You can work, rest and holiday…

…confident they’re happy, healthy and well-behaved.

We’re here for your best friend whenever you can’t be.

How can you live life to the full without fretting that your four-legged friend isn’t getting the care and attention they deserve? Hampstead Hounds to the rescue – we’ll give them the full VIP treatment (Very Important Pooch!).

  • We provide a premium service, tailored to the unique needs of you and your dog or dogs. All the members of our experienced team are genuinely passionate about what we do – you’ll return to a happy, healthy and well exercised dog.
  • Our policy is one carer per household – that enables us to give our undivided attention to your hound/s. It’s a truly bespoke service – we build up a great relationship and rapport with your dog, paying close attention to their specific needs, age and preferences.
  • Our care can start from the moment your dog first arrives as a puppy, right through to the later years of their life
  • We are here to support each aspect of your dog’s well-being and development, from training and socializing to wellbeing and fitness
  • Although we offer exclusive care to your dog or dogs we may match them up for small group walks when we know they will get on and have a good time in company
  • We have experience in dealing with dogs with difficult behaviour and can provide many success stories
  • You can have the utmost confidence in us and our love of dogs – we do a lot of canine-focused community work, participating in fundraising events and judging at dog shows.
  • During 2018 our owner, Christiana Hines, will be studying for certification in Canine Behaviour – you can follow her progress on the blog/news page.

Raising the perfect puppy

Having a puppy around is great fun – but they need a lot of attention and a certain amount of regular training if you want a dog that’s a pleasure to live with. If your lifestyle and schedule makes it hard to do what’s required then we’re here to help. Our experts have the time and experience to provide all the support your puppy needs to make the very best start in life.

  • Our team has a wealth of collective experience and can provide tailored puppy care, advice, information and guidance
  • We have the time and patience to provide strong foundations so that your puppy grows into a well-disciplined, confident and happy dog – one with the calm temperament and good manners to cope with city living!
  • Puppies can get lonely and that’s hard on both of you if a busy schedule gets in the way.  We can provide tailored puppy sitting structured around your commitments.  This ensures ensuring you can focus on other priorities yet enjoy peace of mind knowing that your puppy is getting plenty of attention and loving care.
  • When the time is right we can introduce your puppy to other dogs cared for by Hampstead Hounds so that they can learn to socialize and play
  • We’ll work on key stages of training and development with your puppy so that they progress without problems:
    • House & Toilet training – including guidance on setting a schedule for your puppy to get them settled as smoothly as possible
    • Socialising your puppy with the outside world, people and other dogs. Noises, street traffic, dealing with transport, being comfortable and quiet during a trip to a coffee shop/restaurant/pub
    • Help them through the teething phase
    • Get puppies comfortable with their lead/harness/collar

Party animals – providing a social life

Dogs are social creatures – they love to be around human beings and out and about with other dogs. But what if the demands of your work, family and commitments keep getting in the way? Easy – we can be there when you can’t and introduce them to suitable playmates.

  • If they’re a puppy we can socialize them gradually and if they’re grown up we can make sure they get all the interaction that’s necessary to keep them happy and active.
  • They get the best of both worlds with Hampstead Hounds – personalised care from someone who has built up a good personal relationship with them, as well as small group walks and play dates with suitable companions.  This is dependent on matching schedules, temperaments and characters but we find lots of opportunities to proactively match up dogs and make arrangements to have them out and about together.

Personalised walkies – not running with the pack

  • Our one carer per household approach ensures your dog or dogs get truly individual attention, rather than being treated as one of a crowd.  This enables us to gain a good understanding of your dog’s specific requirements, likes and dislikes, then tailor their walks accordingly.
  • We’re unique in that we do all do all pick-ups and drop-offs on foot
  • We take varied and fun-filled walks in Hampstead Heath, Golders Hill Park, Regents Park and Primrose Hill, ensuring that your dog or dogs are thoroughly stimulated, properly exercised and well socialised
  • We like to focus on private walks, exclusively in the company of your dog or dogs.  However, if appropriate and your dog enjoys it, we may take them on walks as part of a small group.
“My dog is always tired and content after being with Hampstead Hounds”

– Alicia, Hampstead

Helping your dog get well soon

Dogs are extra demanding when they get sick or injure themselves, but you may struggle to find the time to be there for them. No problem – at Hampstead Hounds we have lots of experience in this department.

