At Nature of the Dog we understand that there is more to dog walking than might be immediately obvious. There’s quite a difference between a competent, reliable professional dog walking company and simply throwing a leash on a few dogs and heading out the door. We are fully bonded and insured, Pet-Tech first aid certified, and have earned professional certification through dog*tec’s Dog Walking Academy. You can trust us to care for your dog! Contact us today to reserve a spot on our schedule.
“Nature of the Dog has been wonderful to work with. During Project 616 they volunteered their time to walk our rescue dogs and their kids helped with socialization! (You can see photos on Facebook) I always find them professional, helpful and fun! The dogs were always excited to see them. The ages ranged from under a year to our senior gal, Frannie, and they made sure the exercise was appropriate for each. Thank you Nature of the Dog!”
Kristie Swan, CPDT-KA Head Trainer & Manager at Whiskers University
“Professional dog walkers know that it is not enough to simply love dogs. That’s why professional dog walkers seek out continuing education like the dog*tec Dog Walking Academy. Certification from dog*tec demonstrates that your dog walker is committed to following the best practices to keep your dog safe and happy on walks and to serve you with integrity and ethics.”
Kelly Elvin, CPDT-KA
Tip Top Tails Dog Training LLC
“I am pleased to recommend Nature of the Dog to all my clients for dog walking services. As the only dog*tec certified walking company in town, I feel confident recommending them because of their certified knowledge in canine CPR and behavior. I even trust Nature of the Dog with my own dogs!”
“I moved to Grand Rapids from Chicago and was looking for a dog walker that was right for my dog who is not the most friendly to strangers. When I met Jackie she was great and Piper (my dog) liked her. She leaves great notes about her walk and even brings Piper on walks with other dogs which she loves! There have been days where I had to move around walks and she is always so easy to work with. I know I have found the best dog walker!”
“Jackie and Luke have been walking my dog, Oliver, for over a year now and they are wonderful. They are flexible in scheduling, highly responsive, and very reliable. I can trust that Oliver will be walked and well cared for while I am at work and enjoy the assurance of a text from Jackie or Luke letting me know when Oliver has been walked usually along with a fun detail about the walk. I also love seeing pictures of my dog on Facebook from his walk!”
“My husband and I hired Nature of the Dog to walk our 8 month old dog PG. It was such a relief not to worry about leaving PG alone during the work days that I couldn’t come home to let her out. Nature of the Dog always sent us texts knowing how PG’s walks went and sometimes on Facebook we would see a cute picture of her from the day! We noticed a huge positive difference in her behavior on the days she was walked. She was more well behaved from having been exercised, and happy from getting to go out on a walk while I was at work! I would definitely refer Nature of the Dog to someone looking for a dog walker. They were always very professional when I contacted them.”
“Luke and Jackie are just exceptional! Having just moved to the Grand Rapids area, we knew no one. Nature of the Dog came recommended to us by our apartment building manager, as they were the dog walkers that most of the building was using. We have been SO happy with their service provided, and they are great with Lily, our Cavalier King Charles. They go above and beyond! Lily LOVES her daily walks with Luke! I would totally recommend Nature of the Dog if you need a dog walking service! They go above and beyond!”
“I called Nature of the Dog when I realized that my work schedule didn’t allow me to get my three dogs out for walks as much as they needed. Luke came over a couple of days later and the next week they started walking my pups. Nature of the Dog is great! They are dependable and take such good care of my dogs. They are very easy to work with and stay in communication. I plan to increase the number of days they come to walk my dogs.”
“I am super grateful for Nature of the Dog. They really care about my dog and are super reliable. I have called multiple times to ask for them to pick-up my dog for a walk, very last minute, and they have been there every time. I love seeing her happy pictures on their website and knowing that she has had a chance to take a potty break and stretch her legs puts me at ease while I’m at work. Moreover, Luke doesn’t just walk my dog; he has gone out of his way to be helpful. For instance, one day I had not had time to bring the trash can in and when I got home he had put it in the driveway. Another time, I had bought a harness for my dog, but couldn’t get it fitted properly and Luke was nice enough to fit it to her so we could use it.”
“Jackie and Luke are great! They come every week to let our two 50+ lb dogs outside and take them on nice, long walks. When we get home after work, the dogs are always happy and exhausted.”
“Nature of the Dog provides more than a dependable dog-walking service – it has enabled our two dogs to build a genuine, trusting relationship with Luke (their dog walker), socialize with other dogs and people under professional supervision, and give us peace of mind that the dogs are exercised and well cared for during the work day. I have never been happier with any service, and would highly recommend Nature of the Dog to anyone!”
