Canine biology and care

Learn the biology of the dog and their care in this level 3 course from Animal biology and care education

Biology and care of the dog covers anatomy and physiology for canine care, nutrition and dog behaviour and welfare.

Set at level 3 you will learn about their digestive system, other body systems, what is in canine foods and how to combine all that into understanding their behaviour.

There are four units each with an assignment set at pass, merit and distinction.

The course will be beneficial to animal shelter workers, animal welfare officers, dog owners, dog walkers and pet sitters

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Course fee: £325.00


Instalments: these are made by standing order at £32.50 p.c.m. International transactions will incur additional fees. You can try unit 1 before committing to the whole course.


Course materials are sent via email but paper copies are available for an additional fee of £15 per unit. Postage charges may need to be added depending on your location.

Course fee £325.00

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Course content

(outline of what you will be able to do after completion of the course)

Unit 1

Anatomy and Physiology part 1

Describe how certain body systems are structured to meet their function for the dog; explain in detail how selected body systems are structured to meet their function for the dog and; analyse relationships between specific body systems (circulatory, skeletal, respiratory) and their involvement in the care of the dog

Unit 2

Anatomy and Physiology part 2

Describe how specific body systems are structured to meet their function for the dog;  explain in detail how the structure of the digestive system functions for the dog and;  discuss the relationship between the digestive system and the nervous, endocrine system and circulatory systems

Unit 3

Canine nutrition

Identify nutrients listed on the packaging of commercial dog foods according to the food groups and give an outline of their various functions to the dog;  explain in detail the functions of nutrients to the dog and compare critically, the nutritional quality of commercial dog feeds and information provided and; analyse the nutritional value of commercial dog and relate and justify this to nutritional problems of the dog

Unit 4

Behaviour and welfare

Recognise signs of behaviour expression in the domestic dog to support their proper care;  Potential to conduct a simple investigation into the behaviour of the domestic dog and report the findings and;  justify how application of behavioural knowledge supports the proper care of the dog