Why does my dog need a walker?
Just like humans, a dog’s mind must be kept active to be healthy and happy. Regular daytime activity provides mental stimulation through territorial investigation. Along with the emotional benefits, there are physical benefits. A good walk is the best way to exercise a dog that may not move about much in your home or even in your yard. Aging pets must be kept as agile and fit as possible but may not be inclined to exercise without encouragement.
Dogs are social animals. It is in their nature to investigate others. They should be encouraged from a young age to appropriately greet and interact with other dogs and people while on walks. These positive experiences help the dog behave appropriately when greeting visitors to your home, or when the dog is with you anywhere else. If a dog doesn’t have the opportunity to socialize, it won’t interact appropriately with people or other dogs.
Making sure your dog gets plenty of exercise is one of the best ways to prevent behaviour problems. At least two walks daily help prevent elimination problems, destructiveness, separation anxiety and other common behaviour disorders. Of course, with today’s pace, it’s not easy to fulfill your dog’s needs everyday. That’s where we can help – just as we’ve helped countless others.
Frequently Asked Questions
What services do you provide?
We provide both group and solo dog walks. In either case, your little friend will be picked from your home and returned, happy and quite possibly exhausted. We will greet your dog at your place, provide fresh water and food if necessary, and bring him/her for a walk/run in a park or ravine setting.
How many times will you walk my dog?
You decide how often you’d like us to come. We do have one stipulation, however. To ensure the cohesion of the group, we insist that every dog walks at least three times a week. When the dogs become accustomed to a regular group, they are happier, better adjusted and more responsive.
Where will my dog be walked?
Your pet will be frolicking through one of many the city’s many parks and ravines. There they can safely engage in a serious round of Frisbee tossing, ball catching or simply a game of chase the tail. We try to take them to varying locations to give them the opportunity of exploration and change.
How long does a group walk last?
A walk lasts a minimum of an hour. You’ll find that our rates are comparable or lower than many companies that offer much shorter walks.
How long is a solo walk?
As with all of our services, we like to allow our clients to have as much choice and control as possible. We offer solo walks of half-an-hour and full hour. If you have another need, please let us know and we’ll be happy to accommodate. Rates will vary according to needs.
Will my dog be walked with others like him/her?
Yes. We make sure that the personalities within the group are compatible. Of course this doesn’t mean that dogs are grouped by breed, nor are they grouped by size. Temperament and activity are much more important. No aggressive dogs are taken on group walks.
I’m unsure about whether my dog should go on a solo or group walk. What do you suggest?
Generally, if your dog is a non-aggressive, active animal a group walk is perfect. Group walks promote socialization and encourage play. However, if you have doubts about his or her behaviour with other dogs or your dog has medical problems, it may be best to opt for a solo walk. The Charge for solo walks is slightly higher, of course, but if you are unsure we will be happy to provide a trial solo walk to determine your pet’s temperament and suitability in the group atmosphere.
What do I do if I want to book?
Before we accept any bookings we will carry out a free pet consultation. This gives you an opportunity to meet us and us to meet you and your pets. It will take about 15-20 minutes and we will go through details such as normal daily exercise, feeding requirements, fears, phobias and your special requests. This will allow us to provide the highest level of care in your absence. A spare key would be helpful.
24 hours notice of cancellation is required to avoid a fee.