Do you want a dogwalker that really understands dogs? I take pride in my work; no it's not rocket science but there is so much more to handling a group of dogs in an off leash setting than you would think. After 11 years, I can say with certainty it is a skill and I am constantly striving to figure out the best procedure for every part of our park visit. My dogs learn to wait their turn to be released out of the van one by one. We go into the park leashed, and quiet (something I work VERY hard to teach them).
I have been a Seattle dog walker for the last 11 years. I take my pack of dogs to Magnuson dog park and the Woodland Park Off Leash areas Monday through Friday.
My service area includes the neighborhoods of Ballard, Crown Hill, Greenwood, Greenlake, Phinney Ridge, Fremont, Wallingford, Blue Ridge, Roosevelt, Ravenna, Wedgewood, and the U district. I unfortunately do not cross the bridges to service Capitol Hill, Magnolia, or Queen Anne.
I believe strongly in positive reinforcement. I use treats, attention, and special toys, to reward desired behavior, as well as to redirect attention.
The current rules for dogwalkers do not yet have a limit to the number of dogs you can take at one time. I have learned over the years that while I can handle 10, even 12 dogs a time, I ask the question... SHOULD I? I take between 5-8 dogs each trip. I prefer the smaller groups in order to keep the dogs in a calmer, low-key pack, which allows me more time to focus and interact with the dogs on an individual basis. Im happier and the dogs are happier.
If you are interested in having your dog join the pack for 1.5 hour off leash park trips, email me and we can set up a free meet and greet.
Please include the neighborhood you live in, the age, breed, sex and name of your dog(s), and how many park trips per week week you are looking for.