We have tried to be as helpful and honest as possible with these Recommendations and will update them as regularly as possible. If you have any further suggestions or feedback regarding those featured we would love to hear from you!
We are very often asked by our customers for recommendations for dog walkers/sitters in the Edinburgh area. We have pulled this list together based on dog walkers we have developed relationships with and who share our ethos of positive reinforcement and sensible socialization and controlled numbers of dogs being walked. Some of those on the list are also ones that are regularly recommended by customers of ours (we may not have actually met these dog walkers and we will mention this). Whilst these contacts are recommended we cannot accept responsibility for the content of their sites and we recommend you do your own research too to ensure that whoever you choose is right for you.
Please be aware that most dog walkers sitters will only accept neutered dogs.
Also be aware that the best dog walkers/sitters book up far in advance for dog sitting over the busy holiday period so make sure you book in advance to avoid disappointment
If you think we have forgotten someone we shouldn't have please let us know as sometimes our brains just can't absorb all the recommendations we should!
Regent Pet Care - Laura works in the shop with us and comes highly recommended. She can cater for individual or group walks and also provides pet sitting services at your home at very reasonable rates. Laura is not just dog specific, feel free to drop her a line about your cat, iguana or hairy spider!
Angels on Leads dog walking run by Joanne comes well recommended by a number of customers and Joanne visits the shop too and is lovely.
Barklay Park is a Doggy Day care facility based on the outskirts of Edinburgh that a number of our customers are using and speaking highly off.
Ben (via Dogbuddy website) offers dog walking and boarding in the Stockbridge area. He is a lovely guy and very well spoken of within the local community.
Vivienne from Capital Cats and Canines looks after a number of our customers dogs and visits the shop from time to time. Vivenne offers one to one dog walking and can also provide a pet/house sitting service when bookings allow.
Citidogs Creche based out in Colinton is Edinburghs biggest Dog Day Care Centre. If you have a sociable dog who likes the company of other dogs and who needs company for the best part of the day this could be the option for you. Citidogs cover the Stockbridge area and also do a Bark n Ride pick up and drop off service and they have a lovely team . Lots of our customers doggies frequent Citidogs
Claire's Companion Care - Claire who worked in the Just Dogs team has taken the plunge and launched a dog walking and pet sitting service. She covers Haddington, Gladsmuir, Macmerry, Tranent and Port Seton areas. I am sure Claire would be delighted for you to follow/share her Page: Claire's Companion Care. For all of you that know Claire, you will know that her behaviour knowledge and huge passion for dogs will make her a fantastic carer for the dogs on her watch.
DogsBuddy - Sarah has recently set up DogsBuddy to provide a dog walking service around the Stockbridge and New Town area. Sarah will only be walking small numbers of dogs. Sarah has been a customer in the shop with her dog Freddie for a few years and we know what a passionate dog lover she is. For more information visit the Dogsbuddy Facebook Page.
Doggie Playgroup run by Maureen offers dog walking for South/East Edinburgh and East Lothian.
The Dog Rambler - Matthew from the Dog Rambler is lovely. He often visits the shop with his own dogs and he is a true dog lover. A number of our customers use Matthew and speak very highly of him. The dogs get a proper out of town walk and he provides lovely updates and photos via his Facebook Page.
Edinburgh Pet Services is run by Fiona. They offer dog walking in walking in EH12 and EH14 as well as EH28 area but also provide dog sitting in Edinburgh area in your own home if this is something you would be looking for if you are on holiday and your dog likes to stay in their own environment. They also offer are catsitting in EH3 to EH14. Fiona and her lovely rescue Bedlington terrier, Gracie, are lovely.
Edinburgh Holistic Dogs Suzanne and her 2 rescue dogs are long standing customers of ours. Suzanne creates happy and positive experiences for your pets and offers pet sitting, home sitting and pet taxi services.