  • We can take your dog to the vet if it’s not convenient for you to do it yourself
  • We have spent a lot of time caring for dogs that are recovering from an operation or a major illness
  • Giving your dog post-operative or regular medication is all part of our service
  • Every member of our team are first aid trained
  • We have close connections with an animal physiotherapist
  • We can provide tailored walks to help get your dog safely back into an exercise schedule

Pooches with problems – we’re here to help

We recognise that every dog is different, with its own unique physical characteristics, personality traits and behavioural oddities. Our one carer per household way of working means we have the time to really understand your dog, build a great rapport with them and tailor our approach to their particular needs. This is especially important if your dog has issues that may be challenging or need addressing. It allows us to closely observe them over time, then take a well informed and considered approach to finding and implementing solutions. Our team are patient, experienced, caring and focused, providing regular feedback on progress and discussing next steps. We have experience in dealing with:

  • Reactive dogs
  • Fearful or Nervous Dogs
  • Shy dogs who need to work on their confidence
  • Dogs who need their recall improving
  • Dogs who are overweight and need to get back in shape and healthier
  • Dogs that are recovering from surgery and need to stagger back to walking
  • Working alongside physiotherapists to ensure their needs during walks as part of a recovery are met
  • Older dogs who need more consideration and patience
  • Very energetic dogs who need a lot of exercise, focus and discipline
  • Dogs that need to specifically be on lead or work towards being off lead

Doing good for abandoned dogs

When we’re not looking after your dog or dogs we’re doing our bit to help the All Dogs Matter team rescue, rehabilitate and rehome abandoned dogs from the neighbourhood.

  • We attend All Dogs Matter events throughout the year and sit on judging panels alongside other supporters such as Ricky Gervais, Michelle Collins and Peter Egan
  • We participate in various All Dogs Matter fundraising events throughout the year, partnering up with other local businesses and venues

Spreading the love and the nutrition

We purchase Beautiful Joe’s ethical dog treats for four legged friends to enjoy on their walks. For every pack we buy an additional one is donated to a local rescue centre for the abandoned pooches to enjoy.

If you’d like to know more about these nutritious treats and the great work the charity does then go to www.beautifuljoes.com

  • Reactive dogs
  • Fearful or Nervous Dogs
  • Shy dogs who need to work on their confidence
  • Dogs who need their recall improving
  • Dogs who are overweight and need to get back in shape and healthier
  • Dogs that are recovering from surgery and need to stagger back to walking
  • Working alongside physiotherapists to ensure their needs during walks as part of a recovery are met
  • Older dogs who need more consideration and patience
  • Very energetic dogs who need a lot of exercise, focus and discipline
  • Dogs that need to specifically be on lead or work towards being off lead
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Testimonials

Bethan Rogers
Tufnell Park
“I just wanted to say thank you to you and your team for taking such good care of Jezebel. Lovely to come home to such a happy, healthy cat :)”
Candice & Richard
Belsize Park
“Hampstead Hounds is great: flexible, reliable, and cheerful. Our two-year-old Broadway loves his romps on Hampstead Heath with them. He always comes home with a smile on his furry little face.”
Letizia
Hampstead
“[…] very reliable, efficient and always look to accommodate our requests. Even if we call last minute for an extra walk. Baloo simply adores them and we are very happy we have found someone we can finally count on.”

Contact us

Christiana@HampsteadHousesitters.co.uk
Mob: 07957 191 865 / Tel: 0207 916 9755