- All dogs must be up to date on their vaccinations and, we should be notified, in writing, of all their preexisting health conditions.
- If your dog gets sick, let us know so we can prevent transmitting potentially contagious diseases to other dogs.
- We must be made aware if your dog is displaying any behavioral problems or has had episodes of aggression towards people and/or dogs, anxiety, etc.
- All dogs must have identification tags secured to their collar, and their leashes, collars, and/or harnesses must be in perfect working condition.
1. Dog Runs
Dog runs are a great place for dogs to exercise and socialize, and under the supervision of our highly trained staff, they have a wonderful time there. However, dog runs are public places where even people with poorly behaved dogs can go. If you’d like us to take your dog to the dog run, please let us know that you are ok with that.
2. Hiking Safety
Safety while hiking is of the utmost importance to us. We have carefully developed a system that allows us to provide your dogs with the best off-leash experience possible.
On the trails, our dogs wear GPS collars, and our hikers carry an emergency first aid kit. The GPS is a last resort because our hikers are well-trained to keep dogs in sight and safe at all times.
The parks where we hike are within a 10-minute drive to a veterinary clinic.
Nonetheless, the hiking service carries a certain amount of risk that cannot be eliminated when driving and hiking. We can guarantee the competence of our own drivers, but not that of other drivers on the road. Likewise, we can do everything possible to keep the dogs safe on the trails, but at the end of the day, the dogs are off-leash in nature. Scratches, splinters, and twisted ankles are not uncommon.
As a client of our hiking service you recognize that NYC Doggies cannot be held responsible for injury to or loss of your dog resulting from risks relating to our off-leash dog hiking service including, but not limited to, natural hazards such as tree limbs and sharp rocks; bites from wild animals or other dogs encountered on the trail; running or jumping in a way that leads to an injury; tick-borne diseases; illness caused by something consumed on the trail; or car accident. The owner will bear the cost of any and all veterinary bills resulting from an incident that occurred during or in transit to one of our hikes.
We have an excellent safety record, and of course, we believe the benefits of an off-leash adventure far outweigh the challenges. Our pups (and hikers) are happier and healthier because of these outings.