Kensington Hounds Ltd is the leading dog walking and training company operating in the London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
We offer a range of services to fit round your busy city lifestyle to ensure that your pet stays happy and healthy!
Here at Kensington Hounds we specialise in fun, sociable off-lead group walks. We are fully licensed by the Royal Parks and currently run several group walks a day at times 8:30am/10:30am/1:30pm/3:30pm in Kensington Gardens.
Our group walks are designed so that your pooch can be thoroughly exercised safely whilst developing (or retaining) excellent social skills and 'dog manners'. Ourselves and our walkers have all trained with the Institute of Modern Dog Training in various aspects of behaviour, canine body language, recall training and other basic commands and ensure that the behaviour of each of our pack members is to our high standard. We work with some fantastic local dog trainers, vets and puppy schools and most importantly owners!!
All standard group walks are 1 hour long (travelling time excluded) with no more than 4 dogs per walker and for 4+ day-a-week regular arrangements we charge £22.50 per walk including VAT.
We strongly believe that puppies must be well socialised as soon as they are vaccinated and ready to go out and about! If you have a new puppy do feel free to get in touch, we are happy for new owners to meet us on our walks.
We often don't advise 5 day-a-week arrangements for very young puppies as we feel that basic early training such as recall needs practice and 1-on-1 attention, however we are happy to take well mannered puppies with our groups subject to consultation!
The importance of good role models at this early age is paramount and we are confident that due to our somewhat strict screening process that your puppy will be surrounded by happy, well socialised and well mannered dogs
TRAINING & BEHAVIOUR
We offer a rewards based, ethical training service for dogs and their owners using scientific research centred, proven techniques and methods.
Our 1-to-1's can cover anything from recall, loose-lead walking, settle work and puppy toilet training through to behaviour modification, scentwork and breed specific practices. The holistic approach from our experienced trainers ensures that the mental and physical wellbeing of each dog and their human is prioritised while still being extremely effective and up to date with all current research.
Our trainers have a range of qualifications and memberships from accredited, force free providers such as IMDT, CAPBT, APDT, The PPG, COAPE and are firm believers in continuing professional development which they do via new courses regularly and being diamond members of the Grisha Stewart academy.
Please see our training page for further information and enquiry forms.
FULL DAYS & OVERNIGHTS
We don't currently offer a daycare service as we believe that after an intense walk, training or play session that dogs need to rest! However if you have a puppy or very active dog that you require a full day arrangement for please do get in touch and our team will endeavour to offer a solution. We currently do double/back-to-back walks for some of our working breeds or for younger dogs whose growth plates haven't closed we can offer a split walk arrangement.
We don't currently offer boarding but we can arrange a Petsitting option for those who need to travel and want their dog to be in a safe, home environment. Our in-house pet sitting option is a great choice for puppies or dogs that enjoy their routine. We can stay on top of manners and general obedience and they can come on as many pack walks per day as is suitable for their age/breed.
HEALTH & SAFETY
SECURITY & KEY HOLDING
Here at Kensington Hounds we ask that all dogs under our service are properly vaccinated and regularly wormed. Each of our walkers also has a CPD certified Canine First Aid course qualification. Our vehicles are modern, safe and fully air conditioned.
All of our walkers are fully DBS checked and your keys will be left unmarked, in a safe when not in use. In addition to our key holding service, should you ever get locked out, we are happy to come round and let you in for free!
We are fully insured by Clivertons Insurance and recommended by many local vets. In addition to this we have the experience and expertise that many agency style/independent walkers do not. Meaning your pup is in the safest hands possible whilst in our care!
BOOKINGS & PAYMENTS
Our goal as a company is to continue improving not only our knowledge and experience in the field but also our professional yet personal approach with all clients. To allow for the managing members of our team to focus on walks, training and customer satisfaction we realised that we needed to implicate a straight forward and secure booking and billing system to reduce the administration required. We are very excited to announce that July 2020 has seen the exciting launch of our very own, custom built App!
'The Hound Club' can be found on the App Store for both iOS and Android and is a user friendly system for our customers to book both regular and ad hoc walks through. Following your consultation you will be added as a member and given an account. Upon booking your request will be sent to our administrator who will allocate your request to your regular walker! Billing is done at the end of each month via an easy, secure system.
For the desktop version of the app please click here!
From Monday through Thursday we run regular group walks in London's beautiful Royal Parks, however with our training and behaviour background and from owning dogs ourselves we realise that sometimes city pups need a day to relax, blow off steam and gain new experiences.
With this in mind we are super excited to be offering Friday day trips out of town with hikes in the beautiful Surrey Hills, rambles through the New Forest, trips to beautiful lakes and rivers and maybe even a beach trip or two! All routes will have been checked beforehand for suitability and to ensure they are safe and dog friendly by ourselves and our team and priority will be offered to regulars. With safety in mind we do ask for reliable recall and manners on lead to be eligible. Not all trips will be suitable for young puppies due to distance covered so please check with a member of the team if you are interested in this service.
We have some fantastic routes and have found that quiet decompression walks and proper fresh air has made a huge difference to our dogs health, wellbeing and stress levels, as well as ourselves and our team's and we are lucky to have many clients themselves wanting to join our day trips for the ultimate doggy day out!
Founder and owner of Kensington Hounds, Drew Petrie grew up on the Isle of Skye, Scotland owning a variety of different breeds of dog. Since moving to London and starting his dog walking venture, he has consistently delivered professional, friendly and reliable service. All walkers employed by Kensington Hounds are fully insured, DBS checked and work under direct supervision from Drew to ensure a consistent, first class service is delivered.
We offer free consultations where one of our lead walkers will come to your house to meet you and your dog, learn your commands, and discuss which service you require.
Check out our 'Meet The Team' page for more on our amazing walkers!
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The best way to get in contact with us is using the form below! We can schedule a phone conversation at a time that suits and organise a consultation subject to capacity.
Please don't hesitate to get in touch with any queries or questions.
OUR WALKING AREAS
Currently due to demand we are only offering group walks within the following areas:
High Street Kensington
Please feel free to contact us if you're not quite sure if you fit in to one of our walking areas!
We are dog owners! We believe that walking a dog is one thing but owning a dog is another. We have all owned dogs all our lives and currently have a 3yo Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever called Finley and a Border Collie puppy called Flora. Through owning active, high drive breeds and our research, study and experience we have expanded our knowledge of agility, gundog training, trick training and been featured in The Times, ITV, and ELLE Italia.
Kensington Hounds is a close knit - family run company and we have now been established in K&C for 6 years. We provide a personal, dependable service that you can trust and pride ourselves on our personalised approach to each and every client to ensure that dogs are kept happy and healthy. After taking care of over 200 of the Borough's beautiful pups we know that no two dogs are the same.
Above all, we absolutely LOVE what we do! So much so we often spend our weekends and free time with our team and our dogs, in the park!
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