Animal welfare laws are changing: if you work with animals in the UK, you’ll soon need a licence

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Animal welfare laws in the UK are about to change, bringing some degree of regulation to areas that have previously gone under the radar. Dog trainers, doggy day care, dog groomers, amateur breeders, pet sitters and many others will soon have to be licensed in the same way as pet shops and boarding kennels have always had to do.

The new system will represent a sea-change for small scale animal related businesses. Poodle parlours, home pet-sitters, dog trainers and doggy day care facilities will be regulated for the first time. For most, it should involve no more than completing a tick list of items that are already in place. For some, it could be far more complicated.

Will Ireland follow this example in a few years?

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