Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals
Ofqual Level 3 Award

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals

This course is regulated and the qualification is officially recognised by the Government’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Course Summary

This iPET Network Level 3 Award in Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals is an Ofqual regulated qualification for learners who want to operate a dog walking or pet-sitting business.

This course consists of 2 comprehensive theory units. It has been developed by iPET Network, a recognised Ofqual accredited awarding organisation and further enhanced by the Dog Business School. This qualification is perfect for anyone wanting to kick-start their career working with dogs, or who already works as a Dog Walker or Pet Sitter and wishes to obtain the relevant qualifications and training.

This course consists of 2 comprehensive units:-

Unit 1: Professional Dog Walking and Pet Sitting

In completing this unit – the learner will:

  • Grasp the basic roles of the professional dog walker and pet sitter
  • Understand the administrative side of client relations
  • Study the legal regulations and procedures required for a dog business
  • Learn how to set up and prepare to meet these regulations
  • Study various dog breeds and their individual needs
  • Study the code of practice for safely transporting animals in the UK
  • Learn how to handle, care and look after small animals relevant to a pet sitting service
  • Learn the best practices of dog walking and handling
  • Learn the health and safety precautions including potential hazards to prevent animals from harm

Unit 2: Planning the Operations of a Small Dog Business

Upon completion of Unit 2, the learner will be able to:

  • Learn how to set up, launch and run your own small animal business
  • Understand the roles of marketing for a small dog business
  • Learn about the financials of a dog walking or pet sitting business

The qualification is available online, and can be started at any time. There are no pre-requisites, however, you must be over 16 years of age to enrol and ideally learners should be physically mobile and have the appropriate strength to handle dogs of different weight and sizes.

Who is this course for?

This Ofqual Level 3 Award course and qualification is for anyone aspiring to work with dogs of all breeds and sizes, or most likely already does but would like the formal recognition and qualification that successful completion of this course will bring, helping you to stand out from the rest of the pack. And there is no substitute for hands on experience with a solid knowledge foundation which is what this course offers to the:

  • Dog boarder
  • Dog day carer
  • Dog walker
  • Dog trainer/behaviourist
  • Dog groomer
  • Pet sitter

You do not need any prior knowledge or qualifications to study this qualification.

Ofqual code


Qualification Level


Award type


Guided Learning Hours

16 Hours

Total Qualification Time

20 Hours

Enrolment will be valid for

6 Months

Study mode

Online theory

Start date


Entry Criteria

There are no entry criteria for this qualification, however you must be over age 16 to enrol.

Assessment Method

Assessment will take the form of a range of in-depth workbook theory assessments for each individual unit. A Learner will also need to complete a 1 hour online video recorded professional discussion with their Tutor covering various aspects of pet sitting and dog walking. In addition, the Learner will also need to upload some video evidence as part of the assessment process.




Upon successful completion of this course, you will be awarded iPET Network Level 3 Award in Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals (Qualification Number: 603/6844/5)

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find a list of questions and answers below. If your question is not listed, feel free to chat to us by clicking the live chat button on the bottom right of your screen or submit your question by email.

Is this course online?


You have access to an online tutor and a range of blended media and in-course exercises and completion and submission of the course workbook which forms part of your assessment. 

You need access to half decent Internet and email. The course is a blend of different learning content and styles. We recommend you ideally study using a desktop, laptop or tablet. A mobile will work but the experience isn’t exactly wonderful for your main studying.

Is it true I have to make some videos and submit them as part of my assessment?


You will be required to produce short videos using your mobile (shooting them yourself or getting a friend or family member to record you ‘in action’), and then submit them as part of your assessment. This isn’t technically demanding as long as you can use a mobile to make short videos, upload and transfer the files over the Internet. If this worries you, you are welcome to talk it through with us first before deciding whether this course is for you. 

Your mobile may also come in handy for the live 1-2-1 x 1 hour assessment with your tutor, which forms part of your course.

How long do I have to complete my course?

We recognise that some people are in full time employment with busy family lives and preparing for a new future. 

Others are very likely already dog professionals who have dog needs and customer demands to meet, before they wash off all the mud, do the household stuff, put their feet up and start thinking about studying.

We give you 6 months from registration to complete the course.

Does this course meet the DEFRA Ofqual Animal Activities Licensing requirements thingy?

No. Whilst the course is very beneficial for canine professionals, the breadth of the course is not as comprehensive as the Ofqual Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour & Welfare.

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals Level 3 Award 1

£357.00 Inc VAT

Course Features

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals Level 3 Award 2

Qualification Approval Number: 603/6844/5

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals Level 3 Award 3

Online blended media learning – start any time

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals Level 3 Award 4

Total Qualification Time: 20 hours

Downloadable learning materials and workbook

Dog Walking and Pet Sitting for Professionals Level 3 Award 5

Ofqual certificate on successful completion