Home Boarding

inc Ofqual Level 3 Award course in Canine Care, Behaviour & Welfare

Home Boarding inc Ofqual Level 3 Award course in Canine Care, Behaviour & Welfare

This course is regulated and the qualification is officially recognised by the Government’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Qualification – Approval Number: 603/4536/6

 This Qualification meets the requirements of Defra and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (England) Regulations 2018.

Many people dream of running their own dog Home Boarding business. Covering essential information on canine behaviour and care, this self-contained course provides you with the necessary knowledge, know-how and qualification* to make that dream a reality. The wrap-over immersion in the Home Boarding regulations, guidance and application ensures you have a good understanding of the key regulations and guidance for providing Home Boarding services. It doesn’t make you an expert and there is still lots to learn, if this is your first venture into Home Boarding, but together with the Ofqual Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare, you’ll definitely be at the front of the pack!

When you have completed the course and passed the assessments, you will receive a Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare certificate from Open Course Network West Midlands (Ofqual’s national assessment organisation).

*As of 1st October 2018, it is a Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA) requirement for those wishing to run a home boarding establishment that the licence holder or a designated manager and any staff employed to care for the animals must have competence to identify the normal behaviour of the species for which they are caring and to recognise signs of, and take appropriate measures to mitigate or prevent, pain, suffering, injury, disease or abnormal behaviour. 

Guidance includes suitable and sufficient training of people responsible for the care of the animals must be demonstrated to have been carried out in the following areas:

  • Dog welfare, including recognising poor welfare and understanding the 5 welfare needs;
  • Dog handling;
  • Dog behaviour;
  • Cleanliness and hygiene;
  • Feeding and food preparation;
  • Disease control
  • Recognition and first aid treatment of sick animals.

Training must be a minimum of an OFQUAL regulated level 2 qualification in a relevant subject, or clear evidence of knowledge and experience.

To meet the “Higher Standard”, one option is for the person responsible for the care of dogs to have a relevant OFQUAL regulated Level 3 qualification.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/762467/animal-welfare-licensing-home-boarding-for-dogs-guidance.pdf

Overview

Our Home Boarding course offers:-

Foundation course

Part 1 – Ofqual Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour & Welfare – Approval Number: 603/4536/6

Part 2 – Animal Welfare Regulations 2018 + Home Boarding Guidance inc 1-2-1 Tutorial

+ Optional units including…

Practitioner course

Foundation course (shown above) PLUS…

Part 3
2 supplementary modules:-

  1. The Canine Legal Landscape & Mastering Licensing Guidance
  2. COVID-19 Safer Pet Care

Who is this course for?

Existing or aspiring

  • Home boarder
  • Dog walker building their service portfolio

You do not need any prior knowledge or qualifications to study this qualification

What you will learn

The Home Boarding Level 3 Foundation’s course consists of 2 Ofqual related units and a Home Boarding unit with a 1-2-1 live tutorial

Unit 1: Ofqual Level 3 Award: Canine Behaviour

  • Common canine body language signs and signals
  • Common canine body language signs and signals
  • Terms used to describe a range of emotional states in canines
  • How to assess canines from their body language
  • Common canine behavioural issues
  • Methods used to modify canine behaviour
  • How to work with common canine behavioural problems
  • Potential causes of canine stress
  • Signs of stress in canines
  • Potential causes of aggression in canines
  • The signs of aggression in canines
  • How stress can lead to aggressive behaviour in canines
  • The ladder of aggression in canines

Unit 2: Ofqual Level 3 Award: Care of Dogs in Home Boarding, Day Care & Kennels

  • The causes of canine diseases
  • Methods of disease prevention.
  • How a range of canine diseases are transmitted
  • Risk assessments for the prevention of disease transmission in canines.
  • The welfare of canines in home boarding and day care settings
  • Potential welfare issues in home boarding and day care settings
  • Feeding of canines in home boarding and day care settings
  • How welfare issues can be prevented in home boarding and day care settings
  • Feeding requirements for canines in home boarding and day care settings.
  • Common eating and dietary issues in canines
  • Techniques for dealing with eating and dietary issues in canines in home boarding and day care settings.
  • Different ways to enter dog enclosures
  • Different ways to exit dog enclosures
  • Potential problems with exit and entry to dog enclosures
  • Essential personal protection equipment for canine handling
  • The importance of personal protection equipment for canine handling
  • Ways to provide environmental enrichment in home boarding and day care settings
  • The impact of correct environmental stimulation in home boarding and day care settings
  • Safe and unsafe play in canines
  • Safe management of canine interactions

