How Do I Become A Professional Dog Walker?

Understand Canine Behaviour, Communication And Wellbeing For The Dog Care Professional.
  • Course Author: Sally Gutteridge

CPD Accredited Diploma

Dog Walking, Boarding & Care

  • Study Level: 3 (Intermediate)
  • 150 Hours Self-Paced CPD
  • Course Start: Today
  • 12 Online Modules
  • Downloadable Content
  • Instant Lifetime Access
  • 2 Certificates of Completion

Do You Want To Build A Dog Care Business That Stands Out From The Crowd?

As more of us head out to work longer hours, the need to provide care for our four-legged family grows. Dog walking is a fast-growing industry with more and more of us seeking out a true professional to understand our dogs needs and provide a quality enriching experience.
This new, revised edition of the course now includes 2 additional modules covering enrichment and home boarding and was updated in 2021.
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  • The learning and assessment process for this course assumes no prior knowledge and is suitable for everyone.
  • Canine Principles e-Learning platform can be accessed instantly from any device with an internet connection.
  • Access to software that allows document creation such as Google Docs, Word or Pages.
  • Modules can also be downloaded for offline study.
  • Courses are written or recorded in English.
  • The minimum age for access to this course is 18 years.
The Dog Walking, Boarding & Care CPD Diploma is assessed in line with learning objectives set out at the beginning of each written assessment. All module assessments are presented in the form of an essay, with a minimum word count of  500 words each. The Final Thesis assessment is a 1-part essay of 1500 words total.

Assessments are graded against a series of clearly defined learning objectives.
You will gain valuable insights in to the history of dogs, communication, canine behaviour, how to provide the best care experience and advice on how to begin your own business.

On successful completion of the course, you will understand;
  • The History Of Dogs
  • Canine Communication
  • Dog Behaviour Foundations
  • Successful Dog Walking
  • Canine Nutrition
  • Canine Social Interaction
  • Home Boarding Best Practices
  • Canine Enrichment
  • Canine Care
  • Dog Law
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Business Growth
Canine Principles only teaches positive, careful, kind, scientific methods of canine coaching, communication and behaviour management.
The Dog Walking, Boarding & Care Diploma Course is a theoretical understanding of the domestic dog, their needs and best practice for running a dog business. This course is designed for both, people with previous experience of dog walking/care and those looking to learn from scratch.

All students must be aged 16+

Please be aware that this course is standalone and not the OFQUAL licensing qualification for England and Wales. You can see our Level 4 Diploma in Professional Pet-Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding - 603/5500/1 
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Course Author
Sally Gutteridge

  • Author
  • Canine Behaviour Practitioner
  • Canine Principles Director of Studies
Sally Gutteridge has been a full-time educational writer since 2015, holding a variety of canine certifications up to level 5/6. She is a former professional Dog Trainer with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, a former instructor with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and has much rescue experience. Sally is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is an award-winning graduate of The Writers Bureau. Sally lives in Staffordshire with her ever-patient husband and four rescued, cheeky terriers.

Course Content

  • Course Author: Sally Gutteridge
  • Study Level: 4 (Advanced)
  • 361 Guided Learning Hours/420 Study Hours/42 Credits
  • Course Starts: Anytime
  • Instant 2 Year Access*
  • 13 Online Modules
  • 6+ Hours Video Content
  • 2 Certificates Of Completion

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Course Author
Sally Gutteridge

  • Author
  • Canine Behaviour Practitioner
  • Canine Principles Director of Studies
Sally Gutteridge has been a full-time educational writer since 2015, holding a variety of canine certifications up to level 5/6. She is a former professional Dog Trainer with the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, a former instructor with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and has much rescue experience. Sally is a member of the Pet Professional Guild. She is an award-winning graduate of The Writers Bureau. Sally lives in Staffordshire with her ever-patient husband and four rescued, cheeky terriers.
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