Busters Dog Walking Services was established in September 2008 in Brentwood, Essex by Linda Ward after volunteering for dog rescue for two years. In the past seven years we have looked after in excess of 300 dogs, all have had the same degree of love and attention. There is not much we don't know about dogs!
Busters Dog Walking Services has a small team of dog walkers who get to know each and every dog. You never need to worry that your dog won't be walked because there is always someone your dog knows to cover annual leave or sick days. Dogs are transported in fully equipped vehicles with custom built dividers and/or crates for your dog's safety and comfort, and our vehicles are licensed by Defra.
All of our dog walkers are thoroughly vetted and checked to ensure they have that vital characteristic - a genuine love of animals, plus are reliable and trustworthy. They all have a criminal background check through Disclosure Scotland, training in basic dog behaviour and are knowledgeable about your dog's breed and individual needs.
We are the only dog walkers in Brentwood to be approved by Trading Standards via the Buy With Confidence scheme.
Linda started the business in 2008 - named after her beloved dog Buster (1993-2007). She owned a Greyhound, Beauty (2001–2016), and has a Jack Russell x Patterdale Terrier called Fred. Fred needed a lot of extra support after coming into rescue before he was even a year old, and so 'Busters Dogs' was born to keep this support going for him. Linda also owns Tinker, another Jack Russell x Patterdale Terrier.
Linda covers all the dog training appointments, most of the puppy sitting and trains all the staff. She also trains external dog walkers through her dog walker training workshops. She still walks dogs every week.
Linda ensures she stays up-to- date with the latest developments in the dog world, attending seminars and conferences all over the UK regularly, keeping her dog training and behaviour knowledge current.
Linda holds Full Trainer Membership of The Canine Behaviour and Training Society (formerly known as the URKCB), working to standards and abiding by the code of conduct set by The Animal Behaviour and Training Council. She competes in Obedience with her terriers, as well as gracing the (Cross)Breed Show ring whenever time allows, and enjoys learning new ways of training dogs.
Linda supplies trained acting dogs for TV, film, You Tube etc. Her own dogs are experienced and highly trained, and Linda can source and train a wide variety of breeds as required for both stills photography, and live action. Experienced trainers and professional handlers are provided at competitive rates.
Linda has appeared with her dogs on television, and in magazines and books as well as appearing in the local papers many times.
Completed courses, workshops and seminars attended:
Our dog walkers all have to complete a rigorous training programme, which lasts around 2-3 months before they are considered fully trained. Dog walking is not rocket science, but there is a skill to walking groups of dogs not your own, off the lead, while keeping full control, not causing other park users any problems, and avoiding 'hazards' such as horse riders, runners, cyclists, children and picnickers. Each new dog walker gains experience under the watchful eye of a fully trained dog walker, before being assessed as ready to walk dogs on their own. The team are also trained in dog training and behaviour, dog law, animal welfare, and canine communication.
We also offer training for dog walkers who are starting up or growing their own business.
Jacob started working with us in 2011 and was our 'solo' dog walker from 2014-2016. He is currently working with Linda as a home boarder for Little Legs Small Dog Club. He has always lived with dogs and enjoys spending time with them. Jacob has passed Canine First Aid, as well as a Dog Bite Prevention and Training workshop.
Gerry joined the team in 2012 and owns a West Highland Terrier. He walks small groups in the Shenfield & Hutton area and has passed his Canine First Aid.
Jenny moved from being a client to a dog walker at the end of 2014 and covers our busiest area, Brentwood town centre and Warley. Jenny owns two dogs, Casper and Alfie, and used our services for her own dogs for over three years before joining our team. She has passed her Canine First Aid and attended a Dog Law for Professionals seminar.
Donna joined the team in 2015 after volunteering for Wanderer's Haven rescue. She walks some of our solo dogs, and also covers groups. She lives with a cat, and her Doberman Xeon. She has passed her Canine First Aid.