I have found the course to be thoroughly engaging and thought-
As someone previously involved in the design and delivery of training, I feel that the structure and content of the course is probably pitched at just about the right level. It is, I think, appropriate that much of the initial emphasis is placed on dogs and their behaviour, as I suspect that most learners will come into the business via the canine aspect, and then stay for the cats and the other small critters.
The final summative assessment forms probably the most significant aspect of the course, as it serves to assess and evaluate the complete learning experience.
Approached in the right manner, this course will involve learners by encouraging them to think meaningfully about their pet-
I have thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of the course and have found it to be interesting, challenging and informative throughout. I found Phase 1, with its emphasis on canine evolution, smart dog psychology, training, handling, breed-
Phase 2 built on some of the issues highlighted in Phase 1, particularly around appropriate diet, safe transportation, multiple dog walking, health, safety and risk assessment in public and in the home, and laws relating to dogs.
This final Phase 3 draws together the business elements of dog walking and pet sitting and necessitates useful research about the dog walking/pet sitting businesses in your area and how you intend to enter and make a place for yourself in that marketplace.
The feline emphasis of this final phase was useful in reminding us that the business is not just limited to dog walking and dogs, and that understanding and caring for other animals is an equally important part of the business as well. I found the final summative assignment to be a particularly useful way of evaluating and appraising my expectations of the course, its varying content, and my ongoing personal development during its progression.
I thought the course progression was logical and coherent. Having worked in an academic context in the past, and having extensive experience of course design, I know that this is not always easy to achieve. I do think this course met those design challenges in almost all respects.