PRIVATE DOG WALKING
Our main service is all about our private dog walking. We aim to make our dog walking service as flexible and reliable as you need it to be. We welcome clients who need frequent, regular weekly walks, as well as those who want our service to simply be on-call or require a changing weekly schedule. You can schedule your walks as frequently or infrequently as you like, and we can be there for your dog on short notice too!
Each session is all about your dog. We will refill water and food dishes as instructed and ensure that your dog has a fun, enriching, leashed walk by a qualified and trained Dog Handler. We will also do our best wipe muddy/wet paws and tidy up a bit when the weather is rainy or snowy. No one wants to come home to dirty paw prints!
You can purchase dog walks as you need them, only buying one at a time, or you can purchase the walks in quantity ahead of time and use them up over time. When walks are purchased ahead of time, they never expire. If you cancel the service in the middle of a package, you are simply refunded the remaining total of your unused walks.
Safety and well being
Your dog’s safety and well-being during our time together will always come first. We take your pet’s safety seriously and will take extra precaution when out on the streets or on the trails.
Safe and Compassionate
Tracy and her dog walkers are able to recognize any signs of stress, anxiety or fear, and we know how to appropriately respond to these signs in a kind, compassionate and safe manner for both human and dog.
Expert Help & Care
Our walks are more than just walks. We will continually work on building up your dogs recall and attention getting skills. We will work on your dog’s confidence if needed to prevent fear-triggers from occurring
Registered and Insured
We are a registered business and we are insured and bonded. We also follow the training principles of modern reward-based, fear-free training methods
We always want to put the needs of you and your dog first. All our services are personalized and private to ensure that your dog has all their needs met and has the full attention of his/her walker. Not all dogs are suitable for doggy daycare rooms. Some dogs benefit more from a structural walk and personal time exploring the outdoor world. This fulfills their needs for both mental and physical enrichment and human bonding. We are here to service those needs.
We believe that those who you trust in the pet care industry should strive to be professional to the truest extent. We are a registered business in the province of Ontario and we are fully-insured and bonded through Canada’s only specialized insurance provider for pet care professionals—PROfur
Dog Owner Reviews
I was beyond thrilled to have come across Tracy and her team at The Sophisticated Dog while I was dealing with a medical issue and was not able to walk my two dogs. It gave me so much peace of mind to know that my dogs needs would be taken care of every single day.
Tracy and her team are so great with ouGolden Doodle, Doug. He loves it when they come get him for a walk. Tracy has built a business doing something she loves and her professionalism is very evident.
The Sophisticated Dog walkers have eased my mind. Each day, while I am at work, they arrive to take Patti outside, for a walk and playtime. Patti feels special. She is loved.
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In addition to the walking packages above, services that are requested outside of our regular hours and area or are for multiple dog households may be subject to additional service fees.
More than One Dog
We want to ensure that your dogs get the most of of a walk with us. That is why our Additional Dog charge is only applied when both dogs need individual attention on the walk. With this charge, each dog will be walked with his or her own walker at the same time. If your dogs have acceptable leash manners and don’t need individual attention, the Additional Dog fee is waived!
Additional Dog Charge for 30 Minute length Single or Package = $5 per walk
Additional Dog Charge for 45 Minute length Single or Package = $6 per walk
Additional Dog Charge for 60 Minute length Single or Package = $7 per walk
*Additional Dog Charge cannot be added to a 20 Session package (only 5, 10, and 15)
Service Outside Our Regular Service Area
At this time our Service Area covers Mooretown to Lake Huron, including Corunna, Point Edward and Brights Grove, and the St. Clair River to Blackwell Side Rd—and all places in between. Under special request, we will go outside of our service area for an additional charge based on distance traveled to and from the client’s home.
Service Requests earlier than 9am, after 4pm and on Weekends
Typically, our walking hours are Monday to Friday, starting at 9am and ending at 4pm. We are happy to provide service outside of these hours on occasion for no additional fee as long as there is a walker available. However, if approved, any client who frequently requires walks outside of our regular hours will be subject to an additional charge of $6 per walk/visit.
Service Requests on Statutory Holidays / Christmas Holidays
Walks and Visits that are requested on Statutory Holidays are based on a walker’s availability as well as being subject to an additional charge of $12 per walk/visit.
(New Year’s Day, Family Day, Good Friday, Victoria Day, Canada Day, Labour Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and Boxing Day)
In addition to the above, we consider the days in between the 26th of December and 1st of January our personal “Christmas Holidays” and do not offer regular scheduled walks during this time (but special requests for walks may be able to be accommodated).
Payments are due, in full, on the first day of service for all walking packages and single price walks.
Payments for any additional fees are due on day of service in which they are applied or can be arranged ahead of the required schedule.
Preferred Payments are e-transfer, but cash and cheques can also be accepted.
Our Complimentary Services
Tidying up after a walk, cleaning up any pet messes, post-walk/visit text updates when requested, watering plants and bringing in the mail, pet medication administration, and basic grooming upon request.
Also, for our clients who purchase walk packages, you will be given a ‘RuffReport Journal’ that our Dog Handlers will use every time they walk your dog. This journal will be used to keep track of the day the walker came, what walk number from your total was used and to write you a little message about how the walk went and if there were any concerns about your much loved pooch pal.
Are you ready to sign up? You can begin by filling out this online form so that we can create a personalize dog profile for you. After that has been submitted, we will contact you to set up the initial meet and greet.
Have questions? Contact us and we will be happy to answer any question you may have.
Our Standard Terms and Conditions policies can be viewed here.