• Founded in 2016, we are the original organisation to produce Best Practice Guidelines to raise the working standard of the professional dog walking industry.
  • Members actively improve the ethical and working standard by following our 22-point Best Practice guideline.
  • We are striving towards getting the industry regulated throughout the UK and Northern Ireland.

What makes us different?

  • We are the first dedicated professional dog walking organisation to implement an application process which requests certain business documentation which helps verify our members’ business integrity and authenticity.
  • We are the only dedicated professional dog walking organisation to advocate the use of ethical and kind methods and equipment.
  • We are ISO 9001:2015 accredited – which means our systems, processes and management are regularly reviewed and audited.
  • We are registered with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) and up to date on General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
  • We are non for profit, committee managed. Our committee is made up of (unpaid) volunteers who are also dog walkers. Any profit is divided into re-investment into our organisation and charitable donations. Charitable donations are usually decided by members’ vote.
  • We have a private and safe platform whereby members have a specialist Affiliate Member Support system in place.
  • We are affordable to join. Our annual fee for first year membership is £60. In addition, we offer manageable payment plans.

From a professional dog walker’s perspective:

  • Membership of a UK wide industry dedicated, professional organisation who are striving to help dog walkers be the best they can be.
  • We actively encourage our members continued professional development and many have added additional skill sets to their businesses.
  • Membership verification process to help demonstrate members’ integrity as a business.
  • Our Best Practice Guidelines help our members create and maintain a good standard of service.
  • We encourage and support members to hold the welfare and safety of clients as priority. This includes ethical and kind methodology and equipment.
  • Provide a setting whereby members can create local networks which may be helpful for the provision of alternative services or provide holiday / sickness cover.

Members benefits include:

  • A member-base of fellow dog walkers and pet sitters which covers the length and breadth of the UK.
  • Membership certificate, digital membership card, verified member logo to display on your website / social media and vehicle decal.
  • Member Profile for our members’ directory so that your clients can find you.
  • Access to information and support in our secure Members Area.
  • Access to discount codes and links for various industry products including business insurance, courses, pet sitter software, degradable poop bags, dog beds, dog robes and footwear.
  • Documentation to support your business (available to verified members only).
  • Best Practice Guidelines and Compliancy Code to help work towards and maintain good standard of working practice.
  • Community – Our exclusive, friendly, non-judgemental private Facebook group for advice, questions, support and some fun; including specialist Affiliate Member support and individual, private support.

For more information on joining, visit our website PROFESSIONAL DOG WALKERS ASSOCIATION MEMBERSHIPhttps://professionaldogwalkersassociation.co.uk/join-secure-checkout-1.html

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