Hold hands with other like minded Pet Care Professionals

Join our clients and leading pet care partners across the world providing regulated pet care in an unregulated industry. Be one of the few holding a certificate of recognition.

Course Overview

Love dogs? Looking for a rewarding career in the animal care industry? Gain the key skills and knowledge to open your own dog walking business with this flexible and exciting course. Supported by the Pet Industry Federation, this online qualification is tailored around your needs. And underpinning the distance-learning is a practical session at the new animal centre at Wiltshire College and University Centre, where you’ll learn from expert lecturers and make full use of their industry-leading facilities. Whether you’re looking to add accreditation to an existing business, upskill staff or refresh your own CV, this course will give you crucial theoretical and hands-on experience. Study with us could lead to further learning, practical training for the animal care industry or directly into work in this diverse and fulfilling sector.

This qualification is ideal if you are looking to:

  • Continue with your Continued Professional Development (CPD)
  • Add accreditation to your existing business and Dog Walking practitioners within the animal industry
  • Refresh your current theoretical and practical skills or to enhance your CV
  • Start up a Dog Walking business
  • Train existing staff and/or franchisees

What will I learn?

You’ll learn key elements of a successful dog walking business. Theoretical units will cover the roles and responsibilities of a professional dog walker, and familiarise you with the relevant legislation and Codes of Practice necessary to operate correctly within the industry. Central to the qualification are units on walking and controlling a dog, underpinned by learning how to identify and treat different breeds, and managing a range of behaviours. You’ll also be equipped to deal with any problems, injuries and emergencies that may arise while dog walking, ensuring you are ready for any situation and qualified to provide an excellent service to your clients.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

  • Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking 
  • Eight hours of online learning 
  • Four hour practical session at Lackham 
  • One-to-one practical assessment with oral questioning

Additional Costs and Information

There are no additional costs associated to this qualification as all learning resources (including dogs) will be provided to you by your tutor. You are expected to wear appropriate PPE when attending the practical session with includes;

  • Work boots or wellingtons (trainers are not permitted)
  • Polo shirt (shoulders must be covered)
  • Rain coat/all-weather jacket
  • Jeans or dark coloured work trousers (no torn jeans, leggings or fashion trousers)
  • No body piercings and hair tied back

Please email [email protected] to register your interest.

Course Curriculum

  1. Understand the roles and responsibilities of a professional dog walker
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  2. Understand the requirements of current legislation and codes of practice for transporting and walking dogs
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  3. Know breeds of dogs and their typical behaviour
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  4. Walk and control a dog
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  5. Understand problems, injuries and emergencies sustained to the dog and dog walker whilst walking
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Wiltshire College & University

Wiltshire College & University Centre

We Love Training works in partnership with Wiltshire College to deliver bespoke training. The College is based on four main campuses in Trowbridge, Chippenham, Lackham and Salisbury and offers a wide range of apprenticeships as well as full-time, part-time and university level courses. 

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We Love Nutrition

Nutritious dry cat and dog food made in the UK using freshly prepared, ethically sourced ingredients with 100% provenance.

We Love Nutrition is part of the We Love Pets® family - an award-winning pet care business.

We Love Pets

We Love Pets

We Love Pets® is an award-winning pet care business founded by husband and wife team, Ryan and Jo White. We Love Pets has looked after thousands of pets since it was established in 2008, providing dog walking, boarding & day care services around the UK.