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Whether you have a dog yourself or simply take an interest in them, one of the most important factors of caring for any animal is ensuring a nutritious and healthy diet, but so few of us really understand how what we feed our dogs affects their wellbeing.

Do you wish you could make a genuine difference to the lives of dogs and their owners? Think of the buzz you could get if you were to be able to give knowledge-based advice to other dog owners about what sort of diet could really boost their beloved pooch’s health. Perhaps a career in canine nutrition interests you and you’re looking for a step in the right direction?

This course – put together by dog lovers, for dog lovers – guides you through everything you need to know to understand canine nutrition, putting you on a great footing whether you’re hoping to pursue a related career, or you simply want to enrich the lives of the pets you love so dearly.

Our approach to learning

Dogs are a huge passion of ours here at the Online Learning Academy, and that’s why we decided to put together this course and help everyone in the canine world to give the very best to their dogs.

With easy-to-understand tips, memory aids, exercises after every module and an end of course assessment, we’re sure you’ll find our course as enjoyable as it is enlightening – especially since our team of tutors is on hand with support and advice at every stage.


Split into easy-to-follow modules, the course takes you right from the introduction to what we mean by ‘canine nutrition’ through to practical ways to identify nutritional strengths and weaknesses, as well as signs that dogs may be suffering from them.

During the course, you will:

  • Learn what nutrition is and how it affects your dog
  • Discover what really goes into commercial dog food
  • Understand which nutrients dogs need and how they take them in from food
  • Become aware of the link between diet and health
  • Get the lowdown on vitamins, where they are found and why dogs need them
  • Develop an understanding of dogs’ life stages
  • Recognise the causes and symptoms of nutrition-related canine illness


  •  Introduction
    • What you will learn
  • How to use this Course


  1. An introduction to canine nutrition
    • Nutrition – what is it?
    • What’s in dog food?
  2. How does canine digestion work?
    • The canine digestive process
    • Understanding the immune system
  3. What’s the link between diet and health?
    • Hypertension and hypotension
    • Water
    • Understanding the thyroid
  4. What nutrients does the dog need?
    • Essential nutrients
    • Macro or Micro?
  5. A view of vitamins
    • Supplements
  6. What not to feed your dog!
  7. Life Stages
    • What are the life stages of a dog?
    • How to care for a senior dog
    • Dogs’ teeth
    • Can dogs be vegetarian?
  8. Dog obesity and diabetes
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes
  9. Common specific dog health problems
    • Cancer
    • Arthritis
    • Skin conditions
    • CDRM
  • Conclusion
  • Canine Nutrition: Final Course Assessment

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