: More on How Dogs Learn

  • About house training your dog
  • Teaching commands
  • Four words to live by
  • How your dog reads body language

Module 17: Biobehavioural Monitoring in Dogs

  • The definition of biobehaviour
  • What is monitoring?
  • How it applies to dogs
  • Why is biobehavioural monitoring in dogs so important?

Module 18: Understanding Typical Canine Psychiatric Behaviours

  • Why dogs mark in inappropriate places
  • The reason dogs may urinate when excited or submissive
  • Urination as a result of loud noises
  • The why behind soiling your home

Module 19: Learning About Cat Communication

  • How cats communicate with scents
  • Cat talk and what it means
  • Cat body language
  • How a cat uses touch and taste to communicate

Module 20: What Feline Actions Mean

  • Eating Rituals
  • Early Lessons for Kittens
  • How Older Cats Change
  • Kneading

Module 21: Feline Actions

  • About catnip and presents
  • About belly up and halloween cat
  • About grooming
  • About catnaps

Module 22: Feline Psychiatric Challenges

  • The ins and outs of litter trays
  • Why cats soil other places
  • How to deal with litter challenges
  • About jumping up

Module 23: Cat Anxiety, Fear and Aggression

  • What separation anxiety is
  • Why cats fear thunderstorms
  • About outdoor phobias
  • About eating disorders

Module 24: Understanding Rabbits and Rabbit Psychology

  • Building a relationship with your rabbit
  • Common misconstrued behaviour
  • Rabbit Elimination
  • The Chew

Module 25: Understanding Hamsters and Gerbils

  • Types of Hamsters and Gerbils
  • Comparison to other Rodents
  • About hamster talk
  • About gerbil talk

 

Course 2: Pet Nutrition Certificate

Module 1: Introduction to Food Types, Types of Diet and Pet Food Labels

  • Introducing Global Nutrition Organisations
  • Food Types
  • Types of Diet
  • Pet Food Labels

Module 2 : Why Nutrition is Vital for Pets

  • Muscle Tone and Body Condition
  • Skin and Hair Coat Health
  • Digestion and Elimination
  • Immunity and Prevention of Disease

Module 3 : Digestion

  • Herbivores
  • Carnivores
  • Omnivores
  • Dog Digestive System and Anatomy

Module 4 : Feeding Stages in a Pet’s Life

  • Puppies and Kittens
  • Adults
  • Senior Cats and Dogs
  • Pregnancy in Cats/Dogs

Module 5 : Pet Weight

  • Healthy Pet Weight
  • Weight Problems
  • Pets not Eating
  • Pets over Eating

Module 6 : Pet Food

  • Where to buy the pet food
  • Cheap versus expensive
  • Vet approved foods
  • Changing pet food

Module 7 : Snacks and Treats

  • What treats to feed your pet
  • When to provide treats
  • How to provide treats
  • Where to buy treats

Module 8 : Herbs and Green Foods

  • Medicinal Health
  • Fleas and Skin Problems
  • Cautions for Pets and Herbs
  • List of Herbs for Pets

Module 9 : Foods to Avoid

  • Human Food
  • Foods Toxic to Dogs
  • Foods Toxic to Cats
  • Foods Harmful to other Pets

Module 10 : Essential Oils for Pets

  • Essential oils that are known to be harmful to pets
  • Research on essential oils
  • Aromatherapy for pets
  • Use of essential oils on pet fur and skin

Module 11 : Species Specific Sources of Nutrition/Nutrients

  • Animal nutrition
  • Carbohydrates and Fibre
  • Protein
  • Minerals and Vitamins

Module 12 : Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • Rabbits
  • Guinea Pigs
  • 7 nutrients required
  • Amounts necessary

Module 13 : Mice, Hamsters and Rats

  • Mice
  • Hamsters
  • Rats
  • Keeping the area clean

Module 14 : Fish

  • Fish Food Ingredients
  • Basic Nutrients
  • Types of Food
  • Regulating the Tank

Module 15: Birds

  • Dietary Differences Among Birds
  • Seed Eating Birds
  • Non-seed Eating Birds
  • Switching Diets

