What happens at a consultation?
We get to meet each other! I can tell you more about myself and answer any questions you have to help you decide if we make a good fit together. I will meet your animal(s) and gather more information about their needs. If your pet is a dog, we will go for a short walk so I can see what they are like when they are out and about. You can show me any training you are going through and all their delightful tricks. If you are happy with the services, I can offer and would like to book in, we will agree on dates and times, and sign the necessary paperwork. If you would like me to hold a key, we can make the arrangements.
Where do consultations take place?
Consultations will always take place in your own home. This allows me to meet you and your animal(s) in the environment you all feel most comfortable in. It also allows me to see your home, where the animal spends time, where you keep the food and animal supplies, and where best to park.
What experience do you have?
I have been walking dogs for friends and family for a number of years, and even had regular dog walks and house sitting through free services online. I did not have pets of my own growing up due to my parents having allergies, but I often worked with a family member who trained police dogs because I was interested in the process and I volunteered to pet sit other animals for my friends and family. After years of offering my time to friends and family, volunteering with animals of all sizes, and now having pets of my own, I'm keen to jump into a career change that allows me to continue doing what I love for my livelihood. I am launching my business in June 2021 and I am looking forward to the new adventures’ entrepreneurship will bring.
How many dogs do you walk at once?
It is recommended that no more than four dogs are walked at any one time and my insurance will cover this number only. I will always offer solo walks for dogs who are deemed unsuitable for group walks, or for those who would benefit from one on one time more than pack socialisation. Solo walks (or household group only) are mandatory as part of the "building relationships" phase. Any dog being introduced to a group will need to be vaccinated, wormed, and treated for fleas regularly unless certified exempt by a vet.
Do you walk dogs on or off the lead?
Both! I always start out with on lead walks only as part of our “building relationships” phase. This allows us to learn and understand each other’s temperament, behavioural traits, and personality before deciding which walking pack they would be best suited in. Group walks will be a mixture of on and off lead, depending on where we are and if being off lead is suitable and safe. I will only walk dogs off lead in an enclosed area where the dogs will be safe, in case of emergency. Off lead walking will only take place with owners’ permission and once recall has been established.