Welcome to the Professional Dog Walkers Association
Welcome to the Professional Dog Walkers Association (PDWA)
Professional Dog Walkers Association Setting the Dog Walking Industry Standards and Best Practice Guidelines
Once you join us, we do not run your dog walking business for you however one of our main aims is to help you develop your business whether you are a brand new start up or already established and thriving. We can help you self evaluate your business to enable you to demonstrate that you are providing the best possible dog walking service and if you wish, help identify areas which may need further development.
At present the dog walking industry is currently unregulated and anyone can set up on their own – this is perfectly fine, legal and acceptable but just imagine the worst case scenario, someone could describe themselves as a “professional dog walker” but in reality has no animal experience, no dog walking industry knowledge, no business insurance, no disclosure checks, no verification, no awareness of their clients or surroundings... the “no” list can go on and the results can be catastrophic.
The PDWA aim to influence local government and insurance companies to begin to control our industry for the protection of the public who use us, the general public whom we may encounter out on our walks and the majority of the dog walking businesses who are caring, honest and diligent. In order to achieve this we have developed the dog walking industry best practice guidelines, which covers three areas:
1. Business Plan:
In summary, a business plan is a structured description of your business, who you are, what you do, what your aims are and how you will achieve these aims.
2. Health & Safety:
As a professional dog walker your priority should always be the safety of your clients, other members of the public and dogs you may encounter, your staff and yourself.
- Envisage the worst case scenario and plan for it. Where possible prevention is always preferable.
We advocate that a maximum of 4 well behaved dogs from different households be walked by one professional dog walker at any one time in a public park area.
Your business should be managed to the best possible level that you can and demonstrate awareness for developing yourself and your business to the next stage:
Each membership pack level includes a copy of our dog walking business plan, best practice guidelines and risk assessment for your own use.