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Britain's Professional Dog Walkers Will Soon Have Set Standards


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Dog walkers in Great Britain will soon have professional standards, according to an announcement from the Pet Industry Foundation.

“The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) has today announced details of a new code of practice for professional dog walkers which has been developed in collaboration with Dogs Trust and RSPCA,” according to the organization’s website. “The code aims to provide guidelines that professional dog walkers should conform to, ensuring the highest standards of welfare to the dog and with respect to the environment, as well as peace of mind to the owner.”

While PIJAC has not seen the full details of the 10-page code, which PIF says will be published in the near future, we applaud the pro-active creation of standards that will benefit pets, pet professionals and pet owners. PIF reports that the standards will tackle dog health and welfare, professional conduct, and relevant laws and qualifications.

PIJAC has long worked with industry leaders to create standards of care and professionalism for pet care experts in the U.S. We partnered with the Professional Pet Groomers & Stylists Alliance for grooming best practices in 2015, announced standards of care for small animal breeders and distributors earlier this year, and we support the Canine Care Standards developed by Purdue—among many other standards of professional and care excellence.

Best practices aren’t just good for the industry to know; our Healthy Herp poster and other public-facing work aims to educate pet owners on the proper handling and care of pets.

Thanks in part to best practices; America’s responsible pet industry is continuing to distinguish itself from bad actors of the trade, as well as from the false attacks of animal activists. Standards like those described by PIF show that we are in good company across the water. 


Mike Bober is president and CEO of the Pet Industry Joint Advisory Council (PIJAC). PIJAC members include retailers, companion animal suppliers, manufacturers, wholesale distributors, manufacturers’ representatives, pet hobbyists and other trade organizations.

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