The Kennel Club, the UK's largest organisation dedicated to the
health and welfare of dogs, is seeking the views of all dog walkers
around the UK, to help shape a nationwide code of practice for
commercial dog walkers (CDW).
In 2016, the Kennel Club will publish its first Code of Practice
for Commercial Dog Walkers, for people who walk other people's dogs
for payment, and to ensure that it is as effective and relevant as
possible, the Kennel Club wants to know the views of commercial dog
walkers, their clients and people who walk their own
The Kennel Club has launched a questionnaire, which will run until
5th February 2016, for anyone who walks a dog.
The Code of Practice for Commercial Dog Walkers aims to:
- help dog owners employ the most responsible CDWs
- increase professionalism by all CDWs
- improve dog safety and welfare
- help CDWs be ambassadors for responsible dog ownership
- minimise any problems for wildlife, livestock and other
- help land managers deal with irresponsible dog walking
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: "With the number of
commercial dog walkers ever increasing, we want to provide a
concise and effective code of practice to help them operate
professionally, with safety and consideration at the core of their
services. This will help to ensure that dog owners who wish
to use their services can do so knowing that their dog is in good
hands, the dogs themselves will be kept happy and safe, and that
everyone who uses public places can do so harmoniously.
"We would encourage as many dog owners as possible to have their
say by spending a few minutes filling out the survey, to ensure
that the code of practice is as effective and beneficial as
possible, to dogs, dog owners and commercial dog walkers."
to complete the survey.
Responses to the questionnaire will remain confidential and
results will only be disclosed in summary form.
After completing the survey, participants can opt in to be kept up
to date about the code of practice and enter a prize draw to win
one of three pairs of day tickets to Crufts, the world's biggest
and best dog show, held at the NEC in Birmingham from 10th to 13th
March 2016. Visit www.crufts.org.uk for more
information on the show.