It’s completely understandable that before you use a new service, buy a new product or try something new, that you head straight to your favourite search engine to find out more. However, how trustworthy and honest is that information? To help our community and members, both new and old, we answered some of the top searched questions on BorrowMyDoggy.
1) What is BorrowMyDoggy?
BorrowMyDoggy is a website that connects trusted local people who love dogs, with owners who are looking for some extra help with their pooch. Whether it’s for the occasional walk, regular playdates or overnight stays and holidays, we offer the chance to easily arrange and meet with the members in your area.
Both humans and dogs will benefit from the extra exercise and quality dog time and owners can rest easy knowing their pups are being taken care of.
2) Who started BorrowMyDoggy?
Our lovely founder and CEO Rikke founded BorrowMyDoggy in 2012 after taking care of her neighbour’s dog Aston. After spending time with Aston while she realised that there are lots of dog owners that could do with a helping paw. Thus, BorrowMyDoggy was born and we now have thousands of lovely members across the country connecting with local dog lovers.
3) Is BorrowMyDoggy good/does it work?
We could tell you all about how great BorrowMyDoggy is and the stories of our wonderful members but we think it’s best if you heard it straight from them! Take a look at our testimonials and Take the Lead series.
4) Where is BorrowMyDoggy located?
The great news is that BorrowMyDoggy operates across the whole of the UK and Ireland. Matches depend on location and availability so we recommend signing up for a free, basic account to explore the options in your area.
5) How much does it cost?
Once you are ready to start messaging your local matches, you will need to go Premium. This is an annual fee of £12.99 for borrowers and £44.99 for owners and includes unlimited messaging, insurance (full terms), safety checks and a 24/7 Vet Line. This helps to keep our community safe and secure.
Borrowers aren’t charging for their services or advertising dog walking businesses so there is nothing to pay after the initial fee.
Anyone being paid or asking for payment to look after a dog will not be eligible for a refund or be covered by our third-party liability insurance. If you’re worried that someone is trying to charge you, please get in touch with our friendly help team who will investigate further.
6) Is BorrowMyDoggy safe?
Safety and security are highly important to us and we understand that a lot of you may have concerns about an increase in dog thefts across the country this year.
There are a few things we offer to ensure the safety of you and your pups.
Safety checks - We have a process of safety checks in place in which both borrowers and owners have to complete before they can message. This ensures that members are who they say they are.
Off the Lead form and Doggy Info Sheet - We encourage all our owners to fill out their 'Doggy Info Sheet’. This will ensure a borrower has all the information they need to provide the dog with the best care possible. We are currently encouraging borrowers to keep dogs on the lead. However, owners have the opportunity to grant them permission by completing the 'Off the Lead form'. If an owner doesn’t give permission, borrowers should not be letting the dogs off the lead.
Vet Line - Borrowers and owners have access to our 24/7 Vet Line so they can ask for professional advice in case of an emergency, and also for general advice too.
Who started BorrowMyDoggy? - Ultimately, BorrowMyDoggy is all about getting to know other dog lovers really well before making a match. Just as you would with a friend, family member, kennel or dog walker, it's important people get to know each other well locally before a dog is taken care of by another person.