Terms and conditions
- If you become ill, please can you let me know, I am happy to walk your dog(s), however, this will have to be at the end of my other dog walking commitments. If you would prefer to cancel a period of walks then please let me know.
- Training classes - I will do all that I can to reduce the risk of becoming ill from Covid-19. Please inform me if you are ill and test positive from Covid-19, I will ask that you do NOT attend training that week. You are responsible for your own personal hygiene before, during and after training classes, Nick's Pet Services take no responsibility if you become ill or for any loss of earnings you may suffer.
- I reserve the right to terminate a dog walk early in exceptional circumstances. This could be due to extreme weather conditions, a dog becoming ill or injured, a dog becoming distressed or distressing other dogs.
- The safety of the dogs in my care are priority at all times and a walk will only be terminated before completion if absolutely necessary.
- On very hot days I may reduce the walk by 5 -10 minutes to reduce the risk of heatstroke. Each dog will be treated individually and assessed as to how they are coping.
- Dogs may get very wet and/or muddy during a walk, they will however be returned towel dried.
- I am insured with public liability insurance with Pet Business Insurance.
Dog Health and safety.
- Keeping dogs in my care safe and under control I will be using food as positive reinforcement for good behaviour. Clients must disclose any issue surrounding food, whether that be allergies or aggressive behaviour.
- All dogs must have a collar and tag with the name and address of the owner.
- All dogs must have received at least one full course of vaccinations.
- By not informing me to keep a dog on lead on the form clients are agreeing for me to let them off lead.
- I reserve the right to walk dogs on lead if their behaviour is not considered appropriate off lead.
- Clients are to disclose any behaviour problems with their dog. This includes fears, anxieties and aggression or reactivity.
Risk of injury.
- I aim to keep groups of dogs away from other dogs where possible and work hard to ensure group compatibility. I strive to keep group excitement levels low and do not walk aggressive or over bearing dogs.
- However, clients must be aware of the risk of dogs being walked in groups as I cannot 100% prevent injury being caused through play, the environment (brambles/sticks/stones) nor by a dog getting into a conflict, either with a member of their group of a member of the publics dog.
- In the event of injury that does not require vet attention I will report to the client and where applicable apply canine first aid.
In the event of an emergency.
- Customers are required to give an emergency contact number as well as the preferred veterinary practice the pet should be taken to if necessary. If you are away on holiday it is strongly recommended that you provide the phone number for someone who is easily contactable and who you trust to make a decision on your behalf. If you cannot be contacted then a voicemail message will be left, a text message and email will also be sent.
- In an absolute emergency, the pet will be taken to the nearest veterinary practice.
- In a non-emergency, the pet will be taken to your specified vet.
- You must agree to pay all vets bills if the pet is injured or falls ill while in our care, unless we are directly responsible for injury or illness. Pet insurance is always recommended for peace of mind.
- In the event of a dog going missing clients will be notified and advised to come and help with a search should the dog be missing for longer than 30 minutes.
- I will aim to visit or collect your dog within a 60-minute window of the specified time, however working with animals means that unpredictable behaviour can cause delays. Also, bad traffic can add to any minor delays.
- If I arrive at a property after a booking is made and am no longer needed (For e.g. A client is home and has forgotten to cancel) then the full price will be charged for the walk or visit.
- If I arrive to collect a dog and they are sick or unwell I reserve the right to cancel their walk (giving them a chance to toilet) and I reserve the right to charge 50% of the standard walk fee. I will also contact you to inform you at the time of the visit.
- If I cannot gain access to a property due to faulty or difficult locks then a no-access fee of £7.00 will be charged. (I do not admit defeat easily!) Clients will be notified immediately.
- If a cancellation is made on the same day as the booking a £5.00 cancellation fee will be charged for dog walking and a £3.00 fee for home visits. The fee will be added to the following invoice.