2018-19 Catalog 
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Canine Care and Handling Certificate

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The Canine Care and Handling Certificate prepares students for entrepreneurship, employment or advancement in a variety of canine fields by developing student/canine handling skills, communication skills, health care and business operations knowledge. Students also complete the training requirements for the Therapy & Service Dog Team Skills Certificate which provides skills needed to take the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and a therapy dog evaluation exam offered by evaluators from three national therapy team organizations.

Credit Hours Required: 16

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Choose one of the following electives:

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Canine Care and Handling Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Apply positive canine training and handling skills. (AGS  190, AGS 192, AGS 195)
  2. Explain canine behavior and psychology and implement into a training and behavior modification program. (AGS 190, AGS 192, AGS 195)
  3. Articulate and use canine training concepts and skills in working with service and therapy dogs. (AGS 195)
  4. Apply communication skills with the general public. (AGS 194, AGS 195)
  5. Use canine handling skills in diverse public environments and with distractions. (AGS 190, AGS 192, AGS 195)
  6. Identify and describe general canine anatomy. (AGS 193)
  7. Identify a variety of canine illnesses and discuss disease control strategies. (AGS 193)    
  8. Explain and administer canine first aid. (AGS 193)
  9. Apply grooming techniques and skills. (AGS 193)
  10. Discuss canine nutritional needs and apply nutrition options. (AGS 193)
  11. Explain general breeding practices. (AGS 193)
  12. Identify various canine related businesses and explain how they operate. (AGS 194)
  13. Develop a canine related business plan. (AGS 194)
  14. Enhance an existing canine related business. (AGS 190, AGS 192, AGS 194)
  15. (A) Apply handling and communication skills in canine sports activities (AGS 196); or (B) Identify ADA laws and compare Assistance and Service Dogs. (AGS 197)

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