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Groovytown Dog Lodge is expanding the pack!

If you, or someone you know, might be interested in this job, please read or share this post.

Do you have the heart of a Golden Retriever, the work ethic of a Border Collie, and the protective instincts of a German Shepherd?

Job description

Working with Groovytown Dog Lodge is a walk in the park, but it can be a challenging walk in the park. From cold or rainy days to dogs that just don’t want to cooperate with your plans, some days feel like a constant uphill climb. Members of the Groovytown team meet these challenges with grit, determination and a positive attitude, finishing the day with a sense of accomplishment. And of course, the best reward is the bond you create with all those furry faces!  If you see yourself in this description then please read on.If you see yourself in this description then please read on!

Hiring: full-time dog walker (approximately 35 – 40 hours per week, 5 days per week including some weekends). We offer competitive wages.

Duties include

Directly interacting with clients, pick-up and drop-off of dogs using a company vehicle, walking groups of dogs in all weather conditions, washing dirty dogs, taking pictures, cleaning and maintaining the work site and equipment, and managing any day-to-day adventures and challenges as they occur.

The ideal candidate

  • LOVES DOGS
  • Is hard working and dependable
  • Has a positive and upbeat attitude
  • Has excellent customer service skills
  • Is pro-active / able to anticipate needs and take initiative
  • Is trustworthy / honest
  • Is patient

Requirements

  • Clean criminal record/bondable
  • Minimum 5 years clean driving record
  • Minimum 5 years of driving experience with G license
  • Minimum 5 years primary insured on vehicle
  • Certification in Canine First Aid / CPR (can be acquired after hiring)

Applicants under consideration will be asked to provide work and personal references, a certified criminal background check and a statement of driving record.

If you think you are the right candidate for this position, please

EMAIL THE FOLLOWING TO dvgroovin@gmail.com

1) Your current resume

2) A cover letter that includes finishing each of these statements:

  • I want to work for Groovytown Dog Lodge because …
  • One time my sense of humour helped me was …
  • One time I reached my peak performance was …

Dog Sitter Ontario

3 dogs carrying a stick.  Middle dog is looking at the camera.

The Dog Sitter has become an essential member of a dog’s family.  But how do you know if you are hiring a good dog sitter?  You know you want someone who is going to ensure your dog’s safety, using the same level of care that you use when caring for your dog.  You want to know there will be openness and honesty from your dog sitter.  And of course, you want to trust that they will show your dog love and kindness.

But how do you know that the person you are hiring can be trusted to measure up to these standards? 

Lean On Your Community

Before you hire someone, try to get referrals from friends, your local pet store, or your veterinarian.  If you find someone online then read through the reviews – negative as well as the positive. 

Smell Test

Next step:  the smell test.  Ever notice that your dog unexpectedly doesn’t like someone.  That is their instinct kicking in.  Their smell test, if you will.  So, first and foremost, meet your potential sitter.  If you don’t feel comfortable from the start, always trust your instincts.  It doesn’t matter if you are wrong – although you will never know.  But, if you don’t trust your gut and you were right, then it will matter, and it will be too late.

Once you get past the smell test, start asking some questions. 

Ask Questions

Find out where they will be taking your dog and how.  What safety measures do they have in place?  If using a leash, are they using their leash or yours and, either way, will the dog have any chance of slipping out of the lead or collar?  For example, at Groovytown Dog Lodge we offer off-leash walks but we still use dog leads during pick-ups and drop-offs of our day hikers. We choose to use our leashes for this as we use slip leads that do not rely on a dog’s collar being properly fitted. 

Will the dog sitter have your dog around other dogs?  Do they know these other dogs and is the dog sitter sure they are friendly?  Are they up to date on their vaccinations?

What are the dog sitter’s emergency protocols for injuries and/or health issues?  Do they have training in pet first aid?

Look For A Sitter Who Will Listen

There are a lot of variables that can make you feel overwhelmed by the process.  However, a prepared and safety-conscious sitter will have thought about these concerns and will be happy discuss these concerns.

