Today, SNP MSP Colin Beattie announced his support for a mandatory registration system for commercial dog walkers. This follows recent reports that Midlothian councillors had debated such a system at a recent cabinet meeting.
Mr Beattie, MSP for Midlothian North and Musselburgh, said:
‘From the discussions I’ve had with constituents, it’s clear that a registration system would be highly valued.
‘At present dog owners have no guarantee of quality with commercial dog walkers, and if something goes wrong during a walk it can be very difficult to pin down culpability.
‘Using a mandatory system would allow for trust and responsibility on all sides. Dog owners would be reassured that their dog is in safe hands, while we would have the opportunity to weed out ‘rogue’ commercial dog walkers.
‘I hope the Council will take this issue further and I look forward to seeing progress being made.’