By Sarah Bartlett, Feb 8 2014 05:25PM
Happy New Year!!
It's been a busy one so far. We have a second new team member, Vicky. She is assisting with dog walks and puppy visits and is enjoying every minute, and yes even in the rain! You can find more details about Vicky on our Meet the Team page.
I thought I would tell you more about what makes us different, what sets us apart from other Dog training and Pet services companies.
We are the only company in the area who are a registered Limited company, who take card payments with our wireless card machine and who have also won awards!
We also offer the largest range of services and have the biggest carefully trained team to spoil your pets!
We pride ourselves on our flexibility for last minute bookings to help out when things crop up when least expected. We helped out an owner only last week who had unfortunately broken down and was worried about how long her dogs had been left. Sarah went to visit her dogs at 10.30pm and sent her a text to let her know that the dogs were fine to put her mind at rest whilst she waited for a recovery vehicle to arrive.
We as a team view our jobs as more of a lifestyle and not as 'something we thought we could do for some money'. We have heard reports of other dog walkers recently either giving up dog walking alltogether or not walking the dogs for the length of time they are paid to do, this is frustrating as it puts a bad light on all of us fellow dog walkers / pet carers.
As we are now in our 7th year of business we pride ourselves on time keeping and not cutting corners, you need not fear that we will let you down. Plus with us now being a team of three if we have illness or holidays there is always cover for your pets.
We usually send a text and sometimes a picture message to let you know how much fun your dog has had with us.
Puppy Visits – We cover all the basic commands, and train your puppy to walk nicely on the lead and interact with other dogs correctly. Now this does not mean you can just leave it to us to train your puppy, but we will not let them get into mischief or bad habits whilst in our care and do our upmost to improve any training you have done. All three of us are usually involved in puppy visits as the more people that are training your puppy the more they will accept that that’s how they have to behave with everybody, not just us and you as owners but also visitors etc. Training is an excellent way to tire your puppy out - at a young age we are mindful that you can over exercise them and so do a mixture of walking, playing, feeding if required and training appropriate to age, size and breed. Puppies get priority for times with lunchtime visits as we understand their little bladders can’t hang on for too long.
Dog Walking – We will walk your dog with other dogs or without; it depends on what you want. We always train dogs to walk nicely with us as this makes for more enjoyable walks for both us and the dogs not to mention also preventing injury for the dogs (and us too of course). I must stress that you may not necessarily see an improvement in your dog’s lead walking with you because dogs learn by association and associate us with walking in a certain way. That said we do hear from clients on a regular basis saying how much their dog has improved on lead, or on lead when they pass or see other dogs. Just like with puppy visits we will not let them get into mischief or bad habits in our care, this is mainly through careful management, keeping an eye out for other dogs when on and off lead and rewarding them for all their good behaviour. We walk dogs of all shapes and sizes, ages and breeds and will never walk more than four dogs at a time – if and when we do walk four dogs at once it is only ever dogs that we have got to know over a long period of time, who we have trained to fairly high level and who are carefully selected to be compatible together. Most of our walks there are only one or two dogs with one of our dogs in the mix from time to time. We tend to do most off lead walks away from large numbers of dogs, or busy footpaths as this reduces the risk of any harm coming to your dog from other dogs being walked by the public. We are all trained in various methods to scare away any loose dogs that may cause harm to the dogs we are walking. We consistently hear glowing feedback from clients about how much more settled and happy their dog is since employing our services. Although there are three of us we do not get duplicate keys cut to your property, we simply meet up on a daily basis to swap keys.
Training – I (Sarah) specialise in training for multi-dog households, it is hard work for all involved but the results speak for themselves. I also specialise in training for reactive dogs, dogs who react badly (either by nervousness or aggression) to either people or dogs. Each training program is tailored to you and your dog s individual needs and I also offer training whilst on walks to help lessen the workload for owners and speed up the results.
Grooming – our salon is set up for only a small number of dogs at a time, no more than three at a time but we also cater for grooming training for your dog, if your dog is very aversive to being groomed this is something we work on with you, either with or without other dogs present. 1st Puppy grooms are something we do regularly to ensure the best start to your dog’s grooming training and make sure they have a good time. These services are alongside loving grooming practices for dogs who just need a bath or a full groom.
I (Sarah) am now a qualified Canine first responder, certified to give your dog CPR and deal with any serious injuries such as electrocution, broken bones and choking etc.
We are constantly updating our knowledge by investing in courses and seminars.
Please if you have any feedback or suggestions of how we can improve let us know!
Hopefully the ground will be a little dryer for my next post!