• Life Stages & Life Styles

    Provides evidence-based information about how to best feed dogs throughout life - including puppies, adults, working and performance dogs, and seniors

  • Dog Food Selection

    Learn to evaluate and select the best food for different life stages and activity levels; develop an understanding of what you can (and cannot) learn from pet food labels

  • Expert Instruction & CEUs

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

About "Puppies to Seniors"

Designed for trainers, behavior consultants, shelter/rescue workers, pet industry professionals and all who wish to learn more about how to best support nutritional health in their dogs

  • Eight chapters and 56 lessons covering feeding management for all life stages - puppies, adulthood, reproducing females, performance and working dogs, feeding behavior, and more!

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

  • Unlimited 6-month access plus Q/A sessions with the instructor and other students; receive a certificate of achievement to help advance your career and market your knowledge to clients

  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs) available with IAABC (18 units), CPDT (trainers, 10 units; behavior consultants, 11 units), KPA (18 units), and PPAB (20 units)

  • "Puppies to Seniors" is the second in the Science Dog's three-course core series. The first core course,"Basics of Canine Nutrition" is recommended, but not required, for enrollment in this course

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Chapter 1 - Introduction

    • Puppies to Seniors - Introduction to Course

    • Guidelines for Using the Course Player

    • Tips for Success

    • Terms and Definitions to Get You Started

  • 2

    Chapter 2 - Feeding Growing Dogs

    • Energy Needs of Growing Dogs

    • Ensuring Your Dog's Healthy Development

    • Nutritonal Health for Large & Giant Breed Puppies

    • Energy Needs and Development - Check Your Knowledge!

    • Do Puppies Need DHA?

    • A Bit More about DHA

    • Food Selection for Growth

    • Feeding Management During Growth

    • Knowledge Check!

  • 3

    Chapter 3 - Adult Dogs

    • Energy and Nutrients for Adult Dogs

    • Do You Think I Look Fat in This Collar?

    • Adult Dog Nutrients - Check Your Knowledge!

    • Food Selection for Adult Maintenance

    • Not Your Grandmother's Kibble

    • Dog Food Digestibility and Why it is Important

    • Foods for Adult Dogs - Knowledge Check!

  • 4

    Chapter 4: Nutritional Care for Seniors

    • Age-Related Changes in Dogs

    • Longevity and Obesity - Is there a connection?

    • Knowledge Check!

    • Nutrient Considerations for Senior Dogs

    • Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate - A Review

    • Can Fish Oil Improve Mobility in Senior Dogs?

    • Food Selection for Seniors

    • What do You Know?

  • 5

    Q/A and Discussion (Chapters 1 - 4)

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 1 - 4

  • 6

    Chapter 5 - Reproduction

    • Feeding Mom: Gestation and Lactation

    • Neonatal Puppy Development and Care

    • Puppy Nutrition and Weaning

    • Nutritional Care of Orphan Puppies

    • Check Your Knowledge!

  • 7

    Chapter 6: Working and Performance Dogs

    • Understanding Canine Athletes

    • Walking - Good for our Dogs and for Us

    • Energy and Nutrients for Canine Athletes

    • Dogs are Fat Burners (or Reasons NOT to Carbo-load your Canine Athlete)

    • Check Your Knowledge

    • Food Selection for Working Dogs

    • Optional Assignment: How Many Calories Does Your Exercising Dog Need?

    • What Do You Know?

  • 8

    Chapter 7 - Feeding Behavior & Management

    • Carnivore or Omnivore?

    • A Taste for Meat?

    • How Should We Feed?

    • Food Delivery Toys - Benefits and Cautions

    • Knowledge Check!

  • 9

    Chapter 8 - Nutrition and Feeding Myths

    • Nutrient and Ingredient Myths

    • Thyroid on Trial - An Example of Science-based Decision-Making

    • Webinar: Beware the Strawman

    • Knowledge Check!

  • 10

    Q/A and Discussion (Chapters 5 - 8)

    • Q/A and Discussion - Chapters 5 - 8

  • 11

    Additional Resources, CEUs and Completion Certificate

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


Owner, The Science Dog

Linda Case

Linda Case is well-known author, canine nutritionist, and dog 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. Linda is the author of numerous publications and nine books, including Feeding Smart with The Science Dog, Dog Smart, and Dog Food Logic. She is also the author of the popular Science Dog Blog. Linda and her husband Mike live in central Illinois and share their lives with three amazing dogs: Cooper, Alice and Stanley, and Pete the cat.

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