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Animal Courses Direct 

The Animal Course Direct Level 4 certificate in Professional Pet Sitting, Dog Walking, Dog Day Care and Boarding is an Ofqual regulated qualification for learners who want to operate a dog walking or pet-sitting/boarding business. This qualification will ensure that you meet Defra Animal Activity Licensing requirements.

Dog Business Course

The Dog Business Course’s Home Boarding qualification is a regulated Ofqual Level 3 award in canine care, behavior and welfare. It is officially recognized by the Government’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulations. This course covers: 

  • Dog welfare, including recognizing poor welfare and understanding the 5 welfare needs
  • Dog handling
  • Dog behavior
  • Feeding and food preparation
  • Disease control
  • Recognition and first aid treatment of sick animals

Canine Principles

The Canine Principles Dog Walking, Boarding & Care course gives insight into the history of dogs, communication, canine behavior, how to provide the best care experience and advice on how to begin your own business. On completion of the course, you’ll have covered all of the following areas:


  • The History of Dogs
  • Canine communication
  • Dog Behaviour Foundations
  • Successful Dog Walking
  • Canine Nutrition
  • Canine Social Interaction
  • Home Boarding Best Practicies
  • Canine Enrichment
  • Canine Care
  • Dog Law
  • Starting Your Own Business
  • Business Growth


This 2 month correspondence course from the IMDT is designed to satisfy the new licensing requirements for those wishing to achieve the Higher Standard set out in the Animal Welfare Licensing guideline. At the end of this course you’ll receive a Level 3 Open College Network London qualification, regulated by Ofqual.

Open College

This course from the Open College is open to enrolment by anyone. There is no background or experience needed. The Dog Boarding Kennel Course is an excellent guide for anyone wanting to start their own boarding kennel and covers all of the basics required to start running your business, including answering the most asking questions by new kennel business owners.