The history of dog walking in the UK

Dog walking in the UK goes back some 7,500 years as confirmed by archaeologists and these ancient 'walkies' covered hundreds of miles.
A tooth belonging to a domesticated dog thought to similar to German Shepherd has been found in the grounds close to Stonehenge, analysis suggests that the dog was originally from the Vale of York. This was some 2000 years before the stonehenge stones were erected.

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Dog walking businesses started in the UK in the early 2000s.

There is some debate as to when dog walking as a business really got established, certainly from the 2000 onwards it started to resemble the industry now. There are likely tens of thousands of dog walking business in the UK and this number is still growing. .

It is probably the boom in jobs and more members of the family going to work that has been the driver behind this, also more people have activites before and after work. Whatever the reason this industry has become very big in a relatively short space of time. It is difficult to assess the actual size as some business have not registered as such.

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At the Association of Professional Dog Walkers and Sitters we understand the dog walking and sitting market, allowing us to tailor our service to our members. We are also acutely aware that our members are very passionate and knowledgable about their industry. We are fortunate that we represent people who love dogs and this in turn shows in the quality of service they provide to their customers.

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Dog walking industry is coming of age

At APDWS™ we believe the dog walking industry is finally coming of age, it has blossomed into a caring, professional industry. We take pride in being able to be a small part in this sector. Our members show their love and commitment every day going out in all weathers to ensure they provide the best service they can.