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Discussion in 'Dog Walking' started by SmartPetServices, Jun 13, 2018.


  1. SmartPetServices

    SmartPetServices PetForums Newbie

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    Hiya, I am launching a dog walking & pet sitting service, I understand that I can walk up to 4 dogs at a time, what is the best way to do this?
    I know there is a special lead that you can get that allows you to combine the 4 leads into one, what is this called please & where do I get it from?
    Thanks
     
  2. Seonag

    Seonag PetForums Junior

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    The number of dogs you can walk at one time will depend on your insurance company and your local authority. Six is the normally for both although some insurance companies allow 8, most local authority that quote a number is 6. It takes time to build up enough clients to get a group walk unless you are able to buy an exsiesting company. Personal I would settle for 4, as it's a nice number, and if you have too many you'll struggle.
     
  3. Sarah Willcox

    Sarah Willcox PetForums Newbie

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    Hello, I'm looking in to starting my own dog walking business and was just curious about whether I need to get a license if I'm just taking one or two dogs out at a time? I've read so many different things and I'm just getting confused.

    Tia
     
  4. Stephen Kay

    Stephen Kay PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Sarah, I'm in the same position, the more I research the more confusing it becomes, from DEFRA to NARPS and back again. It's frustrating and I don't want to start off on the wrong foot.
     
  5. Teddy-dog

    Teddy-dog PetForums VIP

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    You don’t need a licence for dog walking. But you do need one if you intend on doing doggy day care or boarding
     
  6. Stephen Kay

    Stephen Kay PetForums Newbie

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    Thanks Teddy.
    What's the difference between doggy day care and boarding?
     
  7. Teddy-dog

    Teddy-dog PetForums VIP

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    Day care is just looking after the dog throughout the day (normally a cut off time) and boarding is when you have the dog overnight if the owners are on holiday for example.
     
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    I appreciate this is an old post, but I would just like to make the point that combining the 4 leads into one is a very bad idea.

    Should two of the dogs fight for any reason, you couldn't separate them, or, if you dropped the lead and one dog decided to run for some reason, he's going to take the other three with him.
     
  9. Igute

    Igute PetForums Newbie

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    Hi all,
    I'm on the same boat, setting up my new walking business and trying to make sure that I have everything covered.
    Got my first aid training done the other day. Insurance is done. Not planning on getting a van for a bit, as only going to take 2 dogs out at once, so going to use my every day car. I'm struggling with dog walking training though. Really like the sound of the one that Compass does but it's rather pricey. Could anyone advice? Thank you very much XX
     
  10. MichelleS

    MichelleS PetForums Newbie

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    Hi Igute, I have recently done a great course with Animal Jobs Direct (don't let the name put you off, they are a kind of jobs forum but they offer loads of animal specialised courses). I'm not sure where you're based but I did a theory online dog walking course - so you can do from anywhere - and I also travelled to near Cambridge to do a one day practical. I was a bit unsure how much I'd learn when I signed up but I have to say both were excellent. I learnt so much from the theory course - about dogs but there are also lots of parts aimed at running a dog walking business - and the one day out dog walking with an established dog walker was superb, I gained so many tips and got to ask any questions. Not sure how much the Compass course is that you referred to, and how that would compare to the cost of the ones I did, but I can highly recommend the ones I did.
     
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    Igute PetForums Newbie

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    Thank you very much
     
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