The Dog Walker franchise expands into Lancashire

Yorkshire’s largest pet care service The Dog Walker makes two major appointments with the launch of its first franchise outside of Yorkshire and a new franchise in Silsden, West Yorkshire.

Former RSPCA main board director Mike Hogg joins the award winning team to set up a new dog walking franchise in Silsden after more than twenty years with the animal charity.

Mike plans to offer his dog walking, home boarding and pet taxi services initially in the Silsden and Skipton areas, before rolling out the service into the surrounding Keighley, Bingley and Baildon areas.

Says Mike: “I seized the opportunity offered by the latest round of restructuring at the RSPCA to restructure my own work-life balance.

“I’ve always loved animals and knew I wanted to continue working with them in a more hands-on way.

“After researching animal care businesses nationally and meeting with Richie, I decided I liked its business model and animal-focussed ethos. I am really excited to get started!”

The Dog Walker is also expanding for the first time into the North West with two former English teachers swapping the classroom for the dog house to launch the first franchise outside of Yorkshire.

Harvey Summers taught English and film studies at secondary and sixth form level for 25 years and made the decision to make the radical career move after meeting with The Dog Walker managing director at a pet show.

Richie Womersley, managing director of The Dog Walker, said: “We’re delighted to welcome these new franchisees to our team.

“It’s a real endorsement for our business to have someone of Mike’s calibre and expertise join us and Harvey and John are our first new franchise owners outside of Yorkshire This is the exciting start of our plans to roll out the franchise framework nationally over the next couple of years.”

These latest appointments come on top of a busy year for The Dog Walker which has seen it nominated for a raft of regional business awards, as well as being invited to take part in the Dragon’s Den BBC programme.

Richie Womersley (front) Back L-R - John_Taylor, Mike Hogg, Harvey Summers
Richie Womersley, front, with (L-R) John Taylor, Mike Hogg and Harvey Summers


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