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Neighborhood Leashed Walks

Individual Dog Walks (minimum 2 walks a week)

Private leashed walks are a great choice for dogs who aren't comfortable at a dog park, older dogs, puppies or dogs with special needs.

 

Leashed Dog Walks Include

  •  Yard turnout for immediate relief

  •  Leashed walking around your neighborhood

  •  Reinforcement of cues and training

  •  Freshen water, provide snack or lunch as needed

  •  Clean-up if accident occurs

Individual Dog Walk Pricing

  • 15 minute Potty Break - $20

  • 20 minute Walk – $25

  • 30 minute Walk – $30

$5 for each additional dog from the same household

Training Walks - (Initial Pack of Five - 30 minute Walks to Start Service)

Is your dog or puppy finding it challenging to take their skills out and about in the neighborhood? Are you struggling to get them to respond to known cues - or even check in with you on walks? Maybe they are occasionally stuck, staring or alerting at a weird person or a strange noise?

Distractions like other dogs, running kids, little fury creatures and random urban noises can make dogs ‘forget’ things that their humans are sure they know.

 

Training walks are the perfect way to help your dog focus, shake off distractions, walk calmly by "scary things" and/or practice their basic manners skills out in the real world.

Training walks cover common skills and issues such as, sit, wait, loose leash walking, waiting at curbs, friendly greetings, preventing door dashing, ignoring distractions and mild to moderate leash reactivity - if your dog displays moderate to severe fear or reactivity when on walks or in your home, a behavior modification plan is a more appropriate starting point. If you'd like to schedule a behavior consultation, click here to get started.

Training Walks Include

  • 30 Minute Free Virtual Consult - If your dog has stranger danger or any reactivity in the home you will be required to be home for the first (and possibly more) walk to ensure your pups comfort and everyone's safety.

  • 30 Minute Neighborhood Walks

  • Update After Each Session

Who is this for?

  • Puppies learning leash walking skills

  • Dogs who pull or drag and are working on loose leash walking

  • Dogs learning engagement with their handler

  • Dogs who need more mental stimulation and interaction during the day

  • Dogs working on impulse control and urban manners

 

Training Walk Pricing

  •  Initial Pack of 5 Walks = $250

  •  Established Clients = $45 per Walk

Decompression Walks (Initial Pack of 3 Walks to Start Service)

What are decompression walks?

Decompression walks are not a regular neighborhood walk where dogs are on a short leash and often exposed to many sights, sounds and smells that may be stressful or frightening to them. These walks should take place in areas with few distractions such as a field, a green way or a wooded area of a park where your dog is able to explore, sniff, forage, roll in the grass, and just be a dog. Dogs are generally off-leash, on a long line, or their leash is kept as loose as possible.

Decompression walks can be especially beneficial to dogs who are reactive, anxious, or fearful. However, all dogs will benefit from this type of walk!

Why are decompression walks important?

Neighborhood walks on busy streets on a 6-ft leash, sometimes without the ability to sniff, don’t provide the exercise or enrichment needed by most dogs. For some dogs, these types of walks can even be stressful and scary.

Sarah Stremming (who as far as I know coined the term) defines a decompression walk as “a walk where the dog is allowed freedom of movement in nature.” This can be done off-leash or on a long line with a back clip harness. It sounds obvious, yet many city dwelling dogs never experience this type of freedom.

Dog's instinctual behaviors include chasing, digging, jumping, playing, rolling in unspeakable things, running, and sniffing - just to name a few. These are often viewed as "problem" or "undesirable" behaviors by us humans - but they are natural dog behaviors!

 

Daily walks on a busy street, on a 6-ft leash, sometimes without the affordance of a good sniff, don’t provide the amount of exercise or enrichment to meet most dogs needs. In fact, for some dogs, this type of walk can be stressful and scary.

Decompression walks allow dogs to be dogs and to engage in species specific behaviors. Freedom of movement allows for choice and exploration to sniff and provides physical and mental stimulation. Walks can be done in pocket parks, empty fields, baseball or soccer fields, a cemetery, or golf course. In Seattle there are lots of spots to bring your dog to have a decompression walk. I will take your dog to a location nearby your home that will allow your dog to enjoy this magical type of walk.

Decompression Walks Include

  • 30 Minute Free Virtual Consult - If your dog has stranger danger or any reactivity in the home you will be required to be home for the first (and possibly more) walk to ensure your pups comfort and everyone's safety.

  • 45 Minute Visit (includes taxi to and from local park or green way)

  • Update After Each Session

Who is this for?

  • All dogs!

  • Dogs who who are over aroused or stressed by their urban environment

  • Dogs who struggle with fear and/or reactivity

  • Dogs who need more mental stimulation and interaction during the day

 

Decompression Walk Pricing

  •  Initial Pack of 5 Walks = $330

  •  Established Clients = $60 per Walk

What do decompression walks look like?

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Enrichment Visits (Initial Pack of Five - 30 minute Enrichment Visits to Start Service)

What are Enrichment Visits?

Enrichment visits are fun and often sniffy occasions where I will come to your home with various enrichment toys such as snuffle mats, puzzle toys, busy boxes/bags,  and stuffed kongs. Depending on your dog's preferences and what motivates them, we may also engage in trick training, shaping games, sniffy walks, dynamic fetch and/or nose work.

 

These visits are a great way to help meet your dogs instinctual need for shredding, dissecting, chasing, jumping and hunting in a controlled and safely monitored way while you are working or otherwise engaged.

Enrichment Visits Include

  • 30 Minute Free Virtual Consult - If your dog has stranger danger or any reactivity in the home you will be required to be home for the first (and possibly more) visit to ensure your pups comfort and everyone's safety.

  • 30 Minutes of Engaged Enrichment Activities

  • Update After Each Session

Who is this for?

  • All dogs!

  • Puppies during their socialization period

  • Dogs who are over aroused and/or stressed

  • Dogs who struggle with fear and/or reactivity

  • Dogs who need more mental stimulation and interaction during the day

  • Dogs whose humans struggle to meet their dog's daily instinctual needs

  • People who want their dog to have access to a rotating assortment of enrichment toys

Enrichment Visit Pricing

  •  Initial Pack of 5 Visits = $250

  •  Established Clients = $45 per Visit

DIY Enrichment Ideas

If you are inspired by the idea of enrichment for your dog but are more of a do it your self kind of person, check out these videos of simple DIY enrichment ideas:

Food Based Enrichment

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Schedule a Meet & Greet

What to expect at the Meet & Greet:

  • We will come to your home to meet you and your dog.

  • We will discuss the service you are interested in and your dog's routine and personality. We will ask questions such as:

    • What training has your dog had and what your goals are moving forward?

    • Do they display any guarding or reactive behaviors? 

    • Are they comfortable with other dogs in close quarters -such as a van?

    • What is their play style? Ball obsessed, sniffer, wrestler, do they love a good chase? 

    • Have they been on a long leash and how well developed are their leash walking skills?

  • If it sounds like we are a good fit for the dog park adventures for instance, we will schedule a trial run to see how they get along with the other dogs in our group. For other walking services we will get them on the schedule and get started right away.

  • This is also your time to ask us questions.

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