Diploma In Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Online Course

Start Your Own Successful Pet Sitting Business


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Start Your Own Successful Pet Sitting Business 

Anyone who loves animals and wants to start their own successful pet sitting business will benefit from this information packed course. The course will teach you everything you need to know about caring for pets, including the legalities and insurances needed. Provide your clients with complete peace of mind when using your services with this industry recognised certification.

Get familiar with animal care certificates and animal care courses and pick the one for you.

Introduction to Pet Sitting Certificate

The Pet Sitting Certificate is an online course which has been broken down into twenty three manageable and information packed modules, which should take around fifteen hours to complete. The course covers everything you need to know about setting up and running your own successful pet sitting business.

During your online studies, you enjoy the convenience of online support and the ability to study using any device with online modules you can access at any time from anywhere. You get to study at your own pace with no schedules, so you can still work full time while preparing to start your own business on the side and in the future.

By the end of this course, you will learn :

  • Get an introduction to pet sitting. This includes health and safety and animal welfare, how to approach any animal and why security is so important.
  • Learn about safety for you and the pet. Learn about written health and safety policies and when you need one, how to protect yourself and risks involved when it comes to pet sitting.
  • Understand the legal requirements involved along with the five zoonotic diseases, the animal boarding act, health and safety at work and the importance of protecting your clients' information.
  • Learn more about dog walking. Learn how to build your pack of dogs and signs of dog aggression along with the different types of dog aggression.
  • Understand the importance of a pre-service visit, preparing pet information sheets and the documentation needed.
  • Learn the five forms you must include in your client packs, how to comply with the Data Protection Act and storing your clients' information and how to use your client packs to increase your profits.
  • Identify with day to day pet sitting, including how long you need to allocate for each dog walk, the order you need to use when taking care of each pet and time to set aside between appointments.
  • Learn how to transport animals safely.
  • Learn more about effective animal handling. You will learn the three step process to minimise stress in animals and when you should and shouldn't approach an animal.
  • Learn more about dogs and cats from the different breeds to nutritional requirements.
  • Get an understanding of fish. This includes the three groups and breeds. It will teach you the different water temperature requirements, how often water needs to be changed and how to test the water for nitrates.
  • Understand how to care for rodents from cage cleaning frequency to breeds and types that you may be asked to care for.
  • Learn how to care for rabbits and guinea pigs from their nutritional needs to behavioural traits and more.
  • Learn everything you need to know about reptiles including feeding requirements, temperature requirements and behavioural traits.
  • Get an understanding on various pet ailments and how to care for them.
  • Learn essential pet first aid that you may have to use when offering your services.
  • Get valuable information on setting up and running your own successful pet sitting business.
  • Learn how to market your business effectively to reach the right target audience.
  • Identify pricing and costs.
  • Take advantage of the useful troubleshooting section to provide you with guidance and advice for your pet sitting business.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn how to start your own pet sitting business
  2. Comprehensive 23 module Accredited Certificate in Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Online Course 
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading Pet Sitting experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this online course at Courses for Success, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Module 1: Pet Sitting Certificate Introduction

  • What pet sitting involves
  • Health, safety and animal welfare
  • The importance of security
  • The safest way to approach any animal

Module 2 : Safety (Yours & Animals)

  • When you need a written health and safety policy in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • How to protect yourself when you're on the job
  • The risks involved in pet sitting and dog walking
  • How to protect yourself from some serious health concerns you can be affected by through animal contact 

Module 3 : Legal & Requirements

  • The 5 Types of Zoonotic Diseases to be on the lookout for
  • About the Animal Boarding Act and when you will need to have a licence
  • Your legal obligation to protect client information
  • About Health and Safety at Work 

Module 4 : Dog Walking

  • Who your true target audience is for your dog walking service
  • How to build your pack of dogs
  • How to recognise the signs of dog aggression
  • The different types of dog aggression 

Module 5 : Pre Service Visit

  • The purpose of the pre service visit
  • How to prepare your pet information sheet
  • About creating the right impression
  • The documentation required 

