About US

Licensed and Trained Dog Walker, Daycare and Home Boarder

Providing Safe, Convenient Exercise for Your Bestie

Whether you are at the office, stuck in an Zoom meeting, or are simply out of the home for the day you needn’t worry; that’s where Walking the Dog can help you.

A bit about us…..in 2008 our founder and owner Gavin Chilvers started Walking the Dog along with his dog Jess. With a background in optical practice, Gavin combined his belief in quality customer service, and a lifetime love of dogs. Creating something which was rather niche at the time, a business devoted to Dog Walking, Home Daycare & Home Boarding.

Through commitment to the highest standards of service, care for each individual pet, and a flexible approach to bookings, Walking the Dog very quickly gained the trust of 100’s of local families. By 2011 we were also rated the UK’s No.1 Dog Walking business listed nationally on Freeindex, this was all thanks our customer reviews.
Walking the Dog ensures that all our 4-pawed clients are offered a fun, loving and enjoyable service, whether this be Dog Walking, Daycare or Home Boarding.
We cover most areas of North Tyneside including North Shields, Whitley Bay, Tynemouth, Cullercoats, Wallsend, Earsdon, Backworth, Monkseaton, Holywell, Killingworth, and Seghill.
We walk all our 4-pawed clients in our private, fenced, and secure fields – we have two fields with one specifically for the smaller breeds. These safe environments ensure that our dogs only mix with other clients’ dogs who we know are fully vaccinated and healthy. This means the fun doesn’t have to stop for cyclists, joggers, horses, or unfriendly stray dogs (and their owners!). For the added safety of Dachshunds and small/miniature breeds, we have a second field exclusively for their walks.
Because of our safe and secure area for your dog to play, exercise and socialise, even those with inconsistent recall can be allowed off lead. Gavin studied Dog Behaviour and Dog Psychology to enable him to read body language of all our client’s pets and is an approved instructor with the ADTB. These skills enable Gavin to improve recall, build a dog’s confidence within a pack, and reinforce general obedience.
Though we will help and aid in day-to-day basic training i.e. lead manners, and as previously mentioned anchoring a reliable recall etc, for any training and behavioural issues we recommend Cris Brown from Ruff Diamond Dog Training. Cris is a brilliant dog trainer who is enthusiastic in helping her clients bring out the absolute best in their young or older 4-pawed family member.
To ensure the best care for all our clients pets we have a small, family team of experienced and DBS cleared dog carers. Whilst in our care we ensure that each dog enjoys a physically and mentally stimulating experience. Dogs who are with us for their Home Boarding Holidays may also enjoy an adventurous weekend trip to our holiday home within the North Pennines AONB. Here they can join us for walks across the stunning Northumberland countryside and trek up some of the local hills.
That’s the thing about us we simply want all dogs to have an engaging and fun time.

Whether you use our Dog Walking, Home Daycare or Home Holiday Boarding service you can be assured that your dogs are treated and cared for as if they were part of our family. Search our Facebook Page or Instagram accounts to see photos of the latest happy pack.

We are proud of our outstanding service but don’t just take our word for it. Check our verified Freeindex reviews listed below.

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Want to meet us to discuss your dog's needs?


We'll arrange to come and meet you and your dog in the comfort of their own home. We'll discuss what you and they need and work out the most suitable service for them to have the best time with us whether that be Dog Walking, Home Daycare, Home Boarding or, for the young whippersnappers, Puppy Visits or Puppy-Preschool

For added peace of mind we are Insured, DBS checked, approved ADTB Instructor and Local Authority licenced as below.


you should check the status of this licence by contacting
Mr Martin McGowan, North Tyneside Council, Quadrant, Silverlink North, Cobalt Park, North Tyneside, NE27 0BY
Tel: 0191 643 6100 Email: martin.mcgowan@northtyneside.gov.uk