Animal Training & Pet Sitting

Know you can confidently and successfully step into any pet guardians’ shoes

Animal Training & Pet Sitting

Know you can confidently and successfully step into any pet guardians’ shoes

  • Deliver a better service to clients to keep them happy and loyal, so they can confidently hand over their pets

  • Learn at your own pace on any device through our easy-to-navigate platform to boost your business and employment prospects

  • Acting quickly and correctly to situations could potentially save pets’ lives
$175
  • 95% recommend
  • Fully accredited by ICOES
  • Free PDF Certificate
  • 14 days money back guaranteed
  • 50 online study hours

95% THUMBS UP 95% of students recommend our courses

FULLY ACCREDITED All our courses are accredited by ICOES and CPD Certification Service

FREE PDF CERTIFICATE You can prove your commitment with a certificate upon completion

14 DAYS MONEY BACK If our course isn't for you, you have 14 days to claim your money back guarantee

60 ONLINE STUDY HOURS You have 90 days to complete the course and one year to start it

ABOUT THE COURSE

  • It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. Even older pets can be taught to break bad habits - and we’ll give you the know-how to do it.
  • Watch a puppy have fun while learning essential `rules of the road' so they grow into a safe and confident pet
  • You will have a better knowledge of animals by reading their body language and be confident that you know how to act in emergencies
  • Turn your desire to start your animal training business into reality with our top techniques
  • Working towards an accredited course will help you gain even more clients as they can trust you are capable of safeguarding their pets

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

  • Pet sitters, dog walkers and other professionals who want to deliver a better service for their clients
  • Studying an accredited course will reassure owners that their beloved pets are in very capable hands
  • To gain a competitive edge over rival businesses through increased knowledge of animal behavior and business planning

ABOUT THE COURSE

  • It’s never too late to teach an old dog new tricks. Even older pets can be taught to break bad habits - and we’ll give you the know-how to do it.
  • Watch a puppy have fun while learning essential `rules of the road' so they grow into a safe and confident pet
  • You will have a better knowledge of animals by reading their body language and be confident that you know how to act in emergencies
  • Turn your desire to start your animal training business into reality with our top techniques
  • Working towards an accredited course will help you gain even more clients as they can trust you are capable of safeguarding their pets

WHO IS THIS COURSE FOR?

  • Pet sitters, dog walkers and other professionals who want to deliver a better service for their clients
  • Studying an accredited course will reassure owners that their beloved pets are in very capable hands
  • To gain a competitive edge over rival businesses through increased knowledge of animal behavior and business planning

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

  • Professional skills to boost your career by studying an internationally-recognized ICOES and CPD accredited course
  • Get a new perspective on animal training and behavior from experienced veterinarians
  • By the final module, you'll be in a position to turn your passion for pets into a profitable business - and we'll be with you every step of the way

HOW IT WILL HELP YOU

  • Learn more about your animal's' behavior and how to properly train them
  • Continually learn new skills to broaden your knowledge and understand pets better
  • Your certificated course will prove to pet owners that you know how to communicate with animals and keep them safe

