Dog Nutrition Online Certificate Course

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Study Dog Nutrition Online Course and Get an In-depth Knowledge About Dog Health 

Our Dog Nutrition Course is perfect if you want to learn everything there is to know about canine health and well-being. This course, written by Dog Nutrition experts with extensive experience in this field will give you a whole new appreciation of our dog’s body and how it is nourished for life.

If you enjoy and cherish dogs, this course will be an excellent fit for you. We're excited to share a wealth of new information with you.

Our Dog Nutrition Online Course will provide you with all you need to succeed, whether you are searching for a significant career shift, just leaving education, or adding another skill set to your existing ones.

What you will learn with our Dog Nutrition Online Course

  • Introduction to dog nutrition
  • Nutrients
  • The Digestive System
  • Canine Life Cycle
  • Diet and Disease
  • Commercial Food
  • Homemade Food
  • Supplements
  • Managing Weight
  • Food Safety 

Who would benefit from this course? 

Ideal for all dog lovers and those that would like to work in a nutrition-based role with animals.

This course is suitable for everyone, from dog owners, that want to ensure their dog’s live long and healthy lives, right through to those that are looking to work in an animal related profession such as professional trainers and groomers. 

The course is taught in a semi-formal style with your learning in mind. We provide a set of questions at the end of each module but also encourage practical action throughout the learning experience to start putting all of your new learning in to action. 

Course Fast Facts: 

  1. Learn the fundamentals of Dog Nutrition
  2. Written and developed by leading Canine Nutrition experts
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  5. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device 

Course Delivery 

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device.

Dog Nutrition Online Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

In this section, we will go over the basics of canine nutrition and the specialized nutritional requirements of dogs. This section will also discuss how dogs' nutritional needs differ from those of people. It finishes with a discussion of the advantages of appropriate dog feeding.

Defining Canine Nutrition

Nutrition is crucial for dogs since it affects their general health and wellbeing. Dogs of all ages require high-quality, nutrient-dense food, but the specifics of what they require to alter as they get older or enter new stages of life.

Nutritional Needs and Species

Depending on their anatomy and digestive processes, each species has varied nutritional requirements. Humans, like dogs, are omnivores, but they require different diets to function correctly and stay healthy.

Digestion

Every component in a dog's diet has a specific role to play. Dogs can benefit from having the correct fuel for each bodily system, process, and function when these goals are met.

Weight Control

The composition of dog food can also aid in weight loss. From a survival standpoint, dogs with good nutrition do not ask for additional food because the appropriate nutrients satisfy hunger.

Immune Health

In canine diets, protein is essential. A high-protein diet aids in the development and maintenance of muscle strength in young dogs. In addition, a high-protein diet for pregnant animals provides healthy puppies that can fight off common infections and bacteria.

Skin and Coat

A healthy, lustrous coat is evidence of a dog's good health. A fish protein, which keeps skin hydrated naturally, should be part of a healthy diet.

Life Expectancy

A healthy dog is the aggregate reward of adequate feeding. Not only does proper nutrition make dogs more active and energetic, but it also boosts their chances of living a longer life.

Module 2: Nutrients

The second module delves into the topic of vital nutrients. The six essential nutrients required by dogs are similar to those required by people daily. Water, proteins, lipids, carbs, minerals, and vitamins are essential for dogs' health.

Calculating Nutrient Requirements

Most nutrients have a low dietary requirement. The maximum tolerable amount of various nutrients has been determined, as have toxicological data.

Proteins

Proteins are the components that make up the body's tissues. Only 13 of the 23 amino acids that make up proteins are produced by a dog's body. Thus the remaining ten must be obtained from food.

Fats and Fatty Acids

The most concentrated energy source in the diet is dietary fats, which are mainly acquired from animal fats and plant seed oils. They offer essential fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture and act as fat-soluble vitamin transporters.

Carbohydrates

The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy to the animal. Dogs can convert some carbohydrate sources into simple sugars that are easily absorbed.

Minerals

Minerals are necessary structural elements in the organs and tissues of dogs. They are also required for the proper balance of physiological fluids and electrolytes, and muscular contractions. They are also essential players in the enzyme and hormone systems.

Vitamins

Essential vitamins, like minerals, are found in all types of dog nutrition and food, and they help with basic biological functioning. There is a minimum and maximum requirement for each vitamin. The vitamin B family, choline, and vitamins A, D, C, E, and K are the essential vitamins for dogs.

Water

As a general rule, dogs should drink one ounce of water per pound of bodyweight every day. Several factors, however, may have an impact on how much a dog drinks.

