FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: Where do you walk?
Serving Lewes and the surrounding area, I utilise the South Downs National Park, the Ouse Valley and local Commons and woodland. I have enjoyed exploring this area for several decades now and will choose the walk taking into consideration the dogs, the weather and the location of livestock.
Q: How long are the walks?
The group walks will be around 70 minutes. I believe decent exercise is vital to a dog's mental and physical well-being. However, when walking puppies I always recommend shorter walks to protect their developing joints. Please see The Kennel Club's advice for exercising puppies. Also, some breeds may require shorter walks.
Q: Do you walk dogs off the lead?
I am happy to walk your dog off the lead providing I have your written permission. Your dog will also have to have good recall and be unlikely to run off. Otherwise I am happy to lead walk and will always put all dogs on a lead near to livestock.
Q: Do you walk in all weathers?
The short answer to this is yes, I am happy to walk in all weathers. If your dog requires a coat in cold and/or wet conditions please leave one out. On hot days I will stick to shady walks. In extreme weather, when, for example, the Met Office is warning of severe gales, walks may have to be rescheduled or an alterative service offered. I would always consult with you and the safety and wellbeing of your dog would be paramount.
If your dog gets muddy, which is unavoidable at certain times of the year, I will hose him/her down with tepid water and towel dry before returning them to your home.
Q: Please can you tell me more about your day care service?
I try to be flexible to fit in with your and your dog's needs. My aim is to provide 'home from home' day care while you are busy. A typical day would include at least 2 hours exercise either in one long walk or 2 shorter ones (puppies and certain breeds will be given less exercise and more training/mental stimulation), feeding (if required), cuddles, a little training/playtime and company while they sleep. I am happy for you to drop off/collect or I can collect etc. if needed.
Q: How can I book your services?
Please contact me via email or mobile. We can then arrange a home visit at a mutually convenient time where you and your dog can meet me and I can explain my services. If you wish to proceed you will need to complete and sign an agreement form.
Please note: I do not answer my mobile during dog walks but if you leave a message I will get back to your as soon as I can.
Q: Do you use treats?
I carry healthy treats (dried liver and home-made liver cake), which I use sparingly to reinforce positive behaviour, in particular recall. The latter can be broken into small pieces to protect waistlines. Please inform me of any allergies.
Q: What ingredients are in the liver cake?
The recipe includes: lambs liver; seeded flour; eggs; tumeric; olive oil; garlic.