Best Dog Walks In Derby.

Best Dog Walks In Derby

Derby is a lovely place to visit and has plenty of history to explore. Derby has some pet friendly hotels and there are plenty of parks for you and your best friend to enjoy dog walking in and around Derby.

There are picturesque country parks and lots of open green spaces. Some areas even have parks, nature reserves and playgrounds so lots to keep the whole family entertained. Many parks have rules about when to keep dogs on lead so be mindful of these when visiting and don’t forget to take a drink for your best friend!

Poppy Wood

Poppy Wood is one of the best places for dog walks in Derby. With plenty of trails and lots of dog friendly grassy woodland, you will be sure of a great dog friendly walk. There are some enclosed areas for off lead fun for your dog.

There are also picnic tables dotted around so you can always enjoy a picnic with your best furry friend.

Elvaston Castle Country Park

Elvaston Castle Country Park is a dog friendly site, but they do ask that dogs are kept on leads in central courtyard areas. There are some dog tie up points near the information centre and in the courtyard if needed. The park is free to enter however there is a charge to park your car. Elvaston Castle Country Park is in walking distance of Alvaston and Borrowash.

Marketon Park

Being close to the centre of Derby, Marketon Park offers lots of open spaces, paths and areas to explore with your dog. As with other parks, please be mindful of letting your dog off lead if they like to chase wildlife.

There are also lots of childrens play areas at the park but dogs aren’t allowed in these areas. Marketon Park is very popular when the weather is nice, so bear that in mind when planning your visit.

Mercia Marina

This a great starting place to access the canal paths for some lovely walks with your dog. There are also some planned circular walks listed on their website. After your walk, there are plenty of places to eat and drink along the marina. Added bonus!

Darley Park

Darley Park is a very beautiful park and it is situated within walking distance of Derby City Centre. The park includes some nice open spaces for your dog to have chance for a good run and play. The park also hosts access to the River Derwent if your dog loves a dip in the water.

Chaddesden Park

A lovely spot to take your dog for some exercise, plenty of open space and there is even a stream for your dog to have a splash around in, great for those warm summer days.

Best Dog Walks In Derby

Foremark Reservior

Lots of lovely paths here to explore with your dog, you can even have a walk on the sandy “beach” areas. Dogs must be kept on a lead here so bear that in mind if your dog loves off lead play.

It can get crowded here on sunny days, so best to go early if you can. There is a small shop selling drinks and ice creams too.

Monsal Trail

This trail is about 20km long and takes in some spectacular scenery along the way. Being an old railway track, this route is great for those needing a nice flat walk. The trail is popular with horses and cyclists so best to keep your dog on their lead.

Plus this trail is near Bakewell with all its lovely charm and tasty cakes from the local bakeries.

Allestree Park

Allestree Park is the largest open space on Derby so lots of space for your dog to have a great time. Parking is free here too so an added bonus if it isn’t within walking distance.

If you would like to find out more about dog walking & pet care services in Derby, contact our Derby branch on derby@scampsandchamps.co.uk and one of our team will be back in touch with you as soon as possible.

Hiring a dog walker?

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During the past year, dog ownership has increased by a huge amount. Lots of households have taken advantage of the home working to introduce a new puppy/dog into the family. Despite there being a lot of downsides to this pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns, more time at home to welcome a new furry family member is definitely one of the positives.

With restrictions due to ease further in the coming months and companies looking for employees to physically return to work, even if on a part time basis, dog owners now need to consider their new family member and how they fit into a normal working lifestyle. If you will be out at work for most of the day, you may need to consider getting a dog walker. Despite sounding like a daunting task, the right dog walker can help your weekly routine run as smoothly as it is doing now. There are things to consider when hiring a dog walker and we’ve outlined some below:

Group and solo walks

A consideration is whether your dog would prefer a solo walk – just a walk by themselves, or whether they may enjoy the company of other dogs on their walk. If this is the case, ask the dog walker how many dogs they walk at one time. Whilst it’s nice for your dog to have company, too may dogs walked in one go means your dog may not get the care and attention they deserve.

Meet and greet

Make sure any potential walker offers to come and meet you and your dogs first. This is a great way to see how they interact with your dog and to as any questions you may have. Good walkers would offer this as a standard and not shy away from any questions. Always trust your gut with this meeting, it’s almost always right!

