Dog Walking and Pet Sitting - How to Start Your Own Business - Writtle University College

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting - How to Start Your Own Business

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About the Course

This two day theory based programme is designed to guide those wishing to set up a Dog Walking and Pet Sitting business. It will provide participants with the foundation knowledge and skills necessary to give them the confidence to start a business and communicate with clients.

Day one covers self-evaluation, market research, marketing, defining services, price setting, training requirements, legislation, insurance, health and safety, occupational standards, terms and conditions, documentation and record keeping.

Day two includes a practical approach to facing clients, day to day procedures, animal health and safety, use of equipment, scheduling a typical day and factors which can effect dog walking/management.

We will also touch on home-boarding, housesitting and future training needs.

Participants will receive a course handbook and a Writtle University College Certificate of Attendance on completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

By making a booking you are declaring yourself medically fit to participate in the course

Useful Information

Participants will require note taking equipment.

Free parking is available on campus; a permit will be issued and should be clearly displayed.

Catering facilities are limited over the weekend therefore participants are advised to bring their own packed lunch. Morning and afternoon refreshments are provided.

Course Dates

  • Saturday 28 September 2019 - Sunday 29 September 2019 (10:00am to 4:00pm)
    £178 per person (5 places available)

For group bookings please contact Michelle Williams 01245 424287




Kate Middleton BSc MSc PGCE

Kate has successfully run her Dog Walking and Pet Sitting business, full-time, for over 5 years


2 days


Michelle Williams 01245 424287

Customer Feedback

"Very good structure. Clear and concise. Excellent. Perfect for what I wanted". Sheryl from Billericay

"Very good. Stimulating. Provides a step-by-step guide to setting up a successful Dog Walking business". Brenda from Chelmsford

"Huge range covered. Brilliant". Anna from Colchester

"Whole course was very informative, lots of things to think about & helpful being directed to places that will be further help." Lindsey from Chelmsford.

"Awesome, tutor is a natural communicator, very practical, informative and knowledgeable. I loved this course! Kate was fantastic and I'd (and will) recommend to others." Lesley from Clacton

"Brilliant instructor, really, really helpful in all areas." Madeleine from Essex


Our opening hours

  • Monday to Thursday 8.30am-5pm
  • Friday 8.30am-4.30pm

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If you have any questions before booking please contact us.