Welcome to the Professional Dog Walkers Association
Professional Dog Walkers Association (PDWA) and the Law
Professional Dog Walkers Association (PDWA) advocates responsible dog handling and ownership at all times. We advise anyone involved with dog welfare, whether an owner or professional dog walker to familiarise yourself with the Law on both National and Local levels.
Rules and Regulations
The Department for Environment and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) website is a great source of information together with your Local Authority – Trading Standards Department and Environmental Health:
The above Acts cover the UK as a whole, local amendments may apply in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales - check the DEFRA website to ensure compliancy. Local Authorities may have their own bye-laws governing professional dog walkers and can include, but not limited to:
Restrictions on number of dogs which can be walked at any one time especially in public areas, where you may walk your dogs, if the dogs can be walked off their leads, dog walking business license, requirement to carry identification, compliancy to code of practices, carry mini dog first aid kit.
Contact your local Dog Warden for information in your home area and any potential licencing requirements.
Familiarise and keep yourself updated with whatever rules and regulations you can and understand them! Your dogs can't!!
All dog walkers listed on our website agree to comply with the Professional Dog Walkers Association Best Practice Guidelines & Compliancy Code.
We are available for chat on the phone or email. Due to our working commitments please note our opening hours for telephone support.