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Professional Dog Walkers’ Charter

Professional Dog Walkers’ Charter

The New Forest National Park is a very popular place for dog walking, especially for local people. The high level of dog walking alongside other types of outdoor recreation in such a tranquil place, with rare wildlife, protected habitats, livestock, farming and forestry operations, makes it vitally important that everyone adopts best practice.

The New Forest Dog Walking Code is designed for individual dog walkers. But many dog owners also choose to pay a professional dog walker to walk their dog – there are many such businesses operating in and around the New Forest.

Professional dog walkers are commercial businesses and usually walk multiple dogs at once, so they have an additional duty to operate responsibly.

The Professional Dog Walkers’ Charter builds on the Dog Walking Code to reflect this additional responsibility. All professional dog walkers that walk in the New Forest National Park are encouraged to abide by the best practice standards set out in this Charter. The Kennel Club fully support this initiative.

Dog owners that choose businesses that have signed up to the Charter will know that their dogs will be cared for by business following industry best practice in care and welfare, and that every effort is made to respect the special qualities of the National Park. A vinyl sticker is available for businesses to display on their vehicles to promote their good practice.

The Charter is supported by the New Forest National Park Authority, New Forest District Council, Test Valley Borough Council, Hampshire County Council, Hampshire Constabulary, Natural England, Forestry England, Hampshire & Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust, National Trust, Bird Aware Solent and New Forest Dog Owners Group.

If your dog walking business would like to sign up, please read the Professional Dog Walkers’ Charter and fill in your details below. If you have any questions please email pdwc@newforestnpa.gov.uk.

Sign up to the Professional Dog Walkers' Charter
We will include your business information on our website so that customers can choose responsible dog walkers. Would you like this to include your business telephone number? *
We will include your business information on our website so that customers can choose responsible dog walkers. Would you like this to include your mobile telephone number/s? *
From time to time we might like to contact you in relation to further information outside your ligitimate interest with news and events relating to dog walking in the New Forest. Would you like to be kept informed of dog related news and events in the National Park through email newsletter? *
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We will include your business information on our website so that customers can choose responsible dog walkers. Would you like this to be linked to your social media or website page? *
DECLARATION: By signing up to the New Forest Professional Dog Walkers' Charter (PDWC) I agree that my business operated in line with the terms laid out in the Charter. Please note that if your business is seen operating in breach of the terms of the Charter, you will be asked to remove any branding or association with the PDWC and you will be taken off the website database. *

How we will hold your information

We will hold your information securely and it will not be used for any other purpose, nor will it be supplied to anyone outside the New Forest National Park Authority* without first obtaining your consent (unless we are obliged by law to disclose it). You can ask us not to contact you again by contacting PDWC@newforestnpa.gov.uk and we will remove your details from our database. More details on how we hold personal information can be found at: http://www.newforestnpa.gov.uk/privacyandcookies. Should you require any further information about how your details are processed or would like to access any information we hold about you, please contact our Information & Data Protection Officer (dpo@newforestnpa.gov.uk).

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