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Topic: Re:Dog Walking
Posted by: Charlotte Kasner
Date/Time: 11/09/14 09:53:00

There are too many inexperienced and uninsured dog walkers. Liking dogs is not sufficient. If you are charging customers, you should have a recognised qualification and be registered with their accreditation body and be fully insured.

You should as a minimum know what to do if a dog bolts, is ill, has poor recall or social skills or is attacked by another dog etc etc. You should have a working knowledge of the most common breeds and their characteristics and be prepared to research those that you do not know and you should understand pack dynamics if you will be walking more than one dog simultaneously. You should have a good grounding in how the law affects dogs owners and walkers including the DCO and especially the DDA.

You should be prepared to pay for CPD and ideally be able to provide basic first aid.

I would expect this level of knowledge and experience from any other professional whom I employed and I am not usually entrusting a living creature to them.

Remember, you are legally responsible for the dog in your care as much as is the owner.

You also need to think about the tax and national insurance implications and advertising and marketing. You may need to check the insurance on your house or lease or rental agreement if you will be running a business from home. You will need to be inspected and registered if you intend to board more than your dog and one other at any given time.

Please think very carefully about this as, although incidents are thankfully reasonably rare, they are not unknown and you need to be prepared. You only need to look at this forum to see how many lost dogs have been reported recently and to remember that the vast majority of owners do not regularly train their dogs.

Good luck!

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TopicDate PostedPosted By
Dog Walking08/09/14 13:13:00 Laura Taylor
   Re:Dog Walking08/09/14 13:32:00 Claire Moran
      Re:Re:Dog Walking08/09/14 20:11:00 Laura Taylor
   Re:Dog Walking08/09/14 13:33:00 Andy Pease
   Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 09:53:00 Charlotte Kasner
      Re:Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 11:12:00 Helen Whitman
         Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 20:20:00 Dan Murphy
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 09:45:00 Charlotte Kasner
         Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 09:33:00 Charlotte Kasner
      Re:Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 19:43:00 Laura Taylor
         Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 20:01:00 Victoria Bridges
         Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 20:38:00 Claire Moran
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 20:39:00 Claire Moran
               Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking11/09/14 20:42:00 Dan Murphy
                  Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 11:21:00 Tony Lyon
                     Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 11:47:00 Claire Moran
                        Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 14:28:00 Tony Lyon
                           Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 14:58:00 Claire Moran
                              Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 16:15:00 Tony Lyon
                                 Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 16:24:00 Claire Moran
                                    Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 16:37:00 Tony Lyon
                                       Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Re:Dog Walking12/09/14 16:45:00 Claire Moran

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