Animal Training & Pet Sitting

International Open Academy
Course summary
50 hours
19 GBP excl. VAT
Next available date: You can start immediately - Distance
e-learning / Online / Distance

Course description

Animal Training & Pet Sitting - CPD Accredited

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.

Suitability - Who should attend?

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.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

A pdf certificate is already included.
You can also get a hardcopy ICOES certificate for a small fee to cover printing and posting.

Training Course Content

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

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


The cost of this course is  £299   £19 + VAT per participant.

PDF Certificate already Included in price.

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