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Two new qualifications launched at Crufts

The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) has announced the launch of two new City & Guilds Certificates of Technical Competence aimed at professional dog walkers and pet sitters.

The Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate of Competency in Dog Walking, and the Level 2 City & Guilds Certificate of Competency in Pet Sitting have been produced in association with PIF and have been designed to cover the main issues and responsibilities that professional dog walkers and pet sitters encounter during their work.

Each course covers first-aid, dealing with emergencies, legislation; roles and responsibilities of the professional, as well as practical skills in assessing the animals’ behaviour and working with the animals.

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Vicky Skinner, PIF Education Manager said: ‘Dog walking and pet sitting have been growing in popularity in recent years, and we are delighted to be offering these qualifications on behalf of City & Guilds which address the very real issues that commercial dog walkers and pet sitters face each day.

“The qualifications will provide reassurance and peace of mind to pet owners that their pets are in the best possible hands.”

Each course is run over two and-a- half days, and assessment will be undertaken by City and Guilds approved assessors and will comprise written tasks and practical assessments. The cost for each course is £250 for PIF members and £300 for non-members.

Dates and locations of future course will be announced at www.petfederation.co.uk

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