Do you dream about spending your day with dogs but are not sure where to start? Start or grow your pet care business today! Register here.
The dog*tec Dog Walking Academy is a multi-day professional certification workshop for new and existing dog walkers, daycare professionals and pet sitters interested in expanding their dog knowledge and growing their business. Stand out to clients and set yourself apart from the competition.
Join us for this in-depth professional workshop on safety and fight prevention, pet first aid, basic manners training, canine learning and body language, and best business practices.
WHAT YOU LEARN:
Dog communication and body language
Managing multiple dogs on walks and in play groups
Safety and fight protocols
Understanding and addressing aggression
Basic manners training: make your job easier and add value for clients
Best business practices: getting started; liability protection; setting policies, services and rates; client screening; and marketing
Canine first aid
WHAT YOU GET:
Professional dog walking certification with national brand recognition
Canine first aid certification
The Business of Dog Walking book by Veronica Boutelle
24 CEUs for CPDTs
Graduates come away fully equipped to start a dog walking business or grow an existing business. Click here to get started!
Patricia McConnell writes about what YOU need to know about hiring (or becoming) a dog walker. Click here to read more.
As a dog service professional committed to ethical business practices I pledge to:
Make no guarantees about behavior outcomes, as it is considered unethical in our industry to do so.
Maintain clear written policies to avoid potential client conflict or misunderstanding.
Do what I tell clients I’ll do. Do more when I can.
Return all phone calls and emails in a timely manner.
Be honest. Admit mistakes and apologize. It happens.
Use only positive, humane, scientifically sound methods with the dogs in my care. Teach only the same to my clients. Interact as positively with clients as I do with dogs.
Recommend the services I think are in the best interests of my clients and their dogs.
Pursue ongoing continuing education and professional development.
Maintain current business license, contracts, and insurance to keep myself and my clients safe.
Use respectful language when I speak publicly about other dog professionals, whether to dog guardians or fellow dog pros. I will not spread hearsay; I will endeavor to speak only of direct experiences I myself have had. I will try to talk about what I do, rather than of what others do.
Understand when working as an employee or contractor that clients belong to the business I work for. I will not solicit clients for my own business at any time unless given express permission to do so. When leaving my employment, I will allow the business owner to communicate my departure to clients. Should clients express a desire to go with me, I will refer them back to the business owner. If clients insist on following me, I will offer and negotiate a payment to the business owner for those clients.
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