Canine Science and Dog Training Level 3

Course code: ABC1144

Are you a dog lover? Maybe you want to learn about the science behind canines and how to train man’s best friend? Well, with this bundle you can do just that, from home!

  • Understand the anatomy and physiology of the canine special senses
  • Explore the role of canines in society
  • Recognise common canine behaviours and how dogs learn
  • Learn the similarities and differences between dogs and wolves
  • Understand the evolution and domestication of the canine
  • Investigate the history of dog training
  • Explain the learning theory for canines
  • Know the mechanisms of learning and behaviour, body language and bond building
  • Understand how to train a puppy
  • Learn how to teach basic exercises, praise and reward and recognising stress in dogs and owners
  • Discover rally, fly ball, agility and other dog sports
Course Overview

All course materials will be delivered to you by post or via email, so it couldn’t be easier. Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you every step of the way by email.

You can work at your own pace. Completed coursework can be delivered by post or via email, so handing in an assignment is simple.

Course Duration

Up to 2 years.

Study Hours

Approximately 160 hours.

Course Outcome

You will receive a Certificate of Achievement in Canine Science Level 3 and a Certificate of Achievement in Dog Training Level 3.

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course


Tutor-marked assignments

Course Content

Canine Science Level 3

  • The evolution from Canis lupus to Canis familiaris
  • The domestication of the canine
  • The diversity of Canis familiaris
  • Common genetic disorders in the dog
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

Dog Training Level 3

  • Development of dog training
  • Problems with dog training methods
  • Principles and objectives
  • Legislation
  • Learning theories
  • Assumptions and unconscious beliefs
  • Dynamics of communication
  • Communication
  • Mechanisms
  • Learn to earn
  • Dogs body language
  • Building bonds
  • Welcoming a new puppy
  • Socialisation and habitualisation
  • Developmental deadlines
  • Canine adolescence
  • House training
  • Teaching tricks
  • Positive and negative reinforcement
  • Clicker training works
  • Stress
  • UK Rally
  • Obedience
  • Agility
  • Tracking and training