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Program Contacts

Instructional Specialist Karen Smith (928) 717-7760
Associate Dean Karla Phillips (928) 717-7725
Dean John Morgan (928) 717-7721

Quick Facts

About the Canine Care and Handling Certificate

The Canine Care and Handling Certificate prepares students for entrepreneurship, employment or advancement in a variety of canine fields by developing student/canine handling skills, communication skills, health care and business operations knowledge. Students also complete the training requirements for the Therapy & Service Dog Team Skills Certificate which provides skills needed to take the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test and a therapy dog evaluation exam offered by evaluators from three national therapy team organizations.

Note: This certificate is not eligible for Federal Financial Aid. To explore other financial aid opportunities, please visit the YC Answer Center.

Program Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Canine Care and Handling Certificate program, the learner will be able to:

  1. Apply positive canine training and handling skills. (AGS  180, AGS 182, AGS 185)
  2. Explain canine behavior and psychology and implement into a training and behavior modification program. (AGS 180, AGS 182, AGS 185)
  3. Articulate and use canine training concepts and skills in working with service and therapy dogs. (AGS 185)
  4. Apply communication skills with the general public. (AGS 184, AGS 185)
  5. Use canine handling skills in diverse public environments and with distractions. (AGS 180, AGS 182, AGS 185)
  6. Identify and describe general canine anatomy. (AGS 183)
  7. Identify a variety of canine illnesses and discuss disease control strategies. (AGS 183)    
  8. Explain and administer canine first aid. (AGS 183)
  9. Apply grooming techniques and skills. (AGS 183)
  10. Discuss canine nutritional needs and apply nutrition options. (AGS 183)
  11. Explain general breeding practices. (AGS 183)
  12. Identify various canine related businesses and explain how they operate. (AGS 184)
  13. Develop a canine related business plan. (AGS 184)
  14. Enhance an existing canine related business. (AGS 180, AGS 182, AGS 184)

Program-Specific Requirements

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Note:  It is always best to discuss educational and career goals with an academic advisor prior to enrolling in any courses.  Learn more about Academic Advising.