Dog Walking & Home Pet Pop In's
(Reigate, Redhill, Merstham, Earlswood, Lower Kingswood)
Kind, positive, reward-based: that’s why our dogs are Happy Buddies!
Why Walk your Dog or have a Home Pet Pop In with Happy Buddies?
I am a qualified, experienced and professional Dog Walker based in Redhill who enjoys walking dogs in small intimate groups in order to meet their own individual requirements.
I recognise each dog as an individual and consider their own individual quirks, personalities and needs. On my walks, I not only cater for their exercise requirements, but their mental stimulation needs as well.
I am a proud member of the Pet Professional Guild (The Association for Force-Free Pet Professionals), a member of the Association of Pet Dog Trainers, APDT and a Registered Animal Training Instructor with the Animal Behaviour and Training Council, ABTC and I am an advocate of only kind and fair methods so when in my care, the dogs and animals can be certain that there will be NO pain, NO force and NO fear! I am also Police Checked (Disclosure and Barring Service – DBS cleared).
I have a number of qualifications including a Diploma in Dog Walking and Canine Care and a Certificate in Canine First Aid. I keep my knowledge refreshed and current by attending courses on dog law and other legal requirements.
I am professional and enthusiastic and adhere to a strict code of practice using only positive reinforcement and reward based methods - making every walk session fun, kind and rewarding for your furry companion! I am passionate about my job, friendly and approachable and someone who you will surely trust to look after your beloved family pet.
As I am also a Dog Trainer, it is safe to say that your dog will not only be walked, but socialised, entertained, educated and *trained!
My van is specially equipped to carry dogs. It has air conditioning, extractor fan and crates making the short time that the dogs are in the van, safe, secure and comfortable. Dogs are never left in my van except for the short time when I am collecting or returning a dog to their home. When this happens, the engine is never left running and the doors are always locked. Security and safety of the dogs are always at the forefront of my mind. I also carry a Canine First Aid Kit in my van.
All client house keys are unidentifiable to anyone outside of Happy Buddies and are kept securely in a safe when not in use.
I am a non-smoker and so your dog(s) will only ever be subjected to fresh, clean air around me!
I am also fully insured for all services provided and will happily provide evidence of this on request.
*Please note that any training undertaken on walks will be basic as I will be caring for other dogs as well and each and every one is just as important as the next! My eyes and ears need to be on every dog all of the time, therefore if you have any specific training requirements, please contact me to organise a 121 Training consultation.
Dog Walking in Reigate, Redhill, Merstham, Earlswood & Lower Kingswood
Happy Buddies takes our Dog Walking responsibilities very seriously! I provide a friendly, happy Dog Walking service in the Merstham, Redhill, Lower Kingswood, Earlswood and Reigate areas for busy dog owners . This service is provided Monday to Friday, except Bank Holidays. If, however, you require a walk on a Bank Holiday or during a weekend, let me know and if I can help, I will!
The service is provided whatever the weather, although during adverse conditions, such as snow, I reserve the right to cancel walks if the roads are considered too treacherous to drive on – the safety of the dogs is paramount!
Unfortunately, bitches in season are not accepted on group walks and it is down to my discretion as to whether I accept an entire male over the age of 12 months on to the walks.
All dogs need to have up-to-date vaccinations; including kennel cough and proof of this will be required during an initial consultation.
The Initial Consultation
Before your dog can become a Happy Buddy, I need to meet you and your dog(s). The free, no obligation consultation gives you an opportunity to meet me and for me to meet your dog! The consultation is conducted at your home in a very friendly manner and allows me to gain as much information about your dog as possible which will help me understand any individual requirements, should your dog become a Happy Buddy! It also enables you to find out as much information about me as you like – I am happy to answer all the questions you have and understand that in order to have peace of mind, you need to be confident in my ability to look after your furry family member! The consultation lasts approximately 1 hour.
Walks will be full of enrichment for your dog(s). They will involve both physical exercise and mental stimulation for your dog (appropriate to each dog's needs). They will be taken to different places and follow different routes, played with and motivated. Through improving their scent experiences and by using their body and mind on a walk, your dog will be returned fulfilled in every way!
Walks will always be in safe places such as woodland, heathland, parks and countryside that are away from traffic and roads
Dogs are walked in small groups of 4 or less – this allows for more individual bonding/play time and enables me to cater for all individual needs whilst we are out and about
Dogs will be walked initially on a long line (training lead) but once I have formed a good relationship with your dog and with your permission, I will allow your dog off lead – but only once I have tested for an effective recall (a disclaimer will be required to enable me to let your dog off lead)
Walks will last no less than 1 hour. In extreme heat, I will always consider the welfare of the dogs and walks may either be shortened slightly or, with individual agreement with the owner, I'll provide a Home Pet Pop In service instead. I will never risk the health or welfare of a dog by walking them in very high temperatures.
