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Looking for insurance to cover your dog walking, pet sitting or other pet services business?

Whether you are a dog trainer, walker or other pet services professional, we have several insurance solutions available for you. 

We provide insurance for a range of pet professions

Working with animals can expose pet service professionals to a variety of unpredictable situations. An animal’s training, age, personality and other traits can all influence the level of risk in every situation. That's why it’s so important to arrange public liability and professional indemnity insurance to help protect your pet services business if the unexpected were to occur.

 

  • Dog & Pet Trainer 
  • Dog & Pet Groomer 
  • Dog Walker 
  • Pet Sitter & Boarder 
  • Pet Therapist
  • Animal Behaviorist 
  • Holistic Services 
  • Therapy Animal Services 
  • Pet Day Care, Kennels & Catteries





Don’t just rollover your insurances, take the lead with Marsh

Competitively priced for pet professionals

Our team of insurance brokers, with specialty experience in the pet services sector,  have negotiated competitive premiums for the industry.

Claims support and advocacy

We provide continued support for our customers and will advocate on your behalf in the event of a claim.

Industry relationships and endorsement

We proudly work with a range of industry associations including the Association of Pet Dog Trainers.

Tailored specifically to the pet industry

We arrange public liability and professional indemnity insurance that's been developed with the specific risk needs of the pet services industry in mind.




Do dog walkers, pet sitters or other pet professionals need insurance?

In 2019, there were almost 29 million pets owned by Australians[1]. To put that in perspective, there are more pets in Australian households than there are humans. With this continued increase in pet ownership in Australian households, it’s easy to see why the need for specialised pet services is also on the rise. Now more so than ever, it’s important for pet service businesses to understand their risk needs and arrange insurance that meets their unique industry requirements.

At Marsh, we have been arranging pet service insurance for over 10 years. Through our experience and industry relationships, we arrange insurance solutions designed for the pet industry.  The insurance solutions available with Marsh include enhancements to policy coverage such as, automatic cover for attendance at expos or demonstrations and a CCC limit including animals in care, Loss of Keys and Veterinary Fees as an optional cover.

[1] Source: https://animalmedicinesaustralia.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/ANIM001-Pet-Survey-Report19_v1.7_WEB_high-res.pdf




Policy wording and important information

The information provided on this page is a summary only, please read the policy wording and important notices.

Association of Pet Dog Trainers (APDT) 

Marsh is proud to be the endorsed insurance broker for the Association of Pet Dog Trainers. Our ongoing relationship and 10 years’ industry knowledge means we understand the unique requirements of APDT members.

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Public Liability

Public liability insurance can provide you cover in the event a pet owner or their pet is injured while under your consultation or service.

While it may be infrequent, accidents do happen, and there are many different situations where liability insurance can help minimise the risk of being the subject of a claim as a pet professional.

One example scenario for a dog trainer could include, during an obedience group training class, one dog injures another. If this injury occurred while the dog was in your class, you could be liable to pay for the dog’s injury and medical costs.

 

Professional Indemnity 

As a dog walker, sitter, groomer or other pet professional, offering advice or a service to customers is part of your day-to-day job. If a customer claims your business provided incorrect advice or service, you could be held financially liable, putting serious strain on your business success. Professional indemnity policies can provide financial protection for the damages that may arise from an act, omission or breach of duty in the course of conducting your business. It can include cover for settlements, judgements, investigation costs and defence costs.

 

 


 

 

FAQs

What is a policy excess?

This is an amount you have to pay if you make a claim under your policy.   

If an animal is injured in your care, what cover is available for Veterinary fees?

Veterinary Fees (Vets Fees) is an optional extension under the policy and provides cover of $1,000 per animal/$5,000 in the annual aggregate for Vets Fees for injury or illness to animals in your care.  This extension does not rely on a third party demand for payment and or negligence on your behalf. 

What if I am asked for a Certificate of Currency noting an Interested Party?

An example of “interested parties” is an owner of the premises where you could be training pets, for example local councils, institutions or shopping centres. They may request a copy of the Certificate of Currency with their name noted as an interested party. 

What happens if I change the services I conducted during the policy contract period?

If you perform additional activities during the policy period, you will need to advise us so that these can be included under your policy. Depending on the type of activities an additional premium may apply.

Is there a difference between Day Care, Pet Minding & Boarding?

Pet Day Care/Pet Minding are activities that are performed either at your residence or the client’s residence without an overnight stay.

Pet Boarding is an activity where the pet lives/stays at your residence for a certain time, longer than a day.




More Info

Do pet sitters and boarders need public liability insurance?

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Do I need insurance as a dog walker?

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Marsh Advantage Insurance Pty Ltd (ABN 31 081 358 303, AFSL 238369) (“MAI”) arrange this insurance and is not the insurer. The Discretionary Trust Arrangement is issued by the Trustee, JLT Group Services Pty Ltd (ABN 26 004 485 214, AFSL 417964) (“JGS”). JGS is part of the Marsh group of companies. Any advice in relation to the Discretionary Trust Arrangement is provided by JLT Risk Solutions Pty Ltd (ABN 69 009 098 864, AFSL 226 827) which is a related entity of MAI. The cover provided by the Discretionary Trust Arrangement is subject to the Trustee’s discretion and/or the relevant policy terms, conditions and exclusions. This website contains general information, does not take into account your individual objectives, financial situation or needs and may not suit your personal circumstances. For full details of the terms, conditions and limitations of the covers and before making any decision about whether to acquire a product, refer to the specific policy wordings and/or Product Disclosure Statements available from Marsh Advantage Insurance on request.