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Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program Overview

Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program

Unlike any other pet professional, pet sitters spend an extended period of time with the animals they care for, giving them an intimate and unique glimpse into animals’ home lives. Because of this, pet sitters can readily identify opportunities for improvement and spot emerging behavior concerns, enrichment opportunities, and other areas that might otherwise go unnoticed.

This course will equip pet sitters with a scientifically sound knowledge base in animal body language, dog walking, behavior and training basics, enrichment, home life, travel, administering medications, and more so that they can offer top-level Fear Free care to pets and provide owners with basic support and advice. The Fear Free Certified® pet sitter will be empowered to help educate pet owners on reading dog and cat body language and provide ideas for how enrichment and training can be incorporated into the pet’s environment and routine, promoting not only a calmer pet-sitting stay but also a richer, more fulfilling life. We’ll cover everything from the very first greeting of a pet to creating calmer leash walks to delivering medications in a Fear Free manner and much more!

This course was reviewed by PSI (Pet Sitters International) and NAPPS (National Association of Professional Pet Sitters).

The purchase of the Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program provides you with a Fear Free membership, which requires an annual renewal fee and completion of additional annual CE to maintain your membership.

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To successfully complete the program and attain certification as a Fear Free pet sitter, all qualified registrants must:

  • Pass each online module with a score of 80 percent or higher.
  • Sign the Fear Free Pledge, a commitment to uphold a humane, emotionally protective code of conduct and ethical standard for pet care and professionalism.

This certification program requires an annual membership renewal fee of $39. In order to keep your certification and membership active, 2 hours of Fear Free-specific Continuing Education (CE) needs to be completed annually. CE can be easily recorded in our convenient CE Tracker within your account.

With every annual renewal, you will have access to a number of complimentary courses available for Fear Free Certified Pet Sitters to facilitate the CE requirement.

Maintaining Fear Free Certification also requires remaining in good standing with the Fear Free organization by upholding ethical standards and codes of conduct.

Registering for the Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program & renewing your Pet Sitter Membership is simple:

Registration

$99/person for current Fear Free Certified Professional members

$199/person for non-members

Renewal

$39/person/year

2 hours of Fear Free CE completed annually

Questions? We Have Answers!

What are the requirements for renewing my pet sitter certification?

1. Fear Free requires two (2) hours of Fear Free-specific CEUs that will be available to you through your membership on the website annually.
2. A renewal fee of $39 is due annually from the date you initially register and pay for the Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program.

Who should take the Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program?

The Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program is written for experienced pet sitters. This course will equip pet sitters with a scientifically sound knowledge base in animal body language, behavior and training basics, enrichment, home life, travel, administering medications, and more so that they can offer top-level Fear Free care to pets and provide owners with basic support and advice.

Will the pet sitter program offer a new course every year?

Yes, the Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program will offer a variety of courses throughout the year, all of which are available to our active members at no extra cost.

I already took the Fear Free Veterinary Certification Program. Can I also complete the Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program?

Absolutely! This course is designed for pet sitters and will provide them with invaluable education and resources. As an existing member, you will be able to take advantage of preferred pricing for this course ($99).

I have not taken any Fear Free courses before. Can I take the Fear Free Pet Sitter Certification Program?

Yes! This course is designed for pet sitters without any previous Fear Free experience.

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