Understanding the Family Dog

Course Summary
Course Details
Fees & How to Enrol

This course has been designed to help dog owners develop a deeper understanding of their dog. Whether you’re a first-time owner looking to learn, or you’ve had dogs before and want to build a deeper connection, this course is for you.

Over four units, students will cover all bases when it comes to caring for their dog, including diet, dominance and training.

We send your first unit upon enrolment, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Level: QLS Level 1 Fees:

£245 £171.50
Pay 5 monthly payments of £53 £38.30

Entry Requirements

There are no prerequisites for this course. We classify our courses by level to guide students towards the best course based on their experience. However, we strongly believe open study should be just that. If you’re open to challenging yourself, our tutors will be on hand to help.

Our Support Promise

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course –
to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What You’ll Learn

Unit 1 

  • Returning to learning
  • Evolution of the dog
  • Dominance theory explained

Unit 2 

  • Natural behaviours
  • The dog’s sense, communication
  • Man’s use of the dog

Unit 3

  • Basic training
  • Training exercises
  • What a dog needs to be taught and why
  • A brief explanation of lure and reward
  • Clicker training

Unit 4

  • Health checks
  • Promoting good health
  • Food and a basic understanding of the contents
  • How diet affects behaviour


On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Certificate of Achievement at QLS Level 1 from Quality Licence Scheme when you complete this course**.

Quality Licence Scheme 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.

You will also receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in Understanding the Family Dog, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

* The Animal Care College Certificate will be issued once you have successfully completed your course and finished your course payments.

** QLS registration fees included.

Study Length

There are no deadlines for this course. Simply study in the comfort of your own home, and in your own time.

Distance learning is designed to be flexible, but as a guide, students who can spend 4-6 hours a week studying tend to complete a single unit within a month.

What's Next

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to progress your career in the animal care sector, or better understand your own pet.

Once it’s completed, you may wish to further your study. If that’s the case, we’d suggest:

If you are looking to set up your own business then you should consider obtaining insurance cover. Further information is available on request.

You can get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

Pay the total course fee of £245 £171.50 in one sum and receive a £50 voucher towards the cost of your next course


Pay 5 monthly payments of £53 £38.30 (£20 administration fee included)