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Canine Health & Well Being Certification

As a pet care professional, you cannot know too much about health issues that affect the dogs you see in your business. If you work with pets all day as a receptionist, bather, groomer, trainer, daycare, or night-time provider, you owe it to the pets in your care to be the best in your chosen profession, says Tanya Slater, owner of Nash Academy Dog Grooming School.

Growing up in the business, our experience is dogs are taken to the veterinarian infrequently, perhaps once a year, for vaccinations, sometimes not even that frequently. Owners are usually unaware of their pets’ health and well-being, as they have so much else occupying their consciousnesses, and they see their pets every day, making any gradually developing health issues invisible to them. 

 The pet care professionals see the dogs far more frequently than their veterinarians and less frequently than the owners, so changes in health should be more obvious.

To be prepared, we should be trained to recognize early signs of many disorders to keep pets healthy and get the owner to take their dogs to the vet when necessary.

As pet care professionals, we may not be vets, but we are the dogs' advocates, and it is our job to let an owner know when we suspect something is wrong that necessitates a visit to the vet, says Tanya.

We must all remember that you are the first line of defense for every pet you handle, so knowing about the illnesses and injuries that affect these pets is a huge part of your job!

About this certification

The Canine Wellness certification for the dog offers a teaching, training, and testing program to prepare the salon team to be excellent evaluators of canine health and wellness. To achieve this task, a canine health and wellness specialist must know how to perform wellness checks and monitor pets during their stay in the salon, daycare, and boarding. 

Upon completing the course, you'll receive the Canine Health and Wellness Certification, validating your human, cat, and dog first aid expertise. This certification showcases your commitment to the safety and health of all canines.

The Nash System offers only online certification to accommodate everyone, especially those who can't travel. The onsite certification course includes lectures, demonstrations, practical applications, and online theory courses. The instructor program includes teaching and training canine wellness checks and monitoring dogs with a certified instructor. 

  1. Online Canine Health and Wellness Certification

  2. Onsite Canine Health and Wellness Certification 

  3. Onsite Canine Health and Wellness Certification Instructor Certification

Fees & Renewal

Online Only

Seven (7) online theory courses are required to complete your online certification.

 

STEP 1

Online theory courses with study books, manuals, and reference charts with multiple-choice tests: You study and take tests online to complete your certification. 

Time to Complete Online Course: 600 Minutes (10 Hours)

  1. Understanding Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 150 Minutes

  2. Form and Function of Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 107 Minutes

  3. Taking Care of Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 107: Minutes

  4.  First Aid for Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 36 Minutes

  5.  Who’s Who in Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 80 Minutes

  6.  Variations and Creations in Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete 90 Minutes

  7. Advanced Canine Health $60: Time to Complete: Time to Complete 30 Minutes

Total Fee for Online Only Certification Course Requirements: $780

Online and Onsite

Seven (7) online theory courses are required to complete your online certification.

 

STEP 1

Online theory courses with study books, manuals, and reference charts with multiple-choice tests: You study and take tests online to complete your certification. 

Time to Complete Online Course: 600 Minutes (10 Hours)

  1. Understanding Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 150 Minutes

  2. Form and Function of Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 107 Minutes

  3. Taking Care of Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 107: Minutes

  4.  First Aid for Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 36 Minutes

  5.  Who’s Who in Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 80 Minutes

  6.  Variations and Creations in Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete 90 Minutes

  7. Advanced Canine Health $60: Time to Complete: Time to Complete 30 Minutes

Total Fee for Online Only Certification Course Requirements: $780

 

STEP 2
Onsite practical skills courses with detailed slide presentations, demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on training.

  1. Hands-On First Aid and CPR for Dogs, Cats, and Humans 8 Hours 

Total Fee for Onsite Certification Course Requirements: $199

Total Fee for Online and Onsite Course Requirements: $979

Online and Onsite - Teacher/Trainer

You must complete the three online theory courses plus 8 hours of onsite training with a certified instructor and achieve a 96% or above to teach the onsite course. Seven (7) online theory courses are required to complete your online certification.

 

STEP 1

Online theory courses with study books, manuals, and reference charts with multiple-choice tests: You study and take tests online to complete your certification. 

Time to Complete Online Course: 600 Minutes (10 Hours)

  1. Understanding Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 150 Minutes

  2. Form and Function of Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 107 Minutes

  3. Taking Care of Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 107: Minutes

  4.  First Aid for Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 36 Minutes

  5.  Who’s Who in Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete: 80 Minutes

  6.  Variations and Creations in Man’s Best Friend $120: Time to Complete 90 Minutes

  7. Advanced Canine Health $60: Time to Complete: Time to Complete 30 Minutes

Total Fee for Online Only Certification Course Requirements: $780

 

STEP 2
Onsite practical skills courses with detailed slide presentations, demonstrations, lectures, and hands-on training.

  1. Hands-On First Aid and CPR for Dogs, Cats, and Humans 8 AM - 5 PM (8 Hours)

Total Fee for Onsite Certification Courses Required: $199

STEP 3
Onsite practical skills training on how to teach three hearts first aid and CPR certification for dogs, cats, and humans.

  1. Hands-On Teaching First Aid and CPR for Dogs, Cats, and Humans 8 Hours $199 

Total Fee for  Onsite Course Requirements: $199

Total Fee for Online and the Two Onsite Course Requirements: $1178


After completing the certification, you receive a year membership and subscription to the 3 Hearts Online Courses in the Nash System Reference Library!

Continuing Education Requirements

Salon Team Members

  • Online Renewal: Annually

  • Onsite Renewal: N/A

  • Online Renewal Fee - $78 (Includes annual subscription to online courses and test fees.)

To maintain active status as a Nash System Canine Health and Wellness First Responder, complete continuing education requirements by studying online manuals and completing online tests annually. 

 

Instructors - Teachers - Trainers

To maintain active status as a Nash System Canine Health and Wellness Certified Instructor, complete requirements by studying online manuals and taking online tests annually. Teach or assist with one onsite practical skills course to maintain active status. 

  • Online Renewal: Annually

  • Onsite Renewal: Annually

  • Online Renewal Fee - $78 (Includes annual subscription to online courses and test fees.)

  • Onsite Renewal -  Must teach at least one onsite certification annually to maintain an active status.

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Ready to start your certification?
To initiate your process, you must finish the 7 online courses. If you opt for the onsite segment, you can then proceed to register for a specific location and date.

Onsite Dates Coming Soon!

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