Here's a detailed outline of the entire online dog care course offered by QC Pet Studies, including the length of each unit and any special considerations you'll need to complete each unit's assignments.
The course should take about 20 hours to study and complete assignments from start to finish. This time does not include the time you will take to practice and develop your skills before you complete an assignment.
On average, most QC Students work on their course for a few hours per week, and complete the online dog training course within three to six months. You'll have up to two years to complete the program—lots of time!
Below is an outline of each unit of the online dog care course. Expand each section to find out what you'll learn in each unit.
In the first unit of your Dog Daycare course, you'll introduce yourself to your expert tutor and learn about the fundamentals of professionally caring for dogs. You'll dive into an overview of the dog daycare industry, study different types of dog-care locations and learn about the tools and equipment you'll need as you begin working with dogs.
In Unit B, you'll learn all about dogs. You'll study canine communication signals so that you can identify potential problems that may arise when you care for dogs. You'll also learn how a dog's background, including its age and breed, can affect behavior.
Unit C will provide you with detailed information to help you plan safe and stimulating activities for dogs in your care. You'll learn how to assess a dog's needs for social, physical, emotional and cognitive stimulation so that you can provide an engaging experience for your clients' pets.
As a dog daycare provider, you'll need to ensure the safety of your clients' beloved pets. In Unit D, you'll learn how to create a safe daycare space to prevent accidents and injuries when you care for dogs. You'll also learn about canine first aid so that you'll be prepared to address any accidents that do occur on the job.
Make sure you're providing dog owners with the best possible services for their pets. In this unit, you'll learn how standard operating procedures can help you to feel confident in your services. You'll also discover how dog daycare providers can offer supplementary services to make their business standout.
Once you've developed the skills you need to provide a safe and enjoyable daycare experience for dogs, you'll need to practice your business skills. In this optional unit of your course, you'll turn your finely-honed dog-care skills into a business. Learn about the important first steps involved in launching a business, including choosing a business name, building a website and finding appropriate business insurance. Practice important skills for selling your services, including marketing your business and building positive relationships with clients. This business training unit will be a valuable tool to kickstart your career.