PE01842: Regulate the professional dog walking industry

People Communities

Petitioner: Valerie Deerin-Morris


Date Lodged: 21 December 2020

Calling on the Scottish Parliament to urge the Scottish Government to regulate and licence the professional dog walking industry.



Petition History:


13 January 2021: The Committee agreed to write to the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment. Link to Official Report of Meeting 13 January 2021

10 March 2021: The Committee agreed to close the petition under Rule 15.7 of Standing Orders on the basis that the welfare of dogs subject to dog walking services is currently protected by the general requirements of the Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, and the Animal Welfare (Licensing of Activities Involving Animals) (Scotland) Regulations 2021 provides a framework for extending licensing activities to dog walking in the future. Link to Official Report of Meeting 10 March 2021 

Written submissions 

PE1842/A: Scottish Government submission of 26 November 2020 (61KB pdf)

PE1842/B: Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment submission of 26 January 2021 (56KB pdf)

Do you think "professional" dog walkers should be allowed to walk an unlimited number of dogs at the one time in a public area (as is the present situation in Scotland) or should they be limited to a small number of dogs ?

Would you be happy to send your dog to be walked by a "professional" dog walker knowing your dog will spend more time in the vehicle than on a walk because the dog walker has to pick up and drop off an unlimited number of dogs?

If a walker has too many dogs they run the risk of the dogs being out of control.


21:06 on 09 Dec 2020

All dog walkers should only be allowed to walk no more than 2 dogs at a time and if in local parks etc keep dogs on a lead.

Marian Pairman

8:38 on 29 Nov 2020

Any more than 3 or 4 dogs is far too much for anyone to look after. I am a dog walker I mainly do solo walks and feel myself and the dog that I am walking at the time enjoys it a lot better as it's one to one, they have all my attention.

Cheryl Gardiner

21:05 on 28 Nov 2020

No unlimited number of dogs on a walk can be dangerous. Your dog would be receiving more attention in a smaller group.

Sandra Thomson

18:50 on 21 Nov 2020

My first thought was that it's up to owners to check out the dog walker's standards. But the dog walker can lie about their maximum dog numbers, and it would be quite hard for an owner to check, short of taking time off work and trailing the dog walker.

Moira Munro

20:26 on 13 Nov 2020

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