Four Seasons Dog Walking is ran by Andrea Beveridge and a number of our customers speak very highly of Andrea she only walks in small groups and is very responsible.
Lyonmill Pet Services is run by the lovely Nicola. She walks small groups of dogs in the Cramond, Barnton, Silverknowes, Davidson’s Mains, Blackhall, Craigleith, Stockbridge, Corstorphine and Dalmeny areas. A number of our customers use her and speak extremely highly of her and she is a proper passionate doggy lover
New Town Hounds is run by John with his lovely rescue Beagle Junior. John's focus is on longer walks geared for the active dog. He also offers a daycare service and all his dogs wear a tracking device (these GPS trackers can also be hired out). John is a true dog lover with a focus on positive training techniques too.
Oh My Dog! is a new Dog Walking Service set up by Laura. She covers the following Edinburgh areas: Leith, Stockbridge, New Town, Canonmills, Broughton, Inverleith, Trinity, Newhaven, Warriston, Granton, Abbeyhill and surrounding areas.
Pawfect Therapies - Stephanie who runs Pawfect Therapy is a full time dog walker who covers the the Meadows, Tollcross, Brunstfield, Marchmont, Sciennes, The Grange, Newington and St Leonards and she is also a fully qualified canine massage therapist. Stephanie often visits the shop with her lovely Staffie Zena and she is a true dog lover.
Abigail from Paws n Pooches comes highly recommended by a number of our customers and, like us, she believes in force free training. Abigail currently only offers dog walking service and not home boarding/sitting.
Posh Pet Edinburgh - Sami walks small numbers of dogs (or individually if required). Sami has walked Max and Mushi (Maria who used to work with us Dogs) and comes well recommended by a number of our customers.
Waggy Walks Edinburgh owned run by Lorraine Murtagh comes highly recommended by a number of our customers. Lorraine oftens visits the shop and is a true dog lover and the dogs love her. Lorraine only walks small numbers of dogs and is competitively priced.
DOG TRAINERS/TRAINING CLASSES In EDINBURGH & LOTHIANS
At Just Dogs we are strong believers in adopting positive, force free training techniques. All the trainers we have listed below are also advocates of positive training techniques. As with our dog walker recommendations some of these trainers are ones we know of personally and others are those that come highly recommended and we would encourage you to do your own research to ensure the trainers and their techniques are right for you and your dog.
If you think we have forgotten someone we shouldn't have please let us know as sometimes our brains just can't absorb all the recommendations we should:
Paw Skills Edinburgh - Run by Fiona Gilmore, Paw Skills offer a wide variety of reward-based training classes and one-to-one sessions.
Action4Dogs run by Max Muir is based out near Gorebridge in Mid Lothian but we have lots of central Edinburgh customers who travel out to train with him because he has a great reputation. He also often organizes seminars and workshops with world renowned trainers/behaviourists! Max offers training classes and 1-2-1s and has a very comprehensive website
Mark Walker Dog Training (Canine Solutions) is another personal recommendation from Just Dogs. Mark and his Wife Mandy used to walk our dogs Daisy and Sam and they are true dog lovers and our dogs adore them. Mark has continued to pursue his qualifications in dog training and is now a very reputable dog trainer who has helped out a number of our customers using positive training methods.
Karens D.O.G.S covers Edinburgh and West Lothian and runs classes and offers one to one sessions in her very own training centre in Livingston. Karen is a Victoria Stilwell approved Trainer and uses positive training techniques.
Tynewater Dog Training are a small, professional dog training practice working in partnership with owners and their dogs. Using reward-based methods, we run classes locally in Gorebridge, undertake one-to-one consultations across the Lothians and Borders, and organise training days and events for the pet dog owner and enthusiast and other trainers. They are fully insured, members of the Kennel Club Accredited Instructor Scheme working towards accreditation, and a member of the Disclosure Scotland PVG Scheme. Gwen who runs the training club has supported Just Dogs with some of our fundraisers and is actively involved with the wonderful charity Springer Spaniel Rescue Scotland.
