Dog Walkers Complete First Pif Course



Dog-walkers complete first PIF course
16th May 2017

By Karen Pickwick

The Pet Industry Federation has delivered its first professional dog walking course, the Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate of Technical Competence in Dog Walking last week at its Bedford offices.

The new two-and-a-half-day course aimed at professional dog walkers covers a range of practical activities and theoretical knowledge. It also covers emergencies, first-aid, lone working situations and legislation, giving dog walkers a solid basis for issues they are likely to encounter as a professional dog walker and providing their customers with reassurance that their dogs are in the safest hands.

Course participants got to work with a range of dogs, assessing their behaviour and walking requirements, and then selecting and fitting suitable restraining equipment before demonstrating suitable control whileout walking.

The course was assessed through a range of written tasks and practical assessments. An external assessor was in attendance and there was a 100% pass rate on the day. Students will receive a City & Guilds certificate showing their level 2 pass in Technical Competence in Dog Walking which they can then display to their clients.

Last week’s inaugural course at PIF generated positive feedback, with one student saying: ‘This course has been invaluable to my dog-walking business. I have learnt an extraordinary amount in such a small amount of time. I wish this course had been available when I started my business. I believe every walker should undertake it; it’s well worth the cost.”

Following on from the course, further dates have been planned, with the next intake being run at Hadlow College, in Kent on July 14-16. PIF members receive a discount off the dog walking course fees.