How do dog nature hikes work?
We pick up your dog(s) at your home;
They’ll join our happy pack for some fun, socialization and exercise in the forest;
Then we bring them back to you safe, happy…and probably exhausted!
We’ll set up a schedule that works for you and pick your dog up at home in our comfortable and secure “dog bus”.
Exercise and Socialization
Your dog will join up to a dozen canine “friends” to hike and run through the wilderness with on one of our three large parcels of land…usually off leash.
Videos and Photos
We photograph and video parts of every hike every day. You’ll have access to view/download our fun!
Land Acquisition Update:
Active Dog at Bethlehem Farm
With support from the respective municipalities and our clients, Active Dog made two significant and exciting purchases in 2022: a 357-acre parcel of beautiful, raw land, providing more private trails for our dogs to safely enjoy their daily hikes on, as well as a 190-acre farm for dog hiking and boarding. These two undertakings were enormous steps for our business!
Welcome to Active Dog
Our focus here at Active Dog is to offer a unique, safe and transparent experience for our clients’ dogs.
We have been providing group nature hikes and other services for clients living in Fairfield, Litchfield, Dutchess and Westchester counties since 2011. Over the past decade plus, Active Dog have hiked with over 750,000 dogs!
Our 60-90 minute nature hikes include pick up and drop off from your home, exercise, socialization, supervision and daily photos or videos of your dog in action. Your pup will feel like (s)he is going to Disney World every day!
We also offer private hikes, walks, boarding, training and grooming services.
Eric Bleile – Owner & Founder
Let’s Train Your Dog!
Improve Behavior, Learn Commands, Lose the Leash!
Everything you need to build the best possible relationship with your dog.
- “Fear Free” methodology
- We come to you – where your dog is most comfortable
- Happier owners AND pets
- Customized commands of your choice
Discounts apply to recently rescued dogs and puppies.
We know you’ve got questions…here are some answers
A ton of fun! Most of our client’s dogs can’t wait to jump into the van after they’ve gotten a couple of hikes under their belt. Some dogs even wait by the door each day waiting to go!
Active Dog was brought to life in October, 2011 by Eric Bleile with the help of his right hand dog, Tobias.
Most Active Dog clients provide us with one of the following: a hidden key location, an unlocked door or a garage code. Whatever you are most comfortable with.
We offer a dog training package that could help with this, but if your dog is aggressive with people or other dogs we cannot take them out on group hikes for liability reasons.
Active Dog is by far the best dog walking service and value in the area. The owner and staff are friendly, professional, and extremely easy to work with. Our vet recommended that our dog get more exercise. Regular dog walking services are expensive for a short 15-20 minute walk. Active Dog takes the dogs on long hikes allowing the pups to run, play, and get the exercise they need. Our dog gets so excited on his hike days and comes home worn out!! I highly recommend this company to anyone in the area!!
Eric & his team are the best!! They have changed our 3 dogs lives! They are so excited to go on their adventures!! Eric & his staff are fun, honest and reliable! I love all the posts they share!! Thank you Active Dog for taking such good care of my fur babies!!
Great service! They have taken my dog on many hikes! He is always happy and tired when he is returned home! They have been available last minute to pick up my dog for the times that I haven’t scheduled in advance. Highly recommend!
The very best people to leave your dog with when you go away! Cooper was waiting for us at home, fed and clean and very well exercised! It was so great to be able to see him every day in the photos. Eric and team, if I could give you a million star rating, I would!! Thank you!