Module 3: The Digestive System

The digestive system will be discussed in the third segment of the course. All of the organs involved in food intake and digestion are part of the digestive system. It begins in the mouth and spreads to the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, rectum, and anus. When a dog picks up food with its mouth and begins chewing, it is regarded as the commencement of food digestion.

Oesophagus

The oesophagus is a muscular tube that delivers food and liquid from the laryngopharynx to the stomach. It is also known as the food pipe or gullet. The oesophagus connects the neck to the thorax and abdomen.

Stomach

The stomach has a variety of functions. It serves as a storage organ, a mixing bag where more digesting enzymes are added to the food, and a valve that controls the speed with which food enters the small intestine.

Small Intestine

The duodenum is the central location of digestion in the small intestine. At this time, more enzymes from the intestinal wall and pancreas mingle with the partially digested meal.

Liver and Gallbladder

The liver is the second main organ connected to the small intestine. The liver produces bile continuously, stores it in the gallbladder, and then delivers it into the gut as needed via the bile duct.

Large Intestine

The big intestine of a dog connects the small intestine to the anus. In a 40-pound dog, the big intestine is about 16 inches long and more comprehensive than the small intestine. 

Signs of Digestive Problems

Digestion problems can be caused by anything from a dog's food intolerances or eating rubbish to something more serious, such as bacterial or viral infections or the presence of disease.

Causes

A range of acute and chronic illnesses can induce digestive problems. Other reasons can arise as a result of a behaviour, such as ingesting toy pieces.

Speed of Digestion

When a dog consumes something, it usually takes 10 to 24 hours to move through the digestive tract altogether. On the other hand, some things may take a long time. A blockage could occur if an object is too large to pass through the digestive tract.

Module 4: Canine Life Cycle

We will go over the canine life cycle in-depth in this section and comprehend the many stages of a dog's growth. We will also look into their nutritional requirements and how they alter throughout time. Dogs go through four significant periods in their lives. The puppy, adolescent, adult, and senior stages are all included. Different behaviours, demands, and priorities distinguish each stage.

Life Stage: Puppy

The puppy period begins at birth and lasts for six to eighteen months. Larger dog breeds tend to stay in this period longer than smaller breeds, as the smaller breeds can reach sexual maturity sooner than the more significant types.

Life Stage: Adolescent

This stage usually begins between the ages of 6 and 18 months and lasts until the dog reaches the age of 1 to 3 years. As dogs grow more independent, they may display signs of disobedience and show little interest in learning.

Life Stage: Adulthood

Between the ages of one and three, this stage begins. Smaller breeds will reach this stage first, followed by larger breeds. Dogs become more playful and less demanding of your attention at this age.

Life Stage: Senior

Dogs live for significantly shorter periods than humans. Therefore we should treasure the time we spend with them. Depending on the breed, dogs will reach senior status at 7 to 10 years old. Most larger dog breeds live around 11 to 12 years; however, smaller dogs can live up to 20 years in rare situations.

Changes in Nutritional Needs

A dog's nutritional requirements will fluctuate as they progress through their life stages. It is critical to keep track of this to feed your dog and monitor their health properly.

Puppies

Its mother's milk feeds a puppy until week 3 or 4. After then, kids go on to other meals. It should take no longer than 7 or 8 weeks to transition to food from their mother's milk properly.

Adult Dogs

You only need to feed your dog once or twice a day after reaching puberty or adulthood. Smaller dogs may require smaller quantities and more frequent meals.

Senior Dogs

Senior dogs' calorie requirements are also lowered. They begin to eat less than they did when they were younger. They like to eat less and sleep more during this stage.

Module 5: Diet and Disease

In this session, we will talk about giving a dog the proper nutrients to prevent sickness and other problems. A balanced meal rich in proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals gives dogs the nutrients they need to grow, stay active, and be happy. A diet is responsible for much more than just providing daily energy.

Obesity

Obesity is becoming more of a worry for veterinarians and trainers around the world. Obesity can be caused by a lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, or an unbalanced diet.

Skin and Fur Conditions

It can show up in a dog's skin and fur if it is not getting the right balance of nutrients. Cells deteriorate, and the immune system's effectiveness may be compromised.

Diabetes

Diabetes is another potentially fatal condition linked to a bad diet. Diabetes mellitus, which can be genetic or caused by obesity and chronic pancreatitis, and diabetes insipidus, similar to diabetes in humans, are the two kinds of diabetes.

Bone Disease

A nutritionally unbalanced diet is one of the most prevalent causes of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D shortages and imbalances. All of these nutrients are necessary for strong bones.