COURSES MODULES

Module 1: Training Puppies
  • 1.1 Training with treats so puppy falls in love with you
  • 1.2 Provide a safe den for your pup through crate training
  • 1.3 Have a safe, obedient dog which responds to basic commands
  • 1.4 Trim nails, clean ears and handle paws without nips
  • 1.5 The 3 stages of house training to stop ‘accidents’
  • 1.6 Teach your pup how to greet other animals and humans
  • 1.7 Nipping problem behaviors before they escalate
  • 1.8 Fun and games for everyone with tricks and treats
Module 2: Training Of Adult Dogs
  • 2.1 Breaking bad habits by knowing what to ignore and what to reward
  • 2.2 Teaching good behavior with kindness (and doggie treats!)
  • 2.3 Learn your dog’s habits to prioritize what work needs to be done
  • 2.4 Be consistent with commands to avoid confusing your pet
  • 2.5 Stop anti-social behavior so your dog is fun to be around
  • 2.6 Confidence-building tips for a happy dog
  • 2.7 Teaching an old dog, new tricks
Module 3: Cat Training
  • 3.1 Teach your cat to respond to the sound of a clicker
  • 3.2 Getting cats to use their litter box
  • 3.3 Stop scratching or clawing and save on repair bills
  • 3.4 Distraction techniques to stop cats jumping on furniture
  • 3.5 Purr-fect methods to having a sociable cat and not a sour-puss
Module 4: Bird Training
  • 4.1 Show birds how to respond to clicker training
  • 4.2 Golden rules in teaching birds to speak
  • 4.3 Learning to socialize without ruffling feathers
  • 4.4 Safe handling so you don’t frighten your bird (or get pecked)
Module 5: Fundamentals Of Dog Walking And Pet Sitting
  • 5.1 Keeping you and all pets safe
  • 5.2 How to handle an attacking dog
  • 5.3 Knowing when you’ll need to involve a vet
  • 5.4 Entering and leaving pets homes securely and safely
  • 5.5 Know your responsibilities as a pet carer
Module 6: Out And About –professional Dog Walking
  • 6.1 Be prepared - what to be on the lookout for
  • 6.2 Reading dogs’ body language and responding correctly
  • 6.3 Understanding and reacting to aggression
  • 6.4 The dynamics of dog fights and how to avoid/intervene
  • 6.5 Complying with the law
Module 7: Disease, Health And Hygiene
  • 7.1 How to keep pets bedding and general environment clean and hygienic
  • 7.2 Control of disease and infection
  • 7.3 Keeping yourself safe from infection
  • 7.4 Know the signs of infections and diseases which animals can pass to humans
  • 7.5 Find the safe way to administer medication safely
Module 8: Being Professional With Clients
  • 8.1 Get off to a good start - you only have one chance to make a great impression
  • 8.2 Preparing your checklist for meeting new clients
  • 8.3 Microchipping and other forms of ID
  • 8.4 Arranging entry/security details
  • 8.5 Be forewarned on what clients are likely to ask
  • 8.6 What to put in your contract’s Terms & Conditions
  • 8.7 Work out your fees and exactly what is included
Module 9: Handling And Getting Around With Your Pets
  • 9.1 Knowing which handling equipment and restraints you’ll need
  • 9.2 Safe way to approaching a nervous animal
  • 9.3 Learn the warning signs of unpredictable behaviour
  • 9.4 Learn the techniques to handle cats and dogs correctly so they are content
  • 9.5 Find out the best ways to handle exotic pets without stressing them
  • 9.6 Keeping animals safe and secure in your car
Module 10: Specific Information On Dogs And Cats
  • 10.1 One size doesn’t fit all - know the correct levels of exercise for each individual animal
  • 10.2 Study nutrition to know what to dish out at mealtimes
  • 10.3 Understanding behaviour and retraining when needed
  • 10.4 Caring for elderly pets and changes to watch out for
  • 10.5 Physical care and grooming needs of your clients’ pets
  • 10.6 Ways to show affection to keep animals calm and happy
  • 10.7 Recognising signs of common diseases and the course of action
Module 11: First Aid
  • 11.1 On the spot diagnosis and what to do next
  • 11.2 Learning when vomiting and diarrhoea need urgent attention and when not
  • 11.3 What items are poisonous for pets and what to do if he swallows them
  • 11.4 Dressing and nursing cuts, grazes, wounds and burns
  • 11.5 Coping with breaks and fractures
  • 11.6 Taking action when an animal goes into shock
  • 11.7 Saving animals’ lives with CPR
  • 11.8 What you need in your first-aid kit
Module 12: Specific Information On Rabbits & Guinea Pigs
  • 12.1 Learn about different breeds and how to deal with them
  • 12.2 Common problems and diseases to look out for
  • 12.3 Providing an adequate living environment for happy, healthy animals
  • 12.4 Keep pets stimulated with enough exercise
  • 12.5 How to care for rabbits and guinea pigs as their surrogate guardian
Module 13: Specific Information On Hamsters, Gerbils, Mice & Exotic Rats
  • 13.1 Show your knowledge of different breeds
  • 13.2 Understanding behaviour so you can correctly deal with it
  • 13.3 Spotting the signs of common problems and diseases
  • 13.4 Providing an adequate living environment for healthy rodents
  • 13.5 Usual care needed for a long and healthy life
Module 14: Specific Information On Birds
  • 14.1 General tips on caring for birds
  • 14.2 How to look after small birds in your care
  • 14.3 How to deal with larger birds & birds of prey
  • 14.4 Keeping poultry healthy to produce happy eggs
  • 14.5 Ways to stop parrots from getting bored and destroying your furniture
  • 14.6 Recognising common diseases and preventing it from spreading
Module 15: Specific Information On Fish
  • 15.1 How to care for fish
  • 15.2 What tropical fish need to stay healthy
  • 15.3 Best ways to look after cold water fish
  • 15.4 Difficulties you face with marine fish
  • 15.5 Recognizing disease and what to do
Module 16: Specific Information On Reptiles
  • 16.1 How to care for reptiles
  • 16.2 Challenges of keeping reptiles as pets
  • 16.3 Looking after turtles, terrapins and tortoises
  • 16.4 Handling and caring for snakes & lizards
  • 16.5 Recognising disease and action to take
Module 17: How Pet Sitting Can Get You Up And Running In Business
  • 17.1 How to set up a successful pet business
  • 17.2 Ways of arranging finance & insurance
  • 17.3 Regulations that you need to bear in mind
  • 17.4 Being creative with services to make you stand out from the crowd
  • 17.5 Effective and cost-effective advertising & marketing

