Canine Studies Course - Level 3

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Course Code : ODL37
Format : Online
Accreditation : OLQA
Suggested Duration : 200 Hours
Level : 3

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Course Description

Canine Studies Course - Level 3 OLQA

This Quality Assured Level 3 Diploma course is ideal for people who have an interest in dogs either in an employment capacity or simply to develop your knowledge. Students will be provided with all the necessary learning materials to successfully complete this course. You will also receive unlimited support throughout the duration of your course, so you can feel confident that you will not be left to struggle.

Module 1 – Introduction to Canine Studies

This first section of the Diploma will guide learners through how the dog has changed over time. Students will gain an understanding of their ancestors and also the story of domestication.

This module will provide learners with all the necessary learning materials needed to build a solid foundation of knowledge needed to continue with your studies regarding dogs and the way they behave. Students will explore the reasons why and how humans care for dogs. This module covers the following topic areas:

  • Taxonomy – involving how dogs are classified and categorised

  • The origins of canines – investigating the range of theories as to how dogs have evolved

  • The history of domestication of the dog

  • The links between dogs and wolves including the differences and similarities between them

  • The ways in which humans used dogs in the past and present regarding work purposes and for sport and leisure

Module 2 – Canine Anatomy and Physiology

Unit 2 will cover the structure and physiology of canines in depth providing learners with an extension knowledge of their structure.

This module will investigate the main body systems of the dog including:

  • 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 in this module. They will however, be explored in detail in the nutrition and reproductive units.

Module 3 – Nutrition

In this module learners will concentrate on canine nutrition. There is more to nutrition than just eating food. Learners will be provided with all the necessary learning knowledge including the science of food and how it nourishes the body. The bodies of all mammals are built and maintained through using the nutrients that are consumed in their diet, dogs are included in this. Anyone that is involved in the care of canines must ensure their health and wellbeing is maintained through physiological systems and having the right quantities of food.

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 level 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 significantly in terms of their ferocity, some harmful and obvious, whereas others are more subtle. There are endless causes and a number of diseases that may well be potentially harmful to a canine. They can be categorised as either infectious or non-infectious.

Due to the volume of diseases, not every disease will be covered. Learners will explore the most common including the following:

  • The disease causing organisms such as bacteria, viruses and fungi and the differences between them

  • 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

  • The main internal and external parasites that affect the dog

Canines can also suffer from genetic diseases that will be looked into in more detail in a later module.

Module 5 – Canine Health and Veterinary Care

In this module learners will look at how some of the previously mentioned diseases can be diagnosed and treated, as well as the actions that can be taken to prevent such diseases from occurring. Students will also examine the methods taken to promote good health and wellbeing of the dog, and how to prevent any other problems that may arise.

The following issues are covered:

  • The diagnosis methods and medicines used from a range of canine diseases

  • The diagnosis methods, treatment and prognosis from 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 unit will guide students through the science of genetics and how the knowledge can be put in to use when choosing dogs for breeding. Students will look at the process of evolution which will explain how dogs and wolves have evolved naturally over millions of years. This is due to the process of natural selection to lead to the way they are today. 

On completion of this module learners will be introduced to the following areas:

  • The terminology of genetics

  • Genetic mutations

  • The process by which genes are passed from parent to offspring

  • Theories of evolution

  • The difference between natural selection and artificial selection

  • Some common genetic disorders in the dog

Module 7 – Reproduction

This module will provide students with an insight into the reproduction processes of canines. Continuing from the previous unit on the genetics of the dog, this module will look at how this knowledge can be best used when selecting suitable dogs and bitches for breeding. It will explore the physiology of reproduction as well as the care of the new-born puppies. 

The following areas are looked into more detail:

  • The reproductive anatomy of the dog

  • The reproductive anatomy of the bitch

  • The oestrus cycle

  • The different methods of insemination- both natural and artificial

  • Conception and development of neonatal puppies

  • Problems associated with the pregnancy

  • Problems associated with the birth

Module 8 – Behaviour Part 1

This section will guide learners through the study of canine behaviour and why dogs do the things they do, which is a huge subject area to investigate. This subject must be divided up into two segments.  Canine behaviour covers many topics of science, such as biology, neuroscience and also psychology. The first segment will explore reasons as to why dogs behave in the way they do and also investigates normal canine behaviour. Students will also gain an understanding of how dogs learn and what they are taught by their human owners.

The following topic areas will be 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 experiences on behaviour

  • Stereotypical behaviour

  • How dogs learn and train 

Module 9 – Canine Behaviour Part 2

This unit will look at problem behaviour in dogs. You may find this course ideal if you own a pet dog, train dogs or would like to develop your knowledge and understanding of their behaviour. You will find this module interesting and very informative. It will cover the following areas:

  • The types of behavioural problems 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 final section will take a look at the canine industry sector. Learners will look into issues regarding working with canines. The following areas will be discussed:

  • The various organisations involved with dogs and research 

  • The different types of jobs available working with dogs

  • The laws regarding the ownership of dogs

  • The laws related to working with dogs

  • Setting up boarding kennels and breeding dogs

  • Running a canine business – the regulations, insurance requirements, presenting a good imagine to clients

Learning materials can be studied online or if students wish they can request the materials delivered in print. This will incur an additional fee of £65.


No Previous Knowledge Required

There is no prior learning knowledge or experience needed to enrol onto this course. This makes our Canine Studies Diploma openly available to anyone with a keen interest in dogs. 


Course Modules

  • Module 1: Introduction to Canine Studies

  • Module 2: Canine Anatomy and Physiology

  • Module 3: Nutrition

  • Module 4: Canine Disease 

  • Module 5: Canine Health and Veterinary Care

  • Module 6: Canine Genetics

  • Module 7: Reproduction

  • Module 8: Behaviour art 1

  • Module 9: Canine Behaviour Part 2

  • Module 10: Working with Canines 


12 Months Tutor Support

Students will receive a study manual which will guide learners through the assessment process. On enrolment you will be assigned a personal tutor who will be on hand to answer any questions or queries you may have throughout the duration of the course. Learners will be able to access our student help desk who are available to answer any other questions you may have.



In order to successfully complete our Canine Studies Diploma Level 3, you will be required to complete a final online multiple choice examination which counts for 100% of the final grade. There are ten SAPs (assignments) and a thesis. These pieces of coursework are not mandatory as they will have no influence on your final grade. It is however, recommended that you do complete them as they will assist you when it comes to examination preparation. 


Awarding Organisation

Our Canine Studies Diploma Level 3 has been Quality Assured by OLQA. Once students have successfully completed this course they will receive a certificate awarded by Oxford College. This qualification does not carry any UCAS points. It is however, recognised by employers and some universities as a level 3 qualification. Please note: you need to check the entry requirements for your chosen university to see if they will accept a level 3 diploma instead of UCAS points. 

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