Solo vs Group Walks
We have, in the past, walked dogs together from mixed households in a small group but we changed our policy after the arrival of Covid-19 as group walks were temporarily prohibited by our professional bodies. They are now allowed again, with precautions, however for our own personal & professional reasons we chose to remain a Solo/Single household service provider. Our experience of providing both types of walk leaves us well placed to point out a few of the benefits of choosing a Solo walk over a Group Walk, including those relating to the current Coronavirus pandemic. We appreciate the main appeal of a Group Walk is the socialisation they provide & Solo walks can often cost slightly more but hopefully some of the benefits outlined below will help you to decide if a Solo walk would be equally as good if not better for you & your dog. Please also read our FAQs for more information about us.
- Walks are tailored to your dogs preference & ability be that a gentle stroll with time to smell the roses, a fast paced hike to burn off some energy or something in between. On a group walk they may be held back by or not be able to keep up with the pace of the other dogs. Some dogs may also find a group environment overwhelming or overstimulating
- Dogs who prefer their own company can be easily steered away from anything that would cause them undue stress & sociable dogs can still meet up with their pals or meet new ones whilst we are out walking
- Our full attention is on your dog & we won’t be distracted by other dogs
- We can react to any incident or emergency much easier when only walking 1 dog
- The time allocated is all yours, not shared with other dogs or other clients, therefore we can easily add in extra duties such as feeding to your dogs time or adapt the walk to a pop-in visit if, for example, your dog is poorly or its too warm to walk
- With the current presence of Covid-19, we can easily manage the hygiene measures that are required in between clients to minimise cross-infection to ensure the safety of our clients. This is particularly important to our self-isolating & vulnerable clients as it allows us to continue to provide our services throughout the pandemic as dogs from these households must be walked on an individual client basis. It is also much easier to adhere to social distancing rules the fewer dogs you are walking