36548 STUDENTS

126 COUNTRIES

5960 HAPPY PETS IN 2017

15497 COURSES ENROLLED IN 2017

OUR COURSES HAVE BEEN WRITTEN BY PURR-FESSIONALS

Deborah

Deborah Shores, DVM, is an American Veterinarian and a 2008 graduate of Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science, minor in Chemistry, from Berry College in Rome, Georgia, USA.

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Pippa

Pippa Elliott, BVMS MRCVS, is a veterinarian with 27-years' experience in companion animal practice. As a child, Pippa was pony mad and can't remember a time when she didn't want to be a vet. She started seeing practice at her local clinic at the age of 14, and it was a dream-come-true when she was accepted for vet school. Pippa then went on to graduate.

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Step 1

Registration

Follow the easy registration process to enrol in your course today.

Step 2

Study

Absorb course content easily with clearly structured information, helpful illustrations and hands on video tutorials. Study anywhere, anytime that suits you within your course duration.

Step 3

Assessment

Reinforce new learning with assessment of important points at the end of each module.

Step 4

Certification

On completion, receive your certificate which confirms your achievement.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFO

HOW DOES IT WORK?

  • Once you sign up for the course you will have 12 months to activate it. Once activated, you have 90 days to learn about living with ageing pets and how to care for them

  • The course will only take about 60 hours to complete, less time if you only want to study the modules concerning certain animals and not all of them. From the minute you start the course you will begin to learn the skills you need to be an animal trainer or pet sitter plus what you need to do to successfully set up your business

  • You can set your own pace of study because it is completely online and available on any device. You can study anytime, anywhere so there's no pressure. These are some of the reasons that Holly and Hugo are the perfect partners for busy people

  • At the end of each module is an exam to pass to make sure you have fully taken in each stage. These modules are easy to understand and, therefore, easy to remember. You can revisit the material for a refresher if you want to look something up

  • Once the course is completed, all modules saved and exams passed you will be able to download your pdf certificate. You’ll be also eligible to apply for an ICOES hard copy certificate

WHAT SUPPORT WILL I GET DURING THE COURSE

  • Our courses are designed to be easy to use without the need to download material. Should you need any assistance, we have a help centre available in your student area 24/7 or you can contact our awesome Customer Support team during the working hours. We're just a phone call or email away.

