The course is dedicated to future pets-sitters and provides relevant qualifications. Its students will be professionally prepared to work with dogs or cats. A special attention is paid to animal behaviour and the sitter’s ability to communicate with pets, but the course also includes the basis of a trainer’s know-how. Moreover, the curriculum offers introduction to animal physiology and teaches the first aid in case of an emergency.
It becomes more and more frequent that pet owners look for qualified care of their animals fearing for their physical and psychological health. Wishing to be certain that their pet will be well looked after, they tend to choose certified care takers. In response to this emerging demand we have prepared a professional course for pet-sitters, which involves theoretical and practical classes. The course will also prove useful for breeders, people running pet hotels, as well as owners and dog lovers, because it features introduction to dog behaviour, with information on its physiology, zoosemiotics, training and the first aid.
The course can be attended by participants younger than 16 years old. They will receive the diploma of Junior Sitter for Cats and Dog.
We guarantee a series of hands on activities!
Become a certified pet-sitter!
The price includes:
- training materials
- practical sessions with dogs
- premedical first aid for companion animals course
- owner questionnaire
- companion animal dietary training
Module 1 Canine and Feline Behaviour
- Sequencing hunting behaviour in the process of a breed creation
- Theory of domination;
- Introduction to zoosemiotics– Communication in cat’s and dog’s world.
- Introduction to feline and canine behaviour. How to form a relationship with an unknown dog or cat.
- Safety measures.
- The ideas of ‘need’, ‘drive’, ‘motivation’ and ‘instinct’. Feline and canine needs.
- Calming signals in the world of cats and dogs.
- Biological meaning of emotion. The impact of biology on learning. Emotions as a direct enforcement.
- Pet-sitter and his or her training capacity.
- Socialisation, exploration and safety as three pillars of psychological welfare in a dog or cat.
- Care taking of a cat in the owner’s home or at the pet-sitter’s.
- Introduction of environmental enrichment.
- How to make and use toys.
- How to use trainer’s tools. Practical aspects of work with an animal.
- Socialisation in puppies and kittens.
- Basic behavioural problems in cats and dogs. Stress as a moblisation of the whole body. Fearfulness, aggression, excitability – work with a dog with behavioural problems.
- Techniques of work with a dog: desensitisation, counterconditioning, classical conditioning, instrumental conditioning, habituation, flooding.
- Pet-sitter’s forms.
- Pet-sitter’s toolbox.
- Legal aspects of pet-sitter’s work- case studies
Module 2 Canine and Feline Physiology
- Selected contagious diseases in dogs and cats – symptoms. Transmissible diseases and prevention – mainly tick-borne diseases. prophylactic of contagious diseases – the calendar of vaccinations and de-worming.
- Rearing puppies and kittens: how to nourish a mother and the litter.
- Introduction to a cat’s and dog’s topography – a class with alive animals.
Module 3 Dietary Information.
- Basic information on nutrients.
- Commercial feed market. Types of feeds and methods of manufacturing. Quality differences.
- How to store feeds.
- Supplementary feeds: Dog treats/snacks.
- Homemade and commercial food. How to choose the right one
- Most common dietary mistakes committed by dog owners.
- Feeding regimes.
- The feeling of hunger and fullness.
- The notions of digestivity and treat.
- Nutritional behaviours (neophilia, neophobia, food aversion).
- Behavioural problems related to diet. (poliphagia, pica, anorexia, polidypsia, coprophagia etc.)
- Diets supporting modification of reactions. Nutrition and cognitive abilities in elder dogs.
Module 1 How to Build a Relationship
The first meeting with a dog or a cat. Establishing a good relationship. A walk with a dog. How to prevent a problematic situation. Solving a conflict with another dog. Playing with a dog or cat. How to make and a comprehensive sitters’s questionnaire.
Module 2 Hygiene and Veterinary Prophylactic in Cats and Dogs.
Grooming and veterinary prophylactic – a case study on an animal (how to clean ears, eyes, wash teeth, remove tartar build up, cut nails.) First aid in emergencies (cuts, poisoning, burning, heat stroke, frostbites, chilling -hypothermia, cardiac arrest, bites and stings).
Dressing wounds and changing the dressing. Administering medicines. The influence of hormones on cats’ or dogs’ behaviour (practical information)
Credit: Theoretical and practical exam
Agata Kokocińska-Kusiak, MSc
Katarzyna Barłowska, DVM
Karolina Hołda, PhD
- training materials
- tutor consultiaton for the duration of the course
- practical sessions with dogs
First attempt at the practical and theroetical exams are included in the price. Exam retakes are 150zł each.
19-20.01.2019 i 2-3.02.2019
Hours: 10:00 – 18:00
Every paricipant is issiued a graduation certificate after passing the exams.
Location: Centrum Konferencyjno-Apartamentowe “Mrówka”, Warszawa
or Stefanowo near Piaseczno
(depending on the group size)
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*The organizer reserves the right to adjust the dates.