Dog walkers disturb the tranquility of the forests of Ile-de-France.

Carla Butting

Published today at 07:00, updated at 07:00

“I’m going, I’m for Django! » Indiana Jayette slams the door of her van, which she has just stopped in single file on the prestigious rue de Versailles (Yvelines), and races through the glass and wrought iron door. A few moments later, the young woman reappears, a Chevalier King Charles at the end of a leash. This is one of nine dogs that this “professional walker” is going to take this Friday morning in April to the forest of Fosse-Repos, a few kilometers west of Paris, for an hour-long walk. two hours.

Underneath her fuchsia pink T-shirt, the 30-year-old wore a harness that allows her to attach the dozen leashes she always carries with her. Former Indiana Veterinary Assistant Is Convinced Her Profession “the basis for the well-being of dogs”. For her, the dogs have “You need to smell, communicate, explore.”

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Indiana Jayeth walks her dogs in groups of four.  When a walker passes by, he leaves with his backpack.  Fausses-Reposes National Forest in Ville d'Avre (Yvelines), April 15, 2022.
The dogs emerge from their transport cage, ready for a walk.  Ville d'Avray (Yvelines), April 15, 2022

Indiana only works with Versailles dogs. “I don’t want them to drive more than walk, and I limit the number of dogs,” she explains. Self-employed since 2015, she lives in a house in Normandy, 70 kilometers away, where she also opened a dog boarding house. Weekday mornings she picks her up “clients” one by one in the truck, air conditioning on full “to make them feel good”before taking the direction of Bois de Fausses-Reposes.

Dozens or even hundreds every day dog sitter as they cross the Île-de-France in their vans to pick up the dogs from their owners before unloading them in the region’s forested car parks. It is difficult to determine whether some work without a declaration, others act in the status of a car entrepreneur or are employees.

From 20 to 40 euros per walk

Owners using their services pay from 20 to 40 euros for walking the dog. A profitable business that eventually disturbs the peace of the forest. “You can’t say that everyone is perfect, recognizes Indiana, I’ve already seen walkers unable to manage their group. »

Michoko, a border collie, takes a bath in stagnant water in the forest of Fos Repos in Ville d'Avray (Yvelines), on April 15, 2022.

From April 15 to June 30, when mammals breed and breed, the Environmental Code prohibits walkers – individuals or professionals – from letting their animals roam off trails and at the edges of bodies of water. Once upon a time in the forest dog sitter unleash your flock, in which “need to let off steam” but keep it in theory “at a good distance”a maximum of one hundred meters.

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