Dog walking

 

Our solo or one to one professional dog walking service in St Albans can be tailored to meet your dog’s and your own needs and requirements.  We do not provide pack or group walks. We’ve walked dogs that are elderly, new puppies, and those that are nervous around other dogs. If you would prefer them to be walked on a one to one basis, like you would, so individual time and attention can be provided to them then we can help!

“But it’s just walking a dog – right?”. Well no, as you know, your dog is an individual and should be treated as such – we have lots of knowledge about breeds and know what games to play with your dog to fulfil their natural instincts.

If your dog is scared of other dogs then the last thing it will want to be in is a group environment as this will exacerbate the problem, the dog may react in reactive manner in an attempt to get the other dog to back away, and is highly unlikely to just get over their fear by being exposed to it. Behaviour change isn’t that simple and thankfully most people have moved on with their thinking since the 1970’s! More about flooding can be read here. Environment is a key factor so we can travel to quieter area’s in Hertfordshire where there’s no need for your dog to come into contact with lots of dogs if you don’t want them to.

Allowing a dog to play with lots of dogs all the time – non stop -may have detrimental effect on their recall and mean they wont come back to you when you call them which, as you’ll know is one of the most important life skills for your dog to have to keep them safe and you sane.

If you would like a dog walk that’s mentally enriching for your dog then we can practise things such as eye contact, loose lead walking and recall games. These examples incorporate training into the dog walk.
You may like a relaxing dog walk for your dog. This is where we can go to a quiet spot, let your dog off (if it’s safe to do so and with your permission) and let them have a wander round, exploring and sniffing out rabbit holes. We can place treats underneath leaves and ask them to find them.
With a dog walk that’s focused on exercise we can provide outlet’s for your dog to let off steam by sprinting and running round. It’s important with this one to talk to your vet about your dog’s health, fitness and age if you’d like this type of walk.
With a social dog walk we can practise controlled interactions such as meeting other dogs and people and keep a watchful eye out for any canine body language indicators that show the dogs are happy and comfortable with the interaction. 

Our dog walking service is suitable for dogs including elderly dogs. As it’s a one to one dog walking service, we could get your dog to the vet quickly and efficiently if needed as we don’t have lots of other dogs to get back in the car. If you’ve invested a lot of time and money in training your dog with life skills such as recall, you’ll know that consistency with training is imperative – we will reinforce any cue’s you’re working on. Solo dog walks are more personal than dog group or pack walks and we as dog walkers can devote the time  attention and care your dog deserves. We’ve also invested a lot of time and money on training courses to ensure that we have extensive knowledge of dogs and their body language when providing a dog walker service to you and your canine companion.

We do solo dog walking, as we believe it’s the securest way of ensuring your dog’s well being on walks. It’s also personable and fun!

What’s included:

  • Wiping off muddy paws
  • Pick up and drop off home
  • Replenishing water bowls and providing water after the walk and during if required
  • Solo walks in local green spots
  • Toys to play with
  • Re-enforcing of cue’s on your request

Why choose us?

  • Non – livered vehicles – we don’t advertise that we’re picking up and transporting your dog
  • Walks in quieter areas if that’s what you and your dog prefer
  • First aid kit carried on board
  • Experienced key holders and in operating security alarms
  • Convenient online booking system available 
  • Insured and DBS verified
  • We will provide you with an honest report of your dog’s walk

Prices:
£17 per 1 hour walk Monday – Friday
£20 per 1 hour walk Saturday – Sunday
£25.50 per 1 hour walk for 2 dogs from the same household – Monday – Friday
£28 per 1 hour walk for 2 dogs from the same household – Saturday – Sunday

We do solo dog walking, as we believe it’s the securest way of ensuring your dog’s well being on walks.

Travel: Homes outside a 5 mile radius of St Albans will be charged £1 per mile each way

The following days are charged at double rate: Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, Good Friday,Easter Sunday and Easter Monday.

Christmas Eve and New Years Eve are charged time and a half. All other bank holidays incur a £10 supplement.

Solo dog walking St Albans - Golden Retreiver

“I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your incredible work and help with our rescued dog she loves seeing you and trusts you implicitly. You have given her so much confidence and we wouldn’t be where we are today without you…”

 

Karen

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