About Dog Walk&Play
Born in Canada in 1972, I was naturally exposed to the great outdoors and nature. I spent my childhood and adolescence venturing in the forest, taking long walks in the company of the labrador Murphy. I continued exploring (walking, trekking, and hiking) from year to year: in the Laurentians, the Rockies, the American Appalachian Trail, the Alps (Swiss and French), the Vosges, the German Black Forest, Sicily, the English Lake District, and even Korean national parks. And for over fifteen years, I have been discovering beautiful green spaces in Belgium (Brussels' surrounding woods, the Forest de Soignes, the Namurois, the Polders, the Ardennes, the Fagnes, ...).
By meeting my wife Stephanie, I met her bouvier Bailey who had the chance to be walked by a dog walker well known around Washington D.C. The well being that Sean Hogan (http://patch.com/virginia/delray/tales-of-a-dog-walker-sean-hogan) brought to his client and her family was immeasurable when work and travel required to walk and dog sit Bailey. Already the idea of Dog Walking tempted me, taking walks along the Potomac ...
In Brussels, my goal to offer special moments walking and entertaining dogs was confirmed when I realized that many families need such services and attention for their companion(s). From this passion, Dog Walk&Play was born and we are very pleased to count more and more clients and friends.
With a view to ensure the most comprehensive approaches and services to our doggy clients and their family, I followed and completed an intense training in animal physiotherapy and massage therapy, by Linda M. Gould from Woofs & Hoofs School of Animal Massage (www.woofsandhoofs.be) which allows to identify, prevent and treat physiological and psychological problems for the well being of our doggies.
When we adopted our puppy, Bella, a Greater Swiss Mountain Dog from a well-known breeder in France, my passion for contact with dogs materialized. Research and readings on cognitive and affective development of dogs, contacts with experts on the issue, brought to light my interest in seeking the best living conditions for our four-legged companions. This guides me in all my activities.