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Become a Home Boarder, Dog Walker or Pet Sitter – Canine
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Course Summary:

Being entrusted with the care of someone’s beloved pet is a huge responsibility. This pathway will equip you with the knowledge and practical skills you need to provide a successful, professional service to your clients.

By studying techniques in best practice home boarding, alongside issues such as transport and health and safety, you’ll be able to provide a professional level of care. This pathway is made up of the following areas of study:

  • Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and Home Boarding
  • Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues
  • Transport and Restraint

This career pathway combines 3 of our individual courses, providing students with a clear and comprehensive path towards a career in animal care. What’s more, when you take this pathway, you’ll save £140*, compared to taking each course on its own.

Our Support Promise:

You can phone or email your tutor at any point during your course – to ask questions, for advice, encouragement or to draw on their wealth of
knowledge.

You can also contact the support team who are here to help you Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

What you will Learn

Pet Sitting, Dog Walking and Home Boarding

Unit 1

  • Basic legislation
  • Licensing
  • Advertising and marketing
  • Records
  • Banking and taxes

Unit 2

  • Signs of health
  • Basic veterinary terminology
  • Methods of restraint
  • First aid
  • Caring for geriatric animals
  • Giving medication

Unit 3 

  • The five freedoms
  • Basic principles of nutrition, utensils and hygiene
  • Identification of breeds and basic grooming
  • General care and management of small companion animals
  • Health problems of small animals
  • Infectious diseases of dogs and cats
  • Disinfectants and disinfections

Unit 4 

  • The management of other small domestic pets
  • Zoonotic diseases

Health, Safety, Legal and Associated Issues

Unit 1

  • Customer Service and Care
  • Client Distress
  • Personal Safety
  • Health and Safety
  • Prevention of Ill Health and Accidents
  • Risk Assessment
  • First Aid
  • Legal Issues
  • Environmental Issues
  • Insurance

Transport and Restraint

Section 1 explains the animals emotions and fear involved in being restrained or moved and the handlers responsibility to ensure the experience is as stress free as possible. The different ways of restraining an animal are also discussed.

Section 2 covers the regulations involved in transporting animals and the comfort and safety of the animal whilst being moved.

* compared to taking each course on its own