Dog Walkers and Pet Sitters (DW)

Do you love dogs and want to know more about what makes them tick?

Would you like to develop your business in dog walking & pet sitting?

This course will introduce you to wide and varied topics incanine care, helping you to develop an in-depth knowledge ofcanine behaviour and health.

We have tailored this course as an introduction to studying in this area and for those who really want to know more about what makes dogs tick.It’s also perfect for those who are already working in canine care or those wishing to develop a business in dog walking and pet sitting.

The course lays a foundation in understanding canine care to facilitate your continued studying and life-long learning. This course will also help prepare you to develop your own career in this growing industry.

The canine care industries, that include dog walking and pet sitting, are growing in Ireland and around the world. However there is no regulation in the industry meaning that there are no minimum standards in education or experience for professionals, or even most course providers. This makes it very difficult for those wishing to enter or progress in the industry to know where to start.

The course is offered by Ireland’s only independent course developer in this professional area  AniEd, and only one of few around the world. We offer bespoke courses written and delivered to a high standard by qualified and experienced professionals.

The course aims to provide you with the skills, understanding and knowledge to help you become an excellent canine care professional, a foundation on which you can build to develop a small business in this industry.

The DW Specialisation is delivered on a modular basis. You must accumulate the required number of points by completing the appropriate Courses to successfully achieve 40 points.

You must collect 30 points via mandatory Courses and a further 10 points from electives in no more than 10 months.


  • Canine Behaviour Foundations (5 points)
  • Canine First Aid (5 points)
  • Canine Health & Disease (5 points)
  • Dog Safe Handling (5 points)
  • Business Management (10 points)
  • Electives:

  • Supervising Dog Groups & Play (10 points)
  • Client Relations & Counselling Skills (5 points)
  • Canine Nutrition (5 points)
  • Each Course will be run at least once across that time frame allowing you to schedule your studies to best suit you and your busy life. There are some limitations in terms of the order in which you complete Courses but ultimately it is a very flexible system, allowing you to carefully plan your studies. Each Course is delivered via a number of different media including course manuals & resources, video clips, practical demonstration and practice, classroom discussion and instruction. You will complete a number of assessments per course, including practical work, but don’t worry there are no written exams or tests!You are expected to complete the reading, studying and assessment work on a homestudy basis. All course materials are provided and continued guidance is available from tutors and classmates via our online classroom. Progression & Career Prospects 

    Tuition €700
    Assessment €100

    Career Progression
    This Specialisation will give you the skills and knowledge to develop a business as a professional dog walker and pet sitter. 

    Top Up to CBTT
    Once you have successfully completed the DW Specialisation you may choose to complete the remainder of courses to accumulate the required points to qualify as