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    Internationally Accredited by ICOES
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    Recommended by 95% of Students
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    9506 Students Enrolled

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    About the course

    Much as we might adore our pets, very often we are reminded that they are animal and not human. Sometimes, we need to train them to adjust to living in a human world. There are social rules and boundaries that need to be observed so you and those around your pets stay safe and comfortable. Behaviour that could be dangerous must be managed responsibly.

    We look at life with a pet from their point of view as well as yours. This course helps you understand what’s behind actions, reactions and dispositions. We outline behaviour modification advice and training that respects your pets’ natural instincts and inherent natures. To lighten things up, we also include guidelines for tricks and games.

    Pet sitting for worried owners

    When busy lives mean owners need to spend long hours away from pets, they worry. They’re concerned about their needs not being met and about how lonely they might be without good company.

    • I know he needs more exercise…
    • Will he be lonely while I’m gone?
    • Is her anxiety at night due to stress of being alone?
    • Will she eat anything all day?
    • What if he knocks over his water dish and is thirsty?
    • Will her boredom lead to anything dangerous?
    • I feel so bad he’s not able to play more with other dogs

    Offering to be the surrogate carer for much beloved pets puts people’s minds at ease and is a very rewarding career for you.

    You can use your dog walking and pet sitting training as you travel. There are many opportunities now to offer a pet sitting service in exchange for accommodation, making it a wonderfully low cost way of exploring new places.

    Taking care of lovable creatures is not only a fulfilling career, it gives owners peace of mind. Using the training in this course to do this job excellently is bound to get you many recommendations which will help grow your business. Start preparing for your new independent and rewarding career now.

    What you will learn

    This course teaches you a comprehensive range of approaches and disciplines including how to:

    • Teach basic commands and obedience.
    • Train puppies using positive reinforcement.
    • Deal with problem behaviors like barking, biting, urine marking and jumping up.
    • Make litter box use a success.
    • Use clicker training to instil boundaries with your cat.
    • Train your cat not to jump on furniture.
    • Socialize your bird around people, other pets & other birds.
    • Condition your bird to handling and train to return to his perch.

    Gain expertise in all aspects of pet sitting

    This course takes you through all the skills and knowledge you need to be able to step into pet owners shoes in their absence. As well as learning how to care for all kinds of needs in different species of animal and fish, you’ll be educated on things like safety and security, handling a crisis and when to look for help.

    Some of the topics you’ll learn:

    • How to take a group of dogs on a peaceful, fun filled walk
    • Steps to prevent the spread of disease
    • Level of hygiene needed
    • Keeping pets safe
    • Necessary amounts of exercise and nutrition
    • Preserving security on your clients premises
    • Dealing with an aggressive pet, restraints and equipment
    • Handling unusual pets
    • First aid and when to call a vet
    • Grooming
    • Special considerations for birds, fish and reptiles
    • Caring for hamsters, gerbils, mice, guinea pigs, rabbits etc.

    Start your dog walking and pet sitting business

    We’ll also give you a head start on how to turn your training into a business, with useful advice like:

    • Setting up an arrangement with a new client
    • Micro chipping and other methods of ID
    • Your business responsibilities
    • Finance and insurance
    • Regulations


    International Open Academy courses are designed for anyone with an interest in learning. No formal qualifications are required to study with us. Our courses are suitable if you want to learn new skills, start a new career, or if you’re already working in a particular industry and wish to upgrade your talents and enhance your resume.


