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Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Diploma

  • About This Course

    Looking after people's pets is a rewarding career with increasing career opportunities in the UK. This course offers you a rewarding way of learning everything required to enhance your pet care knowledge base for use in the dog walking, pet and home sitting business.

    Pet owners want to know that while they’re away, their furry and fishy friends are properly looked after and getting plenty of love and attention. As a dog walker and pet sitter, your role is not only to properly care for the animal with food, exercise and attention, but to give your clients’ human partners peace of mind.

    This course is suitable for anyone, whether they are considering a career working as a pet sitter, dog walker, or someone who wants to gain a much better understanding and knowledge of the pet care business. It will provide you with the essential information you need to care for clients’ pets in a responsible, professional, and safety-conscious way.

  • Course lessons

    Unit 1: Welcome Safety, Health and hygiene

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:


    Benefits and how to get the most out of this course

    Your Safety


    Animals safety

    Disease control

    How to clean an pet’s bed/living areas


    Unit 2: Getting Started Running Your Pet Care Business

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    Business Plan, Insurance and Finance

    Law and Regulations


    Pet Services Offered



    Unit 3: Pet Sitting basics

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:


    CRB checks

    Property security

    Animal security

    Veterinary considerations


    Leaving the property as you found it

    Dog attacks!

    Unit 4: Per Service Visit

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    First Impressions

    Pre service visit

    Information and records


    Microchips and other ID methods


    Terms and Conditions

    Possible client questions

    Unit 5: Dog walking

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:


    Dog walking basics

    Body Language



    Dog fights

    Unit 6: Handling and transporting animals

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    Approaching an animal

    Typical restraints and handling equipment


    Correct handling methods of dogs and cats

    Exotic handling

    Transporting animals

    How to administer medications

    Unit 7: First aid

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    Aims and assessment

    Animal first aid kit

    ABC and CPR




    Bites and stings

    Wounds and burns

    Poisoning and fitting

    Diarrhoea and vomiting

    Hyperthermia and Hypothermia

    Unit 8: Dogs and cats

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    Groups and breeds

    Nutrition and exercise

    Behaviour and training

    Grooming  and care

    Elderly dogs and cats

    Common diseases

    Unit 9: Birds

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    General care

    Small birds



    Birds of prey

    Common diseases

    Unit 10: Fish

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    General care

    Cold water fish

    Tropical fish

    Marine fish

    Common diseases

    Unit 11: Reptiles

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    General care

    Snakes and Lizards

    Tortoises, turtles and terrapins

    More difficult to keep reptiles

    Common diseases

    Unit 12: Hamsters, gerbils, rats and mice

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

    Groups and breeds

    Nutrition, housing and exercise

    Behaviour and training

    Grooming and care

    Common diseases

    Unit 13: Rabbits and Guinea pigs

    By the end of this unit the learner will understand:


    General care

    Nutrition, housing and exercise

    Common diseases

  • Accreditation

    This course has been accredited by Online Academies. On successful completion of this course you will be able to download or print off a PDF of your Online Academies Certificate (please note: you will also be given the opportunity to have a hard copy of the certificate printed off and posted out to you for a small additional charge). If you would like to view a sample of the certificate, please click here.

    Online Academy work with Quality Licence Scheme (Quality Licence Scheme). The Quality Licence Scheme is part of the Skills and Education Group, a charitable organisation that unites education and skills-orientated organisations that share similar values and objectives. With more than 100 years of collective experience, the Skills and Education Group’s strategic partnerships create opportunities to inform, influence and represent the wider education and skills sector.



    At the conclusion of each module there is a multiple choice question assessment. This will help you remember the main points of the lesson and act as a check that you have retained the essential knowledge and understanding of that particular section. The results can be seen instantaneously and you can correct wrong answers. When the result is satisfactory you can progress to the next module.

    Course Outcomes

    Once you have successfully completed all the modules for your course you will be awarded:

    A Diploma issued by Online Academies

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