Home Boarding Ofqual Level 3 : Foundation (2 Part Payment)
Home Boarding Ofqual Level 3 : Foundation (2 Part Payment) 1

Home Boarding Ofqual Level 3 : Foundation (2 Part Payment)


£172.20 Including VAT

This includes

  • Unit 1: Canine Behaviour
  • Unit 2: Care of Dogs in Home Boarding and Home Day Care
  • Assessment
  • Accredited, Ofqual Level 3 Certificate
  • Assessment and certificate for successful learners
  • Accredited, Ofqual Level 3 Award. This qualification is regulated by the Governments’ Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Qualification Approval Number: 603/4536/6

This Qualification meets the requirements of Defra and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018

For full details please see the ‘What You Will Learn’ section below




Who is it For?

This Ofqual Level 3 qualification is for anyone who works with dogs – particularly those who are a:

  • Dog boarder
  • Dog day carer
  • Dog walker
  • Dog trainer/behaviourist
  • Dog groomer
  • Pet sitter

You do not need any prior knowledge or qualifications to study this qualification

Course Time

1-6 months

What You Will Learn

Home Boarding Level 3 – Foundation

Unit 1: Canine Behaviour

  • common canine body language signs and signals
  • terms used to describe a range of emotional states in canines
  • how to assess canines from their body language
  • common canine behavioural issues
  • methods used to modify canine behaviour
  • how to work with common canine behavioural problems
  • potential causes of canine stress
  • signs of stress in canines
  • potential causes of aggression in canines
  • the signs of aggression in canines
  • how stress can lead to aggressive behaviour in canines
  • the ladder of aggression in canines
Unit 2: Care of Dogs in Home Boarding and Day Care

  • the causes of canine diseases
  • methods of disease prevention.
  • how a range of canine diseases are transmitted
  • risk assessments for the prevention of disease transmission in canines.
  • the welfare of canines in home boarding and day care settings
  • potential welfare issues in home boarding and day care settings
  • feeding of canines in home boarding and day care settings
  • how welfare issues can be prevented in home boarding and day care settings
  • feeding requirements for canines in home boarding and day care settings.
  • common eating and dietary issues in canines
  • techniques for dealing with eating and dietary issues in canines in home boarding and day care settings.
  • different ways to enter dog enclosures
  • different ways to exit dog enclosures
  • potential problems with exit and entry to dog enclosures
  • essential Personal Protection Equipment for canine handling
  • the importance of Personal Protection Equipment for canine handling
  • ways to provide environmental enrichment in home boarding and day care settings
  • the impact of correct environmental stimulation in home boarding and day care settings
  • safe and unsafe play in canines
  • safe management of canine interactions


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this course online?


You have access to an online tutor and you get live and recorded seminars, as well as flashcards, quizzes, podcasts, a research and reading list, together with workbooks and question and answer books for each unit. 

You need access to half decent Internet and email. The course is a blend of different learning content and styles.

Some Level 3 course providers just send you a pdf workbook, a reading list and tell you to get on with it. Which is what got us going in the first place thinking we could do better than that.

I see there are different options, how does that work?

There are a choice of 3 complementary learning pathways. Each with different levels of content (and prices). You choose what works for you.

All three options give you an Ofqual Level 3 qualification, and you don’t have to do the most expensive unless you want to do so, unless the content meets your needs, and because you can afford it.

So you choose.

What do I need to tick the DEFRA box (all 3 options do that), what do I want to learn and what can I afford?

Technically you don’t have to do any more than our Basic course to get the L3 Award but when we looked at the original core syllabus we thought, OK it’s good, but surely people want to know more than that. So that’s what we set out to build on and to incorporate. Also we wanted to give ‘students’ a mix of learning media.

How long do I have to complete my course?

From two to 6 months.

We recognise that some people are in full time employment with busy family lives and preparing for a new future.

Others are very likely already dog professionals who have dog needs and customer demands to meet, before they wash off all the mud, do the household stuff, put their feet up and start thinking about studying.

We have to have a finite timeline, to keep everybody focused. But if you can complete and pass your course in 2 to 3 months, Brilliant!

Does this course meet the DEFRA Ofqual requirements thingy?


When you’re successful, the actual Ofqual Level 3 Award (and assessment) is:

Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare

Qualification Number: 603/4536/6

The certificate, will come from the Ofqual authorised Open College Network West Midlands who are, if you like, our examining body (officially known as an Awarding Organisation).

We should stress you only get the certificate if you pass the accredited assessment(s), but if you want to check the core qualification exists, you can check it on the Ofqual list of regulated qualifications. 


And the approved qualification


Do come back to us with any more questions.