A Little About Furriends Dog Walking

Beliefs

  • Each dog is different and quirky in their own way but they all have the commonality of wanting to love and be loved.

  • Exercise for dogs is very important and proper exercise can reduce the severity of many behavioural problems.

  • Kindness and patience while training will allow you to build a strong bond between you and your pet.

Values

  • Safety: This is a top priority for me. I take many safety measures to ensure I, as well as the pups, return home safely each day.

  • Trustworthiness: I understand your trust in me is fundamental. During our meet and greet, we will get to know each other first to ensure you are comfortable before any walks begin.

  • Respectfulness: Being an animal lover, I respect all animals. I will earn your dog’s respect through reward-based interactions and gentle leadership. In this way, our walks can be fun and stress-free!

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Maisie grew up in Calgary, AB and her passion of working with animals began at a young age. She lived with her dog, Geo, and he was with her in every step as she travelled for school and work. In 2013, Maisie graduated from University of Alberta with a BSc. in Animal Health. Several years later, Geo passed away at the age of 14 due to heart complications. As many pet owners know, the loss of your first fur pal is not easy. Soon after, Maisie found motivation through the loss of her furriend and began dog walking on the side of working at her corporate job. However, it didn't take long for her to realize she wanted to pursue dog walking full time!  She received a Dog Walking Certification and Pet First Aid Certification, and thus began a new chapter of her life: Furriends Dog Walking!

Furriends Dog Walking is an insured and bonded company that operates with Maisie as the sole dog walker. She has a force-free and  reward-based style of walking. The company started in 2018 and considers safety with the utmost importance. To ensure safety of Maisie and the pups, all dogs are walked with a harness and loose leash walking is practised at every visit. Walks are done on-leash unless otherwise discussed with owner beforehand. In addition, dogs are assessed before any services to determine compatibility and vaccination records are required. In the vehicle, they are in separate crates to avoid any injuries while in motion. Furriends Dog Walking strives to create an enjoyable outing for your pup then returns them home safe and sound each day! 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many dogs do you walk at one time in a group walk?

Maisie: I am comfortable with walking up to 4 dogs at one time. I like to stick with what I know I can handle to keep the walks enjoyable!

  • Which dogs would you require to have 1 on 1 walks?

Maisie: I require puppies and dogs that are more excitable/reactive to have 1 on 1 walks. This includes dogs with behaviours such as barking and lunging at other dogs/humans/bikes/leaves/squirrels/ etc. Dogs in a group feed off of each other's energy so to keep walks nice and calm for everyone, a behavioural assessment is done on each dog to ensure they will be good with other furriends!

  • What areas do you offer walks?

Maisie: My main service area is Bridgeland but I accept walks in Renfrew, Crescent Heights, Mount Pleasant, East Village, and Hillhurst.