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Why do DC?
Daycares and play groups for dogs continue to grow in popularity. However, this is a tricky thing to get right, where dogs truly benefit in terms of their social and behavioural development.
This course is for those who work with groups of dogs, in any capacity, and emphasises building an awareness of issues surrounding keeping dogs in such groups and improving environmental conditions to provide benefits to all dogs who participate.
How long is DC?
You must complete all required courses and submit all assessment work within 10 months of your commencement date.
How much is DC?
Total fees: €800
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Points required: 40
All Specialisations have a points requirement, collected as you successfully complete component courses. For DC you must achieve 30 points from mandatory courses and 10 from electives.
There are no specific entry requirements for this Specialisation, although we do recommend that applicants have studied to Level 5 (NFQ).
We want to set all applicants up for success so we will consider all backgrounds and have options that might suit those that don't have the academic and experiential requirements.
Career goals & progression
This program is ideal for those working in or wishing to work in daycares or play groups.
This Specialisation may also be topped-up to CBTT.
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.
Inthis program, we emphasise the development of your skill so that you can supervise dog-dog interactions safely, ensuring that behavioural health is maintained, while promoting welfare-centric interactions with dogs.
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.
Successful completion of DC involves accumulating 40 points. 30 points from five mandatory courses, and 10 from electives.
Mandatory Courses (all must be completed successfully - 30 points):
Canine Behaviour Foundations(5 points)
Elective Courses (accumulate 20 points):
Course calendar can be found here.
Each component course is run at least once per calendar year. You choose which dates you wish to attend and book with us. We reserve your spot and you'll be good to go.
Scheduling is flexible, so if you need to change a booking, even at short notice, that's generally no problem. There are some limitations to the sequence you schedule your courses but other than that we have maximised flexibility to suit your busy life.
There are no specific entry requirements for the DC Specialisation, but it is recommended that you have previously studied to Level 5 (NFQ) or similar.
There are general entry requirements for AniEd courses:
We will consider all applicants who may not have formal qualifications and/or experience working with animals but can demonstrate the capacity to participate. We will take every application on an individual basis and will do our best to help you reach your career goals.
Please note that to complete assessment work you will need access to the following:
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TOP-UP to CBTT
Successfully completing the DC program allows you to TOP-UP to the CBTT program. This allows you to complete CBTT over a longer time, building your skill and knowledge at a gentler pace.
Upon successful completion, you can then TOP-UP to CBTT, by completing the remaining required component courses.
Because of our flexible scheduling and modular delivery, regardless of which Specialisation you are on, you will attend with others doing that course, who may be on other Specialisations - everyone is doing a different combination of the same component courses!
This means that once you have the required elements of your first Specialisation completed, you just need to work through any left over component courses that are required to accumulate the 150 points for CBTT.
It's cost effective and provides you more time to complete the grueling CBTT program:
Daycare Supervisors TOP-UP costs a further €2200 and you have a further 14 months to accumulate the remaining points.
Fees & Payment Plans
Total Course Fees: €800 (Tuition varies, depending on electives chosen + Assessment fees: €120)
Payment Plan 1:
Total course fees are paid in full before commencing.
Payment Plan 2:
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