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My Best Friend provides a safe, secure and fun dog walking service for those occasions when you are unable to look after your best friend. Work commitments, ill health or just that well-deserved away-day with family or friends My Best Friend understands the challenges of modern life and is always there to help.

My Best Friend offers a tailored service to suit your best friend's needs. Whether they're big or small, young or in their golden years, boisterous or reserved you can rest assured that we'll give them our best.

We specialise in off-lead group walks so your best friend gets the most out of their time with us. They will be collected and taken to their walk in a caged doggy van with up to 5 friends and walked for a minimum of 45 minutes.

How it works

  • Initial consultation for us to get to know you and your best friend.
  • Provide a variety of off-lead county walks.
  • All dog walkers are DBS checked. 

This service is available at the following locations (click on the name to view more details):

West Oxfordshire
South Cotswolds

Jon and Clara looked after our black lab for a long weekend, and have also helped with dog walks too. Family do not live close so I love the idea of a quality, friendly, reliable option for our dog. Highly recommend them.
- Gill Rodwell

Jon's just started walking my two black labs. Great communication and the dogs love him!
- Andy Grout

Do you come and meet me and my dog to get to know us before you start to provide walks?

Yes of course, in fact we simply don’t walk any dog before we have met them and had a detailed consultation with the owner.

Do I have to leave you a key or wait in for you to arrive?

You can wait in you prefer but we offer a secure key holding service. All keys are kept locked away when not in use and we keep a numbered log so the key cannot be traced back to your home.

How can I be confident that you or your dog walker is trustworthy?

All franchisees and employees who have unescorted access to a client’s home will have undergone a basic DBS check. We can also provide references from some of our many happy customers.

Will my dog be walked by the same person?

We think that building up trust between the dog and their walker is really important so we always try to be consistent. In the event that we need to change the person walking your dog we will always let you know. What’s more that person will always have walked your dog with their usual walker.

What time will you arrive to take my dog for their walk?

We offer 3 walking sessions, you can either book between 9am and 11am, 11am and 2pm or 2pm and 5pm. We don’t offer specific times but we do guarantee to take your best friend for walk in the booked session.

How do you transport my dog from our home to where you walk?

Unlike many dog care and dog walking companies we operate a fleet of air conditioned vans that are never more than 5 years and have safe and secure dog cages installed. The cages become an integral part of the vehicle and are constructed to an exceptionally high standard. Each dog, unless they are from the same household or are well known to each other, will be transported in their own cage.

How many dogs do you walk at one time?

This really depends on a number of factors such as the temperament, obedience, and location of the dogs and also the location of the walk however it will never be more than 6 but more usually between 3 and 5.

Where do you walk the dogs?

This varies by location but we aim to find walks that are in locations away from main roads and other hazards. We like open spaces and calm water so they can run and swim and swim and run to their hearts content!

Do you walk my dog on or off lead?

This is up to you but we will ask for your specific consent to walk you dog off the lead although this is certainly our preference. We believe that your dog will get far more out of a walk if he is able to run and play with the other dogs in the pack. Regardless of consent we only let dogs off lead where we believe it is safe and sensible to do so.

How long are the walks?

Each walk is a minimum of 45 minutes but your dog will generally be out of the house from 1 to 2 hours.

Please see our Terms and Conditions for more information.

Carer 1

Jon is responsible for dog walking, day care, home boarding, pet sitting and pet transport. Starting my best friend is a change of direction for Jon who previously held a number of senior management positions with a global brand.

Carer 2

Clara is a City and Guilds qualified dog groomer with a passion for animals and since 2007 Clara has been grooming her own dogs Daisy and Ruby as well as many others for family and friends.

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