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Canine Studies Diploma

Level 3 / ABC Awards / ODL37

The Canine Studies Diploma is perfectly suited for those with an interest in dogs, either in an employment capacity, or simply for pleasure.

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course duration: 200 hrs

study type: online

Course Description

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is perfectly suited for those with an interest in dogs, either in an employment capacity, or simply for pleasure.

Module 1 - Introduction to Canine Studies
This first unit of the Diploma in Canine Studies course will go through how the dog has changed over time, through its ancestors and the story of domestication. The first unit will provide students with the foundation knowledge required for further studies related to dogs and begin to provide answers to the manner in which dogs behave. The reasons why humans care for them in the way that they do is also examined.

It covers the following:
- Taxonomy - how dogs are classified and categorised and how they fit into the animal kingdom
- The origins of canines, and the various theories as to how they evolved
- The history of domestication of the dog
- The links between dogs and wolves, and the similarities and differences between them
- The ways in which humans used dogs in the past, and the ways in which we continue to use them today, for working purposes and for sport and leisure

Module 2 - Canine Anatomy and Physiology
This unit will cover the anatomy and physiology of canines in much greater detail providing students with an extensive knowledge of their structure.

It examines the main body systems of the dog, including the following:
- skeleton
- muscles
- nervous system and sensory organs
- endocrine system
- circulatory system
- respiratory system
- immune system

Please note: The digestive system and reproductive systems are not covered within this unit. They will be discussed in more detail within the units on nutrition and reproduction at a later stage.

Module 3 - Nutrition
This section focuses on canine nutrition. Nutrition is more than just eating food, but is the science of food and of nourishing the body. The bodies of all mammals are built and maintained using the nutrients that are consumed in their diet, and dogs are no exception to this, therefore a crucial topic that needs to be considered. In order to maintain healthy physiological systems, and have plenty of energy, dogs must consume a diet containing the correct nutrients in the correct quantities, so a knowledge of nutrition is important for anyone involved in the care of canines to ensure their well being.

This unit introduces the following:
- The structure and function of the canine digestive system
- The particular nutritional requirements of the dog, and understand how the various nutrients affect the functioning of the physiological systems
- A knowledge of the levels of protein and fat in the diet, according to age and lifestyle
- Monitoring the effectiveness of a dog's diet
- The health problems associated with incorrect feeding
- Foods that are poisonous to dogs
- Ailments of the digestive system

Module 4 - Canine Diseases

Diseases can vary considerably in terms of their ferocity, some harmful and obvious, others more subtle. There is an endless list as to the causes and number of diseases that could be potentially harm a canine. They can be divided into two groups; infectious and non infectious.

Not every disease can be covered in detail within this unit. Students will learn about those that are most common and will be introduced to the following areas:
- The disease causing organisms - bacteria, fungi and viruses, and the difference between them
- The main internal and external parasites that affect the dog
- The signs and modes of transmission of the main infectious diseases affecting the dog
- The signs of some degenerative diseases that dogs may suffer from

Canines can also suffer from genetic diseases which have not been touched upon in this module, they will be covered in a later unit.

Module 5 - Canine Health and Veterinary Care

In this unit students will look at how some of the previously mentioned diseases can be diagnosed and treated, and what measures can be adopted to prevent such diseases from occurring and what can be done to promote good health of the dog and prevent many problems.

The following issues are covered:
- The diagnostic methods and medicines used for a range of canine diseases
- The diagnostic methods, treatment and prognosis for injuries affecting the canine
- The legal restrictions placed upon the veterinary profession and lay people
- The application of First Aid to a dog
- Some of the technological equipment used in small animal veterinary practice

Module 6 - Canine Genetics

This module covers the science of genetics and how the knowledge can be put to use when selecting dogs for breeding. The process of evolution is explained to students and explains how dogs and wolves have naturally evolved over millions of years, due to the process of natural selection to become the creatures that they are today.

By the end of this module, you will have been introduced to:
- The terminology of genetics
- The process by which genes are passed from parent to offspring
- Genetic mutations
- The difference between natural selection and artificial selection
- Theories of evolution
- Some common genetic disorders in the dog

Module 7 - Reproduction

This section focuses on the reproduction process for canines. Following on from the previous unit on the genetics of the dog, this unit looks at how this knowledge can be put to use when choosing suitable dogs and bitches for breeding. It covers the physiology of reproduction and the care of the newborn puppies.

The following topics are examined:
- The reproductive anatomy of the dog
- The reproductive anatomy of the bitch
- The oestrus cycle
- Conception and development of pregnancy
- The process of whelping
- The development of neonatal puppies
- The different methods of insemination - natural and artificial
- Problems associated with pregnancy
- Problems associated with the birth

Module 8 - Behaviour Part 1

The study of canine behaviour and why dogs do the things they do is a massive subject area to study and must be split up into two segments. Canine behaviour encompasses many branches of science, such as biology, neuroscience and psychology. The first half explains why dogs behave in the way they do, and covers normal canine behaviour, and explains how dogs learn what they are taught by their human owners and from their own actions.

