Dog Walker: Blackdown Dogs

Dog Walker Serving Honiton, Dunkeswell, Hemyock, Culmstock, Monkton & Yarcombe

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Dog Walking Fees:
    • £10 for an hour's walk for one dog.
    • £5 for each additional dog from the same household.

I charge 10 for a 1 hour walk and I don't offer shorter walks for a smaller fee, simply because I'll probably be taking other dogs out for a full hour in that time slot. If you feel an hour is too much for a small dog you may be surprised at how easily they will cover the distance - an hour of brisk walking at typical human speed is nothing to a Yorkshire terrier, for example.

There is the consideration of a dog who has a temperament which doesn't allow it to be walked safely with others. As long as a dog such as this can be walked at a time which doesn't conflict with the walking times of my main groups, I would be happy to accommodate it.

My dog walking day takes the form of a 'round' if you like, where I begin in one area, do a walk then move on to the next area, and so-on. Generally I fit in 3 walks during a typical day, with the possibility of a late fourth walk if needed. My availability therefore depends on whether I'm in your area around the time you require your dog to be walked. There is always a little flexibility to my schedule, and if you are also able to be somewhat flexible in your time requirements, maybe I can help.

I try to avoid tying myself too rigidly to times so I build in a little 'slack time' in my rounds to allow for the unexpected. Dogs don't tend to adhere to schedules, meaning that a 1 hour walk could easily be extended by another 15 minutes, especially if the dog wants to stop & sniff every 10 feet on the way back. There is also the collecting and dropping off of dogs to be done and I do like to have a little play with some before I leave. Whatever happens though, any additional time is my problem and you won't be charged for it, but this could lead to my being late for the next walking session if I had rigidly fixed times.

On the day of the walk, I will collect the dog from your house, and if there isn't a suitable walking location in the immediate vicinity, I will load the dog into my van and head out to a suitable pre-chosen location along with any other dogs I may be walking within the same time slot. Be assured that the clock doesn't start from when I collect your dog - it begins only once we are out and walking and stops when we get back to the vehicle, not your home.

Your dog will be kept on a lead unless you give signed permission for me to let it off, and then only if I'm happy that the dog can be easily recalled and is familiar with me. Walking areas may include country lanes, fields or woodland, this is decided at my discretion based on locality and weather.

Out on the walk it's possible that your dog may get a bit mucky, and of course dogs have a tendency to find poo and dead rats almost anywhere; I'm beginning to believe they have the power to conjour these things up out of thin air just for the purpose of rolling in them. Because of this I have towels and water onboard, and will endeavour to clean and dry your dog as far as is practical before letting it back indoors.

THERE WILL BE TIMES WHEN THE WEATHER IS PRETTY DARNED BEASTLY.
If your dog is happy to go out for a walk in a force 9 deluge, then so will I. However, some dogs just aren't keen to go out under these circumstances and on occasions your dog may simply not wish to go out walking very far even if conditions seem OK to us - dogs have off-days as well. What I will then do is to try to coax your dog outside for a short while, if for no other reason than for it to have a wee. If it really isn't interested in going any further, and bribes, treats and promises of excitement and really wild things don't work, I will take it back inside, walk the other dogs if I have some, and allow it another wee attempt before I leave. (Obviously you wouldn't be charged full fee in such an instance.) This isn't ideal, but sometimes the dog decides and there's not a lot we can do about it!

Please note that I will normally take out a maximum of 3 dogs at any one time except in unusual circumstances, and indeed East Devon District Council and NarpsUK recommend a maximum of 4. The law currently permits 6 dogs per person, but I feel this is far too many dogs to be able to control adequately and can be a source of considerable annoyance to other people out walking their dogs when they suddenly find themselves surrounded by six, large poorly-controlled dogs - I have been on the receiving end of this more than once. The maximum number of 6 is now under review by an increasing number of councils for this reason.

    Andy Westcott - Blackdown Dogs dog walking service.

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Blackdown Dogs