Our Mission

Our mission is to assist dog owners in choosing a truly qualified, knowledgeable and experienced dog walker, and to maintain a network of like-minded dog walkers who operate under a strict code of conduct and ethics.
We aim to keep the business of professional dog walking as it should be: focused on force-free care and safety, continuing education, and respect for the community.

About Us

We are a group of small businesses dedicated to being the best pet care providers we can be, and to fostering strong relationships with each other, and with all of our clients, both human and canine.
In Toronto, most of the new dog walking companies are not in fact dog care professionals, and are often careless and even abusive at times. We set the standard of professionalism in the industry, and believe that it takes a lot more than a website and a love of dogs to make a dog walker a true professional. In an industry without any set standards or regulatory body, we have come together to create our own association to protect dogs and owners in Toronto.
Unlike other associations, membership cannot be purchased; it must be earned by experience and excellence.
All dog walkers within our network work together to support one another professionally, and are available to one another in the event of an emergency. All members are expected to conduct themselves professionally at all times, and to act as ambassadors for our industry within the City of Toronto.
Membership is free and is by invitation only, and extended exclusively to the most experienced, vigilant and reputable dog walkers in Toronto.
All members can provide client references spanning several years of service, and also have references from other professionals in the pet care industry, including veterinarians, professional dog trainers and behaviourists.
The Code of Conduct/Requirements for Eligibility is designed to set a higher standard for pet care in this rapidly expanding industry, and to let our clients know exactly what they (and their dogs) deserve to expect from their pet care provider. The members of this network have pledged to keep their businesses small and dedicated to improvement in order to put your dog’s safety and well-being above all else.
Membership in this association is free and by invitation only, via nomination (and unanimous approval) from existing/founding members.

Code of Conduct and Requirements for Eligibility

  • Members must have a minimum of 2 years experience working with dogs.
  • Members must have a spotless record, free from any known complaints from owners/clients.
  • Members must be focused on the dogs in their care at all times, whether on or off-leash.
  • Members will never tether a dog and leave it unattended for any length of time.
  • Members will make every effort to ensure that the dogs in their care are always safe, at ease, and under control.
  • Members will exclusively use force-free, positive training methods.
  • Members will strive to improve and expand their pet-related education through studying, apprenticing and/or attending seminars and courses.
  • Businesses will not hire unqualified employees, and will provide adequate one-on-one training prior to employees working unsupervised.
  • Businesses shall have no more than 3 employees.
  • Members will commit to being honest, reliable, communicative and accessible to clients.
  • Members will be a source of support, advice and education for their clients.
  • Members will educate themselves on, and abide by City of Toronto bylaws.
  • Members will conduct themselves professionally and show respect for the community, its parks and residents at all times.
  • Members will come to the aide of any dog in distress, regardless of whose care the dog is under.
  • All businesses will have up-to-date insurance and valid licenses, if required.
  • Businesses must provide references from clients with a minimum 2 year existing relationship, in addition to letters of reference from other pet care providers, including at least 2 of the following: veterinarian, certified dog trainer, certified canine behaviourist, professional dog walker (min 5 years)