Things we have checked for you!
- We are bonded, insured, and Pet 1st Aid Certified
- We have all the required Government licenses and permits.
- Our staff are intensely trained animal lovers
- We love our job and are very very good at what we do!
Why should I have a dog walker??
Our adventures provide physical exercise, mental stimulation, group socialization, improved behavior at home, peace of mind, a helping hand and a calm, happy dog. But what does this actually all mean?Click here for a brief (but much better) explanation!
How do I sign up?
We would LOVE to hear from you! Call or email us anytime and we will arrange to meet you at your house at your convenience. After an initial “getting acquainted” interview we will schedule the first walk. This “introductory walk” is semi-private, in a small group so we have the opportunity to monitor your dogs behavior on and off leash and familiarize him/her with our experienced walker.
How does NSDW get access to my home?
You can provide us with a copy of your key(s) or you may choose to place your key(s) in a secret predetermined location for us to access. Alternatively, you may arrange to be home when we pick up and drop off.
How long is each Adventure?
“Rain or Shine” our group hikes are always a full HOUR AND A HALF of trail time. For smaller or older dog this may be a slow wander on flat trails, for our more energetic dogs it may be a trail run of 8 or even 10km. (Yes! We actually run the trails) On average our hikes are about 5-6km. Our focus is fun but all our walks include teaching on and off leash manners. You decide how much or how little. NSDW offers a full “pick up and drop off” service so total time is varied. We have well ventilated and safe vehicles and are able to separate dogs for transport if necessary.
Where are the dogs walked?
We take a maximum of six, off leash dogs, for hikes high in the North Shore mountains along designated commercial forest, river and beach trails. The dogs have a great time running and playing with each other frequently getting very wet and muddy having tons of active fun.
What about training?
We are willing and able to reinforce your training efforts while your dog is in our care. We believe constant and consistent positive reinforcement makes a happy dog (and a happy owner). All dogs are under voice command when off leash on the trails and our pack leadership skills keep the dogs calm and safe.
How much exercise does my dog need?
We are asked this question almost daily. Our basic rule of thumb is that all dogs should receive at least 60 minutes per day of physical exercise and 15 minutes of training to be happy, well-adjusted dogs. This is just a starting point. The numbers can vary greatly depending on the age, breed and individual requirements of your dog. In our experience, high energy breeds need at least 3 to 4 really good hikes a week especially if they are younger than 5 or 6 years old. Puppies of any breed require a lot more time and attention than most people realize. A great misconception is that smaller dogs don’t need as many outings. It makes us so sad not to see a lot of smaller dogs out there on the trails because some of them really need the physical and mental exercise more than their larger counterparts. We see too many small dogs barking from their windows. Our smaller doggy clients would love more company on their hikes and so would we!
Do you have references?
Absolutely! Read our testimonials or alternatively just ask and we will gladly put you in touch with any of our clients.