Cat Sitting Services
Most cats prefer to stay at home, familiar with their surroundings, their established outside territory space and most important of all, their own bed and home. I can provide both AM & PM visits, depending on your requirements. For all cat visits, the following are included:-
Plenty of TLC / Provision of fresh water and food / Cleaning of feeding area and bowls / Cleaning out litter trays / Basic grooming / Watering plants / Bringing in post / Wheelie bins /Home security checks
“Cats are connoisseurs of comfort” ~ James Herriot
Dog Walking Services
A regular and daily exercise pattern is essential for your dog's good health, physical and mental well being. Exercise also helps prevents depression, behavioural issues, joint problems and heart conditions. (According to the National Office of Animal Health).
Dog Walking - One on One
Initially, all new clients are walked one on one. This allows me and your dog to get to know and trust each other and to build up a relationship, first and foremost. To me, this is of utmost importance.
Dog Walking - Pairs
'Safety first - Safety in pairs'
In order for your dog to safely enjoy the benefits of walking with another dog, we will ensure that your dog is matched with a suitable companion in terms of age, size, sex, breed and ability. This way, you can be sure that your dog will get the most from his/her walks. From my experience of pairing dogs and keeping to a set routine, the dogs make friends, grow in confidence and basically look forward to seeing each other for a safe and enjoyable walk.
Walking in pairs, allows us to give your dog the undivided attention and love they deserve. I encourage plenty of interaction (only with other dogs that I am familiar with) so as to further encourage their social skills and to allow them to make friends.
Dog Walking - Up to 4 (maximum)
Having established my business in 2013, a number of clients have been walking together since inception. It works beautifully well, we all look forward to seeing each other and most importantly, we are are all safe and happy, when close together.
Through experience and personal preference - I do not encourage group or pack walking.
In accordance with the City of London and Epping Forest District Council byelaws and using powers under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, the DCO (Dog Control Orders) that came in to full force 14 January 2013, specify that no more than four dogs should be walked at any one time.
Supervision & Pack Walking
Every dog owner knows how difficult it can be to keep an eye on their own dog, imagine what it is like trying to control more than four! Not to forget clearing up after each dog. Being environmentally conscious, respectful and considerate towards other forest users, as me and my team at Cookie's Pet Patrol are, this is an area of concern for us and we adhere to the rules.
As a personal preference, I do not favor pack walking in groups of more than 4 dogs. I like to keep my dogs close by, where I can keep an eye on them and keep them safe. Plus, we are all very happy in each other's company and like to stay close to each other. My dogs are never out of my sight, call or reach.
On or Off the Lead
'There is no safer dog, than a dog on a lead'
As previously mentioned, a 7m extension lead is used for all our dogs in the first instance and of which provides ample freedom to exercise.
Only once we are satisfied with a dogs recall and with written consent from the owner, will a dog be let off the lead. Both methods of walking your dog are satisfactory. Often this comes down to personal preference. As always, we are here to help at Cookie's Pet Patrol.
I am so lucky to have Royal Epping Forest and the City of London's open spaces on my doorstep. I can never get enough of walking through these beautiful locations, I am sure your dog will be very happy too.
On average and in accordance with my FitBit, I walk between 7 and 12 miles per day. The better the conditions, the longer the distance.
Home Visit & Garden Let Out for Puppies and Senior Dogs
Another strong area of concern I have is the amount of physical exercise that a puppy requires. I always suggest that you seek advice from your Vet, in the first instance. Therefore, it may be more favorable that your puppy (or elderly dog) receives a home visit and garden let out, instead.
See below the Kennel Club's guidelines on Puppy Exercise;-
Puppies need much less exercise than fully-grown dogs. If you over-exercise a growing puppy you can overtire it and damage its developing joints, causing early arthritis. A good rule of thumb is a ratio of five minutes exercise per month of age (up to twice a day) until the puppy is fully grown, i.e. 15 minutes (up to twice a day) when three months old, 20 minutes when four months old etc. Once they are fully grown, they can go out for much longer.
Updates & Photos
Catching happy moments and keeping you regularly updated with messages and pictures via WhatsApp, is all part of the service.
Obedience Assistance | Dog Training
I am both Dog Training CPD Certified Level 3 and Canine Behaviour CPD Certified Level 3.
I am used to attending puppy training and obedience classes and have solely trained many of my family's twenty six German Shepherds, over the last 40 years (see Gallery).
Basic Reasons Why A Dog Should be Trained
Build a positive relationship, teach life skills, increase sociability, avoid problem behaviors, loyalty and companionship.
Basic commands are introduced and used from the word go as standard practice and working together as a team, you will see your new recruit responding fantastically. That's a promise... So long as we all work together and stick to the plan!
When basic obedience commands and/or further training would be beneficial, I can offer to improve your dog's walking and behavioural habits, whilst out walking and to enhance their understanding of roadwork by focusing part of our time on pavements.
Any time spent training will be returned to both you and your dog exponentially, in terms of a healthy relationship and a harmonious household. Plus, and I cannot stress this enough, the relationship I build with your dog will be a safer one for him/her, myself and any other dogs that we meet.
In order for your dog to benefit from our beautiful Epping Forest, local nature reserves and the City of London's open spaces that Loughton has to offer, a short car journey will be necessary. The fact that we only operate in Loughton, means any journey is only ever a short one. My vehicle is a Smart ForFour which has been adapted and adjusted in order to provide safety, comfort and warmth. All dogs are provided with fresh water, low fat treats, soft bedding, blankets and a seat belt. All my dogs are buckled in safely, with plenty of light, visible access, fresh air, air conditioning and ClassicFM on the radio. My dogs love their ride, as much as they love their walks.
Collection and Drop Off
I will collect your dog and have him/her out walking within 10 minutes of collection. Additional time is spent sitting calmly, generally settling him/her down, washing and drying him/her off, providing fresh water and as always, plenty of love, care and attention.
Over the years and understanding the behaviour of dogs as I do, I have alleviated 'car sickness and/or phobia' in many puppies and dogs using kindness, compassion, patience, consideration and love.
Mud and Water
During the winter and wet months, all paws are washed down at the end of each walk with warm water and warm towels are used to dry them off and wrap them up.
I do not charge extra for this service. You will return home to a happy, calm, content and clean dog.
Medication & Pet Ambulance
I am Emergency Canine First Aid trained (CPD Accreditation).
If administering medication or a trip to the vet is required - I can take care of these on your behalf.
I will always do my best to accommodate you and your much loved dogs and cats.
Cancellation charges are incurred at 100% if less than 24 hours
notice is given.
The Kennel Club (KC)
The Kennel Club (https://www.thekennelclub.org.uk)
is the UK’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting and promoting the health and welfare of all dogs. Besides being a voluntary register for pedigree dogs and crossbreed dogs, The Kennl Club can offer dog owners and those working with dogs an unparalleled source of education, experience and advice on puppy buying, dog health, dog training and dog breeding.
“The better I get to know men, the more I find myself loving dogs” ~ Charles de Gaulle
Sarah Cooke | Tele: 07831 178188