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British College of Canine Studies

The British College of Canine Studies (BCCS) offers a Dog Walkers & Sitters Association certificate. The 6 unit certificate course takes content from the BCCS Behavior, Dog Law, and AMTRA and CPD accredited canine first aid courses and puts it all together to make a great course for any walker or sitter. This certificate course gives you full membership and a directory listing with the Dog Walkers & Sitters Association, providing that you also have a DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check and insurance in place, as well as three references.

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.


Reed operates as a directory to help you find dog walking courses in your local area. Whether you’re a beginner or an advanced learner, you can filter your search based on qualification type and level to ensure you find the best suited courses to help you grow your business.

Dog Business School

The Dog Business School offers a wide variety of Ofqual registered dog walking training courses. Their courses include Level 2 and 3 qualifications, which are great for walkers at the beginning or in the early years of their career.


NarpsUK (National Association of Pet Sitting and Dog Walkers) hosts a series of unique and comprehensive online courses produced by experts and specifically for those wishing to start, or who already run, their own pet sitting or dog walking business. These online courses can fit around your life and busy schedule. You have 12 months to take any of the courses which you can work through in your own time. 

New Skills Academy

The New Skills Academy offers a range of CPD approved courses that can be studied from home. All of their animal care courses are supported by a network of knowledgeable tutors and are designed to help you extend your knowledge and understanding of pets. You can combine your studies to cover multiple subject matters including grooming, pet psychology, pet sitting, and pet nutrition, meaning you can diversify the services your business offers.


The CPD Dog walking course covers everything you need to know to start a successful career as a dog walker. You’ll expand your knowledge of dog training and psychology while gaining useful skills.Through this course you’ll learn how to safely interact with all temperaments of dogs; from reading body language to calming anxiety.

AIM Group

The comprehensive Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals Level 3 Qualification from the AIM Group is a comprehensive course made up of two units of in-depth theory. It has been developed by iPet, a recognized organization and network. This course will help you develop a range of skills and theoretical knowledge covering the roles of dog walking and pet sitting, the necessary skills you’ll need to perform these roles, current legislation you should be aware of, basic canine behavior and psychology, as well as running and operating your own small dog business.