Legislation to regulate professional dog walkers to ensure animal welfare before profit.
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The dog walking industry is not currently regulated which basically means anyone without experience or adequate training can set up a dog walking service.
They do not require a license in some boroughs, insurance, DBS checks credible training or relevant experience this means anyone without considerable canine knowledge can operate without knowing how to keep dogs safe and free from harm.
This has resulted in the death of 2 dogs in Scotland this week.
The company concerned are suspected of leaving the dogs in a van in extreme heat to dehydrate and collapse with heat exhaustion. They have since changed their story multiple times to the owners and Vet about how this happened.
The owners just want the truth and don't seem to be getting it. even if the business is closed down essentially they can restart a new company the next day as if nothing has happened.
We are seeking to ask the government to regulate and professionalise the dog walking industry to reduce further incidences of Canine deaths and injuries through negligence and make companies answerable to a regulatory body who can provide education, support and prosecution if companies fall short of the expected standards.
Set criteria should need to be met to allow a license to operate within UK and suggestions would be:-
- Public liability of 2m.
- DBS checks.
- Registration with HMRC.
- Knowledge and promotion of the 5 freedoms.
- Canine First Aid Training.
- Regular training Via CPD.
- Risk assessments.
- Professional reference checks from the applicants personal Veterinary surgeon to confirm suitability.
- At least 2 years experience of dog ownership.
- An appropriate vehicle with suitable restraints.
- Membership of a Dog walking Trade body.
- Rigorous sentences for breaches to The Animal Welfare Act 2006.
If dog walkers were regulated and licensed then they would have a nationally recognised format to follow and would be answerable to the governing body. This also means they can be warned, closed down, have membership revoked or prosecuted if their standards fall short of expectations if an animal dies in their care.
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