Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Dog Walkers Facing New Regulations in San Francisco


San Francisco officials have proposed a new set of regulations governing commercial dog walkers and how they can operate. They will be required to have commercial dog walker permits, which could cost $250.

"The purpose of this legislation is to set very basic standards for professional dog walkers who use city parks and other city property," said Supervisor Scott Wiener, chief sponsor of the proposal.

There are approximately 500 dog walkers in the city. Each dog walker will be allowed to take along eight dogs and one of their own pooches.

Dog walkers would have to take a training course on dog park etiquette (pick up the poop, keep them out of playgrounds), canine first aid and pack management. An apprenticeship program with an experienced dog walker will also be an option.

Permit holders will have to carry a leash for each dog, have a first aid kit, a proper vehicle that can safely transport their clients pets and have a business license.

Federal authorities are looking to toughen rules governing dogs in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, including the popular dog-walking spots of Fort Funston and Crissy Field.

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