Dog Walking Pet Sitting Course

Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate
Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate

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1 Day Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Course

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Dog Walking Pet Sitting Course

Course Price:  £165

(Course cost is all inclusive of tutoring fees, assessments, materials and course registration)

Locations of course:  

Buckingham, Buckinghamshire

Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate (Practical)

This Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Course is offered on an individual basis so that learners gain intensive knowledge and training tailored to your own aspirations and previous experiences.  Whether you’ve worked with dogs in a professional arena before, had dogs in the family before, or starting from scratch- this course is for you.  

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. You will have the opportunity to gain experience with an eclectic mix of breeds and ages, from puppy to senior.  You will also have the opportunity to learn about behavioural needs of dogs such as walking dogs who are scared of other dogs/people or dog walking equipment such as harnesses.  

Imperative to dog walking, throughout the walks you will be able to observe canine body language and signals for yourself and discuss with the tutor what these are highlighting about a dogs emotional state. Furthermore, you will learn how to tailor a walk to suit a dogs individual needs.  Basic health conditions need to be considered in dog walking as well as behavioural needs.    

You will also have the opportunity to:

  • Learn about customer service skills appropriate to receiving a client.
  • Learn about individual & group dog walking.
  • Learn about the appropriate transport methods for client dogs.
  • Learn about what equipment is relevant to this type of business.
  • Learn about the opportunities & responsibilities of a dog walking/pet sitting business.
  • Learn about mental stimulation activities, scent games and different types of walks to enrich a client dogs life.  
  • Learn about dog-walking etiquette such as when to put dogs on a lead around other dogs. 
  • Learning about basic training cues that can help with dog walking such as building up a recall, or asking a dog to leave food that is on the ground. 

Completion of this course can account for 8 hours of Continued Professional Development (CPD).

This is a 1 to 1 intensive training day working alongside a highly experienced dog walker/pet sitter trained in dog behaviour.  If you have specific wishes for the day, please let the tutor know and they will do their absolute best to tailor the day to your requests.  Perhaps you would like more experience with larger breeds, smaller breeds, reactive dogs… Do let us know to give us the best opportunity to make the day most useful for you.  

If you would like to gain theory knowledge about this subject, this course can be combined with the 6 module online Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Diploma course and we offer a discount for enrolments on both courses

Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate
Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate
Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate
1 Day Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Course
Dog Walking & Pet Sitting Certificate

If you would like to gain theory knowledge about this subject, this course can be combined with the 6 module online Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business Diploma course and we offer a discount for enrolments on both courses

Please note:

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). Completing a first aid course is advisable.  

Dogs enjoy many different activities on their walks to help enrich their lives.  Different activities such as outdoor agility/parkour, swimming, finding treats from the ground, finding balls in grassy areas can all be valuable parts of a dog walk. 

This course also includes information about Pet Sitting.  This can involve short visits (approximately half an hour) to a clients home to care for their pets and sometimes aspects of the home too. It can also involve staying at a clients home temporarily whilst they are away.  Clients 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.

Contact us  if you would like to discuss this Dog Walking Pet Sitting course with our Careers Adviser


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