The Intern Program for the Young Adult

Greetings from PetSitters!

Another one and the first of its kind program offered by PetSitters to learn more about pets and thier behaviour in the midst of them.

This program is designed for children from 12-17 years. The intent of the program is to equip the child with a comprehensive understanding of dogs as a species, understanding behaviors, personalities, training, dog body language etc. We will also be introducing career avenues, working dogs and also a certain insight into animal assisted therapy to the children. Through a series of hand-on activities and good quality of theoretical input, our aim is to create awareness, develop compassion and educate them about safe interaction with new, unknown or stray dogs.


  • Age group – 12 to 17 years
  • Children who have a keen interest in in understanding canine body language and an interest in working with them.

Enrolment Criteria:

  • A completed registration form

 Intern Program – Registration Form

  • A fitness certificate from your regular doctor
  • A valid tetanus shot

Program Details:

  • Dates: April – 17th, 24th ; May – 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd
  • Timing – 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
  • All interns will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the internship.
  • A parent/ guardian will be required to sign our terms and conditions document prior to the beginning of the internship.

Program Location: Pet Sitters, Maan Village, Hinjewadi

Program Fees: 8850/- (Inclusive of all material, light snacks and beverages for the entire duration of the program.)

About the facilitators:

  • Ira Hulikavi: 
    Ira comes with an educational background in elementary education (MA in Education, Azim Premji University – Bangalore) and a passion for working with children. She has completed a certificate course in human – animal interactions and animal assisted therapy from the University of Denver. Her area of interest and expertise lies in designing and conducting animal assisted interventions for a variety of target audiences.
  • Shalaka Mundada:
    Shalaka is a certified dog trainer and behaviourist. She has been running PetSitters, a very well known dog boarding facility in Pune, for over 11 years. She comes with a solid knowledge base of dog behaviour and has a lot of experience organizing and executing events for pets and people.

Terms and Conditions:

  • Enrolment is subject to discretion. Confirmation of Registration and enrolment will be backed with a phone call if necessary.
  • Payment to be made 100% in advance to secure a spot.
  • Limited number of spots available.
  • The interns will be supervised at all times and at no point will they be exposed to any severe risks while handling dogs.
  • All dogs who participate in the handling are child friendly, trained and duly vaccinated

Please do get in touch with us on +91 7798424116 or +91 9881076677 for any further queries.