Technical Competence in Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

City and Guilds , Level 2
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Did you know!

  • This is course is an Ofqual regulated qualification
  • Delivered over two days at Temple Newsam
  • There will be the requirement to complete some work outside of lesson time

Course Information


You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a competent dog walker and pet sitter.


This course is 2 days long and delivered at Temple Newsam. The course
consists of 2 qualifications.

The dog walking qualification consists of the following content:

  • Role and responsibilities of a professional dog walker
  • Legislation and codes of practice
  • Breeds and behaviour
  • Walking and controlling a dog
  • Problems, injuries and emergencies

The pet sitting qualification consists of the following content:

  • Roles and responsibilities of a professional pet sitter
  • Current legislation and codes of practice
  • Potential problems and emergencies

Who is this course for?

This qualification is aimed at those looking for a career within the animal care industry. If you are considering a career change and interested in working with animals but not sure where to start this could be the course for you.

Course units/modules

  • 201 - Pet Sitting
  • 202 - Dog Walking

Benefits and skills

Achievement of this qualification demonstrates to employers or the public that you have the practical skills and knowledge they are looking for when recruiting/seeking the services of a dog walker.

Entry requirements

All learners must be aged 16 or above

Available Apprenticeships and Progression options

Learners could consider further study within the School of Animal Care and Land Management

Assessment types

One to one practical assessment with oral questioning

Course details

Duration: 2 days
Study Type: Part time
Course Code: 78898-01
Fees (Adult): £200

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