Module 6 : Forms and Record Keeping

  • The five forms to include in your client information pack
  • How to use a client information pack to increase your profits
  • How to store client information in compliance with the Data Protection Act
  • An example statement to include on your veterinary release form to minimise your vet expenses (may be compulsory for your business insurance policy) 

Module 7 : Day to Day Pet Sitting

  • The time you need to allocate for each dog walk
  • The length of time you should leave between appointments
  • The order in which to take care of each of the pets you’re responsible for
  • Insurance vulnerabilities when you include additional services for clients when they are on holiday 

Module 8 : Transporting Animals Safely

  • The importance of securing animals during transport
  • The safest transportation methods for dogs and cats
  • Proper usage of crates for smaller animals
  • The danger of cold temperatures to reptiles and how to aid their survival when necessary 

Module 9 : Animal Handling

  • Why tight grasps negatively affect animal behaviour
  • When you should and shouldn't handle animals
  • A 3-step approach to minimising stress in animals
  • Animal handling precautions that gets the animal to come to you rather than you cornering the animal 

Module 10 : Dogs & Cats

  • The different breeds of dogs and cats
  • Nourishment guidelines for feeding dogs and cats
  • Precautions with vitamin supplements
  • The different types of exercise to stimulate each pet in your care 

Module 11 : Fish

  • The three groups of fish and examples of breeds within each group
  • The temperatures to maintain for each type of fish
  • The frequency to test water for nitrates
  • The frequency of cleaning the water in fish tanks and aquariums 

Module 12 : Rodents

  • The best type of habitat to house rodents safely
  • How often their cages need to be cleaned
  • The safest type of bedding to provide
  • The different breeds and types of rodents 

Module 13 : Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • The different breeds of rabbits and guinea pigs
  • How to care for young and elderly rabbits and guinea pigs
  • The nutrition requirements
  • About their behavioural traits 

Module 14 : Reptiles

  • Why you need to know about reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles
  • Dietary requirements and feeding guidelines
  • The temperatures each type of reptile requires
  • The behavioural traits of reptiles 

Module 15 : Birds

  • How to approach birds for your first time with them
  • The different types of birds you could be caring for
  • The best types of bird cages that allow birds to exercise
  • What you need to do when letting birds out of their cage 

Module 16 : Pet Ailments

  • What viruses pets need to be vaccinated against
  • How to care for diabetic pets
  • The symptoms of common illnesses
  • The age kittens and pups should get their primary course of vaccinations 

Module 17 : Pet First Aid

  • The essentials to have in your animal first aid kit
  • How to stop bleeding from a minor cut
  • The risks of choking and how to treat a choking animal
  • What to do if a dog suffers from heat stroke 

Module 18 : Running Your Own Business

  • The length of time it could take for your business to receive its first payment
  • When you need to register your business for VAT
  • How long you need to keep financial records for
  • How to manage your time efficiently 

Module 19 : Setting up a Business

  • About tailoring your services to meet the needs of groups of customers
  • How to identify what people are already spending on pet care
  • The simplest route to starting your own business
  • What will drive a prospect to make the hiring decision and become a paying client 

Module 20: Marketing

  • A variety of ways to market your business effectively
  • How to use your brand identity to promote your service
  • The social media profiles to help you create your online brand
  • How to design your business cards in a way that encourages people to keep hold of your information 

Module 21: Pricing

  • What you need to account for when pricing your services
  • Pricing for small animals
  • Pricing for dog walks
  • Incorporating your business costs into your prices 

Module 22: Costs

  • The difference between your direct costs and indirect costs
  • How to determine your start-up costs
  • How to maximise your earnings
  • How to determine your cost of customer acquisition

Module 23: Troubleshooting

  • What to do when your business hits a quiet spell
  • About making contingency plans
  • How to deal with and reduce cancellations
  • About scenarios when you may be best to discontinue services with problematic clients

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

About this Course

Start Your Own Successful Pet Sitting Business 

Anyone who loves animals and wants to start their own successful pet sitting business will benefit from this information packed course. The course will teach you everything you need to know about caring for pets, including the legalities and insurances needed. Provide your clients with complete peace of mind when using your services with this industry recognised certification.

Get familiar with animal care certificates and animal care courses and pick the one for you.

