Dog Walking & Canine Care Professional – Accredited Diploma Course

Rated 5.00 out of 5 based on 6 customer ratings
(6 customer reviews)

£495 £149


UK Rural Skills AccreditedNUS Extra

Study Type:               Home Study, Distance Learning

Duration:                  150 Hours, Self-paced

Course Materials:   200 Page PDF Course Book
Course Materials:   10 Module Assessments
Course Materials:   1 Final Thesis Assessment
Course Materials:   Student Guidelines
Course Materials:   Learning Objectives
Course Materials:   Access to Private Study Group.

Full Lifetime Access
Hard Copy Certificate of Completion
Canine Principles Certified Badge for your Website and Social Media

As more of us head out to work longer hours, the need to provide care for our four-legged family grows.

Dog walking is a fast-growing industry with more and more of us seeking out a true professional to understand our dogs needs and provide a quality experience.
You will gain valuable insights in to the history of dogs, communication, canine behaviour, how to provide the best care experience and advice on how to begin your own business.


This course is also available as a Course Package


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Course Syllabus

One: About Dogs

Exploring their history, the evolutionary process and how the modern domestic dog came to be.
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  • A Brief History of Dogs
  • The Origin of Modern Domestic Dogs
  • Evolution
  • Origins and Flaws of the Wolf Pack Theory
  • Not a Wolf
  • The Hierarchy of Dogs Needs
  • Biological Needs
  • Emotional Needs
  • Social Needs
  • Force Free Training Needs
  • Cognitive Needs

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Two: Communication

Canine communication methods and body language.
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  • Facial Expressions
  • Eye Shapes
  • Ears Positions
  • Mouth Shapes
  • Tail Positions
  • Body language
  • Emotional Body Language
  • Greeting
  • Vocal Communication
  • Barking
  • Growling
  • How to Respond
  • Emotional Preparation
  • Left Gaze Bias
  • Consistent Positive Emotions
  • Adaptation

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Three: Behaviour

Dog behaviour for canine carers.
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  • Dogs as Individuals
  • Brain Matters
  • What Dictates Behaviour
  • Destructive Behaviour
  • Aggression
  • Excessive Barking
  • Group Walks and Socialisation
  • The World of Scent
  • Common Greeting Styles
  • Play Behaviour
  • When Play Gets Serious

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Four: Successful Dog Walking

The importance of appropriate exercise, enrichment and socialisation.
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  • Safety
  • Dog Safety
  • Exercise
  • Scenting
  • Improving Experiences
  • Location
  • Play
  • Socialisation
  • Reward and Reinforcement

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Five: Canine Care

The responsibilities of a canine carer and dog walking professionals.
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  • The Five Freedoms
  • Freedom From Hunger and Thirst
  • Feeding
  • Drinking
  • Freedom From Discomfort
  • Freedom From Injury, Pain and Disease.
  • Identifying Pain
  • Canine First Aid
  • First Aid Kit
  • General Health Issues
  • Elderly Dogs
  • Veterinary Care
  • Freedom to Express Normal Behaviour
  • Behavioural Needs
  • Freedom From Fear and Distress

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Six: Preparation

Problems a dog walker will encounter and ways we can be prepared.
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  • Vehicle
  • Safety
  • Crates
  • Storage
  • Maintenance
  • Breakdowns
  • Insurance
  • Clothing
  • Weather
  • Equipment
  • Information

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Seven: Clients

An introduction to good customer service practices.
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  • Customer Service
  • Standards of Practice
  • Communication
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Your Clients Home
  • Responsibilities

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Eight: Dogs and the Law

An introduction to the laws that are in place, concerning dogs.
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  • Laws
  • The Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA)
  • Duty of Care: The Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
  • Clean Neighbourhoods and Environments Act
  • Dogs (Protection of Livestock Act) (DPLA)
  • Penalties
  • International Law Resources

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Nine: Starting Your Dog Walking Business

The essential aspects of starting your own small business.
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  • Your New Business
  • The Right Name
  • Sole Trader
  • Taxes
  • National Insurance
  • Professionalism
  • Building Confidence
  • Networking
  • Customer Pricing
  • Scheduling and Organisation
  • Insurance
  • Planning Contingencies
  • Self Belief

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Ten: Business Growth

Module Ten looks at everything we can do to make our customer base and business grow.
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  • Your Business Plan
  • Products and Services
  • Market Research
  • Smart Objectives
  • Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Events
  • Upskilling

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Studying with Canine Principles

The course is online study with access to a positive and quickly growing study group and tutor support. It is assessed at the end of each module with a set of questions and an essay, along with a final assessment for certification. Certification includes digital and hard copy certificates, a badge for your website or Facebook page and the option to be added to the Canine Principles graduates page.

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Refund Policy

Refunds for emailed course documents are not available as standard as the product is shipped and unreturnable. Individual emergency cases can be considered at the discretion of Canine Principles.

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6 reviews for Dog Walking & Canine Care Professional – Accredited Diploma Course

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Rhiannon Kay

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I signed up to this course but wanted to become a dog walker and wasn’t sure where to start. The flexible course format (study at your own pace, submit assignments when you’re ready) meant I could complete the diploma alongside my other commitments and not feel overwhelmed! A huge benefit is the online study group which made me feel part of a learning and working community and gave me a sort of ‘real world’ context. The biggest surprise was the amount of confidence the diploma gave me in starting my business. I’m sure I’ll refer back to the course material in the future too.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    I’d been thinking for some time that I’d like to set up as a professional dog walker but wanted to “do it right”. This course has given me everything I need as it covers the practical side of professional canine care, and the business side that, until you’ve been in business for yourself, you’re not going to know.
    I had feared that my dream would be just a dream but Canine Principles has given me the skills, knowledge, and confidence to go for it.
    The tutor support has been amazing – encouragement whenever needed, with no pressure to meet deadlines. Assessments are quickly marked and returned with thoughtful and personal feedback, and the optional Facebook study group has quickly become the first thing I check on Facebook. It’s full of like-minded people, sharing knowledge and experiences to help each other.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Im currently doing the dog walking and canine care diploma and have many more still to do! Im absolutely loving it and its packed full of such great information and insight. Ive done other courses with different comapnies and can say this is the best I’ve found. Great value for money, brilliant service, fast module returns and help from the tutor. I’ve been running my business for 5 years now and even with that experience, I’m learning loads more through this course! A must for all dog walking professionals.
    Thanks again from Deborah at Mizz Pawz!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5


    This is is a great course, fascinating getting into the why’s behind dogs behaviour . The knowledge has given me the courage to start up my own dog walking/home boarding business here in Northern Ireland. Sally was unfailingly helpful and encouraging throughout and this lady REALY knows her stuff! .I recommend this course most highly.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amanda Blatch

    Another brilliant course by Canine Principles! Having previously worked for a Dog Walking company, I have recently branched off on my own and through doing this course, I have learnt so much. It covers everything you need and more in order to set yourself up in the Dog Walking business and build your confidence in how to deal with situations you may come across. Highly recommend it to anyone who is a Dog Walker or thinking of starting out as one. Fantastic support, great feedback and modules are returned extremely quickly. A very professional course and support team.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Jenn Howell

    This was my first course with Canine Principles – Sally has been so helpful throughout the course! All her feedback is on point and fully understandable. The course content is really interesting and the way its written, it stays interesting throughout! On completion of the course you get 2 certificates, a well done email, badge for accreditation on your website etc and official certification letter. Highly recommend. Can’t wait to do another one!

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