Burton Full Testimonial

Burton

Burton

“Burton was an unexpected addition to our family, and came with some special needs, as he had never lived in an urban setting where he needed to be leash-walked, nor was he used to being indoors for most of the day.  He also had some stomach issues and also only understood commands in French.  Being a 120lb “teenage” dog, this created some interesting issues when trying to create a routine.  Having worked with shelter dogs for most of my life, I wanted a walker who would be truly invested in our dog’s welfare and would be aligned with the positive reinforcement that I prefer to use.

We contacted several local walkers and walking companies, and truly despaired of finding someone we liked who was willing to come to Roxbury until we contacted Nicki and she asked to come over to meet our dog.

When Nicki came over, she truly met Burton, played with him, and talked with us about his needs and what would be best for his transition to city life.  We decided to start him with two walks a day until he was used to living indoors.  Burton loves Nicki, and  took to her right away.  We enjoy coming home and reading her hand written notes about their adventures and how he was doing, and knowing he’s in excellent hands.

After Burton “settled in” some, Nicki made some suggestions for working on his training, including his recall, which was nonexistant.  She adjusted his walk lengths so part of his second walk could be used for training time, and it helped immensely.  Thanks to her, Burton has adjusted to his new life wonderfully, and in eight months has gone from a leash pulling, squirrel chasing, arm-and-shoulder workout to 135lbs of utter joy on the leash, responsive to commands, and even gaining his Canine Good Citizenship certification (which requires loose leash walking and ignoring all sorts of distractions.)  He now walks with Nicki on the “Group Walk” on weekdays, and has a great time.

Burton

Burton

Nicki is amazingly attuned to the dogs -she makes sure that the ones in group all get along together and are paired with other dogs they prefer.  On hot days, she makes sure that they go on walks near water so they can dip their feet (or even swim!) and cool off.  She has performed reiki and massage during Burton’s growth spurts, which can be really uncomfortable for him, as well as being the first line of alert for his recurring stomach problems, and is incredibly flexible for last minute changes due to his stomach issues (group to private walks, additional walks, etc.)

Having Nicki walk Burton is almost like having another owner for him.  She cares about him and is deeply vested in his health and well-being, and Burton is always so happy to see her.  I can’t recommend her highly enough.”