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Scottish government consultation reveals support for licensing of pet industry

Scottish government analysis of responses to its recent consultation on plans to introduce a licensing scheme for dog care professionals reveals public support the proposals.

The analysis shows 89.1% of respondents were in favour of a licensing scheme for commercial dog walkers, while 82.2% backed similar checks for dog groomers. 

The Scottish government sought views on a proposed licensing scheme, which aims to ensure consistency in standards across the animal care services sector.

The consultation will also seek views on introducing greater regulation of canine fertility services and greyhound racing in Scotland.

Inverclyde MSP Stuart McMillan told The Greenock Telegraph: “I’m delighted that the consultation analysis backs up what the industry and pet owners are saying: we need improved licensing and regulation of pet services in Scotland. 

“People consider their pets to be a member of the family, so like they would a loved one, they want to make sure the services that they use – whether that be groomers, animal boarders or walkers – to be quality-checked and insured.  

“However, the law as it currently stands means many people working in this sector are doing so with little to no relevant experience or qualifications.” 

Christina O’Donnell, who runs Port Glasgow business Pawsitively Purrfect Pet Services and Training Academy, told the newspaper: “It’s good news for animals, their owners, and for the industry itself.” 

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