Wagtales is an established dog walking and pet care business operating across Manchester.

Dog Walker

A part-time position is available to a trustworthy, reliable and dedicated individual for dog walking work in fields and parks across the city. Additional work could also involve pet-sitting.

A Wagtales walker will typically be a dog owner past or present, have a genuine desire to work with animals and have a reasonable level of fitness and good health. We do require an up-to-date Criminal Records Disclosure form for all dog walkers, home sitters & boarders. You may additionally be requested to close and open curtains/blinds, take in the mail/newspapers, lights on and off. We will contact previous employers for references.

The position will require you to register as self-employed. You will walk a maximum of six dogs in any one group. You can expect to walk an average of 6 dogs per day for three days or one walk a day five days a week; we can be flexible with which days these are. However, we cannot guarantee hours or income. The position promises to be fun but also hard work, joining a team and walking a lovely gang of pooches of all shapes, sizes and temperaments.

The following criteria must be met: Ownership of a suitable car/van in which either dog guards or crates can be fitted to ensure the safety of the dogs whilst travelling. Must own a mobile phone and be willing to use it for work purposes. Able to cover the core hours 10.30 – 3.30pm. Experience of handling dogs of various breeds. Willingness to be out and about in bad weather. Time management and organisational skills. Willingness to undergo a police check or have a current up-to date CRB. Commitment to our philosophy of positive reinforcement.

In return they will provide you with: Extensive on the job training and support by the Canine Manager. Full insurance with Pet Business Insurance. Dog crate/car guard. Towels. Spare Leads/collars/Harnesses. Regular supply of dog treats/poo bags.

For more information, please email

Home Boarders

We currently have vacancies for a number of home boarders to give dogs a home based holiday, in and around Manchester.

If you have experience of owning a dog, but now find yourself without any pets, then providing a loving home by becoming a Wagtales carer can be both a fun and rewarding time for you and the dogs in your care. Alternatively perhaps you own one dog that would enjoy the company of a holiday guest!

A Wagtales home boarder will typically be a dog owner past or present and will have a genuine desire to work with animals and be over 25 years of age and no pre-school children. You will need experience of looking after dogs, understand the importance of client care and adhering to the owner’s instructions. You must have a secure and dog friendly garden. If you are a current dog owner you will only be considered if your dog/s are friendly towards others.

This job is totally flexible. You can work when you like although the more available you are the easier it is for Wagtales to assign work to you. When you have a dog staying with you, the normal rules of dog ownership apply:

  • boarding clients must not be left alone for longer than 3-4 hours.
  • boarding clients will need to be walked twice a day.

Apart from these commitments, your time is your own and domestic life goes on as normal when on a boarding assignment.

The following criteria must be met: Willingness to undergo a police check or have a current up-to date CRB. Commitment to our philosophy of positive reinforcement. Wagtales approved carers are required to accept and abide by our Code of Practice.

For more information on becoming a Wagtales Dog Walker or a Wagtales Carer, please email