Online Class: Dog Training 101 — A Guide for Beginners

This fun and informative online course will cover all the basics of dog care from training guides to first aid information.

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Course Description

The Comprehensive Guide to Caring for Your Canine Companion

Dogs, often fondly dubbed as 'man's best friend', are more than just animals. They are loyal companions, guardians, entertainers, and to many, they are family. From the joyful moment of bringing a new canine companion home to nurturing and training them, the journey of dog ownership is filled with responsibilities, moments of pride, and boundless love.

In this intricately designed course, we provide you with a holistic understanding of dog care. From the nitty-gritty details of feeding and grooming to in-depth training modules, we ensure that by the end of these 12 extensive lessons, you will be well-equipped to provide the best for your furry friend.

What's Covered:

  • Nutritional Needs: Understanding the different dietary needs across various stages of a dog's life and tailoring feeding practices accordingly.

  • Pet Essentials: From toys to leashes, we'll delve into must-have items to ensure the wellbeing and entertainment of your pet.

  • Hygiene and Grooming: Get practical advice on bathing routines, and understand the importance of regular grooming to keep your pet in top shape.

  • Training Fundamentals: Recognize the intrinsic rewards of training and discover how understanding your dog's unique personality can influence the training process.

  • Behavioral Tips: Tackle challenges like leash training, chewing tendencies, excessive barking, and managing the occasional escapist tendencies.

  • Positive Reinforcement vs. Punishment: Dive deep into effective training philosophies and strategies to mold your dog's behavior.

  • Health Concerns: Understand the risks and treatments for heartworms, learn to identify emergencies, and get acquainted with essential first aid practices.

  • Potential Hazards: Equip yourself with knowledge about pet poisoning and how to seek timely assistance.

  • Preparing Your Home: Get actionable tips on making your home welcoming and safe for your new pet.

  • Pet Owner's Manual: Address both the joys and challenges of dog ownership, ensuring you're always prepared.

  • Boarding and Care: When you can't be there for your pet, know how to select the best boarding facilities and care resources.

The comprehensive curriculum is detailed, yet flexible. With a self-paced structure, it allows learners to engage with the content at their convenience, ensuring a comfortable and effective learning experience.

Course Breakdown:

  • Lesson 1: Pet Preparations
    Setting the stage for a new canine member. Understanding needs and making your home ready.

  • Lesson 2: Dog Care Routines
    A deep dive into daily, weekly, and monthly routines to ensure a healthy, happy dog.

  • Lesson 3: The Importance of Dog Training
    Grasping the significance of training and its role in enhancing your bond with your pet.

  • Lesson 4: Setting the Stage for Training
    Understanding your dog's psyche and preparing them for structured training.

  • Lesson 5: Mastering the Basics of Dog Training
    Equipping you with foundational training strategies and commands.

  • Lesson 6: Advanced Trick Training
    Going beyond the basics to teach your dog impressive tricks and commands.

  • Lesson 7: Addressing Problematic Behaviors
    Offering solutions to common behavioral challenges.

  • Lesson 8: Modern Training Approaches
    Introducing you to contemporary training methods and philosophies.

  • Lesson 9: Additional Dog Training Resources
    Providing resources for those looking to delve even deeper.

  • Lesson 10: Pet Interventions
    Addressing and managing health and behavioral issues.

  • Lesson 11: General First Aid
    Essential knowledge to handle minor mishaps and recognize major emergencies.

  • Lesson 12: Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility
    Guiding you in ensuring your pet's comfort and safety when you're away.

Join us on this journey of knowledge, care, and companionship. Equip yourself with the skills and knowledge to ensure a long, fulfilling, and healthy life for your beloved canine companion. Dive in, and let's celebrate the world of dogs together!

