Dog Daycare/Supervisors/Carers

This Specialisation is for those working in daycares, kennels and shelters, or any other environment where groups of dogs are maintained.

Daycares, like most other areas of animal care, are completely unregulated – basically anyone, without any skill or knowledge can offer this service, charging pet owners.   

This Specialisation is designed to provide you with the skills and knowledge to care for others’ pets competently, keeping them safe and managing their health and behaviour as appropriate. 

In the DC Specialisation we emphasise the development of your skill so that you can supervise dog-dog interactions, ensuring that behavioural health is maintained, while promoting welfare-centric interactions with dogs. 

The canine training & behaviour industry is growing in Ireland and around the world. However, there is no regulation in the industry meaning that there are no minimum standards in education or experience for professionals, or even most course providers. This makes it very difficult for those wishing to enter or progress in the industry to know where to start. 

The DC Specialisation is offered by Ireland’s only independent course developer in this professional area – AniEd, and only one of a few around the world. We offer bespoke courses written and delivered to a high standard by qualified and experienced professionals.

The Daycare Supervisor (DC) Specialisation aims to provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to help you become a skilled dog handler, setting you up with a foundation upon which to continue to build your knowledge and education. 

The DC Specialisation is delivered on a modular basis. You must accumulate the required number of points by completing the appropriate Courses to successfully achieve 40 points.

You must collect 30 points via mandatory Courses and a further 10 points from electives in no more than 10 months.

Each Course will be run at least once across that time frame allowing you to schedule your studies to best suit you and your busy life. 

There are some limitations in terms of the order in which you complete Courses but ultimately it is a very flexible system, allowing you to carefully plan your studies.


  • Canine Behaviour Foundations
  • Canine First Aid
  • Canine Health & Disease
  • Dog Safe Handling
  • Supervising Dog Groups & Play
  • Electives:

  • Helping Rescue Dogs
  • Client Relations & Counselling Skills
  • Canine Nutrition
  • The course is delivered via a number of different media including course manuals & resources, video clips, practical demonstration and practice, classroom discussion and instruction. 

    You will complete a number of assessments per course, including practical work, but don’t worry there are no written exams or tests!

    You are expected to complete the reading, studying and assessment work on a home study basis. All course materials are provided and continued guidance is available from tutors and classmates via our online classroom. 

    Tuition €700
    Assessment €100

    Progression & Career Prospects 

    This Specialisation will give you the skills and knowledge to care for dogs in group environments to maintain and improve their social behaviour. 

    This course will also provide you with a foundation for further and continued study.

    Top Up to CBTT
    Once you have successfully completed the DW Specialisation you may choose to complete the remainder of courses to accumulate the required points to qualify as CBTT.