Introduction to Pet Sitting Certificate

The Pet Sitting Certificate is an online course which has been broken down into twenty three manageable and information packed modules, which should take around fifteen hours to complete. The course covers everything you need to know about setting up and running your own successful pet sitting business.

During your online studies, you enjoy the convenience of online support and the ability to study using any device with online modules you can access at any time from anywhere. You get to study at your own pace with no schedules, so you can still work full time while preparing to start your own business on the side and in the future.

By the end of this course, you will learn :

  • Get an introduction to pet sitting. This includes health and safety and animal welfare, how to approach any animal and why security is so important.
  • Learn about safety for you and the pet. Learn about written health and safety policies and when you need one, how to protect yourself and risks involved when it comes to pet sitting.
  • Understand the legal requirements involved along with the five zoonotic diseases, the animal boarding act, health and safety at work and the importance of protecting your clients' information.
  • Learn more about dog walking. Learn how to build your pack of dogs and signs of dog aggression along with the different types of dog aggression.
  • Understand the importance of a pre-service visit, preparing pet information sheets and the documentation needed.
  • Learn the five forms you must include in your client packs, how to comply with the Data Protection Act and storing your clients' information and how to use your client packs to increase your profits.
  • Identify with day to day pet sitting, including how long you need to allocate for each dog walk, the order you need to use when taking care of each pet and time to set aside between appointments.
  • Learn how to transport animals safely.
  • Learn more about effective animal handling. You will learn the three step process to minimise stress in animals and when you should and shouldn't approach an animal.
  • Learn more about dogs and cats from the different breeds to nutritional requirements.
  • Get an understanding of fish. This includes the three groups and breeds. It will teach you the different water temperature requirements, how often water needs to be changed and how to test the water for nitrates.
  • Understand how to care for rodents from cage cleaning frequency to breeds and types that you may be asked to care for.
  • Learn how to care for rabbits and guinea pigs from their nutritional needs to behavioural traits and more.
  • Learn everything you need to know about reptiles including feeding requirements, temperature requirements and behavioural traits.
  • Get an understanding on various pet ailments and how to care for them.
  • Learn essential pet first aid that you may have to use when offering your services.
  • Get valuable information on setting up and running your own successful pet sitting business.
  • Learn how to market your business effectively to reach the right target audience.
  • Identify pricing and costs.
  • Take advantage of the useful troubleshooting section to provide you with guidance and advice for your pet sitting business.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Learn how to start your own pet sitting business
  2. Comprehensive 23 module Accredited Certificate in Pet Sitting & Dog Walking Online Course 
  3. Study along with simple instructions & demonstrations
  4. Written and developed by leading Pet Sitting experts
  5. Receive one-on-one online help & support
  6. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  7. Certificate of completion awarded with passing score for the online assessment
  8. Study at your own pace with no rigid class timetables, 24/7 from any computer or smart device

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online by any device including PC, tablet or Smart Phone. Upon purchase an automated welcome email will be sent to you (please check your junk email inbox if not received as this is an automated email), in order for you to access your online course, which is Available 24/7 on any computer or smart mobile device. 

Recognition & Accreditation

All students who complete this online course at Courses for Success, receive a certificate of completion with a passing score (for the online assessment) and will be issued a certificate via email.

Module 1: Pet Sitting Certificate Introduction

  • What pet sitting involves
  • Health, safety and animal welfare
  • The importance of security
  • The safest way to approach any animal

Module 2 : Safety (Yours & Animals)

  • When you need a written health and safety policy in compliance with the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974
  • How to protect yourself when you're on the job
  • The risks involved in pet sitting and dog walking
  • How to protect yourself from some serious health concerns you can be affected by through animal contact 

Module 3 : Legal & Requirements

  • The 5 Types of Zoonotic Diseases to be on the lookout for
  • About the Animal Boarding Act and when you will need to have a licence
  • Your legal obligation to protect client information
  • About Health and Safety at Work 

Module 4 : Dog Walking

  • Who your true target audience is for your dog walking service
  • How to build your pack of dogs
  • How to recognise the signs of dog aggression
  • The different types of dog aggression 

Module 5 : Pre Service Visit

  • The purpose of the pre service visit
  • How to prepare your pet information sheet
  • About creating the right impression
  • The documentation required 

