How does hiring Toronto Humane Society Dog Walking Services help animals in need?
Revenue from our public dog walking and public training services goes directly to shelter operating costs, which helps us provide shelter, veterinary care, community services, and behavioural care to animals in need of homes prior to their happy adoptions.
What kind of training do your dog walkers receive?
Our dog walkers complete graduated handler level One to Five training and skills assessment prior to walking publicly owned animals. Each level includes learning theory modules, hands on training with shelter dogs and practical skills assessments for safe handling, management, training and husbandry for dogs with increasingly challenging handler level difficulty. Handlers must complete a set number of hours at each level before progressing to the next. Handlers who have graduated to Level Five are also trained to manage multiple-dog playgroups and assessed on those skills. Additionally, our dog walkers receive periodic continuing education and in-field training and assessments from our certified professional trainers and behaviour consultants.
Where do you walk my dog?
Private walks and training walks take place in your neighbourhood, while buddy walks or adventure walks may take place in various neighbourhoods, through trails and ravines, or in public leash free parks.
Will my dog be picked up in a car?
We use cars to pick up group walk dogs and travel to buddy walk and adventure walk destinations. Dogs in our group walk service must be comfortable with other dogs and enjoy car rides.
My dog is not spayed or neutered. Can my dog join group dog walks?
In order to join group dog walks, dogs 6 months of age or older must be spayed or neutered. Intact dogs are welcome to join us for private walks or training walks.
Can my puppy join group walks?
We do not accept puppies under the age of 5 months old in group walks to ensure that puppies are not overwhelmed during important physical growth and learning stages of their lives. We welcome puppies under 5 months old for private walks or training walks. Once puppies are 5 months old and spayed or neutered, if group walks are suitable for them, we transition them to groups if desired.
What vaccinations are required in order to join your service?
Dogs must be up to date with Rabies and DHPP vaccinations. We strongly recommend Bordetella, flea and tick prevention, or other prevention or vaccines as recommended by your veterinarian.
My dog is shy, anxious or aggressive towards unknown people, other dogs or various triggers. Can my dog still go on walks with you?
We can help! We specialize in dogs who require a bit of TLC (tender loving care). We are well equipped to help dogs that may show anxiety, reactivity or aggression towards various triggers, and will take all the time they need to get to know us during their initial service so that we move at a pace at which they are comfortable. We will then make sure that your TLC dog is kept under threshold, calm and happy once they trust us enough to go for walks with us. We’re happy to discuss our evidence-based strategy to help your dog become comfortable with us and while on walks during your meet and greet. TLC dogs are welcome to join us for private or training walks, but are not suitable for group walks.
Will I always have the same walker?
We make every attempt to send your regular walker daily, but from time to time when our walkers are on vacation or are unwell, we will send another walker. For TLC dogs who don’t do well with new people, we’ll contact you in advance to let you know that your regular walker will be away so that you can make other arrangements. While we preplan vacation time well in advance, we can’t preplan when a walker needs a sick day so in the event your walker is sick, we’ll contact you that morning. Otherwise, we’ll give you lots of notice.
Will I have to provide a key to my home?
We do not retain client keys in our possession. New clients are required to provide us with a lockbox and the key is returned to the lockbox daily. For clients who live in buildings, you may leave your key with your concierge service if your building provides that service. Otherwise, we will require both a key and a fob in your lockbox to gain entrance.
There is no parking available to visitors to my building. Can my dog still join group walks?
In order to provide group walk service, free parking directly adjacent to your building’s entrance must be available in order for dog walkers to be able to pick up your dog for group walks. If you do not have parking available, our on-foot dog walkers are happy to provide private walks or training walks.
Is your team available for occasional or on-demand walks?
In order to provide consistent and dependable service and to ensure all dogs can be scheduled into our walkers’ days, we only provide service to those clients who are looking for 5-day-a-week, Monday to Friday service. We also believe that it is important that dogs have routine and predictability. Therefore, we do not take on dogs for occasional or on-demand walks.
Do you provide walks on holidays or weekends?
We are closed and there is no service on statutory holidays or on weekends.
What area do you service?
We currently service Corktown, Moss Park, Regent Park, the Distillery District, Riverside, Rosedale, Cabbagetown, St. James Town and Leslieville. We expand our boundaries from time to time as our service grows, so please check with us if you fall outside of this geographical area.
What are your Monthly Canine Social Walks and how do I join?
Our monthly trainer led Canine Social Walks are a fun, social and enriching opportunity for you and your dog to get together with other dog walking and training clientele for a group buddy walk or adventure walk together to enjoy our beautiful city. Walks generally take place on weekends or early evenings. We serve up coffee, donuts and dog treats at the beginning of each outing! Walks are scheduled monthly, and emailed invitations with time and meet up location will be sent to you. We hope you join us for these fun get together!
How do I sign up?
The first step is to book a complimentary meet and greet so that we can get to know each other and discuss your needs. After the meet and greet, we’ll provide you with a link to purchase your package, we’ll schedule you in and begin service! To schedule your service, click on the Book Meet and Greet button at the top of this page.