I am often asked about the number of dogs a person is allowed to walk at any one time. I have set out below the response from the Council’s Dog Control officer:

“The maximum number of dogs a member of the public can walk at any one time is 4. However professional dog walkers can walk up to 6. Non-compliance when witnessed will result in a fixed penalty of £75 similar to dog fouling.

A professional would need to be able to provide evidence they have the relevant insurance and comply with their professions codes of practice. Of course a professional dog walker also has to ensure they are in control of their dogs at all times and picks up all fouling.

If we see two professional walkers together for any length of time we will instruct them to split up as 12 dogs will be intimidating.”