The following topics are discussed:
-The similarities and differences between wolf behaviour and domestic dog behaviour
- How genes play a part in behaviour, and the differences between breeds
- How dogs learn, and the different learning theories
- The areas of the brain associated with various aspects of behaviour
- The senses of the dog and how these affect behaviour
- The effects of diet, hormones and health on behaviour
- The effects of previous experience on behaviour
- Stereotypical behaviour
- How the knowledge of how dogs learn can be used during training

Module 9 - Canine Behaviour Part 2


This section looks at problem behaviour in dogs. Anyone with a pet dog, or anyone who trains dogs or wishes to learn more about their behaviour will find this unit of particular interest and very useful.

It will cover:
- The types of behavioural problem that are commonly reported in pet dogs
- Some of the possible reasons why problem behaviour may occur
- Some of the techniques we can use to go about finding out the cause of the problem
- An idea of some of the ways that behaviour can be altered, either through training the dog, changing the owner's behaviour, or by means of veterinary treatment

Module 10 - Working with canines

This last unit of the course takes a look at the canine industry sector.

Issues such as working with canines will be discussed including the following areas: 
- The various organisations involved with dogs and research
- The types of jobs available working with dogs
- The law with regards to working with dogs
- The laws relating to ownership of dogs
- Running a canine business - the regulations, insurance requirements, presenting a good image to clients or customers
- Setting up a boarding kennels Breeding dogs <p >Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the materials delivered in print for an additional charge of £65.

Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Canine Studies
Module 2 - Canine Anatomy and Physiology
Module 3 - Nutrition
Module 4 - Canine Diseases
Module 5 - Canine Health and Veterinary Care
Module 6 - Canine Genetics
Module 7 - Reproduction
Module 8 - Behaviour Part 1
Module 9 - Canine Behaviour Part 2
Module 10 - Working with canines

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge required

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade.

Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis.
The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade.

We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. 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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

Support

This course offers full 12 months tutor support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

course description

Course Description

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is perfectly suited for those with an interest in dogs, either in an employment capacity, or simply for pleasure.

Module 1 - Introduction to Canine Studies
This first unit of the Diploma in Canine Studies course will go through how the dog has changed over time, through its ancestors and the story of domestication. The first unit will provide students with the foundation knowledge required for further studies related to dogs and begin to provide answers to the manner in which dogs behave. The reasons why humans care for them in the way that they do is also examined.

It covers the following:
- Taxonomy - how dogs are classified and categorised and how they fit into the animal kingdom
- The origins of canines, and the various theories as to how they evolved
- The history of domestication of the dog
- The links between dogs and wolves, and the similarities and differences between them
- The ways in which humans used dogs in the past, and the ways in which we continue to use them today, for working purposes and for sport and leisure

Module 2 - Canine Anatomy and Physiology
This unit will cover the anatomy and physiology of canines in much greater detail providing students with an extensive knowledge of their structure.

It examines the main body systems of the dog, including the following:
- skeleton
- muscles
- nervous system and sensory organs
- endocrine system
- circulatory system
- respiratory system
- immune system

Please note: The digestive system and reproductive systems are not covered within this unit. They will be discussed in more detail within the units on nutrition and reproduction at a later stage.

Module 3 - Nutrition
This section focuses on canine nutrition. Nutrition is more than just eating food, but is the science of food and of nourishing the body. The bodies of all mammals are built and maintained using the nutrients that are consumed in their diet, and dogs are no exception to this, therefore a crucial topic that needs to be considered. In order to maintain healthy physiological systems, and have plenty of energy, dogs must consume a diet containing the correct nutrients in the correct quantities, so a knowledge of nutrition is important for anyone involved in the care of canines to ensure their well being.

This unit introduces the following:
- The structure and function of the canine digestive system
- The particular nutritional requirements of the dog, and understand how the various nutrients affect the functioning of the physiological systems
- A knowledge of the levels of protein and fat in the diet, according to age and lifestyle
- Monitoring the effectiveness of a dog's diet
- The health problems associated with incorrect feeding
- Foods that are poisonous to dogs
- Ailments of the digestive system

Module 4 - Canine Diseases

Diseases can vary considerably in terms of their ferocity, some harmful and obvious, others more subtle. There is an endless list as to the causes and number of diseases that could be potentially harm a canine. They can be divided into two groups; infectious and non infectious.

Not every disease can be covered in detail within this unit. Students will learn about those that are most common and will be introduced to the following areas:
- The disease causing organisms - bacteria, fungi and viruses, and the difference between them
- The main internal and external parasites that affect the dog
- The signs and modes of transmission of the main infectious diseases affecting the dog
- The signs of some degenerative diseases that dogs may suffer from

Canines can also suffer from genetic diseases which have not been touched upon in this module, they will be covered in a later unit.

