Swineshead dog walker takes flexible approach to pets’ needs

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Sally Grant is currently walking a minimum of ten miles each day as she exercises dogs for clients.

Those miles are spread across walks with dogs for ten to 12 clients, and that will increase in the longer daylight hours of summer.

Sally employed a dog walker herself when she was working full-time, experience that has become useful in her approach to the business.

Clients pay for either a half-hour (£7) or hour’s walk (£10), plus mileage, and Sally is entrusted with keys so she can pick up the pets and walk them close to their homes.

They vary from a huge 45kg Alaskan Malamute to a Cocker Jack puppy, and most have specific needs, such as being fearful of certain noises. Sally calms nerves by either singing to them or, if there are people around, talking to them about what is going on.

The dogs often know where they are going and will hang back if Sally takes the ‘wrong’ route – of if they are used to being given a treat at a particular part of the walk.

If time becomes really tight Sally may even take her own, friendly dogs with her on some walks, adding a social element to the service she provides.