When we provide dog walking visits, we spend the first few minutes of our visit giving our furry friends some extra love and getting ready for the walk. Our dog walkers are specifically trained to walk in a way that’s comfortable, relaxing, and fun. The first few minutes are spent “sniffing” so they can have some structured down time. After the dog goes potty, we should have time to pick up the pace and get some good exercise in. We will walk as briskly as your dog can comfortably and safely walk.
If your pup decides to pull or lunge, we’ll use distraction techniques to get them to refocus. We use “watch me,” "touch,” “sit," or “let’s go.” We always have treats and will use them to reward good behavior. If your dog wants to stop to admire the scenery or sniff around a new spot for a moment, that’s okay. Mental stimulation is just as important as physical exercise. You may see us talking with the furry friend on our walks. We love to tell them stories and shower them with praise! Everyone loves routine and structure, but we also vary our walking routes to prevent boredom and to provide new exposures.
Dog Walking Duration Options
Choose from our tailored visit durations to give your dog the best walks ever! We offer our dog walking services in three hour windows: between 8-11am, 9-12pm, 10-1pm, 11-2pm, 12-3pm, 1-4pm or 2-5pm. We change our schedules daily to minimize drive time so cannot guarantee specific times.
Potty break & 15 minutes: Visits under 20 minutes require a lockbox or coded door entry and your dog must be ok with strangers entering their home.
20 to 25 minutes: Good for dogs that need a short neighborhood walk.
30 to 35 minutes: Suited for dogs that need a longer walk in the neighborhood and may also need a meal time feeding.
50 to 60 minutes: Good for dogs that require a longer walk in the neighborhood or dogs who may need additional time warming up to a new dog walker and require a good balance between sniffing and walking in order to do their business.
40 to 45 minutes: Good for dogs who need a longer walk in the neighborhood and a mealtime feeding or dog that may need additional time warming up to a new dog walker.
Solo Hikes: Perfect for high-energy pups eager to explore without the worry of unexpected escapades. Exploring without a leash opens doors to potential hazards, from chasing wildlife or getting tangled up with unfamiliar off-leash pups so we keep your dog on-leash. We are all about keeping your furry friend safe and sound during their adventures while meeting their enrichment needs. (Offered between 8-10am or between 2-5pm)
- Extended Hours walks (before 8:30am or after 5pm) are an additional $5/walk.
- Extra dogs are an additional $5/dog.
- Weekends are an additional $5/walk.
- Holidays are an additional $20/walk.
30 min visit = $50
Using only positive reinforcement and force-free training methods, Angela will work with your shy dog to slowly introduce them to staff members. There will always be two people walking your dog on these visits. While the process may not be easy; with patience, love, and consistency, your pup can make new human friends! Angela is the only dog walker offering this service so space is extremely limited. Your dog walker is also a dog trainer. We must walk your dog at least once every week in order for this program to be effective. Over time, we may be able to transition your dog to a regular dog walking session with another dog walker.
Walk and Train Sessions
Over the past 15 years, Angela has worked with many dog trainers, read many great books, and done tons of research on the different training methods available to help her dog, Oki, who is very reactive to other dogs. There are so many trainers to choose from and many trainers who have different training philosophies. She is currently working with Janet Vera, owner of Janet Vera Dog Training and she is amazed with how much progress Oki has made. Janet has taught Angela many new skills and training techniques for working with fearful dogs which has totally opened a whole new opportunity for her. Even though she holds a dog training certificate, she is still getting as much hands-on experience working with her own dogs and her dog walking clients before she promotes herself as a "certified professional dog trainer" and earns the letters behind her name. She has recently become Fear Free certified and has a special place in her heart for animals with special needs. Her experience in special education has given her the patience for working with dogs who need extra love and support.
Using only positive reinforcement, Fear Free and force-free training methods, a member of our Fear Free certified team will work with you to expand your dog's world. This service is intended for dogs that are reactive to other dogs while on leash, dogs that pull, dogs that scavenge, or dogs that are shy/fearful and need extra time to warm up to people. Even though Angela is also a dog trainer, she may refer you to another dog trainer to help first before she can offer Walk and Train services. While the process is not easy; with patience, love, and consistency, change can and will happen!
We have a limited number of dog walkers offering this service so space is extremely limited. We must provide a minimum of 2 Walk and Train sessions per week in order for this program to be effective. Angela usually starts working with the dog for a few Walk and Train I sessions and over time, we may be able to transition your dog to another Fear Free Certified Dog Walker with Walk and Train II session and then down to Walk and Maintain Sessions with a consistent dog walker trained with Fear Free methods but not certified yet.
Walk and Train I Sessions
Walk and Train II Sessions
Walk and Maintain Sessions
Paws-In-Demand Dog Walking Service
(SAME DAY SERVICE)
We completely understand that things happen in life and you may be in desperate need of a reliable, professional dog walker. To meet the needs of people who require last minute dog walking services, Angela offers an in demand service called Paws-In-Demand. You don't have to worry about leaving your dog(s) in the hands of complete strangers. She has over 25+ years of pet care experience and excellent references so you can be confident that your dog will be well taken care of! We will do our very best to be there within a 4 hour window if you have requested same day service. (This service may not be available during busy periods and weekends)
Please create an online account and fill in all of the required information in order to have your reservation reviewed.
Once your account has been approved, a Meet and Greet must be scheduled before same day or next day services are available.
Only available in Waltham, Belmont, and Watertown.
All animals must be friendly with strangers and up to date with Rabies vaccinations.
We will need three sets of keys (or one set and access to a lockbox or coded entry) before we can start services.
All services must be paid in full before any service is provided.
"Highly, highly recommend!"
“I have used Pawsitive Dawg consistently over the past two years, both for multiple weekly dog walking visits and occasional cat sitting when I'm out of town. Angela and her team are phenomenal. In addition to being incredibly reliable and responsive, I particularly appreciate the strong focus on positive reinforcement, evidenced by their participation in programs such as the Pet Professional Guild. Due to worries about my dog's anxiety around new people, this was the first company that I trusted with my pets, and I could not be more pleased. Highly, highly recommend.”
~ Kim H.
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