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Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding

Ofqual Code 610/3427/7
Guided Learning Hours 170
Total Qualification Time 230
Start Date Anytime
Enrolment will be valid for 2 years
Study mode Online
Award type Certificate
Assessment Method Assessment will take the form of a range of in-depth theory assessments for each unit. Students must provide sufficient evidence that they have the required knowledge, skills and understanding of the assessment criteria.
Qualification Level 4
Entry Criteria There are no entry requirements for this qualification however, it is expected that learners have a working knowledge of at least Level 3.
Credits 23
Units 4

Unit 1

Pet Care Legislation

Learners will explore the legislation specifically related to the dog walking, pet sitting, home boarding and day care sector, and how the legislation impacts their day to day work in this area. 

Unit 2

Animal Breed Characteristics

Within this unit, learners will focus on the characteristics that dogs and cats may exhibit. Knowing this information can assist animal carers to be able to tailor their care to improve welfare and maintain safety and comfort. 

Unit 3

Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Day Care and Boarding Animals

This unit will provide learners with specific information regarding the interactions with animals and how to care for them. Dog behaviour is examined and linked to managing dogs in public places. 

Unit 4

Owning a Pet Care Business

Learners will explore the factors to consider when launching a new business in pet care. This will not only include carrying out the initial market research and planning for a business launch, but also the outlay and equipment needed for the pet care business. 

This Level 4 Certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Home Boarding has been designed to develop knowledge and skills within pet sitting, dog walking, dog day care and home boarding. 

This Ofqual regulated qualification is designed for learners of the age of 16 and over, who are currently in a role related to pet sitting, dog walking, dog day care or home boarding or planning to be in the future. This qualification will allow learners to formalise their learning and gain a regulated qualification, which is especially important if they are looking after pets in any capacity. 

Learners may progress on to further studies within animal care or even employment in roles such as pet sitting, dog walking or dog day care. 

Learners could also look to progress within various other regulated qualifications within the animal care sector to expand on their knowledge and experience in animal care further. 

Why Choose This Qualification?

This qualification is an ideal choice for those who may already work as a dog walker, pet sitter or provide daycare/boarding for dogs and would like to obtain the relevant qualifications and training to support their career progress. 

This regulated qualification complies with the Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements for working as a pet sitter or boarder. The course content includes learning on understanding pets in a business context, animal characteristics and behaviour, and the day-to-day considerations when operating a pet sitting, dog walking or daycare/boarding business. 

There are no practical units within this qualification and thus, learners will not be assessed on practical dog walking or pet sitting skills as part of this qualification. This means that learners can complete the qualification whether or not they have pets or are currently working in the sector. 

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