Dog Walking Certificate

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Dog Walking Certificate




The Dog Walking course has been designed to respond to the fast growing industry of dog walking. If you enjoy interacting with dogs, this is a fantastically rewarding career.

Dog Walking services are in high demand as more pet owners become aware that it is not acceptable to leave their dogs for more than 4 hours a day. Lack of stimulation can be a traumatic experience and employing a dog walker can alleviate stress and prevent behavioural problems

Having this training will be reassuring to your clients and help you to develop your dog walking business.

*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.

Unit 1

How to run a successful Dog Walking Business

The first unit of this dog walking course examines equipment relevant to the business of dog walking.

Gain an understanding of the responsibilities and opportunities related to the running of this type of business. Learn about dog behaviour & how to manage different behaviours.

Unit 2

Canine Health

Unit 2 looks at genetics, hereditary and medical disorders that can affect the duration and type of walk. We take a look at canine body systems and the skeletal system to help us understand the breed of dog we are walking. This module also explores some common canine health problems and basic first aid.


Setting up a dog walking company is exciting and there are many things you have to think about. This course has been designed to help you work through all the practical elements involved such as having the right equipment, preparing your forms and the day-to-day running of your business. For dog owners having someone who will come to their home and take their dog for a good walk allows them to both own a dog and go to work with a clear conscience.

For other owners ensuring that dogs get the right amount of exercise is important, this is especially true if the owners are elderly or unable to provide their dogs with adequate exercise. Dogs that are left home alone for extended periods of time can begin to exhibit worrying and destructive behaviours.

The old wives tale of “a good dog is a tired dog” is very true. Under stimulation can lead to undesirable behaviours such as excessive barking, chewing of furniture and digging in the garden as well as more serious behaviours such as aggression, inappropriate chase behaviours and, stereotypical behaviours such as self-mutilation. This course explores how to set up your own dog walking business, the equipment required, basic health checks, first aid, dog body language and more.

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