Unit 3: Home Boarding Regulations + Guidance Flashcards, Quizzes & 1-2-1 Tutorial

This Unit is divided into three modules: 

Module 1 : Introduction

  • What is in and out of the scope: Providing home boarding for dogs
  • In Scope Criteria
  • Out of Scope Criteria
  • Criteria Quiz

Module 2 : General Conditions

  • License Display
  • Records
  • Use, Number and Type of Animal
  • Staffing
  • Suitable Environment
  • Suitable Diet
  • Monitoring of Behaviour and Training of Animals
  • Animal Handling and Interactions
  • Protection from Pain, Suffering, Injury and Disease
  • Emergencies
  • General Conditions Quiz

Module 3 : Specific Conditions

  • Home
  • Suitable Environment
  • Suitable Diet
  • Monitoring Behaviour
  • Housing with, or apart from, other dogs
  • Records
  • Protection from Pain, Injury, Suffering and Disease
  • Higher Standard
  • Specific Conditions Quiz

Live 1-2-1 ‘Zoom’ tutorials

The ‘learner’ has the option of a 1-2-1 (45 mins) personal tutorial, at the outset or midway and the end of this Home Boarding Regulations & Guidance unit, or as required by the Learner. There is a lot to absorb – 39 pages of guidance before you even think about all the policies, processes and documentation you might need. All of which are available through our ‘sister’ website at DogBusiness.co.uk

Additional Practitioner Course Units

If you enrol in the Practitioner course, you have access to all of the Foundation units (shown above) and you also get the following units.

A. The Legal Landscape & Mastering Licensing Guidance

This unit covers many of the legal considerations for the professional dog care professional including:

  • Understanding the main legal considerations for a canine business
  • Identify and apply the main legal considerations to your business
  • Assessment – the legal landscape
  • Understanding the Regulations and Guidelines
  • The licensing process and ongoing assessments
  • 1-3 years licenses and 1-5 star ratings
  • Compliance and obligations
  • Conditions and guidance
  • Mandatories and Higher Standards
  • Developing your policies and processes
  • Risk assessments
  • Documentation: what you need, how to address it and evidencing compliance
  • DIY vs DIFY
  • The Licensing team
  • Practical realities
  • Questions and answers

B. COVID-19 Safer Pet Care

Unit 1 – Covid-19

  • What is Covid-19?
  • What are the symptoms?
  • What are the dangers?
  • How does Covid-19 spread?
  • Social distancing and self-isolation
  • Assessment

 Unit 2 – Covid-19 and its impact on pet businesses

  • Pets and Covid-19
  • What we expect to change
  • Impacts of Covid-19 for dog businesses
  • What are the risks in your business?
  • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
  • Disinfecting inc transport
  • Handover Guide for dogs
  • Pet service protocol matrix
  • Covid-19 considerations for Commercial Boarding
  • Covid-19 considerations for Home Boarding
  • Covid-19 considerations for Commercial Dog Day Care
  • Covid-19 considerations for Commercial Dog Day Care
  • Covid-19 considerations for Dog Walkers
  • Covid-19 considerations for Dog Groomers
  • Covid-19 considerations for other pet-care professionals (includes Dog & Cat Breeders, Pet Shops and other breeders, Dog Trainers, Pet Microchip Implanters)
  • Assessment 

Unit 3 – Winning back hearts and minds

  • Reassuring your customers
  • Additional Policies & Procedures
  • Resources
  • Assessment

Additional Information

Learning style and content
This course is a blend of self-paced online learning, self-study recommended resources and research, video seminars, videos, ‘podcasts’, elearning, Graphics/diagrams multiple answers and short essay assignments.

Special consideration is provided for those requiring additional learning support.

