The Basics of Canine Nutrition
This course is the foundation for all the others. Here we learn about canine nutrition from the ground up, starting with digestion, nutrients and food sources, and basic nutrient requirements of dogs.
Part One is an examination of the essential nutritional needs of the domestic dog
Part Two evaluates various methods of providing those needs; commercial diet, home made cooked diets, and various forms of raw feeding. We also look at feeding for life stages, and basics of supplementation, although individual needs and supplements are explored more fully in other courses.
This course provides a solid foundation for the subject, and teaches critical thinking, so graduates can dispassionately evaluate various methods of feeding, and decide on which will suit an individual dog. It does not promote the superiority of any one type of diet over others, but is based on the premise that dogs require nutrients from appropriate food sources, and there are many good methods of delivering them. Coverage is given to each group of nutrients and the foods that provide them, so graduates emerge with a broad and sophisticated understanding of the topic.
The Basics of Canine Nutrition Course is suited to those who have an interest in knowing more about canine nutrient requirements and digestion, reading dogfood labels, identifying food sources of various nutrients, and generally making sound nutritional choices for their dogs . It will be of great value to those in the retail field, to veterinary assistants, breeders, behaviourists and trainers, TellingtonTouch practitioners, those involved in various sports and competitive work, and of course, anyone who simply loves and lives with dogs. It lays the groundwork for the Advanced Nutrition/ Dietary Formulation programmes and is an extremely important companion course to the Applied Herbalism course.
The course is done entirely online.
This is the non-mentored version (for the mentored version, see course A).
There are sixteen modules, consisting of reading, research and assignments, but in the unmentored version, there is no submission of assignments, no marking and no individual feedback, though you have full participation in our FaceBook private group.
A full Course Overview is available by request, including course text book required.