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How do I make my dog a part of your pack for the day?

All dog walks are tailored to meet your dog’s specific needs, limitations and energy level. These will be determined prior to booking your dog’s first hike at a complimentary consultation in the comfort of your home. It will ensure your questions are answered and your pet’s health, behaviour, and training experiences are recorded. In addition this helps us to create a bond with your pet, and ultimately, for you to feel comfortable with K9’s unLeashed services.

How do you introduce new dogs to the pack?

Entering a van full of strange dogs can be harrowing for some so to ensure a proper introduction to the pack, the new dog rides secured into the passenger seat of the vehicle.  Through the divider they can check out or be checked out by the other dogs.  Once they are all out of the van, the excitement of the hike takes over, and they pack together naturally.  After a few hours of hiking, the new dog, now comfortable with the others, welcomes riding in the back with his/her new friends.

On what day can I send my dog out for an amazing adventure?

K9’s unLeashed is an all weather dog walking/hiking company. We operate our hikes/walks on a Monday-Friday work week and are closed on Saturday’s, Sunday’s and Government Stat holidays. We will head out in any weather as long as the driving and walking conditions are safe to do so.

What precautions do you take to ensure that dogs do not get lost or take off?

We use the latest technology to ensure the safety of your dog. The Garmin GPS tracking collar system gives your dog more freedom in allowing us to closely monitor dogs of certain sporting breeds, integrating new dogs to our pack or those with poor off-leash skills. We always know where your dog is at ALL times. The handheld receiver tells me what direction we are both traveling in, how far the dog is away from me, and alerts as to whether the dog is in run mode, is frantically barking, has treed a critter, or is standing or laying still. So invaluable and worth that extra piece of mind for my clients in need of this.

My dog is not off-leash trained. Can he participate in your program?

Absolutely! I attach dogs that are not use to being off leash to a 30 foot line. Depending on the dog’s recall level, this line is either dragged by the dog (making him/her 30 feet closer to grab) or the line is attached to myself.  Once I establish great recall response from the dog, the line is removed.

Are there any breeds of dogs that you do not hike or pet sit?

We hike most breeds but the safety of the other dogs in the pack and those that we may encounter along the way is first and foremost.  Dogs instinctively love to pack together and we accept most dogs providing they are not aggressive to humans or other animals. If your dog is not well socialized with dogs or people we do not recommend a group hike. A one on one walk would be advisable.  Scent, sight hounds and northern breeds must have great off-leash recall skills.  We do not hike nor pet sit restricted breeds. Please contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have.

If I am not home during the pick up/drop off how do you retrieve my dog?

We pick up and drop off from your home or prearranged location.  K9’s unLeashed is a bonded company offering you peace of mind whilst we are in your residence.  If access to your home is not available, then an alternative pick up location is acceptable.

On hike days, should I feed my dog before or after the hike?

We recommended that you feed your dog after the hike.  Exercising immediately after eating can cause bloat.  Bloat is a medical condition in which the stomach becomes overstretched by excessive gas content.  Deep-chested breeds are especially at risk.  On days that your dog will join our afternoon hike, it is ok to feed your dog a minimum of 3 hours prior to hiking.

During hot summer months will my dog have access to lots of water?

All of our hikes are tailored around water holes.  Your dog will have access to lots of drinking water and opportunities to swim. We also seek out lots of trails that offer shade. They are transported in an air conditioned vehicle.

Do you offer hikes for smaller breed dogs?

Big or small, we hike them all…and we hike them together.  Our smallest pack member Phoebe is a 4 pound chihuahua and our largest is Storm, a 120 pound Bouvier X.