Frequently Asked Questions
Why do I need a dog walker?
Work gets busy and time runs short, and next thing your know, your pup is only getting a 5 minute potty outing every day.
At least two walks daily are ideal for your dog to remain in a healthy mental and physical state. Dogs are naturally social creatures and enjoy interaction with other dogs. They should be encouraged from a young age to meet other dogs and people, so they develop proper and socially acceptable behaviour.
In order for dogs to act appropriately towards visitors to your home, friends and other dogs, they need to be taught. After all, they are animals, and to take their role as companions to us, they need some guidance. Consider our services as proactive action towards a positive and healthy life.
What services do you provide?
Our main services are group and private dog walks. We pick up your pooch from your home, and drop them off tired and relaxed. On cat visits, we feed kitty, change the litter, rotate your lights and bring in the mail.
We also deliver pet supplies on request and will be glad to take your pets to veterinary appointments if needed.
Boarding is also available to our regular clients and for new clients on request.
How does A Walk Apart gain access to my house?
You can either provide us with a copy of your house key, or arrange to be home when we pick up and drop off your pet. Alternatively, you can leave the key in a safe, secret spot, or a lock box.
Where will my dog be walked?
During our one hour group walks, we will usually go to one of the parks throughout North York or Central Toronto. With your approval, your dog will play in the off-least areas, or be walked through the parks on leash. We try to change locations regularly, as we find that the change of scenery keeps our dogs interested and engaged in their daily adventures.
How often will you walk my dog?
The frequency of walks is up to you, but our recommendation is that you allow your dog to join our groups as least three times a week. When dogs walk together regularly, they are familiar with each other and able to function as a pack much easier.
How long are the walks?
Group walks last a minimum of one hour. This means for one whole hour, we are in the park or in the ravine and not driving there or picking up other dog friends.
Private walks are either half hour or one hour, but if you have a different request, we are happy to accomodate.
Why does my dog need a license?
Licensing issues are determined by the Toronto Municipal Code, and dog walkers must comply. Dogs need to wear a tag displaying their license, for their own safety and the safety of other dogs and people in public spaces. Since most of our walks are in public spaces, we have to make sure that you and your dog are protected under Toronto’s laws, so that we always have a safe and fun time on our walks.
Proud to serve North York and Midtown Toronto. Please contact us if you live just outside of our service map, and we will do our best to accommodate your needs.