Module 16: Reptiles

  • Reptile husbandry and how it impacts eating
  • What reptiles eat
  • Feeding Reptiles
  • Deciding how and what to feed your reptile

Module 17: Keeping a Food Diary

  • The goal of food diaries
  • Recording what, when and how much
  • Health Issues
  • Weight loss and gain

 

Course 3: Dog Grooming Certificate

Module 1: Introduction

  • Introduction to pet grooming and why it is necessary
  • Why we need to be calm and assertive when dealing with dogs
  • Who can become a pet groomer
  • What equipment is required for pet grooming

Module 2 : History of Dog Grooming

  • Man's historic relationship with dogs
  • The emergence of dog grooming
  • When dog grooming was first undertaken
  • The emergence of grooming from the purely practical to a fashion trend

Module 3 : Anatomy and Health, Parasites, Infections & Zoonotic diseases in dogs

  • The anatomy of dogs
  • Basic health and how to maintain it
  • Parasites - external and internal
  • Infections

Module 4 : Pre-grooming Health Assessment

  • The importance of a pre-grooming health check
  • Why it is vital that your client knows the results of the check
  • How to handle a dog during the check
  • Why a checklist is important

Module 5 : Coat and Skin Disorders and How to Groom a Dog

  • How to identify skin disorders and what to do about them
  • How to identify coat disorders and how to treat them
  • What affects a dog's coat
  • The tools you need for grooming

Module 6 : Getting Started

  • Whether or not pet grooming is for you
  • The avenues open to people wanting to start in pet grooming
  • Starting your own pet grooming business
  • A business plan

Module 7 : Animal Training, Dealing with Difficult Dogs & Training for Grooming

  • Training animals to enjoy bath time - the basics
  • Step-by-step approach to bath time
  • Preparing for bathing a fearful dog
  • The bathing sequence

Module 8 : Prepping the Work Area

  • Setting up the ideal work area
  • Lighting, air flow, and safety considerations
  • Workstation requirements
  • The tools required

Module 9 : Pre-bath Preparation

  • Why thorough pre-grooming checks are important
  • If and when you should abandon a grooming session and refer the dog to a vet
  • What to look for in tooth and ear inspections
  • How to deal with the coats of different types of dogs

Module 10 : How to Bath a Dog

  • Precautions
  • Clothing
  • Getting the dog into the bath
  • Washing the dog

Module 11 : Drying a Dog

  • Why the shake is so important
  • Air drying
  • Towel drying technique
  • Detailed drying of paws and other concealed areas

Module 12 : Detail Grooming (Clipping, Scissoring, Eyes, Ears, Teeth, Feet, Bottoms)

  • The ears and how to clean them
  • Cleaning around the eyes
  • Teeth and gum health and cleaning, and when to hand over to a vet
  • Trimming claws, shaping paws

Module 13 : Cleaning Your Working Environment

  • Why appearances matter
  • Designing with an eye to cleaning and hygiene, and flea traps
  • Where to start cleaning
  • How to clean

Module 14 : Grooming Specialities

  • Grooming emergencies
  • Rescue dogs
  • Grooming care dogs
  • Untangling the worst knots

Module 15: Law in the Workplace, First Aid and Emergency Care

  • The law and the workplace
  • Safety in the workplace
  • Basic minimum safety precautions
  • First aid training

 

Course 4: Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Certificate

Module 1: Pet Sitting Certificate Introduction

  • What pet sitting involves
  • Health, safety and animal welfare
  • The importance of security
  • The safest way to approach any animal

Module 2 : Safety (Yours & Animals)

  • When you need a written health and safety policy in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • How to protect yourself when you're on the job
  • The risks involved in pet sitting and dog walking
  • How to protect yourself from some serious health concerns you can be affected by through animal contact

Module 3 : Legal & Requirements

  • The 5 Types of Zoonotic Diseases to be on the lookout for
  • About the Animal Boarding Act and when you will need to have a licence
  • Your legal obligation to protect client information
  • About Health and Safety at Work