Heart Disease

An unbalanced diet can cause heart disease in dogs. Too much salt in their meals, which raises the quantity of sodium in the blood, is one of the primary causes of heart disease.

Pancreatitis

Dogs who acquire pancreatitis are most usually eating a high-fat diet. An inflamed pancreas that spills digestive enzymes can cause pancreatitis.

Digestive Issues

In dogs, a bad diet can lead to a variety of stomach problems. Gastrointestinal problems in dogs include colitis, gastroenteritis, and gastritis, to name a few.

Bladder Stones

A variety of dietary deficits can cause bladder stones in dogs. Bladder stones are made up of a variety of minerals and materials. Bladder stones can multiply in size and number over time.

Dental Issues

A bad diet can create dental problems in dogs, causing them pain or putting them at risk of losing their teeth. Various diets can cause plaque to build up or lead to periodontal disease.

Immunity

A dog's nutrition may be inadequate, resulting in it not receiving the nutrients it requires to function correctly. A dog's immune system may develop allergies or become ill if it does not obtain the fuel it needs to combat bacteria and viruses.

Nutrition Tips

You may do a few simple things to ensure that your dog is eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet. If you are a trainer or handler not in charge of feeding a dog, discuss these best practices with the person in charge.

Module 6: Commercial Food

Due to the vast amount of commercial dog food available, choosing a food option for your dog might be intimidating. Many diets are made for certain breeds and sizes of dogs or are nutritionally suited for different stages of their growth.

Commercial Kibble

The convenience that kibble delivers to the lives of countless busy dog owners is one of its key benefits. Kibble is more portable and easy to find in any pet store. Even your local grocery or feed store is likely to have some sort of kibble.

Wet or Canned Food

You could come across canned commercial dog food on the shelves of your local pet store. Canned dog food is sometimes more expensive than other regularly available options, but it also benefits dogs.

Fresh Dog Food

Fresh dog food is becoming more popular due to services that provide prefabricated food for busy dog owners. These providers frequently provide delivery, ensuring that dogs receive a fresh, nutritious, and enjoyable meal.

Raw Dog Food

Another growing trend is raw dog food, providing a dog with more excellent nutritional benefits than kibble or dry food. Raw food is the focus of raw eating.

Ingredients in Commercial Foods

Stabilizers and preservatives are commonly used in commercial foods to keep food stable for more extended periods. These stabilizers can produce inflammation, intestinal distress, and other physical symptoms in dogs, all of which can harm their health.

Module 7: Homemade Food

In this session, we will talk about why people choose homemade dog food over commercial dog food. Many recipes and preparation methods are easy, inexpensive, and delicious. Dogs and people have different nutritional needs; therefore, you cannot feed your dog the exact items you do. On the other hand, some scraps can be utilized in healthy dog recipes if used with prudence.

Assessing Nutritional Requirements

Remember to prepare a dog's food according to their nutritional requirements, which vary based on their breed, activity level, and age. Do not forget to incorporate micronutrient sources such as iron, calcium, copper, and zinc.

Risks

When making homemade dog food, keep in mind that dogs, like humans, are prone to allergic responses. Protein from beef or eggs is a good source of critical nutrients and a source of allergies.

Gauging Nutrient Profiles

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has particular labelling rules. This assures that allergen names, ingredient information, and percentages of food types utilized are all followed by manufacturers.

Module 8: Supplements

Supplements will be discussed in greater depth in Module 8 of this course. It is believed that 30% of dogs in the United States take at least one dietary supplement form. Supplements are a good source of critical nutrients that may be lacking or in small amounts in the dog's regular diet.

Purpose of Supplements

Commercial foods can cause vital nutrients to be lost. Supplements can give a wide range of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to one's overall health.

Case Study: Glucosamine

Glucosamine helps to lessen inflammation and arthritic symptoms. It is an excellent example of a supplement that has both natural and synthetic ingredients.

Holistic Canine Care

Even though research on the advantages of certain supplements is mainly unclear, enough data support this practice in modern times. When it comes to dog supplements, holistic doctors take a different approach by embracing alternative medicine principles.

Breed-Specific Supplements

The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) is a non-profit organization entrusted with overseeing the regulation of animal supplements. When dog food supplements are exposed to NASC's high regulations, you can be assured that what your dog is eating is safe.

Module 9: Managing Weight

We will explore the topic of obesity and how to keep dogs at a healthy weight in this unit on weight management. The caloric intake must be carefully calculated to ensure that its nutritional demands and overall health and wellbeing goals are met.

