Level 1 – Beginner Dog Handler Course


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Course Overview

Kick start your passion by completing this self-paced, online training with a recommended completion time of 5-8 weeks. The Beginner course is will give you an insight into exactly what it takes to become a successful junior dog handler.

This course is suitable for:

  • 16+ years
  • Anyone curious about becoming a Dog Handler, and what it takes to do the dream job
  • People passionate about dogs and their physical and mental wellbeing

Course Contents

  • Unit 1: Daycare Fundamentals
  • Unit 2: Workplace Health & Safety
  • Unit 3: Dog Handler Basics 101
  • Unit 4: Business Processes
  • Unit 5: Canine Behaviour and Body Language | Basics

Course Inclusions

  • 5 Self-paced online learning modules
  • 24/7 access to course classroom
  • Access to course instructor 7 days a week
  • Downloadable course guide, resources, units and homework
  • Certificate of completion


Changing my career has been a huge decision for me and one that has not been easy. With no previous experience working with animals, I decided to take the Beginner Dog Handling course to better my skills and it’s been a god send. I can honestly say the amazing staff at Dogtopia, especially the educator Mersey, has been nothing short of phenomenal. With no prior experience and a huge question of “am I making the right decision” I can confidently say the Beginner Dog Handling course was well worth it, and will be actively seeking to complete any further courses available in the near future.” – Neil G

“Great course to gain understanding of the doggy daycare industry, It is designed well as to not leave anyone behind and gives a lot of visual aid” – Georgia B

“Information was super easy to read, straight forward, with heaps of examples. Convenient to have multiple tabs open with the quiz and unit info to refer back to.” – Abbey C

“This was a great course that helped me understand the basics of Doggie Daycare and dog behaviour. The content was relevant and the support was great. I’d recommend it to anyone that is interested in getting into this field”Talitha S