Understanding the Family Dog

Course Summary
Course Details

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.

You’ll receive your first unit as soon as you enrol, so you can start whenever you want, and progress through the course at your own pace, studying when and where you choose.

Category: Canine Level: Enthusiast Subject: Training, Health & Nutrition, Pet Care & Management

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

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.


On successful completion of this course you’ll receive the Animal Care College Certificate* in Understanding the Family Dog, graded to show the standard you have reached. There are no exams.

You will also receive the Certificate of Achievement at Level 1 from ABC Awards and Certa Awards when you complete this course**.

This confirms that you have completed a validated training course at a recognised level of study.

ABC Awards and Certa Awards have long-established reputations for providing high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. ABC Awards and Certa Awards combine over 180 years of expertise.

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

**ABC registration fees included.

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’d like to turn what you’ve learned into a career, or you’re wondering how best to apply it to your existing role, get in touch with one of our tutors, or contact our support team from 9am - 5pm.

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.

Course fee & how to enrol

There are two ways you can enrol

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


Pay a deposit of just £45, followed by instalments of £40