ANCI1001 – Certificate in Caring for Dogs

Learn about the psychology of animals

Whether you are a responsible dog owner, you want to enter the dog care industry, or you already work in a dog care related business; this course will provide you with essential knowledge to improve your ability to care for canines. Become a skilled dog owner, improve your ability to work within the volunteer field, or gain important skills to work in any dog related industry.

Rated 4.38 out of 5 based on 34 customer ratings
(34 customer reviews)
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34 reviews for ANCI1001 – Certificate in Caring for Dogs

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Luke Liddell

    Being able to study in my own time, having easy to follow, inresting workbooks and having assesment marked on the application of knowlege, Some of the things mentioned within the dog care certificate seemed a little bit out of date. For example “domination” theory is mentioned a couple of times.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Shelley Hudson

    I could go at my ow pace. Working from home is a calm, quiet environment in which to concentrate on the task. interesting subject matter too. I would change the confusion over grading. I am currently in conversation with Kaitlyn Champion about the numeric grading we see that she says does not exist? Anyhow, I was concerned about every assignment not gettin gfull marks, however, glowing comments from the tutors. I am still currently confused by this and hoping she can explain it to me. I have just received this from Kaitlyn after sending her examples of what we see as students regarding numeric grading: Hi Shelley,

    Thank you for sending this in. I’m not sure why there is a numerical grade showing, there shouldn’t be. Because we don’t mark in a numerical grade the only grades we give out are Pass or re-submit required. Unfortunately, the system requires a “Pass with distinction” option but this grade is never used. These “grades” will not be reflected on your final certificate. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and I will pass this onto the academic team to sort out for future students.

    Kind Regards,
    Kaitlyn Champion
    Pet and Animal Care Tutor
    The Career Academy

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Hibberd

    Really great. As a side note – finding quite a lot of grammar and spelling mistakes throughout the website and the course content. I can point them out if someone would like to contact me (email address supplied below).

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Bree Johnson

    excellent. really enjoying the course

  5. Rated 3 out of 5

    Victoria Rach

    The course is great but some of the assessment questions are similar.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Carlene Franklin

    Very informative and very thorough.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    Belinda Featherston


  8. Rated 4 out of 5

    Anne-Maree Harding

    do it at my own leasure – nothing to change, the courses i have done have been very well designed and planned out.

  9. Rated 3 out of 5

    Carolyn Cuello

    Came free with my dog training course. Only skimmed read most of it as had already done a business course. Was a few different things I learners. Overall business stuff confuses me quite a bit. But is still Good to give it a go.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Tina May Sutherland

    I chose the career Academy because it was online at home and have two kids so it made it easy

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Terri Mottram

    i enjoyed working the one particular tutor Melissa when we finally got the right course we worked out well. i appreciate that i was on the right track.
    the second tutor has been good. i will progress on with next course with satisfaction.

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lauren Cumming

    Due to my family/work situation I found that online study would fit in best to my schedule to allow me to further my knowledge to gain further qualification for the animal industry.

  13. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lauren Cumming

    I chose to study with the career academy because convenience and flexibility most of all.

  14. Rated 4 out of 5

    Tina May Sutherland

    I chose to study with the career academy because as an older student, I wanted to learn new skills to help with gaining more work opportunities. I really enjoyed the Medical Terminology certificate, loved researching all the topics and learning all about different aspects of the human body and physiology. 🙂

  15. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kristy Ensby

    I chose to study with the career academy because Convenience and flexibility. – Improvement: More worked examples to be provided to enhance the course content.

  16. Rated 3 out of 5

    Kristy Ensby

    Better deal for course price wise

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rangiwhangai Waiwiri

    So far very good. Fast responses and very helpful.

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aine Ryan

    Wanted to upskill and found the career academy very appealing so I chose to go with them, course content is easy to follow

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Aine Ryan

    As Im am working full time in a different career and it appealed to me.