Ultimately, no matter how much care you take, here is always going to be some risk of something happening – and this is true whether your dog is with you are your sitter.  What you want to know is if your sitter is careful enough to avoid the avoidable and prepared enough for the unavoidable. 

Why Choose Us?

Here at Groovytown Dog Lodge, just outside of Kington, Ontario, we have taken these concerns to heart.  We care for our guests like they were our own and we are always happy to answer your questions.  We also invite you to bring your dog out for an introductory hike.  That way you dog gets a chance to become familiar with our parks with mom or dad there to boost their confidence (think first day of kindergarten).  And that tour is for you too.  We want you to see where your dog will be playing when they are with us.  We are proud of what we have created and we want share it with you.

Book your introductory hike today!

Dog Walkers Near Me

Dog Walkers Near Me

Looking for a dog walkers ‘Near Me’

Dog parents often search for a “dog walker near me”. But, will your dog get the most out of a walk that is near you? Will they be stuck on a leash, walking at the same pace as their human friends? If you want more for your dog then we have a better answer.

Whatever your reason for wanting ‘a dog walker near me’, we can meet your needs while also meeting the needs of your dog. We offer exciting off-leash hikes in our fully fenced private dog parks, on our country estate, just outside of Kingston, Ontario. If you live within the Kingston area, we offer free door-to-door service.  We pick up your pup with our custom designed ‘party-vans’ to ensure fun from start to finish. So, wherever you are in Kingston, Ontario, we are near you!

Let’s get off-leash!

Our off-leash hikes take place within our private dog parks.  These parks provide a safe space for dogs to be dogs – to run, play, socialize and explore.  Our parks are big enough for dogs to stay stimulated for hours but manageable enough that we can always be within voice range of a dog that has wandered off on a solo adventure. 

And our highly trained dog walkers are always with your pup while they are out on the trails. We are there to guide the dogs and act as the ‘playground monitor’ as they socialize and explore with a consistent group of pack mates.

From pick up to drop off, your dog will have:

  • Fun
  • Adventure
  • Exercise
  • Socialization with a consistent group of pack mates
  • Mental stimulation

Our fencing is state of the art!

For dogs with less than perfect recall, we have that covered – from jumpers to climbers to diggers – our dog parks are fenced with every challenge in mind.

4 Dogs walking off-leash on a wide trail next to 6 foot high fencing.
  • For the small dog we use no-climb fencing features small wire spacing to keep even the smallest of dogs safe and secure
  • Have a the digger? Our fencing is buried 6 inches underground
  • Jumper? Our fencing rises 6 feet above ground
  • And for the super jumpers – we have finished off with an electric line at the top.

Live outside of the Kingston area?

No worries!  You are welcome to drop your dog off for daycare.  It is worth the drive for your dog to get out to Groovytown Dog Lodge.  Your pup will get the same great adventures and, during their down time, they will enjoy our spacious private dog runs.

We are the dog walkers near you. See what we are talking about – book your free introductory hike today!

Email reserve@groovytown.ca to book your dog’s next adventure!

Dog Sitting Kingston

3 dogs carrying a stick.  Middle dog is looking at the camera.

Dog sitting has become a popular way to get some extra cash while hanging out with one earth’s greatest creatures – dogs!  But how do you know if you are hiring a good dog sitter?  You know you want someone who is going to ensure your dog’s safety, using the same level of care that you use when caring for your dog.  You want to know there will be openness and honesty from your dog sitter.  And of course, you want to trust that they will show your dog love and kindness.

But how do you know that the person you are hiring can be trusted to measure up to these standards? 

Lean On Your Community

Before you hire someone, try to get referrals from friends, your local pet store, or your veterinarian.  If you find someone online then read through the reviews – negative as well as the positive. 

Smell Test

Next step:  the smell test.  Ever notice that your dog unexpectedly doesn’t like someone.  That is their instinct kicking in.  Their smell test, if you will.  So, first and foremost, meet your potential sitter.  If you don’t feel comfortable from the start, always trust your instincts.  It doesn’t matter if you are wrong – although you will never know.  But, if you don’t trust your gut and you were right, then it will matter, and it will be too late.

Once you get past the smell test, start asking some questions. 

