Dog Consultant

17th August 2020 – 27th May 2021

Learn about dog training and caring

Our dog consultant students are running Borgå DogCare, which offers services for pets and their owners.

New on the curriculum: Dog Trimming

A whole study year in canine knowledge!

Dog Consultant (Hundkonsult) is a programme for you who wants to know more about dogs, perhaps you have dreams about working in the canine industry and working with positive learning methods!

Motivated dogs

During the training we will deepen our understanding of dog’s natural behaviour, dog language, dog illnesses, different learning methods, Click training, problem solving, dog’s heritage, puppy development, wellness, breed awareness and breeding. On the course we also discuss ethics and animal welfare.

We present different hobbies with dogs and practical training with your own/or other’s dogs. A study trip abroad will happen in the spring of 2020.

The course leader is FM biologist and canine therapist Christina von Pfaler and as a guest teacher we now and then have canine expert and trainer Noga Ronen from Israel (teaching in English). NB! The course is intended for studying adults (18+).

Inform on the application whether you plan to bring your own dog or not. For students thinking about boarding please note that we have restrictions on numbers of dogs included in the boarding. Students on the dog consultant programme have first choice in bringing dogs with them as boarders.    

NB! For those applying for the dog consultant course (Sweden, Norway and Denmark) and are wondering whether to bring your dog with you, we recommend going in to Finnish Food Authority’s website to read about rules of bringing animals to Finland. 

One year at the folkhögskola (People’s Academy) will generate six extra study points towards further study placement within second stage vocational education in Finland.   

If you are interested in animals in general check out our one year programme Animal Care.



(25 h / week – daily lessons)


Wolves’ and dogs’ natural behaviour. About how much breeding and dogs’ heritage influence our own dogs’ behaviour.  About the behavioural development from puppy to adult. 

Dog talk

How dogs communicate with other dogs as well as humans. About dogs’ senses and how they influence dogs’ communication abilities. Theoretical and practical observations. 


How dogs learn. Different methods to teach dogs and how they differ from each other. Theoretical and practical exercises.  

Upbringing and schooling

Rearing puppies, dog training, various methods involved. About different types of dog owners. Theoretical and practical exercises with your own dogs and loaned dogs as well as puppies.

Anatomy and physiology

The basics in dogs/animals anatomy and physiology. How dogs work and how they are structured.

The basics of wellbeing (prophylaxis) (jointly with the animal care course)

Dogs most common illnesses, how they occur, symptoms, treatment and prognosis.

Alternative forms of care

Presentation of alternative forms of care i.e. Tellington touch, acupuncture…


The basics in nutrition and feeding dogs.

Wolf Hybrid

The history of dogs

The origins of dogs. Different theories about where they originated and why dogs chose humans or vice versa.

Ethics and animal welfare

Animal ethics, ethics within dog training, Animal Welfare Act.  Theory and discussions. 

Genetics and breeding

Basics in genetics. We will learn about simple cross-breeding and go through basic concepts within animal breeding.

Hobbies with dogs

Various hobbies with dogs are presented. Theoretical and practical presentations. We will visit dog shows.

Knowledge of breeds

Breeds development, their purpose, typical breeds’ behaviour and differences.  We learn to recognise breeds by their looks.

Problem dogs and problems with dogs

Various problems we can have with our dogs and dogs staying with us. About the reasons behind the problem, how the owner influences, how breeds are affected and ways of solving the problem. We work with our own dogs and external project dogs.

Project work

Performed individually or in pairs and is presented orally.  

Work experience 50 h

Work experience within a dog-related field. Students are to find their own work experience places. Work experience takes place during the spring semester, over two weeks (exact timings to be informed later). 

Thesis 50 h

A written thesis about a dog-related subject. Length: 20-40 pages.

Study trip

A study trip in spring to an interesting dog country.

General subjects

  • Photography
  • Business enterprise
 Hundar som representerar skolan
Dogs representing the school


One year in folkhögskola (People’s Academy) will give six extra study points when one applies for a study place within the second level vocational training in Finland.  For students from Sweden and Norway we would remind you that the course is CSN and you are entitled to Lånekassen.

Curriculum for Dog Consultant (in Swedish)

Contact and further information

Programme leader:
Christina “Chrusse” von Pfaler | Phone +358 (0)44 7350 456 |
During the summer contactable by email.

 Chrusse och Reymond
Chrusse and Reymond

Borgå folkakademi, Runebergsgatan 16-18 (in the centre of Borgå)

Tuition fee:
290 €/month including lessons, lunch and afternoon coffee.
Costs for student materials and excursions are extra.

If you need accommodation you can board in the school’s dormitory connected to the school.
Cost 140 €/month in a shared double room or 200 €/month for a single room, including breakfast and lunch Monday-Friday and also afternoon coffee and supper Monday-Thursday.
Further information about accommodation and costs can be found here.

Final application date is 7.8.2020.

Apply here – application form

We withhold the right to change the contents and offers in our courses and educational programmes.

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