Hi other things you must considering if you are reliant on a dog walker/doggy day care.
Make sure they have insurance and if it is a day care centre it has to be council licensed.
I'm sure if you are getting a puppy that most centres wont take dogs until they are at least 6 months.
If the same centre runs the dog walking side who will be looking after your baby whilst they are out walking?
If they have staff how qualified are they looking after a group of dogs in a small space.
See what provisions they have for your puppy and where he/she will be kept. Your puppy must not be left alone with any dog regardless of how placid other dogs are. ( council requirements )
Your dog walker won't be able to take your dog
A: when she is in season if you get a female
B: when your dog turns 1 year old unless he is neutered.. If you get a male.
The above are insurance stipulations.
Personally I wouldn't do the day care, I would engage a professional trusted dog walker (please get references and get phone numbers off them of clients you may ring ) ( lots of hand written references aren't worth the paper they are written on)
They should be able to come to your house 2 or 3 times a day to begin with, for toilet stops, play time and feeds. As your new pup grows this can be reduced to twice a day, then lunch time. Before you know it they will be 6 months and then can go on a few group walks. ( on the lead only) this way your puppy can bond and gain trust in your walker whilst staying in familiar surroundings.
Also think about having a back up for when your walker can't make it.
Make sure they also have a back up should they fall ill or their car breaks down.
Also check what car they intend to transport your precious baby in and is it properly equipped.
For a good professional walker expect to pay Premium prices £12-15.00 per hrs walk.
One last point regarding your question about off lead walking.
Dog owners are required to keep dogs under effective control at all times. For the avoidance on doubt, The Countryside Code on the Natural England website is quite explicit about what is defined by the phrase 'Keep dogs under effective control'.
Keep dogs under effective control
When you take your dog into the outdoors, always ensure it does not disturb wildlife, farm animals, horses or other people by keeping it under effective control. This means that you:
keep your dog on a lead, or
keep it in sight at all times, be aware of what it's doing and be confident it will return to you promptly on command
ensure it does not stray off the path or area where you have a right of access
Special dog rules may apply in particular situations, so always look out for local signs - for example:
Dogs may be banned from certain areas that people use, or there may be restrictions, byelaws or control orders limiting where they can go.
The access rights that normally apply to open country and registered common land (known as 'Open Access' land) require dogs to be kept on a short lead between 1 March and 31 July, to help protect ground nesting birds, and all year round near farm animals.
At the coast, there may also be some local restrictions to require dogs to be kept on a short lead during the bird breeding season, and to prevent disturbance to flocks of resting and feeding birds during other times of year.
It's always good practice (and a legal requirement on 'Open Access' land) to keep your dog on a lead around farm animals and horses, for your own safety and for the welfare of the animals. A farmer may shoot a dog which is attacking or chasing farm animals without being liable to compensate the dog's owner.
However, if cattle or horses chase you and your dog, it is safer to let your dog off the lead - don't risk getting hurt by trying to protect it. Your dog will be much safer if you let it run away from a farm animal in these circumstances and so will you.
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