Ask Questions

Find out where they will be taking your dog and how.  What safety measures do they have in place?  If using a leash, are they using their leash or yours and, either way, will the dog have any chance of slipping out of the lead or collar?  For example, at Groovytown Dog Lodge we offer off-leash walks but we still use dog leads during pick-ups and drop-offs of our day hikers. We choose to use our leashes for this as we use slip leads that do not rely on a dog’s collar being properly fitted. 

Will the dog sitter have your dog around other dogs?  Do they know these other dogs and is the dog sitter sure they are friendly?  Are they up to date on their vaccinations?

What are the dog sitter’s emergency protocols for injuries and/or health issues?  Do they have training in pet first aid?

Look For A Sitter Who Will Listen

There are a lot of variables that can make you feel overwhelmed by the process.  However, a prepared and safety-conscious sitter will have thought about these concerns and will be happy discuss these concerns.

Ultimately, no matter how much care you take, here is always going to be some risk of something happening – and this is true whether your dog is with you are your sitter.  What you want to know is if your sitter is careful enough to avoid the avoidable and prepared enough for the unavoidable. 

Why Choose Us?

Here at Groovytown Dog Lodge, just outside of Kington, Ontario, we have taken these concerns to heart.  We care for our guests like they were our own and we are always happy to answer your questions.  We also invite you to bring your dog out for an introductory hike.  That way you dog gets a chance to become familiar with our parks with mom or dad there to boost their confidence (think first day of kindergarten).  And that tour is for you too.  We want you to see where your dog will be playing when they are with us.  We are proud of what we have created and we want share it with you.

Book your introductory hike today!

Dog Sitter Kingston

3 dogs carrying a stick.  Middle dog is looking at the camera.

The Dog Sitter has become an essential member of a dog’s family.  But how do you know if you are hiring a good dog sitter?  You know you want someone who is going to ensure your dog’s safety, using the same level of care that you use when caring for your dog.  You want to know there will be openness and honesty from your dog sitter.  And of course, you want to trust that they will show your dog love and kindness.

But how do you know that the person you are hiring can be trusted to measure up to these standards? 

Lean On Your Community

Before you hire someone, try to get referrals from friends, your local pet store, or your veterinarian.  If you find someone online then read through the reviews – negative as well as the positive. 

Smell Test

Next step:  the smell test.  Ever notice that your dog unexpectedly doesn’t like someone.  That is their instinct kicking in.  Their smell test, if you will.  So, first and foremost, meet your potential sitter.  If you don’t feel comfortable from the start, always trust your instincts.  It doesn’t matter if you are wrong – although you will never know.  But, if you don’t trust your gut and you were right, then it will matter, and it will be too late.

Once you get past the smell test, start asking some questions. 

Ask Questions

Find out where they will be taking your dog and how.  What safety measures do they have in place?  If using a leash, are they using their leash or yours and, either way, will the dog have any chance of slipping out of the lead or collar?  For example, at Groovytown Dog Lodge we offer off-leash walks but we still use dog leads during pick-ups and drop-offs of our day hikers. We choose to use our leashes for this as we use slip leads that do not rely on a dog’s collar being properly fitted. 

Will the dog sitter have your dog around other dogs?  Do they know these other dogs and is the dog sitter sure they are friendly?  Are they up to date on their vaccinations?

What are the dog sitter’s emergency protocols for injuries and/or health issues?  Do they have training in pet first aid?

Look For A Sitter Who Will Listen

There are a lot of variables that can make you feel overwhelmed by the process.  However, a prepared and safety-conscious sitter will have thought about these concerns and will be happy discuss these concerns.

Ultimately, no matter how much care you take, here is always going to be some risk of something happening – and this is true whether your dog is with you are your sitter.  What you want to know is if your sitter is careful enough to avoid the avoidable and prepared enough for the unavoidable. 

Why Choose Us?

Here at Groovytown Dog Lodge, just outside of Kington, Ontario, we have taken these concerns to heart.  We care for our guests like they were our own and we are always happy to answer your questions.  We also invite you to bring your dog out for an introductory hike.  That way you dog gets a chance to become familiar with our parks with mom or dad there to boost their confidence (think first day of kindergarten).  And that tour is for you too.  We want you to see where your dog will be playing when they are with us.  We are proud of what we have created and we want share it with you.

