Form & Function of Man's Best Friend

Your Dog is Much More than a Collection of Adorable Facial Expressions, Whines, Barks, and Pet-able CoatTo be responsible pet care professional, or even a good dog owner, shouldn't you know all that you can about the anatomy of your dog? Though the more than 400 breeds of dogs in the world vary widely in size and shape (think Chihuahua and then think Saint Bernard!), the basic anatomy is the same, and you cannot truly say you understand your dog until you have studied what supports the bright expression and the protective bark!


This course contains the essential and basic information for anyone desiring to become a pet care professional.


This course contains important elements of the anatomy and physiology of the dog, such as:

  • What terminology and vocabulary you need to know to professionally discuss the external anatomy of the dog.

  • How you address issues relating to various body regions of the dog in terms of being clearly understood by other professionals.

  • How the integumentary system, which includes the dog's hair and coat, skin, anal sacs, and nails, provides the dog with protection from the environment and disease.

  • Purpose and function of each part of the integumentary system.

  • Types of bones and their functions in the dog's body.

  • Types of joints and their functions in the dog's body.

  • The axial skeleton, and how does it help the dog's body to function.

  • The appendicular skeleton, and, though it is the smallest portion of the dog's skeletal system, why is it important.

  • The forelimb and hindlimb skeletons function, and what do they contribute to the dog's movement and athleticism.

  • The three different types of muscles (smooth muscle, cardiac muscle, and skeletal muscle) control, and how are they different in function.

  • How the five different regions of the muscular system (the muscles of the head, neck, torso, appendicular, and hindlimb regions) function, separately and together, to create the athleticism of the dog.

  • What are deep and superficial muscles, and how do they function.

  • What comprises the digestive system, and how does it function to bring nutrition to the dog.

  • How the respiratory system works to provide the dog with that most basic element of life, air.

  • What the respiratory system is made up of.

  • The importance of the cardiovascular system, and what components is it made up of.

  • How the nervous system allows the dog to experience its world, and what are the components of the nervous system.

  • How the urinary system removes toxins from the dog's body, along with other functions, and what are its components.

  • What the endocrine system do and control, and what are its components.

Pricing Structure 

Instructor Driven Purchase by the Course 

Tuition by the Course - Instructor Driven $500

Tuition Read and Test Out  by the Course

Tuition by the Course - Read and Test Out by the Course - Express and Take at Your Own Pace $100

Instructor Driven Purchase by the Course Series

Tuition by the Course Series - Instructor Driven $450

Tuition Read and Test Out  by the Course Series

Tuition by the Course Series - Read and Test Out by the Course - Express and Take at Your Own Pace $80

You can purchase by the course or purchase by a series to receive a discount. You can also purchase by the program to receive the biggest savings. 

If you work with dogs all day, you owe it to yourself and to the pets in your care to achieve a specialist level and rank to be the best at taking care of man's best friend. 

Course 2 of 6 to complete the Pet Care Professional Certification 

  1. Understanding

  2. Form and Function 

  3. Taking Care

  4. First Aid and CPR

  5. Who's Who

  6. Variations and Creations