In the Big Apple, Posh Pooches Go Hiking with Pros

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While most pooches adapt well to city living and urban pawrents, not all feel at home in a cramped condo. Unfortunately, for a lot of New Yorkers with busy schedules, a walk around the block is the most they can offer their precious pets. That’s why they call in the big guns to exercise their canine companions- professional dog hikers.

It’s no secret that most dogs live for walks. Just seeing you pick up a leash can lead to a joy-filled frenzy. But, what’s even better than strutting on the sidewalk? When your dog gets an opportunity to sniff around to their heart’s desire, off leash, out of the city, in nature. Companies such as My Dog Hikes and Kristi’s Kanines recognized the growing need of pooches and their devoted parents and stepped up to the plate.

According to the New York Times, these specialized dog hikers pick up posh city pooches and take them to NYC’s scenic places, such as Harriman State Park and South Mountain Reservation. A day of adventuring with them costs anywhere from $85 to $130. Plus a little bit extra if you want them to clean your pupper after a day of running around in the woods. (Spoiler alert: you’d want them to.)

Once the dogs are transported to the hiking location, their assigned walkers get them into groups and let them explore the great outdoors off the leash. I mean, can you imagine all those fun shrubs to pee at, rocks to sniff, and squirrels to chase? If you wonder how this canine outing doesn’t turn to a canine catastrophe in an instant, the answer is in the hikers. In addition to earning their keep by walking dogs in nature, they’re animal behaviorists. Many of the dogs that go on hikes with them have been their pupils before, in one-on-one training sessions. Also, it doesn’t hurt that all dogs wear waterproof GPS collars- just in case.

It goes without saying that pups come back exhausted but happy. In turn, this makes their owners happy, especially when they get to see their fur baby in action on the dog walking agency’s Instagram feed. They even organize “pawrent teacher conference” once a year, where dog owners, dogs, and hikers mingle and share anecdotes. Seems that some dogs can have it all- glitz and glam of city life and the magic of the countryside.