We (Two Happy Tails) require an initial face-to-face meeting with you (the client) to gather full details of their dog’s requirements, after which the Client Consultation Form and Terms should be signed. We will then accept up to four bookings on a trial basis to make sure that you, the dog, and we are all happy with the relationship, after which you may request bookings via the mobile/web application.
Equipment – We reserve the right to use our own leads which we know are well maintained and simple to handle, rather than your lead. We will not walk dogs on extending leads but will provide alternative freedom to roam with a long line instead. Any dogs that pull on lead should wear an appropriate fixed harness, not a stop-pull harness, so that damage is not caused to their necks. We can advise on the correct fitting of harnesses if requested.
Interactions – We will provide interactions with other dogs to say hello only where appropriate and in the best interests of both dogs, but no off-lead play will be provided unless we are taking your dog to a secure, enclosed location paid for by the client if necessary. We will never walk your dog with another dog, other than a second from your own household.
Rewards – We offer homemade treats such as liver cake (containing only organ meat, oats and water), or Feelwells hypo-allergenic treats. These chicken or lamb and rice treats are free from artificial colours, flavours or preservatives and contain no wheat or wheat gluten, GM ingredients, beef, egg, dairy, pork, soya, added sugar or salt. Treat searches on the floor will not be offered to dogs that scavenge for food or are trained not to eat food from the floor.
Travel – The cost of travel is included within the visit fee. Any dogs taken on Adventure Walks will be safely transported in a ventilated van with appropriate restraint in a crate. If your dog is travel sick in our vehicle on more than three separate occasions, it would not be fair on them to continue to transport them, and so only local walks would be offered in future.
Locations – Local walks will be a 30 or 60 minute route to and from the dog’s location and we will vary this as much as possible to provide a range of experiences. Adventure walks will be at an appropriate location chosen by us, accessible within 15 minutes of the dog’s location.
Weather – If we consider the weather to be too extreme for a safe walk to take place (heavy snow, high temperatures, lightening etc), we reserve the right to entertain your dog with appropriate games and exercise for the duration of the booked visit, in the safety of your house / garden. In the unlikely event that we are unable to reach your property we will notify you as soon as possible, and will offer a full refund. Clients should make a towel available on wet days, which should be left by the front door.
Flexibility – Your booked time is estimated only and whilst we make every effort to arrive at the time given, depending on traffic conditions and any circumstances required to ensure that prior client’s dogs have the best experience we can offer, please allow a 30 minute window either side of your booked time slot for us to attend.
Handlers – Wherever possible we will ensure that your dog is walked by the person you met in your introductory session. Occasionally it may be necessary for the known handler to introduce your dog to another member of the team – trained to the same high standards – to provide the requested walks. Where dogs are nervous of new people this will be avoided unless a slow introductory process can take place.
Although Two Happy Tails holds Public Liability insurance, dogs should be insured by the client and we reserve the right to refuse a booking for any animal which is not insured. If your animal requires veterinary intervention, any costs should be handled directly with your insurer for immediate care. If any liability is found on the part of Two Happy Tails, we will engage our insurers at this point.
Payments, cancellations and refunds
Fees are as advertised on our website. Please be aware that our rates are appropriate to the level and quality of service we offer and are not negotiable. Prices shown are for walks during normal working hours (09:00 – 16:30 Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays). Weekend, evening and bank holiday appointments are subject to availability and are charged at the rate displayed on the website, plus £2.50 per appointment. Prices may change to reflect the associated costs of service delivery.
Payment in full is due at the time of booking for occasional walks and home visits, and at least 48 hours before recurring appointments. This can be by bank transfer or card payment. 48 hours’ notice is required to cancel an appointment to receive a full refund, otherwise the full fee will be payable.
A 10% discount is offered for trainers and clients of Dog Assistance in Disability (Dog A.I.D.) on production of your trainer’s card or client book.
Reward Based Training
Our walks will utilise positive, reward-based training and no aversive training methods will be used including (but not limited to) choke chains and stop-pull harnesses which designed to ‘stop’ a behaviour by triggering pain or fear. These methods often only suppress the behaviour and rarely fix the problem. Read the leaflet on ‘Why the APDT, UK is against the use of choke chains‘. (pdf 5.7MB) in line with the APDT, UK Code of Conduct which we abide by as members.
Health and wellbeing
We will care for your animal as if they were one of our own, and whilst we will make every effort to ensure your pet is safe, and well looked after in your absence. You agree that Two Happy Tails will not be held liable for any loss, injury or death to a pet whilst in our care.
If your dog shows signs of Kennel Cough, coming into season, or any other health issues with your dog, please notify us prior to the appointment. If you are in any doubt about your dog’s health, you should seek advice from a qualified vet. The client is responsible for all veterinary bills incurred whilst pets are in our care.
We ask for your consent to share images of your dog on the client consultation form. If you give consent to photographs, videos, recordings or other media content taken by staff during walks, these become the intellectual property of Two Happy Tails for use in marketing activities (including, but not limited to, the website, and related promotional activities) and you will not be paid or reimbursed for their use. Imagery will not be used in a manner that might reasonably be considered to be offensive or derogatory. Any photos taken of your pet in your own home as part of visit updates will not be used for marketing purposes without first gaining your consent for each image.
We offer one free walk, including Adventure Walks, to any customer who refers a new client to us, after the referred client completes their fourth paid walk/visit from us.