about west village dog walkers

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Amy Telsey is a native New Yorker and lifelong animal lover. She has been dogwalking for over a decade and feels very lucky to have such an enjoyable profession. She is also pursuing a career as a clinical social worker and is currently studying psychoanalysis at National Institute for Psychotherapies. In her spare time, Amy is also involved in animal rescue work and advocacy.

Doug Smith grew up in Connecticut and has been dogwalking since moving to New York nearly 7 years ago. He grew up in a home with many rescued pets and finds it very gratifying to care for animals of all kinds. Doug spends his evenings pursuing his stand-up comedy career and can be seen numerous times a week playing shows all over the city.

Amy and Doug both have experience dealing with dogs of all temperaments and backgrounds. They have dealt with aggressive, neurotic, skittish, infirm, and even disabled dogs and have the skills and compassion to make sure your dog has the most positive experience possible. While they always have substitute walkers available in case of emergency, West Village Dogwalkers is a two person operation, not a corporation. They will not send a different unfamiliar face to your door on any given day, as is the common practice of most dogwalking agencies. Your dog will receive all the attention it deserves and will only be walked with dogs with compatible dispositions. Though dogwalking is the bulk of their business, Amy and Doug offer services for pets of all kinds, including cats, fish, reptiles, guinea pigs, and birds.

A portion of all proceeds go to various animal, humanitarian, and environmental charities.

Recent Posts

Ask Amy: How can I keep my dog cool during summer months?

Dogs are unable to sweat through their skin the way humans are, so they are much more vulnerable to overheating. As a dogwalker of 7 years, I have seen several owners give their dogs “summer haircuts” where they shave the … Continue reading

Ask Amy: What should I do if my dogwalker has to take a day off?

Glad you asked. I’m sure you realize that us dog walkers have as much of a right to time off as any other profession, whether it be due to illness or simply the need for a personal day. As a … Continue reading

Ask Amy: What type of leash and collar should I use for my dog?

The type of equipment you use to walk your dog varies greatly depending on the size, strength, and disposition of your dog. There’s lots of different types of gear out there so let’s weed out the ones that most dog … Continue reading

Ask Amy: I wanted advice on how to pick the right dog for me

Q: Hi Amy. I wanted advice on how to pick the right dog for me A: Excellent question. As a long time professional dogwalker I feel like I have many times seen people choosing dogs for the wrong reasons. Firstly, … Continue reading

Ask Amy: My dog had loose, slightly bloody stool

Q: Hey Amy, my dog walker just reported to me that my dog had loose, slightly bloody stool today. Do I need to rush him to the vet? A: First of all, kudos to your dogwalker for reporting this to … Continue reading


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