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.
A dog walking business with MyWaggyTails
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.
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.
Licence to use our trademarked logo, branding, materials and templates
Full training and operations manual
Marketing plan, microsite, and promotional literature
Setting up your social media profiles and related content
We provide you with comprehensive insurance for your business.
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.
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:
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!
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’.
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.
Are you ready for some numbers?
Tel: 0203 962 20020
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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