“My dog trainer recommended that I get in touch with Nature of the Dog to make sure that my pup was getting adequate exercise and it has made a huge difference. It has helped take some of the stress off of me because I know that they will take my dog for a great walk and saves me a trip home from work on my lunch break. Luke, Jackie and Deb make a great team and I love getting the update photos following the walk. Would HIGHLY recommend trusting this stellar group with your dog(s)!”
“I have loved the experience that I had with Nature of the Dog. We were able to have them help us while our dog was a puppy and I was commuting a long distance. I can’t speak highly enough of them. I also have to say they went above and beyond one night when my significant other and I had locked ourselves out of our home and they offered to come with the spare keys to let us in. Luckily, our neighbor got home in time, but really kind to offer. Amazing, safe service and our pup loved them!”
“Could not be happier with this service! We have 2 big dogs that have a lot of energy and are pretty challenging to walk. Luke does a great job with them and we have noticed many positive improvements in their behavior overall since we started working with Nature of the Dog. And we love getting pet care journals with pictures of our dogs when we are at work!”
“We are so grateful for Nature of the Dog! Noka’s days are well rounded and always interesting thanks to these folks! I love getting the updates and photos during my work day, after each walk! These little anecdotes and amazing photos always bring a smile to my face and leave me with a feeling of ease knowing my fur babe is getting the best care! So grateful and literally a top notch business! Thank you Nature of the Dog!!!!!!!!!”
“NOTD was recommended by my dog trainer, A Pleasant Dog. Dog Walker Kelsey has developed a wonderful relationship with my dog. She is so reliable and I know I can trust her – I get an emailed report and usually a great photo of my sweetie each day Kelsey walks her. The scheduling and paying on line are both very easy and convenient. I’ve been recommending NOTD to everyone!”
“Nature of the Dog is a top notch operation. They really get to know each dog, are very knowledgable about training, and truly are passionate about their business. They are a blessing to our family!”
“We cannot even begin to say how much we love Nature of the Dog. Samantha is our regular walker and we have a dog that can be fearful around new people. Samantha has helped us so much (with both of the humans working full time jobs). Samantha has even stayed the night with them and sent us updates throughout the night. She also is very patient with both our dogs, and we love that she seems to really care about them both. Truly a great service, and she is an amazing person.”
“I love the service that Nature of the Dog provides. They are very professional and they send an update to you regarding the walk with your dog during the day. I would highly recommend them!!”
“My wife and I decided to get a dog walker for our two dogs, one of them being a puppy. We were particular and specific about the routine for our dogs. We made them known to our dog walker and they were willing to work with us and were in fact accommodating. Every day they walk our dogs we get emails with a report of how the dogs did and some photos. I am very pleased with this company and would definitely recommend them!”
“Honest, accountable, and kind! We love working with Nature of the Dog to care for our fur family. Their online platform is easy to use for scheduling and payments. Each day we have a walk scheduled I can’t wait to get the summary with pictures and notes from Kim in my email!”
“Nature of the Dog is an amazing company. Luke came to our home a few days after our initial contact and made sure to collect all the necessary info about our then-2-month-old pup, Bailey. They were so accommodating about making sure Bailey got out at the requested times, even when requested only a few days in advance. Kym is Bailey’s regular walker and I cannot say enough positive things about her. She always make sure to play with Bailey (now an energetic 9-month-old) after her walk and sends us detailed pet care journals with the cutest pictures. I highly recommend using this company!”
As Dr. Ian Dunbar states: “Too many people just walk their dogs much too quickly through the environment.” We totally agree, and we understand how walking at a dog’s pace allows for much-needed acclimation and socialization. This gives a dog both physical and mental exercise. Our 30-minute walk is all about honoring the real nature of dogs. Service rates for one dog start at $20.
Our 30-minute walk takes place between 10am and 4pm. We require at least two walks per week.
Ask about our Solo-walk option for puppies and dogs with unique challenges.
We’ve got you covered
We provide harnesses, leashes and earth-friendly bags.
You’ll hear all about it
After each walk we will leave a pet journal letting you know how things went.
Your house will stay clean
We provide towels for dirty or wet paws.
We also offer Yard Clean-up as an add-on option.
Our clients get the royal treatment! We have partnered with Shaggy Pines Dog Park and A Pleasant Dog to offer the GR Triple Crown discount.
The GR Triple Crown benefits Nature of the Dog clients for one FREE month at Shaggy Pines Dog Park, and 20% off group classes at A Pleasant Dog.
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