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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply the selection, caring and breeding practice of service dogs 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
120460  Apply the selection, caring and breeding practice of service dogs 
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 
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 and Society who must demonstrate the ability to apply knowledge of genetics and environmental influences in the breeding process of service dogs.

A person credited with this unit standard will be able to:
  • Evaluate stud dogs and brood bitch to ensure suitability of dogs.
  • Maintain physical and mental well-being of broods.
  • Plan the breeding combination.
  • Describe the care of a pregnant bitch.
  • Care for the bitch during and after whelping. 

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

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    Wherever the term breeding is used it should be understood to mean the physical breeding practices and not genetic breeding programmes. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Evaluate stud dogs and brood bitch to ensure suitability of dogs. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The background is evaluated in order to determine suitability on its influences on future litters. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Background may refer to but is not limited to bloodlines and does not refer to the analysis of genetic background.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The behaviour of the dog is evaluated in order to establish the temperament of the dog for breeding purposes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The anatomy of the dog is evaluated to determine medical and physical attributes of future litters. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Collected data on the trainability of the dog is analysed to inform future decisions regarding mating. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Trainability may refer to the ability of the dog to be trained for specific applications.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The breed characteristics are evaluated according to accepted dog breed standards. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Maintain physical and mental well-being of brood. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The physical, external examination of bitch is demonstrated in a controlled scenario. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Finding based on the physical examination is interpreted and actions are taken. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons for ensuring that a bitch is kept fit and socialized with are explained to contribute to the cycle of mating processes. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Environmental needs of bitch is analysed taking into account factors which contribute to a safe pregnancy. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Plan the breeding combination. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The heat cycle of the bitch is determined for a successful mating. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The date of mating is calculated according accepted signs. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Accepted signs may include but is not limited to: blood spatters in kennel and swollen up vulva.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Studs are selected in order to compliment the brood bitch's characteristics. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The copulation process is assessed in order to determine whether a successful mating has taken place. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION NOTES 
    Successful mating also refers to the defining of a time limit. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The recorded breeding process is analysed to determine the success of the process. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Describe the care of a pregnant bitch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons why a prescribed veterinary program must be complied with are described in order to maximise healthy pregnancies. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The reasons why a prescribed nutritional program is complied with are described in order to maximise healthy pregnancies and health of bitch. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    A possible birth date of the litter is calculated according to the data collected during the mating. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 5 
    Care for the bitch during and after whelping. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The bitch is monitored during and after whelping for any abnormalities. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The bitch is exercised after whelping to enhance milk production as well as minimise frustration levels. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The reasons for a prescribed disinfecting program are explained to ensure the health of the bitch and the puppies. 


    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 
  • Evaluation and selection process of stud dogs and brood bitches
  • Breed characteristics
  • Physical and mental well-being of brood.
  • Environmental needs of bitch which contribute to a safe pregnancy
  • Plan the breeding combination.
  • Heat cycle of the bitch
  • Copulation process for a successful mating
  • Caring for a pregnant bitch.
  • Details of medical pregnancy programmes
  • Nutritional program to maximise healthy pregnancies and health of bitches
  • Calculation process of possible birth date
  • Care for the bitch during and after whelping.
  • Disinfecting program to ensure the health of the bitch and the puppies.
  • Record keeping process on breeding
  • Content of pedigree certificate to determine the history and suitability of bloodlines
  • Mating process
  • 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 CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and the health of others. 

    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.
     
    NONE 



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.