According to RSPCA statistics released in 2017, the number of dog in the UK has risen to around 8.5 million. The desire for breeds with exaggerated anatomical features and/or genetic behavioural drives has subsequently fuelled the demand for canine veterinary, remedial therapies and behavioural consultations.

This unit will therefore introduce students to canine handling, training and behaviour management. Hereditary and genetic influences on canine anatomy, behaviour, health and mental wellbeing will be considered in conjunction with canine therapies.

To promote wellbeing during canine therapy sessions, a behavioural management plan will be produced to allow an owner to implement the successful rehabilitation of maladaptive or fear based canine behaviour/s. This will involve behavioural diagnostics, reading and interpreting canine body language and implementing training techniques.

Upon unit completion the students will be expected to demonstrate safe and effective working practices around a range of canine types/breeds; including removal from kennels, correct equipment identification and application, creation of valid risk assessments. Students must also work competently at industry pace whilst abiding by health and safety practices at all times.