Basics of Canine Nutrition

Understanding the Science

  • Learn the Science

    A comprehensive course presenting evidence-based science about the essential nutrient needs of the domestic dog

  • Dog-Centered

    Expand your understanding of dogs with current knowledge regarding their specific nutritional needs

  • Expert Instruction & CEUs

    Taught by world renowned nutrition expert and author, Linda P. Case, MS. Earn continuing education credits with your professional organization

About "Basics of Canine Nutrition"

Designed for trainers, behavior consultants, shelter/rescue staff and volunteers, pet industry professionals and all who wish to learn more about the science of canine nutrition

  • This is the first in a series of three Science Dog nutrition and feeding courses! (Coming soon: "Puppies to Seniors - Feeding through the Life Cycle" and "Pet Food Smarts")

  • Unlimited 6-month access to this completely self-paced course, plus Q/A and discussion sessions with the instructor and other students

  • Ten chapters covering all of the essential nutrients and nutritional requirements of dogs - Everything you need to know about the basic science of canine nutrition

  • Video lectures, readings, recorded webinars and short quizzes keep material interesting and support students with different learning styles

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available with IAABC (18 units), CPDT (trainers, 13 units; behavior consultants, 7 units), KPA (18 units), and PPAB (16 units)

  • Students who complete the course receive a certificate of achievement to help pet professionals advance their careers and to market their knowledge to clients

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Enrollment includes on-demand access to the complete course for 6 months following registration

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1 - Introduction

    • Basics of Canine Nutrition - Introduction to Course

    • Guidelines for Using the Course Player

    • Tips for Success

    • Introduce Yourself!

    • Terms and Definitions to Get You Started

  • 2

    Chapter 2 - Water, The Elixir of Life

    • Water (The Most Essential Nutrient)

    • Reading: Water Balance in Dogs

    • Chapter 2 - Quiz

  • 3

    Chapter 3 - Energy Essentials

    • Part 1 - Energy Needs of Dogs

    • Chapter 3; Part 1 - Quiz

    • Part 2 - Calculating Daily Caloric Requirements

    • Optional Assignment: Estimating Your Dog's Energy (Caloric) Needs

    • Chapter 3; Part 2 - Quiz

  • 4

    Chapter 4 - Protein and the 'Mean Acids

    • Part 1 - Protein Structure and Measurement

    • Chapter 4; Part 1 Reading: Protein Quality

    • Chapter 4; Part 1 - Quiz

    • Part 2 - Protein Requirements of Dogs

    • Chapter 4; Part 2 - Quiz

    • Part 3 - Amino Acids of Interest

    • Part 3 Reading: Reactive Lysine

    • Part 3 Reading: Tryptophan, the Calming Amino Acid?

    • Chapter 4; Part 3 - Quiz

  • 5

    Chapter 5 - Fat: The Alpha and the Omega

    • Part 1 - Fat Structure and Classification

    • Chapter 5; Part 1 Reading: DHA and Puppy Development

    • Chapter 5; Part 1 - Quiz

    • Part 2 - Essential Fatty Acids and Functions of Fat

    • Chapter 5; Part 2 Reading: Omega-6 and Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Dog Foods

    • Chapter 5; Part 2 - Quiz

  • 6

    Q/A and Discussion (Chapters 1 - 5)

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 1 - 5

  • 7

    Chapter 6 - Carbohydrate Controversies

    • Part 1 - Carbohydrate Structure and Function

    • Chapter 6; Part 1 - Quiz

    • Part 2 - Do Dogs have a Carbohydrate Requirement?

    • Chapter 6; Part 2 Reading: Dogs and Carbs - Its Complicated

    • Optional Webinar Recording: Diet and Dilated Cardiomyopathy - State of the Science

    • Chapter 6; Part 2 - Quiz

  • 8

    Chapter 7 - Get Things Moving with Fiber

    • Part 1 - Fiber Types and Functions

    • Chapter 7; Part 1 - Quiz

    • Part 2 - Understanding Prebiotics

    • Chapter 7; Part 2 Reading: Should You Feed Prebiotics to Your Dog?

    • Chapter 7; Part 2 - Quiz

  • 9

    Chapter 8 - Take Your Vitamins

    • Part 1 - Fat Soluble Vitamins

    • Chapter 8; Part 1 Reading: 2019 FDA Report Vitamin D Toxicity in Dogs

    • Chapter 8; Part 1 Reading: 2019 FDA Report about Vitamin K Substances and Animal Feed

    • Chapter 8; Part 1 - Quiz

    • Part 2 - Water Soluble Vitamins

    • Chapter 8; Part 2 Reading - Vitamin Deficiency and Toxicity Signs in Dogs

    • Chapter 8; Part 2 - Quiz

  • 10

    Chapter 9 - Minerals for Healthy Bones & Bodies

    • Part 1 - Essential Minerals

    • Chapter 9; Part 1 Reading: Mineral Deficiency and Toxicity Signs in Dogs

    • Chapter 9; Part 1 - Quiz

    • Part 2 - Zinc and Copper

    • Chapter 9; Part 2 Reading: Copper-Associated Hepatitis and Diet in Dogs

    • Chapter 9; Part 2 - Quiz

  • 11

    Chapter 10 - Digest This!

    • Digestion and Absorption

    • Chapter 10 Reading: Measuring Digestibility

    • Chapter 10 Webinar Recording: Dogs are Carnivores, Right?

    • Chapter 10 - Quiz

  • 12

    Q/A and Discussion (Chapters 6 - 10)

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 6 -10

  • 13

    Additional Resources

    • AAFCO Nutrient Profiles for Dogs

    • European Pet Food Industry Federation (FEDIAF) Nutritional Guidelines for Dogs

    • National Research Council (NRC) Nutrient Guidelines for Dogs

    • Suggested Books and Websites

  • 14

    CEUs and Certificates

    • Completing the Course!

    • Certificate of Course Completion

Instructor

Owner, The Science Dog

Linda Case

Linda is a world renowned canine nutritionist, dog trainer and author. Her academic training is as a canine/feline nutritionist and trainer. She earned her B.S. in Animal Science at Cornell University and her M.S. in Canine/Feline Nutrition at the University of Illinois, and was a lecturer of companion animal science at the University of Illinois for 15 years. Linda currently owns AutumnGold Consulting and Dog Training Center in central Illinois. She writes the popular blog "The Science Dog" (https:\\thesciencedog.com) and is the author of eight books, including “Dog Food Logic” and the college textbook, "Canine and Feline Nutrition". Linda and her husband Mike currently share their lives with three amazing dogs; Stanley, Cooper, and Alice, plus Pete the formerly feral cat.

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