• Dogs and Puppies
  • Livestock
  • Birds
  • Cats and Kittens
  • Fish and Aquatics
  • Horses and Ponies
  • Insects and Spiders
  • Jobs - Working with Animals
  • Pet Accessories
  • Pet Services
  • More
    All categories
    • All categories
    • Dogs and Puppies
    • Livestock
    • Birds
    • Cats and Kittens
    • Fish and Aquatics
    • Horses and Ponies
    • Insects and Spiders
    • Jobs - Working with Animals
    • Pet Accessories
    • Pet Services
    • Pets - Other
    • Pet Supplies & Equipment
    • Pets Wanted
    • Rabbits
    • Reptiles and Amphibians
    • Small Pets
    Please select a location from the drop-down list

    Professional dog walkers in Royal Parks of London to be charged new fees

    NewsDogs and puppiesTuesday 09 April 2013
    Share:

    Professional dog walkers are to be charged a fee to walk their dogs in certain London parks under new licensing rules. Furthermore the maximum number of dogs that can be walked at one time will be set to 4.

    The rules which came into action at the start of this month aim to charge dog walkers who are classed as commercial/professional but would not target normal owners with dogs. They have been brought in to stop recklessness such as people walking 12 dogs at a time which can be dangerous and also to keep the parks in order as often they are left soiled by the dogs and not cleaned up by the walkers.

    It makes sense as other commercial activities in the park such as fitness courses require permits.

    The annual cost of the new permits for dog walkers are said to be £300 a year plus VAT. Also a car parking permit is said to be around £100 a year per vehicle. Once paid for the walker will receive a coloured arm band that must be worn at all times and those who do not have this could get in trouble with fines or being banned from the parks. To get a permit, commercial walkers will be required to have insurance and also references. Both park officials and the police will be enforcing the rules.

    These rules are applicable to eight royal parks including Kensington Gardens, St James’s Park, Hyde Park and Greenwich Park and if successful could be rolled out to other parks in the city.

    The new rules have been accepted by some but criticised by others. Insurance companies who usually accept that it is ok to walk 6 dogs at a time said the new rules are problematic. Also commercial dog walkers note that the rules should take into account the size and breed of dog. Walking 6 Chihuahuas is likely to be easier that walking six full sized energetic Labradors for example. It will also mean that companies are likely to put up prices and other parks which are currently permit free may face severe overflows from companies who do not want to pay for a license.

    Others, such as local dog walker Roger Tichborne, has welcomed the new rules stating that “You get some who take out 12 dogs with one person and there is no way that they can control that many. The dogs mess everywhere and then they don’t clean it up.”

    “It can be a bit intimidating for other people using the space and if something goes wrong then there could be a big problem.”

    On the Royal Parks website there is lots of information regarding getting a commercial license as well as guidelines to follow while walking the dogs in any of London’s royal parks.

     

     

    Source: The Telegraph

    Photo: Lee Hayward

     

     

    News
    Subscribe to our newsletter