San Francisco Dog Walking Regulation Proposal

Dog Walker in San FranciscoThere have been some rumblings in the city of San Francisco that might impact professional dog walkers in San Francisco. City Supervisor, Scott Wiener, has suggested the idea of requiring professional dog walkers to obtain an official permit in order to bring dogs to city parks.

This new proposal is offered in response to recent news of possible federal regulations limiting off-leash dog walking on national parklands in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. GGNRA park managers have sought efforts to enact a maintenance plan that would help resolve a number of costly and time-consuming issues attributed to dog walking activities in the area. The city-wide regulation would act as a preemptive measure that would ease the impact of a federal regulation on dog walking.

Supervisor Wiener has expressed concerns that a regulation limiting dog walking activities on federal parklands would lead to a significant influx of professional dog walkers conducting their businesses in city parks. City officials and other supporters of the proposal believe that a regulation on professional dog walking would encourage dog walkers to maintain order and cleanliness of the animals and of the city’s 27 parks that currently allow off-leash dog walking.

If the city regulation is approved, it could produce outcomes that are both favorable and detrimental to professional dog walkers, dog owners, and non-dog-owners alike. It’s an issue that has become a hot topic for dog walkers and dog walking organizations in San Francisco.

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