Study Method Online
Institution The Career Academy
Recognition ICOES
Start Date Enrol anytime

Course overview

Turn what you love into what you do

Take your passion out for a walk on The Career Academy Animal Care and Dog Psychology Pathway. Choose an Animal Care and Dog Psychology Pathway to learn basic dog training principles, how trainers approach a working dog, what controls a dog’s movements – and some fundamental principles of dog obedience training. This pathway covers canine psychology, communication, senses and behavioural disorders and includes a section on starting your own canine care business utilising intelligent financial management. Enrol in our animal care certificate program today to turn what you love into how you live.

Job outcomes

  • Animal welfare officer
  • Groomer
  • Pet Shop staff member
  • Vet assistant
  • Animal trainer

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Accredited by The International Council for Online Educational Standards

Study method

  • Online Online info icon
    Online delivery - online course content with the exception of assessments and work placement
  • Blended Blended info icon
    Blended delivery - both online course content and partial face to face requirements
  • In-class In-class info icon
    In class delivery - predominately face to face course content conducted at a specific location
  • Virtual Virtual info icon
    Virtual Delivery - Live and interactive classroom-style learning conducted completely online

Duration study load

  • 400 hours
  • 18 months access
  • Complete 1 module per week

Course features

  • Understand the scope & nature of canine psychology
  • Increase your knowledge on canine psychology & obedience techniques
  • Learn to prepare a business plan for your canine care business
  • Gain a certificate of achievement
  • Understand essentials around planning for profit & GST
  • Master the fundamentals of payroll & financial statement analysis
  • Enjoy one-to-one mentoring with a dedicated business coach


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  • Receive unlimited tutor support via phone and email from experienced professionals


Module 1: Dog Psychology, Behaviour & Training Program
Nature and Scope of Canine Psychology
Canine Senses and Communication
Understanding Natural Canine Behaviour
Canine Behavioural Development
Module 2: Certificate in Animal Care Program
Introduction to Animal Care
Anatomy and Physiology
Husbandry of Dogs
Husbandry of Other Species
Module 3: Start Your Own Business Program
Starting Up
Preparing your Business Plan
Marketing and Social Media
Budgeting, Forecasting, and Cashflow Management
And more!

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Payment options

Interest-free payment plans available from $25/week.

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About The Career Academy

The Career Academy is New Zealand's leading provider of online courses. Their education driven team of developers and tutors are located in Parnell, Auckland. They are committed to providing exceptional online courses and personal tutor support. The Career Academy offers a range of specialist courses to improve job performance. Their focus is on mentoring, inspiring and supporting people through training so their career or business can reap the rewards. The Career Academy’s course delivery is flexible, so their students can study with minimal disruption to their daily life. They offer flexible payment plans so anyone wanting to learn has the opportunity no matter their circumstances.

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