  20. Rated 3 out of 5

    Aine Ryan

    Better deal for course price wise

  21. Rated 4 out of 5

    Shayna Rose Laing

    Course was good, Perhaps videos for better understanding. I have studied most of course content through EIT Hawkesbay with the animal care course so had knowledge already on many things. I'm a visual learner and find videos to explain things help me to understand i chose the career academy because Because it was an online course and I could study in my own time Loved studying this course. Thanks to everyone for the support. Learned a lot and can now put my knowledge to use

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Robyn Mathieson

    I found the course notes very informative and all instructions easy to follow.

  23. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yurie Ichinose

    I wanted to study about the dog grooming, and I couldnt find any places to learn. I wanted more pictures to understand clearly.

  24. Rated 4 out of 5

    Lydia van der Pump

    I am enjoying the course a lot and even though at first I didn’t think it was thorough enough, as I discover that’s up to me, I think this is a good thing.

  25. Rated 4 out of 5

    Harriet Gregory

    They had the course that I wanted to study!

  26. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kristy Ensby

    the notes and information could be clearer in one book.

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    Kristy Ensby

    I chose to study with the career academy because of the price – the notes and information could be clearer in one book.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    Sarah Skinsley

    Great course 🙂 – Very affordable

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amy Garlick

    Amazing help, learning heaps to. I am very happy

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Harriet Gregory

    Very impressed with the course, it made a lot of sense. My tutor Sean is always there whenever I need it!

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Donnamaree Edwards

    Loving the course so far! It’s taking me a long time to get through due to a busy schedule, but the course is easy and I’m really enjoying it. I’m generally working through it on my own but I’ve gotten a bit of help from the tutor as well.

  32. Rated 4 out of 5

    Emily Eyra

    I chose to study with The Career Academy to further my education.

  33. Rated 4 out of 5

    Emily Eyra

    I chose this course to further my education.

  34. Rated 4 out of 5

    Paris Le Mar-Walker

    As it was all online and was affordable with great payment. Thanks so much I enjoyed this course and though there was great stuff in the contents. I would suggest maybe some video tutor work also as sometimes I find this easier to understand for the more complex things

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Key Benefits

  • Describe the basic care of dogs, including nutrition, exercise, hygiene, and preventative health care.
  • Gain an understanding of the common diseases of dogs.
  • Learn the basic characteristics of different breeds of dog, and how the suitability of breeds can differ.
  • Get a foot in the door of the competitive dog care industry
  • Provide your own dogs with the best care possible.

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Our students say

★★★★★ “Very impressed with the course, it made a lot of sense. My tutor is always there whenever I need help!” Harriet Gregory

Course Summary

Investment: €499 or only €25 per week on an interest free payment plan. Click here to enrol now


Assessments: 9 modules / 9 assignments. Includes case studies, quizzes and written assessments


Duration: 100 hours (approximately 10 hours per module).  Learn at your own pace, but ideally complete one module per week.


Access Time: You will have access to this course for up to 6 months until you complete.


Delivery and support: Online with tutor support via email or phone

This course covers nine modules

  • ANCG149 – Introduction to Dog Care
  • ANCG114 – Canine Biology
  • ANCG125 – Dog Health Part 1
  • ANCG126 – Dog Health Part 2 -Illnesses and Treatments
  • ANCG131 – Dog Breeds
  • ANCG124 – Breeding
  • ANCG123 – Dog Behaviour and Training
  • ANCG137 – Grooming
  • ANCG154 – Other Dog Services

Kaitlyn Champion – Pet and Animal Care Tutor

After getting her degree in Zoology and Animal Science Kaitlyn spent time in South Africa studying Cheetahs, as well as time in Zanzibar studying the impact that tourism has on Bottlenose and Humpback dolphins. Now she’s taking what she learnt there and is passionate about passing it on to all her enthusiastic Animal and Pet Care students at The Career Academy. Fortunately, online learning means that none of our students have to get too up close and personal with a hungry cheetah.

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