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Co-op/ Business/ Guidance/ Dog Daycare
Department Head - Maryanne Basso


Under One Woof - Dog Daycare


West Credit offers a unique program for students who like dogs. It is a 4 credit package where students earn a business credit and 3 cooperative education credits. Some students are eligible for a dual credit program with Sheridan College where they can work towards a diploma in Animal Care!


We spend 2 days a week learning about business and dog theory and 3 days taking care of the dogs and the dog business. Students gain many transferable skills which they can use in their job search. Many graduates are working in the field of animal care – daycares, veterinary clinics, grooming and pet stores. Students have even decided to exercise their entrepreneurial skills and take up dog walking and dog sitting.


Students are exposed to a range of guest speakers who work with animals – we call this part of the program Jobs with Dogs and Dogs with Jobs! Every week they learn about dog training using positive reinforcement with Joan Orr, internationally renowned clicker training expert. Students also learn how to groom dogs with Helen McKeand, Sheridan College instructor and owner of her own grooming business for more than 20 years.


We have practical assessments at an off leash dog park and in school we create toys for our dogs. We attend the Royal Winter Fair and the Toronto Sportsmen's Show to watch amazing animal shows and learn about small businesses in Canada.


Please contact Donna Foulkes at extension 284 for further information.  


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Please click the linkDoggy Daycare News ! Smore.mht to view the Dog Daycare Newsletter. 





Students attending WCSS are encouraged to take courses in Business Studies to better prepare
them for the skilled trades, employment or post secondary education. 
An understanding of computer software applications, marketing, retail and business management will provide a significant foundation for students entering into the world of work.
All students accepted into the Specialist High Skills Major Program are required to complete the Grade 11 Marketing course. 
The Business Department also features a Yearbook Course which exposes students to media and graphic design.  Students in the Yearbook Course proudly produce WCSS's annual yearbook.

Business Courses Available:


Grade 09 - Introduction to Business

Grade 10 - Information and Communication Technology

Grade 11 - Information Technology Applications in Business

Grade 11 - Introduction to Retail and Services Marketing

Grade 11 - Introduction to Marketing - College Preparation (Applied Program only)

Grade 12 - Managing a Small Business 

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