New restrictions in home day-care and boarding for dogs are putting Pinner business, Pinner Paws, under immense pressure to conform to “ridiculous guidelines”.
New restrictions which include each dog requiring its own room and licence fees being increased are shutting out important businesses, says Pinner Paws owner, Karl Howe.
He said: “Pinner Paws has been open for about five years and the service we provide is very important to dog owners around the country.
“Kennels do a fantastic job, but what owners want is there pet to be in a home environment around a family that treats them exactly the same as they do when they’re at home. The industry is so important but we are being forced out.”
Karl says that his open plan, family home which he has worked for is now not practical and he claims it is making the business “less valuable”.
He said: “My lovely open plan living room is not practical for business. To cater for two dogs, under the guidelines, I would have to put up a six foot barrier in the middle of my living room.
“How is that practical? With every little thing, you have to have consent from owners. Without consent, I sometimes have to turn away customers.”