Book your introductory hike today!

Dog Boarding Kingston

Best Friends Forever!

Finally!  Pull out the picnic baskets and beach umbrellas.   It looks like we are going to be able to start enjoying this summer weather!  As the lockdown restrictions are incrementally lifted, our options for travel expand!  Off to the cottage, the campground or a friend’s backyard?  Wonderful!  Now, what about your dog?

Planning Your Dog’s Vacation

Well, don’t forget to organize your dog’s vacation too!  While you are off reconnecting with friends and family your dog could be making their own friends or reconnecting with old ones.  At Groovytown Dog Lodge we cater to the social needs of the canine variety.  Our group hikes and large fenced parks allow your dog to play, run, and explore to their heart’s content.


Is Your Dog Feeling a Bit Shy?

After a long lock-down, many dogs are unfamiliar with the social aspects of life.  As we have been asked to avoid contact with all but our own households, so too, many dogs have been taught to avoid other dogs and people while out on their hikes.  As a natural consequence, this has made for some very shy dogs. 

We have seen a lot of this shyness at the Lodge over the past few months.  The good news is that with patience and love, we can work with your dog to get them out of their shell.  By bringing shy dogs into the group – usually starting on a leash – we are able to show these dogs that they are in a safe place and that the other dogs just want to be friends.

A Day at the Lodge

At Groovytown Dog Lodge we specialize in off-leash social escapades in our private, fenced, adventure parks. Our signature off-leash group adventure hikes are enjoyed by all of our day campers & overnight guests.

Your dog will get to play with other dogs, run through acres of fields and explore in rich forests. Whether your dog loves to follow a scent or chase butterflies, Groovytown Dog Lodge provides the space for your dog to express their unique personality.

Dog Boarding Kingston is one click away!

If you live in or near Kingston, then we are near you!  We are just 10 minutes west of Kingston, in Odessa.  Moments from highways 2 and the 401, we are an easy stop before heading off on your next adventure.

Be sure to plan ahead as we do ask that each of our guests join us for a complementary introductory hike.  Just like the first day you went to nursery school, your dog may need a bit of hand-holding as they are introduced to this exciting new adventure.  The introductory hike will also give you peace of mind as you see where your dog will be playing while you are away.

Once you are set up in our system then booking is simply a click away. 

Book your introductory hike today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dog Boarding Ontario

Best Friends Forever!

Finally!  Pull out the picnic baskets and beach umbrellas.   It looks like we are going to be able to start enjoying this summer weather!  As the lockdown restrictions are incrementally lifted, our options for travel expand!  Off to the cottage, the campground or a friend’s backyard?  Wonderful!  Now, what about your dog?

Planning Your Dog’s Vacation

Well, don’t forget to organize your dog’s vacation too!  While you are off reconnecting with friends and family your dog could be making their own friends or reconnecting with old ones.  At Groovytown Dog Lodge we cater to the social needs of the canine variety.  Our group hikes and large fenced parks allow your dog to play, run, and explore to their heart’s content.


Is Your Dog Feeling a Bit Shy?

After a long lock-down, many dogs are unfamiliar with the social aspects of life.  As we have been asked to avoid contact with all but our own households, so too, many dogs have been taught to avoid other dogs and people while out on their hikes.  As a natural consequence, this has made for some very shy dogs. 

We have seen a lot of this shyness at the Lodge over the past few months.  The good news is that with patience and love, we can work with your dog to get them out of their shell.  By bringing shy dogs into the group – usually starting on a leash – we are able to show these dogs that they are in a safe place and that the other dogs just want to be friends.

A Day at the Lodge

At Groovytown Dog Lodge we specialize in off-leash social escapades in our private, fenced, adventure parks. Our signature off-leash group adventure hikes are enjoyed by all of our day campers & overnight guests.

