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Discussion in 'Dog Chat' started by Noonshappydoghouse, Dec 7, 2017.


  1. Noonshappydoghouse

    Noonshappydoghouse PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, I'm a newbie here and I was hoping to get some advice from anyone willing to give it please?? . . . .

    I am very keen to start my own doggy daycare/boarding and walking business.
    I have completed a few online courses and have been awarded certificates in dog walking and basic dog care I also attended a classroom-based pet first aid course all of which were incredibly insightful.
    I have previously started my own business but it did not take off as I hoped t would and I made some silly mistakes which cost me my first customer and really knocked my confidence so I closed my business and took some more time to gain more knowledge and to learn from the mistakes I made.
    I currently am an employed part-time dog walker which includes some doggy daycare and I am learning some valuable lessons in how to structure my business which is great. I am considering attending a course to be able to teach others pet first aid in February to earn a little money while I build my business up only I'm sure how big the demand is for this service. I will be attending an intensive course on dog training and will be working on being amazing at that . . . . I'm already pretty good ;)

    my concerns are that I have two children 1 is 10 and the youngest is 4, will be 5 in March which is when I hope to open my business. does anyone else running a boarding business have young children and will it have a detrimental effect on obtaining a license?
    I also own a medium/large female dog, she's a bullmation and she is the best dog ever . . . . . .bit smelly though lol my partner/bf and I are also in the process of adopting another medium/large dog, a female pointer. my question is . . . . will having two big dogs have an adverse effect on my obtaining a license?
    what is it like to have your home inspected? what are they looking for? what could I do to my home to make it ready for the inspection? what sort of questions do they ask?

    thank you so much for reading and thanks in advance for any advice it will be gratefully received
     
  2. Ownedbymany

    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    Licence will depend on your local council. They all allow different numbers of dogs, some don't allow someone with children to get one and others have age restrictions. Some only allow dogs from one family, others from multiple.

    Some will be less restrictive if you can demonstrate you know what you are doing.

    As for the first aid course, I chose someone who had years and years of experience - Rachel Bean, a vet nurse. I don't know what the course you are thinking about doing covers, how long you will be studying or how in depth it is but I would be unlikely to choose you to teach me when I renew my certificate. This is purely because you've made it sound like a crash course - something your going to do in a day and get started teaching the next day. Forgive me if I have the wrong impression.
     
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  3. Noonshappydoghouse

    Noonshappydoghouse PetForums Newbie

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    It's a proes course
     
  4. Noonshappydoghouse

    Noonshappydoghouse PetForums Newbie

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    It's a course put together by the protrainings team. I thought I'd go with them as I attended my first aid course and received my certificate from them, teacher course was 4 hours + and was brilliant, I learned so much and feel I can confidently give first aid to an animal who may need it. It is a crash course of sorts I guess . . . . 1 day online which must be completed before and intensive classroom based part where you must demonstrate your ability.
    Thank you very much for your input, certainly food for thought.
     
  5. Ownedbymany

    Ownedbymany PetForums Senior

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    Like I said I might have been wrong about the course, for all I know it's a year long course but since you were talking about doing it to earn a little money whilst you get the home boarding up and running I assumed it was a crash course. Just as a dog walker/sitter I would prefer someone with years of experience to teach me rather than someone who has done a course over a few hours.

    I hope that makes sense.
     
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