Our love for animal’s shows that we want the absolute best for them which is why it is so important to us to adhere to welfare legislations, in particular the animal welfare act of 2006, as these ensure that your dogs are properly cared for.
The Animal Welfare Act of 2006 states that all animals have 5 freedoms:
- Freedom from hunger and thirst
- Freedom from environmental discomfort
- Freedom from pain
- Freedom to express natural instinctive behaviours
- Freedom from fear and distress
We ensure that all of these freedoms are always met in order to stick to legislation and to put your mind at ease knowing that your dog is in safe hands.
During the walks, we ensure to carry treats work on recall and positive reinforcement. We also make sure to allow the dogs to have a plenty of water throughout their walk in order to keep hydrated.
The safety of your dogs are very important to us and this is why it is vital that we walk your dogs in a suitable and safe environment, this is why we have conducted research on all our bases (Regents Park, Hampstead Heath, Hackney Marsh, West Heath and Gladstone Park) in order to know the routes of the parks which makes the dog walking experience flow easily.
Although all our walkers are highly experienced in animal care, accidents are inevitable, which is why we are fully equipped and trained to deal with such situations correctly. We keep a dog first aid kit in all our vans and in the case of a serious injury we have the veterinary information of your dogs in order to be able to transfer your dog to your own vet in order receive proper professional care immediately.
All our dogs are walked in packs suitable to their behaviour, age and temperament. We always stick to the same packs in order to allow them to build connections and become familiarised with each other, instead of walking with new dogs each time. Dogs have a pack mentality, so they will prefer to be with a group of dogs that they know well.
In order for your dogs to be free from fear and distress, we make the time to know each individual personality to make sure that we can make the walk a suitable experience for that particular dog. Such as knowing if your dog is afraid of small children and if so refraining from interactions with them. We also tend to stick away from other dog walkers as we do not want to risk any bad encounters with unfamiliar misbehaving or aggressive dogs.
We hope that this shows you that Green Dog Walking has your dog’s best interest at heart and that we are determined to change the dog walking industry into something more than just simply taking your dog for a walk for a quick buck.
written by Sahar Zargar and Le-Ann Duberry from City & Islington College