I have over 5 years' experience running a well-respected dog walking service in the Hemel Hempstead area. Providing the quality of care I would expect for my own animals.
I am fully Pet Business insured, DBS checked and Canine first Responder trained. I am fully confident and capable in the handling and understanding of breeds of all sizes.
I live with my adult Son in Hemel Hempstead, where I was born and raised.
After a 25 year career as a professional Chef, catering for the elite. I went on to manage and rejuvenate struggling catering units. Having made a success of my occupation, I craved a change of scenery and pace.
I wanted to pursue a vocation that combined my love of nature and the outdoors, with my love for Dogs. So, In 2018 Dacorum Dog Walking was born. I’ve never looked back, loving what I do every single day. Even in the rain!
I’ve always had a Canine companion by my side, I don’t believe a house is a home without a dog. I have also kept Snakes, reptiles and practiced Marine Fish husbandry for several years. Unusual species are fascinating.
Aside from walks with my Dog, my hobbies include painting and sculpture, which has led to me exhibiting and selling my work with some small success. Becoming an Artist came as quite a surprise, despite always being creative.
Fluke is my 9 year old, female Labrador retriever with bags of personality. She’s a very independent, sometimes stubborn girl, but has the waggiest tail and loves to greet everyone she meets. She helps lead the way for the rest of the group and keeps them in line. Fluke takes good care of her pack members, looking out for them and breaking up the odd disagreement.
However.... she IS a Labrador. So always on the lookout for food, a natural forager and expert in sniffing out anything to eat. And I mean ANYTHING!
Pack walking is great socialisation for dogs. It gives them the opportunity to make friends, play and build their confidence.
I choose a variety of countryside locations in the area, to provide a stimulating and safe experiences for your dog. Woodland, open fields and water can be explored and enjoyed. A happy, protected pack is my priority. They will receive my full, diligent attention and interaction at all times, with some games and affection for good measure.
Your dog will travel in comfort in a fully equipped van. With a bespoke crate system with non-slip matting, a back seat with all necessary harnesses and securing straps, with a view of outside and daylight at all times.
With plenty of drinking water, full canine first aid kit, dog treats, poop bags, fluffy towels and a small shower for stinky mishaps. There’s everything your dog needs during and after their walk. Photographs and videos are taken on walks for your comfort and sent to you at the end of the day. You can see just how much fun your dog has with their friends.
Groups consist of up to 6 dogs per pack.
1 full hour pack walk with Collection and return included £16
Additional dog (from same household) £10
Weekend/Bank holiday supplement £10
* Registration must be completed before commencement of walks
* Payment to be made in advance of services
* 24 hours cancellation required to avoid charges
* All dogs must be fully vaccinated including kennel cough
* All dogs must be able to be off lead, with good recall
* I do not take intact male dogs
* I no longer accept Bull breeds
* Puppies must be over 4 months old
* I do not accept dogs classed as dangerous breeds
* I do not accept dogs that display aggression
Please contact me if you cannot find an answer to your question.
I arrange an initial, obligation free meeting in your home. This takes up to 60 minutes and allows me to meet you and your dog. This way you will always know who will be caring for your pet.
All the forms to register your dog are done there and then. All you need to have ready for when I arrive are the following details:
1. Vaccination records
2. Microchip number
3. Pet insurance details
4. Your vets contact details
(Oh, and put the kettle on!)
Once your dog is fully registered, you are then ready to make any future bookings as and when you require. Either at the initial meeting, or via the WhatsApp group set up for you after the meeting
Services can be booked at initial registration meeting, or via the WhatsApp group provided to you once registered .
I try to be as flexible as possible. Changes to bookings can be made via Telephone or Whatsapp. Cancellation of a booking should be made at least 24 hours prior to the time of the booking to avoid being charged.
Payment is made in advance of the booked time. Invoices for the coming month will be emailed to you on or around the 25th of each month. Payable by the 1st of each month for ongoing bookings. Ad hoc bookings will be invoiced upon booking. Payment can be made either by bank transfer or cash
Yes, Dacorum Dog Walking & Pet Services has passed a DBS check. My certificates is available upon request.
I am fully insured with Productivity Pet Business insurance. My policy document is available upon request.
All Keys and key codes will be kept securely at all times. None of your information will be kept with these items. Dacorum Dog Walking and Pet Services will never allow entry to your property or give your keys to a third party.
Most animals are not used to travelling crated within a van. I try to provide a familiar travelling environment to prevent stress for those dogs that cannot be crated for the journey. Dogs are transported either harnessed in on a seat or crated depending on preference. You dog will be able to see outside and have daylight whilst travelling.
All transport used is fully taxed, insured and in road worthy condition.
All dogs to be walked or transported must be fully vaccinated, wormed, and flea and kennel cough treated for the protection of other animals in my care.
This is something that I take very seriously. Your pet’s safety is my business, and I will do my upmost to keep them safe at all times.
Your dog will never be walked in an unsafe location, and will not be permitted off lead, unless it is safe and appropriate to do so with your signed consent. I am vigilant, and always looking for potential hazards and things to avoid.
I take no more than 4 dogs per handler, with a maximum of 6 client dogs per group walk.
In the unlikely event of an emergency, I will inform you immediately. If your dog requires emergency veterinary attention, I will transport them to the nearest veterinary surgery, depending on the degree of urgency. I will use your named vet where possible, provided signed permission has been given.
I am Canine First Aid Response trained, and always carry first aid supplies in my walking kit.
I will exercise your dog off the lead provided they have good recall. Only in areas where it is safe and appropriate to do so, and with your signed consent.
Your dog needs to be sociable in order to walk within a pack situation. I am unable to walk dangerous or aggressive dogs.
Treats are provided during a walk. If your dog has a special dietary requirement, or you would rather I didn’t treat your dog, I will adhere to your wishes.
I'm happy to walk your dog as often as required, availability permitting .
I am flexible and aim to give you worry free experience to suit your needs. I try to accommodate all of your requirements where reasonable
Unfortunately home boarding or day care is not available. I do, however know some great home boarders in the area that I'm able to recommend.
A list of local, fully licensed Dog boarders can be found on The Dacorum Borough Council website.