The homely heart of Happy Dog! Started as a trial in 2001 to see if a dog walking business would work, we look back after almost 16 years and reflect on that we not only started the first professional Dog Walking service in New Zealand, but have had the unique privelege and pleasure of hundreds of loved dogs. The total dogs walked in these years is now around 40,000! The journey is to this day, a true life joy! The company of dogs is hard to beat at any time, but being part of a group of close friends is a thing of beauty, joy, insight and regular exhileration!. &nbsdp:
The responsibility of taking out your pet is not taken lightly and the study and training undertaken by us has put us in a position to call ourselves proffesional. To alleviate stress from the viewpoint of a dog, is one of our highest priorities. Sadly this is overlooked by so many walkers and day care facilities that have come after us. Our transport is safe, with each dog being housed independantly. Our walk environment has proven itself to be very safe after all these years.
Once we have met and been introduced to your dog we will take him/her along for a FREE intro walk. This is done for both the dog and the group into which they might join. It has to be fun for the dog and a positive first impression makes a world of difference to the whole bonding process. Dogs walked by us must be of a social nature.
Your pet will then be booked in. Picked up from home in our custom built van on the arranged day(s) and taken for a two-hour walk at varying locations. Afterwards your tired but satisfied pet is returned home. What we would like to achieve are groups of dogs who all know one another, this in turn creates harmony, increases confidence, lower stress and stimulates socialisation.
Experience has shown that after a period with us, a dog will become evidently fitter and slimmer. All-round a better condition. This is not only due to "the walk", but also due to a happy environment in which the dog finds itself. He/she starts to look forward to its walking schedule. This sums up in short what Happy Dog walking service does. Still we all know that every dog is different and this is also taken into account. Aspects such as medical condition and/or age are watched closely, as is general physical condition. You will be informed directly should anything out of the ordinary be noticed.
Virtues of having the dog walked are:
Socialisation of your dog in a group situation in a stressfree, non confrontational environment. i.e. space to look away!
Fitness attained through the pleasures of running and playing with its own kind
The place to be a dog with other dogs in a non-contained environment i.e. room to find its own space if needed.
Increased language understanding and, with time, the increased ability to read and share their own style of chatter at very and natural fast pace
All round a loving and groovy time! Your dog will tell you so after 6 walks.
Always read a dog after activity to see if they liked it!
For a TWO hour walk is : $42. 50
Second dog from same address : $37.50
"Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in your car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear."
— Dave Barry