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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.

Syllabus

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

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.

On completion of your course you will also be able to have your certificate endorsed and accredited by the CPD Certification Service for recognised CPD Hours.

The CPD Certification Service was established in 1996 as the leading independent CPD accreditation institution operating across industry sectors to complement the Continuing Professional Development policies of professional institutes and academic bodies. The CPD Certification Service provides recognised independent CPD accreditation of our courses.

 

Assessment

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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