This is a 1 to 1 intensive training day working alongside a highly experienced dog walker/pet sitter. You will walk a number of different dogs and discuss how to meet each of their individual needs. Mental stimulation, scent games, different types of walks will be covered.
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Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate (Practical)
The Dog Walking Pet Sitting Course is offered on an individual basis so that learners gain intensive knowledge and training.
Dates are very flexible and once enrolled the student will liaise directly with the tutor to arrange a convenient time to attend.
This course will provide an insight into what dog walking is like as a career. Throughout the walks, canine body language and signals will also be covered, signs of stress and how to walk a reactive dog.
Dog walking requires the correct equipment to ensure the safety of yourself as the dog walker, the dogs under your control and other members of the public (and their dogs). No matter what equipment you use as a professional dog walker, dogs under your control should be on a lead in any built up area of roads and properties. As a dog walker, you may come across dogs with different medical conditions. It is good to have an understanding of the common animal ailments that may affect dogs. If you take on a dog with an illness, it is advisable to research the illness as much as possible to help the dog stay safe and well. Having a good understanding of first aid could save a life. It is advisable to have a fully kitted out first aid kit in your vehicle at all times. You can buy ready-made first aid kits that you should split and take some of the items on walks with you (or use the advice in this course on how to compile a canine first aid kit). Dogs enjoy many different activities on their walks, if owners are unsure it may be worth trying out a number of different activities such as: Fetch, outdoor agility, swimming, finding treats from the ground. Once you have found out what makes them happy, integrate these into your walks. Play fetch, lead them over objects they can jump over safely, hide little treats for them to find and even do some basic training to keep them entertained. This course also includes information about Pet Sitting; this involves short visits (approximately half an hour) to customers home to care for their pets and sometimes aspects of the home too. Customers employ pet sitters to care for a range of animals and you need to ensure you are comfortable caring for the animal in question. Alternatively, you can decide a list of animals you are willing to care for. This course is of relevance for anyone interested in learning practically how to set up and run their own dog walking and pet sitting business.