Module 4 : Dog Walking

  • Who your true target audience is for your dog walking service
  • How to build your pack of dogs
  • How to recognise the signs of dog aggression
  • The different types of dog aggression

Module 5 : Pre Service Visit

  • The purpose of the pre service visit
  • How to prepare your pet information sheet
  • About creating the right impression
  • The documentation required

Module 6 : Forms and Record Keeping

  • The five forms to include in your client information pack
  • How to use a client information pack to increase your profits
  • How to store client information in compliance with the Data Protection Act
  • An example statement to include on your veterinary release form to minimise your vet expenses (may be compulsory for your business insurance policy)

Module 7 : Day to Day Pet Sitting

  • The time you need to allocate for each dog walk
  • The length of time you should leave between appointments
  • The order in which to take care of each of the pets you’re responsible for
  • Insurance vulnerabilities when you include additional services for clients when they are on holiday

Module 8 : Transporting Animals Safely

  • The importance of securing animals during transport
  • The safest transportation methods for dogs and cats
  • Proper usage of crates for smaller animals
  • The danger of cold temperatures to reptiles and how to aid their survival when necessary

Module 9 : Animal Handling

  • Why tight grasps negatively affect animal behaviour
  • When you should and shouldn't handle animals
  • A 3-step approach to minimising stress in animals
  • Animal handling precautions that gets the animal to come to you rather than you cornering the animal

Module 10 : Dogs & Cats

  • The different breeds of dogs and cats
  • Nourishment guidelines for feeding dogs and cats
  • Precautions with vitamin supplements
  • The different types of exercise to stimulate each pet in your care

Module 11 : Fish

  • The three groups of fish and examples of breeds within each group
  • The temperatures to maintain for each type of fish
  • The frequency to test water for nitrates
  • The frequency of cleaning the water in fish tanks and aquariums

Module 12 : Rodents

  • The best type of habitat to house rodents safely
  • How often their cages need to be cleaned
  • The safest type of bedding to provide
  • The different breeds and types of rodents

Module 13 : Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • The different breeds of rabbits and guinea pigs
  • How to care for young and elderly rabbits and guinea pigs
  • The nutrition requirements
  • About their behavioural traits

Module 14 : Reptiles

  • Why you need to know about reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles
  • Dietary requirements and feeding guidelines
  • The temperatures each type of reptile requires
  • The behavioural traits of reptiles

Module 15 : Birds

  • How to approach birds for your first time with them
  • The different types of birds you could be caring for
  • The best types of bird cages that allow birds to exercise
  • What you need to do when letting birds out of their cage

Module 16 : Pet Ailments

  • What viruses pets need to be vaccinated against
  • How to care for diabetic pets
  • The symptoms of common illnesses
  • The age kittens and pups should get their primary course of vaccinations

Module 17 : Pet First Aid

  • The essentials to have in your animal first aid kit
  • How to stop bleeding from a minor cut
  • The risks of choking and how to treat a choking animal
  • What to do if a dog suffers from heat stroke

Module 18 : Running Your Own Business

  • The length of time it could take for your business to receive its first payment
  • When you need to register your business for VAT
  • How long you need to keep financial records for
  • How to manage your time efficiently

Module 19 : Setting up a Business

  • About tailoring your services to meet the needs of groups of customers
  • How to identify what people are already spending on pet care
  • The simplest route to starting your own business
  • What will drive a prospect to make the hiring decision and become a paying client

Module 20: Marketing

  • A variety of ways to market your business effectively
  • How to use your brand identity to promote your service
  • The social media profiles to help you create your online brand
  • How to design your business cards in a way that encourages people to keep hold of your information

Module 21: Pricing

  • What you need to account for when pricing your services
  • Pricing for small animals
  • Pricing for dog walks
  • Incorporating your business costs into your prices

Module 22: Costs

  • The difference between your direct costs and indirect costs
  • How to determine your start-up costs
  • How to maximise your earnings
  • How to determine your cost of customer acquisition

Module 23: Troubleshooting

  • What to do when your business hits a quiet spell
  • About making contingency plans
  • How to deal with and reduce cancellations
  • About scenarios when you may be best to discontinue services with problematic clients

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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