CAN MY DOG HIKE?

If your dog is friendly towards other dogs and strangers, has a reliable recall, and is physically fit enough to walk over rough terrain, they may be a great fit for group hikes.
All hiker dogs must be over 16 weeks of age, cleared for strenuous activity, and up to date on their vaccines and parasite preventative.
We try to match dogs of similar sizes, personalities, and energy levels to keep hikes safe and fun. We cannot accept any aggressive dogs on our group hikes, but they are always welcome on solo walks and adventures!


what vaccines does my dog need to join in the fun?

All dogs must be up to date on all their core vaccines (Rabies, Canine Distemper, and Parvovirus) or appropriate titers.
As we will be adventuring through the woods and fields, all dogs must be on a flea and tick preventative.
The Dog Nerd also recommends giving vaccines against leptospira, Lyme disease, bordatella and parainfluenza.
(Puppies too young for their full set of vaccines are exempted, but will only be allowed on solo walks around their home.)


What gear does my dog need for hiking or walks?

We will supply the long-lines, treats, and water; all you need to send with your dog is a martingale collar and their leash!
Dogs with just a flat buckle collar will wear one of our own martingales for the walk.
If your dog is a freight train on walks, send along a face halter or properly fit prong collar to save your hiker’s arm.

 


How will my dog be transported?

Dogs will either be crated or seatbelted into a harness for the ride, depending on their size.


Will my dog be off leash?

Yes and no. A long line will give your dog room to explore, and us the ability to keep them safe.
We always begin with the dog on a 6 foot lead to build a relationship and set expectations for the walk.
When they have proven their recall, they will be allowed to drag a handle-less long line. This will allow them to experience “off leash” freedom, while the walker still has control in case of emergency.
Safety is our number one concern; but fun is still second!


How do I book a walk or sitting?

Send us an email at Gabby@TheDogNerd.me and we will respond within 24 hours to send you the blank pet profile and questionnaire, and set up a FREE meet and greet so we can get to know your dog, learn your specific needs, and pick up a copy of your key.
Dogs who would like to join our group outings will need to go on two paid private walks first (your choice of a Stroll, Ramble, or a full solo Trek). This will allow us to assess suitability for group walks as well as build a rapport with them.
The first private walk will be spent seeing how they react to people, other dogs, and wildlife. The second walk, they will be introduced to one of our own friendly dogs to see how they interact with new dog friends.
From there you will be able to set up weekly recurring appointments, or request walks as needed by emailing us!


How do I pay?

We accept cash, checks, Venmo, Apple Pay, or Paypal. All services should be paid in full at the time of booking unless otherwise discussed.


Are there cancellation fees?

Any services cancelled fewer than 24 hours from start time will need to pay for half of the booked service.


DO YOU WALK IN ALL WEATHER?

The Dog Nerds walk dogs year round and in all weather conditions.
However, in extreme inclement weather that could make driving routes treacherous (i.e. thunderstorms or heavy ice or snow), we may run into delays or outright blockages. Walk length will be adjusted for pet and walker comfort/safety.
We ask that all house sitting clients have a neighbor or family member with an extra key in case roads are closed.


will my dog get messy?

Probably.
Our Trek and Adventure dogs will usually encounter mud, streams, dirt, and leaves. We will make every effort to towel dry and brush out the debris. Seriously soiled dogs may need to be bathed for an extra fee.


How will my house key be kept safe?

When we receive a copy of your key, it will be attached to a padlock with a labeled tag corresponding to a randomized identification number. Your address is never traceable by the number on the tag, and the chain of keys are always kept securely on the hiker’s person.