Dog Walker Insurance 

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  • Care, Custody and Control
  • Key Cover for loss of keys
  • Compare dog walker Insurance
  • Custodial Responsibility
  • Employer's Liability Insurance
  • Public Liability insurance for dog walkers

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When it comes to dealing with other peoples pets, the owner is trusting you to be  responsible and to care and protect their pet to the best of your ability. In addition the owner  will expect your walking business to have the correct level of dog walker insurance to cover any unforeseen costs resulting from an incident involving their dog.  As such you should consider the benefits of taking out insurance for dog walkers.  

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FAQ's

What qualifications do I need to be a dog walker?

You do not need an actual certificate to prove that you are able to walk dogs. If you love dogs and have time you can start on your path as a part time dog walker. 

However, a certificate will play to your advantage, showing that you have taken the time to qualify yourself as a professional dog walker. Remember, pets are treated as family members and the owner must have complete trust and confidence in you. Having a professional qualification will provide just that. We have listed some of the more obvious advantages below.

  • Win new customers with Instilling confidence in these potential customers
  • Be recognised as professional always will to learn and improve
  • Able to charge a premium rate for your services

What insurance do you need to be a dog walker?

Dog walking insurance is not a legal requirement, but it makes sense if you value your business. Public liability for dog-walkers, should be given serious consideration. This will protect you from third party claims should a dog in your custody, decides to nip or bite a member of the public. Other insurance elements are available, for example, cover for vet fees. These can be selected during the online quote process.

  • Public liability insurance for dog walkers : This provides cover against claims by the public, example should a hound bite someone. All dog walkers should consider public liability insurance for dog walkers to protect their dog walking business.
  • Care, Custody and Control : This insurance provides cover for vet fees for dogs that are in your custody. The vet fees cover will have an upper limit. Please check each individual policy when comparing. Death, theft and loss are also included.
  • Custodial Responsibility : This is another option to consider. This will protect against and expenses arising out of negligence claim against you.
  • Key Cover : Cover for loss of keys.
  • Professional Indemnity Insurance : cover for giving bad or wrong advice or poor service.
  • Employer's Liability Insurance. If you have employees you are legally obliged to take care of them and this insurance is thus legally required.

How much is dog walking insurance?

On average insurance will cost in the region of GBP125 upwards, depending on the type and level of cover that you choose to include. 

There are a few key factors that can influence the premium price quoted. Postal code is one of these, as some areas of the UK are more prone to crime than others, take city centers for an example. The other key factors are listed below.

  • The amount of annual turnover that your business has.
  • The actual amount of cover that you choose.
  • The number of employees that you have.
  • How long you have been in the business.
  • Your postcode

Can I get dog walker insurance if I am only 16?

Some companies in this insurance sector set the minimum age at 18, for example Petplan Sanctuary. However, the good news is most companies will provide cover if you are 16 or over. Cliverton, Pet Business and Protective are all well known names that can provide cover for walkers 16 and over within the UK

Do I need a license to walk dogs in a park?

The short answer is that it depends on the rules of your local authority and the park owner. Most councils will require that walkers that are being paid to exercise dogs will need to obtain a dog walking license. The application process will normally take about 2 weeks. The cost will depend on how many dogs that you will be walking. To give you an idea of likely costs the following are the prices for Lamberth council as of 2020.

  • Up to two dogs £51.05
  • Up to four dogs £102.10
  • Up to six dogs £306.30

In summary a license is required for dog walkers who take payment for providing a dog walking, exercising service and makes use of a local park or open space.

The license will detail your obligations as a dog walker for example, each dog must have a collar with a name tag with the name and address of the owner. Violation of any of these rules will result in a fine and possible loss of license

Most councils will recognise that an operator of a dog walking business will require multiple licenses and will provide a discount on multiple applications.

Do I need a license to walk dogs in a royal park?

It has been a legal requirement since April 2013 that you must have a dog walking license to walk dogs in any of the 8 royal parks in the UK.

Tailor your dog walker insurance policy to your needs?

All the policies can be tailored to your business requirements. If you only work part time, a policy can be constructed for part time work only. 

Do not invalidate your Policy - Fully disclose any past claims

If by chance you have previously made a claim on any dog walker insurance policy, or any legal action has been undertaken against you or your pet walking business in the past, this may affect your quote. Failure to fully disclose any pertinent details to your broker may invalidate any claim that you subsequently may make.

How you can avoid making claims against your UK dog walker insurance policy 

Most claims involve pedestrians that are walking or running  and taking the animal by surprise. The fast reactions of the dog can result in the nipping or biting the poor pedestrian.  Here are some tips to reduce your risk

  • Take time to find out about the dog and its temperament before agreeing to provide a walking or sitting service.
  • If  the hound has bitten a person before make sure that you use a muzzle. 
  • Keep your distance from others and do not let strangers approach the pet, if it is in any way aggressive.
  • Keep the pet on a tight lease whilst in areas with a high number of pedestrians.
  • Understand the different breeds, some have a greater tendency than others to be protective of the owner or their walker and thus can be aggressive. 
  • Stay alert and try to predict any potential hazards that may result in the doggy taking an offensive action.

Bites are not the only reason for making insurance claims, animals are unpredictable and even the most experienced handler can find themselves in a situation that they could never have anticipated, as such it is vital that you have a good policy in place. 

Dog walker van insurance

If you are investing in a van as part of your dog walking business, you will need insurance that covers you for business use. Please also note of you have or will be making any modifications to the van you must notify your insurance broker. Not informing will likely invalidate your policy.

If you already have a van that is insured, but will now be used for your dog walking business, again check with your broker that you are covered for the proposed use.

Compare dog walking insurance

To find a dog walker insurance that meets with your requirements, you need to get multiple quotes from a range of different providers. Comparative sites can help at this stage, but also go directly to the brokers web site to see the latest deals that they have on offer for dog walkers Insurance.

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