OUR STORY

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About Wanaka Dog Walking & Pet Sitting

MEET THE TEAM!

Wanaka Dog Walking & Pet Sitting was founded in 2014 by Emily Robertson, who now employs a small team of experienced pet care professionals to help her - this ensures we're there when you need us, all year round! 

Our team are trained to the highest standards, including in pet first aid/CPR, dog behaviour and animal handling skills. Some of our team hold qualifications in Animal Science, Canine Behaviour and Animal Care. You can find out more about our team members here.

Our dog walking and in-home pet sitting services are for pets who deserve the best! We are dedicated to providing the highest standard of service and you can rest assured your pets will be treated with the love, care and respect they deserve at all times. We understand that your pets are important members of your family and that you're looking for the best possible care for them when you can't be there.

 

Animal welfare is our top priority in everything we do. We abide by only force-free, positive reinforcement philosophies which are applied to every area of the business. 

We promise to listen to your needs and provide you and your pets with an exceptional level of service, every time. 

 

MEET OUR TEAM

EMILY

OWNER

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

Emily is originally from Worcestershire in the UK 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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MIKE

DOG WALKER / PET SITTER

PET FIRST AID/CPR CERTIFIED

Mike is Emily's husband and after helping out with the business here and there over the years, has now joined our team full time!

 

After spending his career so far in sales roles, the move to working full time with animals is a welcome change.

Mike leads our group hikes and other walks and the dogs love him!

 

MICHELLE

ASSISTANT GROOMER

Michelle has recently made the move back to NZ with her family after spending many years living in France. 

A huge animal lover with a dog and a cat of her own, Michelle was looking for a new career move on her return and has found it in the world of dog grooming!

We are so excited to have Michelle's help in the salon which will enable us to expand our grooming services even further. 

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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!

MARY

DOG WALKER/PET SITTER

When Mary isn't working with our clients, she's busy looking after her own large pack of dogs at home! 

Mary and her partner are registered breeders of White Shepherds and Welsh Springers, which are highly trained in scent detection and pest control work. 

She comes to us with a wealth of knowledge, a calm manner and a real passion for animals.

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CAITLYN

DOG WALKER/PET SITTER

Caitlyn is a South Island local and is living in Wanaka while studying Veterinary Nursing. She grew up on a farm in Southland and, as you can expect, has experience with the care of all sorts of animals.

For the last year Caitlyn has been working overseas in the UK in live-in care roles. Now safely back in NZ, she is pursuing her studies full-time and works with us to get her animal fix!

Caitlyn is passionate about animal welfare and you will love the compassion and care she shows with your pets.

ROMMY

DOG WALKER/PET SITTER

Rommy grew up in Australia with a variety of breeds of dog in her family and a passion for keeping and showing miniature ponies!

 

She is extremely knowledgeable about animals, their care and needs. Her kind and compassionate nature is a great fit for our core business values and philosophies.  

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