ABOUT US

Meet The Team!

OUR STORY

Wanaka Dog Walking & Pet Sitting's roots began in 2014, when owner Emily decided to settle in Wanaka and follow her life-long passion of working with animals. 

 

Over the last few years the business has grown into a reputable pet care service provider. Our customers love our services and trust us implicitly with the care of their animals. We have developed a stellar reputation over the years which we strive to maintain. 

Wanaka Dog Walking & Pet Sitting is known for its commitment to animal care and welfare, reliability and professional standard of service. Ask your friends what they think, we know you'll hear great things!

 

OUR TEAM

What makes us unique?

EXPERIENCED

Each of our employees has been carefully hand picked for their previous professional animal experience and skills. This includes animal handling, veterinary care studies, voluntary work with animal rescue organisations and horse care/trek guiding.

LONG TERM TRAINING

All of our staff have been trained in animal handling and canine behaviour, including: bite prevention, canine development, canine behaviour and communication and feline behaviour/commuication. We use a long term training program developed by qualified animal behaviourists, using a positive reinforcement approach that aligns deeply with our own values. We value ongoing education and recognise that there is never too much to learn in any industry. 

THOROUGH BACKGROUND CHECKING

We go above and beyond to ensure the safety of your home is in the very best hands with us. We spend time collecting valuable and relevant references as well as a criminal record check for each new employee. 

PROFESSIONALISM & INTEGRITY

We value honest and professional relationships with our clients. Our team represent these values to the highest standard and this includes maintaining client confidentiality at all times. 

As employees of the business our team are fully supported and we work together as a team to ensure we provide our clients with the best care possible. 

EMILY

OWNER

Pet First Aid/ CPR Certified | Dip. Animal Psychology | Certified Dog Groomer

Emily is originally from Worcestershire and moved to Wanaka in 2014. She lives with her husband, Mike, and their golden retriever, Luna. Emily's background is in marketing management and this has helped her acheive her dream of creating a successful pet care business. She is knowledgeable about canine behaviour and her focus is on positive training methods and building a level of trust with her four-legged clients (and the two-legged ones too, of course!). 

Emily is our trained professional dog groomer and works from her salon set-up at home in central Wanaka. 

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KATJA

DOG WALKER/PET SITTER

Originally from California, Katja is a lover of both animals and the outdoors - a perfect combination for this job!

Katja's enthusiasm for her work is infectious and comes across in her dedication to giving your pets the best care possible, whatever their needs. 

A vital part of our team, your pets will be in fantastic hands with Katja!

HANNAH

DOG WALKER/PET SITTER

Hannah holds a wide variety of experience working with animals over the last 13 years, including a variety of roles with the SPCA and wildlife/zookeeper roles both here in NZ and in Australia.

 

Hannah holds certificates in Canine Behaviour and Training, Animal Management and a BSc in Biology and Psychology.

We're proud to have Hannah's skills and passion for animal welfare as part of our team!

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"Our dog absolutely loves hanging out with Emily and the team, he's always exhausted after his walks! It's so great to know someone as experienced and dedicated is looking after our pupper! Could not recommend highly enough."

AGATA / OWNER OF BAXTER THE LABRADOR

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STEPH

DOG WALKER/PET SITTER

Steph is hugely compassionate and has a noticeable affinity with animals. She holds high standards of animal welfare and these really come across in everything she does.

Steph holds a degree in Animal Science and has also worked as a puppy pre-school trainer in Australia, all of which give her a great all round understanding of animal health, behaviour and care. 

We know you and pets will love Steph and her calm, caring demeanor!

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Emily@wanakadogwalking.com

022 162 9851

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