Flexibility

Check with any potential walkers how flexible they are – can they fit walks in as and when you need them or do they require a regular commitment? How do you book walks? Do they have a booking system or is it just a quick text/phone call to book?

Reliability

What happens if your walker is ill, has to self isolate or is on holiday? Is there a back up plan in place? You need to know that if you have booked a walk and your walker should become ill, that an alternative option could be provided to save changing your work arrangements.

Trustworthiness

Is your walker insured? Dog walking is so far an unregulated business area so anyone and everyone can set up a dog walking business! Have they been police checked? Remember that you are probably going to be trusting this person with a key to your home so you need to trust this person.

Area of walks

Where will the walker walk your dog? Do they walk around your local area or do they use a vehicle to take them to a local park? If your dog doesn’t travel well, this is definitely something to consider.

Follow up

Ask if your walker gives you any feedback following the walks. It’s always great to receive a quick message ‘Barney had a great walk today!’ along with a picture whilst you aren’t there. This means you can relax and move on with your day knowing your dog has had a good walk.

Here at Scamps and Champs, we are passionate about dogs and their daily exercise. While we are a national brand, we have small local teams in each area so you get the best of both! Get in touch if you want to find out how we meet the above points, and ask us any other questions you may have!

What do Scamps and Champs dog walkers do when it rains?

What Do Scamps & Champs Dog Walkers Do When It Rains?

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We walk your dog! If you are happy for us to, we will always take your dog out in the rain. We love dog walking and are just as happy to go out in wet weather as we are on dry days. Dog walking in the rain is often as enjoyable as walking in the sun. It can be lots of fun and your dog will still have an engaging, fun and stimulating walk. A lot of dogs LOVE wet walks! I’m thinking of the Labradors and Springer Spaniels I know who lie down in the biggest puddle at every opportunity they get!

We will put your dog’s raincoat on, if he has one, to prevent him getting absolutely soaked and will always dry your dog well with towels after a dog walk.

If you would rather your dog not get too wet, then we can take him out for a toilet break and play inside instead.

Why chose a dog walker from Scamps and Champs Bristol?

Scamps and Champs are one of the country’s top pet care services, offering a professional level of pet-sitting and dog-walking excellence, within the animal care sector. Scamps and Champs are a well-known, established brand, offering a caring and trust-worthy service, to all pet owners and animals.

Scamps and Champs Bristol never pack walk your dog with multiple other dogs, as we fully understand how precious your pets are to you and therefore, we believe in a caring service and treating each dog as if it was our own.

Scamps and Champs Bristol offer a premium dog walking service which includes all the following:

  • A free meet and greet consultation to discuss your individual pet care needs. We can offer you a regular or flexible dog walking service, each package is tailored to your individual needs and your dog’s personality.
  • An online booking option – quick and easy to use.
  • A fully insured and police checked pet carer.
  • GPS tracking – location check in service.
  • Electronic feedback and photos during each visit – so you know what your dog has been up to!
  • Individual group size – Scamps and Champs don’t believe in pack walking your dog in large groups. However, if they love company and would benefit from socialising with other dogs, then we are happy to pair your dog up with a walking buddy or two. Assuming everyone is getting on well with each other and that every dog is going to benefit from a group walk, we are happy to walk your dog with up to three other pup-pals.
  • A main dog walker and a back up dog walker – so when your main dog walker is unable to walk your dog your back up dog walker will. You and your dog will previously have met both your main and your back up dog walker.

If this is the kind of dog walking service you would like then get in touch on 0333 200 5827

Why Use A Dog Walking Service?

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Dog walking саn be a tremendous stress reliever аnd brіng іmmеnѕе hарріnеѕѕ whеn  dоg аnd owner аrе аt one.    We would all love to be able to stay at home all day with our beloved furry friends but it isn’t always possible.   Some people work or are out of the house for long periods or you just might want to go for a family day out.

Hiring the services of a professional dog walking company can help.  The demand for this ѕеrvісе hаѕ rіѕеn over rесеnt уеаrѕ as реорlе’ѕ lives have bесоmе buѕіеr wіth work аnd ѕосіаl еvеntѕ.

