Why Join Us

Why Join Us?


 

  • Founded in 2016, we are the original organisation to produce Best Practice Guidelines to raise the working standard of the Professional Dog Walking industry.

 

  • Members actively improve the ethical and working standard by following our 23-point Best Practice Guidance

 

  • We are striving towards getting the industry regulated throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

 

 

What makes us different?

 

  • We are the first dedicated professional dog walking organisation to request business validation documentation to verify our members.


  • We are the only dedicated professional dog walking organisation to advocate the use of ethical and kind methods and equipment.


  • We are ISO 9001:2015 accredited – which means our systems, processes and management are regularly reviewed and audited.


  • We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and up to date on General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).


  • We are non for profit, committee managed. Our committee is made up of (unpaid) volunteers who are also dog walkers. Any profit is divided into re-investment in ourselves and charitable donations. Charitable donations are usually decided by members’ vote.


  • We have a private and safe platform whereby members have a specialist Affiliate Member Support system in place.


  • We are affordable to join. In addition, we offer manageable payment plans.

 

 

From a professional dog walker’s perspective:

 

  • Membership of a UK wide industry dedicated, professional organisation who are striving to help dog walkers be the best they can be.


  • We actively encourage our members continued professional development and many have added additional skill sets to their businesses.

 

  • Membership verification process to help demonstrate members' integrity as a business.

 

  • Our Best Practice Guidelines help our members create and maintain a good standard of service.

 

  • We encourage and support members to hold the welfare and safety of clients as priority. This includes ethical and kind methodology and equipment.

 

  • Provide a setting whereby members can create local networks which may be helpful for the provision of alternative services or provide holiday / sickness cover.

 


Members benefits include:


  • A member-base of fellow dog walkers and pet sitters which covers the length and breadth of the UK.


  • Membership certificate, digital membership card, verified member logo to display on your website / social media and vehicle decal.


  • Member Profile for our members’ directory so that your clients can find you.


  • Access to information and support in our secure Members Area.


  • Access to discount codes and links for various industry products including business insurance, courses, pet sitter software, degradable poop bags, dog beds, dog robes and footwear.


  • Documentation to support your business (available to verified members only).


  • Best Practice Guidelines and Compliancy Code to help work towards and maintain good standard of working practice.


  • Community - Our exclusive, friendly, non-judgemental private Facebook group for advice, questions, support and some fun; including specialist Affiliate Member support and individual, private support.