416 998 8851

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16 Hazelwood Dr, Guelph, ON N1C 1A8, Canada



PROFESSIONALLY TRAINED

DOG WALKER​ AND DOG WASTE REMOVER,

WELCOMES YOU WITH OPEN PAWS


 I have been certified by DogBiz in dog communication, behavior and pack composition. DogBiz is a leader in dog walker training in the USA. Please have a look at their comprehensive training www.dogbiz.com . You can find me on their directory of graduates!

New family member, long commute, coming home to accidents or in need of exercise, The Gentle Leash will be there to feed, walk, play, and of course hug your dog. The bonus for you is absolute peace of mind knowing that your dog is receiving plenty of love and attention while you’re out.

 

MY SERVICES

Dog Walking Services

I walk all of the dogs at Gentle Leash. Your dogs safety and health are my priority. No distractions. I do not use the phone while walking your dog. I engage your dog for optimum brain and physical exercise. I do not use corrections (pulling or yanking on a leash). Instead, I use positive reinforcement.

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30 MINUTE WALKS

18.00

I will pick your dog up for a leisurely stroll or a brisk walk. With a good balance of physical exercise and a bit of mental stimulation through taking time to sniff and learn some basic tricks. The balance will alleviate his bladder and boredom.

20 MINUTE BACKYARD PLAY

15.00

I won't just open the back door and let your dog pee. We'll run around catch a ball or whatever other stimulating activity we can enjoy for this short visit.

DOG WASTE REMOVAL

15.00 WEEKLY

FRESH AIR AND EXERCISE FOR YOUR DOG ADD 10.00

I will clean your average sized backyard of all dog waste. I will take a picture and notify you of any unhealthy appearance in your dogs stool. Service is confidential and discreet.
If you have a fully fenced yard and want to have your dog outside for the diration of my service. I am happy to have the company.

 

MY STORY

I am new to Guelph but not new to dog walking. Since 2015 I have been the owner of Walk Pee Treat Repeat in Toronto. I have changed my name for simplicity ( try saying it even twice) .I am a graduate of DogBiz. A comprehensive 4 day program encompassing, dog behavior, dog communication and positive reinforcement training. I also am a Professional Pet Guild member, where I continue my dog behavior education. I am bonded and insured and have my pet first aid certificate. I am in the process of searching for a rescue dog to fill the huge void in our new family home, here in Guelph. I have a passion to support rehomed dogs. However, any dog on the other side of the door makes my job rewarding every day.

My Inspiration: 

George our very sweet Boxer was my inspiration for wanting contact with more dogs. George came with a suitcase full of behavior issues we were ill equipped to deal with. However, we knew returning him to the rescue was never going to resolve his situation. So we decided to work with George and build his trust with us. 

When I think about all of the "old school" methods we used such as - yanking on the leash and repeating "heel" or the trainer who threw him on the ground and pinned him with force to show George "who was boss". The articles I read about becoming the "pack leader". I never gave George credit for realizing I wasn't a dog. 

And then I took a 4 day coarse to become a dog walker. My world and George's changed overnight.

I became fascinated with the fairly new scientific research around dog behavior and communication. Fear and anxiety that bring about unwanted behaviors such as, peeing in the house, lunging on the leash, guarding food, snapping on so on. Training through yelling, pulling and punishment will either not improve behavior or take a very long time and give a false sense of trust between dog and human.. It's during this time that many dogs are returned to rescues because their "bad" dogs. With a little education and some faith in science, we can eliminate the "revolving door" that many dogs have to endure.

My epiphany? Positive reinforcement training. The following is the American Kennel Clubs brief description of +R training.

Converts to this method of reinforcement training believe it works better than more traditional training methods that are based on dominance and punishment. Rather than asking a dog to behave out of fear of reprisal, positive reinforcement encourages the dog to behave because it is more rewarding and fun

This creates a stronger bond, based on mutual trust and respect, between owner and dog and allows for clearer communication between the two. Proponents also see an increase of willingness to work, eagerness to please, and increased rate of learning.

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CONTACT ME

ELIZABETH FORRESTER

16 Hazelwood Dr, Guelph, ON N1C 1A8, Canada

416 998 8851