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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Condition and care for new born puppies until 18 months 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120457  Condition and care for new born puppies until 18 months 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Visible Policing 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 08 - Law, Military Science and Security Safety in Society 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard is for learners in the field of Safety in Society who will demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge and skills in caring and conditioning newborn puppies until the ages of 18 months.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Demonstrate understanding of the care processes for puppies.
  • Utilize the bitch during conditioning process of puppies.
  • Evaluate performance of the dog in order to determine future use. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
  • Communication NQF 4. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the care processes for puppies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The development calendar of the dog is explained in order to monitor the progress of a service dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Abnormalities in the physical appearance of the puppies are evaluated in order to determine whether dog is suitable for use as a service dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Nutritional programs and physical well being of the puppies are explained in order to design individual programs for each puppy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Utilise the bitch during conditioning process of puppies. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Conditioning process also includes the socialisation process. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The content of the conditioning program is evaluated to ensure design of development programmes for trainable puppies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of the bitch in puppy conditioning programs is evaluated in terms of its influence on the behaviour of puppies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The socialization needs of the puppies are evaluated to determine areas of training needed for specific puppies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The time and methods for the separation of the mother from the puppies is evaluated in order to determine when the separation must occur. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate performance of the dog in order to determine future use. 
    OUTCOME RANGE 
    Dogs in this specific outcome refer to puppies up to the age of 18 months. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Dogs ages are mapped against aptitude tests in order to comply with the requirements of the test. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Required age aptitude tests may include but is not limited to:
  • 8, 12, 16 and 24 weeks
  • 10, 14 and 18 months
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Requirements of aptitude tests are evaluated in order to ascertain which programmes would be suitable for which dog. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The dog's character is assessed by using an aptitude test. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Problems encountered during the administering of an aptitude test are evaluated in order to inform corrective actions. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Problems refer to the actions by the handler, actions by the dog and environmental factors.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Problems are resolved as and when they occur during the administering of the prescribed test. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An individual wishing to be assessed (including through RPL) against this Unit Standard may apply to an assessment agency, assessor or provider institution accredited by the relevant ETQA, or an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this Unit Standard or assessing this Unit Standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be conducted by the relevant ETQA at its discretion. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
  • Understand the care processes for puppies.
  • Development calendar of the dog
  • Abnormalities in the physical appearance of the puppies
  • Nutritional programs
  • Physical well being of the puppies
  • Utilization of the bitch during conditioning process of puppies
  • Conditioning process
  • Socialization process
  • Time and methods for the separation
  • Evaluate work performance of the dog
  • Dog ages
  • Requirements for aptitude tests
  • Characteristics of dogs
  • Problems regarding the aptitude test
  • Training techniques
  • Interpretation of test results
  • Dog behaviour
  • Animal Protection Act No 71 of 1962 section 2.1(a), (c), (d), (f), (i), (m), (n), (q) and (r) 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions using critical and creative thinking have been made. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group organization, community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage oneself and one's activities responsibly and effectively. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organize and critically evaluate information. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentation. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    N/A 

    QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Elective  50102   National Certificate: Dog Handling  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  Reregistered  2023-06-30  SAS SETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
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