Here аrе some reasons why you might want to use a dog walking service.   

Buѕу Lіfе

Wе undеrѕtаnd thаt lіfе gets buѕу and you may not always find the time to walk your dog.  Dog walking ѕеrvісеѕ саn hеlр уоu manage уоur time аnd schedule effectively tо еnѕurе thаt уоur dоg gеtѕ the attention it dеѕеrvеѕ.   Your соmраnіоn can hаvе all thе fun іn thе world while уоu are аt work оr out for the day.  Allоwіng уоur роосh to exercise when you are not аt hоmе will еnѕurе that hе оr ѕhе іѕ саlmеr аnd ԛuіеtеr whеn уоu gеt bасk!

Prоfеѕѕіоnаl Experience

Your dog will be walked by a dog walker who is fully insured and all walks will be GPS tracked.    Your dog walker will fit the walk to meet your best friend’s physical needs and, of course, capabilities.

Recovering From Illness

If you have been ill or recovering from an operation, hiring a professional dog walking company can help take the pressure off you while you get well.   

Overall, dоg wаlkіng ѕеrvісеѕ аrе еxtrеmеlу соnvеnіеnt. They bеnеfіt both you, as аn owner, and уоur dоg. Yоur dog wіll also be іn ѕаfе аnd knоwlеdgеаblе hands, whіlе you are not there.

Whether or nоt іt is to exercise your dоg dаіlу оr tо саrе, play аnd walk hіm аnd kеер hіm соmраnу аll dау, dоg wаlkіng ѕеrvісеѕ and рrоfеѕѕіоnаl pet саrе are an increasingly popular service.    It can prevent boredom, chewing or destructive behaviour. 

You might not need help with walking your dog but would like someone to pop in at lunchtime to give them a bit of company and a toilet break.    We offer a 30 minute home visit for puppies and older dogs.

If уоu аrе ѕtrugglіng tо jugglе wоrk, family, a ѕосіаl life, аnd еxеrсіѕіng уоur dоg  thеn hіrіng thе services оf a dog wаlkеr will give you peace of mіnd, thаt whіlе уоu are аwау, your dog іѕ exercised, looked аftеr аnd fed соrrесtlу.

Scamps & Champs offer a reliable, professional dog walking service.    We will never “pack walk” your dog with large groups of other dogs.    We can provide off lead walks with your written permission.

All of our dog walkers are fully insured.

Contact us to find out more or check availability in your area.

Dog Walker In Cardiff

Dog Walker In Cardiff

Are you looking for a professional dog walker in Cardiff and Barry?

Katrina, owner of Scamps & Champs Cardiff is a fully insured dog walker who will treat your dogs as if they were her own.   Katrina holds a Diploma in Canine Psychology and has been fully trained in Canine CPR and first aid.

Katrina is based in Cardiff but provides her dog walking service in the following locations, cf3, cf5, cf10, cf11, cf14, cf15, cf23, cf24, cf62, cf63, cf64.

At Scamps & Champs Cardiff we know how difficult it can be finding the right dog walker.   We offer a free initial meeting where Katrina will come out to meet you and your dogs and we can find out as much as possible about your dogs routine and behaviours, things they enjoy and things that worry them.

The Scamps & Champs meet and greet is also your opportunity to find out more about Scamps & Champs and how we work.

Scamps & Champs meet and greet
Meeting your pets

You can book online, pay online and all walks are GPS tracked for your peace of mind.

Scamps & Champs Cardiff will never “pack walk” your dog.    If your dog enjoys playing with other dogs, we will carefully match to a dog/s with a similar temperament.

Our walks do not include travelling time which means your dog will get a full 30 minutes or 60 minutes and we will drop them off back at home happy and tired to await your return.

If you are looking for a professional, reliable dog walker in Cardiff and Barry then look no further.

Scamps & Champs Cardiff also offer a range of services include dog walking, puppy visits, pet sitting, cat sitting, dog wedding chaperone service, dog home boarding.

For more information contact Katrina on 0333 200 5827 or email cardiff@scampsandchamps.co.uk

Is Doggy Daycare The Best For Your Dog?

