Why do I need a licence for professional dog walking or training on Ashdown Forest?

All commercial businesses operating on Ashdown Forest require a licence to operate. This enables us to regulate and manage the businesses operating on the Forest and ensure appropriate levels of use. Dog walking is one of the most popular activities undertaken on Ashdown Forest, so ensuring it is managed appropriately and sympathetically to the vulnerable habitats of the Forest is vital. The licensing scheme also:

  • Ensures that all professional dog walkers and trainers are insured to operate on Ashdown Forest. In the event of a negative incident involving a dog in the care of a professional dog walker or trainer, this would mean that the dog owners, other Forest users and the professional dog walker or trainer would be appropriately protected.

  • Helps, among other things, to support the maintenance and improvement of Ashdown Forest.

Any person walking or training dogs professionally on Ashdown Forest without a licence is in breach of the Ashdown Forest bye-laws which can lead, if necessary, to immediate removal from the Forest by the Rangers. It can also lead to a significant fine.

Apply for a licence

To apply for a professional dog walker or trainer licence, download the application forms here.

You are not authorised to walk or train dogs professionally on Ashdown Forest until your application has been approved and a licence provided.


Current licensed commercial dog walkers/ trainers


British Mantrailing Academy

Diggy Dog Services

Scooby Walks