Your dog will get to play with other dogs, run through acres of fields and explore in rich forests. Whether your dog loves to follow a scent or chase butterflies, Groovytown Dog Lodge provides the space for your dog to express their unique personality.

Dog Boarding Ontario is one click away!

If you live in or near Kingston, Ontario, or you are passing by, then we are near you!  We are just 10 minutes west of Kingston, in Odessa.  Moments from highways 2 and the 401, we are an easy stop before heading off on your next adventure.

Be sure to plan ahead as we do ask that each of our guests join us for a complementary introductory hike.  Just like the first day you went to nursery school, your dog may need a bit of hand-holding as they are introduced to this exciting new adventure.  The introductory hike will also give you peace of mind as you see where your dog will be playing while you are away.

Once you are set up in our system then booking is simply a click away. 

Book your introductory hike today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dog Boarding Kingston Ontario

Best Friends Forever!

Finally!  Pull out the picnic baskets and beach umbrellas.   It looks like we are going to be able to start enjoying this summer weather!  As the lockdown restrictions are incrementally lifted, our options for travel expand!  Off to the cottage, the campground or a friend’s backyard?  Wonderful!  Now, what about your dog?

Planning Your Dog’s Vacation

Well, don’t forget to organize your dog’s vacation too!  While you are off reconnecting with friends and family your dog could be making their own friends or reconnecting with old ones.  At Groovytown Dog Lodge we cater to the social needs of the canine variety.  Our group hikes and large fenced parks allow your dog to play, run, and explore to their heart’s content.


Is Your Dog Feeling a Bit Shy?

After a long lock-down, many dogs are unfamiliar with the social aspects of life.  As we have been asked to avoid contact with all but our own households, so too, many dogs have been taught to avoid other dogs and people while out on their hikes.  As a natural consequence, this has made for some very shy dogs. 

We have seen a lot of this shyness at the Lodge over the past few months.  The good news is that with patience and love, we can work with your dog to get them out of their shell.  By bringing shy dogs into the group – usually starting on a leash – we are able to show these dogs that they are in a safe place and that the other dogs just want to be friends.

A Day at the Lodge

At Groovytown Dog Lodge we specialize in off-leash social escapades in our private, fenced, adventure parks. Our signature off-leash group adventure hikes are enjoyed by all of our day campers & overnight guests.

Your dog will get to play with other dogs, run through acres of fields and explore in rich forests. Whether your dog loves to follow a scent or chase butterflies, Groovytown Dog Lodge provides the space for your dog to express their unique personality.

Dog Boarding Kingston Ontario is one click away!

If you live in or near Kingston, Ontario, then we are near you!  We are just 10 minutes west of Kingston, in Odessa.  Moments from highways 2 and the 401, we are an easy stop before heading off on your next adventure.

Be sure to plan ahead as we do ask that each of our guests join us for a complementary introductory hike.  Just like the first day you went to nursery school, your dog may need a bit of hand-holding as they are introduced to this exciting new adventure.  The introductory hike will also give you peace of mind as you see where your dog will be playing while you are away.

Once you are set up in our system then booking is simply a click away. 

Book your introductory hike today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dog Boarding Near Me

Best Friends Forever!

Finally!  Pull out the picnic baskets and beach umbrellas.   It looks like we are going to be able to start enjoying this summer weather!  As the lockdown restrictions are incrementally lifted, our options for travel expand!  Off to the cottage, the campground or a friend’s backyard?  Wonderful!  Now, what about your dog?

Planning Your Dog’s Vacation

Well, don’t forget to organize your dog’s vacation too!  While you are off reconnecting with friends and family your dog could be making their own friends or reconnecting with old ones.  At Groovytown Dog Lodge we cater to the social needs of the canine variety.  Our group hikes and large fenced parks allow your dog to play, run, and explore to their heart’s content.


Is Your Dog Feeling a Bit Shy?

After a long lock-down, many dogs are unfamiliar with the social aspects of life.  As we have been asked to avoid contact with all but our own households, so too, many dogs have been taught to avoid other dogs and people while out on their hikes.  As a natural consequence, this has made for some very shy dogs. 

