TESTIMONIALS / REVIEWS
Dan Hughes of 365 Things to do in Etobicoke
"Dogs are considered man’s best friend. This statement rings true in the hearts of many so it’s great when an organization like Paws on the Shore seeks to strengthen this bond. Paws on the Shore is a hiking group for dogs and their owners. The hikes, with all dogs on leashes, provides proper socialization, stimulation and exercise for your pet. We’ve all seen the common scenario with two owners walking their dogs down the street and when they meet, the barking and leach pulls are fierce. The Paws on the Shore dog walks teaches your dog to enjoy the company of other dogs. If you’re a responsible dog owner you’re most likely walking your dog already. However, nothing encourages dog owners to take their dogs out more often than the site of one, two or three dozen dogs going for their monthly hike. As stated on their website, “all breeds and temperaments are welcome on the hikes, so bring the energetic, excited and the laid back, the shy, nervous and scared, the bullies and the barkers!” Another important goal for Paws on the Shore is to raise awareness of local animal rescue organizations. Donated prizes are raffled off at the beginning of each hike with the proceeds going to various organizations that help animals. Looking at the organizations that have received donations in the past Paws on the Shore is truly doing great work in this field. So visit the Paws on the Shore website, show up at the next hike, and see how much fun your four-legged friend will have. I have a feeling that you’ll have a great time as well. The fact that money is raised for some great animal organization is a huge bonus!"
Woofhausen Blog July 2011
"...we've all been there. The unspoken shunning of a dog and their owner when one reacts badly to another in the playground. We quickly grab our dog, apologize, and retreat back to our homes. Ashamed of what happened, we strategically avoid other dogs and usual doggy hangouts fearing another incident. That just sucks. Niki knows and sees that frequently as a walker and trainer. The monthly hikes are a sanctuary for these dogs and anyone who wants to join in. If you know your dog may not react well to another one, stay back a bit, make sure it is muzzled, but continue. Regulars tell me of changes in their dogs over time participating in these hikes. They become more friendly, calm, and pull less on the leash. Exactly what a dog walk should be - an enjoyable bonding time with your dog and not an anxiety driven chore."