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Canine Science Level 3

Course Code: ABC003
Course Level: 3

Course Overview

Study everything you need to know about man's best friend.

This fascinating course is designed to meet the needs of dog owners and those wishing to work in an environment with canine animals, such as boarding kennels, rescue homes and training schools.

The course allows you to study the fascinating history and evolution of the canine, exploring the differences between dogs and their wolf ancestors. You will also have the chance to learn about the psychology of canine learning and behaviour,  anatomy and physiology, the varied roles of dogs in society,  as well as how to provide the correct nutrition for dogs of a variety of breeds and ages.

If you've always wanted to understand dogs in depth, then this course is for you!

Enrol now and receive a £25 gift voucher towards your next course.

Course Content

  • Unit 1: Evolution and domestication of the canine
    • The evolution from Canis lupus to Canis familiaris
    • The domestication of the canine
    • The diversity of Canis familiaris
    • Common genetic disorders in the dog
    Unit 2: Similarities and differences between dogs and wolves
    • Why humans have required certain characteristics in dogs
    • The major similarities between dogs and wolves
    • The anatomical differences between dogs and wolves
    • The importance, advantages and disadvantages of selective breeding
    Unit 3: Common canine behaviours and how dogs learn
    • Commonly seen dog behaviours and compare with the wolf
    • The importance of canine communication
    • How understanding dog behaviour enhances the training process
    • The history of dog training
  • Unit 4: Canines in society
    • The roles of the canine in society since known domestication
    • The changing role of the dog in society
    • The importance of dogs as pets
    • The importance of working dogs
    Unit 5: Correct nutrition
    • The purpose of good nutrition
    • The digestive tract and impact of poor nutrition
    • The need for breed-specific nutrition and breed-size-specific nutrition
    • The importance of correct life-stage nutrition
    Unit 6: Anatomy and physiology of the canine special senses
    • The function and role of the special senses
    • The adaptation of the special senses
    • The differences between sight and scent hounds
    • Anatomical and possible behavioural problems associated with the special senses

Other Information

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed through a series of written assignments, which are submitted to your tutor for marking. No external examination is required.

    Course Duration

    You may start at any time and have a full year to complete your studies. We suggest that the course will take approximately 80 hours to complete. This is more than enough time to give you flexibility and work at your own pace without the pressure of deadlines.

  • Study Method

    You will study this course by distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work; it is completely up to you. All your materials will be posted or emailed to you online, whichever you choose. You will also receive our tutor support by email, so help is only a click away!

    Course Outcomes

    At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (This lists details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

    The course itself has been designed by Open Study College to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means Open Study College have undergone external quality checks to ensure that the organisation and the courses’ it offers meet a high standard. Regular reviews of our courses are carried out as part of the endorsement process.

    The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification, but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards your Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector.

    The course depth and study has been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual.

    ABC Awards are a national awarding organisation that have years of experience in developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF) for all ages and abilities post-14.

course questions & answers

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

What is included in the cost of my course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE NUS Extra card worth £12.00
  • FREE CV writing service
  • *Comprehensive study guide
  • *Exclusive Open Study College Pen
  • *Student study planner
  • *Three colour highlighter
  • *Student notebook
  • *Document wallet

* Not included with the online study option

Do I have to sit an exam?

No. Your certification is issued based on your tutor-marked assignments.

Are there any additional costs?

No. Everything you need is included in the price!

How do I get my work assessed?

You will send your assignments to your personal course tutor for them to mark and return to you. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded your certification proving your knowledge of Canine Science.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

We offer a course replacement service which ensures that, if your course pack is lost or damaged throughout the duration of your studies, we can issue you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee. This is available by calling our Student Support team on 03300 563100.

What do i do if i still have questions?

For further information please contact us.

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    "Open Study College can make a huge difference in my life"

    - Rosalind Bannister, Kenilworth

    The materials provided are great, it's good to have a bag and folder, helps to protect my work. I have not contacted my tutor yet but it's good to know I have somebody there for support.

    The reason I wanted to study this particular course is because I have looked after dogs for many years and want to have a qualification. I eventually want to become a dog trainer and can achieve this through home study, as I can keep petsitting, whilst studying and looking after my family and trying to get a part time job somewhere. Five years ago I went to see Cesar Millan and ever since have been inspired to do more to help rescue dogs.

    However when I have looked at courses in the past at college I found they were too expensive, too long and meant me paying out more money to travel, which when you have a child is daunting. I want to achieve the best outcome I can as I left school at a young age and have always had a sense of being a low achiever, I believe that the Open Study College can make a huge difference in my life and that my self esteem is improving because people who make fun of me walking dogs will then be impressed when I can show I am qualified and I know a lot about dogs.

    I am already talking to other people about The Open Study College and my Manager where I volunteer is impressed, even though it's a charity shop as I want a paid job with him and he's put me forward and I have told him I want a job so I can have more money to improve the petsitting and small pet boarding service that I offer.

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