We have seen a lot of this shyness at the Lodge over the past few months.  The good news is that with patience and love, we can work with your dog to get them out of their shell.  By bringing shy dogs into the group – usually starting on a leash – we are able to show these dogs that they are in a safe place and that the other dogs just want to be friends.

A Day at the Lodge

At Groovytown Dog Lodge we specialize in off-leash social escapades in our private, fenced, adventure parks. Our signature off-leash group adventure hikes are enjoyed by all of our day campers & overnight guests.

Your dog will get to play with other dogs, run through acres of fields and explore in rich forests. Whether your dog loves to follow a scent or chase butterflies, Groovytown Dog Lodge provides the space for your dog to express their unique personality.

Plan Ahead and Your Booking Will Be a Click Away

Are you googling ‘dog boarding near me’?  If you live in or near Kingston, Ontario, then we are near you!  We are just 10 minutes west of Kingston, in Odessa.  Moments from highways 2 and the 401, we are an easy stop before heading off on your next adventure.

Be sure to plan ahead as we do ask that each of our guests join us for a complementary introductory hike.  Just like the first day you went to nursery school, your dog may need a bit of hand-holding as they are introduced to this exciting new adventure.  The introductory hike will also give you peace of mind as you see where your dog will be playing while you are away.

Once you are set up in our system then booking is simply a click away. 

Book your introductory hike today!

We look forward to seeing you soon!

Dog Sitting Kingston

3 dogs carrying a stick.  Middle dog is looking at the camera.

Dog sitting has become a popular way to get some extra cash while hanging out with one earth’s greatest creatures – dogs!  But how do you know if you are hiring a good dog sitter?  You know you want someone who is going to ensure your dog’s safety, using the same level of care that you use when caring for your dog.  You want to know there will be openness and honesty from your dog sitter.  And of course, you want to trust that they will show your dog love and kindness.

But how do you know that the person you are hiring can be trusted to measure up to these standards? 

Lean On Your Community

Before you hire someone, try to get referrals from friends, your local pet store, or your veterinarian.  If you find someone online then read through the reviews – negative as well as the positive. 

Smell Test

Next step:  the smell test.  Ever notice that your dog unexpectedly doesn’t like someone.  That is their instinct kicking in.  Their smell test, if you will.  So, first and foremost, meet your potential sitter.  If you don’t feel comfortable from the start, always trust your instincts.  It doesn’t matter if you are wrong – although you will never know.  But, if you don’t trust your gut and you were right, then it will matter, and it will be too late.

Once you get past the smell test, start asking some questions. 

Ask Questions

Find out where they will be taking your dog and how.  What safety measures do they have in place?  If using a leash, are they using their leash or yours and, either way, will the dog have any chance of slipping out of the lead or collar?  For example, at Groovytown Dog Lodge we offer off-leash walks but we still use dog leads during pick-ups and drop-offs of our day hikers. We choose to use our leashes for this as we use slip leads that do not rely on a dog’s collar being properly fitted. 

Will the dog sitter have your dog around other dogs?  Do they know these other dogs and is the dog sitter sure they are friendly?  Are they up to date on their vaccinations?

What are the dog sitter’s emergency protocols for injuries and/or health issues?  Do they have training in pet first aid?

Look For A Sitter Who Will Listen

There are a lot of variables that can make you feel overwhelmed by the process.  However, a prepared and safety-conscious sitter will have thought about these concerns and will be happy discuss these concerns.

Ultimately, no matter how much care you take, here is always going to be some risk of something happening – and this is true whether your dog is with you are your sitter.  What you want to know is if your sitter is careful enough to avoid the avoidable and prepared enough for the unavoidable. 

Why Choose Us?

Here at Groovytown Dog Lodge, just outside of Kington, Ontario, we have taken these concerns to heart.  We care for our guests like they were our own and we are always happy to answer your questions.  We also invite you to bring your dog out for an introductory hike.  That way you dog gets a chance to become familiar with our parks with mom or dad there to boost their confidence (think first day of kindergarten).  And that tour is for you too.  We want you to see where your dog will be playing when they are with us.  We are proud of what we have created and we want share it with you.

Book your introductory hike today!