Code of Conduct and Ethics


This is a suggested and recommended Code of Conduct for Professional Dog Walkers. Below, you will find an explanation of what is meant for each item on the list.

It is recommended that a Professional Dog Walker walk a limit of 6 dogs per person and obtain the required permit for your city.

Respect and promote all animal control by-laws.
Ensure the health and safety of the dogs in our care at all times.
Ensure the safety and well being of other people and dogs we encounter while on our walks.
Clean up after the dogs in our care.
Respect the environment in which you are walking.
Code of Conduct Interpretation
Respect and promote all animal control by-laws: This means, exactly what it says. We can respect and promote, however the city, unfortunately, does not give us much opportunity to actually obey the by-laws. This is due to the fact that there are not enough “legal” areas in which we can conduct our business. So we must be careful where we walk our client’s dogs. Try to find vacant land that is unsigned or other “safe places” where you won’t meet up with too many people that don’t understand your job. We’ve all been there. For the most part, stick to the “designated areas.”Ensure the health and safety of the dogs in your care: This statement also reflects where you take your dogs. Keeping them safe from hazardous objects, away from traffic and away from crowds of people.Ensure the safety and well being of people and dogs we meet while on our walks: This statement suggests that not only are we responsible for keeping our dogs safe, but we do have a responsibility for making sure our dogs don’t endanger any people or pets that we encounter. Unfortunately, some people scare easily and just being close to a dog is too much to handle. Try to give people as much space as possible.Clean up after the dogs in our care: This means cleaning up dog poop, vomit, (Heaven forbid they pee on something they shouldn’t have) or, if they dig a hole or turn over a garbage can, please put things back the way they were.Respect the environment in which you are walking: Since we are walking on public grounds, this statement indicates that we have a duty to not only put things back the way they were, but make an effort to ensure that nothing gets put out of place. We all agree to make a conscious effort to keep the environment clean, protected, and safe for ourselves and for any other individual whether we come in contact or not.

PDWAI (Professional Dog Walkers Association International) is a former organization, with comprehensive guidelines toward becoming a professional in the pet service industry.  PDWAI Bylaws can be found here, and serve as a great example of industry professional standards.



This is a suggested and recommended Code of Ethics for Professional Dog Walkers. It is required that you abide by these codes to list your business on
A Professional Dog Walker Should:
Have a genuine care and respect for all animals, the public, and the environment  at all times.
Have proven training experience handling dogs and be certified in Pet First Aid within a year of operating their business.
Not use any form of corporal punishment on a pet.
Abide by the animal criminal code stated by law.
Pay due care and attention towards the dogs at all times.
Not walk any dog that shows aggressive behavior whereas any person or pet can be harmed.
Clean up after the animal(s) in their care and dispose properly of any waste.
Not disclose any private, personal or confidential information about their clients.
Not advertise falsely any services or credentials.
Show courtesy to fellow pet care professionals and shall not seek to discredit or undermine the reputation of other professionals.  Spreading malicious libelous and/or slanderous comments is unprofessional.
Ensure that all employees or independent contractors under their management abide by the terms of the PDWC Code of Conduct and Code of Ethics.
Not solicit clientele belonging to another pet care professional, and employees or independent contractors will under no circumstances solicit the clientele of their employer.