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How Do I Become A Professional Qualified Dog Walker & Petsitter?

Understand, Fully Prepare and Qualify for the Role of Ofqual Accredited level 4 Animal Carer.
  • Course Author: Sally Gutteridge

Level 4 Diploma 603/5500/1

Professional Pet-Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding 

  • Ofqual Level 4 Diploma
  • Qualification: 603/4823/9
  • 150 Guided Learning Hours
  • Credit Value: 42 Study Credits
  • Course Start: Today
  • 12 Online Modules
  • Downloadable Content
  • Instant 2 Year Access*

Do You Want To Build A Welfare Focussed Animal Care BusinessThat Meets Licensing Regulations?

As more of us head out to work longer hours, the need to provide care for our four-legged family grows. Dog walking and petsitting 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 experience. You will gain valuable insights in to the history of dogs, communication, canine behaviour, feline wellness how to provide the best care experience and advice on how to begin your own business. This new, revised edition of the course includes two new modules covering enrichment and home boarding, intensive cat care knowledge and awareness and was updated in 2021.

This course complies with the DEFRA guidance for licensing in England. On successful completion, this course earns the Ofqual Level 4 Diploma in Professional Pet-Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding - 603/5500/1.

Throughout your studies, you will have access to guidance and feedback from your tutor via the online learning platform.
If you would like to study for a  Dog Walking and Care Qualification and do not need the OFQUAL Licensing requirements you can check out our CPD Accredited Dog Walking, Boarding and Canine Care Diploma. 
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  • Canine Principles e-Learning platform can be accessed instantly from any device with an internet connection.
  • Learners will have completed an industry recognised Level 3 qualification in Canine Care or a related qualification.
  • Access to software that allows document creation such as Google Docs, Word or Pages.
  • Students must maintain an evidence file of their learning for Ofqual audit purposes.
  • Modules can also be downloaded for offline study.
  • Courses are written or recorded in English.
  • The minimum age for access to this qualification is 18 years .
The Canine Coaching & Behaviour Level 4 Diploma is assessed in line with learning objectives set out by the accrediting body. All module assessments are presented in the form of an essay and range between 500 - 3000 words each. The Final Thesis assessment is a 4-part essay of 12,000 words total.

Assessments are graded against a series of clearly defined learning objectives.
The Level 4 Diploma in Professional Pet-Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding online course consists of 12 modules, each focusing on a different aspect of animal care in a professional or vocational setting.

On successful completion of the course, you will understand;
  • The History Of Dogs
  • Canine Communication
  • Fundamental Dog Behaviour
  • Successful Dog Walking
  • Home Boarding & Pet Sitting
  • Canine Enrichment
  • Canine & Feline Care
  • Dog Care Preparation
  • Client Management
  • Dog Law
  • Starting a Dog Care Business
  • Growing Your Dog Business
Canine Principles only teaches positive, careful, kind, scientific methods of canine coaching, communication and behaviour management.
This course was specifically created to meet DEFRA guidance for animal care licensing in England. This is a fully comprehensive, theoretical course, designed for people who have completed an industry recognised Level 3 qualification in Canine Care or a related qualification and need to become professionally licensed.

All subjects and terminology are fully explained and introduced in a logical progression.

All students must be aged 18+ 
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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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