Calculating Caloric Needs

You must first identify a dog's ideal weight before beginning a weight-loss program. A veterinarian or another educated professional can perform this task.

Consequences of Obesity

Obesity affects almost 20% of the dog population, according to research. This escalating problem can and should be avoided.

Factors in Weight

When it comes to regulating a dog's weight, there are various aspects to consider. Age, exercise level, and target weight are just a few of them.

Age

The lower a dog's daily activity level becomes as it ages, the more time it spends resting. For best portion management, it is essential to keep track of your activity levels and match them to your caloric intake.

Activity Level

There is a direct association between a dog's activity level and the number of calories it requires daily, just as with humans. One of the most critical factors in reducing obesity in dogs is their level of activity.

Metabolism

When a dog is neutered or spayed, the animal's calorie requirements typically change. According to studies, neutered and spayed dogs should be evaluated to ensure that they are not overeating.

Temporary Factors

Temporary variables that impact a dog's activity level, lifestyle, or hunger should also be considered. When left in a stressful setting, some dogs will eat less or overeat.

Module 10: Food Safety

Welcome to the course's last module. The topic of food safety will be covered in this module. A dog's health and nutrition are essential, and appropriate food storage is the first step. Measures to ensure food safety must be taken seriously and cannot be jeopardized. When purchasing pet food, read the manufacturer's labelling carefully and consider all of the information offered.

Raw Food

Raw food necessitates even more cautious handling and preservation. Set the thermostat to 40°F when storing raw dog food in the refrigerator. Raw food should be frozen at 0°F if you opt to freeze it.

Causes of Contamination and Spoilage

Mould can be detected in a home or facility in one of over 300,000 different varieties. This is a clear and present threat to the health of dogs.

Pests

Numerous harmful pests can be found in the average house or business. They will find a method to invade a dog's food at any given a chance.

Chemicals and Bacteria

Commercial pet food has been discovered to contain contaminants ranging from mercury to melamine. Heavy metals also make their way into processed or even raw dog food via the human food chain.

Foreign Objects

Due to production errors and poor contamination control, foreign objects have found their way into dry dog food.

Detecting Contamination

Consider whether you believe the manufacturer to have correctly identified all affected products when a recall is issued. If Brand A contains metal shards yet Brand B is created in the same facility; undiscovered pollutants may be present in both products.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will become a qualified Dog Nutritionist. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Dog Nutrition organizations worldwide.

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Define canine nutrition
  • How dog’s nutritional needs are different from humans and other animals
  • Benefits of proper nutrition 

Unit 2: Nutrients

  • Types of nutrients that dogs need
  • Vitamins
  • Water 

Unit 3: The Digestive System

  • Review key parts of the canine digestive system
  • Signs of digestive problems in dogs
  • Speed of digestion 

Unit 4: Canine Life Cycle

  • Various stages of a dog’s life cycle
  • How nutritional needs change over time 

Unit 5: Diet and Disease

  • Role of diet in canine health
  • Diseases that are affected by poor diet 

Unit 6: Commercial Food

  • Types of commercial food
  • Ingredients commonly used in commercial foods 

Unit 7: Homemade Food

  • Ingredients typically used
  • Potential dangers
  • How to gauge nutrient profiles 

Unit 8: Supplements

  • Types of canine nutritional supplements
  • Breed-specific supplements
  • Conditions treated with supplements 

Unit 9: Managing Weight

  • Calculating calorie needs of a dog
  • Consequences of obesity
  • Factors to consider 

Unit 10: Food Safety

  • Storing food
  • Causes of spoilage/contamination
  • Contamination case study

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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10 November 2021 04:27:17 PM

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About this Course

Study Dog Nutrition Online Course and Get an In-depth Knowledge About Dog Health 

Our Dog Nutrition Course is perfect if you want to learn everything there is to know about canine health and well-being. This course, written by Dog Nutrition experts with extensive experience in this field will give you a whole new appreciation of our dog’s body and how it is nourished for life.

If you enjoy and cherish dogs, this course will be an excellent fit for you. We're excited to share a wealth of new information with you.

Our Dog Nutrition Online Course will provide you with all you need to succeed, whether you are searching for a significant career shift, just leaving education, or adding another skill set to your existing ones.

What you will learn with our Dog Nutrition Online Course

  • Introduction to dog nutrition
  • Nutrients
  • The Digestive System
  • Canine Life Cycle
  • Diet and Disease
  • Commercial Food
  • Homemade Food
  • Supplements
  • Managing Weight
  • Food Safety 

Who would benefit from this course? 

Ideal for all dog lovers and those that would like to work in a nutrition-based role with animals.