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  • 6 Months to Complete
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Universal Class is an IACET Accredited Provider

Course Lessons

Average Lesson Rating:
4.4 / 5 Stars (Average Rating)
"Extraordinarily Helpful"
(3,032 votes)

Lesson 1: Pet Preparations

Introduction: Pet Proofing and Basic Pet Care Items Additional lesson topics: Pet Care Items for Dogs 16 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Reasons for Taking this Course
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment: Introduction
  • Assessment: Introduction Exam 1A: Basic Pet Care Items
  • Assessment: Introduction Exam 1B: Pet Proofing Your House

Lesson 2: Dog Care Routines

Dog Care Routines: Feeding, bathing, grooming, and clean up involved in keeping your dog happy and healthy. Additional lesson topics: Tips for Bathing Your Dog 35 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Exam: Feeding Your Dog
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Bathing Your Dog
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Grooming Your Dog
  • Assessment: Lesson 2: Cleaning Up After Your Pet

Lesson 3: The Importance of Dog Training

This lesson discusses the benefits and rewards that come from training your dog. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Your Dog
  • Assessment: Lesson 3: The Importance of Dog Training

Lesson 4: Setting the Stage for Training

This lesson teaches you how to gauge your dog's personality and the tools needed to start training him. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review Practice Worksheet: dog_profile.pdf
  • Assessment: Lesson 4: Setting the Stage for Training

Lesson 5: Becoming a Master: Mastering the Basics of Dog Training

In this lesson we will discuss leash training, chewing habits and housetraining. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Prior Experience
  • Assessment: Lesson 5: Becoming a Master

Lesson 6: Sit, Shake and Play Dead: Tips for Successful Trick Training

This lesson will teach you how to train your dog to fetch, shake hands and perform other basic tricks. 10 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6: Tips for Successful Trick Training

Lesson 7: Angry, Annoying or Aggressive Dog? Simple Solutions to Problematic Behaviors

This lesson discusses how to control some of your dog's bad habits including barking and running away. 9 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7: Angry, Annoying or Agressive Dog Solutions

Lesson 8: Training Programs & Approaches You Can Put Into Practice

This lesson discusses the difference between positive reinforcement and punishment. 8 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8: Training Programs & Approaches

Lesson 9: Where to Turn: Additional Dog Training Resources

Here are some books and additional web sites that will help you with training your dog. 0 Total Points

Lesson 10: Pet Interventions

Pet Interventions: In this section we will discuss what constitutes an emergency. We will also cover poisoning and heartworm treatment. 28 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 9: Knowing When to Intervene
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: Handling Poison
  • Assessment: Lesson 10: Heartworm Treatment

Lesson 11: General First Aid

General First Aid: This lesson will help prepare you for a pet emergency. While we realize that most first aid situations will end with a trip to the vet, a vet is not always around. 9 Total Points
  • Assessment: Lesson 11: General First Aid

Lesson 12: Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility

Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility: Going on vacation can be a wonderful thing, but it always leads to that age-old question. What about the pets? Most of us know that we are going to have to leave our pets at one time or another. But you don't want to leav 10 Total Points
  • Lesson discussions: Course Evaluation; Course Comments; Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Final: Choosing a Pet Boarding Facility
Total Course Points

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Summarize how to prepare your dog before beginning training.
  • Describe basic routines you can teach a dog.
  • Describe how to properly set the environment for the dog in order to maximize training.
  • Describe the best ways for teaching your dog to sit, shake and play dead.
  • Define the simple solutions to problematic dog behaviors.
  • Summarize general first aid precautions you should have on hand and follow for emergencies.
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.

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Course Title: Dog Training 101: A Guide for Beginners
Course Number: 7550034
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (3,032 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, and Washington.
Last Updated: December 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 1.2 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: Cathleen Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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Student Testimonials

  • "Thanks for the course material. I started with knowing nothing about how to take care of a puppy, and now I'm prepared to have a lot more understanding on how to become my puppy's best friend." -- Wendy Y.
  • "I enjoyed this course. I learned a good amount of information about dogs, sickness, and boarding facilities." -- Lantz F.
  • "I think this course was an amazing, helpful course." -- Evelyn S.
  • "It was a great course to learn the basics of dog training and care for me." -- Annie J.
  • "I thought this course offered a lot of relevant information for pet owners and pet sitters." -- Janae A.
  • "I think this course was super helpful, especially for people who are brand new to owning a dog." -- Danielle M.
  • "It was very informative. I feel I understood the reading material. I'm that much more confident." -- Otis J.
  • "I found this course to be very helpful in understanding areas of concern when dealing with my pets." -- Kristine R.
  • "This definitely taught me some things I didn't know!" -- Jamie D.
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