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Keeping Your Dog Fit and Fed for Life

  • Level(s) of Study: Short course
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  • Start Date(s): 22 November 2020
  • Duration: Two hours, online via Microsoft Teams
  • Study Mode(s): Short course
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This course will support you in learning the essentials of diet and lifestyle choices to keep your dog as fit, happy and healthy as possible.

It will encompass essential knowledge to permit dog owners to understand how best to keep their dog happy and healthy through exercise, feeding and training from a humane, high welfare and evidence-based perspective. Participants will be introduced to the wide variety of canine activities and opportunities to support health and welfare through exercise and management (including diet and training).

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What you’ll study

On this course you will learn about:

  • basic canine biology
  • exercising well through canine activities
  • feeding well through diet choices and feeding management
  • training well and how dogs learn.

How you’re taught

This course will be delivered online via Microsoft Teams on Sunday 22 November 2020 from 10 am – 12 pm.

These sessions are designed to be interactive but they can simply be watched live if you are not able to or do not wish to interact via video. There will be opportunities to comment and ask questions via video or the chat function if desired.

Please note that we are not able to circulate recordings of the training after the classes due to filming consents, so you must be able to attend the class times.

Online delivery

This course will be taught online only, using Microsoft Teams.

Please note that you will not need an account with Microsoft in order to access this training. You will be emailed a web link to directly enter the online course from, which can be viewed in a web browser or in the Microsoft Teams app if you already have this installed.

Step-by-step instructions on how to access the training will be provided but if you have any questions before booking, please do not hesitate to contact us.

What you'll gain

By the end of the course, you will have increased awareness of how to find a reputable breeder, basic puppy needs and how to create a lasting partnership to set you up for a future of happiness with your new family member.

If you attend this course, we will email you a Certificate of Attendance in a PDF format.

Tutor profile – Dr Jacqueline Boyd

Jacqueline is passionate about making the world a better place for dogs and their people, through enhancing peoples’ understanding of what dogs really need and how humans can help them.

Jacqueline holds a first-class BSc (Hons) in Zoology (Parasitology), an MSc (with distinction) in Animal Nutrition and a PhD in Genetics, where she examined aspects of insulin signalling and their impacts on development. For eleven years, Jacqueline was a university lecturer in Animal and Equine Science delivering modules on a wide range of subjects from genetics to nutrition and undertaking research into the kinematics of agility dogs.

During that time, Jacqueline obtained a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education and her Certified Humane Education Specialist qualification, while continuing to be involved in curriculum design and evaluation.

Jacqueline currently writes, coaches and consults on all aspects of Canine Science and works as a Nutritional Consultant in the pet food industry. This means that Jacqueline has both academic, educational and industry experience in the subject area, making her ideally qualified to provide an in-depth but applied introduction to the subject.

Jacqueline has also lectured on aspects of animal health and welfare in Morocco and Jordan through her voluntary work with the UK-based charity SPANA, and she is regularly involved with the Kennel Club as a guest speaker at key canine events, including Crufts. Living with, working and training her five cocker spaniels in a range of canine disciplines, means that Jacqueline also has a robust understanding of the practical realities of the dog world from a personal perspective, adding to the “real-word” applications of her experience and course delivery, as well as keeping her very firmly grounded and smiling a lot.

Campus and facilities

Entry requirements

No experience necessary.

Fees and funding


How to apply

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