This course is suitable for everyone, from dog owners, that want to ensure their dog’s live long and healthy lives, right through to those that are looking to work in an animal related profession such as professional trainers and groomers. 

The course is taught in a semi-formal style with your learning in mind. We provide a set of questions at the end of each module but also encourage practical action throughout the learning experience to start putting all of your new learning in to action. 

Course Fast Facts: 

  1. Learn the fundamentals of Dog Nutrition
  2. Written and developed by leading Canine Nutrition experts
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  5. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device 

Course Delivery 

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Dog Nutrition Online Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction

In this section, we will go over the basics of canine nutrition and the specialized nutritional requirements of dogs. This section will also discuss how dogs' nutritional needs differ from those of people. It finishes with a discussion of the advantages of appropriate dog feeding.

Defining Canine Nutrition

Nutrition is crucial for dogs since it affects their general health and wellbeing. Dogs of all ages require high-quality, nutrient-dense food, but the specifics of what they require to alter as they get older or enter new stages of life.

Nutritional Needs and Species

Depending on their anatomy and digestive processes, each species has varied nutritional requirements. Humans, like dogs, are omnivores, but they require different diets to function correctly and stay healthy.

Digestion

Every component in a dog's diet has a specific role to play. Dogs can benefit from having the correct fuel for each bodily system, process, and function when these goals are met.

Weight Control

The composition of dog food can also aid in weight loss. From a survival standpoint, dogs with good nutrition do not ask for additional food because the appropriate nutrients satisfy hunger.

Immune Health

In canine diets, protein is essential. A high-protein diet aids in the development and maintenance of muscle strength in young dogs. In addition, a high-protein diet for pregnant animals provides healthy puppies that can fight off common infections and bacteria.

Skin and Coat

A healthy, lustrous coat is evidence of a dog's good health. A fish protein, which keeps skin hydrated naturally, should be part of a healthy diet.

Life Expectancy

A healthy dog is the aggregate reward of adequate feeding. Not only does proper nutrition make dogs more active and energetic, but it also boosts their chances of living a longer life.

Module 2: Nutrients

The second module delves into the topic of vital nutrients. The six essential nutrients required by dogs are similar to those required by people daily. Water, proteins, lipids, carbs, minerals, and vitamins are essential for dogs' health.

Calculating Nutrient Requirements

Most nutrients have a low dietary requirement. The maximum tolerable amount of various nutrients has been determined, as have toxicological data.

Proteins

Proteins are the components that make up the body's tissues. Only 13 of the 23 amino acids that make up proteins are produced by a dog's body. Thus the remaining ten must be obtained from food.

Fats and Fatty Acids

The most concentrated energy source in the diet is dietary fats, which are mainly acquired from animal fats and plant seed oils. They offer essential fatty acids that the body cannot manufacture and act as fat-soluble vitamin transporters.

Carbohydrates

The primary function of carbohydrates is to provide energy to the animal. Dogs can convert some carbohydrate sources into simple sugars that are easily absorbed.

Minerals

Minerals are necessary structural elements in the organs and tissues of dogs. They are also required for the proper balance of physiological fluids and electrolytes, and muscular contractions. They are also essential players in the enzyme and hormone systems.

Vitamins

Essential vitamins, like minerals, are found in all types of dog nutrition and food, and they help with basic biological functioning. There is a minimum and maximum requirement for each vitamin. The vitamin B family, choline, and vitamins A, D, C, E, and K are the essential vitamins for dogs.

Water

As a general rule, dogs should drink one ounce of water per pound of bodyweight every day. Several factors, however, may have an impact on how much a dog drinks.

Module 3: The Digestive System

The digestive system will be discussed in the third segment of the course. All of the organs involved in food intake and digestion are part of the digestive system. It begins in the mouth and spreads to the oesophagus, stomach, small and large intestines, liver, pancreas, rectum, and anus. When a dog picks up food with its mouth and begins chewing, it is regarded as the commencement of food digestion.

Oesophagus

The oesophagus is a muscular tube that delivers food and liquid from the laryngopharynx to the stomach. It is also known as the food pipe or gullet. The oesophagus connects the neck to the thorax and abdomen.

Stomach

The stomach has a variety of functions. It serves as a storage organ, a mixing bag where more digesting enzymes are added to the food, and a valve that controls the speed with which food enters the small intestine.

Small Intestine

The duodenum is the central location of digestion in the small intestine. At this time, more enzymes from the intestinal wall and pancreas mingle with the partially digested meal.

