Find Dog Walking Certification Programs and Training

Formal education is not required to become a dog walker, however, at least a high school diploma or a GED is highly recommended. Secondary school courses on dog walking and animal care are available as well as the rudimentary business courses needed to set up your own successful company in this field. A love for animals will help you enjoy your career and do a good job. There are different organizations that offer programs to learn about caring for pets. Community colleges may offer certificates in animal care.

These courses can cover animal psychology, feeding, training, medical issues and grooming. Earning a certificate may involve a passing grade on exams at the completion of the course. You may have to present this certificate to potential employers and clients. If you intend to set up your own business, you may want to focus on courses that offer specific skills related to business, such as: business planning, how to obtain insurance, promoting your business, operating a profitable business and how to set prices and how to bill. An ambitious dog walker can also gain insight and experience by applying for a junior role at a well established and successful professional dog walking business. Here they can receive “on-the-job” training or instead may choose to volunteer at the ASPCA or other animal welfare organizations. This will provide even more skills, such as feeding animals, how to transport them safely, how to control and leash animals correctly and how to clean up after them hygienically. Entry-level positions at dog walking companies may also provide skills such as: how to manage a schedule, talk to clients, promote your business and balance your budget. 

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Prosh Pets, LLC

Prosh Pets, LLC Overview So as to get a permit to walk 4-8 dogs inside San Francisco (or 3-6 dogs at ...
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Superior Dog Training

Superior Dog Training Overview When a dog owner completes one of their many comprehensive in-home dog training courses, the dog owner ...
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Purr-fect Pet Sitting Dog Walking & Training

Purr-fect Pet Sitting Dog Walking & Training Overview Offering dog walking, training and pet sitting by a Certified Trainer. Training Programs ...
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Universal Class, Inc.

Universal Class, Inc. Overview This course covers the details of beginning and maintaining a pet sitting and pet walking business. Pet ...
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The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter

The Haven No-Kill Animal Shelter Overview The primary goal of this program is to give exercise, training and socialization to The ...
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BringFido

BringFido Overview This program offers an intensive 4-day workshop leading to professional dog walking certification. Graduates come away fully equipped to ...
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Holly and Hugo

Holly and Hugo Overview Work for yourself and enjoy a dream job walking dogs. Learn how to begin your own professional ...
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Pet Sitters International

Pet Sitters International Overview As a component of its continuous goal to advance "pet-sitting greatness through education," Pet Sitters International, the ...
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Petschool Academy

Petschool Academy  Overview When you begin walking dogs professionally you are going to work with a more extensive assortment of ...
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Dog Walking Business Blackford Centre

Dog Walking Business Blackford Centre Overview The course itself has been structured by The Blackford Center to meet students' needs for ...
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Dog Day Care

Dog Day Care Overview Ever get worn out walking your dog? Many individuals are being walked by their dog as opposed ...
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Paw To Hoof Pet Services

Paw To Hoof Pet Services Overview Paw To Hoof Pet Services is different from other help organizations in that they are ...
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Camp Care-A-Lot Pet Resorts

Camp Care-A-Lot Pet Resorts Overview At Care-A-Lot® Pet Supply, they are dedicated to fostering a superior relationship between you and your ...
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Fur-Get Me Not

Fur-Get Me Not Overview This is a two-meeting workshop with a focus on training dogs great walking habits. Each meeting starts ...
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Canine Insights, LLC.

Canine Insights, LLC. Overview Group classes, private lessons and play and train dog walks are offered. They'll work with dogs, cats, ...
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Family Dog University

Family Dog University Overview Walking pleasantly on-leash is probably the hardest conduct for dogs to master. The world is an exciting ...
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Doggy Business

Doggy Business Overview In this fun, energetic dog training Portland class they cover all the essential behavioral training for a good ...
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WOOFS! Dog Training Center LLC

WOOFS! Dog Training Center LLC Overview The standard in professional dog walking education, the Dog Walking Academy offers current dog walkers ...
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Top Dog SF

Top Dog SF Overview Top Dog SF University offers a 20-Hour Online Dog Walker Certification endorsed by San Francisco's Animal Care ...
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Dogbiz

Dogbiz Overview The Dog Walking Academy offers a comprehensive education for professional dog walkers. Training Programs at Dogbiz Attend Online Attend ...
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