Assessments
Successful achievement is by a Learner presenting a portfolio of evidence that meets the assessment criteria. 

Assessments require desk research from the study resources provided to assist the Learner in writing 200-400-word responses including diagrams, illustrations, tables and bullet points as necessary. An assessment might typically ask the Learner to ‘Explain’ or ‘Describe’ a specific topic or situation, to avoid plagiarism and to provide citation references in order to support the Learner’s response. 

A few assessments require the Learner to select the correct options from multiple possible answers including True or False statements.

Self-Evaluation 
At the end of the course, each learner is asked to complete a reflective self-evaluation of their learning experience and personal growth.

Pass/Refer
The Ofqual regulated course is taught against a prescriptive syllabus and the learner is required to evidence their understanding and application of the syllabus. 

To achieve an Ofqual certificate, the Learner must successfully pass all of the course modules.

Every assignment submitted is assessed as either a Pass or Refer. A Learner is required to ultimately achieve a Pass for every assignment. Refers – or ‘Passes in Waiting’ as we like to call them, are hopefully few and far between. If an assignment receives a ‘Refer’, the learner has two complimentary ‘resits’ across the course. Additional ‘resits’ are charged at £25 per resit to cover the additional admin costs. If a Learner is unable to complete the

Certification
Once all of the Ofqual course modules have been successfully completed, the Learner’s assessment profiles are submitted for independent quality validation against the regulatory framework. And once validated, a certificate is issued to the learner.

For non-accredited modules, the Learner is required to achieve at least an 80% pass threshold. On achievement, an online certificate is made available for download.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please find a list of questions and answers below. If your question is not listed, feel free to chat to us by clicking the live chat button on the bottom right of your screen or to submit your question by email.

Is this course online?

Yes.

You have access to an online tutor and there recorded seminars, as well as flashcards, quizzes, ‘podcasts’, a research and reading list, together with a workbook and in-course exercises.

You need access to half decent Internet and email. The course is a blend of different learning content and styles.

Some Level 3 course providers just send you a pdf workbook, a reading list and tell you to get on with it. Which is what got us going in the first place thinking we could do better than that.

I see there are different options, how does that work?

There are a choice of 2 complementary learning pathways. Each with different levels of content (and prices). You choose what works for you.

Both options give you an Ofqual Level 3 Award qualification, and you don’t have to do the most expensive unless you want to do so, because the content meets your needs, and because you can afford it. So you choose.

What do I need to tick the DEFRA box (both options do that), what do I want to learn and what can I afford?

Technically you don’t have to do any more than our Foundation course to get the L3 Award which more than meets the Higher Standard knowledge and experience criteria, but when we looked at the original core syllabus we thought, OK it’s good, but surely people want to know more than that. So that’s what we set out to build on and to incorporate. Also we wanted to give ‘students’ a mix of learning media.

How long do I have to complete my course?

We recognise that some people are in full time employment with busy family lives and preparing for a new future.

Others are very likely already dog professionals who have dog needs and customer demands to meet, before they wash off all the mud, do the household stuff, put their feet up and start thinking about studying.

We have to have a finite timeline, to keep everybody focused. But if you can complete and pass your course in 2 to 3 months, Brilliant!

Does this course meet the DEFRA Ofqual requirements thingy?

Yes.

When you’re successful, the actual Ofqual Level 3 certificate is:

Ofqual Level 3 Award in Canine Care, Behaviour and Welfare
Qualification Number: 603/4536/6

The certificate will come from the Ofqual national awarding organisation, the Open College Network West Midlands who are, if you like, our examining body (officially known as an Awarding Organisation).

We should stress you only get the certificate if you pass the accredited assessment(s), but if you want to check the core qualification exists, you can check it on the Ofqual list of regulated qualifications. 

https://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/1379?category=organisations&query=Open%20Network

And the approved qualification

https://register.ofqual.gov.uk/Detail/Index/43005?category=qualifications&query=Level%203%20Award%20in%20Canine%20Care%2C%20Behaviour%20and%20Welfare%20 

Please come back to us with any more questions.

Starting from £349.90

Course Features

Learning

Total Qualification Time: 130 hours

Downloadable Learning Materials

Completion Certificate