Liver and Gallbladder

The liver is the second main organ connected to the small intestine. The liver produces bile continuously, stores it in the gallbladder, and then delivers it into the gut as needed via the bile duct.

Large Intestine

The big intestine of a dog connects the small intestine to the anus. In a 40-pound dog, the big intestine is about 16 inches long and more comprehensive than the small intestine. 

Signs of Digestive Problems

Digestion problems can be caused by anything from a dog's food intolerances or eating rubbish to something more serious, such as bacterial or viral infections or the presence of disease.

Causes

A range of acute and chronic illnesses can induce digestive problems. Other reasons can arise as a result of a behaviour, such as ingesting toy pieces.

Speed of Digestion

When a dog consumes something, it usually takes 10 to 24 hours to move through the digestive tract altogether. On the other hand, some things may take a long time. A blockage could occur if an object is too large to pass through the digestive tract.

Module 4: Canine Life Cycle

We will go over the canine life cycle in-depth in this section and comprehend the many stages of a dog's growth. We will also look into their nutritional requirements and how they alter throughout time. Dogs go through four significant periods in their lives. The puppy, adolescent, adult, and senior stages are all included. Different behaviours, demands, and priorities distinguish each stage.

Life Stage: Puppy

The puppy period begins at birth and lasts for six to eighteen months. Larger dog breeds tend to stay in this period longer than smaller breeds, as the smaller breeds can reach sexual maturity sooner than the more significant types.

Life Stage: Adolescent

This stage usually begins between the ages of 6 and 18 months and lasts until the dog reaches the age of 1 to 3 years. As dogs grow more independent, they may display signs of disobedience and show little interest in learning.

Life Stage: Adulthood

Between the ages of one and three, this stage begins. Smaller breeds will reach this stage first, followed by larger breeds. Dogs become more playful and less demanding of your attention at this age.

Life Stage: Senior

Dogs live for significantly shorter periods than humans. Therefore we should treasure the time we spend with them. Depending on the breed, dogs will reach senior status at 7 to 10 years old. Most larger dog breeds live around 11 to 12 years; however, smaller dogs can live up to 20 years in rare situations.

Changes in Nutritional Needs

A dog's nutritional requirements will fluctuate as they progress through their life stages. It is critical to keep track of this to feed your dog and monitor their health properly.

Puppies

Its mother's milk feeds a puppy until week 3 or 4. After then, kids go on to other meals. It should take no longer than 7 or 8 weeks to transition to food from their mother's milk properly.

Adult Dogs

You only need to feed your dog once or twice a day after reaching puberty or adulthood. Smaller dogs may require smaller quantities and more frequent meals.

Senior Dogs

Senior dogs' calorie requirements are also lowered. They begin to eat less than they did when they were younger. They like to eat less and sleep more during this stage.

Module 5: Diet and Disease

In this session, we will talk about giving a dog the proper nutrients to prevent sickness and other problems. A balanced meal rich in proteins, carbs, vitamins, and minerals gives dogs the nutrients they need to grow, stay active, and be happy. A diet is responsible for much more than just providing daily energy.

Obesity

Obesity is becoming more of a worry for veterinarians and trainers around the world. Obesity can be caused by a lack of physical activity, poor eating habits, or an unbalanced diet.

Skin and Fur Conditions

It can show up in a dog's skin and fur if it is not getting the right balance of nutrients. Cells deteriorate, and the immune system's effectiveness may be compromised.

Diabetes

Diabetes is another potentially fatal condition linked to a bad diet. Diabetes mellitus, which can be genetic or caused by obesity and chronic pancreatitis, and diabetes insipidus, similar to diabetes in humans, are the two kinds of diabetes.

Bone Disease

A nutritionally unbalanced diet is one of the most prevalent causes of calcium, phosphorus, and vitamin D shortages and imbalances. All of these nutrients are necessary for strong bones.

Heart Disease

An unbalanced diet can cause heart disease in dogs. Too much salt in their meals, which raises the quantity of sodium in the blood, is one of the primary causes of heart disease.

Pancreatitis

Dogs who acquire pancreatitis are most usually eating a high-fat diet. An inflamed pancreas that spills digestive enzymes can cause pancreatitis.

Digestive Issues

In dogs, a bad diet can lead to a variety of stomach problems. Gastrointestinal problems in dogs include colitis, gastroenteritis, and gastritis, to name a few.

Bladder Stones

A variety of dietary deficits can cause bladder stones in dogs. Bladder stones are made up of a variety of minerals and materials. Bladder stones can multiply in size and number over time.

