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Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional

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  • Accreditation by Stonebridge Associated Colleges
  • 13 units
  • 130 guided learning hours
Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional

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.

About Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

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.

What Could I Do After Taking This Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Course?

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.

Start your own business. This course covers basic pet care including the handling of dogs, cats and other common pets. It also helps you become more security-minded, to keep records and to act appropriately in an emergency. It will teach you what you need to start and run your own dog walking, pet and home sitting business.

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Diploma

Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

To view a sample of the ABC Learner Unit Summary, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

For more info on our awarding body, ABC awards, click here

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit 1: Welcome Safety, Health and hygiene

 

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

 

Introduction

Benefits and how to get the most out of this course

Your Safety

Zoonosis

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

Image

Pet Services Offered

Advertising

Organisation

 

Unit 3: Pet Sitting basics

 

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

 

Responsibility

CRB checks

Property security

Animal security

Veterinary considerations

Updates

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

Checklist

Microchips and other ID methods

Keys

Terms and Conditions

Possible client questions

 

Unit 5: Dog walking

 

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

 

Introduction

Dog walking basics

Body Language

Law

Aggression

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

Behaviour

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

Handling

Shock

Fractures

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

Parrots

Poultry

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:

 

Breeds

General care

Nutrition, housing and exercise

Common diseases

 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).
Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional

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.

About Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

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.

What Could I Do After Taking This Dog Walking and Pet Sitting Course?

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.

Start your own business. This course covers basic pet care including the handling of dogs, cats and other common pets. It also helps you become more security-minded, to keep records and to act appropriately in an emergency. It will teach you what you need to start and run your own dog walking, pet and home sitting business.

On completion of your course, you will receive two certificates:

Certificate 1 is issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges: Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Diploma

Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Diploma issued by Stonebridge Associated Colleges, to view a sample of the college’s award, please click here.

Certificate 2 is issued by ABC Awards: Level 4 Dog Walking and Pet Home Sitting Professional Certificate of Achievement

At the end of this course successful learners will receive a Certificate of Achievement by ABC Awards and a Learner Unit Summary (which lists the details of all the units you have completed as part of your course).

The course has been endorsed under the ABC Awards’ Quality Licence Scheme. This means that Stonebridge Associated Colleges have undergone an external quality check to ensure that the organisation and the courses it offers, meet certain quality criteria. The completion of this course alone does not lead to an Ofqual regulated qualification but may be used as evidence of knowledge and skills towards regulated qualifications in the future. The unit summary can be used as evidence towards Recognition of Prior Learning if you wish to progress your studies in this sector. To this end the learning outcomes of the course have been benchmarked at Level 4 against level descriptors published by Ofqual, to indicate the depth of study and level of difficulty involved in successful completion by the learner.

The course itself has been designed by Stonebridge Associated Colleges to meet specific learners’ or employers’ requirements. ABC Awards’ endorsement involves a robust and rigorous quality audit by external inspectors to ensure quality is consistently met. A regular review of courses is carried out as part of the endorsement process.

To view a sample of the ABC Certificate of Achievement, please click here.

To view a sample of the ABC Learner Unit Summary, please click here.

Requirements for Entry

There is no experience or previous qualifications required for enrolment on this course. It is available to all students, of all academic backgrounds.

Who are ABC

ABC Awards

ABC Awards is a leading national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, and the Welsh Government[1]. They have a comprehensive portfolio of over 650 Ofqual regulated qualifications on the national Qualifications and Credit framework (QCF). It has a long-established reputation for developing and awarding high quality vocational qualifications across a wide range of industries. As a registered charity, ABC Awards combines 180 years of examination and assessment expertise but also implements a responsive, flexible and innovative approach to the needs of our customers.

Renowned for excellent customer service, and quality standards, ABC Awards also offers over 600 Ofqual regulated qualifications for all ages and abilities post-14; all are developed with the support of relevant stakeholders to ensure that they meet the needs and standards of employers across the UK.

For more info on our awarding body, ABC awards, click here

Professional Membership

On completion of this course you will be eligible to join the following Professional Associations(s):

Anyone who is studying for or has completed a course endorsed by an Ofqual approved awarding body is eligible to join Qualifications Register.  The Qualifications Register (QR) is an independent register that aims to serve both members of the public and those professionals who hold recognised qualifications.

QR's primary aim is to provide transparency to members of the public and employers. The QR is a searchable database that allows them to find a practitioner and view the relevant qualification and endorsements the practitioner holds. The member of the public is then able to make an informed decision in relation to the suitability of the practitioner.  QR also tracks whether practitioners have insurance, again something that is useful for members of the public.  QR can also help professionals gain insurance or find professional indemnity cover.  Click here to find out more.

Members of the public can check an independent source with complete confidence that the practitioner has the qualification(s) they claim to have and that any additional CPD the practitioner has, is verified and quality assured to make sure that the CPD is being done on a regular basis. QR tracks a practitioners endorsed CPD (in unison with our CPD accreditation partner Lifetime Awarding) and other key signals to help members of the public and employers to come to a more informed decision about the professional they intend to use. This is an enormously valuable signal that's increasingly important as business becomes more deregulated and privatised.

For practitioners QR helps you market your skills, endorsements and feedback transparently to a wider audience. It also gives you access to a community to help make you more able to progress and succeed in your field of expertise.  Click here to find out more.

Unit 1: Welcome Safety, Health and hygiene

 

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

 

Introduction

Benefits and how to get the most out of this course

Your Safety

Zoonosis

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

Image

Pet Services Offered

Advertising

Organisation

 

Unit 3: Pet Sitting basics

 

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

 

Responsibility

CRB checks

Property security

Animal security

Veterinary considerations

Updates

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

Checklist

Microchips and other ID methods

Keys

Terms and Conditions

Possible client questions

 

Unit 5: Dog walking

 

By the end of this unit the learner will understand:

 

Introduction

Dog walking basics

Body Language

Law

Aggression

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

Behaviour

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

Handling

Shock

Fractures

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

Parrots

Poultry

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:

 

Breeds

General care

Nutrition, housing and exercise

Common diseases

 

What's Included

  • All study materials
  • Study Guide
  • Full Tutor and Admin support
  • The course fee includes the awarding body registration and certification fee (valued at up to £30.00).
Enrol for just £19.99
Spread the cost over 10 months
(no credit check required)
Call one of the team to get started TODAY
Ends midnight Monday 27th May

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