What You Need to Know About Our Dog Walking Services
No body knows your dog better than you do!! You know their daily routine, their nutritional habits and most of all, what they love to do best! But did you know that when you book a dog walking visit with Just Four Paws, you get to choose how we exercise your dog during their visit? Just Four Paws always encourages clients to decide what we do with their dogs during their visit. Want to know what your options are? First you should know we do not transport your pets during our visits as that would take up the majority of the visit so we always offer options that are available within your neighbourhood. Here's a breakdown for you:
Speed Walking is a fast steady pace walk on a heel (no pulling) without potty break or sniff stops, this form of exercise increases the heart rate and assists with weight loss and cardiovascular activity. Don't worry we do allow time for a potty breaks during warm up and at the end of the walk during cool down. When we do the heel walk, we stick to side walks or along the side of the road choosing a flat surface to prevent distractions to help keep a steady pace. This method also assists with training your dog to walk on a heel command.
A leisure walk is a walk that allows for multiple stops to give them time to "smell the roses" as they say, which stimulates your dog's senses and allows them to mark along the way, yes females mark too. It allows your dog to be just that... a dog and do their thing. This walk gets your dog moving but at a much slower rate than the heel walk. This would include going to parks, recreational trails, hiking, etc
Whether it be playing fetch with the chuck it or a frisbee, your dog decides what they prefer to fetch. Depending on your dogs age, athletic ability, stamina and the weather, we will throw the ball or the frisbee as often and continuous as they can handle. This form of exercise does so many things, it exercises their coordination skills, muscles, joints, heart rate, stamina, communication skills & helps practice commands....oh did we mention...when we play fetch with dogs we make them obey certain commands before we throw the ball or the frisbee - we make them work for it, once they complete the command we throw the ball or frisbee as a reward, excellent training method, no treats required :)
Dogs feel the heat too, so if you have a swimming pool or a lake/river near by that your dog loves to swim in then we will happily take your dog swimming. Swimming is another excellent form of exercise, using pretty much all their body muscles.
So as you can see our dog walking visits are more than just dog walking, they always have been. We have always discussed these options during our Meet & Greets. We always keep your pets on leash when off your property and if you don't have a fenced yard. We discuss our preferred leash & collar options during our meet & greet as it all depends on what options you choose. Also keep in mind, you have the option to mix it up as well, so if you want your dog to have 2 heel walk visits, 2 sports visits and 1 leisure walk during your weekly midday dog walking visits we will happily do that for you. We are here to make sure your dogs get the most of our visits and maintain a healthy exercise regimen.
So in Summary, you know what your dog needs most, so let us know and we will make sure it happens!! We love being active and there's nothing more enjoyable than exercising with your fur baby :)
Dog Walking Services
Each Dog Walking Visit is inclusive of 1 dog (additional pet fees are detailed below)
NOTE - we always pick-up after the dogs we walk
Monday to Friday between 9am & 3pm - 30 mins (starting at $17.50 +HST)
Dog Walking visits include: private walk and/or playtime, fresh water, treats, head-to-tail check, unlimited cuddles and an email update to pet parents immediately following the visit
Each Additional Dog: $3
Mornings, Evenings & Weekends - 30 mins (starting at $23.50 +HST)
DW visits include: private walk and/or playtime, fresh water, treats, head-to-tail check, unlimited cuddles and an email update to pet parents immediately following the visit
Each Additional Dog: $5
Adventure Time - 60 mins (starting at $35 +HST)
These visits are perfect for dogs who love an adventure!
AT visits include: private walk and/or playtime, fresh water, treats, head-to-tail check, unlimited cuddles and an email update to pet parents immediately following the visit
Note - these visits may involve some travel to a local park, trail, swimming spot, etc.
Each Additional Dog: $5
Statutory Holiday Premium - 50% surcharge for all visits that fall on a Statutory Holiday including: New Years Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Canada Day, Civic Holiday, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day & Boxing Day.
All Rates are Subject to 13% HST & are Subject to Change Without Notice
Pet Sitting Cancellation Policy - 50% Charge of Services Cancelled (regardless of reason)
Due to Our First Come First Serve Policy - No Refunds are granted if Clients Return Home Early
A 50% deposit is required at the time of booking when clients book multiple pet sitting visits in one day, services total $100 or greater before taxes, when booking Tuck In Visits or when clients book services during long weekends, the month of December or the March Break.