About Us

National Association of Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers

Why Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Companies, Businesses and Individuals should join a Trade Association

Pet Sitting and Dog Walking businesses should join NarpsUK because it is an Industry Trade Association, and in the long term it is in your financial interest to do so. Trade Associations sit at the heart of their industry and offer many benefits to members these benefits include money saving activities and as free advice on many issues, access to special rates through affinity services etc. Enhancement of a company's reputation often follows joining a Trade Association. For many industries, membership of the industry association is seen as a badge of quality and trust.

Associations are seen as the voice of their sector and able to represent all of their members are every level. Association therefore provide government and other authorities with the peace of mind that they are getting a fully considered view of what is good for the sector. This is an extremely powerful asset for members and as the membership base grows - so does the Trade Association's authority.

Associations are trusted and central to their industry. This means they can uniquely offer a wide range of information and services nobody else can easily provide in a range of communications methods. This can include collation of sensitive information to provide an industry wide statistical report service, or the management of a consumer code of conduct. Associations facilitate the opportunity for members to network with their peers at conferences, exhibitions and other events whilst they are learning about issues which may affect their business.

Associations provide immediate updates regarding changes in industry technical standards, policy and news which are disseminated to members and provide an early warning system with advice on how to deal with the issues which may be encountered as a result.

Helping pet sitters and dog walkers to succeed

Establishing a new business is difficult and when starting from scratch you need all the help you can get. That is why being part of a National Trade Association with an established reputation is invaluable. In fact it could be the difference between your business thriving or not. Here at NarpsUK we know that being a part of our brand will enable you to to take the steps you need to get your pet sitting and dog walking service off to the best start possible.

What we can do for you

One of the best things we have going for us is our sheer size. We have more members than any other similar organisation making us the largest Trade Association in the UK for pet sitters and dog walkers, and we believe that is because we offer the very best service to our members.

Why choose us

NarpsUK is justifiably proud of the reputation we have. In fact, we believe that you will search high and low to find a review which fails to praise us. We are mentioned on forums and websites far and wide – always in a positive light.

We are considered experts in our field and are members of the steering committee for Lantra. Ukas has commissioned Lantra to review the Animal Care and Welfare project and make recommendations for occupational standards for the pet sitting, dog walking and home boarding industry, we are on the working committee for this and sometimes ask our members for their views when making recommendations to Lantra.

Our aim is to represent our members and get standards like ours adopted across the UK. We have also attended committees for the government to discuss issues such as local authority licensing relating to the boarding of dogs in domestic homes in the UK. These included the City of London inspectorate and DEFRA wished to discuss dog boarding licences.

We are proud members of the Trade Association Forum.

We even won the PPH (People per Hour) virtual business of the year in 2010.

We have just been notified that we have been short listed in the National Business awards for the Digital Business of the Year 2013.

Our Background

We first came to the attention of the UK in 2007 when our founder Marilyn Lewis was featured on the Channel 4 documentary “Personal Services” where the Home from Home Dog Boarding Agency Ltd was highlighted. At the time this dog boarding service was the largest agency of its kind in the UK. This business was sold in 2008 and NarpsUK was born.

Since then NarpsUK has gone from strength to strength and thousands of dogs have been pet-sat and walked by our members. We have a wealth of knowledge within the industry and allows us to offer advice to our members which cannot be gained elsewhere.

Our mission

NarpsUK mission is to lead in the promotion of excellence nationally among professional pet sitters and dog walkers and help them to create and grow successful pet sitting or dog walking businesses. Our association is a place for pet sitters to grow their businesses in an ethical and professional manner with guidance, support and structure.

Our desire is for members to be active and vibrant in their membership and hope that our registered pet sitters and dog walkers will continually improve their customers (and pets) experience within the pet sitting & dog walking industry in the UK.

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