If уоu have ever hаd dоubtѕ about leaving уоur dоg аt hоmе аlоnе when уоu head оff fоr wоrk оr еrrаndѕ оr a dау оut wіth frіеndѕ, doggy dаусаrе mау bе rіght for уоu. Whіlе the bеnеfіtѕ to you mіght bе оbvіоuѕ, the рluѕеѕ for уоur dоg can аlѕо bе great.

Dоggy daycares оffеr uр a ѕlеw оf fun аnd іntеrеѕtіng thіngѕ for dоgѕ to dо іndооrѕ аnd оut.   They mау play hіdе-аnd-ѕееk оr find-the-treat, tаkе lоng grоuр wаlkѕ, enjoy a rоund of tug-of-war, or even bе trеаtеd tо a movie mаdе especially for dоgѕ оnlу. If hе іѕ staying in a рrіvаtе residence wіth оnlу a few оthеr dogs, hе mіght be оn thе couch nеxt tо hіѕ dog ѕіttеr bеіng ѕсrаtсhеd and pampered. He will bе wеll cared fоr аnd enjoy an еxсіtіng and fun dау away frоm hоmе.

Thе рrеmіѕе behind dоggy dаусаrе is еаѕу tо undеrѕtаnd. A ԛuаlіfіеd fасіlіtу рrоvіdеѕ a ѕаfе and hеаlthу environment with lots оf humаn and dog іntеrасtіоn. Group рlау, tоуѕ, trеаtѕ, activity, аnd rеѕt periods аrе аll part оf the mіx, and іn most саѕеѕ, daycare buѕіnеѕѕеѕ are ореrаtеd bу dоg lоvеrѕ whо thіnk thаt ѕреndіng thеіr dауѕ wіth a bunch оf dоgѕ is the nеxt best thing tо hеаvеn.

Dоggy dаусаrе сеntеrѕ offer a brоаd rаngе оf ѕеrvісеѕ.   Some offer overnight bоаrdіng, trаіnіng рrоgrаmѕ, аnd grооmіng, as well аѕ mаѕѕаgе, hydrotherapy аnd оthеr health treatments. Often thеу аrе hоuѕеd іn buіldіngѕ wіth lаrgе ореn ѕрасеѕ thаt can bе separated for large dоgѕ аnd ѕmаll to mеdіum-ѕіzеd dоgѕ and ԛuіеt аrеаѕ fоr uѕе whеn thіngѕ gеt tоо raucous. Aѕ wіth kennels, thеу usually have оutdооr аrеаѕ for еxеrсіѕе.

Doggie daycare can be suitable for medium to high energy dogs who enjoy the company of other dogs and have good social skills.

If your dog gets easily stressed, anxious, is a bit more laid back, they may prefer to stay at home snoozing on the sofa or in their dog crate.    If you are out for long periods of time, you could enlist the services of a dog walker to come in and take your dog for a walk or a pop in visit for a toilet break.

A lot of reputable doggy daycare centres will have a dog trainer/behaviourist on site to oversee the play/interaction between the dogs and separate when necessary.   It is also essential that your dog gets plenty of rest time between play sessions.

All doggy daycare facilities must be licensed by the local council and have adequate insurance cover.   You will be asked to provide proof of your dogs annual boosters and kennel cough vaccinations.

Finally, соllесtіng rеfеrrаlѕ from friends with dogs is a perfect step and fіnd оut where your frіеndѕ еntruѕt thе well-being оf thеіr four-footed frіеndѕ аnd mаkе саllѕ from thеrе.   Have a look on facebook and instagram and ask to go for a visit.   

All doggy daycares will insist on a trial assessment/familisation session first to make sure your dog is suitable for doggy daycare.  If your dog has ever shown aggression to other dogs, they probably won’t be accepted. A one to one solo dog walk with a dog walker would be a better option.

Ask the daycare centre owner how many dogs approximately are in each group, are small/large dogs mixed together, how many dogs to each staff member, what is the procedure if a dog fight occurs, what training do the staff receive and how do they deal with unwanted behaviours.

If your dog would be more suited to a home based doggie daycare or would prefer to stay in the comfort of their own home with a daily dog walk/visit, contact us on 0333 200 5827 to find out more about our dog walking/home visit services.