Dental Issues

A bad diet can create dental problems in dogs, causing them pain or putting them at risk of losing their teeth. Various diets can cause plaque to build up or lead to periodontal disease.

Immunity

A dog's nutrition may be inadequate, resulting in it not receiving the nutrients it requires to function correctly. A dog's immune system may develop allergies or become ill if it does not obtain the fuel it needs to combat bacteria and viruses.

Nutrition Tips

You may do a few simple things to ensure that your dog is eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet. If you are a trainer or handler not in charge of feeding a dog, discuss these best practices with the person in charge.

Module 6: Commercial Food

Due to the vast amount of commercial dog food available, choosing a food option for your dog might be intimidating. Many diets are made for certain breeds and sizes of dogs or are nutritionally suited for different stages of their growth.

Commercial Kibble

The convenience that kibble delivers to the lives of countless busy dog owners is one of its key benefits. Kibble is more portable and easy to find in any pet store. Even your local grocery or feed store is likely to have some sort of kibble.

Wet or Canned Food

You could come across canned commercial dog food on the shelves of your local pet store. Canned dog food is sometimes more expensive than other regularly available options, but it also benefits dogs.

Fresh Dog Food

Fresh dog food is becoming more popular due to services that provide prefabricated food for busy dog owners. These providers frequently provide delivery, ensuring that dogs receive a fresh, nutritious, and enjoyable meal.

Raw Dog Food

Another growing trend is raw dog food, providing a dog with more excellent nutritional benefits than kibble or dry food. Raw food is the focus of raw eating.

Ingredients in Commercial Foods

Stabilizers and preservatives are commonly used in commercial foods to keep food stable for more extended periods. These stabilizers can produce inflammation, intestinal distress, and other physical symptoms in dogs, all of which can harm their health.

Module 7: Homemade Food

In this session, we will talk about why people choose homemade dog food over commercial dog food. Many recipes and preparation methods are easy, inexpensive, and delicious. Dogs and people have different nutritional needs; therefore, you cannot feed your dog the exact items you do. On the other hand, some scraps can be utilized in healthy dog recipes if used with prudence.

Assessing Nutritional Requirements

Remember to prepare a dog's food according to their nutritional requirements, which vary based on their breed, activity level, and age. Do not forget to incorporate micronutrient sources such as iron, calcium, copper, and zinc.

Risks

When making homemade dog food, keep in mind that dogs, like humans, are prone to allergic responses. Protein from beef or eggs is a good source of critical nutrients and a source of allergies.

Gauging Nutrient Profiles

The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has particular labelling rules. This assures that allergen names, ingredient information, and percentages of food types utilized are all followed by manufacturers.

Module 8: Supplements

Supplements will be discussed in greater depth in Module 8 of this course. It is believed that 30% of dogs in the United States take at least one dietary supplement form. Supplements are a good source of critical nutrients that may be lacking or in small amounts in the dog's regular diet.

Purpose of Supplements

Commercial foods can cause vital nutrients to be lost. Supplements can give a wide range of vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to one's overall health.

Case Study: Glucosamine

Glucosamine helps to lessen inflammation and arthritic symptoms. It is an excellent example of a supplement that has both natural and synthetic ingredients.

Holistic Canine Care

Even though research on the advantages of certain supplements is mainly unclear, enough data support this practice in modern times. When it comes to dog supplements, holistic doctors take a different approach by embracing alternative medicine principles.

Breed-Specific Supplements

The National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) is a non-profit organization entrusted with overseeing the regulation of animal supplements. When dog food supplements are exposed to NASC's high regulations, you can be assured that what your dog is eating is safe.

Module 9: Managing Weight

We will explore the topic of obesity and how to keep dogs at a healthy weight in this unit on weight management. The caloric intake must be carefully calculated to ensure that its nutritional demands and overall health and wellbeing goals are met.

Calculating Caloric Needs

You must first identify a dog's ideal weight before beginning a weight-loss program. A veterinarian or another educated professional can perform this task.

Consequences of Obesity

Obesity affects almost 20% of the dog population, according to research. This escalating problem can and should be avoided.

Factors in Weight

When it comes to regulating a dog's weight, there are various aspects to consider. Age, exercise level, and target weight are just a few of them.

Age

The lower a dog's daily activity level becomes as it ages, the more time it spends resting. For best portion management, it is essential to keep track of your activity levels and match them to your caloric intake.

Activity Level

There is a direct association between a dog's activity level and the number of calories it requires daily, just as with humans. One of the most critical factors in reducing obesity in dogs is their level of activity.

Metabolism

When a dog is neutered or spayed, the animal's calorie requirements typically change. According to studies, neutered and spayed dogs should be evaluated to ensure that they are not overeating.

