Blog: The story of our dog walks in South Manchester

Are you looking for a dog trainer and behavior specialist?

James CarrollIf so I recommend James Carroll.

I have recently been in contact with James, who specialises in dog training and behavior and I was fortunate to experience his excellent work through one of my new canine clients, Boris the Cocker Spaniel.

James recognised Boris from my blog and picture updates, and commented that he had trained Boris prior to the move to South Manchester, and was going to recommend me as a dog walker for when they did move over.  Boris’ owner mentioned she had found a dog walker which happened to be me so all was good anyway 🙂

Boris was a delight to walk on his first day by being sociable with other pooches, great recall, and excellent temperament! This was a relief to Boris’ owner as it was a lot for him to get used to – new home, area, walker etc, and a relief for me as well as it takes a while for each dog to become used to you and gain your trust.

So, James comes highly recommended and it’s a massive thank you from me for helping Boris settle in very well!

Please take a look at James’ website to find out more and how he may be able to help with your dog(s).

Welcome to the fun, Boris!

2013-05-20 14.05.25A big welcome along to the gang for Bouncing Boris, who is a cute silky brown Cocker Spaniel!

I met Boris and his owner a few weeks back prior to their move over to Sale, which happened over the weekend. Boris joined us for his first walk today, and despite all the stress with moving and new surroundings he hit the ground running and bouncing about!

He was very cagey when I first met him which I was told he is like with most new people he meets. No worries on that score though after a couple of treats and a run around Wythenshawe Park with Mickey, Monty and Smokey, I was his new best friend.

Boris will get to meet more new pooch pals and explore new areas over the next few weeks so look out for pics of him soon.

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Turn Moss Playing Fields

I’ve not done a write-up for a while so here’s a local one to Chorlton, which is a favourite spot for dog walkers. Turn Moss Playing Fields which is just over the road from Longford Park, is a very big field which is handy for playing ball with your pooches as you’ll mostly likely see when you pay a visit there. It is there for football games and will be quite busy on weekend mornings, or when there are organised football games on.

It is actually part of Chorlton Ees Nature Reserve (which I’ll cover very soon) and if you’re out walking your dog through the paths of the Ees you’ll find your dog will be excited to run onto this being a large field for them to let off some steam and have a good run! If you just wanted to walk around all of the field this could take about 40 minutes or so and you could definitely fill an hour of playing chase the ball if you wanted to give your dog some good exercise, or just a good mooch and sniff around.

I was there on Saturday on taking Millie and Henry out and here is a couple of pics:-

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The address is

Turn Moss Rd, Stretford, Greater Manchester M32 8Q

Feeling hot, hot, hot!

2013-05-07 14.54.55Well after a nice Bank holiday break, it was back with a bang today, with lots of dogs to walk – 12 in total! Tuesday is usually a busy day anyway, so I’m usually prepared but the weather was gloriously hot today the pooches were all hot and bothered in and out of the car! Good job I took plenty of water with me!

I was out the door this morning by 8.15 and back home just after 5pm and in that period I covered Fallowfield, Hulme, Chorlton, Stretford, Old Trafford, Sale, and Northenden in picking the dogs up, and 4 parks – Platt Fields Park, Birchfields Park, Longford Park, and Chorlton Ees. I was definitely in need of a brew (and cold drink) and a good shower after all that. The pooches all had a good time and the difference of when they all get in the car, to when they are all travelling back is noticeable – happy and excited on the way, and flaked out on the way back 🙂  Job well done I’d say!

Here are some highlights…

Maddie and ArthurPetra and Connie enjoying the sunRosie and SullySmokey, Mickey, Lester and Fred

Welcome to the gang, Sully!

Sully!Today, I visited Sully who is a lovely and playful chocolate Labrador, who is labr(adorable)! See what I did there 😉

Sully will be joining us for walks next week and his owners say that he loves to play ball and hang around with other pooches. They’ll be no problems arranging this for him!

He also likes to swim and have a paddle so in this nice warm weather we’ve been having recently, we’ll have to take him somewhere that has a lake or river. I was told he also likes carrots so there should be no worries about him missing the ball with his good eyesight.

Welcome to the team Sully and we’ll look forward to taking you out soon 🙂

Dexter on his first day and Monty joins in the fun!

2013-04-29 13.39.17Today was Dexter’s first day of walks and we went to Longford Park, with Lester, Mickey and Monty on his second. Dexter wasted no time joining in the fun and making new friends and can see he’ll be having more fun and games over the next few days. I brought Monty over from Sale, and he certainly came out of his shy shell joining in with the chases and playing and making new friends.

I was joined by my friend Mickela who came along with the lovely Honey, and we also bumped into another friendly dog walker, Emilie from Happy Paws and her group of happy pooches. Lester the schnauzer was very pleased to meet Luigi another schnauzer from Emilie’s group. Here are some pics of their adventures..

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is your pooch due a groom? We highly recommend Wags Grooming Salon in Sale

Mickey has been needing his haircut for weeks now and I’ve been meaning to arrange it for a while.  I have previously called in to Wags when passing by in Sale, and liked the look of this place. They did not disappoint at all. when I collected him I was so impressed with how he had been cut – it took years off him he looked like a puppy. I think he knew he looked smart as he was craving attention all night in a “look at me” kind of way. He’s been quite giddy too recently as if a lot of weight has been taken off him. He was always rubbing his face with his paws as I think his beard and eyebrows were getting in the way.

Wags is based on Cross Street which is the main busy road that leads into Sale. It is on the right and side if you were coming from Stretford way, and on the left and side if you were heading towards the city centre. There is street parking across the road from Wags, or it may be easier to park at the back to save having to cross the busy road.

Here are the before and after pictures for Mickey…

Mickey before his groomMickey after his groomMickey after his groom 2

Welcome to Dexter! :-)

Dexter!Dogs Buddy would like to welcome Dexter to the gang! Dexter is a black miniature labradoodle, and him and his owner yesterday to discuss walks. Dexter is very cute and could smell the treats on me when I arrived and that was that we became instant friends.

I was told that Dexter is a very sociable doggy and loves to explore around the parks, and can’t wait to get out with some new pooch pals!  We’ll be doing plenty of that when he begins his first walk tomorrow, and he’ll be meeting up with some of our canine clients.

We went for a short walk as part of his initial meeting arrangement, and he walked by my side on his lead with no problems at all.

Look out for some pics of his adventures soon.

A BIG welcome to Smokey!

Smokey!Here’s Smokey who joined us today for his first walk!

Smokey is an Old English Sheepdog and as you can see he’s a big lad! I thought as it was his first day I would take him to Sale Water Park, with Fred who lives nearby.  His owners haven’t been here before so it was new grounds to explore.

Smokey is ten years old but doesn’t look it and was very lively out on his walk. Here are a few pics of his adventures which he’ll be enjoying on future walks. 2013-04-24 14.56.502013-04-24 14.54.01

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Smokey and Fred

Where for art thou, Romeo?

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This lovely German Shepherd cross, joined me on his first walk today, and for the rest of this week only. The reason being is that he isn’t from Manchester, and is visiting for this week only and his owners aren’t able to take him out on regular walks.  Shame really as he was a joy to walk. We went to Platt Fields Park (my second visit there for today) and he enjoyed the atmosphere as it was a little busier than it was in the morning, probably due to the warm weather and people heading to the park after work, uni, school etc.

He is allowed off the lead and his recall was great and he posed for some nice pictures shown here. I loved the way he sat and lay down and also wanted to give his paw to earn a treat – very cute! I’ll look forward to the other walks we’ll have and introducing him to some pooch friends 🙂

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