What Happens At A Scamps & Champs Meet & Greet

What Happens At A Scamps & Champs Meet & Greet

Free Meet & Greet at Your Home

The first thing that we do after you sign up for our services or enquire about our services, is come out to meet you and your pets at your home at a time that suits you.

You can take us through your pets usual routine and talk us through the information you have provided in your pet’s profile on our pet sitting software.   This way we can always be sure that we are providing pet care to your exact instructions.

You can show us where the pet food is kept, pet bowls, water bottles, leads and harnesses, favourite hiding places and anything else you think we might find useful.

We will be able to answer any questions you may have about our services and show you around the pet sitting software if required.

You can introduce us to your pets and talk through any habits or behaviours that you think we ought to know about and also any medications that need to be given.

We will bring our folder and show you our company insurance, references, dog home boarding arrangers licence and dbs checks.

You can update/add additional information to your pets profile at any time, upload photographs of your pets and also upload vaccination records.

If you are interested in dog walking services, we would then arrange for the dog walker who will be walking your dog to pop round to meet you and collect a key so you can meet the person who will be coming into your home.    We do have a team of dog walkers so we will always provide cover if your regular dog walker is on holiday or off sick.

Contact Us

Interested in finding out more about Scamps & Champs Dog Walking & Pet Care and how we can help?  Call us on 0333 200 5827 or contact us through our online form on our website www.scampsandchamps.co.uk.


What are the health benefits of daily dog walks?

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Can man’s best friend make you healthier? The answer is most definitely Yes. Not only that but taking your dog for a walk not only improves your health, but also the health of your dog.

Public Health guidelines say that we should all take as many opportunities as we can throughout the day to be active. The more we do, the better it is for both our mental and physical health. So, if you have a dog to walk you are at an advantage as you have a planned activity scheduled into your day from the outset.

So, how exactly does walking your dog effect your health?

Walking is therapeutic by helping reduce your stress giving a positive psychological effect. This can lower your blood pressure. Increasing relaxation, walking can provide good thinking time and after a walk a solution to a problem may become clearer. Being outside is good mental stimulation for your dog too, reducing boredom and bad behaviour. He will have much needed quality time with you which strengthens your bond with him, and the feeling of companionship is good for both of you.

Walking your dog becomes a habit needing discipline. Those early morning walks before work can be hard on waking, but once out with your dog you feel a lot more energetic, positive and have a sense of accomplishment. Seeing the look on your dog’s face when you are getting ready to go for a walk makes it all worthwhile! Having to be responsible for caring for a dog is a good motivator and can help reduce depression and improve sense of well-being.

Having a dog to walk encourages you to go outside, and to explore your surrounding area. You may find walks in areas that you normally wouldn’t find if you didn’t have a dog to take out. You will have more exercise in the fresh air promoting better sleep.

Walking your dog is a free way to get fit, with no need to pay to join a gym to get fit. The physical benefits of dog walking are plentiful. It is good for your heart, muscles, joints and waistline! This also applies to your dog!

Walking your dog inevitably allows you, and him, to meet new people and quite often make new, long lasting friendships with other like-minded people. It is sociable, even if you don’t want to talk to someone your dog may think differently and you will find that you find yourself stopping, commenting or having a chat with other dog owners and their beloved pets.

If you have a dog but need help to walk him on the days you find it difficult to then get in touch with Scamps and Champs Bristol. We provide a professional dog walking service. We love walking dogs and will provide stimulating walks to ensure your dog is happy. We never pack walk and offer a flexible dog walking service to meet your individual requirements.

Get in touch with Scamps and Champs Bristol on 0333 200 5827 or bristol@scampsandchamps.co.uk

How to keep your dog safe when Dog Walking in Bristol in Winter?

How To Keep Your Dog Safe In Winter

Here are some tips from Scamps and Champs Bristol to keep your dog safe when out walking during these winter months.

Ensure your dog wears a collar and ID tag when out and about, that he is microchipped and that the chip details are up to date. This is MOST important all year around. 

Keep your doggy friend safe by ensuring he can be seen in the dark by using a high visibility jacket and a flashing collar. Letting yourself be seen in the dark is equally important so wear clothing that is visible in the dark whenever possible. Also, think about your footwear to avoid slipping and falling whilst out walking your dog.

