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Content / Overview
This course offers you an introduction to dog handling and the legislation around dog walking. You will gain the practical skills and knowledge that are important for working as a competent dog walker, and you could also progress to further learning and training in this area.
You will learn about the roles and responsibilities of being a dog walker, legislation and codes of practice for walking and transporting dogs, common dog breeds and their behaviour, how to carry out a behavioural observation, how to walk and handle a dog, and first aid for the dog.
Why Study Here
Merrist Wood is highly regarded in the animal industry as the leading animal education establishment in Surrey. Well-equipped animal management resources including collections of domestic, companion and exotic animals as well as a grooming parlour and supporting facilities for canine care. The College has wide links with industry and tuition is by highly qualified and experienced tutors who will ensure you gain the best possible grounding in your chosen career.
Anyone wishing to work in the Animal industry, specifically as a Dog Walker.
Application followed by individual interview
There are no formal entry requirements but you must be aged 16 years or over.
This programme is delivered through practical and theoretical sessions.
You will be required to produce a client record form and behavioural observation form (under guidance from your tutor) but all other assessment is through oral questioning and practical demonstration.
Once you have successfully completed this qualification, you could go on to study the Pet Sitting Level 2 Certificate or other Level 3 Animal Management qualifications over one year or two years.
This qualification covers the skills you will need to progress to work as a Dog Walker.
Please note: you only need to apply for one date. We will contact you once your application has been received to arrange an interview and let you know which date(s) are available.
All students aged 19 years or over on 1 September in the first year of their course are expected to pay tuition, registration, exam fees and all other course related costs. Some assistance with these costs may be available depending on your circumstances and the latest government funding position.
There are normally no tuition, registration or examination fees to pay if you are aged 16-18 on 1 September in the first year of your course and are a British or European Union resident. This does not apply to HNCs/Ds, Foundation Degrees, Degrees or courses that do not attract government funding (identified as 'no fee remission available on this course').