Tuesday, December 15, 2009

MyDogWalks.com launches service-focused business in NYC

A recent conversation on our San Diego Pet Net discussion list revolved around how hard it must be to walk multiple dogs together. We’ve all seen the photos of dog walkers in New York City being dragged down the street behind a herd of dogs of all shapes and sizes. It's not just hard on the dog walker, but it's stressful and sometimes downright dangerous for the dogs.

At my end of the country it’s unusual to even allow dogs to live in apartments. In New York City, it is the norm. And indoor dogs all need a midday break while their owners are at work. Hence an opportunity ...

Ada Nieves, “New York Pet Social Queen,” and Jill Richardson, a New Jersey veterinarian, feel there is a need for a more customer service-oriented dog walking business in their area, and they have just launched MyDogWalks.com. Both women are experienced pet professionals. Nieves is the founder of the New York City Chihuahua Meetup group (now with over 800 members), renowned pet fashion designer, gourmet treat baker and successful pawty planner. Richardson is an accomplished writer and veterinarian and writes the "Ask the Vet" column for Fido Friendly magazine. Both have columns on examiner.com, and Nieves has a show, "Vida Doggies" on Pet Life Radio online.

Private Dog Walks

MyDogWalks hopes to carve out its own niche, where dog-lovers like themselves cater to the needs of pet owners. This is what makes their business different: they envision professional, polished and uniformed walkers giving private dog walks, unlike the massive groups you often see in the city. By providing a service that they would want to use, MyDogWalks wants clients to RAVE to their families and friends about how truly special their service is.

In visiting with Jill and Ada about their new venture, many issues came up that I had never thought about. Although we provide the same services, it is a different type of business in a major city. Large apartment complexes have a doorman that keeps the keys so you can just pick them up from him on each visit. You can also limit the geographical area you work in by serving just a few major apartment complexes. This will save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spent commuting.

Safety and convenience are primary concerns for MyDogWalks.com. By providing private walks, the dog gets individual attention and is much less stressed at the end of his outing. Clients can also schedule and pay for walks online, a real advantage for busy New Yorkers.

MyDogWalks.com’s main service is daily walks but they also cater to their clients’ pet sitting needs. They are members of NAPPS.

LINKS: Ada Nieves Examiner column

Jill Richardson’s Examiner column

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barrie said...

But there is also the fact that suburban dogs are horrendously under-socialized - those NYC dogs still go to dog parks where they interact with other dogs even if they get private walks - which is the basis for my dog walking business since I allow the dogs to interact with one another and most walkers in my area refuse to do so. Viva la difference :-)

Terry Albert said...

Where are you located Barrie?