Module 6 : Forms and Record Keeping

  • The five forms to include in your client information pack
  • How to use a client information pack to increase your profits
  • How to store client information in compliance with the Data Protection Act
  • An example statement to include on your veterinary release form to minimise your vet expenses (may be compulsory for your business insurance policy) 

Module 7 : Day to Day Pet Sitting

  • The time you need to allocate for each dog walk
  • The length of time you should leave between appointments
  • The order in which to take care of each of the pets you’re responsible for
  • Insurance vulnerabilities when you include additional services for clients when they are on holiday 

Module 8 : Transporting Animals Safely

  • The importance of securing animals during transport
  • The safest transportation methods for dogs and cats
  • Proper usage of crates for smaller animals
  • The danger of cold temperatures to reptiles and how to aid their survival when necessary 

Module 9 : Animal Handling

  • Why tight grasps negatively affect animal behaviour
  • When you should and shouldn't handle animals
  • A 3-step approach to minimising stress in animals
  • Animal handling precautions that gets the animal to come to you rather than you cornering the animal 

Module 10 : Dogs & Cats

  • The different breeds of dogs and cats
  • Nourishment guidelines for feeding dogs and cats
  • Precautions with vitamin supplements
  • The different types of exercise to stimulate each pet in your care 

Module 11 : Fish

  • The three groups of fish and examples of breeds within each group
  • The temperatures to maintain for each type of fish
  • The frequency to test water for nitrates
  • The frequency of cleaning the water in fish tanks and aquariums 

Module 12 : Rodents

  • The best type of habitat to house rodents safely
  • How often their cages need to be cleaned
  • The safest type of bedding to provide
  • The different breeds and types of rodents 

Module 13 : Rabbits and Guinea Pigs

  • The different breeds of rabbits and guinea pigs
  • How to care for young and elderly rabbits and guinea pigs
  • The nutrition requirements
  • About their behavioural traits 

Module 14 : Reptiles

  • Why you need to know about reptiles, lizards, snakes and turtles
  • Dietary requirements and feeding guidelines
  • The temperatures each type of reptile requires
  • The behavioural traits of reptiles 

Module 15 : Birds

  • How to approach birds for your first time with them
  • The different types of birds you could be caring for
  • The best types of bird cages that allow birds to exercise
  • What you need to do when letting birds out of their cage 

Module 16 : Pet Ailments

  • What viruses pets need to be vaccinated against
  • How to care for diabetic pets
  • The symptoms of common illnesses
  • The age kittens and pups should get their primary course of vaccinations 

Module 17 : Pet First Aid

  • The essentials to have in your animal first aid kit
  • How to stop bleeding from a minor cut
  • The risks of choking and how to treat a choking animal
  • What to do if a dog suffers from heat stroke 

Module 18 : Running Your Own Business

  • The length of time it could take for your business to receive its first payment
  • When you need to register your business for VAT
  • How long you need to keep financial records for
  • How to manage your time efficiently 

Module 19 : Setting up a Business

  • About tailoring your services to meet the needs of groups of customers
  • How to identify what people are already spending on pet care
  • The simplest route to starting your own business
  • What will drive a prospect to make the hiring decision and become a paying client 

Module 20: Marketing

  • A variety of ways to market your business effectively
  • How to use your brand identity to promote your service
  • The social media profiles to help you create your online brand
  • How to design your business cards in a way that encourages people to keep hold of your information 

Module 21: Pricing

  • What you need to account for when pricing your services
  • Pricing for small animals
  • Pricing for dog walks
  • Incorporating your business costs into your prices 

Module 22: Costs

  • The difference between your direct costs and indirect costs
  • How to determine your start-up costs
  • How to maximise your earnings
  • How to determine your cost of customer acquisition

Module 23: Troubleshooting

  • What to do when your business hits a quiet spell
  • About making contingency plans
  • How to deal with and reduce cancellations
  • About scenarios when you may be best to discontinue services with problematic clients

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet. 

Minimum specifications for the computer are:

Windows:

  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

MAC/iOS

  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 070NSA153
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Unlimited lifetime
Time required: Study at your own pace
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Qualification: Certificate

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