About

Pet sitting and dog walking allow you to get paid to work, play, and take care of animals. Pet owners are prepared to pay top dollar for someone who really loves animals and has been trained to look after them in the way they deserve

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.

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

    Requirements

    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.

    Lessons

    Module 1: Training Puppies

    • Positive reinforcement
    • Crate training
    • Basic commands/obedience
    • Nail trims, ear cleaning, handling paws
    • Housetraining
    • Socialization
    • Problem behaviors
    • 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 behavior
    • 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 behavior and retraining when needed
    • How elderly pets can change
    • Physical care and grooming
    • Need for love and affection
    • Recognizing signs of common diseases

    Module 11: First Aid

    • On the spot diagnosis
    • Vomiting and diarrhea
    • 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 behavior
    • 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
    • Recognizing common diseases and preventing spread

    Module 15: Specific Information On Fish

    • How to care for fish
    • Tropical fish
    • Cold water fish
    • Marine fish
    • Recognizing 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
    • Recognizing 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

    Career

    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

    You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

    Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

    All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

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    About

    Pet sitting and dog walking allow you to get paid to work, play, and take care of animals. Pet owners are prepared to pay top dollar for someone who really loves animals and has been trained to look after them in the way they deserve

    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.

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

      Requirements

      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.

      Lessons

      Module 1: Training Puppies

      • Positive reinforcement
      • Crate training
      • Basic commands/obedience
      • Nail trims, ear cleaning, handling paws
      • Housetraining
      • Socialization
      • Problem behaviors
      • 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 behavior
      • 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 behavior and retraining when needed
      • How elderly pets can change
      • Physical care and grooming
      • Need for love and affection
      • Recognizing signs of common diseases

      Module 11: First Aid

      • On the spot diagnosis
      • Vomiting and diarrhea
      • 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 behavior
      • 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
      • Recognizing common diseases and preventing spread

      Module 15: Specific Information On Fish

      • How to care for fish
      • Tropical fish
      • Cold water fish
      • Marine fish
      • Recognizing 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
      • Recognizing 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

      Career

      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

      You will be required to complete each lesson in full, and answer exams at the end of each course module. If your pass rate exceeds 55% on each exam then you will receive a certificate of completion, to recognize your achievement. You can immediately download your PDF course certificate from IOA.

      Most of our courses will earn you credits through Continuing Education (CE) / Continuing Professional Development (CPD). CE/CPD points are accepted and recognized by professional member bodies and academic institutions across the US and internationally.

      All courses are accredited by the International Council for Online Educational Standards (www.icoes.org). When successfully completing a course, students can choose to purchase an ICOES certificate that recognizes the achievement, from this third-party institution.

      9559 Students

      Guarantee

      Accredited

      Accredited