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Weekly Dog Walking Service

What we offer

Social walking groups of 3 – 5 dogs.

~45 minutes in duration, plus travel time.

Focused one on one walks for dogs that need  more direct attention, training or have difficulty socialising in a group.

Duration 30, 45 or 60 minutes.

In addition to a walk, for a small additional cost we can do a feed and house/yard check if you are going to be away from home for a longer than normal time period.

Why have a professional walker?

In today’s world the balance between work and family life can sometimes make it hard to ensure a pet gets the attention it both needs and deserves every single day. A professional walker can provide an exercise and socialisation routine for your pet as little or as often as suits both yours and their needs.

 

What do we do?

Our dog walking service operates between 8am and 4pm Monday to Friday.

An experienced, police checked, adult handler will collect your dog from your home and take him or her for a walk either solo or in a group of appropriately matched dogs.

In addition to the walk, social experience, and upkeep of basic obedience training our staff will lavish your pup with love, and ensure they are well looked after while you get on with whatever it is you have to, whether you are home or not.

Got Questions? FAQ below or contact us

WHY CHOOSE US?

FREE MEET & GREET

No obligation visit to your home to get to know you, your dog, and whether we are the right fit for your family.

CANINE BEHAVIOUR EXPERT

Our staff are experienced dog handlers with extensive professional backgrounds in both dog training and pet care.

FIRST AID TRAINED

Our handlers have completed training in pet first aid so you can be sure your pet is in safe hands at all times.

FULLY INSURED

Peace of mind, knowing you have the reliability and accountability of a fully registered and insured business that prioritises your pet.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

During your no obligation meet and greet visit we discuss what is best for your dog and your home.

In some cases this is simple as access through an unlocked, or coded/padlocked side gate, in others we have access to the inside of your home. If access to a secured indoor or outdoor area is required our preference is that keys are held in a secure lock box on your property, or where possible a number coded padlock secures outside gates.

That said, this is discussed case by case to ensure you are comfortable with the procedure and security of your property.

If your dog is antisocial we offer solo/training walks. These can continue indefinitely if that is your preference however our aim is usually to move dogs into social groups as soon as possible as it is both more cost effective for you and a more well rounded experience for your dog.

If a new dog has reactivity it is introduced into groups in a controlled manner with 2 professional handlers present to ensure safe distance if necessary and a gradual introduction and learning of appropriate social etiquette between canines.

Its uncommon that a dog ever requires more than 1 initial 2 handler walk to settle them into a group in a calm and friendly manner, but this is always assessed case by case with the occasional recommendation to stick to solo walks and then reassess after some training work has been completed.

At present all of our walks are conducted on lead.

We have consistently found that a more controlled on lead walk provides better mental stimulation and overall energy reduction in the dogs than more intense off lead run does. This may not be the case for everyone but it suits the majority of dogs.

In addition, supervision of more than two dogs off lead by one person is generally in opposition to council bylaws. And while we are confident in our ability to handle the dogs under our control, it is difficult to guarantee the behaviour of other dogs we may meet in an off lead area. Because of this we also feel that on lead is a safer walk for everyone.

We occasionally run off lead play sessions in secure areas (such as longer adventure visits to kepala) however these are not a guaranteed regular part of the walking service and are billed separately for those interested.

Loosely speaking, walking run in Greensborough and its surrounding suburbs. Full list below, if you’re unsure or on a border you can contact us with your address and we can give you a precise answer.

  • Briar Hill
  • Diamond Creek
  • Eltham
  • Eltham North
  • Greensborough
  • Hurstbridge
  • Lower Plenty
  • Macleod
  • Montmorency
  • Plenty*
  • Research
  • Rosanna
  • St Helena
  • Yallambie
  • Viewbank
  • Watsonia
  • Watsonia North
  • Wattle Glen

Each walk begins from the house of the last dog picked up for that group. Depending on the schedule on a given day this could be anywhere within the service area, but tends to be near your home or in a directly neighbouring area.

Depending on the location and the dogs in the group we may stick to local residential streets, or go to a near by park/walking track.

We avoid main roads, areas with too much vegetation (during snake season) and areas where we may run into large volumes of off lead dogs.

We use small commercial vans with purpose built caging in the rear for the transporting of dogs. This means we can be sure everyone is safe and separated as necessary during car trips.

If your dog gets car sick or is generally anxious about travelling we structure the calendar to walk from your house to avoid the need for transport as much as possible.

Often times anxious dogs are happy to travel with us where they may not with you though as our vans become very strongly associated to walks and canine friends.

Groups are usually 4 dogs, but can be between 2 and 5. Groups size is adjusted based on a balance of which dogs will be best suited to walk together and ensuring the service runs efficiently.

Most dogs are happy in any group size, but we avoid having 5 large boisterous dogs at once for obvious reasons.

Our walks run between 8am and 4pm, or one hour earlier on hot days. There are 4 walking blocks of 2 hours each, each day. Though this is a rough guide as exact durations vary based on travel time between houses.

8am – 10am
10am – 12pm
12pm – 2pm
2pm – 4pm

We can’t guarantee your walk will always be in a specific time block, but we do our best to meet your preference if you have one. We’ll discuss this with you before the commencement of service.

For most rain, the service continues uninterrupted. We carry towels and give dogs a wipe down during the last 5 minutes of a walk when necessary.

In severe rain, or storms, the walking service converts to a house by house shorter solo check to ensure dogs still get their attention, are checked where they may be anxious/fearful, and have toilet breaks for those that are inside etc.

Every dog has a slightly difference tolerance to warmer weather. Some days its manageable, others its completely unviable to have a normal walk.

If the weather is forecast to be above 35, the work day for us starts at 7am (an hour earlier than normal). This usually allows us to run 1/2 to 2/3rds of the day with no changes. As the weather warms up walks become slower paced, we hop between shady spots rather than mover quickly, and make sure we have water on hand.

Dogs that are more heat sensitive are put earlier in the day where possible.

If the handler determines that it is too hot, we convert to shorter solo house/yard solo checks rather than group walks. This ensures that all dogs have water, attention, and are not struggling to cope.

Because every dog is different with respect to their limits here we discuss these issues with you when service commences to ensure you are happy with the plan of action.