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Form & Function of Man's Best Friend

Your Dog is Much More than a Collection of Adorable Facial Expressions, Whines, Barks, and Pet-able Coat
To be a 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 anatomy and physiology of the dog, such as:

  • What terminology and vocabulary do you need to know to professionally discuss the external anatomy of the dog?
  • How do you address issues relating to various body regions of the dog in terms of being clearly understood by other professionals?
  • How does the integumentary system, which includes the dog's hair and coat, skin, anal sacs and nails, provide the dog with protection from the environment and disease?
  • What is the purpose and function of each part of the integumentary system?
  • What are the types of bones and their functions in the dog's body?
  • What are the types of joints and their functions in the dog's body?
  • What is the axial skeleton, and how does it help the dog's body to function?
  • What is the appendicular skeleton, and, though it is the smallest portion of the dog's skeletal system, why is it important?
  • How do the forelimb and hindlimb skeletons function, and what do they contribute to the dog's movement and athleticism?
  • What do the three different types of muscles (smooth muscle, cardiac muscle and skeletal muscle) control, and how are they different in function?
  • How do 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 does the respiratory system work to provide the dog with that most basic element of life, air? What is the respiratory system made up of?
  • What is the importance of the cardiovascular system, and what components is it made up of?
  • How does the nervous system allow the dog to experience its world, and what are the components of the nervous system?
  • How does the urinary system remove toxins from the dog's body, along with other functions, and what are its components?
  • What does the endocrine system do and control, and what are its components?