Keep your dog warm. Short haired, young or older dogs may benefit from a warm winter dog coat. Also, consider letting his hair grow longer over the cold winter months.

Regularly check your dog’s leads, collars and harnesses for wear and tear or damage. Check they are all working properly. Be aware that if it is very cold it can be difficult to do up lead clips and attach them to collars and harnesses. Check for rust as wet weather may make the metal clips rust.

Keep anti-freeze out of reach of your dog. Anti-freeze is tasty but is highly poisonous to a dog. Keep out of reach and mop up any spills immediately.

When you get back from your dog walk it is important to wipe your dog’s paws, legs and tummy. Grit and dampness can irritate his skin.

Ice can slice! Take care as stepping on ice when out walking can cause cuts and bleeding on your dog’s paws and legs.

Don’t let your dog walk on frozen ponds as he may fall through the ice into the water if the ice is not thick enough to take his weight. It is hard not to go in after him if he falls through, but you must never do this. Instead encourage him to swim back to you and call the emergency services.

When walking in snow be mindful that this new walking environment can be very exciting to your pup so consider keeping him on the lead.

NEVER leave you best friend alone in a car. Never. Not in cold or hot weather.

Consider changing your dog’s routine. If you are finding it difficult to exercise your dog in the dark evenings after work, then get in touch with Scamps and Champs Bristol who provide a professional dog walking service. We can walk your dog at a time that you think is best for him. We can vary the route, so your dog is entertained by experiencing new sights, sounds and smells.

Looking After Your Dog Whilst Working Full-Time?

BLEEP – the alarm rattles you out of bed, as you groggily pull on your workwear. While you’re getting ready for another long, coffee-filled morning at work, your pet looks up at you with shining eyes: ‘Where are you going?’ they seem to say, ears perked, nose snuffling around the breakfast leftovers…

It’s heartbreaking to leave our dogs in the house for eight, nine or ten-plus hours at a time. They aren’t built for it, and neither are we. Isn’t there a way to ensure your pooch has company when you’re gone?

Follow Scamps and Champs down several options for looking after a home-alone pet:

Ensure they have everything they need

Before leaving for work, it’s important to care for their thirsts, appetites and sense of comfort until you return. Fill up the water and biscuit bowls. Then prep the doggie bed with soft, warm blankets, and leave any rooms open that you don’t mind your pet wandering between (conservatory, kitchen hallway etc.) with a favourite toy.

Some dogs are fine with being left outdoors when the weather permits. Just remember that they need to have topped-up food and water, guarded by a secure gate, fence or paddock.

Make a schedule for coming back halfway through the day

Anyone can reasonably think that eight or more hours is too long – we’d go a little mad ourselves in that time, without anything to distract us! To keep your pooch stimulated, why not see if you can head back home, on a lunch break, for a brisk 20-minute walk around the neighbourhood?

During these periods, try to wear the dog out as much as you can, either through walking, a Frisbee session, or tugs of war with a rope. That’ll tire them out until the evening; they might make a habit of falling asleep, only rousing when you walk through the door again.

Embrace professional dog sitting

Many people, however, aren’t able to flex their schedules, or make it to and from the workplace in a short span of time. Long commutes, single living and/or tough bosses can make caring for your dog a hardship in the week… That is unless you take on a dog sitting service like ours.

Scamps & Champs offer dependable carers who will turn up several times a day (if required) for a dog sitting experience like no other. We take on only the warmest, most capable pet lovers, so you’re guaranteed a fine friend in lieu of your own presence. Every dog gets their own dedicated sitter, and an updated feedback report every time we turn up at your doorstep. You’ll be aware of what happened in the day, how your dog was behaving, and anything else crucial to your peace of mind.

See what dog sitting can do for your home-bound hound – we’re very happy to have a chat, as Scamps & Champs continue to help hundreds of full-time workers in the UK. The stark choice of ‘dog’ or ‘career’ shouldn’t be drawn so deeply in the sand… With us on your side, we can rub it out altogether.

Contact us if you would like to enquire, make a booking or ask us a question about our services, via our online enquiry form.