Canine Care and Welfare Award Level 2

Canine Care and Behaviour Award Level 2

Key Information


Course Level

Start Date



Study Mode

Ofqual  603/5731/9



Up to 2 Years



Ofqual regulated qualification

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

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Course Fees



Meets the Animal Activities Licensing (AAL) Basic Standard requirements


Unit 1

Principles of Canine Health and Welfare

Learn about various dog breeds and common canine diseases and disorders. This unit also explores minimum canine welfare needs and the importance of relationships with humans.

Unit 2

Principles of Canine Behaviour and Training

Learn about normal canine behaviour and how to prevent problems. This  unit also explores the subject of enrichment and force-free dog training.

minimum student age: 16 years 

Canine Care and Welfare Course

The Level 2 Award in Canine Care and Welfare is relevant for anyone who would like to learn more about basic dog behaviour. This Ofqual regulated qualification explores; recognising and avoiding problem behaviour, recognising and interpreting canine body language and understanding the needs of dogs.

This is a Foundation dog behaviour qualification suitable for dog owners, dog walkers and sitters, dog daycare operators and those wishing to pursue a career in dog training and behaviour.

Learn how to provide for a dog’s basic needs and prevent common health problems. The qualificaton  also explores different dog breeds, the importance of relationships with humans and how to carry out a canine health check.


Canine Care


Learn about normal canine behaviour and how to prevent welfare and behaviour issues by providing routines and appropriate force-free training. Successful completion of this dog behaviour course results in a regulated qualification.


Enrichment is important for all breeds and it means exactly what it says: making a dog's life richer. Interacting with dogs and offering stimulating play and training can be the most rewarding aspect of caring for dogs. 

Dog Behaviour

Dogs most certainly are an intelligent species. However, they cannot understand human spoken language. If you think about it, people expect an awful lot from their dogs in this respect. Dogs are told they are ‘naughty’, to ‘stop it’, to ‘come in from the garden immediately’ and ‘we will go for a walk in a bit’ etc. etc. Dogs are humanised in this way. This does not mean though, they can understand what is being communicated. Unfortunately, it is common practice to punish a dog when they do not listen to what we tell them verbally.

However, tone of voice can have an enormous influence on how a dog perceives your communication. So, what other “signals” should be looked for when a dog is trying to communicate with a human? Canine body language is something we can only learn to understand by observing dogs as much as possible. The signals they use are often very subtle and easy to miss if you do not know what to look for.  Behavioural problems are not a problem for the dog. However, they are unwanted behaviours to humans.
This fascinating Level 2 Award in Canine Health, Welfare and Behaviour Qualification is an entry-level qualification to the subject of dog behaviour.