A Quick Guide To Dog Walking Qualifications

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Part of the appeal of becoming a professional dog walker is undoubtedly the ability to set up your own business with very little outlay. But with the ease of starting out in the profession comes the problem of a crowded marketplace.

By embracing the growing number of professional dog walking qualifications on offer, you can get one step ahead of the competition. Many pet business courses previously focused heavily on the grooming aspect of the profession, but now more walking-specific qualifications are becoming available.

The most well-known provider of such a course is NarpsUK. The National Association of Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers’s course is available for £299, or £199 if you’re a member.

The course concentrates on the business elements of your venture, as opposed to the specific dog walking aspect. Modules covered on the course include ‘Running the Business’, ‘Branding, Marketing and Advertising’ and ‘Governing Your Business’.

You will also be taught about animal law, healthcare as well as the needs of different breeds. As a ‘Lantra Awards approved’ course, the qualification is among the most recognised in the dog walking industry.

Like many others, the NarpsUk course is online based. Therefore, you are able to learn without halting your business activities.

Other options for those looking for dog walking qualifications are the BCCS and Compass Education. The British College of Canine Studies’ Professional Dog Walker Certificate is available for just £109.

The six unit course gives walkers an introduction on subjects such as body language and communication, as well as addressing common issues faced as a professional dog walker.

Although it may not be as recognised as NarpsUK, being able to show the BCCS certificate to your clients won’t do you any harm.

A more in-depth course comes courtesy of Compass Education. Available as an e-course or with printed documentation, the £419 qualification is split over six modules.

From studying the canine anatomy, to law and canine aggression, the course is a thorough investigation of the domestic dog. The Professional Dog Walker Diploma is totally coursework based with no exams taken.

The range of courses available to the professional dog walking industry is growing. While there is not one definitive ‘best’ dog walking qualification, enrolling on a course is a sure-fire way to prove to customers you know what you are doing with their pets.

Each of the three courses outlined will be more suitable to different people, so take a look at them individually to decide which one meets your needs.

Qualified but need insurance?

Having a recognised dog walking qualification isn’t the most important thing to consider when starting your business. By ensuring you have full dog walking insurance in place, you are covered for whatever may happen to the dogs in your care.