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Kumiko Orlandini 

Dog Day Care owner/Dog Walker  – Kokos Canines

What does a typical day look like for you? 

My team collect a group of lovely dogs each morning and then meet at the day care. We then take the dogs out on walks. If we are not walking, we are supervising them at day care whilst they play, rest, and interact with each other. We work on a rotational system so whoever has supervised the dogs at day care then swaps to take a group on a walk. Towards the ends of our days, we have lots of cuddles with the dogs. We are one big family! 

How did you get your job? / What training, degree, education do you need? 

I studied the City & Guilds, Level 3 Extended Diploma in animal care. It was a two year, full time course. I am also a Level 3 qualified pet first aid teacher and dog trainer! 

What are the most important skills needed for your role/job? 

A loving and patient attitude because every dog is different, and some may have come from difficult backgrounds. 

Are there any future skills you will need to learn for your role? 

I am always looking for new skills and qualifications to learn. The world of animals is always changing so it is important for me to keep my knowledge and skills up to date. 

What is the best part of your job? / What motivates you in this role?

Seeing how much I contribute to each dog’s happiness by providing them with love, support, and socialisation with other dogs. When I see a nervous dog come out of their shell, it is one of the most rewarding parts of my job! 

What advice would you give someone interested in a career in your profession? 

Always gain qualifications so you can be as responsible and knowledgeable for the animals in your care! Not every day is easy, but it is hugely rewarding to work with animals. 

What would you tell your younger self?

I would tell my younger self to consistently pursue my passion. With the right determination, you can accomplish anything. My dedication to nature and animals led me to invest in qualifications and hard work, and I’m grateful for where I am now.

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