  • From time to time, we also organize live webinars with a vet which you can join in and have any queries or questions professionally answered to help you enjoy a better understanding of animals.

COURSE ACCREDITATION

  • Holly and Hugo is a professional company with an international team of experts, including veterinary surgeons, compiling the courses. The main veterinarians involved in our courses are Pippa Elliott BVMS MRCVS who graduated from the University of Glasgow, UK, and has 27 years' experience and Deborah Shore DVM, who graduated from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine

  • You will be getting up-to-date information from experienced professionals so you can be confident the advice is credible

  • In return for your dedication, you can receive a certificate of study

  • Holly & Hugo courses are accredited by ICOES, the International Council for Online Education Standards, assuring our students our commitment to high standards of online education

  • We are also a recognized member of the CPD Certification Service

  • Our CPD accredited courses will count towards your CPD hour records. Through Continuing Professional Development (CPD/CE), individuals show their commitment to gain new skills to contribute to their personal and professional development, improve their job prospects, enhance and evolve in their career

CAREER PATH

  • Surrogate carers, animal trainers, pet sitters and anyone who works or volunteers with animals can learn better techniques for controlling and looking after them

  • Studying an accredited course will give professionals a competitive advantage over their rivals

  • Certification will prove to employers that you are serious in your wish to land a dream job with animals

WHAT STUDENTS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT HOLLY AND HUGO

The format is very good - if I cannot complete the course, it brings me back to where I left off previously. The information is very thorough and I have been able to put some of it into practice already. I enjoyed developing further knowledge of how to interact with animals and learning what to do if they are in distress has been very helpful in my work with local rescues. I liked the self-paced aspect the most and I was able to complete it when I had time to commit to the lessons. Natasha Orslene - United States

The course content was brilliant! It also stuck to the point and didn't veer off into only distantly related subjects unlike some courses I have attempted in the past. The e-books are a great idea and very attractively designed, and very helpful. I really like the layout of your course material and the ease of use, and it's great to receive a certificate from yourselves, an accredited one AND the added bonus of the Completion Letter and the Breakdown Transcript! I am finding it very rewarding to be learning so much on these courses and I am certain the new knowledge and understanding I am gaining will be hugely beneficial in helping me to achieve my animal career/business goals and also my ability to care for and understand my own and others animals. The Holly and Hugo team are lovely people who are very easy to communicate with and are always helpful And their social media presence is an awesome way to stay connected and feel part of an enthusiastic community. Don't look any further for courses!! Choose Holly and Hugo!! Susan Grainger - United Kingdom

I'm so glad I stumbled upon Holly and Hugo, their courses have provided me with great insight into my shelter animals behaviour and needs. I signed up to the webinar because I wanted to learn how I could better prepare the people who adopt from my shelter for either their first pet or a rescue pet. The webinar was great and although it did help answer my questions about this I found myself interested in the material for my own pets also. I'm up to my fourth course now and im loving it, I feel confident in sharing my knowledge to everyone. Siobhan Bottoni - Australia

10 down 6 to go. These @hollyandhugo courses are very enlightening and fun to study. Linda Marshall - United Kingdom

It has improved my life, I have started my own Pet Sitting business and left the corporate world to pursue my passion and dream. So to put it mildly it has change my world for the best. What would I say to friends is what I already say to them, take the course: it's a great value and you will learn, unlike other online courses that teach you nothing, with Holly and Hugo you have to pass a test and they are not easy questions to get certified. Patricia Lackner - United States

I have a degree in animal behaviour so it helped me to expand and relearn my knowledge around animal health and care. It also made me feel more confident about analyzing certain behaviours and in how to approach training. Jade Thomas - United Kingdom

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