    Course Breakdown

    Module 1: Training Puppies
    • Positive reinforcement
    • Crate training
    • Basic commands/obedience
    • Nail trims, ear cleaning, handling paws
    • Housetraining
    • Socialization
    • Problem behaviours
    • Fun and games
    Module 2: Training Of Adult Dogs
    • Reappraise basic training
    • Reward based training
    • Recognizing bad habits
    • Consistent commands
    • Antisocial problems
    • Confidence building
    • Teaching an old dog, new tricks
    Module 3: Cat Training
    • Clicker training
    • Litter box
    • Scratching, clawing
    • Jumping on furniture
    • Socialization
    Module 4: Bird Training
    • Clicker training
    • Speaking
    • Socialization
    • Handling
    Module 5: Fundamentals Of Dog Walking And Pet Sitting
    • Keeping you and all pets safe
    • How to handle an attacking dog
    • When you’ll need to involve a vet
    • Entering and leaving pets homes securely
    • What you’re responsible for
    Module 6: Out And About –professional Dog Walking
    • Be prepared - what to be on the lookout for
    • Reading dogs body language
    • Understanding aggression
    • The dynamics of dog fights and how to avoid/intervene
    • Complying with the law
    Module 7: Disease, Health And Hygiene
    • How to keep pets bedding and general environment clean and hygienic
    • Control of disease and infection
    • Keeping yourself safe from infection
    • Zoonosis
    • How to administer medication safely
    Module 8: Being Professional With Clients
    • Getting off to a good start
    • The information you need to ask
    • Microchipping and other forms of ID
    • Arranging entry/security details
    • What clients are likely to ask
    • Outlining your business T&Cs
    • Agreeing costs
    Module 9: Handling And Getting Around With Your Pets
    • Usual handling equipment and restraints you’ll need
    • Approaching a nervous animal
    • Predicting unpredictable behaviour
    • How to handle cats and dogs correctly
    • How to handle exotic pets correctly
    • How to transport pets safely
    Module 10: Specific Information On Dogs And Cats
    • Correct levels of exercise
    • Necessary nutrition
    • Understanding behaviour and retraining when needed
    • How elderly pets can change
    • Physical care and grooming
    • Need for love and affection
    • Recognising signs of common diseases
    Module 11: First Aid
    • On the spot diagnosis
    • Vomiting and diarrhoea
    • Poisoning
    • Cuts, grazes, wounds and burns
    • Breaks and fractures
    • Shock
    • CPR
    • Contents of your first aid kit
    Module 12: Specific Information On Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
    • Different breeds
    • Common problems and diseases
    • Providing an adequate living environment
    • Exercise
    • Usual care needed
    Module 13: Specific Information On Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice & Exotic Rats
    • Different breeds
    • Understanding behaviour
    • Common problems and diseases
    • Providing an adequate living environment
    • Usual care needed
    Module 14: Specific Information On Birds
    • General tips on caring for birds
    • Small birds
    • Larger birds & birds of prey
    • Poultry
    • The parrot family
    • Recognising common diseases and preventing spread
    Module 15: Specific Information On Fish
    • How to care for fish
    • Tropical fish
    • Cold water fish
    • Marine fish
    • Recognising disease and what to do
    Module 16: Specific Information On Reptiles
    • How to care for reptiles
    • Challenges of keeping reptiles as pets
    • Turtles, terrapins & tortoises
    • Snakes & lizards
    • Recognising disease and what to do
    Module 17: How Pet Sitting Can Get You Up And Running In Business
    • Setting up
    • Arranging finance & insurance
    • Regulations
    • Being creative with services
    • Advertising & marketing


    Who is this course for

    Those interested in exploring the fulfilling and challenging career of pet sitting, dog walking, and animal training. Whether a pet owner or someone interested in the pet care industry, this course will allow the learner to reach new levels in pet care. 

    Career path

    Candidates with an interest in working with animals
    Anyone interested in a career in pet sitting, dog walking, or animal care
    Those interested in owning animals, volunteering at animal shelters, or fostering animals.
    Existing animal care workers in pursuit of promotion


    Certification details

    To receive certification, you must:

    1. Complete every page of the course
    2. Score at least 55% on the exam at the end of the course
    3. That's it!

    After successfully completing the course, you will immediately receive your PDF course certificate so you can instantly add it to your CV and display your achievement. You can also request a hard copy certificate to be sent to your postal address for a small printing and posting fee.

    All our courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards - www.icoes.org (accreditation number ICOES/00763/13/36). Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Professional Development (CPD) / Continuing Education (CE). Check for the CPD logo on the course page.

    CPD points are accepted and recognized by employers from both the public and private sectors, and academic institutions across the UK and internationally.

    International Open Academy is also an officially approved TQUK (Training Qualifications UK) center, with the TQUK Center Number: C001157

    TQUK is a national awarding body recognized by the UK Government and regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation).

    For further details, please visit https://internationalopenacademy.com/accreditation