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Doggy Blog...

Glamping with your dog!

If you fancy a holiday with your dog this year, then I would highly recommend Widget's Farm Luxury Cabin near Bath.  We stayed here between Christmas and New Year and had a fabulous time.  The pod is set within its own private meadow so lots of space for your dogs and you also have the use of 7 acres of secure land to use privately each morning.  Perfect if your pooch is nervous or reactive around other dogs.  There is also a dog friendly pub just a 5 minute walk away - what more do you need?  You can find further details here.  Enjoy!

Lost & Found

Do you know what to do if you find a stray dog or if yours goes missing?  I have noticed a huge increase in the number of dogs posted on social media that are lost or found and thought this article from the Blue Cross was really helpful.


Firework Season

Firework season is here once again!  The loud bangs and pretty lights are fun for us but many dogs find the noise and light flashes very frightening.  You can find some great tips here to help your dog get through ths tricky time.

Doggy Body Language

To celebrate National Dog Day, I thought I would share this fun guide to understanding your dogs body language.  It offers a great visual overview of common dog behaviours and expressions and the meaning behind them.

Happy National Dog Day!

One Year Anniversary

The Doggy Walker is a year old today!  I want to say a massive thank you to all my lovely customers and everyone that has supported me.  The year has flown by, I've learnt so much and had a huge amount of fun along the way!

My lovely dogs have taught me everything I need to know...
  • When you fall down get back up, shake it off, forget about it and move on
  • Be brave no matter what your size
  • Make your own fun
  • Unleash your talents and learn new tricks
  • Make new friends
  • Sniff out oppourtunities
  • Chase after your dreams
  • Every day is a brand new day - be happy!
Here's to many more years to come.
THANK YOU!

Summer is here!

Summer is finally here so it's really important to keep our dogs cool on hot days.  During my walks, I can't always avoid the midday sun but I will try to keep to shaded areas, places the dogs can swim and avoid too much playing and running around.  I have plenty of water on board my van and will also double check water bowls when I drop your dog back home.  My van is fully ventilated but I will still keep the time spent in the van to a minimum.

Apologies if this blog causes it to rain for the rest of the summer!

Dog Walker Workshop

I continually strive to offer the best service to my two and four legged customers and as with any job you can never know too much and there are always new things to learn!  So on Saturday I attended a brilliant dog walker workshop with Jo Cottrell at Dog Trouble.

During the workshop we covered:
  • Dog body language and communication
  • Understanding common behaviour issues
  • Managing risk when walking packs of dogs in public areas
  • Managing and dealing with confrontation between dogs
  • Leading a walk with a pack of dogs
  • Mantaining balance within a pack
It was a really great afternoon and I learnt lots!

Easter Opening Times

Just a reminder of my Easter opening times.  I won't be walking on Good Friday or Easter Monday.  Business as usual from Tuesday 29th March.

Happy Easter and a big thank you to all my lovely customers for your support!

Spaces now available!

Do you need a dog walker?
After being fully booked for the last couple months, I now have a few spaces available on my group walks.  Please get in contact if your dog would like to join the Doggy Walker pack!

Dog Poisons

After having to make an emergency dash to the vets this week after finding one of my lovely doggy customers at his home surrounded by empty packets of raisins, I thought it would be a good opportunity to remind you all that raisins, currants and grapes are highly poisonous to dogs and can be fatal even in small doses.  Luckily the little pup has pulled through and will hopefully be fighting fit and back walking with the doggy walker pack next week!  You can find more details on common dog poisons and what you need to do if you suspect your dog has been poisoned here.

Is your dog microchipped?

Did you know as of April 2016 it will be compulsory to have your dog microchipped and you face a £500 fine for not complying? Microchipping your dog gives them the best chance of being identified and returned to you if they become lost or stolen and it’s a simple and quick procedure carried out by your vet. You can find more details on the Pet Log website.

Christmas Competition!

Any of you that follow my Facebook page will know how much I love a good doggy photo, so I’ve decided to run a Christmas competition with the chance of winning a £25 Pet Barn gift voucher. To enter, all you have to do is like The Doggy Walker Facebook page, share my Christmas Competition Facebook Post and include a photo of your dog in their jolly Christmas outfit. I will be choosing the winner on the 20th December! Get snapping folks!

Christmas Walkies

It may only be November but I’ve already had a few enquiries about walks over the festive period. I will be walking over Christmas and New Year but taking a well-earned break and putting my feet up on the 25th, 26th December and 1st January. If you need your doggy walking please get in contact so I can book you in!

Another Happy Customer!

We have just returned from a weeks holiday to a sparkling home and two very happy woofs.  Christie sent us regular photos of how happy (and spoilt) Cara & Riley were, which meant we didn't worry at all about their well-being while we were away.  Thanks so much Christie!

Do you need a dog walker now the summer holidays are over?

Now the kids are back to school after the summer holidays do you need to get back into a walking routine with your dog?  If you need a professional, friendly and experienced dog walker in Wargrave, Henley on Thames and surrounding areas, then please give me a call on 07752 363367.  I'm fully insured, CRB checked, pet first aid trained and a member of the National Association of Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers (NARPS UK).

National Association of Pet Sitters & Dog Walkers

Did you know that The Doggy Walker is a member of the National Association of Pet Sitters and Dog Walkers (NARPS UK)?  I have passed the NARPS UK Pet Sitting & Dog Walking course and I work to their code of practise, which you can read HERE.  Being a member also means I'm fully insured, CRB checked and pet first aid trained.  This gives you extra peace of mind that your much loved pup is being well cared for!  You can view my NAPRS UK profile HERE.

Gorgeous Gilda...in search of her forever home

Gilda is a lovely Rottie mix from Romania.  She had a tough start in life but is adjusting well to life in the UK and loves to love people.  Gilda is currently in foster with friends of mine and is looking for a family to call her own.  Can you help?

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Little Miss Lucy

Today we had Lucy the Beagle join us on our dog walks in Wargrave.  What a sweet girl.  Luka and Arielle adored her and so did I - we hope she comes and visits us again soon!  You can check out the photos of Lucy on my website, Facebook and Twitter pages.

Dogs Die in Hot Cars

This is a great article from the RSPCA about the importance of not leaving your precious pooch in the car, even for short periods.  If the temperature is 22 degrees outside, your car will reach an unbearable 47 degrees in less than an hour.  You can also find good advice from Thames Valley Police on what action to take if you see a dog locked in a car on a hot day.

Dog Walker in Wargrave

Do you have a hectic lifestyle?  Are you finding it tough to find the time and energy to give your beloved pooch the attention and physical exercise they need?
Are you going on holiday?  Do you need a trusted house and dog sitter?

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Doggy Running

Running is a great way of depleting a dogs mental and physical energy so if you have a high energy dog please give me a call. 

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Testimonials

"My two cocker spaniels, Harvey and Toby just love Christie. From the moment they first met with Christie they took to her. They love their regular get togethers, and I feel happy and confident to leave them in her capable hands. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Christie."
Kate Smart