Whether you want to get your foot in the door, or enhance your knowledge, Dogtopia Retreat have teamed up with our friends at Petcare Agency to offer a variety of courses in our Doggie Daycare Course Collection

Level 1 – Beginner Dog Handler Course

Future Course Dates

15th Nov 22

29th Nov 22

6th Dec 22

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

This is a self-paced short course, with a recommended completion time of 5-8 weeks. Students will be part of an online Course Classroom, where an instructor will upload course guides, unit work, factsheets and homework.

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


Course Contents

  • Unit 1: Dog Handler | Intermediate
  • Unit 2: Canine Candidates
  • Unit 3: Canine Behaviour | Intermediate
  • Unit 4: Client Services & Relationships
  • Unit 5: Basic Canine Healthcare


Course Contents

  • Spend a week as a Dog Handler in two of our state-of-the-art facilities
    • Administration
    • Workplace Health & Safety
    • Client Management
    • Canine Behaviour and Body Language Training
    • Enrichment
    • Teamwork


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 Handler course to better my skills and it’s been a godsend. 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