Darcregan Dog School run by Yvonne Walker comes very highly recommended but she is VERY busy! Yvonne is an associate of the acclaimed John Rogerson and is a fellow of the Canine Behaviour Institute. Yvonne runs Kennel Club Standard Classes and also does a variety of dog sports and 1-2-1 sessions. Yvonne's classes are run in Corstorphine and Gorebridge. Her classes fill up extremely quickly so book well in advance!
Train Your Dogs with Heather Smith - I am a huge fan of Heather and this is a personal recommendation. Although most of her classes and workshops are on the West side of Scotland they are well worth the journey! Heathers classes are kept small so you get lots of support and for people who have more reactive dogs (as I do) it makes it a less stressful environment. If you are interested in trying Doggy Dancing you couldn't get a better teacher than Heather, she is a top Judge and Competitor on the circuit including Crufts. Heather also does 1-2-1 sessions.
Pet Behaviour Sorted Matt Ward is a fully qualified APBC behaviourist so for one to one consultations you couldn't get someone more highly qualified. Matt covers the Edinburgh and Lothians area
Lothlorien is a force free training school ran by Claire Staines. They offer classes in Linlithgow in West Lothian and also offer 1-2-1's across the Lothians.
We are also often asked for recommendations for Dog Groomers. This tends to be a very personal choice and what one person likes in a dog groomer, another may prefer something else. Locally, however, there are a couple of Groomers who are frequently recommended so we have included their details below.
Grooming Marvellous run by Ailsa Kidd. This is the closest Groomers to the shop and a number of our customers use Ailsa (including Maria from Just Dogs!). Ailsa tends to be very busy so make sure you book in advance
Doggie Style The Guys from Doggie Style are very well established but as a result are very busy and very advanced booking is required
Glamour Pooch - GLAMOUR POOCH is a small friendly salon five minutes from Edinburgh city center. Jo, the owner, is a true and passionate dog lover (and fantastically a massive supporter of the Bully Breeds). We have a number of customers who use Jo and her team and speak very highly of her.
The Paw Pad (East Lothian) - This mobile dog grooming service is run by Deb Scott. Deb is a truly passionate dog lover with three gorgeous rescue dogs of her own. Your dogs will be in kind hands!
Another frequent request is details of local Vets. We have pulled together a list of frequently used/recommended Vets in the area.
ICR Butt Vets - With surgeries in Gorebridge, Loanhead and Balerno, ICR Butt vets offer laparoscopic surgery and a 24/7 emergency service.
Abercorn Veterinary Clinic - The Stockbridge Practice has a good reputation but please do take note of their restricted opening hours (they do have a practice in Portobello too which has longer opening hours)
Dundas Vet - Another Practice that is used by a number of our customers and they have very kindly helped us out when we have required microchip checks on lost dogs that have been handed in to the shop!
Lamond Vets - I know this is a West Lothian based Practice but I felt it only right to include my own personal recommendation. We have been with the Lamond Practice for many years now and highly recommend them.
LOCAL DOG PHOTOGRAPHERS
Edinburgh Dog Photography - Cheryl from EDP has been a great supporter of a number of our charity events and some of our customers have had great shoots with her. She focuses on relaxed and natural photo shoots of dogs out and about in Edinburgh and the surrounds. Check out her page to see examples of her lovely work.
Yellow Dog Photography - Nadia from YDP has also been a great supporter to our charity events and she also specialises in outdoor photography.
Doggy Friendly Places/Accommodation
Another request we often get is where are the doggy friendly places around the Stockbridge area. We would recommend that you check out the fantastic DugsnPubs website which is full of fab suggestions for doggy friendly places.
Edinburgh Camper Vans - For a holiday with a difference, a fantastic VW Campervan available to hire locally. Dogs welcome and info on dog-friendly campsites offered.