Module 5 - Canine Health and Veterinary Care

In this unit students will look at how some of the previously mentioned diseases can be diagnosed and treated, and what measures can be adopted to prevent such diseases from occurring and what can be done to promote good health of the dog and prevent many problems.

The following issues are covered:
- The diagnostic methods and medicines used for a range of canine diseases
- The diagnostic methods, treatment and prognosis for injuries affecting the canine
- The legal restrictions placed upon the veterinary profession and lay people
- The application of First Aid to a dog
- Some of the technological equipment used in small animal veterinary practice

Module 6 - Canine Genetics

This module covers the science of genetics and how the knowledge can be put to use when selecting dogs for breeding. The process of evolution is explained to students and explains how dogs and wolves have naturally evolved over millions of years, due to the process of natural selection to become the creatures that they are today.

By the end of this module, you will have been introduced to:
- The terminology of genetics
- The process by which genes are passed from parent to offspring
- Genetic mutations
- The difference between natural selection and artificial selection
- Theories of evolution
- Some common genetic disorders in the dog

Module 7 - Reproduction

This section focuses on the reproduction process for canines. Following on from the previous unit on the genetics of the dog, this unit looks at how this knowledge can be put to use when choosing suitable dogs and bitches for breeding. It covers the physiology of reproduction and the care of the newborn puppies.

The following topics are examined:
- The reproductive anatomy of the dog
- The reproductive anatomy of the bitch
- The oestrus cycle
- Conception and development of pregnancy
- The process of whelping
- The development of neonatal puppies
- The different methods of insemination - natural and artificial
- Problems associated with pregnancy
- Problems associated with the birth

Module 8 - Behaviour Part 1

The study of canine behaviour and why dogs do the things they do is a massive subject area to study and must be split up into two segments. Canine behaviour encompasses many branches of science, such as biology, neuroscience and psychology. The first half explains why dogs behave in the way they do, and covers normal canine behaviour, and explains how dogs learn what they are taught by their human owners and from their own actions.

The following topics are discussed:
-The similarities and differences between wolf behaviour and domestic dog behaviour
- How genes play a part in behaviour, and the differences between breeds
- How dogs learn, and the different learning theories
- The areas of the brain associated with various aspects of behaviour
- The senses of the dog and how these affect behaviour
- The effects of diet, hormones and health on behaviour
- The effects of previous experience on behaviour
- Stereotypical behaviour
- How the knowledge of how dogs learn can be used during training

Module 9 - Canine Behaviour Part 2


This section looks at problem behaviour in dogs. Anyone with a pet dog, or anyone who trains dogs or wishes to learn more about their behaviour will find this unit of particular interest and very useful.

It will cover:
- The types of behavioural problem that are commonly reported in pet dogs
- Some of the possible reasons why problem behaviour may occur
- Some of the techniques we can use to go about finding out the cause of the problem
- An idea of some of the ways that behaviour can be altered, either through training the dog, changing the owner's behaviour, or by means of veterinary treatment

Module 10 - Working with canines

This last unit of the course takes a look at the canine industry sector.

Issues such as working with canines will be discussed including the following areas: 
- The various organisations involved with dogs and research
- The types of jobs available working with dogs
- The law with regards to working with dogs
- The laws relating to ownership of dogs
- Running a canine business - the regulations, insurance requirements, presenting a good image to clients or customers
- Setting up a boarding kennels Breeding dogs <p >Materials can be studied online or students have the option to have the materials delivered in print for an additional charge of £65.

previous knowledge required

Previous Knowledge

No previous knowledge required

assessment

Assessment

Final online multiple choice examination counts for 100% of the final grade.

Throughout the course there are ten SAPs (coursework) and a thesis.
The course clearly states that this is not mandatory to complete as it has no bearing on the final grade.

We do suggest that students complete these as this will not only assist them in examination preparation but also will give the student the skill set should they wish to continue their studies (continuous professional development) at a higher level.

support

Support

This course offers full 12 months tutor support. Tutors are available to answer student questions relating to course materials and to comment on the assignments that are sent in to state how well students have understood the unit content.

modules

Modules

Module 1 - Introduction to Canine Studies
Module 2 - Canine Anatomy and Physiology
Module 3 - Nutrition
Module 4 - Canine Diseases
Module 5 - Canine Health and Veterinary Care
Module 6 - Canine Genetics
Module 7 - Reproduction
Module 8 - Behaviour Part 1
Module 9 - Canine Behaviour Part 2
Module 10 - Working with canines

awarding organisation

Awarding Organisation

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement from ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units the learner has completed as part of the course). 

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Oxford Learning College has undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. 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 Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 3 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of demand/complexity involved in successful completion by the learner.

 The course itself has been designed by Oxford Learning College to meet specific learners’ and/or employers’ requirements which cannot be satisfied through current regulated qualifications. ABC Awards endorsement involves robust and rigorous quality audits by external auditors to ensure quality is continually met. A review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.