Professional dog walking has become one of the fastest growing jobs in the UK. There are about 10,000 registered dog walkers who claim to provide scrupulous care for dogs. They charge from 10 to 30 pounds to walk a dog for an hour, inclusive of pick-up and drop-off, reports the Daily Mail. An elite group of pet walkers in London and the South-East exist to pamper the pets of celebrity clients such as Sienna Miller - who has two rescue terrier crosses, Porgy and Bess - and Fulham footballer Danny Murphy, who has a Bernese mountain dog called Jim and a golden labrador, Henry. Firms such as Pets In The City, run by Sarah Marris, and Very Important Pets, run by trained veterinary nurse Louise Root, belong to a premier league of companies that offer a personal one-to-one dog service for about 35 pounds. They also offer monthly 'gold' packages for around 650 pounds- which include feeding, trips to the vet and even shampooing. The firms are registered with the 6,000-member National Association of Registered Petsitters. The organisation's scheme offers 5 million pounds of insurance cover against a pet's injury or theft, dog bites to passers-by or other dogs, and road accidents. But this caring job can also have a murkier side because anyone can set up as a 'professional' walker. The only strict requirement is to follow animal-welfare rules or risk prosecution with a fine of up to 20,000 pounds, plus up to 51 weeks in prison. In the recession, unemployed people turned to dog walking for ready cash, charging from 7.50 to 20 pounds an hour. Some walk ten dogs at a time. Dogs are often seen bundled into walkers' vans or cars without any safety harnesses. Roger Mugford, an animal psychologist from Chertsey, Surrey, thinks it is time dog walkers were regulated throughout the country. Source: ANI << Tattoo Rage Catches on in India With Divine Symbols Taking ... Accelerated Lab Evolution of Biomolecules Using Biomolecule... >> Recommended Reading Dogs More Likely to Bond With Male Owners Than Women A pilot study about human-canine interactions has found that dogs owned by men, especially neurotic men, approach their owners more often than dogs of female owners. READ MORE Dogs Any Day as Pets in Britain Dogs, known for their loyalty and unflinching love for their masters now have a special spot in Brits' hearts. READ MORE Post-Tsunami Struggle for Japan's Pets Hundreds of family pets are struggling to survive in the desolation of Japan's tsunami-ravaged northeast coast even as their owners are either lost or dead. READ MORE Obesity is a Massive Issue Among American Pets Rising obesity is a major problem not just among humans but also American pets READ MORE Body Types and Befitting Workouts Workout and diet which is well suited for a pear shaped body. READ MORE Walking As An Exercise People walk for many reasons ranging from pleasure to mental relaxation, finding solitude or for exercise. READ MORE Walking for Fitness and Weight Loss A few extra steps a day are enough to keep you fit. READ MORE Who Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain? Walking early morning would improve your health as it helps heart and brain to function properly. Find more about its benefits for your body. READ MORE Most Popular on Medindia Find a Hospital Selfie Addiction Calculator Post-Nasal Drip More News on: Body Types and Befitting WorkoutsWalking for Fitness and Weight LossWalking As An ExerciseWho Else Wants to Know How Walking Helps Heart and Brain?