Renfrewshire Council

dog walkers pledge

Voluntary scheme could help Renfrewshire dog walkers lead by example

Dedicated doggy day care businesses in Renfrewshire could get the chance to stand out from the rest of the pack by registering for a new scheme.

The Council is considering introducing a voluntary registration scheme for professional dog walkers, which will let dog owners know that businesses are operating to certain standards.   

If approved by Councillors, the scheme will set minimum standards for professional dog walkers to adhere to, covering the vehicles used to transport pets; the number of dogs being walked at the same time; dog fouling being removed accordingly; the availability of fresh air supply; and the provision of food and exercise.

Details of companies who have registered will be published on the Council website in a similar manner as the Trusted Traders scheme, and businesses which register and demonstrate best practice will receive van stickers and arm bands to allow them to be identified by members of the public.

The new strategy follows the introduction of the council's Responsible Dog Owner's Pledge, part of the successful Team Up to Clean Up campaign which encourages communities to take pride in their local area and pick up after their pets.

Existing legislation - Dog Fouling (Scotland) Act 2003, and Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 - aims to ensure that dogs are under control in public places and do not present a danger to the public, and that dog waste is uplifted.

If the plans are approved, the Council will liaise with all dog walking businesses across Renfrewshire to discuss the scheme.