Sally N.

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Dog walker and puppy socialiser for the RSPCA.

9 reviews
Response rate: 100%
Last seen 10 hours ago
About Sally

I offer dog walks, puppy socialisation, and home visits.

After years in a legal policy career, I have realised that caring for dogs is where my true passion lies. I volunteer twice a week with the RSPCA as a dog walker and puppy socialiser and I'm about to commence a Certificate III in Dog Behaviour and Training.

I grew up surrounded by pets - border collie dogs, cats, rabbits, and fish. I am currently a stay-at-home parent to two beautiful kids and one very lovable labradoodle.

DOG WALKS – 40 minutes to 90 minutes (depending on options chosen)

I offer the following dog walks:
a) basic walk around your neighbourhood
b) walk with basic dog training around your neighbourhood,
c) walk with transportation to a lovely walk location, eg Weston Park near Lake Burley Griffin, Curtin Ridge and Playing Fields, and
d) walk with transportation and basic dog training.

Click the 'View More Information' button near the bottom of this page for more details about the different options.

As social creatures, most dogs do not do well when separated from their humans. No-one likes coming home to chewed-up furniture, a dug-up garden, complaints from the neighbours about excessive barking or ‘accidents’ on the living room rug – all symptoms of a bored, anxious, or stressed out dog. This is where I can help with regular walks – an exercised dog is a happy dog.

To me, a dog walk should be about exercising a dog’s body AND its brain! You can choose to add dog training to a basic walk and your dog and I will work on engagement and focus, loose lead walking, and polish up some doggie manners – like taking a treat nicely. I’ll try to incorporate some basic agility like walking along walls, jumping over short fences and up on to park benches etc to help build your dog’s confidence.

Every puppy parent has heard how important socialisation is in the first few months of your dog’s life. Proper socialisation is not just to other people and animals, but also to touch, the lead, different walking surfaces, sounds, lights etc. But how do you give your puppy the socialisation they need when you need to work and they are too young for dog walking?

That’s where I come in – I can visit your home to spend time with your puppy and socialise him or her using my box of tricks - toys that smell like my adult (and fully vaccinated!) dog, recordings of different potentially scary sounds like thunder, hats, sunglasses, big coats, a fluoro tradie's vest etc. I’ll work with your puppy to desensitise them to touch – setting them up for a happy relationship with their vet or children who may ‘accidently’ pull on their ears. Outside of school hours, I may bring my children – 7 and 9 – who can also help your puppy get used to little humans.

HOME VISITS – ALTERNATIVE TO BOARDING – 20 – 40 minutes (depending on options chosen)
Some pets hate boarding! Strange animals, strange people, strange smells and strange food to upset their tummies. The comfortable surrounds of home might just be the thing!

While you are away I’ll visit your pet (dog, cat, bird, rabbit or guinea pig) to feed them, change their water, and let them out to toilet / change kitty litter. I can play, cuddle, and socialise and, if your pet is a dog, you can choose dog training as an add-on service and I can do a little bit of basic training to keep their brains busy so they can’t miss you too much while you are away. Dog owners can also choose to add a walk to my visit for extra exercise and stimulation.

I recommend two visits a day – one in the morning and one in the evening – but it is up to you and what you feel would be best for your pet.
Children at home
Owns pets
Pets Accepted
Small Dog
Medium Dog
Large Dog
Giant Dog
Rabbit /
Guinea Pig
Sally's Home
Type: House
Medium backyard
Fenced backyard
Pets sleep indoors
Pets sleep outdoors
Cancellation: Moderate
A full refund will be offered to Pet Owners if they cancel up until 7 days before the booking at 12 noon. After which Pet Owners will be charged 50% of the total booking value.
Accepts last-minute bookings
Accepts long-term bookings
Residential Pets
3 years old
Good with Children
Good with Dogs
Good with Cats
Good with Children
Good with Dogs
Good with Cats
Reviews & Testimonials
repeat8 repeat stays
9 reviews
Robyn M.
Dog Walking - Sep 20, 2019
Sally is a wonderful caring person who has established a great connection with our dog & would highly recommend her!!
Melanie A.
House Visiting - Sep 19, 2019
Alfie had so much fun going on a couple of walks, a car trip and to a cafe with Sal. He was so calm and relaxed last night after his adventure.
Amy S.
Dog Walking - Sep 13, 2019
Sally is wonderful. I trust her completely with my dog knowing she always has his best interest at heart.
Melanie A.
House Visiting - Sep 12, 2019
Sal is awesome amd Alfie loves her. We have been practising the new trick she taught him (give during tug of war) and it is great. Thanks Sal xo
Service & Rates
Overnight Pet Services
Pet Hosting
At Sitter's Home
not offered
Pet Sitting
At Pet's Home
not offered
Daytime Pet Services
Pet Day Care
not offered
House Visiting
$ 25 / visit
Dog Walking
$ 25 / walk
Dog Grooming
not offered
Dog Training
$ 25 / session
Pick Up - Drop Off
$ 5 / journey