Established in 2006
Zig Zaks provides a professional, reliable and experienced dog walking service with our first priority being the care and
happiness of your dog.
We truly believe that we
offer the best possible service for your dog at a competitive price.
Providing a hassle free service - from your initial enquiry to paying your monthly invoice. Our aim
is to keep the process
simple and easy for you.
Hi my name is Maria and I run Zig Zaks. I have been around animals for most of my life, riding and competing with horses when I was younger along with a mixture of canine friends.
Zig Zaks was established in 2006 (and named after our beautiful black Labrador Retriever pictured), after researching and noticing that pet owners in Hitchin and Letchworth were lacking in the services of local reliable dog walkers. That was 13 years ago now so today there are many more which have sprung up in the area.
Being a pet owner I understand the everyday needs and time involved in caring for a pet. Zig Zaks provides you with the peace of mind that your pet is being cared for responsibly, and as an owner yourself you want to find somebody that you can rely on, and that they will take thorough due care and attention whilst they are with your pet.
Since starting Zig Zaks I have had some wonderful diverse customers and their dogs, some I started looking after when they were 8 weeks old and are still with me today. Please pop over to my Facebook page to see what some customers have to say. I don't have a high turnover of customers, they tend to stay for a very long time hence the reviews not being so recent.
Zak died in July last year. It is so true when they say a pet becomes a family member ..... he was our third child really!! We were absolutely devastated as a family and still miss him to this day.
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Every dog requires daily physical exercise and mental stimulation, so whilst you are away what better way than to have your dog walked for you.
Dogs are walked as a group rather than on a 1:1 basis. I find they gain much more enjoyment, exercise and social interaction enhancing their "doggie etiquette" from playing with others, as they would naturally within a pack. Indeed some of the dogs do form good relationships when seeing each other every day which is wonderful to see. Human interaction is also very important as your dog must have trust in the relationship I have with them, so this is part of our routine as well.
All of my dogs are walked in countryside around Hitchin and Letchworth (never urban parks) where it is safe and away from roads and livestock. Basic skills are reinforced with the dogs, in particular the recall, "sit" and "wait" for their own safety and for that of others around. To keep the dogs interested I rotate the use of a variety of walks so that they have an exciting place to explore, have fun socialising, running through the fields or woods and generally letting off steam. During hot weather periods we walk where they will have access to natural waters so that they can cool off with a swim if they enjoy the water.
Dog walking is available Monday to Friday. Walks are for one hour, however, they can be out of the house for up to two hours, if not longer, allowing time for picking up and dropping off others. Although in the car this is still time when they are able to interact and be sociable (or to fall asleep on their journey home!!). It is imperative that dogs are given a good amount of time outdoors, so travel time to and from the location is extra and at no further cost.
For safety dogs are kept on the lead whilst in and around the vehicle and only let off lead once we are away from any possible danger. Dogs will only be walked off lead with the owner's written consent and only when I am happy that your dog knows and trusts me and will respond to the recall. If the need arises I will never walk dogs together that are unsuitably matched.
Before I walk your dog I will arrange a convenient time to come to your home to meet you and your dog where we can discuss your requirements and any queries you may have. A booking form will need to be completed with all relevant details eg. dog's personal details, emergency contacts etc.
For obvious reasons I do not walk bitches in season!
Please note we do not do "one off" requests for dog walking.
An hour of fun! with other dogs (this does NOT including travel to and from the location).
Only safe walks in the country around Hitchin and Letchworth. We go to locations off the beaten track not where all the other dog walkers go so much more exciting.
Owner permitting your dog can be allowed off the lead to explore
Your home and property will be completely respected and I will never bring anyone else into your property
I will always contact you immediately regarding any concerns about your dog or your home
INSTAGRAM stories available so you can tune in almost instantly to see what we are getting up to.
Monday to Friday
excluding all public holidays
Dog Walking (1 hour)
Second dog from the same household
Price includes: pick-up, drive to and from location, walk time, drying off, feed/water.
Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.
For safety reasons I do not take calls when I am out walking unless absolutely necessary, so the quickest and easiest way is via email through this enquiry form. I respond relatively quickly!