Good Dog Academy – Dog Care Provider Certificate Program (DCP)
Please note you will be contacted by our staff to set you up in individual online courses once you have registered for the program. For full details, please call 604-936-4261.
Must be 18 years or older to take program.
Principles of Training
Why do you train your dog the way you do? This course touches on popular training methods and poses some interesting questions. Training principles are a common topic of debate and this module will help you come to your own decisions about how to choose a training methodology that works for you and your dog.
This course has been designed to allow you the opportunity to gain knowledge on the many pieces of training equipment that are available to you. Learn how to properly fit the most common and popular pieces of training equipment and some pros and cons of each.
Evolution of the Dog
This course will educate you about the origins of the domestic dog and why there is so much diversification in this species. This will help you to determine the traits that are going to be most prominent in the various breeds of dogs, depending on how they evolved.
This course has been designed to help you familiarize yourself with many of the popular, and some of the less popular, dog breeds and their traits as recognized by popular kennel clubs.
Selecting a Dog
During this course we discuss the many questions and facts that will help you to determine what might be an appropriate fit as a canine companion.
The start a dog gets in life plays a big role in the outcome of the adult dog. As well, the genetic make-up of a dog and whether two or more breeds are mixed, will add information about how you will consider your approach to that dog’s overall training plan. The more you know, the better you will be able to understand the needs of a specific dog.
The Physical Dog
This course teaches you about the dog's brain and senses, life cycle, general health and you will become familiar with general conformation terms. It is surprising how much information is packed into this course!
The world of Canine Language is both complex and fascinating. In any given dog interaction, a dog may be telling a very detailed story about how they feel or what they want. Understanding what our canine counterparts are trying to communicate is crucial to your safety and the safety of others. This course helps you to better understand how dogs communicate and what it all means.
Dogsafe™ Canine First Aid
Dogsafe™ Canine First Aid 101 eLearning is designed to teach you the knowledge and skills you need to deal with a sick or injured dog until veterinary care is available. The topics are covered in-depth so that students have a thorough understanding of the principles of canine first aid. After successfully completing this course, and its test, you will receive a Dogsafe™ Canine First Aid 101 eLearning Certificate.
Behaviour Problem Solving
Problem Behaviour - what is it? Problem behaviour is any behaviour that results in unwanted consequences for the owner or the dog. During this course, we will teach you how to tackle common problem behaviours. and offer a problem solving flow chart of solutions for each.
Fear and Anxiety
During this course we will be discussing the definitions and relationships between fear and anxiety. Another fascinating and important topic in the world of dogs!
As a well-rounded dog professional, you should have general knowledge about nutrition and dietary options. This course will provide you with valuable knowledge about canine nutrition and what to look for when making choices about a dog's diet.
Bonus – Free of Charge – no testing
Our Basic Obedience course is broken down into 6 lessons and provides information about mental and physical stimulation for dogs. Basic Obedience is a meaningful way to improve your relationship with our furry best friends. Obedience brings freedom to a dog’s life and an obedient and well-adjusted dog is welcome in more places. Basic Obedience allows for a fuller life.
This course will lay out many useful foundation exercises to practice. We provide you with helpful handouts, easy to follow step by step videos and slides that help you succeed at the Basic Obedience level.
For more information, please click here for the Student Handbook.