Temporary Factors

Temporary variables that impact a dog's activity level, lifestyle, or hunger should also be considered. When left in a stressful setting, some dogs will eat less or overeat.

Module 10: Food Safety

Welcome to the course's last module. The topic of food safety will be covered in this module. A dog's health and nutrition are essential, and appropriate food storage is the first step. Measures to ensure food safety must be taken seriously and cannot be jeopardized. When purchasing pet food, read the manufacturer's labelling carefully and consider all of the information offered.

Raw Food

Raw food necessitates even more cautious handling and preservation. Set the thermostat to 40°F when storing raw dog food in the refrigerator. Raw food should be frozen at 0°F if you opt to freeze it.

Causes of Contamination and Spoilage

Mould can be detected in a home or facility in one of over 300,000 different varieties. This is a clear and present threat to the health of dogs.

Pests

Numerous harmful pests can be found in the average house or business. They will find a method to invade a dog's food at any given a chance.

Chemicals and Bacteria

Commercial pet food has been discovered to contain contaminants ranging from mercury to melamine. Heavy metals also make their way into processed or even raw dog food via the human food chain.

Foreign Objects

Due to production errors and poor contamination control, foreign objects have found their way into dry dog food.

Detecting Contamination

Consider whether you believe the manufacturer to have correctly identified all affected products when a recall is issued. If Brand A contains metal shards yet Brand B is created in the same facility; undiscovered pollutants may be present in both products.

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will become a qualified Dog Nutritionist. You will also be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate, accepted by many Dog Nutrition organizations worldwide.

The Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

Unit 1: Introduction

  • Define canine nutrition
  • How dog’s nutritional needs are different from humans and other animals
  • Benefits of proper nutrition 

Unit 2: Nutrients

  • Types of nutrients that dogs need
  • Vitamins
  • Water 

Unit 3: The Digestive System

  • Review key parts of the canine digestive system
  • Signs of digestive problems in dogs
  • Speed of digestion 

Unit 4: Canine Life Cycle

  • Various stages of a dog’s life cycle
  • How nutritional needs change over time 

Unit 5: Diet and Disease

  • Role of diet in canine health
  • Diseases that are affected by poor diet 

Unit 6: Commercial Food

  • Types of commercial food
  • Ingredients commonly used in commercial foods 

Unit 7: Homemade Food

  • Ingredients typically used
  • Potential dangers
  • How to gauge nutrient profiles 

Unit 8: Supplements

  • Types of canine nutritional supplements
  • Breed-specific supplements
  • Conditions treated with supplements 

Unit 9: Managing Weight

  • Calculating calorie needs of a dog
  • Consequences of obesity
  • Factors to consider 

Unit 10: Food Safety

  • Storing food
  • Causes of spoilage/contamination
  • Contamination case study

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Ava Blake

1 December 2021 06:56:11 PM

I have been trying to figure out how to better feed my dog for years, but finally stumbled upon this Dog Nutrition Course. THANK YOU

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Dog Grooming Course is the best course I've taken so far. It's about more than just dog grooming which is great because I always wanted to learn more about dog health and nutrition too.

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29 November 2021 03:12:09 PM

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23 November 2021 06:53:17 PM

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23 November 2021 06:48:39 PM

This is perfect for all Dog lovers! Professionally and not, its really useful.

Boris Lee

18 November 2021 02:52:23 PM

Good experience learned so much!

Blake Morrison

18 November 2021 02:49:57 PM

Direct to the point!

Connor MacLeod

10 November 2021 04:27:17 PM

tips and techniques were very helpful

May Neil Walker

10 November 2021 04:12:40 PM

great model

Ava Martin

7 November 2021 04:29:22 AM

Course tackled this wonderfully! Its in-depth approach gives better learning

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2 November 2021 04:26:35 PM

The program had challenging information but was very educational. The techniques that were taught are used today in my profession.

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Lorna M. Patrick

29 October 2021 07:45:24 AM

Thoroughly enjoyed course. Good stepping stone towards becoming a professional dog groomer.

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28 October 2021 03:13:41 PM

I knew that my dog needed to be groomed but I had no idea what I was doing. I took this course and never looked back! Now, my dog is always super happy after a grooming.

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26 October 2021 05:50:58 PM

I have learned so much in just this one course. I can't wait to explore more of their extensive list of courses!

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Course ID: CFS01DN
Delivery Mode: Online
Access: Unlimited lifetime
Tutor Support: Yes
Time: Study at your own pace
Duration: 20 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate

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