Your dog(s) will be collected from your home and returned after their hours walk (so they will be out with their friends for over an hour)!
After their walk, your dog(s) will be cleaned up as best as possible, towel dried and settled nicely back at home – if they need feeding, I can do that too!
You will receive a Doggy Daily Report Card after each walk to keep you updated
When possible, you’ll be sent a photo of your dog having fun on their walks (if you have Whatsapp)
You’ll receive a Welcome Pack following your first walk with Happy Buddies
Happy Buddies’ walks start at approximately 10:30am and 12:45pm
Monday to Friday: £12 per dog
**Weekends: £15 per dog
**Bank Holidays: £20 per dog
Pick up and drop off times will vary depending on the home locations of the dogs being walked, the location of our walks, traffic and weather conditions. The 10:30am walk collection times will be approximately between 9:45am and 10:20am and drop off times will be approximately between 11:40pm and 12:35pm. The 12:45pm walk collection times will be approximately between 11:40am and 12:35pm and drop off times will be approximately between 1:55pm and 2:30pm.
**Happy Buddies cannot guarantee a service at weekends or on bank holidays, but will help if possible.
Home Pet Pop In's in Merstham, Redhill, Earlswood, Lower Kingswood and Reigate
Happy Buddies provides a friendly, happy Home Pet Pop In service for busy pet owners in the Merstham, Redhill, Earlswood, Lower Kingswood and Reigate areas.
Happy Buddies can do a Home Pet Pop In for:
Other Small Animals
This service is provided Monday to Friday, except Bank Holidays. If, however, you require a Home Pet Pop In on a Bank Holiday or during a weekend, let me know and if I can help, I will!
The service is provided whatever the weather, although during adverse conditions, such as snow, I reserve the right to cancel if the roads are considered too treacherous to drive on!
I will need to meet with you prior to the Home Pet Pop In to conduct a small initial consultation.
The Initial Consultation
The free, no obligation consultation gives you an opportunity to meet me and for me to meet your pet and discuss the requirements of the Home Pet Pop In. The consultation is conducted at your home in a very friendly manner and allows me to gain as much information about your pet as possible! It also enables you to find out as much information about me as you like – I am happy to answer all the questions you have and understand that in order to have peace of mind, you need to be confident in my ability to look after your furry family member! The consultation lasts no more than 1 hour.
Home Pet Pop In Services
Home Pet Pop In Services include (depending on pet):
Fresh water supply
Feed where necessary
Cleaning of food and water bowls/containers
Cleaning of crates/cages
20 Minute Puppy Pop In: £10
20 Minute Cat Pop In: £10
20 Minute Small Animal Pop In: £10
*Weekends: £14 per Pop In
*Bank Holidays: £19 per Pop In
*Happy Buddies cannot guarantee a service at weekends or on bank holidays, but I will help if possible.
Useful Links and Information
There are a number of local Dog Control Orders and UK Laws that are either specific to, or include dogs in some way. As dog owners, we all have a responsibility to be aware of them:
Local Dog Control Orders
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council Dog Control Orders
In Reigate and Banstead, local Dog Control Orders were brought in to force to control where dogs are allowed and where dogs must be kept on a lead. The Orders also restrict the number of dogs under control of a single person to six. Reigate and Banstead Borough Counctil Dog Control Orders can be read in full by clicking here.
UK Dog Laws
The Dangerous Dogs Act (DDA)
This law makes it a criminal offence for the owner (or person in charge) to allow a dog to be ‘dangerously out of control’ in a public place, a place where it is not permitted to be, and some other areas. The DDA also bans certain dog breeds. The DDA can be read in full by clicking here.
The Animal Welfare Act (AWA)
This serves to impose penalties in an attempt to tackle cruelty, neglect, mutilation, tail docking, animal fighting and giving pets as prizes. The AWA places a duty of care on all pet owners to provide a suitable environment, suitable diet, the ability to exhibit normal behaviour and protection from pain, suffering or injury. The AWA can be read in full by clicking here.
Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act (CNEA)
This Act imposes penalties of up to £1000 for breach of dog control orders. These orders include; failing to remove faeces, not keeping a dog on a lead, not putting and keeping a dog on a lead when directed to do so and permitting a dog to enter land from which dogs are excluded. The CNEA can be read in full by clicking here.
Dogs (Protection of Livestock Act) (DPLA)
This states that you must not worry (chase or attack) livestock (cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, horses and poultry) on agricultural land. The PLA allows farmers to shoot dogs that are deemed to be worrying livestock. The DPLA can be read in full by clicking here.
The following Acts also apply in part of full to dogs: