your dog needs...
Dogs are social animals. They thrive on play and the
company of people and other dogs. Daily exercise,
socialization and stimulation is very important for
your dog's health, and helps prevent many common behavioral
problems, such as destructiveness, separation anxiety
and excessive barking.
Pooch Pals is a dog walking service that provides
for some of these needs, as well as peace of mind
to busy pet owners. We specialize in group morning
or afternoon adventure hikes through local dog-friendly
parks and conservation areas. We also offer private
on-leash walks and mid-day "puppy visits”.
Our focus is to provide a healthy and safe environment
for your pet, while ensuring that your pooch receives
needed attention and affection in your absence. If
a dog doesn't have the opportunity to exercise and
socialize on a regular basis, it will act inappropriately
toward people and other dogs. At least two walks daily
help prevent these problems. We can provide one of
these walks. You come home to a happy dog.
Pooch Pals is a registered member of the Canadian
Pet Sitters Association. We are fully
bonded and insured. While encouraging basic
obedience, we offer only positive re-enforcement during
our walks. We pride ourselves on great service for
both the owner and animal, and treat all our dogs
as though they were our own.
serve the Durham Region
including Whitby, Brooklin, Ajax and Pickering
the Top Dog
In 2001 Trish adopted her first dog, Goofy –
a sweet golden retriever with a flair for silliness.
Trish decided she needed to create a way to spend
her days enjoying his company. A born animal lover,
she found her true calling when she launched Pooch
Pals in 2002. Rain, snow, sleet… you’ll
find this girl with a smile on her face as long as
she’s with her ‘Pooch Pals’ on an
adventure. Her canine clients provide her with
a constant source of entertainment.
Years later and with two more additions to her canine
family, Goofy, Angel & Gracie happily accompany
their mom to work on a daily basis. Trish’s
Golden Retrievers came to her with health concerns
so special needs animals are nothing new to her. Her
struggle to keep her own critters happy and healthy
means that she is always up to date on the latest
trends in feeding, medicine and exercise. Her
involvement in the animal care community has provided
her with a wealth of information and a wide range
of professionals to refer her clients to.
For the past 3 years, Trish has happily volunteered
for The Canadian Golden Retriever Adoption Service
inc. creating quarterly newsletters and always lending
a helping hand where needed. An avid photographer,
Trish enjoys snapping photos of her ‘Pooch Pals’
while on their adventures so that pet parents can
get a glimpse into their days. Her love of the
outdoors spills over into her off time where she enjoys
canoeing (with her dogs) and camping (you guessed
it, with her dogs)!