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This course will prove useful for anyone involved with dogs, from those who own dogs to those working with them such as in the case of boarding kennels.

Course Modules

1) The Early Days

2) Continued Health

3) Principles of first aid (part 1)

4) Principles of first aid (part 1)


  1. The Early Days
  • Preparing to own a dog
  • Choosing a dog
  • Puppy Tips
  • Exercise
  • Dog Toys
  • Basic training
  • Toilet training
  • Vaccination and the diseases they prevent
  • The importance of worming programmes – a brief introduction to round and tapeworms
  • Keeping your dog flea free – the flea life cycle you need to break
  • Feeding the puppy and adult dog
  • Neutering
  • Keeping the dog clean and tidy
  1. Continued Health
  • Health care, what to look for to check your dog is healthy or not
  • Common disorders
  • Nutritional disorders
  • Other parasites you should be aware of
  • Grooming equipment for specific coat types
  • Basic First Aid
  • Putting together a simple first aid kit
  • The elderly dog, extra care and feeding
  • Holidays: kennels/pet sitters
  1. Principles of first aid (part 1)
  • Accident prevention
  • Outdoor basics
  • Indoor basics
  • Triage
  • Objectives and rules of first aid
  • Putting together a first aid kit
  • Muzzles
  • Restraining techniques
  • Vital signs – Temperature, Pulse and Respiration
  • Cleaning wounds
  • Bandages
  • How to bandage a foot
  • How to bandage a tail
  • How to bandage an ear
  • Making a splint
  • Transporting an injured dog
  • Road traffic accident (RTA) and what to do
  1. Principles of first aid (part 2)
  • Specific situations of first aid
  • Open wounds
  • Closed wounds
  • The various types of fractures and first aid action
  • Haemorrhaging and the four main types of haemorrhaging
  • Signs of haemorrhaging and first aid action
  • Tourniquets
  • Dislocations and first aid action
  • Shock and first aid action
  • Heat stroke and first aid action
  • Cut paws
  • Burns and scalds and first aid action
  • Drowning and first aid action
  • Foreign bodies in eyes, throat and mouth
  • Insect stings and first aid action
  • Poisoning and first aid action
  • Convulsions and fits, causes and first aid action


Course Details

  • Study Level 2
  • The study Level relates to the how demanding the course is. 1 is beginner and 5 is HND / Foundation Degree level.
  • 4 Module Course
  • This course is delivered in 4 study modules which need to be passed to gain the qualification.


  • Course fee – R5100.00 (includes registration and certification)
  • Installment option – R1500 registration, R200 certification and R1000 per module


Monthly installments – Choose your own amount to pay monthly, no less than R500, over and above reg and cert payment. (This option ensures that finances don’t get in the way of completing your course, giving you peace of mind.)(Each module must be paid up before release.)

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Pet Sense College is correspondence college for education in animal care, behaviour and training which exclusively represents Compass Education and Training, in Africa and Australia. Our association ensures that our courses are of the highest standard.

Pet Sense College provides quality education to students who would like to work with animals in a professional capacity. Pet Sense College aims to provide education which is competitive and prides itself in offering courses which are internationally recognised thanks to our partnership with Compass Education and Training UK.

People who love animals and want to work with them are often faced with the challenges of not being able to prove their skills or to build on those that they have. It is for these people, who want to work in shelters, day care, pet sitting, vet practices or animal training, that Pet Sense College is introducing a series of diploma courses.

Our courses are recognised by International Educational Standard bodies as well as self-regulatory bodies.

Registration is open all year round. You decide when you are ready to register as all our courses are correspondence. There are no exams as you are marked on course work and module projects. You can work at your own pace, within reason. We believe there should be a limit, as the longer the gap between modules the more you need to reacquaint yourself with previous work. ...

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