Dog walking, pet sitting and home visits franchise

Dog walking and getting fit – two wins together

Introduction to professional dog walking

Anyone can become a dog walker. Currently there is no licensing requirement. In fact, you don’t even need qualifications or insurance to make money from dog walking. But expect all that to change following the recent introduction of new animal welfare regulations. If you provide home boarding or day care for dogs in exchange for financial gain, you have to be licensed or you are committing a criminal offence. Increasingly, a number of local authorities are also introducing regulations that require professional dog walkers to be licensed too.

So if you’re thinking of setting up a dog walking business, it’s probably a good idea to do it right from the beginning, ready for when the laws change for dog walkers.

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What can you earn?

You can earn between £20-£35k+/ year, running a dog walking business. Or another way to think about it is, getting paid £60/hour just to get fit, because that’s what you do looking after dogs. And it’s heaps more fun than the gym.

And providing dog walking is just one piece of the jigsaw. Home visits and pet sitting are also an important and rewarding part of your service offering. By all means set up your own dog walking business, but make sure you do it properly. And MyWaggyTails can help you.

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Our franchise is designed to give you the necessary training and qualifications – how to administer first aid to dogs, learn about dog behaviour and follow the industry guidelines for best practice, as well as the key business tools you need in your bum-bag, to establish and run a successful business.

And you can sleep easier knowing you have comprehensive insurance for your business, for the protection of your customers, the doggies in your care and for yourself.

Our franchise framework is designed to set your business up, with the right training and best practice from the outset.

MyWaggyTails will inexpensively help you establish your own successful dog walking, pet sitting and home visits business with the minimum of effort and risk by yourself.

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Local demand

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Reduced risks

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Minimal investment

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Rewarding returns

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Happy customers

Supporting you

Whilst you may be new to running a business in general or a dog business in particular, we have considerable experience in both. Our dog walking franchise and our complementary services are specifically designed to guide you through planning, launching, growing and profiting from your hard work, including:

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Research and planning

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Legal and regulations

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Location guidance and venue selection

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Training and development

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MyWaggyTails provides you a ‘business in a box’, important hands-on and interactive training, helping you organise your days and weeks, providing you a marketing plan and promotional tools to make you business happen.

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How to get started

You can do it all yourself. But we think there’s a better way, let us help you.

MyWaggyTails helps you plan, start, grow and profit when establishing a professional dog business.

When you’re ready to dive into the numbers on Doggy Day-Care or maybe you want an exploratory conversation…

Business induction

Our support is invaluable when setting up your franchise. We’ll sit down and understand your early thinking and plans, sharing our experience, inputting where appropriate and guiding you through the key elements of running a dog walking business. We’ll assist with your business plan, help you prepare the necessary documentation, and guide you in following best practice. We’ll assist with your training, your operational processes and marketing. And once you’re up and running, we’re still there to support you, until you feel comfortable and confident enough to take complete control.

This includes:

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Licence to use our trademarked logo, branding, materials and templates

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Full training and operations manual

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Marketing plan, microsite, and promotional literature

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Setting up your social media profiles and related content

We provide you with comprehensive insurance for your business.

Marketing Assistance
We will provide a tailored marketing plan, including initial launch for your new business that covers your services and incorporates local area marketing, PR, social media activity, online marketing, a bespoke microsite on our MyWaggyTails website, key marketing materials and much more.

Operations Training
We will provide training and documentation that will cover all aspects of the operation of the business. A mandatory part of your franchise training includes:

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Canine First Aid Training

A mandatory part of our franchise is that a partner principal must attend (and pass) their accredited Canine First Aid Training course. The courses are always fun, enjoyable and very informative so you have all the information and skills needed to save a dog’s life! There are lots of practical hands on participation so that you know how to perform all the vital elements to save a man’s and woman’s best friend!

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Practical dog training and behaviour management

Key skills of the professional dog walker are dog training and behaviour knowledge and management.

As part of your franchise training, you will receive a 2 day practical course providing a wealth of information and practical demonstrations in:

  • The science of how dogs learn
  • Exploring body language
  • Group class planning & dynamics
  • Principles of canine behaviour
  • Building a one to one consultation
  • Behaviour modification & rehabilitation
  • Practical demonstrations
  • Case studies

This popular course is 50% of the curriculum required for the Open College Network Level III Accredited Qualification ‘Principles of Dog Training And Behaviour’.

Exclusive territory
As a franchisee, you buy the right to develop your business in a defined geographical area, with a guarantee that there will be no MyWaggyTails competitor in your agreed proximity

MyWaggyTails is committed to your success.
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Are you ready for some numbers?



Tel: 0203 962 20020

MyWaggyTails Business

Registered address: PolkaDot Consulting Limited, 3rd Floor, 86-90 Paul Street, London EC2A 4NE

MyWaggyTails is fully insured. Licensed for Home Boarding and Day-Care by South Oxfordshire Council – Licence Number: 20174

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