How to become a Dog Walker

  • Price: £5.99
  • Published: November 2016
  • Type: Business Opportunity Profile
  • Format: PDF
  • Qualifications and skills
  • Key market issues and trends
  • Trading, commercial and legal issues
  • Legislation
  • Further information

Dog walkers exercise pets on their owners' behalf, usually individually or in groups of no more than four dogs at a time. Dog walkers collect dogs from customers' homes and drop them off after they have been walked, and must comply with local by-laws governing dog control and fouling and animal welfare legislation.

Many dog walkers are hired to walk dogs while their owners are at work, so they are often required to hold house keys and provide additional services such as feeding and changing dogs' water. Some dog walkers also offer related services such as training, pet sitting, grooming, home boarding and dog daycare.

Dog walkers in some locations are required by local by-laws to be licensed to trade. For example, dog walkers must hold a Professional Dog Walker's Licence in order to walk dogs in any of the eight Royal Parks in London.

This profile provides information about starting up and running a dog walking service. It describes the skills required, the training available, the current market trends and some of the key trading issues. It also explains the main legislation that must be complied with and provides sources of further information and support.

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