An Adventure to Remember.........
Walking and running has become this country's favorite form of exercise for you, me, and yes — even our beloved pooch. In the Bay Area, we're fortunate enough to have a number of dog-friendly areas to help us to get out there and get going. We're surrounded with many off-leash parks and beaches where our pooch can walk, run, and play freely.
We make each walk a different adventure for your dog.
There are endless paved walking trails, from Fort Funston, with its majestic view of the Pacific Ocean, to Crissy Fields, with the breathtaking Golden Gate Bridge as backdrop. There's the enchanted hideaway calm of Mountain Lake in Presidio Park, and sometimes, "The San Francisco City Pooch Sniff and Walk Tour," where your dog will explore places like City Hall Park, or go shopping at boutique pet stores, or just hang out at Union Square!
San Francisco dog walking isn't about wandering around idly, thinking about where you're going for dinner later — it's about being fully attentive and engaged with your dog the whole time. It's not about blundering around surgically attached to an iPhone. It's about keeping your eyes and ears open.
One thing you can be sure of — we know how to make the most of the walk.
We know how stressful it can be to find a dog walker you feel comfortable with. Pets are as much a part of the family as anyone, and you have to be sure they do their walking with someone who loves animals.
Unless you're among the few fortunate who live in a house or apartment with a backyard, space is at a minimum. Most dogs cherish their walking time and certainly want to make the most of it. Remember that one human minute is six dog minutes. Your time at work can seem like an eternity to a poor pooch who is left alone. And when they gotta go, they gotta go!
Dog run, or regular walking?
Dog runs not only provide dogs with a tremendous opportunity to socialize (a major part of their lives), but it's often their only chance to run free in the outdoors, and a major source of release. A dog given regular dog run visits will grow up both physically strong and comfortable with other dogs.
Having said that, regular walking is just as important to a dog, as it exposes them to a wider part of the neighborhood and lets them absorb a wider range of smells. Your dog needs to build a map of the comings and goings of the neighborhood, and smells are their primary source of information. Dogs also benefit from the self control and discipline developed while walking. Walks are an ideal opportunity for reinforcing things they've learned in training.
Whatever kind of walking you want for your dog, we can surely accommodate it.
Pack walking, or individual walking?
You may have seen walkers in San Francisco taking seven or eight dogs out together at a time — this is, of course, not for everybody. We don't walk large packs, but we will pair compatible dogs up if they live close by. We've been known to walk groups of four smaller-sized dogs, but again, only when the owners consent, and definitely only if the dogs are happy with the group.
From experience, we know that dogs are usually more focused when they're walking with a friend, and we've seen dogs with outdoor behavior problems settle right down when paired. The most important thing is that your dog is safe and happy.