What we do
Offer group walks for your dog(s)
How we do it
We meet firstly to understand you and your pet’s needs
We collect your dog in our air-conditioned van, which is fitted with approved safety crates for dog transport
We match your dog with others of a suitable temperament and ensure that your dog can be a sociable member of the group
Once this has been achieved your dog has the opportunity to run and play with their friends in a private, fully fenced secure field.
The dogs will always have a full hour’s walk, run and play unless there are extremes in temperature where it would be unsafe to walk them for this long
Before returning to the van they are provided with water to rehydrate after their exertions
The dogs are towel dried and we endeavor to clean them as best as possible in readiness for their return to your home
A report of the walk is provided
During the walk the dogs have been filmed and this is uploaded to Social Media at the end of the working day so you can experience watching how your dog has enjoyed playing with their friends
Safety on group dog walks
Walking groups of dogs in public has many risks.
One of the greatest concerns of anyone who uses a Dog Walker is that their beloved dog will run off and become one of the many ‘Lost/Missing’ featured dogs on Facebook. This is one of the most gut wrenching experiences any dog owner will ever experience.
With the local population (human and dog) rising it is very difficult to walk groups of dogs well away from other dogs and their owners. When unfamiliar dogs meet this can often be a flashpoint leading to an aggressive situation that results in an injury to a dog.
In addition to these risks there is also a genuine fear that dogs can contract Alabama Rot/CRGV. Though not fully confirmed one of the suggested common contributory factors is due to dogs walking in muddy woodland. Unfortunately, the very wet winters we experience in Northumberland means that the local woodlands where dogs are often walked will be muddy.
Finally, though less serious there is the perennial problem of dogs rolling in fox poo which is particularly smelly and this nauseous smell can last for days.
Faced with these problems we decided to move our Group walks away from Public Spaces to a fully secure and fenced farmers field 1.5 acres in size in Seaton Delaval.
This provides our customers with peace of mind to know that their dogs are enjoying themselves in the safest possible environment.
Why we do it
For dogs and humans alike, physical exercise is fundamental to good health. We all know the couch-potato lifestyle comes with a host of health problems. But in dogs, a lack of activity can also prompt nuisance behaviours.
The majority of dogs were bred with a working purpose in mind – and that’s not just the herding and hunting breeds.
Providing dogs with vigorous, daily exercise has profound effects on their behaviour. Tired dogs chew less, bark less, sleep more, and are more likely to relax when home alone.
A good daily workout and, if the dog is social, regular play sessions with other dogs are great ways to exercise a dog.
This is why we are called exercise4pets.