Question: So how does it work? How do we get our dog/s started?
Answer: We will start with a free in your home consultation, cover several questions and answers, fill in some paperwork and if it seems like a good fit for all us we will book your dog’s first hike on a day that best suits him/her.
Question: Do you pick them up or do we drop them off at your facility?
Answer: We are a mobile service with a comfortable, temperature controlled interior and will pick up and drop off your dog/s to your home or office within Nanaimo. **Meeting place is available for people who live outside of Nanaimo**
Question: I have a small dog: will she be ok with the other dogs on an adventure hike?
Answer: Our pack consists of dogs of all shapes and sizes and varies from day to day. We do our best to match all dogs up into the right groups and more often personality is more important than size. Just look at our smallest member Poncho!!
Question: Should I feed my dog before or after the hike?
Answer: We highly recommend that the dogs get fed at least 3 hours before pick up or wait until after the hike to avoid car sickness or bloat (stomach torsion) while running.
Question: I see lots of swimming pictures. What if my dog doesn’t like swimming? What will he do when the others are swimming?
Answer: The dogs are always given something to focus on and are encouraged to explore, play and run while the others are swimming. Sometimes the non-swimmer becomes a swimmer because of the influence and encouragement of other members!
Question: Will my dog come home very wet and dirty?
Answer: Running in the forest, the dogs can get dirty; in the rain, they will get wet; and in the summer they spend time cooling off in the lakes or rivers. We plan the walks according to the weather and in poor weather conditions there are areas that will be avoided. We do our best to ensure that the dogs return home in a reasonable state and we will towel-dry them before they re-enter your home.
Question: How old does my puppy have to be join the pack?
Answer: Since the nature of our service is quite rugged and puppies’ bones and joints need to be strong and developed enough to endure jumping on logs and running through the bush. Your vet or breeder will give you the best advice in this regards. As a note of reference our youngest hiker was 5 months old but every breed and dog is different and you can always opt for the average-paced, one hour adventure.
Question: What is your vaccination policy?
Answer: We require that all vaccinations under the advisement of your veterinarian are kept current. OR. If you have consulted with a holistic veterinarian and have chosen not to continue with regular vaccinations we require that your dog has been titer tested within the last 12 months and that the core vaccinations of canine distemper, canine parvovirus and rabies were administered within the last three years.
Question: What is your spay and neuter policy?
Answer: We require that all members be spayed or neutered. However, if there are professional reasons for your choice to leave your dog intact ie; Breeding contracts, Showing; we can discuss this with you and determine if your dog will be suitable for our services. ***We will ask that you keep your female at home during her heat cycle.