“Growing up, I always took my own dogs out for daily hikes and I wanted to be able to do that for city dogs,” said John. “After much planning, preparation, and finally working up the guts to quit my full-time job, the first Doggie Day Trip happened three years ago.”
Doggie Day Trips provides mutts with hours of hiking, swimming, and quality time in the country. Most trips are an hour from New York City and consist of five to six hours of fun time for dogs. Some of John’s favorite spots include Harriman State Park with over 300 miles of marked hiking trails and a few New Jersey State Parks.
According to John, one of the great things about his service is that dogs have a chance to socialize off-leash. A typical outing consists of between three and seven dogs. However, for older dogs, or dogs whose owners prefer they go out alone, he can arrange customized trips.
Safety is a priority on hikes and in the car. John says, “We always make time for breaks and rests, as needed and we do stop for water and snacks on every trip. We also provide roundtrip transportation for the dogs ourselves and take every precaution to ensure their safety, which includes using crates or seat belts provided by the owner.”
Doggie Day Trips is based in Williamsburg and is fully bonded, insured and a member of Pet Sitters International. They cater to adventure dogs in Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan. Contact John to schedule a meeting and sign up your pooch for a Doggie Daytrip. A special discount will be offered to ABDL readers.