Full day of Fun
Full day of fun for your dog, less stress for you! Imagine returning home from work to your dog, happy and ready to relax with you at the end of the day, only needing a quick walk to do their business before bedtime.
Hiking fulfills many natural dog instincts. In the pursuit of food, primitive dogs would encounter a variety of obstacles: jumping over rocks, climbing hills, and weaving through trees on hikes mimic these hunting/chasing scenarios and satisfy the modern dogs instinctual drive. Each hike is tailored to the needs/abilities of the group and weather conditions, ranging from 3-6 miles.
Pack hikes provide a healthy balance of socialization and natural stimulation for all the senses. Each pack is thoughtfully grouped together considering temperament and fitness level, with no more than 6 dogs per hike. Ideally, the aim is to keep them on a consistent schedule so they can develop friendships.
Pick Up & Drop Off
Your dog will be picked up from your home sometime between 7AM-9:30AM, with the full excursion typically lasting 5-7 hours. Dogs will ride properly harnessed and seat-belted in the vehicle.
Your peace of mind is important! Safety is my number one priority with my own dog, as it is with any dog in my care. Ensuring safety in the car ride, on the trail, thoughtfully choosing well-tempered dogs, and considering weather conditions are all taken into account to curate a safe and fun outing for your dog.
Photo and Video Updates
Watch your dog have fun in the great outdoors, from your home or office! Photos and Videos will be uploaded to Instagram, and if I snap a great shot of your dog with a scenic backdrop, I will text to you directly.
Dog hiking rates
Single dog household
1-4 Monthly Pack Hikes
2+ Weekly Pack Hikes
Multi dog household
1-4 Monthly Pack Hikes
2+ Weekly Pack Hikes
One-time Solo Hike
Dog hiking requirements
Dog must be at least one year old and in good physical condition to hike.
Show up-to-date vaccination records for Rabies, Bortadella, and DHLPP (distemper, hepatitis, leptospirosis, parvo, and parainfluenza.)
All dogs must be on tick/flea and heartworm prevention medications.
Your dog must be friendly with other dogs.
Doggy First Aid Kit
Water & Bowls
Healthy snacks & treats to keep your dog energized during the hike (approved by you)
Moisturizing Paw Balm for dry, winter hikes
Hypoallergenic dog wipes (for wiping paws before returning home)
Equipment you provide
Collar with all necessary tags (rabies, identification with name and phone, microchip)
Harness for the car/hike
Optional: Winter gear (booties and/or coat)
paperwork you provide
Up-to-date vaccination and Vet records
Signed Switchpack Dog Hikes contract (with your contact, emergency contact, and preferred veterinary provider information)
Dog hiking Q&A
Where do you pick up dogs from?
Many different neighborhoods in Brooklyn! Please inquire through my contact page.
Are there any breed requirements/restrictions?
Brachycephalic breeds have difficulty breathing in the heat and may have trouble keeping up with other dogs. Please feel free to contact me if you have further questions, or would like to arrange a solo hike!
Can small dogs hike?
Yes! As long as your dog is fully grown, and in good health (per clearance provided by your Veterinary provider), small dogs can hike!
Why does my dog have to be fully grown in order to hike?
While your puppy is still growing, they’re at risk for growth plate injuries if over-exercised.
Where do you hike?
All trails have been hiked by Jaclyn and her dogs previously, and are located within a 45 minute to a 1.5 hour drive from the city within the tri-state area. In the summer, hikes are thoughtfully chosen by the amount of shade on the trail and access to water to allow the dogs to cool down.
How will my dog be transported?
All dogs will ride, properly harnessed and seat belted, in the backseat of my SUV. Dogs will under no circumstances be left unattended in the car.
How many dogs on each hike?
Each pack hike will have between 3-6 dogs.
How do I get started?
The first step is to fill out the form found on the “Contact” page. I will get back to you shortly, answering any questions you may have, and set up a time to meet! After our initial meet and greet, we can arrange your dogs first hike!