Starting a Dog Walking Business

Starting up a Dog Walking Business can be difficult without support and guidance. Animals at Home has the experience to support you and help build your business

When starting a dog walking/pet sitting business, there is a lot of things to take into consideration:

Business Insurance – You’ll  need business insurance which should include  Public Liability, Care Custody & Control/Animal Liability, Professional Indemnity, Equipment Insurance, Personal Accident Cover, Vet Fees Extension

A professional van – For the transportation of dogs, your van should be professionally kitted out in the inside, with first aid kits, secure cages and air circulation.

Vehicle Insurance – Suitable cover for a self-employed Dog Walker.

Relevant Local Council Licences – Depending on your local authority, there may be a variety of licences which you must hold.

DBS/Disclosure Scotland – Undertake relevant police checks to inspire confidence in your future clients and to demonstrate trustworthiness.

Website – A modern, vibrant website is a must to convey professionalism  to allow clients to find you easily.

Branding/Trademark – In order to distinguish yourself and avoid local business copying your branding.

Stationery – Your stationery should be consistent with your brand, and cover the likes of flyers and advertising.

Marketing – It is important to keep your advertising costs to a minimum when starting up any business, yet vital to find clients.

Registration Forms – You will need system to sign up new clients and will need well designed forms to cover the likes of Information Form, Terms and Conditions, Veterinary Authorisation, and Walking Off the Lead.

Uniform – In accordance with your brand, you must be seen to be smart and professional at all times.

Key Management – A system allowing you to collate all your booking and customer details online.

Accounts – Not only is there a legal requirement for tax purposes, but tidy book keeping will save you a lot of time and expense.

Training – It is not easy to take out a group of dogs for an hour’s walk. The practicalities of being a Dog Walker are far reaching, and you need to consider things like: basic group formation, collection of dogs, positioning of dogs in van, safe release of dogs from van, your walks, photo and video taking,  potential hazards, safely getting your dogs back in the van and a suitable procedure for returning your dogs.

Clients – Last but not least, you need to build and look after your client bank.

Animals at Home will offer full training, branding, uniforms and every else needed to get your up and running and someone to turn to for advise every step of the way.

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