Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Level 3


Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Level 3

Key Information


Course Level



Study Mode

Ofqual  603/4610/3


Up to 2 Years



Ofqual regulated qualification

This qualification meets the Defra Higher Standard Animal Activity Licensing (AAL) requirements

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If you have completed the

Canine Award Level 3 qualification 

To enrol for a lower fee of


Meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Higher Standard requirements


Unit 1

Canine Law

This unit studies the implications of the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 and the Animal Welfare Act 2006 as well as new Animal Activity Licensing  legislation that came into force in October 2018. Learn about the current legislation surrounding dogs and how laws can impact dog ownership and care.

Unit 2

Canine Evolution

This unit studies the role of evolution, ethology, the origin of canis familiaris, natural canine social behaviour and breed traits. 

Unit 3

Canine Handling and Transportation

This unit studies force-free handling and transportation, including force free equipment and PPE for working with stray and kennelled dogs.

Unit 4

Canine Learning Theories

Learn about the effects of the outdated dominance theory and recogne how to use learning theory to train dogs in a force free manner.

Unit 5

Canine Behaviour

This unit studies canine body language and common signs of stress and aggression, including how stress can escalate into aggression.  Gain an understanding of body language signs and signals, unwanted behaviour that may arise and the signs of stress and aggression.

Unit 6

Canine Care

This unit studies canine first aid, grooming techniques, stages of development in puppies including the whelping process. Learn how to care for the different life stages from puppies to senior dogs.

Unit 7

Care of Canines in Kennels & Dog Day Care/Dog Boarding

Learn about disease transmission and prevention and  appropriate welfare measures for kennels, dog day care and dog boarding environments.  This unit includes information about  safe entry and exit management, essential PPE and the importance of environmental stimulation for dogs.

minimum student age: 16 years 

Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Qualification


The Level 3 Diploma in Canine Care Behaviour and Welfare has been developed by animal care professionals in collaboration with employers within the canine care sector.


The knowledge gained from this course will broaden career options for working with dogs and is an ideal foundation for behaviour, training and welfare careers with dogs.


This course is of value for careers working with dogs in a variety of roles including at animal welfare charities, the pet care sector, boarding kennels, in a behaviourist role and at a veterinary practice. 



Work experience whilst studying the Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare Course


We encourage students to carry out work experience either in employment or voluntarily at a suitable location, to gain valuable practical experience while studying this online theory based course.

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Who can undertake a Dog Care, Behaviour and Welfare Diploma Level 3?


Anyone wanting to pursue a career working with dogs, and is over 16 is eligible to undertake this regulated Canine Care qualification.