The Basics of Canine Nutrition

This course is the foundation for all the others, insofar as here we learn about canine nutrition from the ground up, starting with digestion, nutrients and food sources, and basic nutrient requirements of dogs. Part One is an examination of the essential nutritional needs of the domestic dog, and Part Two evaluates various methods of providing those needs; commercial diet, home made cooked diets, and various forms of raw feeding. We also look at feeding for life stages, and basics of supplementation, although individual needs and supplements are explored more fully in other courses. This course provides a solid foundational overview and teaches critical thinking, so the student can dispassionately evaluate various methods of feeding, and decide on which will suit an individual dog. It does not promote the superiority of any one type of diet over others, but is based on the premise that dogs require nutrients from appropriate food sources, and there are many good methods of delivering them. Coverage is given to each group of nutrients and the foods that provide them, so the graduate emerges with a broad and sophisticated understanding of the topic.

The Basics of Canine Nutrition Course is suited to those who have an interest in knowing more about canine nutrient requirements and digestion, reading dogfood labels, identifying food sources of various nutrients, and generally making sound nutritional choices for their dogs . It will be of great value to those in the retail field, to veterinary assistants, breeders, behaviourists and trainers, TellingtonTouch practitioners, those involved in various sports and competitive work, and of course, anyone who simply loves and lives with dogs. It lays the groundwork for the Advanced Nutrition/ Dietary Formulation programmes and is an extremely important companion course to the Applied Herbalism course.

In the Basics course, we also take a preliminary look at feeding for life stages, supplementation, and common health conditions; these areas are however explored more fully in the Advanced program.

A certificate of completion will be sent out at the end of the programme. Above all, I want people to enjoy this program and feedback is always welcome from students.

The cost of this course is $500.00 plus materials.
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Applied Canine Herbalism

This is a online, intensive course of study and practise which seeks to delve into and beyond the basics of Herbalism. Graduates will possess a strong fluency in all topics covered, and will be skilled in the use of herbal products for their own dogs. While many who commit to this course will be practising herbalist,  others will be working in a retail setting, as a trainer, vet tech or in any aspect of canine-related topics; the knowledge gained is highly applicable to those and other vocations. Grads will be able to advise others on appropriate selection of herbal medicines, will understand safety issues, dosage and health/drug interactions and contraindications as well as possess skill with formulation and understanding of herbal actions, energetics and constituents.. Upon completion you will be awarded an Applied Canine Herbalism certificate, and personal mentorships are also available by request.

Some of the ground we cover includes; An Introduction to and History of Herbalism; terms and techniques of the home herbalist; actions and energetics; identification and harvesting of wild plants; we will acquaint you with basic delivery systems - what is a tincture, an extract, an infusion, a liniment, a poultice and so on. The Materia Medica provides an indepth look at seventy five herbs, with an eye to proper and safe usage, possible reactions and interactions (with drugs, diet and health conditions as well as other herbs) and including many recipes for home use. We look at canine body systems, common conditions of the dog, a brief look at diet (taking the Basics of Canine nutrition is strongly recommended along with this course)

We'll look at using herbs for natural pest control, for anxiety, cancer prevention, gastric distress, heart disease, allergy, skin conditions, arthritis, UTI, liver disease, epilepsy, depression, nutritive support, and more. There is a heavy emphasis here on the practical as well as theoretical; students should learn to really use the herbs and become familiar with them thoroughly. A discussion group will be provided so students can interact and learn from one another and ask general questions as well. Of course, marking  is  private, and personal correspondence is essential.

The course is entirely asynchronous; you as long as you need complete the work , although it is advised you keep to a regular schedule. There will be reading assignments, practical work and a written  work you return to me for evaluation. These will consist of short essay questions, multiple choice and true or false, as well as case studies and practicum write-ups.

The cost of the Applied Herbalism Course before texts, is $ 800.00

In addition, please factor in the cost of the texts, plus equipment such as vials, glass jars and bottles, supplies for making salve, infusions, tinctures,  compresses and much more; occasionally, when they cannot be grown or wildcrafted, also the herbs will need to be purchased. Total cost is difficult to estimate as most students will already possess much of the equipment, but it's good to take this additional expense into consideration when budgeting for the programme.

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Advanced Nutrition/Dietary Formulation:

Go beyond the Basics into both deeper theoretical and advanced practical knowledge - working with the National Research Council's 2006 Recommendations, to balance both raw and cooked homemade diets for healthy safety, sources, supplementation of homemade diets and much more. Develop optimal recipes for your own dogs, expand your knowledge of nutrients, foods, health and prevention. This course paves the way for learning to formulate growth and therapeutic diets, as well as nutritional and supplemental protocols for a wide variety of canine health conditions, in future short speciality courses. An essential for the committed home feeder.

More information available here:

The Course with No Name

The latest course on offer is as yet un-named, but will be up and running by May 1 of this year and promises to be a unique experience insofar as it includes us in the curriculum- herbs for humans as well as canines. More Introductory and hands-on than the Practitioner’s programme, this course, is very much geared to those who are either new to herbs, or know a bit but want to learn more for home and family use. All the details I have so far are here:

And again – more information on any of the above can be had by sending me an email, at I look forward to hearing from you!

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